08 May 13. DSM Dyneema announced a major new milestone for its lightweight, cost-effective Dyneema® BT10 ballistic tape. FNSS Savunma Sistemleri won an important contract from an Asian government to manufacture 8×8 “PARS©” amphibious armored personnel vehicles featuring spall liners made with BT10. Importantly, cost effective BT10 combined with its superior ballistic performance enabled FNSS to meet the highly stringent specifications for the spall liner.
08 May 13. Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has recently seen its LINAPS artillery pointing technology selected by a number of international customers in contracts totalling more than €11.5m. The contracts include;
• An award from the New Zealand Defence Force to supply complete LINAPS systems for their L119 Light Gun fleet.
• The core of the LINAPS system, the FIN3110 Inertial Navigation Unit, has also been selected for the Jobaria Defense Systems Multiple Cradle Launcher (MCL) system deployed by the United Arab Emirates. Each Jobaria platform will be equipped with five FIN3110 units, one in the cab to assist with navigation and fire control and a unit for each of the Jobaria’s four missile cradles to allow each launcher to aim independently.
• Selex ES has also been selected by the Polish Army to equip a number of its 155mm AHS Krab howitzers with the FIN3110 system.
LINAPS is a battle proven, gun-mounted navigation, pointing and weapon management system. It enables rapid and accurate artillery deployment in all weather conditions, day and night. The system is currently in active use in Afghanistan with the UK Royal Artillery and is in-service with Canada, Malaysia and Thailand. The FIN3110 Inertial Navigation Unit is the core of the LINAPS system and is based on the same ring laser-gyro technology. It provides a continuous and accurate navigation solution for platform crews. The FIN3110 has been installed on all of the British Army’s AS-90 artillery systems and has been chosen for most UAE artillery systems including the G6 howitzer and upgraded M109L47.
07 May 13. Babcock wins Scott through-life support contract. Babcock has won a five year contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to provide through-life engineering support for the Royal Navy’s ocean survey vessel HMS Scott, following a successful competitive bid process. Under the contract, which includes an option to extend in 2018 for a further five years, Babcock will provide all aspects of through-life support for the vessel, working collaboratively in long term relationships with the MoD and some of its selected specialist contractors. Key tenets in delivering the contract will be to ensure effective targeting of funding, increasing value for money to the MoD, and delivering improved platform availability and sustainability. The contract scope includes all aspects of Fleet Time Engineering Support for HMS Scott, including rectification of operational defects, planning and delivery of Fleet Time Support Periods, equipment spares management, design services, management of all maintenance requirements using the Unit Maintenance Management System database, provision of an electronic shared working environment for the exchange of technical information and spares supply and logistics information, and undertaking all work required to keep the vessel operational. Planning and execution of a deep refit maintenance package will also be undertaken in 2013 under the contract.
06 May 13. CROWSNEST – An MOD spokesperson said: “The CROWSNEST project has achieved approval to enter Assessment Phase 3 (AP3), the initial stage of which is a £3m scoping contract with Lockheed Martin UK. In their role as Merlin Mk2 Design Organisation, Lockheed Martin will work as the Prime Contractor with the MoD to conduct a competition for the CROWSNEST mission system as a role-fit on the Merlin Mk2. Because this stage scopes the remainder of the AP3 it would be premature to discuss detailed costs, timelin