17 Jan 13. Harris Corporation received $36m in orders from a NATO member for Falcon III® handheld tactical radios and accessories. The radios will provide the country’s armed forces with high-performance handheld tactical communications for both line-of-sight and beyond line-of-sight satellite applications. The orders include a $14m order received in the first quarter and a $22m order received in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Harris will provide the country with Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) tactical radios, related accessories and support services. This solution, upgradeable to emerging requirements, will allow soldiers to maintain communications in rapidly changing tactical environments.
16 Jan 13. The Rheinmetall Group of Düsseldorf and the Dutch armed forces have agreed to extend an existing agreement for the supply of various ammunition types in close cooperation between Rheinmetall and the Netherlands. The new 7-year agreement runs to the end of 2019. Under the existing agreement, Rheinmetall generated annual sales averaging €25m during each of the past two years. The decision to extend the agreement, which dates from 2007, reflects the longstanding mutual trust that characterizes relations between Rheinmetall and the Dutch armed forces. At the same time, it sets the stage for intensified long-term cooperation that will benefit both sides. This wide-ranging agreement further reinforces Rheinmetall’s role as a leading supplier of large- and medium-calibre weapons and ammunition to NATO member states and other likeminded nations.
17 Jan 13. GE Marine reports that it will provide MTU Friedrichshafen, Friedrichshafen, Germany, with one LM2500 gas turbine for the German Navy’s fourth Baden-Württemberg-class (F125) frigate. For each new F125 frigate, MTU will provide the German Navy with one LM2500 gas turbine, two electric motors and four diesel generator-sets in combined diesel-electric and gas turbine propulsion arrangement. The keel for the first F125 frigate was laid in November 2011 at the Blohm +Voss shipyard in Hamburg. (Source: ASD Network)
18 Jan 13. The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $12.8m contract modification for the continued development of the Common Missile Compartment for the U.S. Ohio Replacement Program and the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine. Under the modification, Electric Boat will procure prototype material and equipment to be used in the production of the Common Missile Compartment. The award modifies a $76 million 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 U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy. This modification brings the total amount awarded under the contract to more than $770m.
14 Jan 13. KONGSBERG has signed a contract worth NOK300m to deliver an upgrade to the Royal Norwegian Air Force NASAMS II air defence system. NASAMS is produced by KONGSBERG and Raytheon. The upgrade will be completed within a timeframe of three years. The contract comprises upgrading of existing missile launchers with new electronics and software for increased performance and lifetime extension. (Source: ASD Network)
16 Jan 13. A new £14m contract will deliver hundreds of precision attack weapons to the RAF, the MoD has announced. Brimstone missiles are carried by RAF Tornado aircraft in Afghanistan and were also used on operations over Libya. Defence Equipment Minister Philip Dunne agreed the contract and has just returned from a visit to Helmand where he met RAF personnel who use the weapon. This contract with MBDA will increase UK stocks by replenishing weapons used so effectively in Afghanistan and Libya. Manufactured and assembled at MBDA facilities in Henlow, Bedfordshire, and Lostock, Bolton, the Dual Mode Seeker Brimstone (DMSB) missile is used by RAF crews to eng