13 Jun 11. The Czech Government has approved its Defence Ministry’s plan to acquire US military equipment for its troops under foreign aid programmes, the ministry’s press service said. The purchase, to be funded by the defence ministry budget, includes tens of GPS devices, radio stations, night vision goggles, 11,000 pieces of ammunition and 100 Swiss-made Sig 516 rifles. The Czech military also wants to have 17 identification friend or foe (IFF) systems, according to Prague Monitor. The government had recently approved the acquisition of eight night vision sights for small arms, ammunition and communication equipment from the US for Czech troops in Afghanistan. (Source: armytechnology.com)
08 Jun 11. Ultra Electronics Holdings plc was awarded GBP54m UK submarine reactor control equipment contracts. Ultra announces that two businesses, Command & Control Systems, based at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and PMES, based in Rugeley, Staffordshire have been awarded contracts by Rolls-Royce with a combined value of GBP54m for the supply of reactor control & instrumentation systems for Royal Navy submarines. The scope of the contracts includes the manufacture of multiple systems and spares. Work under these contracts starts immediately and will continue until the end of 2014. Ultra has been working since December 2004 on the development of this equipment. Ultra’s role is that of equipment designer and manufacturer for the control and instrumentation suite and includes the full spectrum of system engineering disciplines, including requirements capture, architecture design, development, verification and qualification. (Source: Google)
09 Jun 11. Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), will soon finalise a deal with the US to buy six Boeing-built CH-47 heavy lift military transport helicopters, a senior procurement official said. The deal with the US was originally finalised in January 2010 for 14 helicopters, but due to financial constraints SSM has decided to procure only six helicopters for the Turkish Army.The Hürriyet Daily News has quoted the procurement official as saying, “Now the contract talks almost have come to an end, and are expected to be concluded very soon. The total price is expected to be over $300m. “After the helicopters begin to arrive, we plan to make some modifications on them according to suit our specific needs,” the official added. The six CH-47F Chinooks will be the first heavy lift helicopters in the Turkish Army’s inventory with deliveries expected to begin in 2013. The CH-47F is the latest model and upgraded version of the CH-47D capable of carrying up to 60 troops and personnel. (Source: armytechnology.com)
09 Jun 11. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded on June 8 a $107,582,787 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-09-C-0010) for the procurement of one Low Rate Initial Production IV conventional take off and landing F-35 aircraft for the government of the Netherlands, including ancillary mission equipment/pilot fighter equipment items. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Fla. (10 percent); Nashua, N.H. (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md. (5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in February 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.
09 Jun 11. DRS Technologies, Inc., A Finmeccanica Company, announced its DRS Tactical Systems business unit received a cost-plus fixed-fee award for the development of an ultra-rugged handheld device for the U.S. Army’s Joint Battle Command – Platform (JBC-P) program. The company received the order from the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering