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30 Jul 15. Switzerland becomes first European Customer for Mabey Bridge’s Delta Bridge. The procurement arm for the Swiss Federal Ministry of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, armasuisse, has become the first European customer for Mabey Bridge’s Delta Bridge. The new, single span, 90m Delta bridge will be opened next month and will cross the Rhine river close to Chur, the capital of the Swiss Canton of Graubünden. The new bridge will be used by the Swiss army for transporting troops to and from their live-firing ranges in Rossboden. The Rhine river bisects the ranges and the Swiss military will restrict the new bridge to use by its troops and their equipment, which will greatly enhance the safety of the local population. The new Delta bridge replaces two old, 2 span Medium Girder Bridges and will have a 4.2m road width, so capable of carrying the Swiss Army’s combat vehicles.
30 Jul 15. Thales wins £125m Vehicle Sighting Systems contract for UK MoD Scout SV programme. Thales announced the award of a £125m contract for the supply of Sighting Systems and Ancillary Equipment to General Dynamics UK for the Production Phase of the UK MoD’s Specialist Vehicle (SV) programme. Under the terms of the contract, Thales will supply 245 vehicle sets, each consisting of a Primary Sight, Local Situational Awareness (LSA) camera system and Smoke Dispenser, over a 5 year programme between 2016 and 2021, specifically for the Scout variant of the vehicle. Thales will also supply a further 344 sets of their LSA systems for other versions of the vehicle in the same time period.
30 Jul 15. Turk firms win over €200m subcontracts in LPD deal. The companies, Aselsan and Havelsan, both state-controlled, announced July 30 that the contracts they signed with Sedef, the Turkish shipyards that will build the vessel, involve warfare and electronic systems and their integration. Military electronics specialist Aselsan, Turkey’s biggest defense firm, signed a deal for €127m. Its work includes communications, satellite and IFF systems, 12.7mm STAMP and a 25mm STOP guns, acoustics, sonars, radars, electronic warfare systems, infrared tracking systems, laser warning systems, and cruise systems. Havelsan’s work, worth €87m, includes a network-supported warfare management system (ADVENT), ship data distribution, a CCTV system, the Link 11/16/22 tactical communications system, an amphibious mission force command center, a landing force command center, and a command, control and information system. Turkey announced in December 2013 that it selected Sedef for the ambitious naval program. In the LPD contract, Sedef is partnered with Spain’s Navantia. (Source: Defense News)
29 Jul 15. Airbus Defence and Space together with its team partner Lockheed Martin Overseas Services Corporation (LMOSC) are to undertake a Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) – re-winging – of the German Navy fleet of P-3C Orion maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Under the terms of an eight-year contract signed with the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) the companies will upgrade eight aircraft. The contract includes the production of eight MLU-kits (outer wing, centre fuselage, and horizontal stabilizer) by LMOSC primarily in Marietta, Georgia, as well as other locations in the United States. Airbus Defence and Space will be responsible for integration, installation and check out of the MLU-K15 kits for the P-3C Orion aircraft at Manching, Germany.
29 Jul 15. Selex ES has won a contract worth around €27m (£19m) to provid