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07 Nov 14. UK Dstl awards contracts for defence simulations. The UK MoD Defence Dstl has awarded a contract to a XPI Simulation-led team to improve simulated technology. Awarded under the synthetic environments (SE) tower of excellence project, the £3.6m contract requires the team, which includes QinetiQ, Cranfield University and Thales UK, to investigate future cost-effective methods and technologies to improve force and environmental representation in simulations and synthetic environments. The XPI-led team will focus on force and environmental representations in support of training, concept development and experimentation, as well as acquisition, evaluation and mission preparation. (Source: army-technology.com)
10 Nov 14. Finmeccanica – Selex ES signed a contract with Airbus Defence
and Space for a total value of €65m for the supply of an innovative high-performance, optical instrument which will be in use within the climate and environmental monitoring MetOp- SG (Meteorological Operational – Second Generation) programme. The instrument will be integrated on-board of the first three out of the six MetOp-SG satellites, which will be made by Airbus Defence and Space, prime contractor of the mission. Started in 2014, MetOp – SG is a cooperative undertaking between ESA (European Space Agency) and EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) for climate and environmental monitoring which has the scope of a more and more accurate meteorological forecasting. The first satellite is due for launch in 2021 and each of the two series of satellites will provide at least 21 years of operational service. Designed and developed within the Finmeccanica – Selex ES centre of excellence for advanced electro optical technologies for space and land applications of Campi Bisenzio (Florence), the instrument, named 3MI (Multi-viewing, Multi-channel, Multi-polarisation Imager), is a passive visible and short-wave infrared radiometer which also measures polarisation.
10 Nov 14. CACI International Inc has been awarded a $32.5m contract to support the development of specialized technologies for the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). This two-year (one base plus one option year) contract was awarded under the Rapid Response – Third Generation (R23G) contract vehicle. As new work for CACI, it expands the company’s business in its C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) market area. NVESD, known as the “Night Vision Lab” and located at Fort Belvoir, Va., conducts research and development of advanced night vision and other sensor technologies, such as infrared weapon sights and surveillance systems, that enhance the effectiveness of our Armed Forces in nighttime and limited visibility conditions. With this contract, CACI will provide program management and systems engineering support for the development, testing, and fielding of electro-optical and infrared sensor components and countermeasures, which detect and identify air, sea, and ground targets. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
11 Nov 14. Maccaferri Inc. of Maryland, USA, have been awarded a contract for the supply of their DefenCell MAC gabion barriers to meet the DLA Expeditionary Barrier System (EBS) requirement. The indefinite duration/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is for a potential maximum value of $500,000,000 and has been awarded by Defence Logistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia. DLA troop Support annually manage over $13bn worth of food and eq