05 Aug 13. Babcock awarded SA-8 system modernisation contract. Babcock has been awarded a competitively won four year contract by the UK MoD Air Defence & Air Traffic Systems Delivery Team (ADATS-DT) for the overhaul and modernisation of former German Air Force Equipment (GAFE), including two SA-8 radar systems used in electronic warfare training at RAF Spadeadam, Cumbria. Under the £4m contract Babcock will undertake the full refurbishment and modernisation of two SA-8 systems, and provide spares to support the two modernised and enhanced SA-8s, as well as providing all training and documentation, and additional technical tasks. Overhaul work will include dismantling of all installations, assemblies and subassemblies, undertaking repairs, refurbishment or replacement as required, and restoring the system including alignment and calibration, integration, acceptance testing and commissioning. The modernisation aspect of the project will enhance system operability, reliability and maintainability. This will include introducing LCD displays, replacing certain components, and the introduction of modern digital electronics and options for enhancements to the training system, such as onboard air conditioning and dehumidification and the integration of a new long-range thermal and visual imager.
06 Aug 13. Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. received a contract from Lockheed Martin to provide the Turret Drive Servo System (TDSS) for use in the U.K.’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme. Curtiss-Wright’s TDSS provides weapon stabilization for the Warrior combat vehicle, which will extend the British Army’s Fighting Vehicle Capability for at least 20 more years. Curtiss-Wright will provide Lockheed Martin UK AMPTHILL Limited with the TDSS, which is designed, developed and manufactured at the Curtiss-Wright Controls Drive Technology facility located in Neuhausen, Switzerland. The initial contract, which covers the demonstration phase of the program and includes an option for production deliveries, began in December 2012 and continues through December 2015.
08 Aug 13. Frazer-Nash has been contracted through a competitive tender to provide the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) with its specialist performance software, HydroDyna, for High Speed Craft assessment. Traditionally the assessment of candidate High Speed Craft hull forms is conducted using full scale sea trials. Trials provide valuable data on craft performance but require significant planning to get right and, therefore, can be expensive and time-consuming. The inevitable variations in sea conditions, and in time and location, can also further complicate the comparison of trials data. Given these challenges Dstl had a desire to supplement their full scale sea trials with computational assessments which offer the ultimate repeatability in seaway conditions. A number of tools exist for this purpose; however, these are either too simple to resolve the effect of subtle changes to the hull design or too computationally complex. Frazer-Nash’s HydroDyna software offers a unique approach that can resolve the influence of hull geometry changes whilst enabling more information to be captured in the same time period. The result of which is a more robust calculation and the ability to rapidly conduct wide ranging parametric studies. Dstl is using the software to conduct High Speed Craft assessment into a number of factors including structural loading, whole body vibration exposure and manoeuvrability. HydroDyna is able to provide them with a unique tool that can be adapted specifically to meet their needs to explore a wide range of hull form concepts and identify the most promising solutions for focus in further analysis or future trials.
08 Aug 13. API to support UK MoD’s ASTOR programme. API Technologies has been awarded a contract by Raytheon to provide information technology systems in support of the UK Ministry of Defence’s (Mo