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11 Feb 14. The Irish Defence Forces has once again extended its relationship with FAUN TRACKWAY – the leading manufacturer of portable roadways and runways – with a third order for the company’s Heavy Ground Mobility System (HGMS), worth €1.6m. FAUN TRACKWAY’s HGMS is a system for the rapid deployment and recovery of temporary modular roadway. Made up of MLC 70 aluminium panels, this matting prevents heavyweight vehicles from becoming bogged down in adverse conditions such as snow, marsh, mud and sand. It works by mounting the roadway – called Trackway– on to an electronic spool, which is fixed to a chassis. Requiring only minimal man power, the HGMS is powered by the vehicle’s engine, allowing the full length of Trackway to be deployed by two men in six minutes. In the latest contract, FAUN TRACKWAY has supplied the Irish Defence Forces with its HGMS Spoolracks. Each Spoolrack is used to store and transport additional lengths of Trackway, which can then be transferred to the Trackracks through a rapid spool-to-spool system. FAUN TRACKWAY first entered into an agreement with the Irish Defence Forces for its HGMS in 2009, before receiving a second order for supporting components in 2012. As a participating nation in European Union Battlegroups, there is potential that the HGMS could be used by the Irish Defence Forces when providing aid in European Union humanitarian and disaster relief missions.
11 Feb 14. L-3 Communications Corp., Communication Systems West, Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $17,919,946 delivery order (0003) on an existing firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursable contract (FA8620-13-G-4051) for supply of SATCOM Terminals, Test and Monitor Sub-Systems, Satellite Earth Terminal Sub-Systems (SETTS) Site Monitor and Radomes for the United States, United Kingdom and France. Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the work is expected to be completed by Feb. 11, 2016. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This contract award supports 67 percent unclassified foreign military sales and 33 percent fiscal 2012 and 2013 aircraft procurement funds on a multi-year contract. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIIK, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
12 Feb 14. Serco to continue support for RAF Fylingdales’ solid state phased array radar. Serco has received a contract extension to continue provision of operation and maintenance support to the solid state phased array radar (SSPAR), located at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fylingdales, North Yorkshire, UK. Awarded by the UK MoD, the six-year, £15m contract starts on 1 April 2014, and also includes an option for an additional six years. Under the contract, the company will be responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of the SSPAR and its associated hardware and life support systems, including project management and software maintenance activities. The company is the only contractor to have continuously operated and maintained the facility despite 11 competitive tender exercises. Manufactured by Raytheon, the SSPAR is a part of the UK/US ballistic missile early warning system (BMEWS), which is designed to provide long-range warning of a ballistic missile attack over the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere. The radar consists of a 12ft three-sided truncated pyramid, with each face containing an array of 2,560 transmit/receive modules, with a circularly polarised Pawsey Stub antenna. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
11 Feb 14. Contracts worth over €1m have been awa