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15 Sep 10. Swedish FMV has placed an initial production order worth $20.7m for FlexNetTM-Four software defined radios to support the country’s Tactical Data Radio System (TDRS) program for advanced ground mobile communications.King added that the software defined radios enable cost-effective capability growth through an open architecture that allows for future technology upgrades. Rockwell Collins has proven its leadership in software defined radio vehicular communications systems by providing the future-proof FlexNet solution, the first Software Communications Architecture (SCA)-compliant radio tested in the field in Europe. The FlexNet platform has been selected by the European Secure
Software defined Radio (ESSOR) program to support the new European Coalition Waveform. Based on multi-band and multi-channel communication systems and designed with an open and secure architecture, the FlexNet radios are compliant with the SCA standard and will accommodate future technology insertions and capability upgrades.

13 Sep 10. SELEX Communications sells its new Platform Personal Role Radio system. SELEX Communications, a Finmeccanica company, has received its first export order for the new Platform Personal Role Radio (PRR) system. A major customer is purchasing systems to be installed in military vehicles to support communications between the vehicles and with troops wearing man-worn PRR’s. The Platform PRR is designed by the UK-based business of SELEX Communications to be fitted in a wide range of hard-skinned and soft-skinned military vehicles and in rotary-winged aircraft. Interfacing with a platform’s harness system, it provides communications between the crew and transported, mounted, dismounting/dismounted troops equipped with PRR or Enhanced Encrypted (EZ) PRR.

AIR

09 Sep 10. The Turkish Air Force will receive the first KT-1T basic trainer, jointly produced by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), in October 2010. KAI was awarded a $350m contract in 2007 by the undersecretariat for defence industries to produce 40 KT-1Ts for the Turkish Air Force. The Turkish version of KAI’s KT-1 Woongbi, the KT-1T, will include special modifications as required by the Turkish Air Force. Powered by a turboprop engine, the KT-1T has a length of 10.3m and a wingspan of 10.6m, and is designed for two crew members, an instructor and a student. With a maximum speed of 350kt, the trainer can fly a range of 900nm at a maximum altitude of around 11,600m.
KAI will complete the deliveries in June 2012, replacing the aging US T-37 basic trainer aircraft in the Turkish Air Force’s inventory. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)

14 Sep 10. Vector Aerospace Corporation has signed two follow-on contracts with HS Claverham. The work will be carried out by Vector Aerospace Component Services at Almondbank, Perthshire. The contract extends the companies’ existing relationship, which has been built over the last ten years, in maintaining a range of Powered Flying Control Units fitted to UK MoD fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Ian Burnett, Director Component Services commented, “I am delighted that these negotiations have resulted in retaining this high quality engineering work at Almondbank.”

TECHNOLOGY

08 Sep 10. Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service (DFTS): Contract Extension. The Defence Equipment Minister announced (8 Sep 10) that the MoD had extended its public/private partnership contract with the BT Group for DFTS. DFTS provides secure voice, data and video telecommunications services to Defence users in the UK and abroad. The contract has been extended by three years, from July 2012, with the extension valued at about £810m.
Comment: The original DFTS 10-year contract was signed on 25 Jul 97, with BT undertaking the work previously done by some 1,200 Service and civilian personnel. On 1 Apr 05 the contract was extended by five years, until July 2012, when the total cost was est

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