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16 Apr 14. A Plymouth based company has been awarded a £5m contract to overhaul the interiors of all the Royal Navy’s ships and submarines. The investment by the Ministry of Defence to refurbish chairs, mattress covers, bed linen and curtains across the fleet will secure more than 200 jobs at Lang & Potter. New materials and colours schemes will be used to improve recreational and living areas for crews who can be at sea for up to 180 days at a time.
11 Apr 14. Alion to help DoD counter emerging IED threats. Alion Science and Technology has secured a multi-million dollar contract to help the US Department of Defense (DoD) defeat emerging improvised explosive device (IED) threats. Under the terms of the $17.7m agreement, the company will support the conception, prototyping and improvement of technologies, devices and systems. Alion will also boost soldiers’ situational awareness, enabling them to better identify, defeat and bypass explosive threats. Alion senior vice-president and distributed simulation group manager Terri Spoonhour said the contract will enable the DoD to detect and neutralise explosive hazards, wherever US forces are deployed. Alion operates the Weapons Systems Technology Information Analysis Center (WSTIAC), which is one of the nine DoD Information Analysis Centers (IACs) sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, US. The DoD develops systems and technologies for military applications that detect and neutralise mines, mine fields and unexploded ordnance. The development of technology focuses on personnel protection, handheld detectors, wide-area detection, mechanical clearance, vegetation clearance and mine awareness. (Source: army-technology.com)
15 Apr 14. FLIR Systems, Inc. announced a full-rate production decision from the U.S. Department of Defense for FLIR’s integrated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat response system for the Dismounted Reconnaissance Sets, Kits, and Outfits (DR SKO) program. Additionally, FLIR® has been awarded a $12.3m order from the U.S. Army for low-rate initial production of DR SKO systems as well as a $5.8m development contract from the U.S. Army for program management and logistics tasks related to the program. The DR SKO program is a joint-service, Department of Defense initiative centered on CBRNE threat detection systems that will be utilized by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Civil Support Teams. The FLIR DR SKO system provides an integrated set of CBRNE detection, identification, sample collection, testing, and personal safety kits that allow personnel to perform site assessment and consequence management missions. The program, originally called the Joint Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance System Increment II (JNBCRS2), has been in development since 2008. Production under the order received is expected to be fulfilled during 2014 by FLIR’s Detection segment facility in Elkridge, Maryland. Work under the development contract is expected to occur over the remainder of 2014.
15 Apr 14. General Dynamics C4 Systems is one of four companies selected to provide the U.S. Army with the Soldier Radio Waveform-Applique (SRW-A), a vehicle-mounted radio product. General Dynamics’ SRW-Applique combines a secure AN/PRC-154A Rifleman radio with a 20-watt AN/PRC-155 Manpack radio power amplifier that mounts easily into Army vehicles. The General Dynamics product significantly increases the communications range for soldiers at the platoon level and below by securely connecting