19 Nov 12. Elbit Systems Ltd. has supplied an advanced training and simulation solution for the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). The system enables all levels of staff training with support for joint NATO missions. RNLA operational units will use the system during 2013 for command and staff exercises. In addition, the trainer will facilitate concept development and experimentation (CD&E) as well as mission rehearsal events. The CST system is designed for training battalion, brigade and higher levels, encompassing a wide range of fighting scenarios – both low and high intensity conflicts, as well as other non-military settings, such as operations other than war (OOTW). Furthermore, the CST enables training for civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) – such as military forces operating with municipal authorities, police and medical organizations such as the Red Cross.
23 Nov 12. The MoD is investing £46m in acquiring fifty-one new Foxhound patrol vehicles for soldiers serving on the frontline in Afghanistan. Defence Minister Philip Dunne MP made the announcement during a visit to General Dynamics: Force Protection’s spares facility in Telford which provides spares for the Foxhound vehicle. The contract announced today is part of an overall investment of £340m that the MoD has made in Foxhound since 2010. This is helping to sustain jobs at the Telford facility, the General Dynamics: Force Protection HQ in Leamington Spa and across the UK in the Foxhound supply chain.
19 Nov 12. Babcock to continue submarine equipment support deal with UK Navy. The UK MoD has awarded a through life in-service support contract to Babcock to support the precise time and frequency standard (PTFS) equipment on board the UK Royal Navy submarine fleet. It follows a previous award in 2007 to design, supply, install, and support the PTFS system for the service. Under the latest three-year deal, Babcock will support the system through a life post design services (PDS) contract for its fleet of Vanguard and Trafalgar-class submarines, shore reference facilities, military headquarters and shore development and integration facilities. (Source: naval-technology.com)
21 Nov 12. The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $61.7m contract modification for the continued development of the Common Missile Compartment for the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine and the U.S. Ohio replacement submarine. Under the modification, Electric Boat will procure, manufacture and test prototype material and equipment to be used in the production of the Common Missile Compartment. The award modifies a contract announced in December 2008 for engineering, technical services, concept studies and design of a Common Missile Compartment for the next-generation ballistic missile submarines being developed for the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy. If all options are exercised and funded, the overall contract would have a value of more than $776m.
20 Nov 12. Swedish Maritime Administration Orders Seven AW139 Helicopters for Search and Rescue. AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the Swedish Maritime Administration for seven AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. The aircraft will be equipped for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations with the first helicopter scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2013 and the final one in 2014. The Swedish Maritime Administration is the authority responsible for Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue Services in Sweden and will operate the AW139 helicopters from 5 bases across the country.
21 Nov 12. The Danish military has selected Sikorsky’s MH-60R helicopter over the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat to equip its maritime forces with a new platform starting 2016. The Danish Defense Ministry announced Nov. 21 they would buy nine of the U.S. helicopters offered by Sikorsky and its partner, Lockheed Martin. The aircraft, whi