26 Nov 15. Saab has awarded the Swiss technology group RUAG the contract for the series production of payload mountings for the Gripen E/F fighter aircraft to Sweden and Brazil. The contract is worth more than CHF 80m in total. This further strengthens the solid industrial partnership between Saab and Swiss company RUAG and secures their long-term collaboration. Following on from the contract for the development and production of prototypes in March 2014, the new order for series production of payload mountings totals over CHF 80m. At present the Gripen E/F is contracted by the Swedish and Brazilian governments.
01 Dec 15. General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Communications Service 3 program. The single-award, task order contract has a potential value of approximately $80m for five years, if all options are exercised. Under the task order, General Dynamics will provide single system management, maintenance, lifecycle and logistics support of the existing communications systems and subsystems used in North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Air Defense missions. The company will also deliver communications to enable sustained command and control (C2) for Air Defense of the United States.
01 Dec 15. Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, announced a new contract from Textron Systems Unmanned Systems for Integrated Charger Batteries (ICBs) to power its next-generation Universal Ground Control Stations (UGCS). The lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries will provide back-up power to the stations which control unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Saft’s light-weight 28V ICB delivers 100 amp hours, while reducing the overall size of the required system. The batteries will provide emergency back-up power for a flight-critical function of the UGCS, and activated in the event of a power failure, allowing the UGCS to carry out critical UAS control missions.
02 Dec 15. BAE Systems Land and Armaments LP, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is being awarded an $8,929,876 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-12-C-5316 for the production of a MK 110 Mod 0 gun weapon system (MK110). The MK 110 Mod 0 gun mount consists of a 57mm gun, ammunition hoists, power distribution panels, muzzle velocity radar, barrel-mounted television camera, and a ruggedized laptop computer gun control panel. The MK 110 Mod 0 gun mount is required to defeat medium- and short-range surface targets, and provide warning and disabling fire in support of anti-surface warfare. The weapon system will be installed on Coast Guard national security cutter WMSL 757 upon completion. Work will be performed in Louisville, Kentucky, and is expected to be completed by March 2018. Fiscal 2016 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $8,929,876 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
01 Dec 15. Harris Corporation (HRS) received a four-year, $113m contract from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to upgrade the Navy’s primary long-range, three-dimensional defense radar. The contract includes an initial $39m order and three one-year options. The contract was received in the first quarter of Harris’ fiscal 2016.
Harris was awarded the contract under the Navy’s Radar Obsolescence and Availability Recovery (ROAR) program to upgrade AN/SPS-48E radars to the more advanced SPS-48G version, which uses a modern solid-state transmitter. This approach increases fleet readiness to address emerging threats, while lowering the Navy’s total cost of radar ownership. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
30 Nov 15. The U.S. Navy has issued a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) led industry