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22 Jan 14. Finnish MoD orders multispectral camouflage systems from Fibrotex. The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a long-term contract to Fibrotex Technologies to manufacture and supply thousands of advanced multispectral camouflage systems to the Finnish Defense Forces (FDF). Covering delivery of all four types of camouflage systems, the competitively-awarded contract has a maximum potential value of more than €3.5m. Fibrotex’s multispectral camouflage systems are designed to protect both military personnel and equipment against various sensors within the electro magnetic spectrum, including ultra-violet (UV), visual, near-infrared (IR), thermal, as well as ground-based and airborne radars on the battlefield. The lightweight, easy-to-handle system enables platforms concealment while standing still, and provides visibility from the inside without being seen from the outside. The Finnish systems are expected to be reversible, with each side providing a different camouflage coverage such as snow/woodland/urban, among others. Specifically, the systems are developed to address the camouflage properties and extreme environmental conditions of the Scandinavian area, which covers Modern Norway, Sweden proper and northern parts of Finland. Initial deliveries under the contract are scheduled to commence shortly. The camouflage systems purchase is considered to be Finland’s effort to prepare itself for a possible conflict that is likely to arise during 2014 Winter Olympics, scheduled to take place from 6 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia, Finnbay reports. (Source: army-technology.com)
20 Jan 14. KMW orders electro-mechanical stabilisation systems from Jenoptik. Jenoptik has been awarded a contract to supply electro-mechanical turret and weapon stabilisation systems for the Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) and Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) self-propelled howitzers. Awarded by the German original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), the €15.7m contract covers delivery of electro-mechanical turret and weapon stabilisation systems for a total of 62 Leopard 2 tanks and 24 PzH 2000 vehicles. Supplied by Jenoptik’s Defense & Civil Systems division, the systems are expected to stabilise and adjust the turret and weapon in the two vehicle types. (Source: army-technology.com)
23 Jan 14. Space Systems of Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French armament procurement agency DGA to build the user ground segment (UGS) of the MUSIS (MUltinational Space-based Imaging System for surveillance, reconnaissance and observation) observation satellite programme. This new deal includes providing through-life support for the user ground segment for 12 years. In 2010, Astrium signed the contract with the French Space Agency CNES to manufacture the satellites. The MUSIS programme satellites are set to progressively take over from the Hélios programme satellites. This ground segment will allow programming commands to be sent to the MUSIS satellites and to receive, generate, distribute and store the images they acquire. The UGS will also enable the French armed forces to access all the existing and future satellite observation sensors. The ground segment is set to become operational by 2017 – the year in which the first satellite of the MUSIS programme will be launched.
22 Jan 14. API Technologies Corp received a new, $1.4m order for TPS75 Tactical Power Supplies. The Company-designed power systems, which debuted at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual meeting and Exposition in Oct