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EUROPE

LAND

29 Jul 10. The Dutch Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to Aramex to provide ground transport services across Europe. Under the two-year contract, the company will handle the inbound and outbound shipments from the Netherlands to locations across the EU, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. Shipments will also involve the movement of helicopter blades, aircraft engines and spares, and supplies for international training exercises. Aramex Netherlands will also deploy additional staff to expand its capacity where needed. Work under the contract will be carried out at the company’s facility in Eindhoven and is expected to be extended until 2014. (Source: armytechnology.com)

04 Aug 10. Fibrotex Technologies is to supply its personal camouflage screens (PCS) to the special operations forces of a Nato country for deployment in Afghanistan. PCS is a lightweight, low-volume, 2D multispectral camouflage net that is printed on both sides, allowing the soldier to be camouflaged with only one net in two different geographical areas. Under the contract, the company will supply a new set of PCS systems for dual fresh-snow/”dirty”-snow terrain camouflage patterns.
Fibrotex CEO Adi Blum said the PCS provided concealment within mere seconds to soldiers operating in a variety of terrains and combat environments. The lightweight camouflage screens are easy to deploy and allow the soldiers to be fully concealed while increasing operational, logistic and economic efficiencies. The new capability provides greater visibility from inside and protects the soldiers from visual, near infrared and thermal infrared devices.Fibrotex previously supplied the Nato country operating in Afghanistan with PCS systems for a dual forest/desert terrain concealment. (Source: armytechnology.com)

SEA

04 Aug 10. Oxley Developments has been awarded a contract by Northrop Grumman Corporation to provide detailed engineering1 of LED navigation and signal lights for the two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers currently under construction for the Royal Navy. Under the contract, awarded by Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, Oxley will provide engineering services for the ships’ navigation and signaling lights, including sidelights, stern light, anchor light, manoeuvring lights and warning signals.

AIR

03 Aug 10. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a potential sale of 603 GBU-39/B small-diameter bombs 1 (SDB1) and related equipment, parts, training and logistical support to the Netherlands. The estimated $44m foreign military sale will improve the military capabilities of the Netherlands and enhanced standardisation and interoperability with US forces. The weapon will support and enhance the Netherlands’ ability to destroy protected, high-value targets such as command and control nodes, and weapons storage facilities. The Boeing Corporation in Missouri will be the principal contractor and there are no known offset agreements in connection with the sale. The sale will be the first sale of the weapon to the Netherlands. The notice of the possible sale is in subjection under the foreign policy and national security objectives of the US. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)

TECHNOLOGY

04 Aug 10. Tactical Communications Group (TCG), the leading independent provider of tactical data link software solutions for military test, training and operational applications worldwide, today announced that the Company has received a $1.7m contract award from Saab Systems Group. Saab AB, Security and Defence Solutions, the lead system integrator for the country of Sweden, licensed the Company’s highly scalable LinkPro software to integrate into Sweden’s StriC command and control (C2) system, primarily for operational use by the Swedish Air Force.

USA

LAND

02 Aug 10. BAE Systems has been awarded a $9.6m follow-on order from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to produce Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipmen

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