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10 Aug 06. Force Protection Industries, Inc., Ladson, S.C., is being awarded a $62,905,628 firm-fixed-priced contract for 86 Cougar Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) vehicles, associated spares, field service support, and technical manuals. This is a foreign military sale for the United Kingdom. Work will be performed in Ladson, S.C. (60 percent) and Charlotte, Mich. (40 percent), and work is expected to be completed by May 2007. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is a sole source award to Force Protection Industries, Inc as they are the sole manufacturer of the Cougar EOD vehicle. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-06-C-5162).

10 Aug 06. Harris Corporation has been awarded a contract totalling $2.5m for its Falcon(R) II AN/PRC-117F(C) radios from the Germany Ministry of Defense (MoD). Harris will supply manpack radios and accessories, providing Germany’s MoD with significant improvements in interoperability with NATO as well as with other key coalition partners. The Falcon II AN/PRC-117F(C) multiband, multimission, manpack radio is an advanced, software-defined radio covering the entire 30 to 512 MHz frequency spectrum, while providing the warfighter with unsurpassed, battle-proven communications technology. Its embedded COMSEC has NSA certification and is also certified by the Joint Interoperability Test
Command (JITC). The AN/PRC-117F(C) has a true dual data capability, supporting both High Performance Waveform (HPW) and legacy-based data systems. HPW supports data rates up to 64K over line of sight and up to 56K on 25 kHz SATCOM channels.

09 Aug 06. Lockheed Martin UK has achieved service acceptance for the Ministry of Defence’s Multiple Launch Rocket System’s (MLRS) new Repair and Recovery Vehicles (RRV). The contract to provide four RRVs was let to Lockheed Martin UK INSYS in 2004. Since then a prototype vehicle has been designed, built and subjected to a series of exhaustive tests. Now, having passed all the tests and met all the MoD’s Key User Requirements, ‘Service Acceptance’ has been achieved and the production schedule to provide a fleet of four vehicles is on target.

SEA

08 Aug 06. The Spanish Navy, through Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced the selection of Kollmorgen Electro-Optical and its Italian subsidiary, Calzoni Srl, to provide periscopes and optronic imaging systems and hoistable masts for the Spanish Armada’s new S-80 submarines. Kollmorgen and Calzoni will work in cooperation with Spanish industry partner INDRA to jointly develop and build the equipment for the 4 Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) diesel submarines.

AIR

04 Aug 06. The Royal Air Force will get a fifth C-17 transport aircraft, to be delivered in 2008, in a deal announced today by Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Tom Watson. Tom Watson also announced that the RAF will purchase the four aircraft it currently leases at the end of the current contract with Boeing in 2008. This will give the RAF a guaranteed long term capacity in this area and significantly improve its heavy airlift capability. The new C-17 aircraft will join the rest of the C-17 fleet at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire when it enters service in 2008.

10 Aug 06. Boeing Co. said Thursday it signed a $19.8m engineering manufacturing development contract to upgrade avionics on the Swedish Air Force’s C-130 transport plane. The U.S. Air Force administered the contract, which is not definite. Boeing said the deal, the largest ever between the Air Force and the Swedish government, is expected to be “definitized” by October.

10 Aug 06. Lockheed Martin has completed upgrading computer software and hardware on eight AN/FPS-117 long-range, air surveillance radars used by the German Air Force. Under a November 2003 contract, Lockheed Martin upgraded the synthesizers and preprocessors on the eight German ground-based radars to avoid obsoles

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