18 Sep 06. BAE, MoD Reach Hawk Production Deal. A production deal for 28 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers has been agreed upon by the British Ministry of Defense and BAE Systems. Contract signing and an announcement of the award to supply a new-generation aircraft to train fast-jet pilots for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy is expected within weeks. The price tag on the deal has yet to be disclosed. The first of the new aircraft is scheduled to be delivered from BAE’s Brough factory in the third quarter of 2008. The aircraft will replace earlier Hawk variants that are no longer suitable for training pilots for action in advanced combat aircraft like the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. With Saudi Arabia expected to complete a deal to acquire 72 Typhoon’s from the British later this year, the MoD’s switch to the new Hawk variant is likely to see Riyadh swiftly follow suit with an order to replace earlier variants of the trainer. (Source: Defense News)
18 Sep 06. EADS Defence & Security Systems Spain (DS) has been awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Defence the design and development phase of the .Combatiente Futuro. (COMFUT) research and development programme. The Spanish company, through its Defence and Communications Systems business unit, will design, develop and provide the Spanish Army with an operative section prototype . This section will be formed by 36 soldiers, divided into three squads. Beginning this year and ending in 2009, this phase of the programme will last three years. The Spanish Ministry of Defence could acquire up to 7.000 units in the future. The Spanish Ministry of Defence has awarded a budget of €24.5m for execution of this research and development programme, originating from the programme office of the Army Infantry Academy based at Toledo and financed by the Centres and Technology Subdirectorate of the National Acquisition Division.
18 Sep 06. Two businesses of Raytheon Company are part of a multinational team
selected as the preferred bidder to support the integration of the NATO
Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (ALTBMD). The estimated
value of the work is $95m. Most of the work will be performed in the
Netherlands with the participation of Raytheon Missile Systems and ThalesRaytheonSystems. NATO is working to network existing and future national weapon systems, sensors, battle management and command, control and communications systems into an integrated defense for the protection of alliance military forces and critical assets. The team, lead by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), will assist in this effort by developing and verifying proposed ALTBMD architectures using an integration test bed that it will design and operate under the contract.
18 Sep 06. Rockwell Collins, a member of the Lockheed Martin-led Team Athena, has been selected to provide a broadband, ground networked communications capability for the assessment phase of the LEAPP program utilizing the fully Software Communications Architecture (SCA 2.2)-compliant, FlexNet-Four™ software defined radio (SDR). LEAPP will provide a near real-time correlated air picture for the Land Component worldwide, either alone or as an element of Integrated Air Defense, to enable a graduated and enduring contribution to the Network Enhanced Capability community in national and multinational operations. The assessment phase contract is valued at approximately $1.8m to Rockwell Collins. The program has a potential value of $12m to the company. The system will be demonstrated to the U.K. MoD in February 2007.
17 Sep 06. Tadiran Electronic won a contract valued at approximately $65m for the supply of electronic warfare systems to a European country. The systems will be supplied over the next two years to the tactical and strategic echelons of the country’s armed forces.
18 Sep 06. 26 member countries of NATO have begun building a €75m over 6 years command an