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19 Dec 07. Motorcycles: Purchase Anticipated. Defence Equipment & Support repeated (19 Dec 07) a requirement for some 394 general purpose motorcycles, to be delivered by January 2009. 50 Special Forces variants of the motorcycle have been added to the original requirement. Invitations to tender are now expected to be issued on 21 Mar 08.
Comment: The general purpose motorcycles were originally to have been delivered by April 2008, but the requirement appears to have been ‘slipped to the right’. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0801, 31 Dec 07)

07 Jan 08. Subsidiary of Rheinmetall and Diehl concludes procurement contract for SMArt munition with British and Australian armed forces. Intelligent artillery munition SMArt 155 valued at more than 120 MioEUR was ordered
by the armed forces of Great Britain and Australia at GIWS mbH, a joint subsidiary of Rheinmetall AG, Düsseldorf, and Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG, Nürnberg. Production and integration is carried out by Rheinmetall and Diehl, both 50% shareholders of GIWS.


19 Dec 07. Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA): Maintenance Contracts. The Defence Equipment Minister announced (19 Dec 07) that Northwestern Shiprepairers and the A&P Group had been selected as preferred bidders for future RFA maintenance contracts. Contracts valued at over £200m are expected to be placed during 2008.
Comment: There are 17 RFA vessels, most of which are due to be replaced during the MARS programme (see also Item 8). Both Northwestern and A&P are already under contract for RFA maintenance work. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0802, 07 Jan 08)

10 Dec 07. Seawolf Mid Life Update (SWMLU): Initial Installation. BAE Systems announced (10 Dec 07) that HMS SUTHERLAND had been designated as the Type 23 First of Class for the SWMLU programme. The Defence Equipment Minister had earlier (6 Dec 07) announced that new equipment valued at £18m was to be installed as part of a general overhaul of HMS SUTHERLAND, under a £17m contract with Babcock Marine.
Comment: SWMLU is a £300m programme covering the missile defence system on Type 22 and Type 23 frigates. HMS SUTHERLAND is also one of eight Type 23 frigates being equipped with Sonar 2087 in a £166m programme run by Thales UK. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0802, 07 Jan 08)

14 Dec 07. Marine Services: Contract Signature. The MoD signed (14 Dec 07) a £1,000m Private Finance Initiative contract with Serco Denholm Marine for the future provision of marine services (FPMS) over the next 15 years. In-port services will continue to be run by Serco, which will also undertake the out-of-port services currently provided by the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service (RMAS).
Comment: FPMS was first announced in 2002, in order to bring in-port and out-of-port services together. RMAS staff are to transfer to Serco in April 2008, when their organisation is to be dissolved. Serco will then manage, operate and maintain some 110 vessels for both port and deep water operations. The major ports affected are those on the Clyde, in Devonport and in Portsmouth. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0802, 07 Jan 08)

31 Dec 07. Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $72,507,074 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-04-C-5456) for production of 139 (ea) Block 1, MK-44 Mod 2 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Guided Missile Round Pack (GMRP) All-Up-Rounds. The RAM Guided Missile Weapon System is co-developed and co-produced under a NATO Cooperative Program between the United States and Federal Republic of Germany’s governments. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms. The RAM MK 31 Guided Missile Weapon System is comprised of the MK 44 GMRP and MK 49 Guided Missile Launching System. Work will be performed in Ottobrunn, Germany (49 percent), Tucson, Ariz. (44 percent), Rocket City, W.Va. (6 percent), and Andover, Mass. (1 percent

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