29 Mar 17. Bundeswehr orders 1,000 Spike LR ATGMs. The German parliament gave the green light on 22 March for the Bundeswehr to procure 1,000 Israeli-designed Spike LR anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and 97 corresponding launcher units worth EUR158.3m (USD172m) from EuroSpike under the Bundeswehr’s multirole guided missile system (MELLS) programme. The contract breaks down into EUR112.4m for the missiles themselves, EUR25.6m for the launchers, and EUR20.3m for integration into the Bundeswehr’s AGDUS laser-based training and simulation system. The procurement is to begin in 2018, with 104 missiles and 39 launcher units to be procured by 2020. The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) expects additional user costs for MELLS of EUR25m projected over the course of 20 years until 2037, as well as EUR18.7m in user costs for the AGDUS components. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
28 Mar 17. Rheinmetall to supply Saxony State Police with heavily protected tactical operations vehicle. The Free State of Saxony has placed an order with Rheinmetall for two Survivor R protected tactical operations vehicles. The vehicles form part of an extensive €15m anti-terror package. They will be delivered this year and be used to equip special police units in Saxony. The order is worth a figure in the low seven-digit euro range. Made by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), the Survivor R is a compelling symbol of Rheinmetall’s extraordinary expertise in the world of security and mobility. Developed in cooperation with Achleitner it is the perfect answer for robust law enforcement operations. Based on a high-performance 4×4 MAN truck chassis, the Survivor R features a steel armour passenger compartment. Designed for a top speed of 100 km/h, this high-mobility vehicle combines tried-and-tested automotive engineering with state-of-the-art protection technology from Rheinmetall.
24 Mar 17. Danish engineering company Brüel & Kjær has been awarded a design development agreement to deliver a hull vibration monitoring system (HVME) for the British Royal Navy’s new Type 26 global combat ship (T26 GCS). The agreement has been awarded by BAE Systems, which is currently undertaking the Type 26 multirole warship development programme in cooperation with the UK Ministry of Defence. HVME is a modular, scalable platform, based on Brüel & Kjær’s COTS PULSE data acquisition and analysis system. The system will help reduce the vessel’s radiated noise signature once integrated into the T26 GCS, as well as provide it with self-noise monitoring capabilities to ensure the ship’s acoustic signature management. HVME facilitates acoustic signature management by monitoring structure-borne noise, and also supplies vibroacoustic data to assist ship staff in the control of machinery, hydrodynamic and propeller cavitation noise sources. (Source: naval-technology.com)
28 Mar 17. NDMA orders HUGIN AUV for NOK 155m. Kongsberg Maritime has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) for delivery of four complete HUGIN AUV systems (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) for detection, classification and identification of mines.
The HUGIN AUV’s will have a depth rating of 3,000 meters, and will be equipped with advanced sensors for modern mine hunting. The deliveries include systems for planning, execution and analysis of missions, and launch and recovery systems both for the Navy’s mine hunting vessels, as well as in mobile containers. (Source: ASD Network)
28 Mar 17. Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide operational and development support for Gripen during 2017. The total order value is SEK 375m. The order includes the operation of rigs, simulators and test aircraft for the verification and validation of the Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter aircraft systems, plus operational support for Gripen C/D. The main part of the order concerns Saab’s operations in Linköping, Gothenburg, J