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22 Feb 15. Pearson Engineering has been selected to undertake a structural scanning assessment of the British Army’s Challenger 2 tank fleet by inspecting and non-destructive testing (NDT) of up to 60 vehicle hulls. The £1.129m contract will provide valuable information for the whole fleet management of the Challenger 2 tank platform by the UK MoD Defence Equipment & Support Organisation (DE&S). Acquisition of the Armstrong Works has added an additional 33,000m2 of manufacturing space to Pearson Engineering’s facilities and includes the capability to cut, profile, fabricate, weld and machine armoured steel and aluminium and to test and demonstrate armoured vehicles. In addition, the 20 tonne work piece weld manipulation capability, paint facilities, large capacity vertical and horizontal CNC machining centres and 16,000m2 of under-crane assembly allow Pearson Engineering to offer a complete and comprehensive inspection, assembly and test service to its customers.
22 Feb 15. The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a contract to supply a further 20 ground terminals as part of the Syracuse III satellite programme. Installed on VAB light armoured vehicles, these satcom terminals will operate as fully-functional network nodes for France’s satellite communications on-the-move capability. The 20 terminals will be delivered from early 2016 to mid-2017. These VENUS terminals equipped with satcom on-the-move (Satcom OTM) systems from Thales enable commanders to stay in touch while on the move in the theatre. The command vehicles communicate via the Syracuse system, which connects them directly to other deployed assets. With Satcom OTM technology, vehicles fitted with satellite antennas can establish and maintain a satellite link whether they are moving or stationary. The innovative Satcom OTM solution from Thales complements other radio communication systems and has standard interfaces to connect other tactical communication equipment for higher data rates and overall availability. By providing a permanent command communication capability in the theatre of operations, the solution meets the requirements of ground force units on the move in terms of information exchange and force protection. This latest contract award is an endorsement of newly developed active antenna technology with electronic scanning, which offers better coverage and availability than conventional parabolic antenna solutions.
23 Feb 15. Savox Communications a leading provider of C4I and communications solutions for defence, security and professional public safety users, signed a deal with the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) for its newly-developed Tactical Headgear system for changing Operational Requirements – THOR®. The system, unveiled at IDEX, has been adopted to meet the headgear requirements of the FDF’s Warrior 2020 Programme. The value of the deal is not available. This initial order is for an undisclosed number of THOR tactical combat headgear systems destined for the FDF. These units will go into acceptance testing and approvals. The initial delivery is part of a rolling contract, which will see a steady ramping up of volume towards mass production later this year, with further options continuing for an undisclosed number of years. The FDF procurement has been handled by the FDF’s joint procurement organisation, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command, which manages all contracts for the Finnish Air Force, Army and Navy. Savox is the prime contractor of the consortium behind THOR, with industry partners, Millog Oy and Fy-Composites Oy, contributing n