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08 Jan 15. AmSafe Bridport Limited is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) following a 12 month competition. The programme is for the design and supply of AmSafe Bridport’s lightweight Tarian® Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) Armour system for a wide range of wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles. The 7 year programme for DALO will introduce a single RPG armour system across a fleet of vehicles which provides capability improvements through improved protection against RPG threats and enhanced reliability in all environments. A high level of common components and system durability will provide significant cost benefits in support and training. AmSafe Bridport is delighted to be working in partnership with it’s in country representative, Damasec, to deliver this opportunity. Tarian is a highly effective solution for protection against RPGs and is also the world’s lightest such system. Developed in close collaboration with the UK Ministry of Defense (UK MOD), the Tarian system has been extensively tested – including over 800 live shots – in the USA, UK and Europe. This testing verified Tarian’s high level of performance and multi-hit capability. Tarian was first deployed operationally in 2009 in Afghanistan and it is now fitted to a variety of British military vehicles following an order from the UK MOD in 2012.
06 Jan 15. The UK MoD has awarded Babcock International (Babcock) a contract worth £900m over a 10-year period to transform the way the Army’s vehicles are maintained, repaired and stored. The contract has the potential to grow to around £2bn as a result of plans, subject to value for money, to optimise a broader scope of services. The contract has been awarded as part of the sale of the Defence Support Group (DSG) land business to Babcock for £140m, which was announced in December last year. From April this year Babcock will deliver the services currently provided to the Army by the DSG land business. Over its lifetime, the £900m contract will generate total savings to the Army of around £500m. This represents a reduction of over a third of the current costs. No MOD sites will close on sale. All DSG land business staff will transfer to Babcock with their terms and conditions protected. Babcock will lead a business improvement programme over the first three years which is aimed at optimising the performance of the business.
07 Jan 15. EID to receive contract to fit ICCS6 to Belgian, Dutch, and Portuguese vessels. Key Points:
* Belgian, Netherlands, and Portuguese frigates to receive EID ICCS6 fit
* 10 vessels will be outfitted between 2015 and 2020, under a EUR15m contract
The navies of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal will equip a number of their surface ships with the Integrated Communications Control System 6 (ICCS6) produced by Portuguese communications specialist EID. Under an M-class frigates user group memorandum of understanding drawn up in January 2008, a contract with a maximum value of EUR15m (USD18m) is to be awarded by Portugal for 10 of the company’s ICCS6 systems. Working arrangements with the Belgian and Netherlands navies will be established in due course. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
06 Jan 15. Thales to upgrade fire control system on Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. On behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), the Joint Armaments Cooperation Organisation (OCCAr)1 has awarded Thales a contract to upgrade the fire control system for the anti-air missiles deployed by the French Navy’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. The n