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11 Aug 14. Lithuania will buy ‘several dozen’ Grom surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from Poland, Lithuania’s defence minister Juozas Olekas has confirmed. The first deliveries to Lithuania are expected to take place before the end of the year. The sum of LTL15m (USD6m) has been allocated for the programme this year, with a similar amount to be allocated next year. Lithuanian interest in Grom was first revealed by the minister in March this year. In an interview with the Baltic News Service following a meeting with his Polish counterpart, Olekas said that discussions had been under way for “some time”, and that Lithuania was seeking a speedy delivery. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
11 Aug 14. QinetiQ has been awarded a £33m contract for the continued provision of synthetic air and land mission training for the UK military. The training programme, developed over the last five years by QinetiQ with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), will take place at the Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington in Lincoln, UK. This contract will run for five years. The Distributed Synthetic Air Land Training 2 (DSALT2) programme will be provided, maintained and supported by QinetiQ’s Training business on behalf of the UK Defence Equipment & Support organisation, with support from sub-contractors Boeing and Plexsys, amongst others. For five years QinetiQ, in partnership with the MOD, has developed this world-class innovative service, and established the premier UK joint-collective synthetic mission training centre, providing pre-deployment training to front-line personnel during Air-Land operations. DSALT2 is capable of reconfiguration and the training will evolve over the next five years to meet the future operational needs of the military.
08 Aug 14. Rheinmetall Defence to operate the German Army Combat Training Centre for a further four years. Rheinmetall AG of Düsseldorf has won a major service contract from the German Bundeswehr worth around €70m. Through to 2018, the Group will be responsible for providing contractor support for the complete exercise and training operations of one of the world’s most advanced military training facilities, the German Army Training Centre (GÜZ) in the Altmark region of Saxony-Anhalt. As the current service contract with Rheinmetall expires on 31 August 2014, the request for tenders for contractor support covered the four-year period starting 1 September 2014. Building on the Group’s successful track record in providing contractor support for the GÜZ, Rheinmetall’s proposal convinced the Bundeswehr to renew the contract, which has now been signed with Germany’s Federal Agency for Procurement, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the Bundeswehr. The actual value of the order, which was booked by the Simulation and Technology division of Rheinmetall Defence, will depend on the level of Bundeswehr utilization during the entire four-year lifespan of the contract, and could be in the region of €70m.
15 Aug 14. Rheinmetall has won an important foreign order for large-calibre ammunition. Greece has contracted with the Düsseldorf-based defence contractor to supply the Hellenic armed forces with tank ammunition worth some €52m. Now official, this procurement decision underscores once again Rheinmetall’s role as a global leader in large-calibre weapons and ammunition. The order encompasses 12,000 rounds of 120mm ammunition, the initial supply for the Greek Army’s Leopard 2 tanks. Greece bought the tanks back in 2009; procurement of the accompanying ammunition was delayed for several years. Just signed, the contract repr