24 Nov 15. Saab has received an ammunition order from the Austrian Armed Forces for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system. Deliveries will take place during 2016-2017. The contract includes production and deliveries of ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf system, a modern and effective ground support weapon.
25 Nov 15. Saab Provides Service Life Extension For RBS 97 Air Defence System. Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for a service life extension of the RBS 97 air defence missile system. This order ensures the continuing effectiveness of a missile system that is the backbone of Sweden’s two air defence battalions. The service life extension will implement new capabilities for the system, making it better able to counter current and future airborne threats. The work will include upgrades to hardware and software across all system components such as the high power illuminating radar, missile launcher and combat command unit. This new order, combined with other existing, similar business, will require Saab’s Växjö facility to recruit more staff with the relevant hardware and software engineering expertise. The possibility of transferring personnel from Sweden’s Air Defence Regiment for a limited time is also being explored, within the cooperative framework for skills development that exists between Saab and the Swedish armed forces.
23 Nov 15. SCS Wins £9.7m Training and Exercise Support Contract. Cohort plc, the independent technology business, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary SCS has been awarded a two year contract to provide training and exercise support to the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Joint Forces Command (JFC). The contract, valued at £9.7m, commences on 1 April 2016 and includes options to extend it for a further two years. Under the contract SCS will provide a comprehensive support service for the design, development and delivery of joint force exercises. SCS has carried out this role since 2000, winning five successive competitive tenders. Over the period SCS has provided effective training in the range of military tasks from small-scale stabilisation operations to full war-fighting.
23 Nov 15. GE to develop rotary frequency converter for HMS Queen Elizabeth. General Electric (GE) has been selected by the UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to develop a rotary frequency converter (RFC) for the Royal Navy’s first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. A partnership agreement has been entered into by GE with VolkerStevin to design, build, install and commission the RFC system, as well as to provide technical solutions to the DIO for the Royal Navy. GE will also provide testing and training for its RFC systems, which will enable efficient, safe and reliable power transfer from the national grid to HMS Queen Elizabeth. The RFC system, which consists of a motor, generator, a static excitation system, a synchronous frequency convertor, and associated equipment, will convert electricity from the UK national grid into 60Hz. This will allow use of electricity by the equipment on-board the aircraft carrier, and the vessel’s diesel generators to be switched off whilst at berth in Portsmouth Naval Base, reducing noise, pollution and costs. Designed to have an operational life of 30 years, the RFC systems will be seamlessly installed using existing facilities at Portsmouth naval base. (Source: naval-technology.com)
26 Nov 15. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”), announced today that it was awarded an approximately $200m contract from the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (“DDPS”), for the supply of Hermes 900 HFE (Heavy Fuel Engine) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and an advanced ground segment for command, control and communications. The contract, to be performed over a four-year period, follows the DDPS June 2014 announcement about Elbit