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08 Feb 11. Radio Tactics Ltd has signed a significant deal with the Royal Military Police to roll out Aceso in locations across the UK and internationally. Radio Tactics has tailored the Aceso units specifically for the RMP, fitting them perfectly to fulfill the requirements of the force. Aceso and Aceso Field are pioneering products that rapidly extract evidentially sound data from mobile phones, digital devices, SIM and media cards. Aceso Field has the added benefit that it is fully portable, providing personnel on the front line with instant access to the often vital information that Aceso can recover. The extensive audit trail and unique keycard access system Aceso provides ensures that the RMP is confident in maintaining the most stringent level of security in all its operations. The RMP deploy as part of the field army, supporting all MoD operations at home and overseas. The force is responsible for policing the military community worldwide, as service personnel are subject to English criminal law wherever they are serving.

09 Feb 11. The Czech military will be equipped with a new type of assault rifle, CZ 805 BREN A1/A2 with a short barrel, which will be operational from autumn 2011. The rifle has been manufactured by Ceska zbrojovka and will replace the Czechoslovak assault rifle 76.2mm vz 58, that has been in use for more than 50 years. The new small weapons were designed as part of the “soldier of 21st century” project, which integrates all elements of personal equipment, gear, communication, navigation, optoelectronics and identification features of a soldier. The modern CZ 805 BREN rifle represents a unified modular weapon system enabling accommodation of additional devices with the prospective of further
improvements. The cost of the contract is approximately CZK1.1bn ($62.1m). (Source: armytechnology.com)

07 Feb 11. FN Herstal is pleased to announce that the FN MINIMI(tm) 5.56 has been selected as the new light machine gun for the Norwegian Armed Forces. The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) confirmed their decision last November, putting an end to a yearlong competition.

03 Feb 11. The Swedish Defence Force (FMV) has awarded a contract to Kongsberg to supply Protector remote weapon stations (RWS). The Protector is a remotely controlled weapon station for light and medium-calibre weapons that can be mounted on any type of platform, allowing the operator to remain in the vehicle during fire operations in the battlefield. The weapon station enables the operator to keep his sights on target, independent of ballistic solution for the ammunition in use.
The Nkr80m ($13.7m) order is part of the Protector Nordic programme, through which Sweden and Norway will use the same RWS configuration across their platforms. (Source: armytechnology.com)

07 Feb 11. Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a £37m ($58m) contract to deliver the Small Arms Range Targetry System (SARTS) to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) supporting Armed Forces. SARTS is a live fire range training capability that features modular equipment scalable to different environments. The system will provide UK Armed Forces with the ability to conduct small arms live fire tactical training on ranges and field firing areas to satisfy their Operational Marksmanship Standards, from basic all-arms weapons tests to advanced field firing exercises. The contract calls for Lockheed Martin to deliver and install a suite of infantry target equipment in nearly 140 locations worldwide by March 2013. It will comprise fixed and moving range systems with accurate scoring and marking to expedite throughput and increase efficiency. For SARTS, Lockheed Martin will draw on its legacy of training expertise, including its work with the MoD to deliver its Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT). The world’s largest virtual training system, CATT connects up to 400 warfighters together in an immersive, computer-generated environment. Lockheed M

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