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10 Mar 14. UK MoD announces preferred private sector bidder to join DIO. The UK MoD has taken a step closer to bringing in a Strategic Business Partner to help improve the running of its 230,000 hectare Defence estate. The MoD has announced Capita, working in conjunction with URS and PA Consulting, as its preferred bidder in the competitive procurement of a Strategic Business Partner for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation – the organisation which manages and develops the Defence estate. The 10 year contract, worth around £400 million, will help transform the facilities and services that allow our Armed Forces to live, work, train and deploy on operations. It also has the potential to deliver substantial savings for the taxpayer, which could reach over £300 million a year during the 10 year contract.
10 Mar 14. In February 2014 the German Procurement Agency, Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), has purchased an additional 76 vehicles from General Dynamics European Land Systems. The contract with BAAINBw for the delivery of 100 EAGLE V 4×4 Protected Command Vehicles for the “GFF Klasse 2” Program including the option for these 76 vehicles was signed in June 2013. The 76 EAGLE V 4×4 vehicles will be delivered to the Bundeswehr by the end of 2015.
With this contract, Germany has procured a total of 681 EAGLE IV and EAGLE V vehicles.
10 Mar 14. Saab, Training & Simulation has received an order from the Finnish Defence Force on Combat Training Systems that will supply regiments. The order also includes support for seven years starting 2014. The value of the order amounts to approximately MSEK360m. The contract comprises the Finnish army with anti-tank simulators, vehicles simulators and systems for Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT). The simulators include the new laser standard OSAG 2. The contract also includes Mid Life Upgrade of the finish combat training centre, KASI system. The new regimental system and the KASI system will be used together in a battalion exercises.
06 Mar 14. Sagem (Safran) has won a new order from Nexter Systems to supply 37 SIGMA 30 navigation and pointing systems for CAESAR guns, to be delivered to an Asian customer. Sagem’s SIGMA 30 system gives long-range artillery system immediate, high-precision firing capability, since they do not need GPS. Drawing on Sagem’s proven expertise in navigation systems and inertial sensors, the SIGMA 30 features large digital ring laser gyro technology. Its performance characteristics make it a perfect solution for today’s artillery. Enabling deployment in distributed configurations, the Sigma 30 system enhances the mobility and protection of support forces. It is mounted on the cannon, and offers totally independent operation, protected from enemy countermeasures. The SIGMA 30 system contributes to the excellent operational results of CAESAR guns deployed by the French army in today’s most demanding theaters, including Afghanistan and, most recently, Mali, for Operation Serval. (Source: ASD Network)
07 Mar 14. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $7,696,166 undefinitized modification to the previously awarded low rate initial production lot 6 advanced acquisition contract (N00019-11-C-0083) for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. This modification provides for the procurement of non-recurring sustainment activities for the government of the United Kingdom, to include procurement of site activation planning efforts for Royal Air Fo