CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
Dec 08. MoD awards healthcare contract. The MoD has awarded a partnership of NHS Trusts a contract to provide in-patient mental healthcare services for military personnel. Seven Trusts, led by the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will provide treatment at each of the Trusts to reach patients across the UK. (Source: MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin)
28 Nov 08. The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has chosen Astrium Services and DCNS to design, develop and build the Telcomarsat naval telecommunications system. Fifty-four French Navy ships will be equipped with Telcomarsat terminals offering military telecommunications via commercial satellites. Astrium Services and DCNS will supply an IP-based solution and services using off-the-shelf products. The project is worth around €25m and will take four years to complete. Telcomarsat will supplement the capabilities of the French Defence Ministry’s existing Syracuse system by offering extended global coverage and broadband communications for ships not equipped with a Syracuse terminal.
27 Nov 08. Rheinmetall to provide USV prototype for German Navy. Rheinmetall is to supply the German Navy with a prototype multi mission unmanned surface vehicle (USV) under a EUR1.3m (USD1.9m) research and development contract. The new USV will be based on a Watercat M8 fast landing craft built by the Finnish shipbuilder Marine Alutech and feature Rheinmetall control systems. (Source: Jane’s Navy International)
28 Nov 08. Lithuania: Acquisition of Minehunters. Thales UK announced (28 Nov 08) that its Naval Business has been awarded the prime contractorship of a warship reactivation programme, following an agreement between the MoD and the Lithuanian Government. The agreement covers the acquisition and reactivation of two former Hunt Class vessels, COTTESMORE and DULVERTON. Thales is to fit the hull-mounted Sonar 2193 to the two ships (as has already been completed for the eight Hunt Class remaining in RN service). Other work includes new propulsion, command & control systems and mine disposal equipment. The ships are expected to enter service with Lithuania by 2011.
Comment: No financial details of the above transaction have been released. HMS COTTESMORE and DULVERTON, together with HMS BRECON, were converted in 1997 from minehunters to patrol vessels and served as the Northern Ireland Squadron. The three ships paid off at Faslane on 12 Sep 05. BRECON has been converted for a second time and now serves as a seamanship training vessel, moored near the training establishment HMS RALEIGH in Cornwall. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0847, 01 Dec 08)
02 Dec 08. Elisra will supply an airborne surveillance system as part of a contract estimated at more than $60m. The system, which will be supplied to the air force of the European country in the course of the next two years, will be implemented on various platforms, reflecting the unique capabilities of Elisra’s technology as well as the synergy between the Company’s divisions.
01 Dec 08. AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems has been awarded a 12-month contract valued at approximately $3m by the U.S. Army’s Project Manager Soldier Weapons organization for 50 Projectile Detection and Cueing (PDCue(R)) gunshot detection systems. Under the terms of the contract, PDCue will be integrated on an up-armored M1151 vehicle with the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, or CROWS II. The PDCue four-corner system incorporates modular design and open architecture to ensure seamless, plug-and-play integration of the system with weapon stations such as CROWS II. The integrated systems are expected to be fielded with the U.S. Army overseas for operational evaluation. (Source: ASD Network)
01 Dec 08. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (LMSSC), Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $98,635,593 cost-plus-incentive-fee a