15 Jun 17. Bittium will supply the Finnish Air Force with the Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) under a purchase order announced on 14 June. The system has been ordered as part of a project to modernise the radio network performance of the air force’s bases. Bittium TAC WIN is a software-defined radio based wireless broadband network system. The system allows mobile ad hoc network, link, and connection networks to be formed into one logical IP network quickly, regardless of location.The network is compatible with existing fixed and wireless network infrastructures. The system is formed around a tactical router that enables users to freely form both wired and wireless broadband data transfer IP connections. The tactical router also enables connections to different types of terminals and other communication systems connecting them into a single network.
In addition to the router the system comprises three types of radio heads, with each radio head covering its own frequency band area and able to be used for flexible formation of optimised network topologies to meet different communication needs. The company has previously supplied the TAC WIN system to other branches of the Finnish defence forces. Deliveries will take place during 2017. (Source: Shephard)
14 Jun 17. Copenhagen Sensor Technology A/S (CST) has been awarded a contract with General Dynamics European Land Systems – Mowag (GDELS-Mowag) to provide Local Situational Awareness System (LSAS) for the Irish Defence Forces Piranha III APC upgrade. This program is set with a delivery plan from 2017 – 2021. Following negotiations, CST was selected as the preferred supplier by GDELS-Mowag for the LSAS which will provide local situational awareness for each vehicle consisting of both day & night capacity, IR lamps, multi-functional digital displays, matrix and cable set. Images from all sensors can be shared around the vehicle. The functional display can be customized to suit the user / operator’s requirements and multiple images can be viewed on screen to provide maximum information as required. The structure of the system allows the operator to plug and play with different sensors and will allow future updates as required. All mission systems will include CST’s Citadel Quattour Cam, which can support both day & night operations, colour and thermal imaging capability to enable the driver and crew members of the vehicle to operate safely and with confidence in all weather conditions. In addition, the mission system will consist of Citadel compact cameras to support a 360-degree surveillance in order to secure, as well as support all crew members during operations. CST builds upon systems delivered to other customers worldwide, to provide situational awareness systems to the vehicle crew-members with key-words being safety for operators.
15 Jun 17. Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $471,731,858 fixed-price-incentive foreign military sales (Finland, France, Germany, and Singapore) contract for guided Multiple Launch Rocket System full-rate production 12 for alternative warhead (2,868 rockets); unitary warhead (648 rockets); low-cost reduced-range practice rocket (370 pods); and integrated logistics support. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2019. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $171,710,389 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-17-C-0080).
13 Jun 17. Austria opts for Rheinmetall laser light modules. Rheinmetall has racked up fresh successes in the field of advanced infantry and special operations equipment with its VarioRay family of laser light module products. In the first quarter of 2017, Austria’s Federal Ministry of the Interior ordered 580 VarioRay laser light module sets