12 May 16. Kitron has received a NOK 37m (EUR 3.9m) order from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS for military communications equipment. Kitron will supply various communications products, and production will be done by Kitron in Arendal. The contract has a value for Kitron of NOK 37m, and deliveries will take place in 2016 and 2017. The equipment to be supplied is related to an existing contract for deliveries to Hungary. (Source: Google)
10 May 16. BAE Systems has awarded an equipment contract to Rolls-Royce to manufacture diesel generators for the first three Type 26 anti-submarine warfare ships for the Royal Navy. This marks the first Type 26 manufacturing contract to be agreed since the UK Ministry of Defence announced a £472m contract extension in March 2016 to progress the Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme. Each Type 26 ship will require four of the MTU diesel generators based on 20-cylinder MTU Series 4000 engines, which will provide a low-emission solution to the ships’ electrical supply and slow speed propulsion. Each generator set will deliver approximately 3 MW of generated power, enough to power around 6,000 homes. The generator sets are similar in size to a 20ft shipping container.
10 May 16. Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is being awarded a $16,366,653 undefinitized modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-2128) for the manufacturing of tactical missile tubes in support of the common missile compartment program for submarines. The common missile compartment program is a joint United States/ United Kingdom effort and this modification includes a Foreign Military Sales to the United Kingdom (100 percent). Work will be performed in Quonset Point, Rhode Island, and is expected to be completed by August 2018. Foreign military sales funding in the amount of $5,009,500 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
06 May 16. QinetiQ is to demonstrate the integration of unmanned systems into Royal Navy operations, under a £1m contract with the UK MoD. Under the contract with the Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) team in the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), QinetiQ will provide a demonstration system to explore the integration of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles into Royal Navy operations. The system includes displays, software and computing infrastructure; it is fully transportable and capable of integrating unmanned systems from multiple suppliers. The demonstrator will play a central role in the mine warfare themed aspects of Unmanned Warrior, the Royal Navy’s showcase of unmanned systems due to be held in October 2016. The activity will take place around the BUTEC facility in Scotland, operated by QinetiQ on behalf of the MOD under the Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA). After the Unmanned Warrior exercise, the command and control system will be operated by the Royal Navy’s Maritime Autonomous Systems Trials Team (MASTT) as part of their suite of systems under evaluation and trials. The new project follows a £4.2m contract with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), announced in November 2015, to deliver a similar command and control demonstration system for the co-ordination of multiple unmanned vehicles. It gives the MHC programme the means to fully understand the technology risks and performance boundaries for unmanned systems and to explore how to integrate equipment into an overall capability. As such, it complements work on the UK-French Maritime Mine Counter Measures programme and the UK Sweep capability demonstrator as the newest of the MHC demonstrators. The objective of the overall programme is to minimise the number of bespoke screens and controls needed to conduct missions and improve efficiency through increased levels of syst