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14 Jan 15. On 15 December 2014, the Swiss Defence Procurement Agency and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) signed a contract for the purchase of twelve Leguan bridge layers on a Leopard 2 chassis together with the associated peripherals and training equipment in Berne. This brings to 16 the number of countries now using the Leguan system. As a major initiator of the Leopard 2 chassis variant, the Swiss Army is now one of four to be using these bridge layers. The system is capable of laying one 26-metre bridge or two separate bridges, each 14 metres in length. With a carrying capacity of around 70t (MLC 80), the bridge allows very heavy equipment to be used. The widespread use of the system results in very good interoperability. This versatility, coupled with the unique protection and mobility characteristics of the Leopard 2 chassis, enables the Leguan to also be used for civilian purposes, for example, to quickly restore supply routes after natural catastrophes.
12 Jan 15. Ministry of National Defence Republic of Poland to order more AMV 8×8 armoured vehicles. The Ministry of National Defence Republic of Poland has placed an additional order for AMV 8×8 vehicles from Patria’s Polish partner Rosomak S.A. Patria will deliver components for 200 vehicles for Rosomak S.A., which produces the vehicles under Patria’s license. Deliveries will take place during 2015-2019. The order with a total value of some 90 MEUR, strengthens Patria’s order stock, but does not generate much work for the Hämeenlinna unit.
13 Jan 15. Exelis has been awarded a contract valued at more than $17m to provide electronic support measures (ESM) technology and services to Sweden through a subcontract with shipbuilder Saab, in Sweden. Under the contract, Exelis will provide Swedish submarines with the latest model of the sophisticated ES-3701 electronic warfare (EW) system, offering a significant capability boost in the areas of situational awareness, targeting, self-protection and surveillance. The ES-3701 uses a circular array interferometer antenna. This provides precise direction finding over a 360-degree azimuth and at high elevation while maintaining a 100 percent probability of interception. Through digital technology and modern signal processing, the system intercepts, measures and identifies complex signals, (including Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) in dense radio frequency environments even in the presence of interfering signals. The ES-3701 is part of a suite of other Exelis EW technologies designed to enable domestic and international customers to perform their critical missions. Leveraging its decades of innovation and experience in the electromagnetic spectrum, Exelis has identified EW as one of the company’s four strategic growth platforms.
08 Jan 15. France orders two Caribbean patrol vessels. The French defence procurement agency (the DGA) has ordered two light patrol vessels from Socarenam for the French Navy. The two Patrouilleur Léger Guyanais (PLG) vessels will be used for patrol and surveillance missions in Guyana and the Caribbean, including: counter-narcotics operations, fisheries protection, search and rescue (SAR), and as force protection for the Kourou space centre. The first ship will be delivered in late 2016 and the second one is due in mid-2017. Each PLG will be 60m long with a 3.2 m draught, and are expected to have a maximum speed of 21kt, and an endurance of 12 days at 12 kt. Each ship will have a 24 person crew, with enough space to accommodate an additional 14 people. The vessels will each feature a remote controlled 20mm cannon on