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EUROPE

LAND

03 Nov 10. The Ministry of Defense of Spain has awarded General Dynamics European Land Systems, through its Spanish subsidiary Santa Bárbara Sistemas S.A., a four-year contract for the supply of 5,56×45 mm NATO ammunition for the Spanish Army, Air Force and Navy. The contract has a maximum potential value of approximately €20m ($27.9m) if all options are exercised.

29 Oct 10. The Norwegian Army has responded to the increased threat of attacks by commissioning Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) with the delivery of 20 DINGO 2 heavily armoured wheeled vehicles. The troops operating at the Hindu Kush are in need of the vehicles more than ever; since the beginning of the year, soldiers have been confronted with an increasing number of assaults by insurgents. By the end of November, the first ten vehicles shall be delivered by KMW and transported to the operational area. The remaining vehicles will follow in February 2011. Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and the Czech Republic also make use of the DINGO 2.

05 Nov 10. The UK MoD has awarded a three-year order contract to the Scott Health and Safety plant in Lancashire to produce thousands of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) defence masks. The company will manufacture a minimum of 300,000 masks to be worn by UK armed forces as a precaution for a biological or chemical strike, according to Global Security Wire. The company’s global military and civil defence director Nigel Holmes said the masks have been tailored to suit the new challenges of chemical and biological warfare. The order contract follows the revised UK national security strategy which listed foreign-based terrorist groups seeking to launch strikes against UK targets. (Source: armytechnology.com)

AIR

04 Nov 10. CAE has been awarded a series of military contracts valued at more than C$85m, including a program to provide its CAE Medallion-6000 image generator for Turkish Air Force fighter and trainer aircraft simulators, a program to continue providing training services to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force and a contract to provide airborne tactical mission training solutions for the UK military.

02 Nov 10. SELEX Communications, a Finmeccanica company, has signed contracts worth more than EUR 25m for the Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3A programme; the orders are related to communications systems, with manufacturing activities to be carried out at its Italian facilities and deliveries starting from 2012. The total value of the company’s involvement in the Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3A programme is around EUR80m. The balance of the contracts to reach this total will be signed in the next months.

USA

LAND

01 Nov 10. ATK was awarded a $71m contract by the Department of Defense to provide LUU-2D/B and LUU-19B/B illuminating flares supporting the military efforts of the United States and its allies. The contract includes production and delivery of the flares for three years, with the first deliveries in 2011. The primary end user will be the U.S. Air Force. The LUU flares are aircraft-deployed and provide illumination for battlefield operations, search and rescue, ground targeting, and other missions. The LUU-2D/B provides visible light illumination, while the LUU-19B/B provides infrared energy.

01 Nov 10. DRS Technical Services Inc., a DRS Defense Solutions business unit, has received a contract to perform information technology support services and provide network service personnel for U.S. forces located on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The total value of the firm fixed-price contract, including all options, is $23,500,937. The contract was awarded by the CENTCOM Contracting Command, Bagram Regional Contracting Center. These services will assist the United States Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A) in achieving full interoperability of the resident Command, Control, Communications and Computer Information (C4I) systems among the U.S., Allied and Coalition forces on and off the bat

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