CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
19 Jan 09. Defence Minister Mag. Norbert Darabos announced that on December 29th, 2009 the Austrian Ministry of Defence and IVECO Defence Vehicles signed a contract for the delivery of 150 Light Multirole Vehicles (LMV) in 7 different configurations and related logistics support. By a specific request of the customer, all the vehicles are equipped with a ELBIT weapon station. (Source: defpro.com)
16 Jan 09. According to a recently concluded purchasing agreement, Scania has been commissioned to supply 91 trucks to the Finnish Defence Forces during 2009 and 2010. The deal also includes a five-year repair and maintenance agreement and an option for another 197 vehicles within a 4-year period. (Source: ASD Network)
20 Jan 09. At the end of December 2008, the DGA (the French armament procurement agency) notified MBDA of an order for the conversion of 45 French Navy Exocet MM40 Block2 missiles into the Exocet MM40 Block3 standard. The conversion will take place at MBDA’s production site in La Selles-Saint-Denis (Loir-et-Cher), for delivery in 2011 and 2012. These missiles will enter service on board the “Horizon” frigates – Forbin and Chevalier-Paul – on which integration work on the associated firing installations was also completed in 2008. In the longer term, the MM40 Block3 will be the principal anti-ship weapon of the multi-role frigates (FREMMs).
19 Jan 09. Thales has been awarded by the Norwegian Defence Procurement Division a contract to deliver a new satellite communications system for the five Norwegian Nansen class frigates. This very comprehensive contract will significantly enhance the effectiveness of the Nansen class frigates, enabling them to communicate over secure, high bandwidth satellite links, both with other national and allied force elements. Thales will deliver a complete SATCOM solution for the Nansen class frigates, including state-of-the art military SHF and an advanced dual band Ka/Ku solution engineered to give the best trade-off between performance and installation constraints on-board the frigates. The Thales solution is based on the sea-proven SURFSAT Naval SATCOM family, with leading-edge multi-band and stabilised system, using multiple transmission systems ensuring seamless on-board integration. (Source: ASD Network)
16 Jan 09. Force Protection Industries, Inc., Ladson, S.C., is being awarded a $6,948,832 firm-fixed-priced contract for the purchase of eight Category III MRAP Buffalo Vehicles, On-Board Consumables Kits, and associated Contract Data Requirements Lists (CDRL’s), in support of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle Program. Work will be performed in Ladson, S.C., and delivery of the vehicles is expected to be completed by Sept. 1, 2009 with sustainment support continuing thru January 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-09-C-5000).
13 Jan 09. Rockwell Collins has been selected by General Dynamics C4 Systems to provide approximately 1,500 Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD) for the U.S. Army’s Land Warrior integrated fighting system. The contract calls for Rockwell Collins to provide its ProViewTM SO35-A system for the program. The Rockwell Collins ProView SO35-A system features full-color Super Video Graphics Array resolution with a 35-degree diagonal field of view. The S035-A system incorporates Rockwell Collins’ proprietary electro-optical technology in an extremely low power and compact package.
22 Jan 09. TEXTRON MARINE & LAND SYSEMS, DIVISION OF TEXTRON INC., New Orleans, La., was awarded on Jan. 15, 2009, a $43,747,620 firm fixed price contract so U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command Contracting Center may exercise the option to purchase 60 each armored security vehicles from Textron Marine & Land Systems. Work will be performed at New Orleans, La., with an estimat