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03 Jun 15. ThalesRaytheonSystems signed a €92.5mcontract 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. The project involves a transatlantic industrial base across 8 Nations and 15 industry partners. It is expected to be completed by 2018. It will be rolled-out in three steps, with the final step offering an integrated single software baseline able to support both air and missile defense
(Source: ASD Network)
02 Jun 15. The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) have awarded Airbus Helicopters a full-service contract for the new H145M rotorcraft – which is to make its military debut with the German Air Force later this year.
This seven-year comprehensive co-operative support and services agreement will ensure optimal availability, reliability and readiness for the German Air Force’s fleet of 15 H145M helicopters (previously designated the EC645 T2), which are to be used primarily in missions with the country’s Special Forces Command (Kommando Spezialkräfte). Airbus Helicopters´ responsibility includes e.g. the management and implementation of maintenance and repair activities, material supply and airworthiness. The company will locate a dedicated team at the Laupheim Air Base in Baden-Württemberg, South Germany, creating a close cooperation with the Bundeswehr technicians who will support these helicopters during their missions around the world.
01 Jun 15. The UK Ministry of Defence has provided £1.7m of funding to research a common weapon launcher for Typhoon that could be capable of carrying multiple weapons and weapon types on one aircraft attachment point. The project will bring together expertise from BAE Systems as the weapons integration lead for Typhoon and the weapons manufacturers MBDA and Raytheon UK. If the research is successful this could be the latest development in a programme of activity to ensure that Typhoon continues to deliver world-leading capability for the armed forces.
01 Jun 15. UK invests £80m to train navy pilots and rear crews. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invested £80m for new equipment to support future training of the Royal Navy and Air Force helicopter pilots and rear crews. MoD has awarded a £51m contract to Lockheed Martin UK to support Chinook Mk 6 training. In addition, AgustaWestland received a £29m contract to deliver Merlin Mk 4/4a aircrew synthetic training devices. Under the two-year contract, Lockheed Martin UK will design and produce of the equipment and training facility. The company will also provide a 10-year training service support package. The Chinook Mk 6 synthetic training will be based in Hampshire, and will comprise two flight deck device simulators, a rear crew training device, and a suite of computer based training facilities. The pilots will be trained on Merlin Mk 4/4a helicopters through new simulators in Somerset. AgustaWestland has selected CAE to deliver two flight training devices, a flight navigation procedures trainer and a rear crew trainer. CAE will deliver the equipments from 2017. The equipment will simulate real operating environments, which will help the crews practice manoeuvres and procedures safely. (Source: naval-technology.com)