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15 Aug 11. American Science and Engineering, Inc. announced the receipt of an order from an Eastern European country for two Z Backscatter™ Van (ZBV™) X-ray screening systems — the industry’s top-selling non-intrusive cargo and vehicle X-ray screening system.

11 Aug 11. Saab received an order for components to the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system. The total value of the order is MSEK 362. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

AIR

15 Aug 2011. Turkey has signed a government-to-government deal with the United States to buy six CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopters, worth up to $400m, a senior procurement official said. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Pentagon body that coordinates weapon sales, notified Congress of a potential sale of 14 CH-47F heavy-lift helicopters for $1.2bn in December 2009, and Congress gave permission later that month. (Source: Defense News)

10 Aug 11. The Austrian Air Force has awarded a contract to Germany’s Comsoft to supply an indoor variant of the ADS-B sensor. The Austrian Air Force plans to temporarily install an ADS-B ground station at various sites for evaluation purposes, and to prepare for future installation site planning. The air force also plans to acquire additional sensors for future needs to add to the infrastructure. The ADS-B sensor delivery includes the quadrant control and monitoring system (QCMS), a pre-configured system with a high-resolution colour display, which can be integrated in IP-based communication infrastructures. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)

11 Aug 11. Cobham announced the award of a £10m+ four year contract, with an additional two one-year options, for the provision of a flight inspection service to the UK MoD. The contract covers the calibration of navigation and landing aids at all of the UK MoD’s airfields worldwide from the Falklands Islands to Afghanistan. In winning this competitively procured contract, Cobham’s Flight Inspection business has demonstrated its capability as the leading provider of flight inspection services in UK and Europe, to both civil and military customers. These services are delivered by Cobham staff and aircraft under a flexible tasking arrangement that provides value for money for the UK MoD.

10 Aug 11. Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. received a contract from Thales UK to supply Boeing with the Tactical Data Unit and Data Transfer Unit for use in the Avionics Suite supplied for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Project Julius Chinook Upgrade. The initial contract, which began in late 2009 and runs through 2013, is valued at $9 million. The Curtiss-Wright hardware includes a fully ruggedized, high-performance processing engine and high integrity 3D OpenGL graphics solution that will host Mission Planning and Moving Map software from Thales within a secure computing environment. Curtiss-Wright’s Specialist Electronics Services business operation is developing and manufacturing the Tactical Data Unit and Data Transfer Unit at its Camberley, UK facility. The products are delivered to Thales UK’s Crawley facility, and then installed on the UK MoD’s fleet of Chinook helicopters.

TECHNOLOGY

09 Aug 11. Frazer-Nash and MathWorks won a contract to provide electrical systems modelling support to the MoD’s surface ships and submarine teams for the next four years, to June 2015. Won following a competitive bidding process, the enabler contract marks the start of a closer working relationship between the two companies. Frazer-Nash has worked with MathWorks on a range of projects over the past seven years, but this contract represents the first formal teaming of the two firms. The contract will see the companies providing mathematical modelling expertise on marine electrical power systems for a range of the MoD’s defence platforms. In practice, this will mean the team may be asked to model anything from a proposed electrical power system for a new vessel, through to individual c

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