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04 Oct 06. Alliant Techsystems has received a $41m follow-on contract from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (Defence General Munitions IPT) to supply replenishment canisters for the U.K.’s enhanced anti-tank barrier system, Shielder. ATK will produce the electronics assemblies for the canisters at its manufacturing center of excellence in West Virginia. Final assembly will occur at the Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant in Texas, with deliveries scheduled early in calendar year 2009. Shielder is a vehicle-launched anti-tank barrier system deployed on a modified Stormer armored troop carrier. The system is capable of rapidly deploying a suite of barrier munitions to provide battlefield perimeter defense against enemy tanks and armored vehicles.

29 Sep 06. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece of M26A2 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Extended Range Rocket Pods as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $63m. The Government of Greece has requested a possible sale of 299 M26A2 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) extended range rocket pods (six rockets per pod) with M101 grenades, 1 MLRS Extended Range Rocket, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics services, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, support equipment, maintenance support of repairable material and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $63m. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of Greece and further weapon system standardization and interoperability with U.S. forces.

05 Oct 06. Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that its Mission Systems Europe Ltd subsidiary has secured a new contract with the NATO C3 Agency (NC3A) to provide software support services for the Maritime Command and Control Information System (MCCIS) programme. Under the new contract, Northrop Grumman will support all aspects of the MCCIS software baseline, including NATO-developed and proprietary source code. Northrop Grumman will stabilise the MCCIS software, deliver on-site support and deliver a system that can be supported for the next five years. In addition, participating member nations can utilise Northrop Grumman’s value-added services for individual enhancements to meet specific national requirements.

SEA

27 Sep 06. Thales UK has been awarded the contract worth some £30m for a major enhancement to the Trafalgar and Astute Class submarine sonar suites. Designated the Sonar 2076 Stage 5 programme, this upgrade will replace the existing inboard processing equipment with an open architecture COTS based processing system. As delegated design authority for Sonar 2076 Thales UK will be the lead sonar provider and lead system integrator.

02 Oct 06. Germany To Buy Two More U-212As. German lawmakers approved a Defense Ministry plan to purchase two more U-212A-class submarines worth €864m ($1.1bn), which would bring the German Navy’s total to six of the air-independent fuel cell propulsion boats. The budget committee approved the purchase Sept. 19, and the defense committee the next day. The subs, which will join four others in service or planned for delivery by year’s end, are slated to arrive in 2012 and 2013. They will follow their older sisters’ design, but carry better electronics, according to one official with shipbuilder Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS). (Source: Defense News)

AIR

03 Oct 06. Eurocopter may be allowed to deliver to the Hellenic Armed Forces their first NH90 helicopters in the coming months. The contract signature for the acquisition of 20 NH 90 helicopters plus 14 options for the Hellenic Army took place on August 29, 2003, in Athens. The 20 NH90 firm order, worth close to €

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