CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
07 Mar 08. ITT Corporation announced today a $939,000 contract award to provide Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) Receivers (EGRs) and antennas for Poland’s Ministry of Defense. This Foreign Military Sales (FMS) competition was conducted by the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning Systems Wing at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. This contract will be executed by ITT’s Communications Systems headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind., working with Hertz Systems of Poland to integrate the EGRs into Polish land forces vehicular-mounted navigation systems. The EGR utilizes ITT’s Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM). SAASM-equipped military receivers enhance the security of the GPS and allow authorized users access to the encrypted features normally reserved for military use.
Mar 08. The installations of the three phase project MilRADNET have been put into operational service by the German Air Force. MilRADNET so far comprises a country-wide radar data network with five communication nodes, formed by COMSOFT’s flexible radar communication front end processor, RMCDE. Currently processing unclassified data, the installation of a mirrored red MilRADNET, for confidential communication, with security gateways to the currently operated black MilRADNET is scheduled for 2009. Classified data will from then on be processed as well, strictly separated from the unclassified data and using a new military derivative of the well-established civil ASTERIX standard, the socalled MilASTERIX. (Source: ASD Network)
05 Mar 08. The Czech defense ministry wants to buy 107 armored personnel carriers from Austrian firm Steyr Daimler Puch instead of the original 199, Czech Defence Minister Vlasta Parkanova said March 5. A memorandum of understanding being drawn up to cover the next deal “will probably say the number of vehicles will be 107,” Parkanova declared after discussing the troubled military contract with cabinet colleagues. (Source: Defense News)
08 Feb 08. Drumgrange Ltd won a contract from the Ministry of Defence for a Mission Enabling Sonar Processor that will encompass a number of sonar processors to improve the ease of operation, reduce maintenance costs and extend the useful life of current systems. The contract was successfully bid and won through a competition run by the MOD’s DE&S. The programme will address many areas of requirement and a number of innovative ideas and concepts are proposed.
Feb 08. A unit of Boeing Co.’s Integrated Defense Systems was awarded a $7m modification to a previously awarded contract, exercising an option for unique F/A-18 in-service support for the government of Switzerland under the Foreign Military Sales Program, the U.S. Navy said Monday. The contract includes procuring cockpit display suites to use as lab assets for design and development of a new cockpit display associated with other upgrades. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is scheduled for completion in December. (Source: Google)
29 Feb 08. Permali Gloucester Limited has been awarded a contract by the UK MOD to supply cargo handling systems for RAF Chinook helicopters. Permali teamed with Dynamic Control, who acted as a key subcontractor and provided vital expertise in the design of cargo roller conveyor systems. The system is known as CCHS (Chinook Cargo Handling System) and is optimised for the rapid delivery of cargo pallets. The RAF’s Chinook HC Mk2/2a aircraft undertake vital resupply missions in Afghanistan in support of UK and allied forces, often in high-threat areas. The system’s low friction rollers allow the crew to easily despatch cargo pallets in seconds, minimising the time spent on the ground where the aircraft is most vulnerable. (Source: ASD Network)
05 Mar 08. The Polish Air Force has selected the Rockwell Collins F-16C Modular Simulated Aircraft Maintenance Trainer (MSAMT) for the training of the aircraft’s maintenance personnel. T