26 May 11. James Fisher Defence, a division of James Fisher and Sons plc, the UK’s leading marine services provider, has been selected to undertake a comprehensive modernisation of the Swedish Navy’s Rescue Vehicle known locally as URF under a contract worth around £11m. The contract further demonstrates JFD’s leadership of the global submarine rescue market. JFD will undertake a full refit of the existing vehicle and design, build and integrate a series of new systems to maintain the vehicle’s performance, whilst optimising safety and operability. The upgrade work will be completed at JFD’s Glasgow facility and the modernised vehicle will be delivered back into service in March next year after which JFD will continue to work with the Swedish Navy to ensure its future availability. URF will bring to four the total number of rescue vehicles supported by JFD.
25 May 11. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit has won a contract to upgrade the navigation radars on five Swedish navy patrol boats. Under the contract, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine will retrofit each ship with two dual-band interswitched chart radar systems with navalized display features. The systems are based on Sperry Marine’s advanced VisionMaster FT™ navigation technology with WideView™ multifunction displays. The initial contract includes five ships with options for six additional ships, plus a spare system, spare parts, service and maintenance. CA Clase Marinelektronik AB, Sperry Marine’s sales and service representative in Sweden, will be responsible for installing, commissioning, testing and technical support for the project.
25 May 11. Rolls-Royce has signed a long term contract with BAE Systems to provide in-service support for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers. The Type 45 Daring Class destroyers are each powered by two, cutting-edge, Rolls-Royce WR-21 gas turbines. This contract, worth £20m, is part of an innovative approach to supporting the Type 45 fleet – known as Class Output Management. This arrangement will deliver guaranteed availability of the WR-21 engines to support the ships’ demanding operational schedules, allowing the MoD to focus solely on meeting its operational requirements. (Source: ASD Network)
31 May 11. Sofradir has been awarded the contract to provide shortwave infrared (SWIR) arrays for the TROPOMI/S5 – (Sentinel 5 Precursor) mission, as part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) space initiative. GMES is a joint undertaking of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA). Under the contract, Sofradir will deliver to SSTL (UK), a worldwide supplier of satellite and space equipment, off-the-shelf 1000×256 SWIR arrays, based on its Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT/HgCdTe) technology. Selecting an off-the-shelf model that has proven its performance and reliability has eliminated the need for Sofradir to go through a preliminary design phase, which can involve extensive screening and qualification. This translates into an 18-month saving in delivery time of the flight models. As a result, all deliveries will be completed within 24 months.
26 May 11. Cobham Defense Electronic Systems, Lowell, Mass., is being awarded a $13,263,252 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Advanced Wireless Networks for the soldier radio platform. Work will be performed at Lowell, Mass. The Air Force Research Laboratory/RIKD, Rome N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-11-C-0200).
27 May 11. Global Fleet Sales, Inc., Southfield, Mich., was awarded on May 24 a $146,018,060 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 1,788 Cargo Transport II trucks; 3,955 police trucks; and 55 mobile maintenance trucks. Work will be performed in Chonburi, Thailand, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 31, 2012. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with three bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren