22 May 12. Babcock awarded contract for Successor submarine design role. Babcock has been awarded a contract to support the design of the UK’s next generation Trident submarines, by providing through-life support expertise to ensure that the emerging design adequately considers and addresses in-service constraints and experience.
25 May 12. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Sperry Marine business unit is supplying advanced integrated bridge systems (IBS) for the new class of patrol boats being built for the Swedish Coast Guard. The IBS for the new Swedish patrol boats is based on Northrop Grumman’s advanced VisionMaster FT™ technology, which integrates the vessels’ navigation and ship control functions in a secure and redundant Ethernet network. Each vessel will be equipped with three Sperry Marine TotalWatch™ multifunction workstations, which include electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS), navigational radars, GPS positioning, autopilot, steering control and conning information. Northrop Grumman is also supplying the voyage data recorders (VDR) for the ships.
23 May 12. The Boeing Company received a $368m Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) contract to develop a design that modernizes the flight deck and avionics of the U.S. and NATO E-3 707 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft fleet. The contract, awarded by the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the second phase of a cooperative program between the U.S. Air Force and NATO. The initial phase included subsystem requirements reviews completed in March. Under the EMD contract, Boeing will integrate new and existing avionics and communications systems; develop a design to install the new equipment; upgrade one aircraft for each AWACS fleet; flight-test the new systems; develop logistics support data; and train flight crews and maintenance personnel. The upgraded flight deck will feature five main glass displays, offering the pilot and co-pilot user-friendly and customizable engine, navigation and radar data. The upgrade also will result in a cost savings in personnel, because the flight deck crew will be reduced from four to three. Installation is scheduled to begin on the NATO AWACS aircraft at a Boeing facility in Seattle during the third quarter of 2013. Modification of the U.S. AWACS begins in 2014. Both will be completed by the end of 2015. Production contracts for the remaining aircraft in the fleets will be awarded later. Rockwell Collins will supply the flight management system suite, including glass displays and air-data and flight-management computers. Other suppliers include Telephonics of New York, Thales of Belgium, EMS of Canada and Raytheon of Maryland.
22 May 12. Elbit Systems Ltd. was awarded an approximately $160m contract by a European customer, to supply Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The systems will be supplied over the next two years.
26 May 2012. A £350m MoD contract to maintain the Royal Air Force’s Hercules aircraft will support 500 UK jobs. This will help support operations in Afghanistan with greater resilience through continuing maintenance of the fleet. Hercules are a vital part of the RAF’s fleet, carrying troops, supplies and equipment in support of operations around the world. They also perform life-saving medical evacuation missions, transporting injured personnel home from Afghanistan. The deal with Marshall Aerospace will sustain 500 UK jobs, with the majority based in Marshall Aerospace’s facility at Cambridge Airport. Work will also be undertaken by Lockheed Martin at sites in Havant, Stansted and Gloucester, and by Rolls-Royce and its sub-contractor Vector Aerospace in Filton, Hook, Croydon and Brize Norton. Lockheed Martin UK will look after supply chain management and Rolls-Royce will maintain the engines. This Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS) contract saves the MoD £170M by replacing several short-term contracts with