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09 Jul 14. Babcock has been awarded a four year contract by the UK MoD Medical and General Supplies (M&GS) team to supply electrical and electronic components to the Royal Navy and British Army. Under the competitively awarded contract, Babcock will supply a diverse range of electrical and electronic components from simple resistors to circuit boards and search lamps, totalling in excess of 15,000 different items. Babcock has a well established background in supplying this commodity group to Defence, and has demonstrated its ability to deliver the components within the specified tight delivery requirements, consistently meeting its contracted key performance indicators on delivery and quality.
07 Jul 14. On 26. June 2014, the Swedish procurement authorities and KMW signed a contract in Stockholm for the purchase of three LEGUAN bridge layers on LEOPARD 2 chassis. The value of the order amounts to about 34m euro, and includes peripheral services and training equipment, as well as an option for further vehicles. Sweden now counted amongst the 15 user nations of the LEGUAN system, and is one of the three countries which have introduced the system with the LEOPARD 2 chassis. In this variant, the LEGUAN is capable of laying a 26 metre bridge or two 14 metre bridges independent of each other, whose MLC 80 (approx. 70t) load capacity can be used by even the heaviest equipment. Its versatility in combination with the LEOPARD 2 chassis’ unique properties of protection and mobility makes the LEGUAN also suitable for civilian use e.g. after natural catastrophes, in order to recreate the infrastructure. With additional pontoons, it is also possible to use the LEGUAN bridge as a ferry or a floating bridge.
08 Jul 14. The European Defence Agency (EDA) and Saab Dynamics AB have signed a multi-annual framework agreement for the provision of different types of ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf recoilless anti-tank weapon. The framework agreement will last five years and includes a possible renewal of two more years, with an estimated value of up to €50m. The framework agreement comes under a procurement arrangement between EDA and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Poland, agreed on 23 April 2013. Under this arrangement EDA acts as the central purchasing body, taking the leading role in the procurement procedure for Carl-Gustaf Ammunition in the framework of EDA’s Effective Procurement Methods (EPM) initiative. EDA will also be in charge of managing the framework contract to fully exploit the effects of pooling demand. This case presents useful opportunities for pooling of demand due to the communalities of the ammunition. Common procurement was seen as the best option by contributing Member States to benefit from economies of scale, cost reductions, and efficiency in spending. This solution allows contributing Member States to purchase ammunition according to their national needs while coping with different budget cycles. The agreement also allows other EDA Member States to join the initiative at a later stage.
10 Jul 14. Astrium Services Government, Inc., Rockville, Maryland (FA8814-14-D-0001); Harris Corp. Government Communications Systems Business Unit, Palm Bay, Florida (FA8814-14-D-0002); Space Systems/Loral, LLC, Palo Alto, California (FA8814-14-D-0003); Millennium Engineering & Integration Company, Arlington, Virginia (FA8814-14-D-0004); Surrey Satellite Technology, Englewood, Colorado (FA8814-14-D-0005); Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Virginia (FA8814-14-D-0006); The Boeing Co., El Segundo, California (FA8814-14-D-0007); E