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EUROPE

LAND

27 Jul 10. The Royal Air Force is to use battery charging facilities supplied by Marshall SV, part of Cambridge based Marshall Land Systems, following the award of a contract by the UK MoD’s Deployable Test and Support Equipment (DS&TE) project team. Six systems consisting of eight chargers and one discharger/analyser unit housed in a transportable shelter are being supplied, the first of which is being used for operator familiarisation training before the systems are deployed. The programme is being delivered six weeks ahead of schedule and includes the state of the art EFA 2000 Battery Charging systems.

USA

LAND

22 Jul 10. iRobot Corp., Bedford, Mass., is being awarded a $20,468,812 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) production systems, depot level repair parts, spare kits, and depot repair services. The MTRS is a small robotic vehicle used by explosive ordnance disposal technicians to conduct remote reconnaissance, render safe and/or dispose of explosive devices. Work will be performed in Bedford, Mass., and is expected to be completed by March 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity (N00174-10-C-0030).

26 Jul 10. Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on July 22 a $41,422,390 firm-fixed-price contract. This undefinitized contract action will be for 60 Iraqi heavy equipment transporter systems (HETS) and associated ancillary items. The Iraqi HETS are comprised of the M1070A0 tractor and the Fontaine 635NL trailer. The associated ancillary items include 6,240 spare tires; Iraqi HETS spare parts; non-standard trailer manuals; and IHETS operator training. Work is to be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-07-C-0594).

SEA

27 Jul 10. BAE Systems, Inc., a leading U.S. non-nuclear ship repair, modernisation, and conversion company, will modernize 11 Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class guided missile destroyers under a contract with the U.S. Navy with a potential value of $365 million. This work, along with the recent acquisition of Atlantic Marine, reflects BAE Systems’ efforts to support new-era requirements of customers for the readiness and sustainment of equipment and systems. The company received the multi-ship, multi-option drydock contract to service ships home-ported or visiting the Norfolk area. The company will start executing the contract in August when it begins planning, modernization, maintenance, and repair work on the flagship of the class, the USS Arleigh Burke. The contract consists of an initial one-year award plus four option years. If all of the options are exercised, the total value of the engagement could reach between $350m and $500m.

AIR

22 Jul 10. Alloy Surfaces Co., Aston, Pa., is being awarded a three-year $38,300,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to manufacture MJU-49/B decoy devices. Work will be performed in Aston, Pa., and is expected to be completed by December 2013. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively awarded. The Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity (N00104-10-C-K092).

22 Jul 10. Northrop Grumman recently announced the selection of Cobham Mission Equipment as a major subcontractor for the KQ-X program. This DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) program will
demonstrate autonomous aerial refuelling between two unmanned NASA Global Hawk aircraft. Cobham Mission Equipment will be providing the hose and drogue refuelling system in addition to engineering support and aerial refuelling expertise. (Source: ASD Network)

23 Jul

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