17 Nov 11. Integrated Through-Life Support Structure for Terrestrial
Equipment) awarded Renault Trucks Defense the fourth batch of the heavy vehicle through-life support (MCO) contract worth 25m euros. This budget provides for the support of a fleet of 8,000 trucks (including 4,000 GBCs, 2,000 TRM2000s, and the majority of the fleet of logistic transport vehicles (VTL)). The MCO contract enables the French Army to substantially reduce its stocks of spare parts outside theatres of operations, as the contract holder is committed to delivering spare parts in less than five days. This contract will also call upon the Renault Trucks network to perform on-demand routine servicing operations for the vehicle fleet in question. These operations – classified as NTI (technical intervention level) 1 and 2 – are carried out in the civil dealerships and branches of Renault Trucks. The manufacturer will in fact provide the entire support services for some of the vehicles, especially the specialized micro-fleets. The Renault Trucks network, which has 320 customer service points in France, is going to increase its teams for the ramp-up of this operation.
17 Nov 11. Roke Manor Research is part of the Team Mercury industry consortium that has been awarded a contract to deliver the Ministry of Defence’s I3M programme. In the initial phase Roke is leading on the development of the user interface including the human factors related design and associated training needs analysis for I3M. The Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Information Integration and Management (I3M) Programme will provide the ISTAR community with a common, interoperable capability to enable the coherent, integrated and effective Collection, Processing and Dissemination of information and intelligence (i2). The core capability will provide users, initially on two classified defence fixed communications infrastructures, across the Defence Command structure with a tool to support management of information requests to support Intelligence Requirements Management (IRM) and ISTAR Collection Management (CM) processes. Team Mercury, comprises LMUK IS&GS Security as prime, IBM UK, Roke and Actica Consulting and will provide the MoD with an initial equipment delivery in September 2012 and the final equipment delivery in July 2013.
16 Nov 11. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Kingdom for one long lead sub-assemblies for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System/Advanced Arresting Gear (EMALS/AAG) and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $200m. The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has requested the long lead sub-assemblies for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System/Advanced Arresting Gear (EMALS/AAG). The EMALS long lead sub-assemblies include: Energy Storage System, Power Conditioning System, and Launch Control System. The AAG includes: Power Conditioning, Energy Absorption Subsystems, Shock Absorbers, and Drive Fairleads. Also proposed are other items for Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, software support, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and all other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $200m. (Source: ASD Network)
18 Nov 11. Cassidian Spain recently signed a contract with the Spanish Air Force to carry out structural modifications on five fuselages in F-5 aircraft. This is a follow-on to previous contracts, all of which aimed to implement a number of structural modifications in the F-5 fleet. These modifications have been designed and validated with a view to ensure the operational safety of the aircraft. With this contract, Cassidian will continue