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22 Jul 04. Ministers announced that the Landmark Training consortium had been chosen as the “intended preferred bidder” for the AVTS. The £1,000m Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract is to provide crew training on main battle tanks and 13 other armoured vehicles for some 12,000 soldiers a year, over 30 years. Landmark Training includes CAE (UK), AgustaWestland and Interserve. Contract signature is expected in 2005, with AVTS entering service in 2007. Comment: Savings are anticipated through the use of simulators at major training centres in Bovington, Catterick and Tidworth as well as in Germany. AVTS contract award was originally expected in late 2002, with the service starting in the second half of 2004. (Source: DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 04/29, 26 Jul 04).

26 Jul 04. TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) announced it has received total orders for over 500 SwiftLink(r)deployable communication systems. SwiftLink systems continue to assist US Government and commercial organizations to communicate classified and sensitive information via public telecommunications networks. SwiftLink systems are the result of TCS’ expertise in integrating commercial communications and networking equipment with various types and levels of encryption. The SwiftLink family of deployable communication systems fills a market need for providing vital and extremely portable secure communication links.

27 Jul 04. Northrop Grumman Corporation and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) of Norway have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly identify and develop potential opportunities for KDA to produce composite partsm and subassemblies for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Northrop Grumman is responsible for design and integration of the F-35’s center fuselage, a major section of the aircraft. Under the memorandum, Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Systems sector and KDA will research, analyze and recommend potential F-35 opportunities between now and early 2005.

23 Jul 04. IBM Business Consulting Services, Fairfax, Va., and Battle Columbus Operation, Columbia, Ohio, is being awarded a $500,000,000 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to design, develop, construct, install, implement and deliver a lean cellular transformation of the aircraft, engines, and commodities maintenance, repair and overhaul processes and industrial facilities at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Maintenance Directorate at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The acquisition is being conducted using two phases. In Phase I, contractors will deliver an overarching transformation plan and F100 business unit design. Phase II will be a competition between Phase I contractors with “down select” to one contractor who will complete all remaining program requirements. This effort will be performed at Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The Air Force can issue deliver orders totaling up to maximum amount indicated above, although actual requirements may necessitate less than the amount above. This work will be complete by July 2009. Solicitation began February 2004 and negotiations were completed July 2004. The Headquarters Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8100-04-D-0001-0002).

23 Jul 04. SIMMAD, the French defence ministry’s integrated aeronautical equipment support structure, has awarded Thales a major contract for the through-life support of Thales equipment deployed on the first 120 Rafale combat aircraft. This seven-year contract, worth €200m for around 100,000 flight hours, covers the maintenance of equipment supplied by Thales (RBE2 radars, Spectra electronic warfare systems, optronics, IFF identification systems, cockpit display systems, communication systems, MDPU* mission computers, data-storage units, interface units) and associated test systems. Thales will conduct repairs, deliver replacement parts and provide technical support for delivere

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