31 Mon 11. Cobham Wins £8m Orders for Counter IED Technologies. Cobham has been awarded orders worth £8m for the supply of Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) equipment to undisclosed NATO nations. Cobham has developed a range of innovative technologies and products, which help to protect soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in their search for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Work under these contracts will be delivered during the second and third quarters of calendar year 2011.
31 Mar 11. Harris Corporation received a $1.6m order from the Bundeswehr, the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, for Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio systems. This order brings to six the number of countries that have adopted the AN/PRC-117G to provide defense personnel with next-generation tactical communications capabilities such as wideband networking. In connection with the order, Harris is supplying German forces with AN/PRC-117G radios and related accessories. Germany will deploy the AN/PRC-117G in support of national and NATO peacekeeping missions. The AN/PRC-117G radio provides warfighters with unprecedented situational awareness of the battlefield by enabling applications such as streaming video, simultaneous voice and data feeds, collaborative chat, and connectivity to secure networks. The wideband networking capabilities of the AN/PRC-117G give warfighters critical real-time information through a man-portable radio that is significantly smaller and lighter than previous manpack radios.
05 Apr 11. TenCate Protective Fabrics EMEA has secured an initial order from the Italian manufacturer Aero Sekur S.p.A (Aprilia, Italy) for the delivery of inherently fire-resistant TenCate Defender(TM) M fabric to the Italian ‘Soldier of the Future’ programme (Forza Nec). The aim of this programme is to modernize the equipment of the Italian infantry. This contract from Italy is the result of intensive collaboration within European frameworks. TenCate Defender(TM) M fabric was selected for optimizing the Battle Dress Uniform of the Italian infantry. Aero Sekur is also responsible for developing the CBRN equipment and the over-garments in the programme. The total ‘Forza Nec’ programme includes a wide range of protective equipment, for which TenCate will now supply the fabric for the battle dress uniforms for the first 600 or more soldiers.
05 Apr 11. First production contract for Thales’s Lightweight Multi-role Missile announced. Thales UK and the UK MoD announced an innovative approach to contracting under the principles of Team Complex Weapons (TCW). The two parties have agreed to ‘re-role’ previously contracted budgets to facilitate the full-scale development, series production and introduction of the Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) into service for UK Armed Forces. Specific activities covered under this contract amendment include:- design, development and qualification of the laser beam rider version of LMM, production of an initial delivery quantity of 1,000 LMM, precision-guidance system that will deliver a highly accurate performance against static and mobile targets and with low-collateral damage. The multi-role aspects of LMM mean that the UK will have the ability to use a single family of weapons to take on a variety of roles, including:
-maritime role – LMM will be integrated as the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon Light FASGW(L) missile on the new Wildcat Lynx helicopter platform under a parallel programme with the UK MoD.
-ground-to-ground role – the dual-effect warhead of LMM (blast fragmention and shaped charge) make is suitable for a wide range of ground targets including light/medium armour;
-air-launched role – the modular design of the missile permits the future development and introduction of alternative warheads, seekers including a semi-active laser (SAL) version for precision strike surface attack roles;
Mar 11. A cons