Sep 09. Ultralife Corporation has been awarded a multi-year contract for advanced lithium ion battery and charging systems by General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited (General Dynamics UK) for use by the British Armed Forces. General Dynamics UK has awarded the company initial orders valued at approximately $12m. As anticipated, deliveries against these orders are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2009 and be completed in the third quarter of 2010. (Source: Google)
16 Sep 09. Type 45 Destroyers: Support Contract. The Defence Equipment Minister announced (16 Sep 09) that a £309m contract was placed with BVT Surface Fleet on 10 Sep 09. The contract is to provide in-service support for the Type 45 destroyers for up to seven years from 1 Jan 2010. Separate negotiations are under way to provide a similar contract covering the Sea Viper missile system fitted to the Type 45s.
Comment: First of Class HMS DARING is expected to enter service in February 2010. Second of Class (DAUNTLESS) has completed her second set of contractor sea trials. Third of Class (DIAMOND) is due to start her trials in the near future and fourth of Class (DRAGON) is to start in 2010. Fifth of Class (DEFENDER) is expected to be launched in October 2009 and sixth of Class (DUNCAN) in October 2010. As at 31 Mar 08, the cost of procuring the six ships was £6,464m. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 10/35, 21 Sep 09)
17 Sep 09. Spanish MP heralds order for more patrol vessels. The Spanish Navy is to procure four additional Buques de Accin Martima (BAM) offshore patrol vessels, according to an MP representing the constituency where the initial vessels are being built. “The decision has been taken,” Carmen Sanchez of the ruling Socialist (PSOE) party told a Cadiz newspaper on 12 September, saying she had received confirmation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD). (Source: Jane’s Navy International)
24 Sep 09. SELEX Communications, a Finmeccanica company, has signed the design phase contract with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) to supply the Wireless Communications System (WCS) for the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class Carriers. The company’s extensive experience in both naval communications and commercial TETRA radio technology enabled it to provide a solution offering a comprehensive understanding of the requirement, and of the needs of the users for reliable and high-availability communications providing seamless coverage, both above and below decks. SELEX Communications will fully engage with the ACA to de-risk wherever possible and identify opportunities to reduce the time required installing equipment on board ship. The company’s partnering approach will also include running cost-reduction workshops to identify opportunities to save money. On successful completion of the design phase of the programme, the potential production option contract will result in delivery of the first ship-set to the agreed timescales.
09 Sep 09. Lynx Helicopters: Improvements. BAE Systems announced (9 Sep 09) that the MoD has placed an initial order for a new generation of helmet-mounted displays. The Fleet Air Arm is to receive 12 remote sighting systems for Lynx Mk8 helicopters by May 2010. No contract value was given. AgustaWestland announced (16 Sep 09) the successful first flight of the Army Air Corps’ first Lynx Mk9A, fitted with more powerful CTS800 engines. The first four such aircraft are to be delivered in late 2009 and the remaining eight in 2010.
Comment: On 11 Dec 08, the Defence Secretary announced that 12 Lynx Mk9 are to be re-engined at a cost of £70m in order to operate more efficiently in the ‘hot and high’ conditions in Afghanistan. After re-engining, the Lynx Mk9 becomes Mk9A. As at 30 Jun 09, the Fleet Air Arm had 61 “effective” Lynx Mk3/8 and the Army Air Corps had 94 “effective” Lynx Mk7/9. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 10/35, 21 Sep 09)
21 Sep 09. The Turkish Army has increased