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02 Dec 10. API Technologies Corp. was awarded a $3.9m (£2.5m), two-year contract to provide secure communications equipment for use in ground stations and mobile platforms. API’s UK subsidiary, Secure Systems & Technologies (“SST”) won the order, which will be designed and manufactured in the Company’s Gloucester, UK facility. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

06 Dec 10. Elbit Systems Ltd. was awarded a contract valued at €17.7m to provide a European Ministry of Defense with advanced tactical communication systems to be delivered during 2011- 2012. The communication systems to be delivered under the contract are Tadiran CNR 9000 and Tadiran HF 6000. These tactical radio systems offer voice and high data rate transfer and are considered as industry’s leading technology.

02 Dec 10. Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded the contract from General Dynamics UK to deliver the turret for the Scout reconnaissance vehicle. Lockheed Martin has already been working on the project, thanks to advance funding provided by the MoD through General Dynamics UK as prime contractor, ahead of full contract agreement, to ensure the Demonstration Phase schedule remained fully on track. As part of this contract, Lockheed Martin UK – Ampthill will provide General Dynamics UK with three Scout turrets which will form part of the Integration and Test programme on the Demonstration Phase of the Scout project. Lockheed Martin UK is working to get its key suppliers under contract. These suppliers include: Defence Support Group for turret assembly integration and test; Rheinmetall Land Systems for the turret structure, cannon mounting structure and CT40 Cased Telescoped Cannon System integration; Ultra Electronics for power management; Curtiss Wright for turret drives and stabilisation control; Meggitt for the ammunition handling system and Moog for the slip ring. Lockheed Martin UK – Ampthill is responsible for fire control and training and as the turret systems integrator. Over 75 percent of this work will be done in the UK. As specified by General Dynamics UK, the Scout turret has been designed to maximise space and protection for the crew inside. Recognising Scout is a reconnaissance vehicle and its ASCOD SV platform has a large turret-ring diameter of 1.7m, the design increases space and gives soldiers considerably more room for modern display screens, comfort for long periods inside the turret and ease of movement, even when wearing full body armour and future wearable systems. With the need for military electronics ever-expanding on operations, the turret allows significant room for new systems to be fitted without compromising the design of the vehicle. The turret is designed around the CT40, which was successfully integrated and fired last year on a Warrior infantry fighting vehicle.

30 Nov 10. French defense procurement agency DGA has selected a consortium formed by Thales, Nexter and Sagem (Safran group) to lead the architecture phase of the Scorpion program on behalf of the French army. This two-year contract (four years with optional tranches) is worth €21m. The consortium has created a dedicated company called MARS (Maitrise de lARchitecture Scorpion) to oversee the architecture phase, thus guaranteeing independent program governance and simplifying the industrial organization. Formed by three companies who are leaders in their respective markets, MARS will draw on their complementary areas of expertise to cover all aspects of the Scorpion program. The partners bring to the table their in-depth understanding of armies’ current and future operational needs, and the systems and equipment needed to meet these requirements. MARS was created to ensure that these systems and equipment deliver the capabilities demanded by front-line combat units, now and in the future, while ensuring the program’s unity and cost-effectiveness. It will work closely with the DGA, army units and armed forces headquarters to accomplish this mission, ba

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