CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
14 Sep 08. Russia will sell 80 Kornet E (NATO designation: AT-14) laser-guided anti-tank missile systems to Turkey in a $70m deal that is Moscow’s first arms sale to the NATO member in 11 years, according to a senior Russian defense industry source. The Russian government arms export monopoly Rosoboronexport and Turkey’s Secretariat of Defense Industries, SSM, signed the contract in late August, the official said Sept. 23. (Source: Defense News)
17 Sep 08. Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA): Replacement Vessels. The Armed Forces’ Minister confirmed (17 Sep 08) that, as part of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme, the MoD was in the process of procuring up to six new double-hulled Fleet Tankers. The new Fleet Tankers, together with the two existing Wave Class ships, will meet the RN’s future tanking requirements. The MoD is working with four bidders for the Fleet Tankers, with the main investment decision due to be made during 2009.
Comment: The MARS programme consists of three Classes: six fleet tankers for delivery between 2010 and 2016; two fleet solid-support ships for delivery in 2017 and 2019 and three joint sea-based logistics vessels for delivery in 2018, 2020 and 2021. The whole MARS programme is expected to cost £2,500m. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0837, 22 Sep 08)
23 Sep 08. Saab TransponderTech has been selected to supply coastal Automatic Identification System (AIS) base stations as part of a coastal maritime traffic network for Germany’s Federal Water and Shipping Administration. The contract was awarded to Saab by ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik GmbH, the prime contractor for the AIS Deutsche Küste program. Saab will supply 100 R40 AIS base stations, modified according to specific requirements for this project. All products will be delivered by the end of 2008. ESG will develop and integrate all the software for the system from its facility in Wilhelmshaven, and will also provide full documentation and operator training.
15 Sep 08. Thales UK’s naval business has today agreed terms, worth £134m, for the second phase of its 10-year contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the in-service support of all Royal Navy (RN) major sonar systems. The contract, awarded to Thales UK’s underwater systems business in 2003, is aimed at delivering equipment availability for several of the major sonar systems in service with the Royal Navy.
22 Sep 08. AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Md., was awarded on Sept. 18, 2008, a $23,975,664 firm fixed fee price contract for the added 202 EA High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) to contract. Work will be performed in Mishawaka, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).
22 Sep 08. Allison Transmission, Indianapolis, Ind., was awarded on Sept. 19, 2008, a $256,136,908 firm fixed price contract for the delivery orders stated above are funded with the following type of appropriations and amounts. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 18, 2011. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-08-D-0159).
22 Sep 08. BAE Systems, under a $742m U.S. Army contract, will remanufacture more than 300 Bradley vehicles with additional armor to protect soldiers. The contract is an option to a previously awarded contract for work on 252 Bradley vehicles. The award brings the total value of BAE Systems’ 2008 Bradley remanufacturing contracts to $1.3bn for 578 vehicles. Under this award, BAE Systems will remanufacture an additional 189 M2A3 vehicles, 115 M3A3 vehicles and 22 M3A3 Bradley Fire Support Team Vehicles in conjunction with the Red River Army Depot through a public private partnership.