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10 Jun 14. CGI has been awarded a four-year contract to provide application support services to the UK’s Radioactive Incident Monitoring Network (RIMNET). CGI will be responsible for ensuring that critical monitoring services are available should a potential nuclear incident occur overseas, enabling UK authorities to monitor incidents and coordinate any required emergency response. RIMNET 3 is the UK Government’s national radiation monitoring and nuclear emergency response system. It was set up following the Chernobyl accident as part of its arrangements for dealing with the effects of overseas nuclear accidents within the UK. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), as the lead government department for overseas nuclear accidents, coordinates the government’s response to incidents and oversees operation of the RIMNET system, which was implemented by the Met Office, UK’s national weather service. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwired)
11 Jun 14. Saab has signed a contract with the Irish Defence Forces to provide upgrades to Ireland’s RBS 70 air defence missile systems. The order has a value of approximately SEK 40m and includes deliveries of improved firing units, new simulators, night vision equipment and associated weapons support. Ireland has requested updates to its RBS 70 systems. This recently-signed contract provides for new operator training simulators, upgraded fire units to support the BORC night-capable sight and the latest Bolide missile, new external power supplies plus a four-year support agreement. The Irish order underlines the continuous enhancement of RBS 70 system capabilities. Deliveries will be made during 2015. The Saab portfolio of short-range ground-based air defence missile systems includes the RBS 70 and the further enhanced RBS 70 NG. With the RBS 70 family, Saab offers state-of-the art systems for demanding customers investing in the future. The RBS 70 system has an impressive track-record in the market with more than 1,600 launchers and over 17,000 missiles delivered to 19 countries.
11 Jun 14. The MoD has awarded up to £111m worth of new contracts to maintain its fleet of small boats. Six UK companies will benefit from the five year contract that will involve support for 1,450 boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and MoD Police. They are:
* Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd, based in Bristol and Devonport;
* UK Dock Tyne Slipway & Eng Co Ltd, based in Tyne and Wear;
* Berthon Boat Co Ltd, based in Lymington;
* MPI Services (UK) (trading as Manor Marine) Ltd, based in Portland;
* Marine Specialised Tech Ltd, based in Liverpool; and
* BAE Systems Surface Ships, based in Portsmouth.
The fleet of boats includes offshore raiding craft, Pontoons up to 50 metres in length, police launches and Pacific 24 Ribs and inflatables. The contracts will provide maintenance, upkeep, repair, chartering, defect rectification, technical support, provision of spares and replacements.
10 Jun 14. Polish Navy choses Saab’s Double Eagle for the Kormoran II MCMV. Saab announced that the Polish Navy has chosen the Double Eagle system for the Kormoran II MCMV. The Double Eagle is in service with several navies, in the Baltic Sea, in the North Sea and around the world as a state of the art, well proven, low risk and extremely efficient mine countermeasures (MCM) underwater vehicle The Double Eagle concept uses a modular approach to provide flexible systems for MCM and Maritime Security. It is aimed at providing a hydro dynamically stable, highly reliable system with exceptional performance and low life cycle cost. The