20 Nov 09. FAUN TRACKWAY has won a sizeable contract for two complete TRACKWAY systems of the Heavy Ground Mobility System (HGMS). The units of HGMS, rated MLC70, consists of two TRACKRACKS, the launch and recovery system units, and four SPOOLRACKS providing an additional 300m of roadway. TRACKWAY was designed and developed for the MOD and has been used by the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and by over 30 armed forces worldwide. The modular panels are made from the highest grade aluminium withstanding repeated loads of up to 70 tonnes. HGMS is best suited to adverse terrain conditions, including snow, marsh, mud and sand in a variety of challenging climates.
25 Nov 09. The Italian Army has awarded a contract to New Holland Construction to supply 142 new construction equipment units. Under the €21m contract, the company will supply crawler excavators, wheel loaders, graders and dozers to renovate the army’s current fleet of construction equipment machinery. The supplied construction equipment will be used throughout the army’s various military installations across the globe to support safety and defence actions. Equipment will be sourced from the company’s facilities in Italy and Germany and deliveries are scheduled over the next 12 to 24 months. (Source: army-technology.com)
23 Nov 09. The Direction Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) procurement office has ordered 16,454 more Felin infantry kits, bringing the total number bought to 22,588, the ministry of defense said in a Nov. 23 statement. The DGA on Nov. 20 signed the contract with Safran’s Sagem unit, which is prime contractor for the high technology gear for the infantry. The budget for the Felin program totals 1bn euros, including development, tooling up, production and initial support, the ministry said.
13 Nov 09. Secure Systems & Technologies Ltd (SST) has been awarded a significant contract by Roke Manor Research (Roke) which with options will be worth in excess of £600,000. The modified military rugged TEMPEST laptops are for the Project SEER Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) as part of the UK Forces Land Electronic Warfare (EW) enhancement. Roke are the prime contractor to the MoD. SST is set up to respond to such UORs, specialising in the design and manufacture of mission critical devices/system components required to meet exacting Environmental, TEMPEST and military EMC standards. By selecting a rugged laptop that has been ‘field proven’ in the target environment SST reduces the technical risk and time to deliver. This approach also ensures that the through-life support that is critical to such programmes runs through the entire supply chain.
23 Nov 09. A new generation of Royal Navy ships, designed to meet the UK’s future defence, security and peacekeeping needs, is the focus of a £3.4m contract awarded to BAE Systems by the UK MoD. Representing a step change for the UK maritime industry, the contract significantly reduces risk in the Future Surface Combatant (FSC) programme by enabling the joint project team to develop a better view of costs, schedules and design at an earlier stage than has been possible with any previous programme.
23 Nov 09. DCNS awarded contracts worth €1bn to maintain French Navy’s SSNs and SSBNs. The French Navy has formally awarded DCNS two major contracts for through-life support services for its nuclear-powered submarine fleets. The first is for TLS for six nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) for five years; the second for TLS for nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) for five-and-a-half years.
24 Nov 09. The Italian Navy is to upgrade it’s fleet of minehunting vessels with a Thales UK-developed sonar system. The deal is part of a wider midlife update of Gaeta-class vessels being undertaken by local shipbuilder Intermarine. Thales UK said it signed a contract with Intermarine Nov. 18 to supply its Sonar 2093 for eight of the Italian minehunters. The deal is wort