24 May 16. Elbit Systems Ltd. was awarded contracts from a European country, for the supply of advanced tactical communications systems, for a total amount of an approximately $40m. The contracts will be performed over a one-year period. The Communication systems include the CNR9000HDR tactical IP radio for medium and long range communication, THF 8000 for over the horizon very long range communication, both in vehicular and man pack configurations, and the PNR-1000 soldier IP radio from Elbit systems new E-Lynx family of mobile networking radios. Additionally, Elbit Systems will provide Digital Intercom Systems for combat vehicles based on the VIC500I.
20 May 16. BMT to develop 3D training system for UK Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. BMT Group subsidiary, BMT Defence Services (BMT) has been selected to deliver a 3D walkthrough training system for Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers to support BAE Systems’ industrial suitably qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) training programme. A 3D walkthrough training system will be created by the BMT team by making use of its latest training solution, Engage. (Source: naval-technology.com)
23 May 16. QinetiQ contracted for unmanned systems C2 demonstrator. QinetiQ has been awarded a GBP1m (USD1.45m) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to demonstrate the command, control, and integration of unmanned systems into Royal Navy (RN) mine countermeasures (MCM) operations. This latest award follows a GBP4.2m contract placed late last year by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) under which QinetiQ will deliver a similar command and control demonstration system – known as MAPLE (Maritime Autonomous Platform Exploitation) – for the co-ordination of multiple unmanned vehicles. Both projects are being delivered by QinetiQ leading a team comprising BAE Systems, Thales, Seebyte, and Atlas Elektronik UK. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 May 16. Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of New Lightweight Torpedo system. The total order value amounts to approximately SEK1.53bn and deliveries will take place during the period 2016-2024. The order comes under the terms of the Letter of Intent (LoI) between Saab and FMV that was announced on June 9, 2014. The LoI supports the Swedish Armed Forces’ underwater capabilities for the period 2015-2024.This order connects to the previous orders from FMV announced in July 2014 and February 2015 for New Lightweight Torpedo.
23 May 16. GKN Aerospace will develop and manufacture advanced rocket engine sub-systems for the Ariane 6 launch vehicle, under the prime contractorship of Airbus Safran Launchers, after securing major new contracts. The contracts cover sub-systems for both the main (VULCAIN 2.1) and upper (VINCI) stage engines for the European Space Agency-led new-generation rocket launcher. In total GKN Aerospace will provide five complex sub-systems for each Ariane 6 rocket, including four turbine assemblies for the two engines, generating power for the hydrogen and oxygen fuel systems. These turbine assemblies will be manufactured at GKN Aerospace’s engine systems operation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Among the sub-systems being supplied by GKN Aerospace will be an advanced nozzle (SWAN) for the Vulcain 2.1 engine. This is the first flying nozzle to incorporate technologies such as laser-welded sandwich walls and additively manufactured structural reinforcements. By exploiting the company’s expertise in these cutting-edge technologies, GKN Aerospace has developed sandwich nozzle technology that is significantly more robust than earlier versions, can meet increased production rate requirements and has 40% lower manufacturing costs.
26 May 16. QinetiQ has renewed a contract with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) that enables the UK military to retain its t