22 Dec 09. BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the French DGA for 53 BvS10 MkII vehicles, a new and improved version of the all-terrain vehicle in service with the Dutch and British armed forces. With options, the total value of the contract could reach €220m for 129 vehicles. The contract is for three variants – troop carrier, command post and logistic vehicle – together with a comprehensive through-life support package. The project will be run in close cooperation with French partners, such as Panhard and EADS and deliveries are to commence 2010.
17 Dec 09. The Raytheon Company-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture received a $176m contract from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense for more than 1,300 Javelin missile rounds and associated engineering support.
22 Dec 09. Saab has signed a contract for the sale of its ARTHUR WLS (Weapon Locating System) to the Italian Army. The order has been
obtained in collaboration with the Italian company Selex Sistemi Integrati(Finmeccanica Group). The value of the order to Saab is approximately EUR46m(approximately SEK475m). Saab is to supply the radar system, with Selex Sistemi Integrati (Finmeccanica Group) supplying the command and communications solution. The contract, which is a basic order with an expansion opportunity, also comprises associated logistics with training, installation and support. Deliveries are estimated to take place over the next three years.
17 Dec 09. Romania unleashes assault rifle requirement. The Romanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) has unveiled a requirement for a new assault rifle as part of the Romanian Individual Fighting System (RIFS) programme. Five years after joining NATO, Romanian armed forces are now seeking to procure a 5.56×45 mm weapon system to replace its armoury of AK-47 variants including the 5.45×39 mm and 7.62×39 mm AKM rifles. (Source: Jane’s)
21 Dec 09. Babcock has been awarded a long-term contract by the UK MoD to provide in-service support to Eddystone, the Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM) system for submarines. The award re-confirms Babcock as the UK centre of excellence for the support of CESM capability. Babcock has been delivering above-water CESM support for ten years. This in-service support team represents the largest single body of in-service expertise for this type of capability in the UK and is acknowledged to be flexible in its approach, and provide cost and delivery effective support to the highest standards. This expertise will be built on in delivering Eddystone in-service support. The Eddystone system was designed, developed and installed by Babcock under a previous competitively won contract, and Babcock is the system Design Authority; a role it will retain for the overall system.
17 Dec 09. Turkish procurement officials Dec. 17 welcomed the U.S. administration’s decision to sell 14 CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters to the Turkish Army.”This deal will greatly boost our military transport capabilities,” one official said. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the Pentagon office that coordinates weapons sales, last week notified Congress of the potential sale. “The government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of 14 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, 32 T55-GA-714A turbine engines, 28 AN/ARC-201E Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems, 14 AN/APR-39A(V)1 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, support equipment, special tools and test equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, site survey, personnel training and training equipment, ferry services, U.S. government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support,” the DSCA said. “The estimated cost is $1.2bn,” it said. (Source: Defense News)
22 Dec 09. The Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) program has announced that the United Kingdom has received financial approval to purchase its third Loc