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02 Apr 14. UK partnership secures major Ministry of Defence contract. A trio of leading UK-based and owned defence sector players, led by Coventry-based Morgan Advanced Materials – Composites & Defence Systems and including Ricardo and Ultra Electronics, has clinched a highly prestigious contract to support and develop the MoD’s Cougar family of protected patrol vehicles. The Cougar Post-Design Service (PDS) programme which covers the Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound vehicles fleets is set to be worth up to £20m over the first two years and could be extended for as long as seven years in total, providing a significant boost to the local economy. The programme will see the three companies deliver an annual service contract, with a team of experts on hand around the clock to provide technical and project management services to successfully manage and support the in-service Cougar family vehicle fleet. Of particular importance to the programme will be the optimisation of safety on the platforms, in addition to configuration management, legal compliance and standardisation of the platforms by rationalising the component supply chain. The team won the bid against strong competition by best meeting the key criteria specified by the MoD such as quality, software, safety, environmental impact and vehicle integration, as well as the ability to provide a truly sustainable support solution. The contract will cover a fleet of more than 600 vehicles, comprising in excess of 20 variants. The programme will be co-ordinated from Morgan’s specialist Coventry facility, drawing on the support of the company’s extensive local supply chain which boasts unrivalled defence sector experience, securing and creating jobs directly and indirectly across the region.

31 Mar 14. Babcock wins UK nuclear clean-up contract. The £7bn job of decommissioning Britain’s oldest nuclear power plants has been jointly won by UK defence specialist Babcock and US engineer Fluor. The work is one of the largest and most sensitive public sector contracts to be awarded in the UK so far. The reactors, built in the 1960s originally to produce plutonium to make nuclear weapons, include those at Sizewell, Hinkley and Dungeness. They are at the end of their lives and the government is preparing to decommission them this year. The overall contract is worth about £7bn over 14 years. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the government-funded body responsible for Britain’s state-owned nuclear sites, started the competition two years ago, and work is expected to begin in September. The contract, awarded to Fluor and Babcock’s civil nuclear division, Cavendish Nuclear, covers Britain’s 10 reactors as well two old research sites in Oxfordshire and Dorset. The oldest nuclear power plant, Calder Hall in Cumbria, was the world’s first commercial scale reactor and was opened by the Queen in 1959 before it closed a decade ago. The contract employs about 3,000 workers on the 12 ageing nuclear sites across the country. (Source: FT.com)

30 Mar 14. Elbit Systems Ltd. was awarded an approximately $163m contract from a European country for the supply of defense electronic systems for ground applications. The contract will be performed over a three-year period.

04 Apr 14. Rheinmetall to supply Norway with new fleet of military trucks. Contract signed for an initial vehicle order worth over €100m. Rheinmetall AG of Düsseldorf has just won another major order for military wheeled vehicles. The Norwegian armed forces will soon be taking delivery of a large number of logistical vehicles made by Rheinmetall MAN Milit

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