26 Jul 07. Anti-Structures Munition (ASM): In-Service Date. The Armed Forces’ Minister confirmed (26 Jul 07) that the ASM was due to enter service “at the end of 2009”. The ASM “will enable Infantry to defeat hardened structures such as buildings or bunkers….”.
Comment: On 6 Feb 06, Ministers announced the award of a £40m contract to Dynamit Nobel Defence for the demonstration and manufacture of the ASM and training systems. Numbers to be produced and eventual scalings have yet to be made public. The ASM project was previously known as the Infantry Anti-Structures Weapon, with an expected in-service date of 2005. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0731, 06 Aug 07)
18 Jul 07. Motorcycles: Purchase Anticipated. Defence Equipment & Support forecast (18 Jul 07) a requirement for some 394 general purpose motorcycles, to be delivered by early April 2008. The fuel to be used has not been specified. Invitations to tender are due to be issued by 10 Oct 07, for return by 15 Nov 07. The supplier will also be required to provide a series of Maintenance Instructor training courses.
Comment: It appears that the new motorcycle is not required for current Operations since its ‘battlefield
mission’ of 250km (155 miles) is defined as: 10% cross-country; 15% rough track; 25% prepared track and 50% Tarmac road. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0731, 06 Aug 07)
06 Aug 07. Patria received an official confirmation that the Croatian Government has on 2 August, 2007 approved the State Committee’s proposal for selection of Patria AMV 8×8 as the preferred vehicle for the Croatian armoured vehicle program. Final contract negotiations start immediately and are expected to be concluded by the end of 2007. The current scope of the deal covers 84 wheeled armoured personnel carriers. The vehicles will be manufactured in Finland and in Croatia together with the local co-operation partner Djuro Djakovic Special Vehicles. (Source: ASD Network)
07 Aug 07. DRS Technologies, Inc. received an $8m contract from the U.S. Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Acquisition Center at U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, on behalf of the National Guard Bureau to provide thermal imaging equipment. The work for this contract will be accomplished by the company’s Night Vision Systems, Inc. business unit in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Prescott Valley, Arizona. Night Vision Systems will provide the National Guard’s Counterdrug Program with hundreds of Rugged Miniature Thermal Imagers from the company’s MX-2A product line. The thermal imagers will be used by the soldiers and airmen of ground reconnaissance units assigned to help law enforcement agencies observe and detect illegal drug activity. The reconnaissance units operate along the nation’s borders at suspected drug trafficking corridors, drop zones, airstrips, and laboratories, and inspect suspicious aircraft, watercraft and motor vehicles. Night Vision Systems will immediately begin delivering the thermal imagers and is expected to be finished by March 2008. The MX-2 and MX-2A detect infrared sources such as human beings and vehicles at extended distances in complete darkness and in the presence of smoke, fog, and dust that obstruct traditional night vision technology. These handheld thermal units are effective during both day and night and offer multiple interoperable capabilities with common thermal imaging systems. The MX-2 and MX-2A can be used as a handheld device, attached to a tripod or mounted on a weapon.
07 Aug 07. BAE Systems has been selected as a prime contractor for the General Services Administration (GSA) Alliant Government-Wide Acquisition Contract. BAE Systems is among 29 award winners for this ten-year, $50bn Multiple Award/Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (MA/IDIQ) program.
08 Aug 07. FLIR Systems Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., was awarded on July 30, 2007, a delivery order amount of $22,978,512 a