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15 Apr 15. Cohort subsidiary SCS has been awarded a follow-on contract to provide training and exercise support services for the Joint Warfare Division of the UK’s Joint Forces Command. The MOD has elected to exercise the option of extending for one year the contract that was announced in April 2014, and the new contract will run through to March 2016. The exact value of the award is confidential but is in excess of £3m. SCS has held contracts of this type continuously since 1996, initially with the Permanent Joint Headquarters and more recently with its successor organisation, the Joint Forces Command.
16 Apr 15. DCNS has just obtained a contract for providing through life support (TLS) until 2020 to the six nuclear attack submarines in service in the French National Navy and based in Toulon. This contract confirms DCNS leadership in through life support. The contract was recently notified by the Fleet Support Department and became effective on 01 April 2015. The contract covers the provision of through life support to the entire fleet of nuclear attack submarines, which comprises six Rubis-type ships as well as preliminary servicing for Suffren, the First of Class of the Barracuda submarines. The contract also includes the operation of Toulon’s nuclear infrastructures, the tools as well as the simulators of the National school of submariners. Lastly, it covers the maintenance of infrastructures dedicated to the complete servicing of Rubis-type nuclear attack submarines, and the future installations in the process of adaptation for the routine servicing of the first Barracuda nuclear attack submarines that will be commissioned progressively from 2018 onwards.
16 Apr 15. Italy has ordered two more FREMM frigates, completing its planned order of 10 vessels, the Italian consortium building the ships said on Thursday. The value of the order was €764m (US $812.2m), according to Orizzonte Sistemi Navali, a joint venture in which Italian shipyard Fincantieri holds 51 percent and Finmeccanica 49 percent. The program, which was launched with France, has been is run by European program office OCCAR. The new ships, which will be delivered after 2020, are 144 meters long with a 6,700-ton displacement, accommodation for a crew of 200 and a maximum speed of more than 27 knots. (Source: Defense News)
14 Apr 15. Kelvin Hughes have been contracted to supply their market leading SharpEye™ radars for the UK Royal Navy’s new River class Batch 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) to be built on the Clyde. The UK Royal Navy is to receive three new OPVs to be named HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent. The new vessels will be used for counter terrorism, counter piracy and anti-smuggling operations. They are expected to enter service starting in 2017. The Kelvin Hughes integrated radar system consists of an I Band Doppler SharpEye radar supporting both helicopter control and navigation (the new River class OPVs will incorporate a Merlin capable flight deck), together with an E/F Band SharpEye radar for navigation and collision avoidance. Both radars will be accessed and controlled by Kelvin Hughes MantaDigitalTM Tactical ARPA displays. The radar system will be interfaced with the Combat Management System as well as other third party systems such as WECDIS and WAIS. With this order, the Royal Navy becomes the 25th service to select SharpEye. Others include the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Irish Naval Service, the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy.