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27 Feb 07. EADS Defence & Security (DS) has signed a contract, now submitted to the state audit court for registration, for the new Italian Joint Military Message Handling System (IT-JMMHS) with the General Directorate of Telecommunications, Information and Advanced Technologies, a procurement Agency of the Italian Ministry of Defence. The Italian MoD objective is to replace its present messaging system by a messaging system complying with the NATO standard STANAG (Standard Agreement) 4406. The contract with all its options, is worth €9m. It includes, in a first step, the delivery of hardware and software for a Test Bed, and in a second step the overall messaging infrastructure for several operational sites related to the Armed Forces. After the Test Bed validation that includes an Information Technology Security Evaluation Criteria (IT-SEC) security accreditation of the solution, the Joint General Staff will be the first operational site to be equipped and then operational sites could follow by option for the Armed Forces. EADS Defence & Security, through its Business Unit EADS Defence and Communications Systems (DSC), will be responsible for the engineering, the manufacturing and installation of a Test Bed and of the first operational node for Defence General Staff.

28 Feb 08. L-3 Communications has been selected by the UK MoD as the prime contractor to supply an Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS). The system will provide real-time intelligence capability to the MoD and its operational forces. Under an initial contract valued at £46m, L-3 will provide program management, system design, platform integration and systems engineering for requirements development, test and evaluation, and full life-cycle sustainment. The full life of the program is expected to be 15 years, with a projected contract value in excess of £70m. L-3 leads a team which includes U.K. partner companies BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies, Babcock Marine, Qi3, Healy Solicitors and Raytheon Systems Limited, as well as L-3 Advanced System Architectures Ltd. L-3 has committed to perform at least 75 percent of the IBS effort in the U.K.

26 Feb 08. Saab receives order for virtual training system for the Swedish Armed Forces Saab Training Systems in partnership with Krauss Maffei Wegman (KMW) has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the SUS (Gunnery training system) RB57. The total value of the contract is over 100 MSEK. Saab Training Systems, who is the main supplier, is responsible for integrating KMW´s virtual simulator with Saab’s ATW system NLAW (RB57). The order is for ten RB57 systems with up to six users per system. The system will be used for gunnery training for 800 users annually. The system will also be used for mobile training during missions. The deal consists of a product section and a support section.

27 Feb 08. Thales to supply the Land Command and Control Information Services
for the NATO Command Structure. After a competitive bidding process, the NATO C3 Agency has awarded Thales a contract to supply the NATO Land Command and Control Information Services (LC2IS) for the NATO Command Structure. The first delivery is planned in July 2008. LC2IS will provide the operational information services supporting the decision process at NATO land forces headquarters in the execution of their operational missions, collaborative working and administrative tasks. LC2IS will be deployed in the allied NATO headquarters and on theatres of operations where NATO forces are committed, to equip allied Land Component Commands and provide them with shared situational awareness, collaborative planning, and synchronised manoeuvre.


25 Feb 08. SELEX Communications, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence for additional inter-crew communications systems for use onboard the Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigates and Landing Pla

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