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26 Mar 15. Harris Corporation received a $25m order from a NATO nation for Falcon III® manpack and handheld tactical radios. The radios will provide the country’s armed forces with a secure, field-proven wideband tactical communications solution. The nation is acquiring Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack and AN/PRC-152A handheld radios. Both radios are equipped with the Harris Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform, which enables military forces to leverage advanced battle management applications such as collaborative chat, streaming video and intelligence collection.
27 Mar 15. The UK MoD and its French counterpart have committed more than £17m (€21.5m) to design a new system which could radically improve the way the Royal Navy tackles underwater sea mines. A contract was signed on March 27th by the international organisation OCCAR on behalf of the MOD and France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), with a Thales–led consortium that includes BAE Systems. The project will involve the design of a Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) demonstrator, which includes an unmanned surface vehicle with sonar and an unmanned underwater vehicle. It will provide a demonstration of systems and equipment to defeat sea-mines using remotely-operated, unmanned marine vehicles and sensors. Using unmanned systems would allow a new approach to sea-mine clearance, meaning Royal Navy vessels could operate further from the minefield. This would allow the Navy to respond more safely and efficiently to the threat of sea-mines in the long-term and operate more effectively around the world. (Source: U.K. MoD)
20 Mar 15. AMSEC to support US Navy’s modernisation programme. Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) subsidiary AMSEC has received a contract from the US Navy to provide engineering and technical services, which will support the navy modernisation programme. With an estimated ceiling amount of $83m, the three-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has also been awarded to several other contractors. AMSEC operations president Harris Leonard said: “AMSEC has more than 34 years of experience delivering complete hull, mechanical and electrical services and alteration installation team solutions to the US fleet. The work assigned for AMSEC will be performed in various fleet homeports for the US Navy and the Government of Poland. It is expected to be completed by March 2018. HHI stated that future options may include foreign military sales to Greece, Australia and Taiwan. AMSEC project programme manager Christopher Fiori said: “Deploying new technologies and providing maintenance, modernisation and technical services for the US Navy and other Department of Defense technical communities is AMSEC’s primary mission. (Source: naval-technology.com)
26 Mar 15. The UK MOD has awarded a helicopter support contract worth £580m to AgustaWestland, sustaining more than 1,000 jobs across the UK. The deal will provide maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters over the next five years. The new contract is expected to deliver more than £140m savings over that time. Many of the jobs the contract will sustain are located at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil and at the Royal Navy Air Station in Culdrose, Cornwall, where the depth maintenance and the Royal Navy’s Merlin training system are located. (Source: U.K. MoD)
24 Mar 15. DoD/DSCA Notifies Congress of Possible FMS of CH-47F Aircraft to The Netherlands. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DoD/DSCA) has notified the Cong