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22 May 15. The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has taken up a number of contract options with Serco to continue to provide support at three key bases, RAF Northolt, RAF Brize Norton and RAF Cranwell/Scampton. The combined total value of these contract options is £36m. In the first of these, Serco is continuing to deliver a range of services at RAF Northolt for a further two years from April 2015. The contract option, valued at a total of £19m over the two years, will see Serco’s Aircraft Ground Engineers continue to provide Forward and Depth Maintenance for the BAe146 aircraft of No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron. Serco has been delivering this service at Northolt since 1995 and has been providing a broader multi-activity contract (MAC) and engineering services there since 1997. The private and first-class passenger handling services available at RAF Northolt are routinely used by British and foreign royalty, heads of state, government ministers and senior military personnel.
Secondly Serco will continue to provide support services for a further one year from October 2015 at RAF Brize Norton, with a value of £9m. Serco has been providing multi-activity and engineering support to RAF Brize Norton since 1997. ‘Brize’ is the Main Operating Base for the RAF’s entire air transport and air-to-air refuelling fleets and is the largest station in the Royal Air Force with approximately 5,800 service personnel, 1,200 contractors and 300 civilian staff members.
Thirdly, Serco will continue to provide services for another year at RAF College Cranwell from April 2015, with a value of £8m. The company currently provides a range of services under its MAC which includes maintaining and overhauling the Red Arrows Hawk aircraft components; engine monitoring and hydraulic sampling. In addition it provides a range of motor transport, supply, fire & rescue, media and armoury services.
18 May 15. ThalesRaytheonSystems signed a €92.5m contract with NATO for a significant upgrade to the Alliance’s current missile defense command and control capability. By bringing new capabilities to NATO’s Air Command and Control System (ACCS), the contract will strengthen and expand the functionality of NATO’s existing missile defense command and control system. This will allow the Alliance to link national sensors and interceptors, with NATO’s Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, to plan and execute a missile defense battle.
20 ay 15. ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK LTD (AEUK) has been awarded the first phase worth £13m of a £28m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply an Autonomous Minesweeping Capability to the Royal Navy (RN). These Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) will create underwater influences to detonate mines in a controlled manner. The contract will be executed over the next 5 years to restore minesweeping capabilities to the RN. Two ARCIMS systems have been delivered to an overseas navy, so this contract with MoD builds on the ARCIMS Mission System fitted with the latest generation of Minesweeping Payloads. The system will include autonomous ‘Sense & Avoid’ capability to enable safe operations at sea. The benefits of these modern unmanned sweeping systems are that they can safely clear sea lanes from mines therefore removing the ‘man from the minefield.’ The ARCIMS mission system (based on a specially designed 11 metre vessel) can be transported easily by road, rail or military aircraft. It can be operated from shore with the minimum of support or launched and recovered from an RN Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessel (MCMV). The role of our key partner Babcock will