CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
11 Dec 08. Raytheon Company has been awarded a $16m subcontract by the BAV Division of VSE Corporation to provide Romania with two High-Frequency Surface Wave Radar systems. Raytheon Canada’s HFSWR system provides continuous, all-weather coverage to enable Romania to protect its maritime sovereignty in the Black Sea. The system detects and monitors any vessel movement throughout the country’s 200 nautical mile (370 kilometers) Exclusive Economic Zone. Raytheon Canada and Defence Research and Development Canada collaborated to develop the technology that helps countries strengthen their security along the coastline. HFSWR production will occur at Raytheon Canada’s Waterloo facility.
11 Dec 08. Renault Trucks Defense is delivering Sherpa 3 tactical vehicles to NATO as well as the heavy logistic trucks: Kerax 4×4, Kerax 6×6 and 8×8 manufactured at Bourg-en-Bresse factory, total 90 vehicles. Taking into account the operational urgency, those vehicles will be sent to the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
18 Dec 08. Saab develops the Swedish air defence. Saab has received two orders from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV, for continued development, support, and maintenance of the Swedish armed forces air defence system StriC and the simulator system Strics. The total value is SEK 117m. The system is developed in close collaboration with the customer and is adapted for the specific requirements of the Swedish air force. Different versions of the system has also successfully been exported
17 Dec 08. Saab has received an order from the Finnish Defence Forces for an additional number of the new anti-tank weapon NLAW. The order is valued to approximately 200 MSEK. Finland ordered the anti-tank weapon system NLAW last year and became the first export customer for the short range anti-tank weapon. They have now ordered an additional number of the system which will be delivered to Finland during 2009.
15 Dec 08. Installation of the Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG) on HM Submarines Triumph and Tireless marked the early completion of the programme; the submarines are the final two of 12 to receive the updated command system. The installation programme has been completed six months ahead of schedule, in large part because the BAE Systems-led team was able to reduce the time needed to make the conversion, enabling the installation to be carried out in normal alongside maintenance periods. The record was 18 days for HMS Vigilant’s conversion earlier this year. A significant benefit from the use of commercial off the shelf technology is that over its life SMCS NG will cost 25% less to support than its predecessor, saving £22m in the first 10 years. SMCS NG is designed to handle the growing volume of information available in modern nuclear submarines and to control the sophisticated underwater weapons carried now and in the future. Its core capability is the assimilation of sensor data and the compilation and display of a real time tactical picture to the Submarine Command Team.
15 Dec 08. Cobham Aviation Services joint venture, FB Heliservices (FBH), has been awarded a £29m contract from the UK Ministry of Defence. The contract extends the Company’s existing Belize and Brunei contracts until 31 March 2013 and the Middle Wallop training contract until 31 March 2012. Options then enable the contract to be further extended until 2015. Under the new contract, FB Heliservices will provide a total of eight COMR (Civil Owned Military Registered) Bell 212HP helicopters; three in Belize, three in Brunei and two at Middle Wallop, together with engineering support at all bases and aircrew at Middle Wallop as necessary.
17 Dec 08. Elbit Systems Ltd won several airborne upgrade contracts with a total value of $80m. Signed with European customers, the projects will be performed over the next three years. The contracts,