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09 May 14. FAUN Trackway has secured a significant order from the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) for its portable roadway systems. Denmark is the first country to place an order for a number of FAUN Trackway’s latest product, the Medium Ground Mobility System – Beam Dispenser LITE (MGMS-BD LITE). The MGMS-BD LITE was developed following extensive consultations with the Danish armed forces, who specified that they required an adaptable product that would be compatible with the existing roadway systems it held in its inventory. MGMS-BD LITE can be fitted to a wide range of front-end loader vehicles to facilitate the rapid deployment and collection of MLC 30 Trackway which is capable of withstanding loads of up to 30 tonnes. The Trackway is used to help vehicles traverse difficult terrain, and is particularly suitable for beach landings. For armed forces whose operations take them into constricted spaces, FAUN Trackway has also developed the MGMS-BD. This system features a 180 rotating head, allowing the plant to fit through smaller gaps to further aid manoeuvrability. As well as the MGMS-BD LITE, DALO’s order includes FAUN Trackway’s Heavy Ground Mobility System (HGMS) and Spoolracks.
06 May 14. Further Shelters for UK GEOINT System from Marshall. Further shelters for the UK Ministry of Defence’s new battlefield Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) System will be entering service shortly following the award of a follow on contract from prime contractor Lockheed-Martin UK, leader of Team SOCRATES, to Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group. The follow on contract for Team SOCRATES provides additional Field Deployable GEOINT (FDG) systems including a Forward Map Distribution Point (FMDP), further Tactical Map Distribution Points (TMDP) and Tactical Information and Geospatial Analysis System (TIGAS). FDG delivers a data centric, GEOINT management, discovery, dissemination and exploitation capability that addresses the deployable requirements of the UK’s Joint Force Intelligence Group (JFIG), including the provision of mobile and manoeuvrable working environments at the tactical level. As part of Team SOCRATES Marshall ADG is responsible for the design, manufacture, fit out and integrated logistics for the shelters which house the systems, whether TIGAS, TMDP or FMDP. The TIGAS units are mounted onto MOWAG Duro 6×6 vehicles, whilst the other units are carried on the back of the MOD’s Support Vehicle provided by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and fitted with load beds manufactured by Marshall ADG.
06 May 14. Turkey has decided to order two F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, Turkey’s undersecretary for state-run defence said in a statement. It would be the first order of Turkey’s pre-announced plan to purchase 100 F-35 jets for $16bn. (Source: Reuters)
08 May 14. Selex ES awarded €12m by UK MoD for ground breaking spares service. Selex ES has been awarded a €12m (£10m) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide a new type of availability service contract for the MoD’s Air Commodity Team. Under the contract the MoD will no longer have to order spare parts as and when they are needed, instead Selex ES will ensure that parts are there when they are required. Under the new arrangement, Selex ES will model the requirements and automate the ‘buy schedule’ for delivery fulfilment by their procurement partner Astute Electronics Ltd. A proactive obsolescence management service is also included in the agreement. Covering 57 bases in the UK, the contract is the first of its kind to be put in place by th