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21 Oct 14. Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a $1bn contract by General Dynamics UK to deliver 245 turrets for the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV). The contract to design, manufacture, integrate and test all 245 turrets will sustain 880 jobs at Lockheed Martin’s Ampthill site in Bedfordshire. A number of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the UK who are involved in the supply chain to deliver the turret will also benefit from the production contract. It follows the announcement in September that the UK Ministry of Defence is to buy SCOUT SV’s to provide essential armoured vehicle capability for the British Army. Lockheed Martin’s technology leading turret solution will deliver significant improvements in combat capability, survivability and operational effectiveness for the infantry.
23 Oct 14. NIITEK®, Inc., a subsidiary of Chemring Sensors & Electronics Systems (CSES), in partnership with Minelab Australia and IBCOL of Poland, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract for 50 GROUNDSHARK Dual Sensor Handheld Detectors from the Republic of Poland, State Treasury, Armament Inspectorate. The contract, issued through NIITEK’s distributor, IBCOL Polska Sp. z o.o. of Warsaw, Poland, is valued at $1.4m. NIITEK will provide the GROUNDSHARK Dual Sensor Handheld training, documentation and logistics support in coordination with IBCOL. Deliveries are planned for November 2014. The commercially available GROUNDSHARK is based on coupling NIITEK’s market leading Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), and Minelab Electronics’ advanced Metal Detector (MD), to create the most technically sound and user-friendly dual sensor handheld detector on the market. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
22 Oct 14. Babcock to support PTFS system on UK Navy submarines. The UK Royal Navy has awarded a life in-service support contract to Babcock to support the precise time and frequency standard (PTFS) system, which is integrated on the nuclear-powered Vanguard and Trafalgar-class submarines. As part of the three-year post design services (PDS) contract, the company will also support shore reference facilities, military headquarters and shore development and integration facilities. The contract involves delivering a 24/7 help desk, engineering support, technical documentation, obsolescence management, safety and environmental management, restoring oscillator clock modules, and spares holding. (Source: naval-technology.com)
21 Oct 14. UK contracts for top-up Tomahawk buy. The UK MoD has confirmed an order for a further 20 UGM-109E Tomahawk Block IV land attack cruise missiles, but has declined to reveal whether it plans to expand the UK’s Tomahawk inventory. Royal Navy (RN) Trafalgar- and Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) are equipped to fire the encapsulated Torpedo Tube Launch (TTL) variant of Tomahawk Block IV, as well as the earlier Block IIIC missile. The latter is due to go out of service by 2020. In July this year the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress that the UK had requested a possible sale of up to 65 Block IV TTL rounds, together with containers; test and communications equipment; technical assistance; and operational flight test, engineering, and logistics support.
22 Oct 14. SEA, a Cohort plc company, has been awarded an initial contract by BAE Systems to provide its innovative External Communications System (ECS) for the whole of the Royal Navy’s submarine fleet. The value of this new contract is approximately £23m, covering long lead procurement out to late 2016 and design activiti