25 Apr 11. The Dutch Lower House has approved the purchase of a second
Joint Strike fighter test plane. The government proposal was approved by a majority consisting of the conservative VVD, Christian democrat CDA, Freedom Party and Orthodox SGP. The news comes days after the cabinet announced a one billion euro cut in the defence budget. The two JSFs together cost 270m euros. The decision paves the way for the purchase of a series of JSF planes, but Defence Minister Hans Hillen and Economic Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen stressed that a final decision on a new jet fighter would be taken by the next cabinet. The opposition, however, says the purchase of a second test plane means the Netherlands is now committed to buying the Joint Strike Fighter as a replacement for its fleet of aging F-16s. (Source: ASD Network)
21 Apr 11. Turkey April 21 selected Sikorsky Aircraft as its partner company to lead production of the country’s next-generation utility helicopters. The first S-701 Black Hawk helicopter completes its test flight program in October 2010. (Sikorsky) Sikorsky, Stratford, Conn., defeated AgustaWestland, Cascina Costa, Italy, for the $3.5bn deal for a first batch of 109 platforms, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul told reporters. The decision came at a meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Committee, Turkey’s highest decision-making body on defense procurement. The committee’s members include Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Gen. Isik Kosaner, chief of the General Staff, procurement chief Murad Bayar and Gonul. The move came after a final round of talks with the two rival companies, in which the firms had been asked to cut their prices. (Source: Defense News)
27 Apr 11. ATK received more than $16m in non-standard (non-NATO) ammunition orders through a multi-year contract with the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Rock Island, Ill. Orders on the multi-year contract have totalled more than $177m since it was awarded to ATK in December, 2008. The ATK-provided supplies are critical for Afghan and coalition security forces to respond to internal and external threats. Under this contract, ATK provides technical oversight, quality assurance and supply chain management necessary to deliver non-standard small, medium, and large-caliber ammunition; aviation rockets; grenades; and mortars to Kabul, Afghanistan. In the two years ATK has been supplying non-standard ammunition and weapons to Afghanistan, deliveries have been consistently ahead of schedule.
25 Apr 11. BAE Systems will provide thermal weapon sights to the U.S. Army under a $56m contract that continues production of the widely-used sights that improve situational awareness and survivability for men and women in combat. The second-generation thermal sights give soldiers a tremendous day/night advantage to detect, observe and engage the enemy on today’s battlefield by providing imagery independent of darkness, smoke and other common battlefield obscurants. Under the contract, BAE Systems will provide light, medium and heavy variants for use on individual and crew served weapons.
21 Apr 11. Chrysler Group International, LLC, Auburn Hills, Mich., was awarded on Apr. 19 a $17,977,169 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 530 Jeep J8 kits, completely knocked down, and one lot of contractor furnished spare parts all under Foreign Military Sales to Israel. Work will be performed in Romulus, Mich., with an estimated completion date of Apr. 18, 2012. A sole-source bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Contracting Center, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-11-C-0273).
13 Apr 11. General Dynamics Information Technology was awarded a contract by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Engineering and Support Services (MiDAESS) program to provide infrastructure and deployment services in support of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The five-year, m