CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
23 Aug 07. Bruker Daltonik GmbH was awarded a $3.5m contract to supply the Slovenian Army with a series of long range and point chemical detectors for integration into Slovenia’s new lightweight reconnaissance vehicles. This contract has been awarded in cooperation with Em.tronic d.o.o., a Slovenian defense contractor. The Bruker Daltonics equipment to be supplied consists of RAPID(TM) infrared chemical standoff detectors, RAID-S2(TM) ion mobility spectrometers(IMS) for vehicle air monitoring and RAID-M100(TM) IMS systems for hand-held chemical agent detection. The equipment will be delivered over the next two years.
28 Aug 07. As part of moves to modernize and expand the German Army’s Combat Training Centre (GÜZ), the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has contracted with Rheinmetall Defence to supply additional vehicle target kits from its family of ADGUS duel simulators. mReinforcing the over 400 systems already in service at the Combat Training Centre and other training facilities, Rheinmetall will be supplying a further 85 AGDUS vehicle target kits, enabling the military to meet its heightened requirement for live exercises prior to out-of-area missions.
30 August 07. QinetiQ to lead UK Energetics Consortium. QinetiQ has been awarded an initial three-year enabling contract which could be worth over £10m by the MoD. Research Acquisition Organisation (RAO) to lead the UK Energetics (UK-E) consortium.
28 Aug 07. Rockwell Collins has received an $18m contract from the UK MoD to provide a suite of products for the next generation Forward Air Controller and Forward Observation Officer ( FAC/FOO) system. The FAC/FOO system, as part of the Improved Targeting Geolocation Accuracy (ITGA) program, is comprised of a suite of new lightweight, fully integrated digital hardware and software. At the heart of the system is a tablet computer that hosts the Rockwell Collins Rosetta Joint Fires (RJF) software package, providing targeting and communication capabilities and an important gateway for future systems. The Rockwell Collins Azimuth Augmentation system, an important part of the FAC/FOO system, provides unparalleled targeting precision by correcting Laser Range Finder (LRF) inaccuracies and enabling the precise delivery of modern GPS guided weapons. The system also includes the Rockwell Collins Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) and other system ancillaries.
24 Aug 07. Saab Secures Another Nordic Battle Group Contract. Sweden’s Försvarets Materielverk, the country’s defense materiel administration, has chosen Saab Communication to deliver a primary communications network, with integral command-and-control functions, to the Swedish-led Nordic Battle Group’s (NBG) helicopter detachment. The value of the contract was not disclosed.
The contract marks Saab’s latest in the area of qualified transportable and mobile communications solutions for the NBG. The specific system contracted for delivery is transportable, with a modular design that can be configured to integrate with the NBG and Swedish Defense Force’s military response structures. “Deadline for delivery is short,” said Ulf Campner, divisional manager at Saab Communication. “What we are providing is a turnkey solution, including communications networks, command-and-control functions, user equipment and power supply systems, the last of which will be supplied by Saab Aerotech.”
The communications network will be the central platform for the NBG helicopter detachment’s connection requirements covering chief radio, telephony and data for communication functions, as well as core command and collaboration functions with military and civil systems. (Source: Defense News)
23 Aug 07. British Acquire Anti-Building Munition. British forces in Afghanistan have added a U.S.-made, shoulder-launched anti-structures munition to their armory in a bid to beat Taliban fighters sheltering in compounds and caves.