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18 Feb 14. Bergen wins Norwegian Armed Forces maintenance and service contract. The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (FLO) has awarded a framework agreement to Bergen Group Services for maintenance and service work related to MTU engines in the Norwegian Armed Forces. Under the four-year Nkr60m ($11m) framework agreement, Bergen Group will provide maintenance and service on the propulsion engines of a variety of naval vessels and combat vehicles. The agreement also includes maintenance for engines on the Navy’s Skjold-class coastal corvettes, minesweeper vessels and frigates, as well as Combat Leopard vehicles. Bergen Group CEO Asle Solheim said that the framework agreement with the Norwegian Armed Forces is very important for the company’s strategy. (Source: naval-technology.com)

17 Feb 14. Kongsberg to support Polish Navy’s minehunter class vessel programme. Remontowa Shipbuilding has awarded a subcontract to Kongsberg Maritime to provide the Hugin 1000 MR autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in support of the Polish Navy’s minehunter class vessel programme. Under the contract, Kongsberg will deliver the AUV and associated underwater communications and positioning equipment for mine countermeasures (MCM) applications. Specifically designed for MCM operations, the HUGIN 1000 MR AUV can detect, classify and identify mines in a single mission. Kongsberg will also deliver the HiPAP underwater communication and positioning system to provide ultra short base line (USBL) updates and underwater data communication with the HUGIN 1000, or other underwater vehicles, as part of the contract. Currently in service with several navies including the Royal Norwegian Navy, the Finnish Navy and the Italian Navy, in addition to commercial companies, the AUS can conduct high-speed surveys with navigation and payload data quality to a depth of 1,000m, 3,000m or 4,500m, depending on configuration. For synchronised and simultaneous operation, the underwater system can accommodate several different types of high-performance survey sensors. In addition to enabling integration of alternative sensors for geophysical, search and inspection purposes as per the requirements, the Hugin can be used for MCM, rapid environmental assessment (REA)/battlespace access, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. (Source: naval-technology.com)


21 Feb 14. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday a deal had been signed with United Technologies Corp’s Sikorsky unit for a general purpose helicopter order worth $3.5bin. Turkey agreed to buy 109 helicopters from Sikorsky in 2011. The helicopters will be assembled in Turkey. The main contractor is Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) with components to be supplied by Sikorsky, Aselsan and other Turkish companies. (Source: Reuters)

21 Feb 14. Turkish defence firm Aselsan signed a $491.5m deal with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to supply components for Sikorsky general purpose helicopters, Aselan said on Friday. Aselsan will supply components for Sikorsky helicopters as part of a $3.5bn agreement signed between the Turkish government and United Technologies Corp’s Sikorsky unit earlier on Friday. Turkey agreed to buy 109 helicopters from Sikorsky in 2011. The helicopters will be assembled in Turkey. (Source: Reuters)



21 Feb 14. US Army contracts RE2 for exoskeleton simulator development. RE2 has received a Phase I small business innovation research (SBIR) contract from the US Army to develop a biomechanical exoskeleton simulator system. Developed in collaboration with Ek

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