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01 Sep 08. Royal Engineers: Training Arrangements. The Armed Forces’ Minister announced (1 Sep 08) a major new contract designed to enhance training for the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) at sites in Kent, Hampshire and Oxfordshire. The RSME Public Private Partnership is a 30-year partnering arrangement with Holdfast Training Services, which is worth some £3,000m. The project involves rationalisation of the RSME estate, with new build and refurbishment of the existing living accommodation.
The sites affected are the RSME Headquarters and Construction Engineer School in Medway, the Combat Engineer School in Minley and the relocation of the Defence Explosives Ordnance Disposal School and National Search Centre from Medway to Bicester.
Comment: Holdfast Training Services is a consortium which is led by Babcock and Carillion. The Consortium is to be responsible for all training support which, it is claimed, will release 300 military personnel to the Field Army. 400 civilian employees are to be transferred to the contractor but no forecast has been made of the long-term effects on the specialist, military instructing staff. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0835, 08 Sep 08)

05 Sep 08. The Czech army said Sept. 5 that it will buy 30 armored vehicles for
998m koruna ($58.1m) to protect its forces in Afghanistan from the rising risk of attack. Orders have been placed for 15 Iveco MLV light armored vehicles and 15 Dingo-2 heavy armored vehicles, manufactured by German-based Krauss Maffi Wegmann, it said in a statement. (Source: Defense News)

03 Sep 08. The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization (NDLO) is undertaking final inspection checks on its third Mobile Surgical Unit at Marshall SV’s Cambridge works to confirm the unit is built to the standard and quality the NDLO demand. When these are completed the unit will be handed over by Marshall Specialist Vehicles (MSV), the Cambridge based specialist vehicle and shelter designer, developer and manufacturer. This third unit incorporates a few small changes identified during training and use of the second system which was delivered in January and February this year. Training on that system was completed very shortly after delivery enabling the changes to be quickly identified and incorporated in the third system at the early build stage. This third system, like the second, was delivered in seven months from commencement of build.

03 Sep 08. Three specialist, expandable containers have been delivered to the Swedish defence procurement authorities – FMV (Forsvarets Materielverk) by Marshall SV (MSV), the Cambridge based specialist vehicle and shelter designers. The three containers have been fitted out for command and liaison, stores and workplace, and maintenance. The fully expanding 3 in 1 containers were specified by the Swedish Defence Command and are expected to join other expanding shelters in Swedish and allied forces service. The £1.4 million contract was completed in phases over two years and allows the FMV to place an enabling contract on MSV for future requirements.

Aug 08. MoD invests £2m in virtual training. The MoD awarded Newman and Spurr Consultancy a £2m contract to supply RLC soldiers with JCOVE’s Virtual Battlespace – a programme which effectively simulates combat scenarios and gives users the chance to employ tactics techniques and procedures followed in road convoy missions.(Source: MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin)

05 Sep 08. On 29th August 2008, the French Armement Procurement Authority (DGA) awarded a contract to Nexter Systems for logistic support of the infantry combat armoured vehicles (VBCI). The contract covers the period from mid-2009 to 2015, for an amount of €320m. The contract incorporates many innovative features, with the objective to provide a high level of operational satisfaction, while meeting stringent budgetary requirements:
– Nexter commitment to a VBCI avail

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