16 Jan 07. QinetiQ wins £9.48m armoured vehicle ‘survivability’ contract. A QinetiQ led team has competitively bid and won a £9.48m MOD research contract to deliver the Vehicle Technology Integration Demonstrator (VTID) programme. This three-year programme will investigate and implement a layered protection approach to survivability for armoured vehicles to reduce their vulnerability to attack. The competition and contract has been let and managed by the UK MOD Research Acquisition Organisation (RAO) working with customer Director Equipment Capability (DEC) Ground Manoeuvre. Other organisations in the QinetiQ led VTID team comprise: Thales UK, Ultra Electronics’ – Electrics, SciSys, SVGC, BAE Systems, Williams F1 and teams from both York and Sussex Universities.
Jan 07. NATO NC3 Agency has awarded the GIS Data Preparation Contract to TENET. Supporting TENET on this contract will be Galdos Inc and IIC Technologies Inc in Canada. The project involves the generation of a wide range of geospatial data models compliant with some of the latest spatial open information standards from OGC and ISO and the conversion of many terabytes of vector, raster and gridded data. A large proportion of NATO’s paper holdings of maps and charts will also be digitised and converted to the same set of open standards. The objective is to create an open and shareable map database as part of NATO core GIS infrastructure within the Alliance. At the forefront of these open standards are the two key encodings of GML (Geographic Mark Up Language) used to encode vector data, and GMLJP2 which uses both JPEG2000 and GML to provide effective encoding for Raster and Coverage data. The conversion and validation process will result in image, vector and scanned paper maps being available in GML. Furthermore, the project includes the conversion of many different data formats, including for example S-57/AML, VMap and DAFIF together with a wide range of colour and panchromatic imagery and terrain information. These sources incorporate geographic information objects for land, maritime and aeronautical domains. The project utilises TENET’s significant knowledge and technologies in the area of automated data conversion and quality control as well as in the area of open Spatial Data Infrastructures and reinforces TENET’s position as a leading specialist in high performance distributed geospatial solutions.
10 Jan 07. Poland’s company Bumar has signed with Poland’s Ministry of Defense a delivery contract for 7 helicopters Mi-8 which had undergone upgrading at St-Petersburg-based aircraft maintenance plant. Terms and conditions of the contract are kept secret. Rzeczpospolita reported, the helicopter delivered to Bumar earlier were planned to be re-sold by Bumar to Iraq. However, the Iraqi party declined to receive the helicopters and instead purchased 10 upgraded Mi-17s. The Mi-8 helicopter is fitted with a new, more powerful engine. Besides, Poland’s Ministry of Defense plans to equip the helicopters with a new communications system and reinforced armor with the aim of subsequent use of the helicopters I Afganistan.
11 Jan 07. DRS Technologies, Inc. has been awarded $60m in new orders from the U.S. Army to produce and install Driver Vision Enhancers (DVEs) on a wide range of combat and tactical wheeled vehicles. The contracts were awarded to DRS by the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. For these awards, DRS will provide DVEs with the Program Manager Forward Looking Infrared (PM FLIR) in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. This new order brings the value of the current DVE contract to $124m.
17 Jan 07. BAE Systems has received two U.S. Army orders totaling $80m for production of thermal weapon sights. The orders expedite production to meet Army fielding requirements and exercise remaining options under a five-year contract that calls for 29,000 of the day/night, all-weather sights.