28 Nov 12. Harris Corporation received an $11m order from the Ministry of Defence of a NATO country for the Falcon III® Secure Personal Radio (SPR). The order is tied to a new framework contract, similar to an IDIQ, with the potential to reach $20m over the next year. This nation’s armed forces are acquiring the Harris RF-7800S SPR, advanced headsets and other accessories to provide high-performance voice, integrated hearing protection, wideband data and situational awareness capabilities at the team, squad and platoon levels. The soldiers will be able to maintain voice communication in rapidly changing environments and situations, while seamlessly sharing data services and tracking the position of each team member.
28 Nov 12. Astrium to provide military X-band satcoms to 6 UK Royal Navy vessels. The UK MoD has contracted Astrium Services to enhance six Royal Navy vessels with military X-band satellite communications via the Skynet 5 constellation. The contract will utilise Astrium Services’ SCOTPatrol, the company’s next generation, lightweight, small naval satellite communications terminal. A further six vessels will also be made capable of receiving the same capability as necessary. (Source: ASD Network)
22 Nov 12. The UK MoD has awarded a research and development contract to BAE Systems to explore next-generation naval maritime capabilities, under the management of Dstl. Under the three-year £32m deal, BAE will conduct research in the ‘sense to decide’ (S2D) area, intended to collect and compute naval vessel environment information that will assist in battlespace command and control, both above and below water. UK defence minister Philip Dunne said that the new technological innovation would be vital to national security and prosperity. BAE Systems Maritime’s specialists in combat systems from naval ships and submarines will work with other companies and Maritime Collaborative Enterprise (MarCE) project academics to provide surface and underwater battlespace command and control capability for the MoD.
23 Nov 12. Babcock to develop tactical weapons handling and launch for
UK’s future nuclear deterrent submarine. Babcock has been awarded a contract for the system definition (SD) of the tactical weapons handling and launch system (WHLS) and submerged signal ejector (SSE) for the UK’s future strategic nuclear deterrent, the Vanguard replacement submarine. Babcock has been working on the WHLS and SSE system concepts for some four years. In delivering the SD contract the company will be providing a solution to the technical requirement that combines proven technologies with a number of innovative features, and will build on previous experience including the Astute programme and feedback from its in-service support role, to deliver this programme to cost, quality and schedule.
21 Nov 12. SELEX Galileo wins 8m Euros for simulation systems. SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company and a leading player in the Defence Electronics, has recently been awarded contracts worth around eight €8m for simulation systems for Italian and export customers. The contracts include providing simulation systems designed to train the pilots and mission operators of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.
27 Nov 12. ARINC’s Engineering Services, LLC has been awarded Task Orders II, III, and V of the previously announced Next Generation Wireless Communications II (NGWC II) contract worth $12.4m. The value of these two task orders is just over $4.5m. Task Order II continues the Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration through development, testing, and certification of the mesh network protocol and sensor applications that began under the previous IDIQ award. Task Order III will demonstrate the capability of satellite tracking technology to provide In-Transit Visibility (ITV) for containers in the Army’s distribution pipeline with near real-time alerts in cases of intrusion. The focus of this task