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23 Oct 14. Babcock wins further equipment contract for British military. Babcock has been awarded a Lifting Equipment and Handling (LEaH) contract by the UK MoD Maritime Equipment Systems (MES) team, to supply and support a diverse range of lifting and handling equipment for use by the Royal Navy, Army and RAF. Under the seven year contract Babcock will provide design, supply, manufacture and repair of general lifting equipment in use in the marine and land based environments, as well as inspection and certification services, equipment support activities and the continued provision of the Lifting Equipment Safety Management System (LESMS) Register. Babcock will also support the equipment with a wide range of associated technical services and assistance. The contract also covers the specific requirements associated with the Low Magnetic Equipment required by the Mine Counter Measures (MCM) flotilla. To secure the competitively won contract, Babcock has successfully demonstrated its own and its sub-contractors’ competence and experience in the supply, manufacture, repair, testing and management of lifting equipment, and associated quality and safety management systems.
29 Oct 14. The MoD has agreed a contract to update and sustain the UK’s military air traffic management which is expected to save the taxpayer up to £1bn over the next 22 years. AQUILA, a joint venture between Thales and NATS, has been awarded the £1.5bn contract, which includes a £400m investment in advanced surveillance radars and a wide range of sophisticated equipment such as navigation aids and radios. Starting next year, the programme will see approximately 70 contracts merged into one and will cover the operation of more than 60 MoD sites in the UK and overseas, including in Cyprus, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands and Ascension Island. The programme, known as Marshall, will deliver a long-term, modern and reliable military Air Traffic Management (ATM) service that will allow aircraft to operate safely in all weathers.
30 Oct 14. The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $83.8m contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the Ohio replacement submarine and the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine. The contract provides funding for 17 tactical missile tubes: 12 for the U.K. Successor submarine; four for the Ohio Replacement submarine; and one for the Strategic Weapons System – Ashore test facility. A total of 241 missile tubes will be manufactured over the course of the program.
Initially awarded in December 2012, the five-year, $1.85bn contract calls for Electric Boat to perform research and development work for the Navy’s next-generation ballistic-missile submarine, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2021. The potential value of the overall contract is $2.3bn.
26 Oct 14. Slovakia to replace ageing Antonov transports with C-27J Spartans. Slovakia has agreed to purchase a pair of Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft, national media reported on 23 October. The two aircraft, which are being procured to replace the Slovak Air Force’s ageing Antonov An-26 ‘Cline’ transports, are expected to arrive in 2016 and 2017, according to the Slovak Spectator newspaper. Alenia told IHS Jane’s that it hopes to be able to announce the sale in the coming days. While a contract value has not been disclosed, IHS Jane’s World Air Forces puts the deal at an estimated EUR120m (USD152m).
The disclosure that Slovakia is to procure the two C-27Js ends a protracted procurem