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23 Jul 14. Carillion wins £2.8bn contract from UK Ministry of Defence. Britain’s Ministry of Defence has awarded a Carillion joint venture contracts worth up to £2.8bn to manage its estate. The deal – won with joint venture partner Amey – involves maintaining and upgrading the entire military estate for the MoD, including RAF Cranwell, Catterick Garrison, Sandhurst, RAF Lyneham and MoD Stafford. It takes total wins by the joint venture so far this year to £4.5bn after it won contracts to run the MoD’s housing estate in May. (Source: FT.com)
17 Jul 14. Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH confirmed that NETMA, the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, has placed an order with it to integrate the Storm Shadow long range attack missile onto the Eurofighter Typhoon. Representatives from NETMA, Eurofighter, and the four core nations of the Eurofighter Programme (the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Germany) convened for the Contract Signing Ceremony in the Eurofighter Pavilion at the Farnborough Air Show on Thursday. Under the terms of what is known as a ‘Contract 4’ order from NETMA, Eurofighter will work with the three Eurofighter Partner Companies (BAE Systems, Airbus Space & Defence, and Alenia Aermacchi) and their supply base – including MBDA, the makers of the Storm Shadow missile – to integrate the weapon on the aircraft. The Contract will form part of what is known as the P2E enhancement package. Flight trials with Storm Shadow on Typhoon have been progressing since late 2013 and, working with Eurofighter operators, we expect to deliver an operational capability in line with their requirements.
22 Jul 14. US Army selects CISS for next-generation chemical detector programme. ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS) has been selected to work alongside other companies on the US Army’s next-generation chemical detector (NGCD) programme. Managed by the joint project manager for nuclear, biological and chemical contamination avoidance (JPM-NBC-CA), the programme aims to develop a portable system for the detection and location of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) on environmental surfaces. Under the project, CISS will initially configure and test its existing portable hyperspectral imaging technology for the detection of CWA. (Source: army-technology.com)
21 Jul 14. Ingalls Shipbuilding signs US Navy’s LHA 8 affordability contract. Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding unit has received an affordability design contract from the US Navy to lower the construction and lifecycle cost for the amphibious assault ship landing helicopter assault (LHA 8). The affordability design phase is intended to enable shipbuilders to improve contract design requirements for a more reasonable vessel, by addressing the cost-driving requirements within the design-trade space that present the best potential for procurement, production and overall costs. Under the contract, Ingalls will be responsible for deploying design and production engineers, planners and a range of operations professionals to take part in the preliminary design of the ship. It will also help the navy achieve their affordability objectives by implementing ideas and knowledge of building amphibious warships. Ingalls is the sole builder of amphibious ships for the US Navy, and delivered its first amphibious assault ship, the Iwo Jima-class USS Tripoli (LPH 10), in 1966. Since then, Ingalls has constructed five Tarawa-class (LHA 1) vessels and eight Wasp-class (LHD 1) vessels, and has recently delivered USS America (LHA 6), the first in a new class of amphibious