19 Apr 13. Atos will lead a team, comprising Vega, a Selex ES company (Finmeccanica group) and Information Services Group (ISG), to become the UK MOD’s , Defence Communications Networks Services Strategic Partner (DCNS SP). The contract is for £25m over three years with potential to extend to seven and will see the team working closely with the UK MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support Information Systems & Services (ISS) team. The DCNS programme will develop the services and organisational strategy for future information and communications systems delivering continuity of service, value for money and enhancing the information services that support UK Armed Forces operations worldwide. As Strategic Partner, the Atos team will work jointly with the ISS Programmes to enable the DCNS programme meet the objectives of the UK Government’s ICT strategy; enabling more cost effective information solutions whilst maintaining services for the end user and increasing flexibility.
18 Apr 13. UK seeks Tomahawk weapon system support from US. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) for Tomahawk Weapon System (TWS) support and associated equipment to the UK. Under the follow-on estimated $170m FMS programme, the UK has requested support for the TWS including missile modifications, maintenance, spare and repair parts, system and test equipment, as well as engineering support. The proposed sale package also includes support for communications equipment, technical assistance, personnel training/equipment and other related logistics support. Enabling lifecycle support of its TWS, the follow-on support will also help in maintaining the system’s operational effectiveness and safeguard its deployed troops, regional security, and interoperability with the US. Raytheon Missile Systems, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE North America, COMGLOBAL and SAIC will serve as prime contractors for the FMS programme. (Source: naval-technology.com)
20 Apr 13. UK – HELLFIRE Missiles. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress April 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for 500 AGM-114-N4/P4 HELLFIRE missiles. The estimated cost is $95m. This program will directly contribute to the U.S. foreign and national security policies by enhancing the close air support capability of the United Kingdom in support of NATO, ISAF, and other coalition operations. Common close air support capabilities greatly increases interoperability between our two countries’ military and peacekeeping forces and allow for greater burden sharing. (Source: ASD Network)
16 Apr 13. Soldiers’ ability to have immediate and accurate knowledge of their surroundings is critical to mission success – and especially to saving lives. BAE Systems has been awarded a $15m contract to support the U.S. Army’s Joint Effects Targeting (JETS) program with the company’s new Handheld Azimuth Measuring, Marking, Electro-optic imaging & Ranging (HAMMER™) precision targeting system. The contract initiates a three-year engineering and manufacturing development phase for HAMMER with the JETS program.
12 Apr 13. iRobot Corp., Bedford, Mass., is being awarded a $28,776,935 modification to previously awarded contract (N00174-11-D-0013) for the procurement of Man Transportable Robotic System production systems, depot level repair parts, spare kits, depot repair services, parts supply, training, engineering enhancements, configuration management and approved accessories. The Man Transportable Robotic System is a small robotic vehicle used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians to conduct remote reconnaissance, render safe, and/or dispose of explosive devices. Work will be performed in Bedford, Mass., and is expected to be completed by April 2014. No funding will be obligated at the time of the award. Fiscal 2013 Operations and Maintenance, Navy and Operations an