06 Mar 12. J&S Franklin announced a further contract to supply DefenCell Profile 300 to an as yet undisclosed Critical Infrastructure in the UK. The J&S Franklin DefenCell Profile300 Protection System was developed from DefenCell, the unique Force Protection System that is currently in operational deployment in Afghanistan with the British Army, in Chad with the Irish Defence Force and a number of US bases. The DefenCell Profile 300 is a geotextile, cellular, containment system which, when filled with locally sourced or selected fill materials, can be used to create a wide variety of unobtrusive specific barrier shaped and sized structures and is a perfect solution for offering inconspicuous protection to public buildings, perimeter security and HVM protection and for use in environmentally and visually sensitive locations as it can be grassed or planted, enabling it to blend quickly into the surroundings whilst providing proven substation protection from terrorist attack or environmental threats.
09 Mar 12. Frazer-Nash has been appointed by the MoD to support its ‘RAMD’ (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Durability) research programme which is focused on improving the management of its military vehicles assets. The RAMD programme is undertaken by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratories (Dstl) and has a wide remit covering the sustainability of wheeled and tracked combat vehicles and logistic vehicles. It is intended that the research will be exploited for both legacy vehicle platforms and also inform future vehicle procurement. Frazer-Nash is providing a leading role in the ‘Ageing, Maintainability and Durability’ project within the programme and is currently delivering two initial tasks which will set the direction for future work. The first task is to establish a baseline of the current asset management practices used to manage military vehicle fleets both in the UK MOD and also in other nations. The purpose of this baselining activity is to identify any gaps in knowledge and understanding of sustainability and asset management that could be addressed within the research programme, and to identify examples of best practice within the MOD and other nations.
The second task is focused on the development of a generic Decision Support Framework. The aim of this framework will be to support MOD project teams and decision makers in the development of bespoke Asset Management strategies tailored to the specific needs of their vehicle fleets.
08 Mar 12. The Finnish Armed Forces have given Kenno Tech Ltd., Riihimäki, Finland an order with a total worth of about €1.4m for modular ballistic shield systems and protected containers. The deliveries will start this year and continue into 2013. Both products have been designed to meet the specific needs of the Finnish Armed Forces. High technology plays an important role in their manufacture ensuring that the armour steel retains its protective characteristics all over the steel elements. The modular ballistic shield system sets comprise 7 shield elements, each of which is 6 metres long. The multi-use elements may be assembled for instance to form a 42 metre camp wall or a shelter. For transport one set acts as a 20 ft container equivalent. Kenno Tech has a patent pending for the modular ballistic shield system. The protected containers may be used to protect personnel or equipment/supplies against small calibre threats.
(Source: ASD Network)
09 Mar 12. Marshall Aerospace has been awarded a two-year maintenance service contract extension from the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). The service supports the RNLAF’s fleet of four Hercules C-130Hs and will see Marshall Aerospace carrying out scheduled C Check maintenance (C2, C3 and C4), which maintains aircraft airworthiness, between now and the end of 2013. The maintenance work will be conducted in the UK, and between them the RNLAF’s four C-130Hs are due five C Checks during the contr