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08 Dec 14. Saab has been awarded a contract by the French Ministry of Defence procurement branch, the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement), to supply the Roquette Nouvelle Generation, (Roquette NG) next-generation shoulder-launched weapon system for the French armed forces. The first fixed contract is for SEK 295m. The total programme, including all options, is valued at approx. MSEK 2, 050. The Roquette NG is a general purpose weapon system which will be employed by all three branches of the French armed forces (Army, Air Force and Navy). The contract is a multi-stage agreement with one fixed element and eight consecutive options over the period 2015-2024. The new weapons are part of the proven AT4CS family and build upon Saab Dynamics’ modular 84-mm product range including the renowned Carl-Gustaf multi-purpose reloadable weapon system and the AT4 family of disposable weapons. Three AT4 variants are included in the contract: AT4CS ER (anti-armour extended range), AT4CS AST (anti-structure and breaching), and AT4CS HE (high-explosive anti-personnel). These weapons provide multi-purpose direct fire support with confined space capabilities. The contract also incorporates an integrated logistics and support package with an extensive training suite, including deliveries of outdoor training simulators from Saab. Saab has teamed with NEXTER Munitions in Bourges, France, for engineering and logistics support throughout the programme.
12 Dec 14. ThalesRaytheonSystems has been awarded a contract by the DGA, the French defense procurement agency, to supply the French armed forces with 12 fixed Ground Master 400 radars and 4 mobile tactical Ground Master 200 radars. In addition to delivery and through-life support of the radars, the contract awarded on 8 December includes installation and civil engineering work for the 12 Ground Master 400 radars. This contract is part of the SCCOA* air command and control program for which ThalesRaytheonSystems is the main supplier. France has already acquired Ground Master radars for its military bases in Kourou, Nice and Lyon. The radar in Kourou, the first of its kind to enter operational service in France, was inaugurated on 27 November 2014.
05 Dec 14. QinetiQ to support acceptance trials of UK Navy’s third Astute-class submarine. QinetiQ has secured a contract to provide support for the testing and acceptance trials of the UK Royal Navy’s third Astute-class nuclear-powered submarine, HMS Artful (S121). Under terms of the contract, QinetiQ will support four separate work packages, which include acoustic, magnetic signatures, weapon discharge and electronic warfare calibration for the 97m-long, 7,400t nuclear-powered attack submarine. The acceptance and testing trials include static and underway acoustic signature measurements, magnetic signature measurements and optimisation, weapon discharge and electronic warfare calibration. QinetiQ will be responsible for managing the range infrastructures and all aspects of range safety. The company will also gather information throughout the programme to produce comprehensive reports at the end of each trial in order to support acceptance and the operational handover of the submarine to the Royal Navy. (Source: naval-technology.com)
08 Dec 14. Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) to provide new sensor systems for two A26-type submarines and two Gotland-class submarines. The contract is valued at SEK 420m. This order is one of the terms included in the Letter of Intent covering Swedish armed forces’ underwater capabilities