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19 Mar 12. ViaSat Inc. has been selected by General Dynamics UK Ltd. to design and develop the on-board encrypted data storage systems for the Scout Specialist Vehicles (SV), scheduled to begin trials with the British Army in January 2013. The ViaSat systems will ensure that mission and communications system data is fully protected, meaning that the ground-based ISTAR platform can securely capture, analyse, store, and share over 6 terabytes of intelligence data.

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19 Mar 12. Insitu has signed a contract to deliver its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the Netherlands to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) for the Ministry of Defense (MOD). The Netherlands will use ScanEagle with the MOD both domestically and abroad. ScanEagle will provide the MOD an ISR capability during the second half of 2012, replacing a program that ended in the middle of 2011. Looking forward, Netherlands MOD and Insitu plan to continue to explore the potential for multi-mission ISR capabilities using a next-generation Insitu UAS that carries multiple ISR sensors and enables rapid, robust payload integration.

20 Mar 12. Roke Manor Research Ltd’s (Roke) Gioconda industry consortium has been awarded a contract to deliver a major element of the UK MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s ‘Smallsat’ CubeSat Research Programme. A CubeSat is a type of miniaturised satellite, currently destined for space research that usually has a volume of exactly one litre (10cm cube), a mass of little more than one kilogram and typically uses commercial off-the-shelf electronic components. CubeSats are a disruptive technology that offer the potential for rapid, low cost, short duration deployment of sensing and communications capability in Low Earth Orbit. For this innovative research programme, Gioconda comprises Roke (a Chemring Group company) as prime, Scisys Ltd, and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. It will deliver engineering and flight-ready models (mechanically, electrically, electronically and functionally representative), software and electrical ground support equipment (EGSE) for an advanced experimental RF payload suitable for subsequent deployment in space within a CubeSat.

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20 Mar 12. Ceradyne, Inc. received the first of possibly two low rate
initial production Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH) orders. The initial release has a value of approximately $3m. The full multi-year production order is expected by the end of the second quarter of calendar year 2012. The total for the initial orders plus full production is expected to exceed $170m. Ceradyne’s practice is to only book orders with firm release dates and will only include the above orders as they are received with the only current increase in backlog being the initial low rate order. The awarded initial order will be shipped to both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army starting in the second quarter of calendar year 2012.

21 Mar 12. DRS Technical Services, Inc., Herndon, Va. (N65236-12-D-3217), and M. C. Dean, Inc., Dulles, Va. (N65236-11-D-3218), are each being awarded a $16,600,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price multiple award contract for the support of the electronic security systems, information assurance, and engineering network system programs for government facilities in the European, Middle Eastern, African, Southwest Asian, and Central Asian regions. Contract funds in the amount of $100,000 will be obligated at the time of award and each contractor will receive a $50,000 minimum guarantee. These contracts include options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the individual contracts to an estimated $94,700,000. Work will be performed entirely outside the continental United States and is expected to be completed by March 2013. If all options are exercised, work could continue until March 2017. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fisca

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