30 Mar 10. The U.K. MoD announced a new deal to supply smoke grenades and pyrotechnics to ensure British troops continue to receive the best training and kit for operations. The munitions will fulfil a variety of roles such as providing smoke screen cover on operations, flare markers for parachutists landing in difficult environments and in pre-deployment training to simulate battle conditions, including weapon fire and explosions. The contract extension, worth just under £40m, with Chemring Defence UK Ltd, based in Draycott, Derbyshire, will supply a range of 52 general munitions, including signal flares and battle noise simulators for use on operations in Afghanistan and in pre-deployment training.
08 Apr 10. France has ordered 260 Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, 76 Command Launch Units with Integrated Day / Thermal Sights, and associated equipment and logistical support under a $69m US foreign military sale programme. Under the proposed sale, France has also requested missile simulation rounds, an Enhanced Basic Skills Trainer, Javelin Weapon Effects Simulator Trainers, two-level maintenance, batteries, battery coolant units, spare and repair parts and other related elements of logistics support. The enhanced military equipment will be used to reinforce France’s homeland defence, to contribute to overseas contingencies and NATO operations, and to fight regional threats. (Source: army-technology.com)
06 Apr 10. The German Defence Procurement Agency (BWB) has commissioned Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to supply 44 all-protected battle damage repair vehicles based on the DINGO 2. The task of the battle damage repair contingent (in German GSI contingent) is to eliminate combat and wear damage to vehicles as fast as possible and restore their ability to function. To protect the three-man crew also on foreign missions such as Afghanistan, they will be equipped with the newly developed DINGO 2 GSI. Consequently, the entire order will be delivered to the German Army by the end of 2010.
07 Apr 10. Rolls-Royce signed an innovative service contract worth £690m with the UK MoD to support the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Tornado aircraft. Under the terms of the new RB199 Operational Contract for Engine Transformation (ROCET2) contract, which runs until 2025, Rolls-Royce will provide the RAF with a guaranteed level of availability for its RB199 engines, spares and ground support equipment. The new agreement includes additional support elements, such as the development of engine health monitoring techniques designed to improve operational capability. Rolls-Royce has been contracted to support the RAF’s RB199 engine fleet since December 2005 and has consistently met 100 per cent of the performance requirements from the outset.
06 Apr 10. AAR received an order to provide Containerized Roll-in/Out Platforms (CROP) for the US Army, valued at $65m. The platforms will be built at AAR’s manufacturing facility in Cullman, Alabama, commencing in the summer of 2010. The order is part of a five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract that was established in 2005. (Source: Shephard)
05 Apr 10. BAE Systems, LLC, U.S. Combat Systems, York, Pa., was awarded on March 31 a $145,170,882 firm-fixed-price contract for the reset of 551 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems. Work is to be performed in York, Pa. (42 percent); Aiken, S.C. (8 percent); Fayette, Pa. (12 percent); and Texarkana, Texas (38 percent), with an estimated completion date of Aug. 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army, TACOM Contracting Center, CCTA-AHL-A, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-05-G-0005).
30 Mar 10. DRS’s Tactical Services & Network Solutions business unit was awarded a contract for approximately $77m to provide technical assistance to the United States Army and allies as they withdraw from the country of Iraq. Under terms of the award, DRS will continue to