21 Feb 12. General Dynamics UK, the prime contractor for the British Army’s Scout Specialist Vehicle (Scout SV), has selected Barco’s 8” rugged extreme displays in triple head configuration and Video Processing Unit for the program. For the driver display, General Dynamics UK chose the TX-321S, an 8” triple head display based on Barco’s existing offer of TX rugged extreme displays. The Video Processing Unit, VPU-101S, provides each SV vehicle with networked video and graphics. The combination of the displays with Barco’s networked video processing results in improved situational awareness, more efficient collaboration and faster decision making.
21 Feb 12. DRS Technologies UK Ltd (DRS) and their teaming partner Kent Periscopes Ltd (Kent) have been awarded a contract to enhance the drivers night vision system currently installed on the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) or CVR(T). Initial deliveries will commence in March 2012. The enhanced system will utilize Kent Periscopes’ Embedded Image Periscope (EIP). The EIP will replace existing rugged displays within the CVR(T) allowing digital images from a DRS thermal camera to be displayed internally within the periscope. The resulting image appears “embedded” internally within the unit and projected at a comfortable viewing position using biocular optics. The solution for the CVR(T) frees up considerable space around the driver, allowing easier ingress and egress to improve crew safety and enable the operator to view the thermal image in a more relaxed and natural manner. In addition to the EIP, DRS will provide a new Driver’s Vision Enhancer (DVE) controller which can be used to output the thermal image to a secondary display or into a vehicle video switching system which emulates all of the interfaces and controls of the existing DVE control interface. The new controller can also help improve Situational Awareness for the vehicle’s occupants by displaying images from other connected IR/Thermal or Day Cameras located around the exterior of the vehicle.
23 Feb 12. Klinge has won a firm and fixed price contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk) to deliver the next generation of refrigerated ISO container systems. The refrigerated containers will be used by the Swedish Armed Forces to safely store and transport food during military operations. With potential value of over $13m, the multi-year contract calls for the delivery of refrigerated containers based on a standard 20ft ISO container with a hook frame for HEMTT or PLS lift trucks. The container system will be equipped with integrated hydraulic rollers allowing easy loading/unloading and a manually operated hydraulic pump. The pump will enable the rollers to be lowered when loading or unloading and raised when the container is stationary. The refrigerated containers will function as a freezer or refrigerator and will maintain cargo between -20ºC (-4ºF) to 20ºC (68ºF). The refrigerated containers will contain a self-powered generator set to ensure complete and independent protection of the cargo. As required under the contract, the refrigerated containers will be designed to comply with US military and European standards on strict climatic environment and transportation requirements. (Source: ASD Network)
22 Feb 12. DSME Announced as winning bid for the MARS Tanker competition. Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is the preferred bidder for the Royal Navy’s MARS (Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability) Tanker. DSME and partners will provide the specialised design and build of four new logistic support vessels, to be operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). The contract will be worth an approximate GBP452 million, with a significant proportion going to sub-contractors and partners. As part of the RFA’s fleet, the MARS Tankers will offer logistical support to the Royal Navy by providing fuel, food and fresh water to naval vessels at