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16 Jul 12. FLIR Systems, Inc. has received $11m in orders from BAE Systems in Sweden for thermal imaging systems that will be installed on Norwegian Army CV90 combat vehicles. FLIR’s ThermoSight LIRC sighting systems as well as SA90 and DV55 driver vision/situational awareness (DV/SA) thermal imaging systems will be integrated into BAE Systems CV9030 combat vehicles. The FLIR ThermoSight LIRC and DV/SA products are field-proven thermal systems that feature advanced long-range thermal imaging performance, real-time image enhancement, and a best-in-class input reaction time. Deliveries under this order are expected to begin in 2014 and will add to the number of systems that are already deployed on the CV90 platform for various end users.

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16 Jul 12. Cobham has secured a Long-Term Agreement (LTA) from Astrium to produce fixed waveguides of various sizes and frequencies for telecommunication satellites during the next 18 months in a deal worth up to £14m. The LTA includes an option to extend production into 2014, subject to further agreement. As a result of this LTA, Cobham facilities at Chichester, England and Les Clayes-sous-Bois, France will make investments in their infrastructure and increase their skilled manufacturing workforces by 20% to 25% to produce guaranteed quantities of waveguides per week through the end of 2013 to meet the Astrium production schedules.

17 Jul 12. The Polish Ministry of Defense has requested approval from the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) to purchase nine Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) radar systems, the DSCA said in a statement. The cost of the planned acquisition is estimated at $200m. The GCA systems are to consist of a primary surveillance radar, secondary surveillance radar and precision approach radar. The purchase from U.S. manufacturer ITT Exelis would support Poland’s F-16 and C-130 aircraft programs. The company is to supply the Polish military with VHF/UHF radio equipment, training gear and logistics support, according to the DSCA statement. In 2000, Poland’s Ministry of Defense attempted to buy three GCA 2000 radar systems from U.S. manufacturer ITT Gilfillan, but the deal was not finalized due to a lack of compliance with Poland’s offset regulation. No new offset agreements were proposed in connection with the latest potential contract. (Source: Defense News)

16 Jul 12. Northrop Grumman has awarded a subcontract to Selex Galileo for the supply of electronic systems for Nato’s alliance ground surveillance (AGS) programme. Covering approximately 12% of the overall AGS contract, the new €140m order will see the company leading the Italian commitment, as well as taking responsibility for Romanian and Bulgarian participation. Under the terms of the deal, the company will provide fixed mission operational support and transportable general ground station components for the ground-based element of the AGS system. Additional responsibilities under the contract include the supply of a telecommunications suite, which will offer a line-of-sight link between the AGS airborne platform and the ground-based components. (Source: armytechnology.com)

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19 Jul 12. Colt Defense L.L.C., West Hartford, Conn., was awarded a $22,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract July 18, 2012 for production, delivery and logistical support of the close quarter battle pistol. Work will be performed in West Hartford, Conn., and is expected to be completed by July 2017. No contract funds will expire by the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured using full and open competition with three offers received. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-12-D-1056).

17 Jul 12. DRS Tactical Systems, Melbourne, Fla., was awarded a $21,987,288 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the design, development and integration services in support of the M77

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