28 Jun 17. Rheinmetall wins multimillion-euro order for more Bundeswehr Future Soldier systems. Rheinmetall has won a major order from the German Bundeswehr with a gross value of €370m (net value: €310m). The Düsseldorf-based tech group is to supply enough state-of-the-art “Future Soldier – Expanded System” (IdZ-ES) soldier systems to equip 68 infantry platoons. The contract signing ceremony took place at Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Koblenz. The new systems will be delivered between 2018 and late 2020. This important order underscores once again Rheinmetall’s role as the world’s foremost supplier of high-tech soldier systems.
28 Jun 17. Saab has received an order from the Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement, armasuisse, for deliveries of the Next generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon system (NLAW) to the Swiss Army. The order value amounts to BSEK 1,035 with deliveries during the period 2018-2021. The order includes the supply of NLAW weapon systems, associated training equipment, such as drill rounds, indoor training simulators, and support and maintenance of the training equipment. Under a framework contract between Saab and armasuisse, orders can be placed for NLAW weapon systems and equipment during the period 2017-2030.
23 Jun 17. RAMSYS GmbH Ottobrunn, Germany, is being awarded an €82,277,709 firm-fixed-price contract for design and development activities resulting in a rolling airframe missile (RAM) Block 2B guided missile round pack. The RAM guided missile weapon system is co-developed and co-produced under an international cooperative program between the governments of the U.S. and the Federal Republic of Germany. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms. This contract will be funded 100 percent by the Federal Republic of Germany. Work will be performed in Ueberlingen, Germany (89 percent); Ottobrunn, Germany (6 percent); and Ulm, Germany (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2021. Federal Republic of Germany funding in the amount of €82,277,709 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured under the exception 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4), international agreement. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-17-C-5430). Please note that the funding is expressed in Euros per the memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Germany for this international cooperative program. (German funding awarded to a German company.)
27 Jun 17. Strathclyde signs deal with BAE Systems. The University of Strathclyde (www.strath.ac.uk) and BAE Systems (www.baesystems.com) have signed a strategic framework agreement that is designed to strengthen a long-term relationship in research, education and consultancy. Strathclyde is one of only five universities in the UK to have so far signed such an agreement, after BAE Systems announced that in the future it will focus on building partnerships with a smaller number of universities that “share expertise in specific areas of future capability”. (Source: News Now/Machinery Market)
29 Jun 17. Battelle has secured a contract to support the US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).
Under the $20m contract, the company will help the US Army combat support and services to achieve technological breakthroughs and overcome sustainment challenges over the next five years. In March, the company was awarded a $38.6m contract by the US Navy to help synchronise aircraft capabilities. The Naval Synchronization Toolset (NST), a forecast analytic system, currently helps the Navy to perform complex operational and maintenance planning for its fleet of F/A-18 Hornets, based on predictive analyti