CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
06 Aug 08. VEGA, a Finmeccanica company, has secured a three-year contract from Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) to continue supporting three synthetic training systems based at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering (DCAE). Under the terms of the £585k contract, VEGA will continue to provide ongoing maintenance and support for the Aircraft Propulsions Systems Trainer (APST), Avionics Systems Trainer (AST) and Compass and Vertical Reference Systems Trainer (CVRST). VEGA will also deliver any modifications or enhancements to the trainers that are identified. (Source: Google)
01 Aug 08. Navy’s new Carriers to get latest Radar. The Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers will be equipped with a new powerful UK-designed and manufactured radar, under a £100m contract with BAE Systems Insyte announced.
With its ability to track a target the size of a snooker ball over 20km away, the new more powerful Artisan radar will provide an improved 3D maritime Medium Range Radar (MRR) capability. The radar system will be developed and manufactured by BAE Systems Insyte at its plant in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The new radar will replace existing systems on our Type23 frigates, landing ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark and the assault helicopter carrier HMS Ocean – as well as on our two new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. The project will be delivered through a firm price contract, covering both Demonstration, Manufacture and delivery of the radar systems and the first 10 years of in-service support. This has been a tight competition and my thanks go to all those in industry and in the MoD who have worked so hard to make this happen. The contract which has been awarded to BAE Systems Insyte is expected to sustain around 200 jobs in BAE Systems, their team partners and the supplier base, around 40 per cent at the contractor’s facilities in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
23 Jul 08. Raytheon Company has been awarded a $21.2m U.S. Navy contract for components of the NATO SEASPARROW MK48 Guided Missile Vertical Launch System (GMVLS). The MK48 launches SEASPARROW and Evolved SEASPARROW (ESSM) missiles to defend against high-speed, highly maneuverable anti-ship missiles. Under this modification to an existing contract, Raytheon will deliver 68 MK20 MOD 1 canisters and 156 spare frangible covers, critical components of the MK48 GMVLS. The canisters will support systems currently in use by the Canadian Navy, while the frangible covers will be delivered to Canada, the Netherlands, and Belgium.
04 Aug 08. Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $9,979,205 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0569) for the procurement of 22 each Tomahawk Block IV Mid-body Range Safety System (M-RSS) kits and Flight Test Kits (FTKs) for the U.S. Navy, (20) and the United Kingdom, (2). In addition, this modification provides for one set of RSS components for the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. (25 percent); San Diego, Calif., (14.5 percent); Bristol, Pa., (10.7 percent); Westminster, Colo., (10 percent); Largo, Fla. (5.8 percent); Middletown, Conn., (5.3 percent); Lancaster, Pa., (1.8 percent); Los Angeles, Calif., (1.1 percent); and various locations within the United States (25.8 percent), and is expected to be completed in Jun. 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $6,773,166 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy, ($9,090,171; 91 percent) and the United Kingdom, ($889,034; 9 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
04 Aug 08. EADS Defence & Security (DS) will modernize the identification systems of the German Armed Forces and of NATO’s early warning aircraft in order to meet the latest air traffic control standards and to increase safety in air t