31 Oct 11. Elbit Systems Ltd. won contract to supply mortars to the Spanish Army. The project, valued at $8.5m, will be implemented over a 12-month period. The Spanish Army’s decision to equip its forces with mortars provided by Elbit Systems was made after a series of successful tests in both Spain and in Israel. Elbit Systems will be the lead contractor for the project, which will include the installation of CARDOM autonomous recoil 81mm mortars mounted on the back of VAMTAC 4×4 vehicles produced in Spain by UROVESA and with the participation of local industries. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)
04 Nov 11. Saab has received a two-year extension support contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to maintain training systems used by the British Army. Under the Skr150m ($22.6m) order, the company will support the training systems as well as implement the OSAG 2.0 laser code to enable the army to conduct realistic combined arms training in the UK, Canada and Germany. The OSAG 2.0 is a new international standard for optical laser codes, which will allow interoperability in training with another nation’s laser based Tactical Engagement Simulator Systems, especially during joint exercises. (Source: armytechnology.com)
03 Nov 11. SELEX Sistemi Integrati, a Finmeccanica company, was awarded contracts for ATC systems in Colombia and the United Kingdom. In Colombia the contact was signed with the Unidad Administrativa Especial de Aeronautica Civil de Colombia, for the upgrade of the radar system installed in Cerro Santana, near the El Tambo Municipality, in the Cauca region. The contract signed in the Latin American country refers to the hardware and software upgrade, after about a 30 year service, of the ATCR22 and the SIR –M installed by SELEX Sistemi Integrati in the Eightiees. The new deal includes an ATCR44S, L band, solid state radar and a secondary SIR S radar. This recent contract follows the upgrades already delivered for the radar systems the company installed in Bogotà El dorado and in Cerro Maco, realized in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
31 Oct 11. Turkey’s procurement authorities have signed a contract with a local shipyard for the production of one submarine rescue mother ship (MOSHIP) and two towing vessels (RATSHIP), the first deal of its kind for Turkey’s thriving military shipbuilding industry. The deal was signed Oct. 28 between the country’s procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), and Istanbul Tersanesi, a private shipyard based in Istanbul. SSM and company officials did not reveal the contract price. (Source: Defense News)
31 Oct 11. Alliant Techsystems, Missile Products, Defense Electronics Systems, Woodland Hills, Calif., is being awarded a $54,400,000 firm-fixed-price contract for low rate initial production, three, of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM).ï¿½ This contract provides for the conversion of 51 U.S. government-provided AGM-88B high-speed anti radiation missiles into 44 AGM-88E AARGM all-up-round (AUR)/captive air training (CATM) missile systems for the U.S. Navy; and seven AGM-88E AARGM AURs/CATMs missile systems for the government of Italy, including related supplies and services. Work will be performed in Woodland Hills, Calif. (89.2 percent); Fusaro, Italy (7.5 percent); Ridgecrest, Calif. (1.7 percent); Piacenza, Italy (1.4 percent); and Clearwater, Fla. (0.2 percent). Work is expected to be completed in May 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $517,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($47,150,000; 87 percent) and the government of Italy ($7,250,000; 13 percent). The AARGM Italian Cooperative Program is in accordance with the Production Sustainment and Follow-On Development Memorandum of Agreement between the U.S. Navy and the Italian Ministry of Defense. The Naval Air Systems