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29 Sep 15. Saab Sells Live Training Systems To Austrian Army. Saab signed a contract with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence to supply a new advanced training system for the Austrian army. The order value is approximately SEK180m and deliveries are planned from 2015 to 2018. Production will take place in Huskvarna. The Austrian army has previously purchased Saab simulation systems for its tanks, anti-tank weapons and soldiers. This contract includes Saab’s next generation of soldier training systems with new add-on equipment that will extend the current system. Saab will also deliver a mid-life upgrade for Austria’s existing vehicle and anti-tank training systems. The contract will provide more capability for training conscripts and professional soldiers. Examples of other users of Saab’s live training systems are the US, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Estonia and Czech Republic.
30 Sep 15. ThalesRaytheonSystems announced that the country of Latvia will procure four (4) Improved Sentinel AN/MPQ-64 F1 air defense radars. The Sentinel procurement, the first of its kind for the Latvian Armed Forces, will complement the country’s existing defense network by detecting, identifying and tracking airborne threats including: fixed and rotary wing aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Sentinel is a highly mobile and versatile three-dimensional, phased-array radar system that operates in the X-band frequency range. Its capabilities are suited for a wide range of missions including air surveillance, air defense and missile systems coordination, and homeland defense, as well as infrastructure and asset protection. The radar is also the primary sensing component for alerting and cueing of targets for NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems).
28 Sep 15. BAE to Continue Production of Vital Soldier Protection Equipment. The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract modification worth $45m for the low-rate initial production of lightweight torso and side body armor that protects soldiers while reducing their carrying load. The modification was awarded under the Soldier Protection System Vital Torso Protection program, which represents the future in lightweight, high-performance hard body armor. Under the contract, BAE Systems will provide three armor variants: the Lightweight X Small Arms Protective Insert (XSAPI), a torso plate that protects against various threats; and two side plate variants, the Lightweight X Side Ballistic Insert (XSBI) and Lightweight Enhanced Side Ballistic Insert (ESBI), which enhance the protection afforded by the torso plates. These plates offer the same level of ballistic performance as previous generations but are at least seven percent lighter, reducing the load on the warfighter. BAE Systems will deliver more than 90,000 plates under the contract modification. The work is underway at the company’s Phoenix, Arizona, facility. (Source: ASD Network)
30 Sep 15. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a $95,010,055 fixed-price-incentive, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-only contract for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) low-rate initial production in support of the Expeditionary Warfare Program Office. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $213,430,199. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (53 percent); Beaverton, Oregon (23 percent); Rochester, Minnesota (15 percent);