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19 Dec 13. BAE Systems has signed a $120m (SEK 800m) contract to supply an additional 102 BvS10 all-terrain vehicles to Sweden. The new sale is the result of an extended contract option taken out when the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced a purchase of 48 BvS10 armored vehicles from BAE Systems Hägglunds in January 2012. The vehicles will be delivered in different variants — troop carrier, command vehicle, ambulance, and logistic carrier. They will be manufactured in BAE Systems Hägglunds’ refurbished production facility in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden with deliveries beginning in 2014 and ending in 2015.
21 Dec 13. BAE Systems has signed a £6m contract to extend its support to Warships. This extension to the existing Phase two service contract will allow the continuation of its Class Output Management (COM) and Design Management Services (DMS) which offer through life, global support to ships. The Class Output Management and Design Services Teams are responsible for providing a one stop shop of support to HMS Illustrious, the Hunt Class and the Type 23 Class warships as part of the Ship Support Alliance (SS(A)), an alliance between industry participants and the UK Ministry of Defence.
19 Dec 13. Denmark orders third Knud Rasmussen-class arctic patrol ship. Denmark has signed a contract with Karstensens Skibsvaerft for a third Knud Rasmussen-class arctic patrol ship, it was announced on 18 December. Worth DKK355m (USD64.9m), the contract will see the vessel completed in 2017. In Royal Danish Navy service the vessel will provide sovereignty enforcement, patrol, and fisheries duties in the waters around Greenland, the defence of which remains a Danish responsibility. The Royal Danish Navy currently operates two Knud Rasmussen-class vessels, with the country’s cross-party ‘Agreement on Defence’, announced in November 2012 and covering the period 2013-17, setting out plans to bring forward the retirement of the navy’s last Agdlek-class oceangoing patrol cutter, HDMS Tulugaq , to 2014 and to replace it with a third Knud Rasmussen vessel. The total cost of completing the third ship is valued by the Danish Ministry of Defence at over DKK500m. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
23 Dec 13. Poland selects Alenia Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainer . The Polish Ministry of Defence has chosen the M-346 trainer aircraft produced by Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, and its ground-based training system to train its Air Force pilots. The contract, which includes training and technical and logistic support, is worth EUR 280m and includes the purchase of eight M-346 airplanes, plus option on four more planes, in addition to flight simulators and training devices. The Italian aircraft won the contract over international competition. The M-346 is the most advanced/lead-In fighter trainer aircraft currently produced and the only new-generation trainer optimized for the role of training pilots who fly on latest-generation high-performance military planes. A total of 48 aircraft has been ordered, to date, by the Italian Airforce and Singapore and Israeli Governments. The contract is scheduled to be signed in the first months of 2014.
20 Dec 13. Exelis received a contract valued at more than $8m to provide transportable, precision ground control approach capabilities to the Estonian armed forces. The GCA-2020 radar system will enable Estonia Ämari Air base, one of NATO’s most modern bases, to support NATO exercises, contingencies and humanitarian efforts. With this contract, Exelis continues to extend its leadership in the growing fiel