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27 May 03. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., has received a contract from the U.S. Army valued at $7.99m. The contract calls for the delivery of three IGNAT aircraft plus a modular ground control station, portable ground data
terminals and associated spare equipment. Delivery of the first aircraft to
the US Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama is scheduled for May 2004.

20 May 03. Thales Air Defence Limited announced their first multi-million pound export order for their Starstreak missile sytem. The order is to satisfy the Republic of South Africa’s first phase of their Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) programme – Local Warning Segment (LWS). This phase is intended to provide a fully integrated manportable and air droppable air defence capability for South African troops deployed on peace-keeping operations. Armscor announced that they had placed a contract with Denel as the preferred Prime Contractor in December 2002. Subsequent to this, Thales has now successfully completed their negotiations with Kentron – the missile house subcontracted by Denel to provide the VSHORAD weapon.

27 May 03. The SCO Group announced that the British Army is rolling out an asset management system for its fleet of helicopters, based on SCO’s UnixWare operating system. The project, worth more than $5.5m, should complete its roll out by the end of 2004. The WRAM (Work Recording and Asset Management) solution from Spirent Systems is being deployed on the British Army’s Lynx and Gazelle helicopters and will be rolled out to Apache helicopters later in the year. WRAM tracks the life stage and history of all the individual components within the helicopter.

23 May 03. A SEK450m contract has been secured by Adelaide-based technology company Saab Systems Pty Ltd Australia, for the supply of an Air Defence System for the Australian Army. The Short Range Air Defence (SHORAD) system will upgrade and enhance the capability of the Australian Army. The contract is comprised of three major components, RBS70 Air Defence Missile System, Portable Search and Target Acquisition Radar (PSTAR) and a Tactical Command and Control System (TaCCS). The RBS70 is the most modern man-portable short range air defence system available today and can be integrated with advanced Battlefield
Management systems, allowing a commander to vastly increase air defence
capability. The PSTAR is a lightweight, portable air defence radar from Lockheed
Martin.

29 May 03. Telephonics Corporation announced a contract award from L-3 Communications to deliver three Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR) to be deployed by the United States Air Force’s Force Protection Unit for Long Range Surveillance, focusing on an integrated base defense system.

23 May 03. Barco has been selected by General Dynamics UK to supply more than 300 MRFD246L Modular Rugged Flat Panel Displays for the MOD BOWMAN Combat Infrastructure Platform (CIP). The 18″ displays, specifically designed for use in landbased applications with sensitive radio communication, will present digitized C4I information to Staff Officers within deployed headquarters. BOWMAN will provide the British Army with a tactical, secure, voice and data communications system until at least 2026. The MRFD246L displays will be the eyes of the Digitized Battlespace. Barco’s large-screen rugged visualization solution will provide Staff Officers with digitized battlefield information for situational awareness.

28 May 03. FN Herstal has been chosen as the preferred supplier of new light machine guns for British infantry units. A contract valued at around £7.5m is expected to be placed this summer, the MoD said. The belt-fed 5.56mm FN Herstal Minimi gun will boost infantry firepower and complement the SA80 A2 automatic rifle made by Heckler & Koch (U.K.), it added.

28 May 03. The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $13m firm-fixed-price contract for seven AN/AQS-232 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems

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