23 Jun 11. Aselsan, has penned a 721m euro ($1bn) contract to sell low- and medium-altitude air defense systems to the Turkish military. This is the largest contract awarded to a local company this year. Aselsan said in a written statement that the deal was signed June 21 between the company and the country’s arms procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). Aselsan’s prime subcontractor is another state-owned defense company, missile specialist Roketsan. Both companies are based here. (Source: Defense News)
27 Jun 11. Pailton Engineering, a global leader in the design and manufacture of steering systems, has won a significant contract to supply parts for the Ministry of Defence’s new Foxhound light protected patrol vehicle. The Coventry-based company won the contract from Force Protection Europe, part of the US company that is a world leader in blast and ballistic protected armoured vehicles. Under the contract, Pailton will supply steering columns, upper sliders and lower sliders with bearing assemblies, idler arms, anti-roll bars, 35mm suspension joints and 50mm suspension joints for 200 vehicles.
Foxhound – the British Army’s name for Force Protection Europe’s Ocelot vehicle – is a new light protected patrol vehicle designed for use by the British Army in theatres such as Afghanistan. The contract win underlines the international reputation that Pailton has for engineering excellence coupled with the flexibility to design, refine and manufacture parts to a customer’s exacting specifications.
24 Jun 11. Software Box Ltd (SBL) Awarded Multi-Million Pound Defence Contract. SBL, the Enterprise level Value Added Reseller & Information Assurance Specialist has been awarded a £30m contract with the MoD.
The Joint Asset Management and Engineering Solutions (JAMES) contract will see SBL work in partnership with Getac, the rugged computer technology designer and manufacturer. The five year deal will include the supply of encrypted rugged hardware, software, licenses and the delivery of a service level agreement – all designed and accredited to meet stringent military security measures. The contract will include the supply of 12,500 Getac rugged Tablet PCs for use by front line commands. Featuring the CAPS approved PGP HMG encryption product, the system has been rigorously tested to perform to the highest standard in military environments and will enable access to asset management and secure facilities whilst on the move. The dedicated SBL JAMES helpdesk, offering a support team and access to around the clock assistance will also be implemented; complementing the in-house installation, configuration and maintenance that will be delivered through SBL.
28 Jun 11. BAE Systems has been awarded a six year, £46m contract to support the Sampson multi-function radars (MFR) on board the fleet of six Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyers. This support contract, awarded by MBDA, is designed as a forerunner to a full ‘contract for availability’ arrangement and will generate data on the radar’s performance which will enable a long-term support solution to be delivered to the Royal Navy.
22 Jun 11. SELEX ELSAG supplies onboard communications for new Royal Navy aircraft carriers. SELEX ELSAG, a Finmeccanica company, has signed the second phase of a contract with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) to supply TETRA communications systems for the two new Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class aircraft carriers. An earlier phase of the agreement provided the design of the system. This award involves the manufacture and test of the main TETRA system for the vessels. When deployed, the TETRA system will provide more than 500 handsets, and will support above-deck aviation teams and below-deck on-board communications for mobile teams and machinery space personnel. The TETRA technology supplied by SELEX ELSAG is ideal for this provision of capability as it is specifically designed for secure emergenc