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Nov 06. AMEC has won a contract to clean up and demolish a number of redundant research facilities on the AWE site at Aldermaston in Berkshire. The highly specialised decommissioning work will be completed by AMEC’s nuclear consultancy AMEC NNC. The two-year programme begins with a safety case and risk assessment that will last for up to eight months before the treatment of waste and final demolishing of the buildings. The value of the contract is commercially confidential. (Source: MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin)

06 Dec 06. The Dutch Ministry of Defence awarded EADS the contract to supply technical systems for battle management command, control, communication, computers & information (BMC4I) part of the Netherlands Future Ground Based Air Defence (FGBAD NL). In the face of tough competition, EADS and its partners . Oerlikon Contraves and Kongsberg . won the contract with currently one of the world’s most modern mobile air reconnaissance and weapon coordination system solutions available. Through this contract, Full Operational Capability (FOC) of FGBAD NL will be realised. The contract covers full technical system integration responsibility from sensor-to-effector as well as full maintenance responsibility. The components of the system are two TRML-3D mobile surveillance radars from EADS, mobile command and control operation centres provided by EADS and Oerlikon, a digital radio communication network from Oerlikon and six Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air-Missile Systems II supplied by Kongsberg.

04 Dec 06. Thales and the NATO C3 Agency (NC3A) have signed an important amendment to the contract concerning the supply of secure communication services (voice and data) for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. For a minimum period of three years, Thales will be responsible for the provision, operation and maintenance of a complete network deployed on more than 60 points of presence in country (ISAF HQ, Regional Centres, Provincial Reconstructions Teams, Forward Support Bases, Operational Monitoring and Liaison Teams…). The system will be progressively deployed on the theatre of operations so as to back up the ISAF expansion in Afghanistan. The first delivery of equipment is planned for the end of December 2006. The deployment and installation of the systems will begin as of January 2007 The completion of the deployment for the complete network is planned for the end of 2007. Selected after an International Competition, Thales demonstrated the superiority of its solution which requires less satellite bandwidth while meeting the required service level. This solution will allow the ISAF to benefit from the full NATO capability in terms of communications services – voice and fax, secure and insecure – but also support to many NATO Information Systems with various levels of classification. The system will be serviced by Thales’ selected highly qualified staff with the proper NATO clearance and a strong operational experience of comparable military theatres. In the framework of this Service contract, Thales will remain the owner of all deployed equipment and will maintain it for the duration of the contract through a 24-hours/7-days permanent Help Desk based in country. On site support will be provided to the users in order to guarantee the full availability of the service.

SEA

30 Nov 06. Landing craft contract win for DML. Defence support specialist DML anticipates being able to deliver valuable savings for the MoD in a landing craft spares and equipment supply contract, awarded to the company with effect from this month (November) by the Major Warships IPT (MWIPT). Substantial amounts of non-patternised spares and equipment, ranging from anchors and fenders to motors and alternators, will be provided to a total of 33 craft – 10 landing craft units (LCUs), and 23 landing craft vehicle personnel (LCVPs) – under the contract; an area to which the MWIPT estimates that an annua

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