11 Mar 16. Rheinmetall to Manufacture Ordnance for a European Partner. A European procurement agency has awarded Rheinmetall a major order for ordnance. Worth up to €225m, the multi-year contract encompasses the development, qualification and production of modern ordnance which meets the highest safety standards. RWM Italia S.p.A. – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rheinmetall Group since 2010 – won the order. The ammunition will be jointly manufactured by RWM Italia S.p.A. and by a European defence contractor. This important order underscores once again the Düsseldorf-based Group’s global reputation for competence in the twin high-tech fields of security and mobility. One of the world’s top munitions suppliers, Rheinmetall’s customers include (among others) the armed forces of Germany, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Austria. (Source: ASD Network)
11 Mar 16. Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Mitchel Field, New York, is being awarded a maximum value $93,400,000 undefinitized contract action (N00030-16-C-0045) for Trident II Inertial Navigation Subsystem (INS) design; continued development of the technology refresh efforts for Shipboard Systems Integration (SSI) Increment 8 and SSI Increment 13; delivery of eight INSs, and various test plans and reports related to the INS, gyroscope, modeling and simulation efforts; hardware and software design and temporary alterations all required for subsequent validation of performance at-sea; integration of the Electrostatically Supported Gyro Navigator-Replacement into the navigation subsystem; initiation of production activities leading to an SSI Increment 8 initial operational capability; and Multi-Star Enhanced Prelaunch tasks. Work will be performed in Mitchell Field, New York (55 percent); Huntington Beach, California (34 percent); Clearwater, Florida (7 percent); and Cambridge, Massachusetts (4 percent), with an expected completion date of Nov. 30, 2017. Fiscal 2016 other procurement (Navy) in the amount of $42,300,000; and United Kingdom funding in the amount of $2,600,000 will be obligated at time of award. No contract funds will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This contract was a sole-source acquisition in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) & (4). The Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
14 Mar 16. Airbus Defence and Space Will Operate German Military Satellite System for the Next 7 Years. The contract worth €145m has been signed with the German Armed Forces procurement agency (BAAINBw) to operate the COMSATBw satellites, their teleport and associated networks
Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a €145m contract by the procurement agency of German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) for the long term operation of the SATCOMBw secure satellite communications system. Airbus Defence and Space has been operating the SATCOMBw system since 2006. This contract which has been renewed for the next seven-and-a-half years includes the in-orbit operation of the military COMSATBw1 and COMSATBw 2 satellites as well as the operation of their teleport and associated networks in Weilheim, Germany, until 2022. The two military communication satellites COMSATBw-1 and COMSATBw-2 provide German armed forces (Bundeswehr) in operation with military UHF and X-band plus additional capacity in C and Ku-band over a coverage stretching from the Americas to Eastern Asia. (Source: ASD Network)
14 Mar 16. Thales and AMST awarded contract to improve pilot safety through new high G-force training service for the UK MOD. Thales and AMST are working together to deliver a new high G-force training service for fast-jet pilots. The service, being developed at RAF Cranwell, will improve pilot safety and offer a costeffective training solution. Latest generation fighter aircraft are capable of performing advanced maneuvers with rapid, multi-axes