04 Jul 16. BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to produce 32 BvS10 military vehicles for Austria under a government-to-government arrangement with Sweden. With this agreement Austria will benefit from the Swedish government’s selection of the BvS10 in an open international competition. The BvS10s feature enhanced crew ergonomics, greater internal volume and advanced protection, building on BAE Systems’ legacy BV206 vehicles, of which more than 10,000 have been sold to more than 40 countries. The BvS10 has been deployed to Afghanistan, Central Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East. With the contract Austria is joining France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom as operators of the BvS10. (Source: ASD Network)
01 Jul 16. Otokar, the largest privately owned defence industry company in Turkey, has announced that they have received a €106.1m order for COBRA II tactical wheeled armoured vehicles to be used by domestic security forces in various missions. The vehicles are due to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.
07 Jul 16. Thales’ Induction Laser Guided Rocket Induction selected by French ministry of Defense. TDA Armaments, 100% affiliated of Thales Group, has just been notified of a several tens of million euro contract to provide to the Light Army Aviation a Sub-Metric Induction Laser Guided Rocket Induction capability (ACULEUS-LG). This three phase contract includes industrialization, qualification and the serial production of a first batch, for the French Forces. TDA, acting as design Authority of the Induction Rocket System TELSON, will launch on the market a very high performance laser guided rocket, thanks to 5 years of research and development, supported by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). ACULEUS-LG meets the expectations of the French Forces rising since 2009 with the asymmetric engagements in Afghanistan. The last generation TELSON system brings to the ACULEUS ammunition family, all the advantages of the induction system: loading speed, maintenance free, high reliability, no misfire, no hang fire, no Foreign Object Damage. Furthermore, ACULEUS LG, mission information, -such as the laser code, the behavior of the platform and the behavior of the target- is supplied by induction to the rocket just before its separation from the launcher. This information initiates the guidance algorithms which, associated with the ultrasensitive Semi Actif Laser, designed by the optronic teams of Thales in Elancourt, enables the ACULEUS LG to achieve sub-metric accuracy in the whole firing domain. This reliable sub-metric precision added with the military effect of low collateral damage warhead make this solution operationally much more efficient than a guidance kit adapted onto a “non communicating” rocket system like those proposed on the market today. The laser guided rocket will be added to the current family of ammunitions ACULEUS which already contains a training/marking rocket, a sub projectile rocket and a highly explosive dual mode rocket Impact-Airburst. These capabilities may one day expand with tactical target marking, anti-UAV or infrared illumination.
05 Jul 16. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a $103,423,433 fixed-price, firm-fixed price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-6327) for Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare, Joint Crew (JCREW) Increment One Build One (I1B1) systems low-rate initial production in support of the Expeditionary Warfare Program Office. CREW systems provide combat troops protection against RCIEDs. CREW systems are designed to provide protection for foot soldiers, vehicles, and permanent structures. The Joint CREW I1B1 is the first generation system that develops a common open architecture across all three capabilities and provides protection for worldwide military operations.