16th Feb 05. The U.K. MoD has awarded Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) a contract for the supply of thermal imaging equipment for the Royal Navy. The contract calls for 25 ANPAS/13 Thermal Imaging Sights, five displays and a Light Video System. The award is valued at £670k. RSL will be modifying the ANPAS/13’s for the U.K. requirement. The ANPAS/13 Thermal Camera is already in service with U.K. forces and this sale is an additional purchase. In the U.S. the Network Centric Systems business group of Raytheon has supplied some 23,000 ANPAS/13 units to U.S. ground forces to provide true 24 hour operational capability in the most demanding conditions of dismounted close combat. The system is also in-service worldwide with a number of countries.
09 Feb 05. The U.S.A.F. has awarded Alion Science and Technology Corp. a five-year, $40m contract to provide operational support services, the company has announced. Under the contract, Alion, of McLean, Va., will provide a broad range of technical and management services to the U.S. Central Command Air Forces Headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and its overseas locations. The company will provide specialized technical and managerial expertise across functional areas, such as personnel and manpower, intelligence, air defense, training, planning, logistics, security, communications, force protection and operation of the command’s operations center. The contract supports the command’s contingency mission requirements, including Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war on terrorism.
Feb 05 Meggitt yesterday announced it has secured a contract with the Egyptian armed forces to provide aerial targets, infra-red (IR) sources and countermeasures. The contract is worth US$1m to the UK-based company. Under the contract, Meggitt will provide targetry, augmentation and field services to Egypt for several years. The system being procured is the latest version of its Banshee aerial target and Hot Nose black body IR source. A contract has also been awarded by Defence Research and Design Canada – Suffield for its unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology. As part of the contract, Meggitt will provide support in manufacture, systems integration and testing of follow-on units of the DRDC – Suffield MultiAgent Tactical Sentry (MAT) UGV. (Source: Jane’s)
11 Feb 05. The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $60.9m contract modification for nuclear-submarine work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the contract modification, Electric Boat will provide the necessary technical/ engineering, design, logistics, and program management support required to ensure the efficient design and installation of design and configuration changes. Initially awarded March 3, 2004, the contract could be worth more than $1.1 billion over five years if all options are exercised and funded. Eighty-two percent of the work will be performed at Groton; 9 percent at Kings Bay, Ga.; 4 percent at Bangor, Wash.; 4 percent at Newport, R.I.; and 1 percent at Quonset Point, R.I. Work performed under this modification is expected to be completed by February 2008.
17 Feb 05. Lockheed Martin was awarded a $247m Lot 2 follow-on production contract for Arrowhead, TM the Army’s Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office-Aviation January 26, and authorizes production of 97 Arrowhead systems for the U.S. Army and foreign military sales customers. The Lot 2 deliveries will begin in July 2006. The Army’s first unit equipped with Arrowhead will be fielded in June 2005. The U.S. Army intends to buy 704 Arrowhead systems to outfit its AH-64 Apache fleet by 2011.
Lockheed Martin’s Arrowhead provides a new electro-optical targeting and pilotage system to Apache crews that wil