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29 Jan 2007. Babcock International Group plc, the support services company, has announced that Debut Services Ltd, its consortium jointly owned with Bovis Lend Lease, has been selected by the Ministry of Defence for the second phase of Defence Estates’ Single Living Accommodation Modernisation project (SLAM II). SLAM II will deliver upgraded and new single living accommodation to Armed Forces personnel across England and Wales. The Project is expected to deliver a further 7000 bed spaces over a period of five years with Babcock providing the through-life maintenance services for the completed units, with an estimated value to Babcock of £20m. (Source: MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin)

30 Jan 07. BAE Systems has received a SEK100m contract from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration for the next phase of the Archer program. The contract includes the next step in the development of the gun system and the product definition phase on ammunition supply vehicle and modular charges.

26 Jan 07. Bruker Daltonics announces a $4.0m contract award for its RAID(TM)-XP
man-portable chemical agent and radiation detector from Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH. The Bruker RAID-XP instruments will be integrated into Steyr’s Pandur wheeled armored vehicles to be delivered to the Czech Army. The primary mission of the instruments, which will be delivered over a period of several years, is the protection of crew members against chemical agents and gamma radiation. Of course, the RAID-XP can also be removed from the vehicle for man-portable missions.

02 Feb 07. EADS Defence & Security Systems will provide the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS) with advanced electronics components which make the system’s fire control radar the most powerful radar worldwide. As reported by the company on Friday, under the contract worth approx. € 120 m EADS Defence Electronics (DE) besides other electronic equipment will develop and produce more than 40,000 transmit/receive (T/R) modules and related work packages to be delivered during the design and development phase up to 2009. These modules are key elements of next-generation radars utilizing the so-called Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) technology. Instead of mechanical movement of the antenna AESA radars use electronical steering exerted by thousands of T/R modules, basically small radars itself which enable unprecedented performance and versatility. The complexity and mission criticality of these modules makes the T/R module contract one of the most important and most valuable work packages in the MEADS programme.

Jan 07. General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics has been selected by ND SatCom Defence GmbH of Friedrichshafen, Germany, to supply strategic and tactical antennas and radio support equipment to the German Armed Forces SATCOMBw Step 2 Program. The total value of the contract if all options are exercised through 2014 is approximately $30m. SATCOMBw Step 2 will create a complete satellite communications infrastructure under the control of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The program comprises a fleet of geosynchronous satellites, tactical (mobile) satellite communications terminals, strategic communications ground stations, a network control system and the expansion of existing satellite anchor stations. The system is scheduled to be implemented incrementally beginning this year with full operation expected in 2009. (Source: ASD Network)

25 Jan 07. Rheinmetall wins Wisent 8 x 8 development work. Rheinmetall Landsysteme has been awarded a sole-source contract for the design, development and construction of two 8 x 8 multirole armoured demonstrator vehicles of a type dubbed the Wisent (Bison).The two demonstrator vehicles, due to be delivered later in 2007, are being developed to meet the Class 4 requirement of the German Army’s major wheeled armoured vehicle programme: the Armoured Command and Cont

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