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26 Feb 14. Selex ES wins contract to supply air defence radar system to Austria. Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract by the Austrian Ministry of Defence (Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport – BMLVS), to provide a RAT31DL/M deployable air defence radar system and the relevant logistic support, with the contract including an option for a further radar system of the same kind. The system will enter into operation in 2016. The RAT31DL/M system going to be provided will also include a 15 metre-high transportable and selfmounting tower. The new system will refresh Austria’s fleet of existing radars which were provided by Selex ES during the 80s, the company supplying five RAT 31 S medium range radars in both fixed and mobile configurations.
27 Feb 14. Thales and the French defence ministry’s integrated through-life support structure for aeronautical equipment and systems (SIMMAD) announced the awarding of the AMADEOS contract, a six-year agreement worth €164m. Under this agreement, Thales will provide through-life support and availability management services for optronic equipment and systems on-board aircraft in service with the French Army, Air Force and Navy, including Rafale, Mirage 2000, ATL2, Puma, Caracal and Falcon 50. AMADEOS bundles several earlier through-life support agreements into a single contract to enhance coordination and availability management of optronic payloads in cooperation with the French forces. The new contract will also simplify obsolescence management and optimise the cost and availability. AMADEOS covers all the optronic payloads supplied by Thales to the French forces, with the exception of Rafale’s front-sector optronics suite (OSF) that is supported under the MAESTRO2 contract, and RECO NG pod, for which through-life support formed part of the initial procurement contract. Thales will install and operate a data management system to enhance the exchange of information with the French armed forces, and provide on-site technical assistance at airbases.
27 Feb 14. Alenia Aermacchi signs a EUR 280m contract with Poland for eight M-346. Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, has signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence of Poland to supply eight M-346 Master. The contract – signed after the aircraft was selected, as already announced – is worth EUR 280m. In addition to the eight aircraft, the provision also includes logistic support, a training programme for pilots and engineers and a ground-based training system with dedicated classrooms and educational materials. After Italy, Singapore and Israel, Poland is the fourth customer to order the M-346, considered the most advanced/lead-in fighter trainer aircraft currently available on the market and the only new-generation trainer specifically designed to train pilots to fly high-performance latest generation military aircraft. The Polish contract raises the number of M-346 aircraft ordered to date to 56. The Italian aircraft won the Polish contract against international competitors.
24 Feb 14. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, to provide flight-critical inertial instruments on the new AW609 TiltRotor aircraft undergoing civil certification through the Federal Aviation Administration. Developed by Northrop Grumman Navigation and Maritime Systems Division’s subsidiary in Germany, Northrop Grumman LITEF, the LCR-110 Inertial Reference System and the LCR 300A Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System have been chosen as standard inertial navigation products for