28 May 12. Elbit Systems Ltd. was awarded a contract by the Finnish Army, to supply advanced dismounted soldier systems, in the first phase of a comprehensive ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) program. The initial award is not in an amount that is material to Elbit Systems. The solution offered by Elbit Systems includes enhanced observation soldier equipment (MARS), comprehensive situation awareness software, cutting edge combat soldier wearable radio (PNR1000) and computer systems intended to enhance the operational capabilities of the Finnish Army in the areas of reconnaissance, terrain dominance and dismounted soldiers. It will also support the Finnish Army in developing new combat–doctrines, and as a basis for developing its future forward observation program.
28 May 12. Babcock team wins Submarine Communications Buoy contract. Babcock and its partner SEA have been selected as one of two teams to be awarded a contract for Phase One of the Submarine Communications Buoy (SCB) Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP). The TDP programme is to de-risk towed communications buoy technology in order to meet future communications requirements. This first phase is a 14 month simulation and testing contract for the two selected teams each to develop an effective SCB system design, and validate it with model testing. Based on the results of this phase, one team will then be selected to carry out Phase Two. It is anticipated that, subject to MOD approvals, this work will start in summer 2013 and will involve delivery of a full prototype system and demonstration in an operational environment. The SCB is a towed communications buoy designed to receive VLF radio and to operate in all weather conditions, while the submarine remains deep and safe below. The system therefore operates in a complex dynamic environment and the design must be robust and reliable enough to respond to a range of flow conditions, including large amplitude irregular waves coming from any direction.
28 May 12. Esri UK, has been awarded the Counter-Piracy Phase 1 contract by the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Operation Headquarters, which will enhance their intelligence capability in conducting Counter-Piracy operations. Under Counter-Piracy Picture Phase 1 Esri UK will deliver a common geospatial information sharing platform, powered by Esri’s ArcGIS open standards-based, commercial off the shelf (COTS) geographic information system (GIS) software. This will provide a highly flexible platform that will quickly enable EUNAVFOR’s range of data and intelligence sources to be joined-up into a single location-based recognised environmental picture. Currently many of these data sources are in different formats and have to be accessed on separate systems. For example, the new platform will allow EUNAVFOR for the first time to view data on commercial “white shipping” and naval “task force” vessels together in one environmental picture.
28 May 12. A team of Lockheed Martin, Marshall Aerospace and Rolls-Royce signed a contract amendment agreeing firm prices for the support of the United Kingdom’s fleet of C-130 aircraft through 2015. The amendment value to Lockheed Martin is $210m. This long-term Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS) contract ensures that the UK’s C-130 fleet is maintained at a high level of readiness. The C-130Ks and C-130Js are used to support and conduct special operations, deliver medical capability and ensure vital supplies are in place to support front line theaters of operation such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
28 May 12. Marshall Aerospace has signed a major amendment to the Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS) contract, agreeing a price for the services to be delivered through to the end of 2015. The amendment value to Marshall Aerospace is circa £350m. This long-term HIOS contract ensures that the UK’s C-130 fleet is maintained at