CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
Mar 08. Poland’s Air Navigation Service provider decided on a modern, future-proof and field-proven surveillance infrastructure and enhances its existing radar technology by installing a country-wide surveillance network, the Polish RAdar NETwork PRANET. The central communication nodes RMCDE, forming the cornerstones of PRANET and processing and distributing regional, national and international radar data, will be installed in Gdansk, Poznan, Katowice and two sites in the capital of Warsaw. In the context of a recently received contract from PANSA German ATC/ATM specialist COMSOFT will deploy a total of nine RMCDEs (Radar Message Conversion & Distribution Equipment) for this ambitious enhancement project. PRANET, mainly used for civil purposes, aiming for increased availability of surveillance data throughout the country, will be installed in a redundant architecture, provided by an underlying red and a green IP-based network. Each radar source will feed both the green and red network via two PRANET nodes, located at different sites; a strategy to prevent loss of radar data in case of a catastrophic failure of any particular site or communication link and to ensure an ultimate high degree of permanent availability of any radar service, at any place, any time. (Source: ASD Network)
18 Mar 08. Swedish business software developer Telelogic AB said on Monday (17 March) that it has secured two new licence and maintenance agreements. Telelogic received a €1.1m contract relating to its modelling solutions from a global defence and aerospace group, and a USD3.3m contract relating to its enterprise lifecycle management solutions from a global semiconductor manufacturer. The latter contract, signed for three years, covers Telelogic’s enterprise change and configuration management solution Synergy and the requirements definition, analysis and management DOORS. (Source: Google)
17 Mar 08. AgustaWestland has selected the Total Support Services (TSS) alliance to provide avionic support to the Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) programme for a further five years. The avionics component of the SKIOS programme is valued at around £70m. The TSS alliance was established as a streamlined supply partner to provide avionics support to all of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) rotary and fixed-wing aircraft fleets. The transformation from traditional support methodology to integrated support services based on system availability continues to provide the UK taxpayer with significant cost savings by ensuring partner organisations work efficiently to maximise value for the customer. The TSS alliance comprises SELEX GALILEO, Thales UK and DARA Electronics. The enhanced SKIOS programme provides the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force with an integrated support service that delivers availability of aircraft, equipment and technical services for the operationally important and diverse Sea King helicopters, some of which are currently deployed in Afghanistan.
17 Mar 08. DRS Technologies, Inc. received a $19m, five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the United States Naval Surface Warfare Center, in Crane, Indiana, to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with vehicle Vision Enhancement Systems (VES). The Marine Corps will incorporate the systems onto their Joint Assault Bridge (JAB) vehicles. The work will start immediately, executed by the company’s DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems – California Division in Cypress, California.
17 Mar 08. BAE Systems has been awarded a $130m U.S. Army order for production of thermal weapon sights. The order is the second award under a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, and increases the total contract value to more than $313m. It also increases BAE Systems’ monthly deliveries to 3,000 units per month starting in 2009. The Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir , Virginia, is