05 Jun 17. Cohort plc company Marlborough Communications Limited (MCL) has strengthened its position as the UK Ministry of Defence’s leading supplier of hearing protection systems for the military with two further contracts worth a combined £5.5m. MCL has received a follow-on order worth £3.2m for its S10 Tactical Hearing Protection Systems (THPS) that provide hearing protection for RAF, Royal Navy and Reservist personnel, while also capturing a new contract to provide In Ear Communication Devices (IECD) for RAF pilots and air crew. The latter contract has an initial value of £2.3m over five years with options for a further two years. The two agreements bring to five the number of hearing protection contracts MCL have been awarded in the last two years; including Tactical Hearing Protection Basic User, THPS DCCU and Communications Ancillaries and Hearing Protection for specialist users. To date these contracts total nearly £30m. MCL has teamed with Banbury-based Advanced Communication Solutions (ACS) for the RAF and air crew systems. ACL is a proven supplier of hearing protection systems to the music industry and motor sport, while MCL will be responsible for the design, manufacture and integration of the harnesses and the overall project management of the programme.
06 Jun 17. French company ECA Group has secured a new contract from an undisclosed Nato navy to deliver A9-M autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The A9-M AUVs will be used by Nato Marines for underwater target detection and classification applications in future mine countermeasures (MCM) operations at sea. A9-M underwater drones are designed to comply with Nato navy specifications and feature very low magnetic and acoustic signatures. The AUVs are intended for use by mine disposal divers and operate safely even when close to the most sensitive mines. They can be easily deployed from on-board a small rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB). (Source: naval-technology.com)
07 Jun 17. Ultra Electronics announced today that its Ocean Systems business, based in Braintree, MA USA, has been awarded a contract valued at $10m from the UK Ministry of Defence for the production of two variants, 101 and 102, of the Submarine Countermeasure Acoustic Device (SCAD) for the Royal Navy’s submarine fleet. The SCAD 101 is a self-contained externally mounted and launched torpedo countermeasure. The SCAD 102 has equivalent capability, but is launched internally from the submerged signal ejector. Ocean Systems is the world leader in torpedo countermeasure technology and has delivered over 20,000 devices to date. This contract includes effort for design enhancements, development, production, and support services.
08 Jun 17. Wood Group, the Aberdeen-based energy services giant, has won a new contract from BAE Systems to carry out work on the Royal Navy’s Astute class submarines based in Barrow-in-Furness. Wood Group currently provides industrial services including painting, cleaning and insulation to the Royal Navy’s existing surface ship fleet and its Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers under construction in Rosyth. (Source: News Now/The Scotsman)
05 Jun 17. Embraer providing executive-class aircraft for military missions. Key Points:
• Embraer delivering executive aircraft to United Kingdom and Brazil for military efforts
• Diversifies company’s executive jet business
Embraer is under contract with the United Kingdom and Brazil to provide its executive-class aircraft for military missions. Embraer Defense and Security president and CEO Jackson Schneider told reporters on 2 June that the company is set to deliver to the United Kingdom by the end of June the first of five of its Phenom 100 business aircraft for the Royal Air Force’s Military Flying Training System (MFTS) programme. Schneider said the second aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) will be delivered by the end of July. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
06 Jun 17. Netherlands MoD Sele