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22 Jul 04. Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a contract valued at approximately £20M from the UK MoD to deliver a joint asset management information technology infrastructure that will enable the British Army to manage its wheeled and tracked vehicles. The Joint Asset Management and Engineering Solutions’ initial phase (JAMES 1) contract, was awarded to Lockheed Martin and industry partners IFS Defence, LogicaCMG and INSYS Ltd. JAMES 1 capabilities will include Activity Planning and Equipment Allocation/Management, the foundation for future JAMES initiatives across all the UK services –Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. Work will take place in the U.S. and UK and will continue through to 2011 (with scope for potential further increments being taken). Lockheed Martin will produce the software while the partners will perform various elements including procurement, Commercial-Off-the-Shelf Enterprise Resource Planning software, security and help desk support. JAMES 1 is a vital step toward significant MoD operational cost savings and will be a critical component in achieving end-to-end logistic convergence in IT solutions.

21 Jul 04. BAE Systems Avionics Group has announced that it has been contracted by Eurocopter to supply a number of Titan 385 Multi Sensor Turret Systems to be installed on the Germany Navy Super Lynx. The contract award builds on the German Navy’s use of BAE Systems technology, with the German Navy already using Multi Sensor Turrets (MSTs), the predecessor system to Titan. Following demonstration in country, Titan 385 has been identified as the form fit replacement with the systems entering service by the end of the summer. This is the first full TV Mid Wave array Thermal imaging system to enter service on the Super Lynx platform incorporating BAE Systems Sigma Camera also developed at Basildon in the UK.

19 Jul 04. AMS signed a contract with Lockheed Martin on 30 June 2004 to upgrade the Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT) Vehicle Specific Simulators (VSS’s) by incorporating new Battle Group Thermal Imagers (BGTI). The contract value is approximately 13 million Euro. The Lockheed Martin CATT combines high fidelity simulators, visual databases and computer-generated forces to support realistic virtual training exercises for units ranging in size from individual crew through Battle Groups. CATT provides an alternative to costly live training, permitting effective collective unit training before exercising units in the field. There are 70 VSS’s in Sennelager, Germany and 70 in Warminster, UK.

July 2004. EADS Defence Electronics will equip the current NH90 and Tiger programmes with mission avionics subsystems. Eurocopter has awarded EADS Defence Electronics several contracts amounting to more than €100m. The contracts cover the delivery of 350 digital mapping systems “EuroGrid” as well as 400 flight data recording systems to the NH90 countries as well as for the Australian Army Reconnaissance Helicopter programme.

20 Jul 04. Claverham Limited, the Somerset-based aerospace and defence equipment specialist, has today announced it is to design and supply a new electro-mechanical ejection seat raise actuator to Martin-Baker Aircraft Company in a contract worth £1m over the next three years. The initial contract is for 300 actuators covering the X-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), Korean T-50 and Pilatus PC-21 aircraft, but the modular design will enable Martin-Baker to apply the unit across the complete range of its latest Mk 16 ejection seat, which is also used for the Eurofighter, T-38 and the Texan II Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) in the U.S.

22 Jul 04. Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH, a subsidiary of the Rheinmetall DeTec Group, has just been awarded two more important contracts for MASS, its highly effective naval countermeasures system. The Royal Swedish Navy likewise opted for the decoy system from Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (RWM). Awarded by Sweden’s Försvare

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