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LAND

Jun 07. Kitron ASA has received an order from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Defence Communication) for a military RadioLink (RL) and other military communication products worth NOK34.7m. Kitron has participated in the development and industrialisation phases of the newly developed RL, which makes up for about NOK 14 million of the total order volume. Deliveries will take place in the fourth quarter of 2007 and the first quarter of 2008. Kitron’s total deliveries to KDA in 2007 is expected to constitute of about NOK 220m, which represents an increase of about NOK 80m from 2006. (Source: Google)

SEA

27 Jun 07. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems a £10m contract for technical support on the first three Astute class submarines in service, coupled with an incentive to reduce the cost of ownership by sharing savings resulting from more effective management of the support programme. The contract, which runs until December 2012, will see the business working in partnership with the MoD to extend its “design authority” role from submarine design and build into service. It incorporates the principles of “through life capability management” set out in the UK Defence Industrial Strategy.

27 Jun 07. Thales UK has been awarded a £21m contract by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide the latest generation Radar Electronic Support Measures (RESM) equipment for the Royal Navy’s Trafalgar-, Vanguard- and Astute-class submarines. The solution will update the existing Thales equipment with an open architecture, using the Thales ‘INVOLV’ open system framework. The architecture supports the latest generation digital receiver technology, pulled-through from Thales’ company-funded and UK Research programmes. This is coupled with Type 45 MINERVA and PALANTIR signal processing, feeding the advanced display on the UK Common Console.

AIR

26 Jun 07. Spain’s Emergency Military Unit Deploys 12 Mobile Satellite Terminals with Advent Communications’ NewSwift Antenna System. INDRA integrates Advent’s antenna system for Spain’s rapid response unit . VISLINK Group company Advent Communications announces the completion of a specialist, fast turnaround military project, involving its 1.5m X-band NewSwift antenna system for twelve mobile satellite terminals for the Spanish Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME), supplied by leading IT and defence system supplier INDRA. Part of the Spanish army, the highly specialised UME unit was formed in October 2005 to provide the first line of response to any form of national emergency. This initial contract award involved a new design of fast deployment mobile satellite terminal, with INDRA and Advent Communications completing the project in under four months. Key elements of the project’s specification included an easy to use system that could be operational in the shortest possible time, removing any need for complex configuration.

22 Jun 07. The U.S. Air Force awarded a $115.3m contract boost to Raytheon Co. for an electronic warfare system that will be used on the F-16 aircraft for the government of Greece. Raytheon will also provide spares, support equipment, engineering services and flight test services. The company will complete the work by June 2009.

25 Jun 07. The Swedish Air Force (SwAF) will be equipped with Rohde & Schwarz radios for military air traffic control (ATC). The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) placed an order for about 90 transmitters and 90 receivers of the R&S Series 4200 as well as 56 transceivers of the R&S Series 4400. The radios will be installed at six Air Wings and three Deployable Air Bases, where they will provide secured ground-to-air communications with SwAF’s helicopters, tactical and transport aircraft as well as with civil airplanes. Rohde & Schwarz and the FMV also agreed that Rohde & Schwarz will ensure service, availability of spare parts and replacement of modules and radios during the next five years. Tw

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