CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
17 Sep 09. The Spanish Army has awarded a contract to information technology and defence systems company Indra to supply an additional three Advent 1.5m X-band NewSwift antenna systems. The Advent 1.5m X-band NewSwift antenna, developed by Vislink Group company Advent Communications, is part of a highly compact integrated satellite terminal designed for rapid deployment. The system features a specially shaped offset fed antenna that is manufactured in carbon fibre for strength and portability. The device is configured for X band with voice over internet protocol for baseband data and voice. (Source: army-technology.com)
16 Sep 09. The US Congress has been notified of a possible large-scale foreign military sale of Patriot missiles to the government of Turkey under a lucrative deal worth $7.8bn. The proposed sale consists of 13 Patriot fire units, 72 Patriot advanced capability (PAC-3) missiles, four PAC-3 lot validation missiles, 197 MIM-104E Patriot guidance-enhanced missiles-T (GEM-T), four MIM-104E GEM-T lot validation missiles, five Patriot digital missiles, five anti-tactical missiles and other equipment. The sale also includes eight AN/USQ-140 multifunctional information distribution systems / low volume terminals (MIDS/LVT-2), 13 AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four tactical command systems, 13 battery command posts and six communication relay groups. In addition, the US will supply 13 engagement control stations, 48 M902 launching stations, 52 antenna mast groups, 13 electronic power plant III (EPP), Thales voice and data radios, containers, maintenance equipment, and engineering and logistics support services. The prime contractors will be Raytheon Corporation and Lockheed Martin. (Source: army-technology.com)
18 Sep 09. Saab’s responsibility for the provision of spare parts to the Swedish Armed Forces continues. Saab’s contract concerning the provision of spare parts to the Swedish Armed Forces has been extended for a further 3 years. The order is valued at MSEK 162.Saab already had responsibility for the operation, development and streamlining of the provision of spare parts to the Armed Forces. In 2005, Saab took over the operation of the central warehouse in Arboga, and subsequently also took over the operation of all garrison warehouses. Following the release of the option held by the Armed Forces’ Logistics, the existing contract has now been extended for 3 years, with Saab’s commitment extending until the autumn of 2013.
10 Sep 09. Thales awarded Talisman contract. The UK MoD has awarded Thales UK a £25m ($41m) contract to act as the Mission System Design Authority (MSDA) for the Talisman route proving and clearing system. This was ordered last year as an urgent operational requirement (UOR) for deployment to Afghanistan and will be operated by the Royal Engineers. (Source: Jane’s)
08 Sep 09. VISLINK Law Enforcement & Public Safety (LE&PS) business unit announces that Spanish Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME), have ordered three further ADVENT 1.5m X Band NewSwift antenna systems to add to the seventeen 1.5m NewSwift mobile satellite terminals ordered previously. These will be supplied by leading IT and defence system supplier INDRA. Part of the Spanish army, the highly specialised UME unit was formed in October 2005 to provide the first line of response to any form of national emergency. This initial contract award involved a new design of fast deployment mobile satellite terminal, with INDRA and ADVENT completing the project in under four months. Key elements of the project’s specification included an easy to use system that could be operational in the shortest possible time, removing any need for complex configuration.
16 Sep 09. The MoD announced the award of a £309m contract to BVT Surface Fleet (BVT) for the future support of the Royal Navy’s newest destroyers, the Type 45 class. This new contract is expected to sustain around one hundred and t