CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
27 Jan 08. Elbit Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract from the Netherlands MoD for the supply of advanced Battlefield Management Systems – BMS. Elbit Systems won the contract, scheduled to be completely delivered over five years, following an international tender participated by several of the leading defense companies in the world. Elbit Systems will supply systems to the Royal Netherlands Army’s (RNLA) Ground Forces that will include Enhanced Tactical Computers – ETCs, incorporating Tactical Communication Devices, and Data Communication Software. The systems will be installed in more then 1800 of the RNLA’s vehicles, including tanks, armoured vehicles and others. The project involves extensive cooperation with the Netherlands MoD’s C2 Support Centre. (Source: ASD Network)
25 Jan 08. Frazer-Nash has won a new contract to support the development of the SMart (Sensor Fuzed Munition for the Artillery) munition, following the announcement by the Ministry of Defence that it plans to procure the new munition. The contract, which runs until December 2010, is with Gesellschaft für Intelligente Wirksysteme mbH (GIWS), the German-owned company that is developing the new SMart munition for the Ministry of Defence – a crucial precision element of the military’s future artillery and one that enhances its ability to defeat armoured targets over long ranges. The contract involves Frazer-Nash providing essential programme management to GIWS to ensure the munition is developed and delivered to specification, and to ensure it meets the rigid requirements in terms of the environment, safety, reliability and maintainability. The contract covers areas including safety inspection work, ensuring the munition can be safely operated by personnel while in service, as well as conducting an environmental audit to ensure it meets the requirements of current environmental legislation both through its life and at disposal.
29 Jan 08. 44,000 Nuclear/Chemical protection suits for MOD. A £6.6m order for 44,000 chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear suits (CBRN) for the Armed Forces was announced today by Baroness Taylor. The Remploy-made suits guard against nuclear, biological or chemical attacks and are designed to seal around the CBRN service respirator and fit over combat clothing to give extra protection to troops.
28 Jan 08. The Royal Norwegian Navy recently announced the selection of a South African radar to supplement radar surveillance capabilities aboard their new warships. These radars, to be supplied under an order from the Norwegian Defence Procurement Division (NDPD), are to be applied in support of helicopter operations and other supplementary surveillance roles aboard the new Fridtjof Nansen-Class frigates. The radar is to be produced by Reutech Radar Systems (RRS) based in Stellenbosch South Africa, in conjunction with their Norwegian partner Electronicon AS located in Bergen, Norway. (Source: ASD Network)
29 Jan 08. The German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has placed the third tranche order worth more than €40 million with EADS Defence & Security (DS) for the Operations Support System that prepares, plans and executes missions for the NH90 European transport helicopter. Thus, the German Armed Forces’ NH90 and Tiger helicopters will have the same software-based planning system for deployment and logistics with interfaces to the command and control systems of the German Armed Forces. This is a significant step in the direction of using a uniform operations support system for helicopters of the Army Aviation Corps and the Air Force. That also means that the helicopter systems will be interoperable with NATO systems.
28 Jan 08. General Dynamics European Land Systems announces that its General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas operations in Spain has signed a $64m (approximately €44m) contract with the Spanish Army for the supply of A