19 Jul 18. United Kingdom-Bristol: Armoured combat vehicles, 2018/S 137-314073. Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Services Legal Basis: Directive 2009/81/EC
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
I.1)Name and addresses
Ministry of Defence, Land Equipment, Other
DE and S Abbey Wood
NUTS code: UK
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/
Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV)
Reference number: MIV/0001
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
The UK MOD intends to purchase, via the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), an initial procurement of batched quantity 400-600 protected 8×8 BOXER vehicles in 4 variants plus driver training vehicles, reference vehicles and support. The batched quantity may be revised if the demands of any UK strategic direction impacts on MIV. Support covers spares, consumables, technical publications, tools, test equipment, training systems and support; project, safety, quality, security, configuration, obsolescence management services (throughout design, development, manufacture and in-service); repair and maintenance activity; and Post Design Services (e.g. future development of different vehicle variants), upgrades and new capabilities or requirements determined by any new defence priorities (e.g. security threat based); requirement based (e.g. medium calibre cannon); changes to legislation; introduction of new systems; emergent safety / environmental issues; and standardisation.
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 11 500 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:
II.2.11)Information about options
Description of options:
The contract will contain options to:
— increase the quantity of vehicles by up to an additional 900, potentially taking the overall quantity to 1 500 vehicles,
— increase the Authority’s capability in the future,
— increase the contract duration by up to 9 years, potentially giving an overall contract duration of up to 24 years,
— increase the contract value by an additional current estimate 8Bn Ex VAT, depending on future government priorities / spend, potentially giving an overall contract value estimated to be 11 500 000 000 GBP Ex VAT.
It is possible that the Authority will exercise none, some or all of the options. The options to extend the Contract duration may increase the Contract duration in stages as directed by the Authority and as such, the 24-year duration and Contract value is an indicative figure.
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
* The procurement falls outside the scope of application of the directive
The Secretary of State for Defence (the Authority) proposes to award a contract to the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), without prior publication of a contract notice, for the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) requirement and associated services described in this Notice.
The Secretary of State for Defence is entitled to do so by the application of Directive 2009/81/EC, Article 12(c) (and Regulation 7(1)(e)(iii) of the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011). Article 12(c) states: ‘This Directive shall not apply to contracts governed by specific procedural rules of an international organisation purchasing for its purposes, or to contracts which must be awarded by a Member State in accordance with those rules.’ OCCAR is such an international organisation for these purposes.
Purchasing BOXER via OCCAR provides the UK the most economical means of procuring this military capability now, creates economies of scale and interoperability with the partner nations, and strengthens the European defence industrial base. The UK has already contributed to the original design, development and testing of the BOXER vehicle and will be able to assume the rights it had secured in its development.
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR)
NUTS code: UK
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 11 500 000 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting
Section VI: Complementary information
The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise. The link below to the Gov.uk website provides information on the Government Security Classification.
Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU),the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and www.contracts.mod.uk GO Reference: GO-2018718-DCB-12829252
VI.4)Procedures for review
Ministry of Defence, Land Equipment, Other
DE and S Abbey Wood
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: 18/07/2018
(Source: Europa TED)
19 Jul 18. TEK Military Seating has been appointed as designer, manufacturer and supplier of the M777 Howitzer commander seats for the BAE Systems contract for the Indian MOD, which starts in 2019. The M777 is in service with ground forces in the USA, Australia, Canada and India and saw combat in Afghanistan. TEK Military Seating was selected after an in-depth audit of its technical ability, design innovation and capability as part of the UK supply chain. TEK Military Seating is a UK-based designer and manufacturer of military vehicle seating under the ProTEK® brand and is delighted to have BAE Systems as one of its global customers.
13 Jul 18. NDMA (Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency) announced the selection of Safran Vectronix AG from Switzerland, a subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense, as part of an international competitive process, to deliver several hundreds of medium and long range multifunctional thermal imagers to the Norwegian Armed Forces. The products selected are MOSKITO TI™ and JIM Compact™ multifunction, compact and lightweight advanced performance handheld devices, fulfilling respectively medium and long range requirements of the Norwegian Armed Forces.
18 Jul 18. Saab has received an order from the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment on ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf® system. The order value is 186 MSEK and deliveries will be made during 2018-2019. The order is placed under a Framework Agreement signed with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration where Estonia has the possibility to place orders from Saab.
18 Jul 18. Following confirmation that the Hungarian Ministry of Defence has ordered 20 Airbus H145M helicopters, Cobham announced that Airbus has selected its Radio Management System for this multi-role rotary aircraft The Radio Management System (RMS) is an intuitive device permitting quick access and control of civil, tactical and military radios providing navigation, communication and identification. The RMS benefits from a dynamic, configurable display, software data loading function and modular design matching the demanding requirements of the H145M’s multi-role capabilities, and greatly reducing pilot workload to enable them to focus on the mission at hand. Cobham’s Radio Management System is now an element of the advanced digital avionics suite integrating tactical and mission radios across a range of military tasks, including troop transport, utility, surveillance, air rescue, armed reconnaissance, and medical evacuation.
17 Jul 18. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), the world’s leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), has been selected to provide UAS to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). This decision follows consideration by the Ministry of Defence for the Netherlands. GA-ASI will deliver its Predator® B/MQ-9 Reaper® Medium Altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) UAS to the Dutch Military. The existing MQ-9 fleet has logged over two million operational flight hours with the USAF, UK RAF, Italian and French Air Forces, NASA and the US DHS. The Spanish Air Force is scheduled to take delivery of MQ-9 systems in 2019. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
18 Jul 18. Harris Corp., Rochester, New York, has been awarded a $7,999,668 firm-fixed price contract, for AN/PRC-160 radios. This contract provides 264 Harris Corporation High Frequency Falcon III AN/PRC-160 radios. The radios will be delivered to Fort Benning, Georgia; Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina; JB Lewis-McChord, Washington; Hurlburt Field, Florida; Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico; Louisville, Kentucky; and Portland, Oregon. The radios will be delivered by Sept. 20 2018. This award is a result of a competitive acquisition that was posted to Federal Business Opportunities, with two offers received. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $7,999,668 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $7,999,668. 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, is the contracting activity.
17 Jul 18. Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) was awarded a five-year IDIQ contract (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) capped at $495m by the U.S. Army to update its global mission-critical communications network. As part of the contract, Motorola Solutions will supply the Army with Land Mobile Radio (LMR) P25 subscriber unit radios, accessories, warranty and ancillary services to include installation, programming, training and maintenance. Motorola Solutions is one of five vendors contracted to modernize the Army’s communications, using the P25 standard to ensure interoperability between devices, enhance security and improve reliability of communications. The project reinforces Motorola Solutions’ commitment to the P25 wireless communications standard to create a more efficient critical communications platform on a global scale. Motorola Solutions’ P25 offerings integrate voice and data to provide features like group services, advanced text messaging, location awareness and push-to-talk. Radio verification and encryption provides enhanced security to prevent third parties from accessing conversations that include mission-critical and/or personal information. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
17 Jul 18. Saab has received a new order from the United States (U.S.) Army for the shoulder-launched AT4CS RS (Confined Space Reduced Sensitivity) anti-armor weapon system. The order value is approximately $50m (426MSEK). The order was booked during Q2 2018. Saab was awarded an ID/IQ contract for AT4CS RS in 2008. This order is an addition to a Delivery Order received in 2017. That order was valued at $13.4m. The AT4CS RS is a fully disposable, preloaded weapon system with a specially developed, unique shaped-charge warhead that delivers outstanding behind-armor effect inside the target. It weighs less than 8 kg and has an effective range of 20 to 300 meters.
16 Jul 18. Thales Defense & Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland (W15P7T-18-D-0003); Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa (W15P7T-18-D-0004); Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems Corp., San Diego, California (W15P7T-18-D-0005); Harris Corp., Rochester, New York (W15P7T-18-D-0006); and General Dynamics Mission Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona (W15P7T-18-D-0007) will compete for each order of the $249,600,000 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, and firm-fixed-fee) contract to support the Waveform Development Environment Ecosystem, multiple waveforms and network services. Bids were solicited via the Internet with five received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of July 12, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
16 Jul 18. Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Maryland, is awarded a $450,744,723 not-to-exceed undefinitized contract action modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-2301 for long-lead-time material and detail design in support of the construction of four Multi Mission Surface Combatant ships. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant is a lethal and highly maneuverable surface combatant capable of littoral and open ocean operation. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed in Crozet, Virginia (17 percent); Iron Mountain, Michigan (15 percent) Milwaukee, Wisconsin (15 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (9 percent); Novi, Michigan (9 percent ); Sweden (8 percent); Marinette, Wisconsin (3 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (2 percent); Stevensville, Maryland (2 percent); Carson, California (2 percent); Orlando, Florida (2 percent); Moorestown, New Jersey (1 percent); Canada (1 percent); St. Charles, Missouri (1 percent); Burns Harbor, Indiana (1 percent); Louisville, Kentucky (1 percent); United Kingdom (1 percent); Kingsford, Michigan (1 percent); Fridley, Minnesota (1 percent); Grand Rapids, Michigan (1 percent); and other areas in the U.S. (8 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2025. Foreign military sales funding for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the amount of $225,372,361 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
13 Jul 18. Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $25,376,382 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-only modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5225) to exercise an option and provide incremental funding in support of the continued development, integration, and production of the Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship Undersea Warfare (USW) System. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is the Surface Ship Undersea Warfare combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts, and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects and torpedo threats. The contract is for development, integration and production of future Advanced Capability Build and Technical Insertion baselines of the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 USW systems. The contract combines purchases for the Navy (98 percent); and the government of Japan (2 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania (37 percent); Syracuse, New York (24 percent); Manassas, Virginia (17 percent); Clearwater, Florida (9 percent); Oswego, New York (5 percent); Hauppauge, New York (5 percent); and Tewksbury, Massachusetts (3 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2019. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation; fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy); fiscal 2016 and 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) and foreign military sales (Japan) funding the amount of $10,198,970 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
19 Jul 18. Rockwell Collins Government Systems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is awarded an $82,621,600 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to manufacture and deliver the AN/ARC-210 family of radio equipment. The base requirement is for a maximum of 550 GEN 6 (RT-2036(C)) radios and a maximum of 1,150 units of associated ancillary equipment in support of the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other government agencies and foreign military sales customers. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed in September 2020. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00421-18-D-0004).
18 Jul 18. BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide flight controls to upgrade next-generation F-16 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates. The company will provide the F-16s with its advanced Digital Flight Control Computer, which receives demand inputs from the pilots’ control stick and rudder pedals, and monitors current flight conditions from on-board sensors. It also rapidly computes and transmits commands to all actuators throughout the aircraft, including rudders, stabilizers, and spoilers to maintain controlled flight. The initial order from Lockheed Martin includes a range of services such as design, qualification, integration, flight test, and certification for the flight control computer. Production orders for approximately 100 units are then expected in 2020 and 2021, for up to a total of 315 units through 2028. Additional orders may be exercised in the future under the terms of the agreement for upgrades and potential new builds of F-16s. Development and production for this contract will take place at BAE Systems’ site in Endicott, New York. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
19 Jul 18. The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $181,253,232 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of up to 156 Multi-Year II Block I configured CH-47F Chinook helicopters. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-18-D-0082).
17 Jul 18. Boeing Co (BA.N) has received a $3.9bn (2.97bn pounds)contract to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One by the U.S. president, due to be delivered by December 2024 and painted red, white and blue, officials said on Tuesday. The Pentagon announced the decision on Tuesday, saying Seattle-based Boeing’s previously awarded contract for development work had been expanded to include design, modification and fielding of two mission-ready presidential 747-8 aircraft. The White House said in February the new deal would save taxpayers more than $1.4bn, but those savings could not be independently confirmed. Air Force budget documents released in February for fiscal year 2019 disclosed a $3.9bn cost for the two-aircraft program. The same 2018 budget document, not adjusted for inflation, showed the price at $3.6bn. (Source: Reuters)
13 Jul 18. The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $17,820,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee type contract (W91215-16-G-0001) to procure the long lead components and parts in support of the MH-47G Block II renewal program. This action is required to satisfy an urgent need to sustain Special Operations Forces heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft and to mitigate the impact of the MH-47G aircraft availability in light of increased SOF operational demands. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $17,820,000 shall be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The majority of the work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. The subject delivery order is a non-competitive award and is in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity. The contract number and delivery order are W91215-16-G-0001/H92241-18-F-0031.
17 Jul 18. Cobham announces it has recently been awarded a contract by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program, to develop an autonomous pilot life support system. The resulting system is expected to be the world’s first sensor driven breathing regulator to automatically adjust oxygen dosed to the pilot based on changing physiological need and dynamic aircraft conditions. Cobham’s SmartFLO electronic breathing regulator will autocorrect flow to proactively pre-empt the onset of hypoxia-like symptoms if unexpected changes in cabin pressure or excessive expired carbon dioxide levels in the pilot’s breathing are detected to better protect the pilot. Delivery of the regulator is anticipated in 2019.
17 Jul 18. GKN Aerospace and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) are expanding a longtime customer partnership by signing a contract to increase production of bulkheads for the F-35 Lightning II program through 2023. The bulkheads are a critical structure for the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) and carrier variants (CV). They require among the longest lead time of any F-35 part and are made from some of the largest titanium forgings of any aircraft. The four year contract is another milestone in a long-term business relationship between GKN Aerospace and Lockheed Martin. Today, GN Aerospace provides the F-35 with critical engine components, electrical wiring interconnection systems, the cockpit canopy and advanced composite aerostructures. It also holds contracts to deliver the in-flight opening doors and the landing gear drag brace, and maintains and services the landing gear for the F-35 fleet in Europe and the Pacific.
19 Jul 18. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has negotiated and received an early effective date of 29 June 2018 for a one year sole source, single award, firm fixed price contract for Kratos’ BQM-167A high performance, jet powered unmanned aerial target drone system. The contract includes two one year options for additional production lots. This contract award represents AFSAT Lots 14-16 (corresponding to over 16 years of production) and Contractor Logistics Support, with a possible maximum value of approximately $109 million. Work will be performed at a Kratos manufacturing facility. Fiscal year 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $27 million are being initially obligated at the time of award for thirty Lot 14 BQM-167A aerial targets and production support. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity. Kratos is the industry leading supplier of affordable, high performance unmanned aerial target drone systems to all branches of the U.S. military, and many nations around the world. Kratos is also a leading provider of affordable, high performance jet powered unmanned aerial drone systems for tactical applications and mission sets. The BQM-167A is used by the United States Air Force (USAF) to test and evaluate air-to-air and surface-to-air weapons systems. The primary role of the BQM-167A is to provide USAF aviators with the world’s most realistic and comprehensive end-to-end weapons-release evaluation and training. The versatile design of AFSAT supports an extensive range of mission requirements through its performance capabilities and wide array of payloads, which are contracted and procured separately. (Source: ASD Network)
16 Jul 18. Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD64.7m sole-source contract to upgrade the AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measures (ESM) system fitted to US Navy (USN) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft. Awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on 25 June, the contract covers the design, development, and integration of the Advanced Digital Receiver/Processor (ADRP) and Active Front End (AFE) upgrades to the existing AN/ALQ-217 receiver/processor and AFE weapons replaceable assemblies. The contract also includes the delivery of 16 ESM ADRP upgrade hardware kits. The AN/ALQ-217 ESM is a passive sensor fitted to the E-2D to measure, identify, and locate radio frequency (RF) emitters. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
16 Jul 18. LONGBOW Limited Liability Company (LLC) and the U.S. Army have definitized contracts valued at $170.5m to provide LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) hardware for Apache AH-64E helicopters supporting U.S. Army lots 7 and 8 plus three international customers. LONGBOW LLC is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC). The contracts include LONGBOW FCR Mast Mounted Assemblies (MMA), Radar Electronics Units (REU) and spares for the U.S. Army, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, making Qatar the 13th international customer to receive LONGBOW FCR. Production will extend through April 2021 at Lockheed Martin’s Orlando and Ocala, Fla., facilities and at Northrop Grumman’s Baltimore, Maryland, facility.
16 Jul 18. Meggitt plc (LON:MGGT) has landed a US$21m contract in the US to supply fuel cell equipment for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The British aerospace engineer will provide the equipment to the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, Virginia, until 2022. (Source: proactiveinvestors.co.uk)
17 Jul 18. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will produce, test and deliver 44 Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptors under a $466.9m U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract. This is the fiscal year 2018 contract under the initial 2015 contract announcement of $2,351,177,872 for planned SM-3 fiscal year 2015-2018 production. The U.S. Navy uses the missiles to provide regional defense against short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The SM-3® Block IB interceptor has a two-color infrared seeker and upgraded steering and propulsion capability that direct the missile toward incoming targets, destroying them on impact in space.
16 Jul 18. Thales Defense and Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, has been awarded a $12,255,608 firm-fixed-price contract for Deployable-Instrument Landing System (D-ILS) production units. This contract provides up to 29 D-ILS to be deployed worldwide. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland, and is expected to be completed July 15, 2023. Fiscal 2017 procurement funds in the amount of $12,255,608 are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $126,104,149. Aerospace Management Systems Contracting Office, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-18-C-0034).
13 Jul 18. Harris has secured three contracts, with a total ceiling value of $1.5bn, to deliver geospatial data services to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for use by the US military across the globe. Under the three multi-award indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts, the company will be responsible for providing the services to NGA for up to ten years. As part of the project, Harris will be committed to develop, manage and distribute high-quality geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) data that will also be used by the US intelligence community. Work will be carried out under contracts that cover all three areas of the NGA’s JANUS programme – geography, imagery and elevation. The programme updates and maintains geospatial databases of the world that can be accessed in near-real-time to address intelligence, operational and crisis needs. Using its predictive analytics technology, the company will assess the health of NGA databases. The Cloud-based tools provided by the firm will help validate and correct the information, thereby precisely identifying locations that require updates. (Source: army-technology.com)
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17 Jul 18. Lockheed Martin out of Baltimore, MD. has received a $450.7m modification to an existing contract for production of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed in Crozet, Va., Iron Mountain, Mich., Milwaukee, Wisc., Sweden, Great Britain and other locations across the United States. The contract is expected to be completed by October 2025. Foreign military sales funding for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the amount of $225.6m will be obligated at time of award. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant is a highly maneuverable surface warfare ship capable of coastal and operations in the open ocean. The MMSC is equipped with the COMBATSS-21 Combat Management System. It is based off the AEGIS system used by air defense destroyers around the world. The vessel integrates the Mk110 57mm deck gun into the system as well, allowing for more accurate fires against incoming targets like aircraft and small boats. It can mount the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System which can mount various surface-to-air and surface-to-surface weapons like the Standard and the Tomahawk. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/UPI)
12 Jul 18. The Government of Saudi Arabia has signed a contract for the construction of five corvettes, an operation that amounts to 1,800m euros and represents the largest order in the history of Spanish public shipyards from a foreign client. This contract reinforces the immediate future of Navantia, and will benefit all the shipyards of the company. This contract, which has been negotiated with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2015, will involve a global workload of around seven million hours for the shipyards of Bahía de Cádiz, Ría de Ferrol and Cartagena and their auxiliary industry. It is, therefore, a key contract to guarantee the work activity of Navantia, mainly for its shipyards in the Bay of Cádiz. The program will start at the end of 2018 and the last vessel will be delivered in 2022. In addition, Navantia will be responsible for Life Cycle Support for five years, from the delivery of the first vessel, with an option for an additional five years. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Navantia)
14 Jul 18. Following the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between France and Ukraine on 8 June, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior for the purchase of 55 civil helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR), public services, and emergency medical service (EMS) missions in the country. The 55 aircraft include 21 repurposed H225s, and 10 brand new H145s and 24 H125. The contract, which also foresees the setting up of a local training and maintenance centre, was signed in Kiev on 14 July in the presence of Arsen Avakov, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Ukraine, and Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO.
16 Jul 18. Leonardo has secured a customer in the Middle East region for its ‘Miysis’ Directed InfraRed CounterMeasure (DIRCM) system. The product will be provided to the end user to protectaircraft from advanced heat-seeking missiles. Miysis has already been selected by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND), through its contract with General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada, for installation on the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) CP-140 ISR/ASW aircraft as part of a defensive aids subsystem. Deliveries of Miysis to the Royal Canadian Air Force are already underway.
13 Jul 18. Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. announced that the ongoing negotiations between Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and Turkish Aerospace has successfully been finalized and signed the contract for the procurement of 30 units T129 ATAK Helicopters within a comprehensive package including logistics, ammunition, spares, ground support equipment and training.