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01 Mar 11. Cassidian has won a contract from the Swiss defence procurement authority Armasuisse for the advanced production engineering of the IMESS programme (Integrated and Modular Engagement System for the Swiss Soldier). The volume of this order is in excess of 20m Swiss francs. Switzerland expects Cassidian Warrior21™ product to deliver significant capability enhancement, future viability and modularity in the infantry sector. It will give the Swiss Army one of the world’s most powerful advanced soldier systems. It will fit smoothly into the Swiss Army joint reconnaissance, command and action forces. It can also be integrated with systems already in use.

Feb 11. MTL Group a major European Defence manufacturing specialist has been awarded a significant contract from Force Protection
Europe to supply a serial production run of fabricated armoured “V” hulls for the prestigious UK Foxhound project. MTL Group has also supported Force Protection Europe and Ricardo on this project though its
Design For Manufacture service. This DFM service provided an opportunity to select the optimum materials and influence the design for Photo courtesy of Force Protection Europe volume production. From their new 300,000 sq. ft modern manufacturing facility, MTL Group will produce these complex highly protected hulls. MTL Group will be using state-of the-art equipment including the world’s largest robot press and robot welding to ensure consistent quality and volume achievement.

TECHNOLOGY

01 Mar 11. AdaCore, provider of tools and expertise for mission-critical, safety-critical, and security-critical software development, today announced that EADS CASA is using the GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition to implement the data exchange and air-to-ground data links systems for the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator. The GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition, which encompasses AdaCore’s development environment and accompanying support services, helps develop Ada systems that need to achieve the highest levels of safety and/or security certification. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

28 Feb 11. Consip has awarded Accenture a four-year, $6m (USD) contract to develop, build and maintain an eProcurement system that will help transform the way the Italian government manages its procurement operations by increasing efficiencies and ensuring value for money across suppliers. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

USA

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02 Mar 11. Cobham has been selected by Inmarsat to be the maritime terminal launch partner for Inmarsat’s new Global Xpress™ global broadband service, with a distribution opportunity valued at $40m over the next five years, and potential for more depending on market success. Cobham has been awarded contracts to develop, manufacture, test and distribute Global Xpress maritime satellite terminals, through their Sea Tel product line. As initial launch partner, Cobham will ensure availability of Global Xpress maritime satellite terminals at service introduction planned for 2013. Global Xpress™ will begin operations in 2013 with services tailored initially for the government, energy and maritime markets. Global Xpress™ takes advantage of the additional bandwidth available in the Ka-band to offer download rates of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 5Mbps from mobile user terminals as small as 60 centimeters.

28 Feb 11. DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded an estimated $34,248,648.32 contract for the overhaul of Tunner aircraft cargo loaders in support of the Tunner 60K loader program. At this time, $21,101,885.07 has been obligated. WR-ALC/GRVKBA, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8519-04-D-0006-0075).

28 Feb 11. General Dynamics Lands System, Sterling Heights, Mich., was awarded on Feb. 23 a $59,084,086 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the purchase of up to 21 Abrams M1A2 system enhancement package version two upgrade

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