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29 Jan 13. Iveco Defence Vehicles announces that the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has agreed to the procurement of a further tranche of 62 Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV). The LAV, internationally known as the Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV), is an adaptable, highly mobile vehicle featuring outstanding protection against mine, IED and ballistic attack, with a focus on delivering crew survivability. This order constitutes the fourth LAV procurement by the Norwegian Armed Forces increasing the total LAV fleet to 170 units. The LAV has already been extensively fielded by the Norwegian Army in Afghanistan, along with LMVs from seven other nations operating in the same region. The new contract includes the Integrated Logistic Support of all current and future LAVs. The aim is to develop and broaden the co-operation between Iveco and the NDLO, providing assistance to Iveco vehicles in servicewith the Norwegian Armed Forces.

28 Jan 13. NIITEK®, Inc., a subsidiary of the Chemring Group PLC., announced that the Spanish Government will procure the Husky Mounted Detection System with Ground Penetrating Radar as the Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection solution for the Spanish Army. NIITEK, along with its partners Critical Solutions International (CSI), maker of the Husky 2G, a two-seat variant of the HUSKY, and Eleycon 21, a Spanish based company representing NIITEK and CSI in Spain, were awarded a contract in excess of $20m by the Spanish Army for six systems plus spares and training for delivery this year. The NIITEK portion of this one year contract is $4.87m for six GPR systems, initial spares, and training. The contract awarded will support Spanish combat engineers and troops deployed to Afghanistan. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

29 Jan 13. Rheinmetall wins major order to supply sensor equipment for
Bundeswehr vehicles – 700 fire control units worth €55m. Germany’s Bundeswehr has assigned Rheinmetall an important role in modernizing
many of its vehicles with new electro-optical sensor technology. The Düsseldorf-based Group has received a follow-up order to supply some
700 high-performance sensors for an identical number of weapon stations destined for a variety of vehicles. In total, the order is worth around €55m. Over the next four years, Rheinmetall will be equipping the Bundeswehr with 418 LAZ 200 and 275 LAZ 400L sensors.


01 Feb 13. Babcock has been awarded a contract to supply its state of the art weapon handling and launch system (WHLS) for the sixth and seventh Astute class submarines, representing optimum value to the MOD by bringing the two boat systems together under one contract. This full system contract follows one awarded last year for long-lead items, amounting to a total value of circa £55m. The Astute class WHLS is the first on a UK Royal Navy submarine to use Babcock’s advanced air turbine pump (ATP) and programmable firing valve (PFV) technology, which offers a number of valuable advantages. The ATP is an air driven rotary pump that displaces a volume of water to launch a weapon from a torpedo tube. The programmable firing valve (PFV) is used to control the ATP firing air profile, allowing the system to match the launch requirements precisely to a range of variables including weapon type, boat speed and depth.


29 Jan 13. Cassidian has been awarded a contract by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to deliver a new Maintenance System Trainer for training the German Air Force’s (Luftwaffe) technical Eurofighter personnel. The MST simulates the Eurofighter on-board systems. The unique feature of this system is that, thanks to the scope of the simulation, not only standard work flow procedures for maintenance and repair can be provided realistically and efficiently, but also complex systems knowledge, such as the correct procedure with regard to the detection, investigation and elimi

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