CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
28 Sep 07. Armed forces to get improved communications equipment. The MoD announced that it has signed a £45m contract extension with BAE Systems Insyte for the Demonstration, Manufacture and initial support for the latest element
of the FALCON communications system. This element will support RAF deployed operations.
02 Oct 07. The EDS-led ATLAS Consortium today announced that the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved an amendment to the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) (DII(F)) contract, confirming that ATLAS will deliver DII Increment 2b, which extends DII(F) into the deployed – military operations – environment. This is a further element of the 10-year contract awarded in March 2005, to modernize and create a single coherent MoD information infrastructure.
The contract amendment enables EDS to increase its previously stated estimates for revenue from the MoD DII (F) contract to 2015 by US$489m (£269m).
02 Oct 07. FLIR Systems, Inc. has received a $9.5m order from Saab Bofors Dynamics in Karlskoga, Sweden, a subsidiary of Saab AB, for custom designed thermal imaging systems and components. The systems and components delivered under this order will be integrated into the RBS70 Air Defense Missile System for delivery to export customers. Work will be performed at FLIR’s facilities in Danderyd, Sweden. Deliveries will begin in 2008 and extend into 2010.
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.
01 Oct 07. Timely contract win for DML. DML Devonport, now part of the Babcock International Group, has won a contract that will see the company design, fit and support a super-accurate atomic clock on board the Royal Navy’s fleet of Vanguard and Trafalgar class submarines. The equipment provides a stable reference frequency to stabilise radio frequencies in the submarines’ various communication systems.
02 Oct 07. MoD places first production contract for new carriers. Defence Minister Lord Drayson has awarded the first contract for the new equipment that will be fitted to the 65,000 tonne aircraft carriers MoD has announced it is to order. The equipment, advanced Identification Friend or Foe electronics that will help protect the ships and their aircraft, is to be designed and manufactured by SELEX Communications. This contract, initially worth over £1m, was awarded following competition.
01 Oct 07. Military helicopter operations, among the most difficult and dangerous in today’s defence environment, are set to benefit from a new British-led study to reduce the intensity of crew workload, especially in combat conditions. The study is led by CORDA, a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems, working in partnership with Agusta Westland and Qinetiq. It is one of eight covered by a new three-year, £5m Maritime Surface Effects (MSE) research programme, awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence. Modern-day tactical, mission and weapon systems will be studied to evaluate the impact they each have on crew workload. The results will be analysed to ensure tasks can be completed with greater safety and survivability.
02 Oct 07. The governments of Greece and the United States have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the sale of additional Lockheed Martin precision-strike laser-guided HELLFIRE II® missiles to Greece. The agreement authorizes the sale of multiple warhead variants of