12 Jul 16. CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to develop a transformation roadmap for the UK Space Operations Centre (UK SpOC), formerly the UK’s Space Operations Coordination Centre (UK SpOCC), based at RAF High Wycombe.
CGI will help identify the roles and responsibilities of the UK SpOC’s future space analysts and specify the qualifications and experience needed to recruit, train and qualify as a space analyst. CGI will define a technical transformation roadmap, which will help enhance the MOD’s capabilities in the space domain. The future system will be secure, cost effective, technically agile, labour efficient and support new capabilities such as data fusion and real-time data analytics. Space situational awareness (SSA) analyses and assesses potential threats and hazards to space activities, including those caused by space weather, and the identification, categorisation and tracking of the growing amount of space debris. It includes the ability to anticipate and respond to these threats and hazards efficiently and effectively to reinforce resilience and national security. Space is becoming more congested and our reliance on it is increasing, not only for our governmental and military use, but also in our everyday lives. For these reasons, there is growing need for a more holistic approach to the UK’s sovereign space capability development, including extracting more information from available data via activities such as data fusion and predictive analytics.
12 Jul 16. BAE Systems welcomes a 10 year partnership arrangement, expected to be worth £2.1bn, with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to support the UK Typhoon fleet. Working in partnership with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Leonardo-Finmeccanica, the arrangement will introduce new ways of working to further reduce the costs of operating the fleet at RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth by more than a third. The deal could see more than £500m of savings reinvested to develop new capabilities for the aircraft. For the first time in the support of the UK Typhoon fleet, the formal Typhoon Total Availability eNnterprise (TyTAN) agreement, which is expected to be signed shortly, will combine contracts with suppliers from across Europe into a single programme. It will include a joint avionics solution with Leonardo-Finmeccanica. This builds on the former Typhoon Availability Support contract that BAE Systems delivered to the RAF over the last seven years.
11 Jul 16. BAE Systems has secured contracts to install and assess micro-sensors on a number of the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft.
The Company has been awarded contracts of more than £5M by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. Work will be carried out from its sites in Filton, Bristol and Towcester, Northamptonshire.
The contracts will see BAE Systems’ highly-skilled scientists fit and assess corrosion sensors in hard-to-reach areas of Sentinel airborne battlefield and ground surveillance aircraft. These will inform maintenance teams when the jets need to be mechanically opened to check for corrosion preventing the need for areas such as avionics bays, to be opened for unnecessary checks thus saving time and money.
11 Jul 16. Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is pleased to announce that the CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 GPS Landing System have been selected by the French Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) and by Airbus Helicopters, to upgrade the Sécurité Civile fleet of EC145 helicopters. The 35 helicopters that will be upgraded are deployed on Sécurité Civile bases in France and the French Overseas Territories and are used for search and rescue, emergency medical services (EMS), surveillance and law enforcement.
11 Jul 16. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced that the UK Ministry of Defence has selected the Certifiable Predator® B (CPB) RPA system, with some speci