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EUROPE

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05 Nov 06. Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd. was awarded a contract to supply Portable Lightweight Designator/ Rangefinders (PLDR) and the Coral thermal imager to the German Armed Forces. The order is valued at approximately $5m. Elop’s PLDR has a compact and lightweight design that can be carried by an individual soldier, yet is rugged enough to meet harsh environmental conditions. The designator system has a number of advanced features including a built-in tactical computer for target location calculations, an integrated spot camera and remote data transmission capability. A similar version of the PLDR has also recently been selected by the US Marine Corps.

SEA

02 Nov 06. OSI Geospatial Inc.’s international systems operations has been selected as the preferred bidder for a prime contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for the provision of warship automatic identification systems (W-AIS). The contract is valued at approximately US$29m, including all options. The terms of the contract set out initial systems purchases totaling approximately US$6.2m, a four-year support and maintenance program of approximately US$2.2m and a 26 year long-term support and maintenance program of approximately US$14.5m. In addition, the contract provides options for further systems totaling approximately $1.6m, a four year support and maintenance program of approximately US$600,000 and a 26 year long-term support program totaling approximately US$3.6m. The company expects to sign the final contract before the end of November 2006.

AIR

03 Nov 06. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded a $104,600,000 firm-fixed-price, time and material contract. This contract is for LAIRCM System to equip the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) fleet of NE-3A aircraft. The Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) program is comprised of 17 Group A kits, 7 Group B kits, 10 additional Group B kits without small laser transmitter assemblies, and supporting spares. The scope of the contract includes installation and checkout of the LAIRCM system in the first (trial aircraft, NL-1 at L-3 Com in Greenville, Texas) and second (kit proof aircraft, NL-2 at EADS in Manching, Germany). The LAIRCM System Group B line replaceable units are being procured as non-development item. Options are available to add enhanced built in test for sensor window heater, new electromagnetic emissions robust sensor design (if needed), flight test of sensor, and equipping to trainer cargo aircraft. The contract also provides contract logistic support. At this time, $51,254,000 have been obligated. Solicitations began September 2006 and negotiations were complete November 2006. This work will be complete December 2009. Headquarters 551st Electronic Systems Group, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8704-07-F-0001).

06 Nov 06. The Royal Netherlands Air Force today announced the selection of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s third-generation LITENING Advanced Targeting (AT) system for their F/A-16 Advanced Targeting Pod upgrade program. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will deliver 20 targeting pods and spares to the Royal Netherlands Air Force beginning in 2007, with final deliveries in 2008.

03 Nov 06. Turkey, Sikorsky Finalize Naval Helicopter Deal. Turkey’s procurement agency and Sikorsky Aircraft have signed a contract for the sale to the Turkish Navy of 17 S-70B Seahawk helicopters, the company announced Nov. 3. Turkish officials said the helicopters will cost around $550m. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2009. Sikorsky also is taking part in an ongoing Turkish tender for another 32 utility helicopters for the military. (Source: Defense News)

USA

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02 Nov 06. DRS Sensors and Targeting Systems Inc., Dallas, Texas, is being awarded a $6,317,787 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This action will develop a 128X128 format hqCdTE Avalanche Ph

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