21 Mar 16. Kelvin Hughes, a world leader in the design and supply of navigation and security surveillance systems, is delighted to announce that its SharpEye™ radars are to be fitted to more than 60 Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships, submarines and shore facilities. Working in association with Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems UK who have signed a £44m contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Kelvin Hughes will be supplying SharpEye™ systems for the RN’s Type 23 frigates, Hunt and Sandown class Mine Counter Measure Vessels, RFA support vessels and fast patrol boats as well as the Astute, Trafalgar and Vanguard class submarines. Five shore facilities will also benefit from SharpEye™ technology, including HMS Collingwood in Hampshire, HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, and the Land Based Test Site at Portsdown Technology Park in Hampshire. The contract with Lockheed Martin also includes options for the introduction of navigation radar systems for future Royal Navy platforms such as the Queen Elizabeth carriers, the Type 26 Global Combat Ship and Successor submarines. SharpEye™ is available in both I (X) and E/F (S) frequency bands. These share a high degree of component commonality due to their similar modular design and system architecture. Kelvin Hughes’ ability to offer variants of SharpEye™ across both frequency bands to a similar design offers MOD the opportunity to realise significant savings in training, documentation and through life support.
22 Mar 16. Finmeccanica has signed a contract worth over 300m Euros with ARMAEREO (Italian National Armaments Directorate) of the Italian Defence Ministry for a further nine Aermacchi M-346 advanced training aircraft for the Italian Air Force. The contract was signed by Grazia Nunnari, head of national and international contracts of ARMAEREO (Italian National Armaments Directorate) and Filippo Bagnato, Managing Director of Finmeccanica’s Aircraft Division, in the presence of Chief Inspector General Francesco Langella, Director of Armaereo and the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, Lieutenant General Pasquale Preziosa. With this new contract, the number of Aermacchi M-346 aircraft ordered by Italy (identified by the country’s air force as the T-346A) rises to 18. Delivery of the new aircraft will begin this year and will be completed by 2018. (Source: defence-aerospace.com)
21 Mar 16. Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) announced its subsidiary TeraLogics, LLC, which operates within the Cubic Global Defense (CGD) business unit, was awarded a $1.4m contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to expand its existing Unified Video Dissemination System (UVDS) suite of services contract into the European theater to achieve U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) Airborne, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AISR) requirements. TeraLogics, a developer of agile software, will also support the engineering and implementation of an enterprise-wide transcoding service for the Full Motion Video (FMV) disseminated through the UVDS AISR architecture. The UVDS for DISA is a next-generation FMV processing, exploitation and dissemination (PED) system that provides persistent, focused, real-time, operational information flow to tactical and enterprise end users. UVDS’ suite of services includes the routing backbone and web-based application portal, which will be installed at DISA’s U.S. European Command (EUCOM) Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) to directly support AFRICOM operations in addition to users outside the continental United States (OCONUS). This deployment of UVDS in the European region is the first iteration of the future global UVDS architecture, enabling real-time access to AISR through proximity-based unified video portals and a robust global multicast network.
22 Mar 16. Oshkosh Defense was awarded a $243,767,232 modification (P00004) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 for 657 Joint Light Tactical Ve