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29 Sep 10. BAE Systems has been awarded a $3.6m contract by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to manufacture and deliver four-point harness safety restraints with integrated airbag systems for 125 German Boxer Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles. The new SCHROTH(r) restraint system – produced by BAE Systems, a leading producer of high performance, advanced restraint systems under the SCHROTH brand – offers numerous innovative features including shoulder harnesses fitted with belt-integrated airbags. In the event of a crash, sensors measure the resulting accelerations and send signals to gas generators that produce micro pyrotechnical charges allowing the airbags to be deployed within a fraction of a second. (Source: ASD Network)

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29 Sep 10. CAE has won defence contracts valued at more than C$75m. Contracts include upgrading visual and display systems at the German Army Aviation School, renewing a long-term CF-18 systems engineering services agreement for the Canadian Forces, upgrading C-130J simulators for the U.K. Royal Air Force and upgrading a C-130H simulator for an undisclosed North African defence customer.

27 Sep 10. Cassidian, the recently renamed defence and security pillar of EADS, will protect the F-16 fighter aircraft of the Royal Norwegian Airforce (RnoAF) against missile attacks. Cassidian Electronics has received a multi-million euro contract from RNoAF to deliver more than 100 AN/AAR-60 (V) 2 MILDSĀ® F sensors (MILDS F = Missile Launch Detection System, Fighter). Deliveries will commence in June 2011. During the project execution phase close contact to local authorities is supported by Oslo-based EADS Norway.

23 Sep 10. Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $7,218,772 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0005) for the procurement of 10 ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for the government of Poland. Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in September 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $3,537,199 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

24 Sep 10. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has signed a production order contract with the UK MoD for the Meteor missile, which will equip the JAS39 Gripen. The Meteor will significantly increase Gripen’s capability to operate against air targets at long distances. A Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile, Meteor is resistant to electronic countermeasures and also radar-guided. It is powered by a ramjet engine and can adjust thrust, speed and range during flight.
The missile subsystems will be produced in Sweden during the production phase and the final assembly will take place in the UK. The Meteor missile system is expected to be operational within the Swedish Air Force in 2015. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)

29 Sep 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Norway-based air traffic management subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has been awarded a substantial contract by the Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS CR) to supply and install an electronic flight strip (EFS) system for the control tower at Prague Ruzyne International Airport. The EFS system automates the production, distribution and administrative management of flight plan information and other air traffic control data and replaces the paper strip systems previously used by air traffic controllers. The EFS can also provide data integrity checking and ease the working environment of air traffic controllers and paves the way for the application of advanced features such as Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC). Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems’ offering to ANS CR is based on the joint research carried out by the two organizations. This demonstrated that fully integrating the advanced-surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) with th

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