25 Jun 13. Briggs Equipment awarded £87m MoD contract. Briggs Equipment has been awarded a multi-million pound contract that will see it supply, manage and maintain a mixed fleet of mechanical handling equipment for the UK Ministry of Defence. Worth circa £87m over the next seven years, the announcement follows an extensive tender process during which Briggs demonstrated its ability to manage approx. 3000 assets across 302 locations both in the UK and 13 other countries, as well as Royal fleet auxiliary ships. The company also drew on 15 years’ experience of working with the armed services through its Defence Logistics Support (DLS) Division. A significant element of the contract is the replacement of 1,046 assets as part of a projected capital spend of around £31.5m over the next seven years. Approximately 84% of these assets will be sourced in the UK, providing a major boost for the country’s industry. Forklifts, tractors, trailers, side loaders and container handlers are all within the agreement, as is warehousing equipment and other products from a total of 23 different manufacturers, chosen for their performance and reliability.
28 Jun 13. The Government of Finland has requested a possible sale of follow-on equipment and support for Finland’s F-18 Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) Program, consisting of F-18C/D Fleet Retrofit Kits of the following systems: 69 KIV-78s (Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe), 69 AN/APX-11-30s (Combined Interrogator/Transponders), Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems, and 32 SUU-63 pylons. The proposed program support includes software test and integration center upgrades, flight testing, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, transportation, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $170m. The principal contractors will be Raytheon in Waltham, Massachusetts; Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland; The Boeing Company in St. Louis, Missouri; BAE North America in Arlington, Virginia; General Electric in Fairfield, Connecticut; General Dynamics in West Falls Church, Virginia; Northrop Grumman in Falls Church, Virginia; and Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Source: glstrade.com)
28 Jun 13. The Government of France has requested a possible sale of: 16 MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft 8 Mobile Ground Control Stations (GCS), 48 Honeywell TPE331-10T Turboprop Engines (16 installed and 32 spares), 24 Satellite Earth Terminal Substations, 40 Ku Band Link-Airborne Communication Systems, 40 General Atomics Lynx (exportable) Synthetic Aperture Radar/Ground Moving Target Indicator (SAR/GMTI) Systems, 40 AN/DAS-1 Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems (MTS)-B, 40 Ground Data Terminals, 40 ARC-210 Radio Systems, 40 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems, and 48 AN/APX-119 and KIV-119 Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) Systems. Also provided are spare and repair parts, communication, test, and support equipment, publications and technical documentation, airworthiness and maintenance support, site surveys and bed down planning, personnel training and training equipment, operational flight test, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $1.5bn. The principal contractor will be General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. in San Diego, California. (Source: glstrade.com)
26 Jun 13. Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $30,302,022 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract (N00019-11-C-0020) for the manufacture and delivery of nine Mission Avionics Systems and Common Cockpits for the MH-60R for the Danish Government’s Defence Acquisition and logistics organization under the Foreign Military