08 Oct 14. The Government of Estonia has requested a possible sale of 350 Javelin Guided Missiles, 120 Command Launch Units (CLU) with Integrated Day/Thermal Sight, 102 Battery Coolant Units, 16 Enhanced Performance Basic Skills Trainers (EPBST), 102 Missile Simulation Rounds (MSR), spare and repair parts, rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and dischargers, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representative engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related logistics support. The estimated cost is $55m. The principal contractors will be Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture in Orlando, Florida and Tucson, Arizona. (Source: glstrade.com)
29 Sep 14. Saab Kockums gets submarine overhaul contract. Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to overhaul the submarine HMS Halland. The order covers the period 2014-2015 and is valued at SEK130m. The order is part of a letter of intent regarding the Swedish armed forces’ underwater capability that was announced on June 9, 2014. Work based on the order will be carried out during 2014 and 2015 at the Saab Kockums shipyard in Karlskrona. Saab Kockums is now a business unit within Saab’s business area Security and Defence Solutions following its acquisition of Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems AB and restoration of the yard’s historic Kockums branding as Saab Kockums, The overhaul includes all the necessary measures to ensure the submarine’s operational availability. According to HMS Halland’s standard maintenance plan this type of overhaul is conducted every six years. One provision of the contract is to define future needs for maintenance, which could result in additional work.
MPI Comment – The announcement comes just after Saab has bid for Australian government’s submarine acquisition programme. Sweden’s contract to Saab may be intended to strengthen the company’s position in the Australian competition. Ever since Saab acquired ThyssenKrupp (formerly Kockums) in July 2014, the company has been making efforts to prove its “readiness and capability” to deliver the advanced made-to-order next-generation submarines that Australia seeks. MPI previously reported, in July, that Saab’s main motivation behind the acquisition was to make Saab eligible to enter the lucrative submarine market in Australia.(Source: MPI – Hawk Information/ Marine Log)
08 Oct 14. The Government of Greece has requested a possible sale for modification and reactivation of two (2) P-3B aircraft, and the upgrade of up to five (5) P-3B aircraft that will include structural Mid Life Upgrades (MLU), Phased Depot Maintenance (PDM), Mission Integration and Management Systems (MIMS), and new flight avionics. The MLU kits will provide service life extensions for 15,000 flight hours, spare and repair parts, repair and return, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor logistics, engineering, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $500m. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta, Georgia. (Source: glstrade.com)
06 Oct 14. BAE Systems has been awarded a $153.6m contract from the U.S. Army to convert 53 M88A1 recovery vehicles to the M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (HERCULES) configuration. Work on the contract will extend the M88 production line within the Combat Vehicle Industrial Base through 2016. The fleet of Army Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) vehicles is getting heavier, making it increasingly important that the recovery fleet is upgraded to support them. With its 70,000 pound boom, the HERCULES is able to hoist and tow twice the weight of its pr