19 Feb 16. Qioptiq wins £82m MoD contract. During IDEX, Harriet Baldwin M.P. Minister for Defence Procurement announced the award of an innovative £82mcontract to North Wales company Qioptiq. The deal with Qioptiq at St Asaph will see battle-winning handheld equipment – including Night Vision Goggles and day and night weapon sights – maintained over the next six years to ensure that they are available to MoD personnel around the globe. The contract covers equipment used right across the Armed Forces from frontline infantry and Royal Marines, to military specialists such as bomb disposal experts, including infantry periscopes, laser aimers and target locating equipment.
20 Feb 17. Kelvin Hughes announced in April 2015 that it had been selected to supply its SharpEye™ systems for the new Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) – HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent. Today, the company is delighted to announce that it will also be supplying the same industry-leading radar equipment for the two latest Batch 2 ships – HMS Tamar and HMS Spey. Each ship will be equipped with a SharpEye™ I-Band radar for helicopter control and navigation as well as an E/F-Band SharpEye™ radar for navigation and collision avoidance. In addition, Kelvin Hughes will be supplying its ARPA widescreen radar display for all of the Batch 2 OPVs. The radar sets will be interfaced with each ship’s Combat Management System and other third-party systems such as WECDIS and WAIS.
23 Feb 17. Leonardo has secured a new €11m contract to deliver its new generation identification friend or foe (NGIFF) interrogator for the Italian Navy’s NH90 Nato frigate helicopters (NFHs). The deal has been awarded by the Nato Helicopter Design and Development Production and Logistics Management Agency (NAHEMA) on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The NGIFF interrogator has been named SIT434 /5, and was installed on the NH90 NFH following the successful completion of qualification tests on the Italian Navy helicopters. Italy’s MoD will be the first to install Leonardo Mode 5 IFF capabilities on their NH90 helicopters. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
21 Feb 17. Lockheed Martin has been contracted by Megmar Logistics & Consulting to produce enhanced laser-guided training rounds (ELGTRs) for the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD). The Polish MoD will use the ELGTRs in its F-16 Block 52+ laser guided bomb training programme. The ELGTR provides realistic Paveway II laser-guided bomb (LGB) tactical employment training for warfighters, Lockheed stated. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
21 Feb 17. The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has contracted Terma to upgrade its Pylon Integrated Dispenser System, Universal (PIDSU) for its F-16 aircraft fleet. The contract requires the company to upgrade the aircraft’s current PIDSU with MIL-STD-1760 capability to PIDS+ with Flare-Up, and install a missile warning system. The warning system is capable of detecting an incoming missile, and the Flare-Up dispenser system allows the PIDS+ pylon to dispense flares as a decoy. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
21 Feb 17. General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (GD), was awarded a task order by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to manage enterprise communications for the Combatant Commands and its subordinate units. The Enterprise Communications Services 2 (ECS2) contract has a five-year ordering period of $155m and was awarded under DIA’s Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (E-SITE), multiple award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle. General Dynamics will manage and expand the secure voice, video and data services required by the Combatant Commands and its subordinate units. Work on the contract will be performed in the National Capitol Region as well as major service centers, operating locations, customer facilities and field sit