13 Oct 06. Cohort plc’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Systems Consultants Services Limited (SCS), has been awarded a new, two-phase 4-year contract for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP). The value to SCS from the initial phase, which concludes in April 2007, will be £500,000. Thereafter, subject to MOD’s decision to continue the project, there is the potential for further work estimated at £5m for the period 2007 – 2010. By supplying a number of new hardware and software elements, this project will provide a greatly enhanced Air Picture (a representation of the air space above a battlefield) for the UK’s land forces. The contract award comes through the Lockheed Martin led Team Athena, of which SCS is an integral part. Team Athena has been selected competitively as the LEAPP contractor. SCS’s role within the contract will be to provide technical and domain expertise, focusing on concept of operation and operational matters; communication systems (including system concept and design); information exchange requirements; sensor system concepts; system engineering and system analysis; planning, management and execution of technology demonstrations; risk management; and bid and business development support. Additionally, SCS Mothership Ltd, a joint venture company 50% owned by SCS, has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to provide advanced 3D mapping, imagery and visualisation software with data analysis for LEAPP. This initial contract will have a value of between £50,000 and £250,000. There is the potential for further work estimated at between £1.3m and £3.0m for the period 2007 – 2010, and a post delivery support package valued at £300,000 for the period 2011 – 2016.
11 Oct 06. Entrust, Inc. has licensed its Entrust Authority(tm) Security Manager to the the UK’s MoD where it is to be used as the MoD root certification authority (Root CA). Entrust Authority(tm) Security Manager, a world-leading PKI, is designed to manage the digital keys and certificates that make up the digital identities used to transparently automate security-related processes in an organization. As an organization’s Certification Authority (CA) system, Entrust Authority Security Manager software can help enable the use of digital signature, digital receipt, encryption and permissions management services across a wide variety of applications and solutions. The MoD will use the Entrust Authority Security Manager to support authentication, digital signatures and encryption. The PKI system also will allow the issuance of digital credentials to internal devices, as well as provide security for collaboration with industry partners. In addition, the PKI system will provide a root CA to the Defence Information Infrastructure DII(F) that will help create a single, efficient information infrastructure within the MoD.
10 Oct 06. ITT Corporation has delivered Centaur High Capacity Data Radios (HCDR) to Poland’s defense ministry for installation in command post vehicles destined for international operation. The event marked ITT’s first sale of Centaur HCDR to Poland, which is now the company’s fourth international HCDR
09 Oct 06. A&P Falmouth has selected Bath-based naval design consultancy BMT Defence Services Ltd as an approved supplier. As part of the Long Term Agreement between the two companies, BMT is undertaking extensive design work on behalf of A&P Falmouth on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Argus, which is about to enter its Ship Life-Extension Programme (SLEP). BMT has also recently achieved approved supplier status for French naval defence company DCN and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.
06 Oct 06. Fleet Support Limited (FSL) has been awarded the contract to refit the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Iron Duke. The 1991-built ship will undergo an eight-month programme starting in February next year to upgrade facilities and replace equipments. The programme w