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26 Nov 08.The British Forces are to get new field machine shops from Cambridge based Marshall Specialist Vehicles (MSV)following the award of a development and production contract from the Ministry of Defence. Over forty Deployable Machine Shops (DMS) are to be supplied during 2009 by MSV to be used by Royal Marines, REME, Royal Engineer and Royal Air Force mechanical and electrical engineers. The units, which are based on a standard 20 ft DROPS compatible ISO container, will be deployed wherever engineering support is required.

21 Nov 08. French defense procurement agency DGA has awarded Sagem Defense Securite (SAFRAN Group) the contract for an additional batch of 560 SITEL (Systeme d’Information Terminaux Elementaires) information systems, to be deployed by the French army. The contract includes the integration of the terminals in vehicles, as well as all maintenance services. Designed for several types of combat vehicles, the SITEL information system comprises a touch-screen terminal, including digital mapping function, and an interface for connections to tactical radio, navigation and observation systems. (Source: ASD Network)

28 Nov 08. Saab has received orders from two customers with a total order value of 300m SEK. The orders are for services and additional capabilities based on the GIRAFFE AMB radar system. Six customers, including Sweden, France, Estonia and United Kingdom, have previously bought the 3D GIRAFFE AMB. Over the years several hundreds of GIRAFFE radar systems of various models have been sold to more than 25 countries. The latest improvements have turned the 3D GIRAFFE AMB into a true multi-mission surveillance system with for example simultaneous air defence, air and sea surveillance Military Air Traffic Control and Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (RAM) alert.


27 Nov 08. BMT Defence Services Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has successfully completed a technology assessment and road-mapping study for the Royal Navy’s Future Surface Combatant (FSC) programme. The FSC is expected to build on the capabilities of the existing Type 22 and Type 23 multi-purpose frigates that they will replace, as an integral part of the balanced fleet required to support the UK’s future defence commitments. BMT and project partner Systems Engineering & Assessment Ltd (SEA) carried out this important study for the Surface Combatants Directorate [a team within the Ministry of Defence (MoD) responsible for delivery of the FSC programme]. The study team identified potential technologies for inclusion in the FSC concept design, considering existing and required future capabilities, technology lifecycles, compatibility, design, cost and risk. Over 50 individual technologies were examined in areas such as novel hull forms; power and propulsion; navigation, communication, radar and combat systems and deployed/embarked systems. The study, which has taken four months, produced a wide variety of detailed technology roadmaps, technology maturity assessments and supporting information. The study outputs will help to inform the FSC Initial Gate (IG) business case, the first approval point in the design, development and construction programme.

25 Nov 08. Raytheon Missile Systems Co., D/B/A Raytheon Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $33,934,143 order against a previously awarded firm-fixed-priced indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0001) for full recertification of up to 165 All-Up-Round (AUR) Tomahawk Missiles for the U. S. Navy (133) and for the Government of the United Kingdom (32). The order also provides for Systems Engineering Integration Agent support and fixed support for Encanisterization/Decanisterization of MK-14 AUR missiles. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($27,688,543; 82 percent) and the United Kingdom ($6,245,600; 18 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ari

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