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EUROPE

LAND

10 May 10. UK MoD places additional CTAS order. The UK MoD – acting on behalf of both the French and UK programme authorities – has placed an order for an additional 15 40 mm CTAS (Cased Telescoped Armament System) cannons with manufacturer CTA International (CTAI), jointly owned by BAE Systems and Nexter. There are currently four such cannon in existence in a condition to be used for live firing. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

SEA

01 Jun 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri to deliver two full navigation suites for the second pair of U212A class submarines being built for the Italian Navy. This new contract represents the natural evolution of the joint German-Italian Submarine Program. Fincantieri, which has already constructed and delivered the first two submarines to the Italian Navy, is also building the second pair of boats at its Muggiano shipyard. The navigation suites, comprising the PL41 Mk4 ring laser gyro inertial navigation system and the navigation data controller (NDC), will be supplied by the company’s German navigation systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF.

AIR

31 May 10. Finland orders one additional Airbus Military C295 aircraft. The Finnish Air Force has ordered from Airbus Military one additional C295 tactical transport aircraft. This new aircraft will be the third to join the Finnish Air Force, which has already been operating two C295s since 2007. It will have the same configuration as the earlier aircraft.

01 Jun 10. Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration, FMV, for the continuous support of Gripen’s operational capacity. The contract is valued to MSEK 230. Amongst other things the order covers product maintenance, technical support, basic operations such as test flying, rigs and simulators in order to ensure the Gripen system’s operational ability and airworthiness. This work will be undertaken during the second half of 2010 at Saab’s plants located in Linköping, Arboga, Göteborg and Stockholm.

USA

LAND

27 May 10. Harris Corporation received a $27m order to supply additional JTRS-approved Falcon III(r) AN/PRC-152(C) multiband handheld radios and AN/VRC-110 vehicular amplifier adapter systems to the U.S. Department of Defense for use in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs). Harris radios are installed in the majority of
M-ATV vehicles deployed to Afghanistan. The AN/VRC-110 is a fully integrated, high-performance multiband vehicular radio system, consisting of an amplifier adapter and two Falcon III(r) AN/PRC-152(C) multiband handheld radios, which serve as handheld transceivers. The AN/VRC-110 enables warfighters to maintain communications in dismount operations by allowing the AN/PRC-152(C) handheld radios to be quickly removed from the vehicle while remaining powered on and connected to the network. The combat-proven AN/PRC-152(C) is the most widely-fielded JTRS-approved handheld radio with more than 100,000 units deployed.

01 June 10.The US Army has awarded a contract to Harris Corporation to supply next-generation military communications satellite terminals. Under the $55m contract, Harris will supply large fixed terminals with high-altitude electromagnetic pulse protection, and transportable terminals of standard and hardened configurations. The company will also develop a small fixed terminal, a large fixed radome, an enhanced interactive electronic technical manual and training simulation hardware under different contract options. The advanced satellite terminals will support high-priority military communications and missile defence systems that enable the warfighter to communicate back to the main base or command, with the ability to access remote resources. The delivery of satellite terminals is part of the US Army’s $600m modernisation of enterprise terminals (MET) programme. Harris has received MET orders worth up to $153m sinc

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