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CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF

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13 Aug 08. The U.K. Ministry of Defence has selected Data Link Solutions (DLS) to provide post-design engineering and logistics support services for Link 16 communications terminals. Under a $12.2m contract, Data Link Solutions — a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems — will provide support services for Link 16 products installed on several platforms, including the Royal Air Force E-3, Tornado, and Typhoon; Royal Navy Sea King helicopter and Type 42 destroyers; and the U.K. Air Defense Ground Environment. The contract covers multiple DLS products including the Joint Tactical Information Distribution Systems, URC-138 Sea Harrier/Sea King terminal, Multifunctional Information Distribution System low-volume terminals, and related support equipment.

08 Aug 08. Greg Combet, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, today congratulated Thales Australia on its recent sale of additional Bushmaster vehicles to the Netherlands Army. “The Netherlands has ordered a further 13 Bushmaster vehicles on top of its purchase of 36 Bushmasters. The United Kingdom has also recently ordered 24 of the vehicles,” Mr Combet said. Mr Combet has been promoting Australian defence industry capabilities during recent visits to the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

AIR

08 Aug 08. Signature Industries Limited has finalised negotiations with BAE Systems to supply SARBE Advanced Aircrew Personal Locator Beacons (AAPLBs). The beacons will be issued to each of BAe’s own team of pilots as well as to visiting pilots and aircrew from the UK and overseas. The AAPLB will form an essential part of the standard survival equipment to be used in the event of having to abandon a stricken aircraft.

TECHNOLOGY

Aug 08. ULIS, a leading infrared vision specialist making affordable uncooled thermal sensors for civilian and military applications, announces today that the company has signed a five-year contract with Sagem Défense Sécurité (Groupe SAFRAN) as a primary source of supply for major weapon sights, handheld equipment and military programs for cameras, including the French army’s Future Infantry Soldier System (FELIN). Uncooled thermal sensors, known as microbolometers, will be used to fit the thermal imaging rifle sights, multifunction goggles and cameras for day and night operation and improved target acquisition.

USA

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08 Aug 08. DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems, Optronics Division, Palm Bay, Fla., was awarded on Aug. 7, 2008, a $17,512,077 firm fixed price, contract for driver’s vision enhancer B-Kits and associated spares for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Program. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Aug. 29, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three bids were received on Nov. 21, 2003. CECOM Acquisition Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-04-C-J202).

12 Aug 08. AM General, LLC, South Bend, Ind., was awarded on Aug. 8, 2008, a $247,546,000 firm-fixed price contract for high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles. Work will be performed in Mishawaka, Ind., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Mar. 17, 2006. TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).

12 Aug 08. BAE Systems, Ground Systems Division, York, Pa., was awarded on Aug. 8, 2008, a $76,185,539 firm-fixed price contract for the procurement of Operation Desert Storm situational awareness kits in support of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Work will be performed in York, Pa., and is expected to be completed by Mar. 30, 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jun. 3, 2008. U.S. Army TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-05-G-0005).

08 Aug 08. BAE Sy

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