27 Dec 16. BAE Systems has secured a $68m contract from Sweden’s defense materiel administration to install vehicle-mounted mortar systems on the Swedish army’s CV90 infantry fighting vehicles. The company said Friday it will deliver Mjolner mortar systems for 40 CV90 IFVs of the Swedish army beginning the first quarter of 2019. Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, managing director of BAE’s Hagglunds business, said Mjolner will work to boost the firepower of CV90 vehicles. The mounted mortar systems will also work to extend the vehicles’ lifespan, BAE noted.
The Swedish army has 500 BAE-designed CV90 combat vehicles and the company secured a contract to refurbish 262 of the vehicles and provide survivability, turret and combat system performance updates. (Source: Executive Biz)
23 Dec 16. Rheinmetall awarded Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme Assessment Phase Contract. Rheinmetall has been awarded a Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme. (CR2 LEP) Assessment Phase contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. The British Army is seeking to extend the service life of the Challenger 2 main battle tank through to 2035. During the Assessment Phase, Rheinmetall will develop solutions in line with user requirements set by the MOD. The programme includes addressing existing obsolescence issues, with Rheinmetall offering options that will sustain the capability and effectiveness of the Challenger 2. The Assessment Phase contract is worth £23m. At the end of the Assessment Phase Rheinmetall will make an offer for the Demonstration, Manufacture and In Service contract phases. If successful, under current planning, this contract would see Rheinmetall becoming the Design Authority for the Challenger 2 and cover the modification of Challenger 2 tanks to Mk 2 standard.
22 Dec 16. Team Challenger 2, a consortium of companies led by BAE Systems, has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project Assessment Phase. The value of the Assessment Phase contract is £23m, with the subsequent contract value for the Demonstration and Manufacturing phases expected to be around £700m. At the end of the competitive Assessment Phase, the MOD will be given choices for upgrading the British Army’s Main Battle Tank fleet to the new Challenger 2 Mark 2 standard and to support the fleet throughout its product life. During the Assessment Phase, Team Challenger 2 will work with the MOD to develop options for which systems should be replaced and how the work package would be delivered. Team Challenger 2’s work will be led from BAE Systems’ facility in Telford, Shropshire, with partners from around the UK and globally.
28 Dec 16. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, New York, is being awarded a $39,462,624 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure a maximum quantity 20 AN/APX-117A(V) identification friend or foe (IFF) transponders and 20 AN/APX-118A(V) IFF transponders for the Navy, 545 AN/APX-123A(V) IFF transponders for the Navy (245), Army (221), and the governments of the United Kingdom (60), Japan (9), Greece (6), and Canada (4). In addition, this this contract provides for procurement of 19 Mode 4/5 remote control units for the Navy (15), Army (2) and the government of Japan (2); 79 IFF mounting trays for the Navy (74) and the government of Greece (5); 20 single board computers for the Navy (10) and Army (10); 2,294 signal processors for the Navy (2,248) and Army (46); and 20 mode 4/5 with crypto shop replaceable assemblies (SRA) for the Navy (5) and Army (15). The award will also procure 1,295 mode 5 change kits, 28 integrations of mode 5 change kits, 20 receiver/transmitters, 20 power supplies, 20 mode 4 chassis, 20 mode 5 chassis, 20 mode 4 with crypto shop replaceable assemblies, six AN/APX-117A(V) IFF transponder repairs, 17 AN/APX-118A(V) IFF transponder repairs, 50 AN/APX-123A(V) IFF transponder