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16 Mar 07. Saab Training Systems have been awarded a contract by the UK MoD to deliver a Deployable Tactical Engagement Simulation (DTES) capability in support of British Army Overseas Training Exercises up to March 2009. DTES is initially planned for use at the British Army training areas in Belize and Kenya with the first exercise commencing in the autumn of 2007. Saab will supply the training equipment and all technical and logistic support required to perform the planned exercises. This is the second interesting project regarding future training solutions that we have won in UK during 2007, says Par Arvidson Account Manager, Saab Training Systems. Working closely with the UK MoD, we create innovative training solutions which provides the UK’s Armed Forces state of the art capabilities. (Source: ASD Network)

19 Mar 07. Thales has signed a contract with ESL Advanced Information Technology of Austria to supply the TRC 4000 34 Mbps line-of-sight (LOS) radio for the Point To Point Radio System* (PTPRS) for the Austrian armed forces. Deliveries will begin in mid-2007 and will continue through to 2008. The PTPRS system is designed to provide the increased bandwidth required by the Austrian armed forces for high-speed data transmission and will be integrated with their existing systems. The Thales TRC 4000 radio offers data rates from 64 kbps to 34 Mbps duplex to support C4ISR and other bandwidth-intensive applications. As a component of the PTPRS data network, the TRC 4000 radio will provide secure high-performance communications for tactical units and operational bases.

20 Mar 07. The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has awarded a contract to Thales for the development and manufacture of the new Mode 5 NATO standard encrypted IFF* , to equip the French Armed Forces. The Mode 5 will provide the French Army, Air Force and Navy with a new high-performance identification capability, providing higher levels of communication security than the legacy Mode 4. With this new mode, that will further minimise the possibility of friendly fire on an aircraft or a ship, the IFF equipment will guarantee for the coming decades the interoperability of the French Forces with the NATO allied Forces. According to the contract, Thales will add the Mode 5 to the Combined Interrogator Transponder (CIT) of the Rafale aircraft and to the multiplatform Transponder** (TAR). The Mode S capability of these equipments, used for military and civil air surveillance, will also be upgraded to be compliant with the latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. Thus, the Rafale and the other aircraft equipped with these latest generation IFF systems will be able to fly into the general airspace without any specific restriction.


21 Mar 07. McDonnell Douglas Corp., St Louis Mo., is being awarded a $17,695,105 cost-plus-fixed fee contract modification. This action provides for a joint capabilities technology demonstration (JCTD) contract to demonstrate the military utility of a low collateral damage warhead comprised of a composite case and multi-phase blast explosive fill integrated onto a small diameter bomb (SDB-I) weapon. This new weapon variant is designated the Focused Lethality Munitions (FLM).The 918th Armament Systems Group plans to exercise an option on the JCTD contract for continued integration and testing of the FLM and engineering support for a military utility assessment/extended user evaluation. Deliverables are 50 residual FLM assets. Residual assets are flight worthy assets delivered as all-up rounds to the warfighter for the extended user evaluation. The residual assets will be delivered no later than 16 months after the contract modification is awarded. At this time, $3,329,298 has been
obligated. This work will be complete December 2008.918th Armament Systems Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8681-06-C-0228/P00003).

19 Mar 07. Orbital Sciences Corp.

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