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27 Sep 12. Babcock to continue supporting Falkland Islands communications system under Resident Engineers contract. Babcock has been awarded a 20 month contractual option to continue to support a communications system in the Falkland Islands until 2014. The communications system is a UHF/VHF link for both voice and data communications through-out the Falkland Islands. It is operated by the UK Ministry of Defence, which provides first line system maintenance, with Babcock contracted to supply more complex system support. The contract was awarded to Babcock following competition in 2008, with options to extend the service up to a maximum of 24 months. Under the contract Babcock provides a Resident Engineer (RE) providing support to the system in the Falkland Islands. This includes out of hours support to all sites and carrying out repairs and maintenance in-situ or off-site at Babcock’s local base, or by the manufacturer if required, with provision of spares or replacement equipment as necessary. Babcock also provides continuation training on the system for new military staff on arrival in the Falklands.

28 Sep 12. Kitron received orders from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS
related to military communications equipment. The contract has a value for Kitron of NOK 70m, with the possibility of further expansion of approximately NOK 20m. Deliveries will take place in 2013, 2014 and 2015. (Source: Reuters)

24 Sep 12. Ryder has won a four year contract from the U.K. MoD to supply 138 MAN trucks and tractor units, plus 47 trailers, to the Defence School of Transport (DST) based at Normandy Barracks, Leconfield, East Yorkshire. The DST provides large goods vehicle driver training for all branches of the British armed forces with approximately 10,000 licences of varying categories being gained every year using the contracted fleet. Ryder has been supplying trucks to the DST for the past 15 years and this new contract carries three 1 year renewal options. The new MOD contract closely follows the 40 month contract awarded to Ryder earlier in the year for the provision of a wide range of rental trucks and trailers, as well as the provision of a number of specialist HGVs. (Source: Transport News Brief)

24 Sep 12. SELEX Elsag to supply battlefield radios to Sweden. SELEX Elsag, a Finmeccanica company, has been selected by CELAB Communications AB, on behalf of Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, to supply a communication system to meet the battlefield needs of the Swedish Home Guard. SELEX Elsag is to supply of 8,700 EZPRR man-worn systems and around 50 vehicle systems in a phased programme of delivery ending in September 2013. The Enhanced Encrypted Personal Role Radio (EZPRR) communications system will be used for voice and data transmission between Group/Squad leaders, platoon commanders and platoon vehicles (tracked, wheeled and boats), as well as for internal group/squad communications. The EZPRR significantly enhances combat effectiveness by providing all informed communications to front line soldiers. Users on active service have described the introduction of the original PRR as having a profound effect on the operational effectiveness of infantry. The EZPRR builds on that success, enhancing vital performance and, in turn, is now operationally proven. The EZPRR uses advanced 2.4GHz spread spectrum technology innovatively packaged to meet the demanding needs of the soldier. The EZPRR system is easy to use through its simple human-machine interface, is unobtrusive and comfortable to wear yet is rugged enough to sustain the harshest environments presented by active front line operations.

SEA

17 Sep 12. Kelvin Hughes Surveillance has been awarded a contract to supply integrated bridge systems (IBS) and helicopter control radars for four replenishment tankers to be built for the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) under its Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme. Under the con

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