24 Jan 16. Saab Receives Order From EDA For Carl-Gustaf Ammunition. Saab has signed a contract with the European Defence Agency (EDA) for the production and delivery of Carl-Gustaf ammunition. Deliveries will take place during 2017. The order comes under the terms of Saab´s framework agreement signed between Saab and EDA in 2014, allowing for the co-ordinated purchase of Carl-Gustaf ammunition by the agency member states Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Poland. The agreement is in effect for five years, with a possible extension of two further years. The framework provides for potential orders of approximately SEK 460m.
26 Jan 16. Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second-largest space company, has signed a contract, worth around 285m euros with the European Space Agency (ESA) to deliver two further optical satellites for the European Copernicus programme. As part of the Sentinel-2 Earth observation satellite system, these two new models, called “Sentinel-2C” and “Sentinel-2D”, will observe the environment and land surfaces and continue from 2021 with the measurements carried out by the first two flight units as part of the European Copernicus programme. As prime contractor, Airbus Defence and Space will lead an industrial consortium of more than 50 companies from 17 European countries and the USA. (Source: defence-aerospace.com)
22 Jan 16. AAI Corp., doing business as Textron Systems, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $97,109,000 modification (P00004) to contract W58RGZ-15-C-0047 for the Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system, tactical data link retrofit for full-rate production VII. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $97,109,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
29 Jan 16. Boeing Co has won a contract worth $2.5bn to build 20 more P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. The contract covers the production and delivery of 16 aircraft for the U.S. Navy and four for the Australian government, the Defense Department said in its daily digest of major weapons contracts. The work is expected to be completed in December 2018. (Source: Reuters)
22 Jan 16. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $34,028,813 order (0014) from basic ordering agreement FA8620-15-G-4040 to develop and field the Air Force Special Operations Command MQ-9 Medium Altitude Long Endurance Tactical (MALET) Lead-Off Hitter (LOH) software line. Contractor will establish, define, and grow a process to rapidly field capabilities. Included in this effort is to address activities driving software changes such as: software defect corrections, threats, policy or doctrine driven, safety, interoperability, and software changes resulting from hardware upgrades. Work will be performed at Poway, California; Clovis, New Mexico; and Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, and is expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2018. Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $11,898,735 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
28 Jan 16. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a $564m contract modification award from NASA for two satellite sensors as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Polar Follow-On missions. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) sensors are for two satellites in the series, Polar Follow-On /JPSS-3 and JPSS-4. These are the fourth and fifth VIIRS units Raytheon has been contracted to build. The first Raytheon-built VIIRS instrument is currently flying on the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting