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27 Sep 11. Astrium has been selected by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to define the first step of the systems architecture for its territorial ballistic missile defence programme. The contract follows on from the decision taken at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010 to provide NATO with an additional capability to protect Europe. The contract involves defining within a year the requirements to expand the existing theatre missile defence into a territory ballistic missile defence. NATO signed this initial contract under its territorial missile defence programme on 20 September 2011 with a consortium led by the American company SAIC. The contract is worth €2.5m. Astrium, the European leader in space systems and technologies, is a member of the industry team selected by NATO to implement the initial definition phase of its ballistic missile programme. Astrium has been a key player in NATO’s ballistic missile defence programme since July 2001.


03 Oct 11. Ocean Safety, has secured an order for the service and supply of Jason’s Cradle® Rescue Stretchers to the UK Ministry of Defence. In a significant contract, a Jason’s Cradle® will be held on every ship in the UK’s naval fleet. The Jason’s Cradle®, which is designed as a series of articulating rungs with an orange flotation tube at each side, is suitable for high sided vessels, diver recovery and quayside rescue and is offered in two sizes. Jason’s Cradle® is designed to retrieve people quickly and horizontally from the water, thus reducing the possibilities of “dry drowning” now more commonly known as Circum Rescue Collapse. The horizontal lift for a MOB has now become critical in the modern marine world and by using the Jason’s Cradle®, not only is this achievable, but it is one of the safest and quickest methods of retrieval for conscious and / or unconscious casualties.


16 Sep 11. WZL-2 wins contract to modify Poland’s MiG-29s with advanced avionics. The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) has signed a contract with the domestic company Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze Nr 2 (WZL-2) to modify its 16 MiG-29 fighters with advanced digital avionics. The long-expected deal was signed with the MND’s Armaments Inspectorate on 12 August, although only revealed in early September. (Source: Jane’s, JDW)



27 Sep 11. AM General, L.L.C., South Bend, Ind., was awarded a $46,308,827 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure 306 various models of high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles. Work will be performed in Mishiwaka, Ind., with an estimated completion date of March 30, 2012. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-10-C-0405).

27 Sep 11. American Equipment Co., Inc., Greenville, S.C., was awarded a $48,540,267 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 1,200 full-size pickup trucks. Work will be performed in New Castle, Del., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2014. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with three bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-11-D-G209)

28 Sep 11. ATK has received an order valued at more than $58.7m from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Direct Fire Munitions Branch, Rock Island Contracting Center (RICC), Rock Island, Ill., to produce multiple variants of 20mm PGU-series ammunition. This is the third order under a contract originally signed in September 2008. If all options are exercised, ATK’s contract is expected to exceed $170m by 2013. ATK will produce PGU-27A/B Target Practice (TP), PGU-30A/B Target Practice-Tracer (TP-T), PGU-28A/B Semi-Armor Piercing High Explosive Incendiary (SAPHEI) ammunition, a PGU-28A/B SAPHEI and PGU-30A/B TP-T linked configuration, and a PGU-27A/B TP and PGU-30A/B TP-T linked configura

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