06 Jul 21. 4GD to demonstrate urban warfare synthetic co-location training at AWE21. Close combat training technology specialists, 4GD, have signed a contract of participation with the British Army to demonstrate the capabilities of their SmartFacility synthetic training environment at the Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) 2021. Incorporating two new products that were launched in January this year, ACIES and ECFECTUS, 4GD will showcase its dismounted close quarters combat synthetic wrap that can support seamless high-quality urban warfare simulation across live and virtual worlds, combined arms training and data capture and analysis. The exercise will be conducted simultaneously at 4GD’s new META Lab in Berkshire and the recently delivered SmartFacility in service with the British Army’s 16 Air Assault Brigade at Colchester, with the two physical facilities networked into a single IntegratedRealities environment.
06 Jul 21. The supply of spares for the Armoured Tracked and Light Wheels Platforms and Associated items.
A Contract Award Notice
by MINISTRY OF DEFENCE, LAND EQUIPMENT, DEFENCE SUPPORT GROUP (DSG)
Published: 06 Jul 2021
Delivery: not specified
- military vehicles
- babcock land defence ltd
- supply of spares
- light wheels platforms
- armoured tracked
- agent of the uk ministry of defence
- year contract
- rheinmetall bae systems land limited
- vehicle parts
Telford and Wrekin
- MOD Land Equipment Defence Support GroupTelford
- Rheinmetall BAE Systems LandTelford
Military vehicles and associated parts. Babcock Land Defence Ltd, acting as Agent of the UK Ministry of Defence intends to place a 7 year contract with Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land Limited (“the Contractor”) for the supply of spares in support of Armoured Tracked & Light Wheels Platforms and associated items which includes CR2, CVRT, CRARRV, AS90, Warrior, Bulldog, T2, Terrier and Panther.
Award Detail: 1
Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (Telford)
- Reference: 015584-2021-irm19/7453-1
- Value: £41,000,000
06 Jul 21. MBDA’s CAMM to strengthen Air Defence capability of Royal Navy Type 45 destroyers. MBDA has been awarded a number of contracts to significantly upgrade the air and missile defence capabilities of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 destroyers. The work will see CAMM (Common Anti-air Modular Missile) paired with an upgraded Sea Viper command and control (C2) system for the first time. CAMM offers both world-leading close-in and local-area air defence, and will complement Aster 30, strengthening the anti-air defence capability of the Royal Navy. In service on upgraded Royal Navy Type 23 frigates, CAMM will also be fitted to Type 26 and Type 31 in the future. The CAMM family has proven a rapid success with international customers, with Canada and Brazil among the new users ordering the missile this year.
08 Jul 21. A contract worth over £230m for the RAF’s Poseidon Maritime Aircraft fleet has been signed with Boeing Defence UK (BDUK) creating more than 150 UK jobs. The majority of the 153 BDUK jobs will be based at RAF Lossiemouth – the home of the Poseidon fleet – and will provide aircraft maintenance support and personnel alongside a comprehensive training package for aircraft crews. The remaining 46 jobs will be spread across sites at Bristol, Yeovil and Gosport. Specialising in anti-submarine warfare, the Poseidon (P-8A) is the RAF’s multi-role maritime patrol aircraft. Working alongside the Royal Navy and close maritime allies such as the United States and Norway, Poseidon locates, identifies and tracks potentially hostile submarines operating around UK waters. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
08 Jul 21. Reaction Engines secures new UK Government funding for Space Access Programme. New government funding will help leading UK space technology company Reaction Engines bring low-carbon space propulsion one step closer. The £3.9m grant from the UK Space Agency will support the development of Reaction Engines’ ground-breaking SABRE technology, enabling low-carbon air-breathing space access propulsion technology to be applied more widely in the space sector and beyond. The latest funding will secure near-term technology demonstration in hydrogen combustion, thermal management and engine control technologies, all critical to the air-breathing core of future SABRE systems. It will also include strategic elements to explore the competitiveness of prospective SABRE-Launch Systems, whilst identifying key collaborative scenarios associated with vehicle and customer driven routes to market. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
06 Jul 21. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., San Diego, California (N6893621D0016); Centauri LLC, Carlsbad, California (N6893621D0017); and KAB Laboratories, San Diego, California (N6893621D0018), are each awarded a not-to-exceed $49,873,700 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. These contracts provide support services to include software design and testing; updates to existing software products; cybersecurity; information assurance risk assessments; microservice module development and design; software interface development and design; development of technical support data and training materials; modification and design of new sensor models; performing photogrammetric, geo-positioning, and error propagation algorithm development; configuration management; web services; and distributed systems development for the Navy and the governments of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Poland, Finland, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway. The companies have an opportunity to compete for individual orders. Work will be performed in China Lake, California (40%); San Diego, California (40%); and Carlsbad, California (20%), and is expected to be completed in July 2026. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal; three offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.
07 Jul 21. Finnish Defence Forces orders laser sights and image intensifiers from Senop Oy. Finnish Defence Forces Logistic Command has placed an order to purchase laser sights and additional NVG M40 image intensifiers from Senop Oy. The value of the contract is more than 13.6 M€ excluding VAT and Senop will deliver the systems by the end of October 2022. The order consists of Soldier’s Lasers, Tactical Lasers, and additional purchase of NVG M40 Monocular (FDF code: NVG M20) image intensifiers. Senop Soldier’s Laser Sight M20 is light, simple and robust laser sight to withstand high recoils and extremely demanding use in military conditions. Senop Tactical Laser M20 is a multi-functional laser sight with a visible laser, an IR laser, and an IR illuminator. Senop NVG M40 Monocular is one of the lightest high-performance NVGs on the market. M40 utilizes cutting-edge aspheric high-precision glass optics combined with composite materials to provide a high level of usability and performance. Senop laser sights and image intensifiers are developed in close co-operation with the Finnish Defence Forces. Intensive field tests have been conducted in demanding conditions since 2019. Energy management is a key requirement especially in arctic conditions. All these devices (laser sights and NVGs) can operate both AA- and CCR123 batteries. NVG M40 Monocular can also be equipped with external power supply to increase the operating hours.
06 Jul 21. Thales to digitalise tactical combat training for the Polish Army. On 11 June 2021, Thales signed an agreement to provide the Polish Army with five Combat Staff Trainer tactical training systems to be installed at several locations in Poland. This is the first time the Polish armed forces have acquired a digital solution to meet their tactical training requirements. The computer-based simulation system from Thales is used to conduct collective training exercises in a virtual and cybersecured environment representative of the Polish Army’s theatres of operations. The proven Combat Staff Trainer system is already in service with the French Army. A number of upgrades and expanded functionality will be introduced to meet the specific needs of the Polish land forces, and personnel at every level of the command chain, from the dismounted soldier to the battalion commander, can now take part in the exercises. 3D models of the actual weapon systems in service with the Polish armed forces will be developed for a more immersive training experience. The systems will be delivered to five regiments of the Polish armed forces, and each one can be used to train up to 38 people at the same time. The Combat Staff Trainer was developed in France and the systems will be delivered in stages over the next two years. Thales staff based in Poland will be responsible for installing and supporting the five systems in close collaboration with local users.
07 Jul 21. Cohort, the independent technology group, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary ELAC SONAR GmbH (“ELAC”) has received an order valued at over €49m by Leonardo, among the top world players in the Defence and Security sectors, leader in the design and supply of systems for naval defence and maritime and coastal surveillance. ELAC SONAR will provide sonar systems for two new U212 Near Future Submarines (NFS) being supplied by Fincantieri for the Italian Navy in the framework of the contract awarded to the Italian shipbuilding group and managed by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), an international organisation with the express mission to facilitate the management of cooperative armament programmes in Europe (Currently OCCAR manages 16 Programmes with a portfolio of around 80bn €, that is expected to increase to up to 100bn €). Work on the contract will commence immediately and will complete in 2030. In accordance with OCCAR Through Life Management principle and best practices, the contract includes delivery of submarine sonar systems, special test and training tools, and associated technical services. The contract also includes options for two more U212 NFS submarines.
06 Jul 21. HENSOLDT UK will supply Kelvin Hughes Mk11 SharpEye surface search radars with combined HENSOLDT MSSR 2000 IFF systems to the French Navy “Patrouilleur d’Outre-Mer” or POM program being built by Socarenam Shipyard in France. The POM program provides six offshore patrol vessels for the French overseas territories. Each vessel will be supplied with a Kelvin Hughes Mk11 SharpEye X band Surveillance radar, with a co-located HENSOLDT IFF Antenna. This in turn is connected to the HENSOLDT MSSR 2000 NATO Mode 5 IFF system. These items will be supplied to the vessel prime integrator AVON Communications. Once installed on board, it will link to the combat system, also supplied by NEXEYA, a HENSOLDT company. The radar and IFF system will be used to provide surface surveillance in the vicinity of the vessel. The IFF antenna being co-located on the radar reduces the number of turning units and space required on board. This makes the installation and integration a much less complex task, saving time in the installation and integration process, allowing smaller vessels to benefit from the capability of more complex systems in a smaller footprint. The POM vessels will operate their own UAV systems and this system will contribute to safe UAV operations. The SharpEye Mk11 radar with combined IFF demonstrates synergies within the extensive HENSOLDT portfolio, resulting in a market leading radar/IFF solution for smaller vessels.
07 Jul 21. BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $600,227,117 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract in support of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle and M113 Family of Vehicles. 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 July 6, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-21-D-0018).
08 Jul 21. Ultimate Training Munitions LTD, Suffolk, United Kingdom, was awarded a $92,996,200 firm-fixed-price contract to procure 5.56mm M1071 and M1042 marking ammunition. 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 July 7, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Newark, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-21-D-0035).
07 Jul 21. Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $45,095,203 fixed-price incentive firm and firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-5412 exercising the option for fiscal 2021 Standard Missile-2 Block IIIC low-rate initial production and spares. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (40%); Salt Lake City, Utah (10%); Wolverhampton, England (9%); Andover, Massachusetts (6%); Coxsackie, New York (4%); Huntsville, Alabama (4%); Middleton, Ohio (3%); San Jose, California (3%); Anniston, Alabama (2%); Warrington, Pennsylvania (2%); San Diego, California (2%); McKinney, Texas (1%); Chandler, Arizona (1%); and other miscellaneous locations (13%), and is expected to be completed by September 2024. Fiscal 2021 weapons procurement funding in the amount of $45,095,203 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, D.C., is the contracting activity. (Awarded July 1, 2021)
06 Jul 21. L3Harris Interstate Electronics Corp., Inc., Anaheim, California, has been awarded a $14,608,799 modification (P00005) to contract FA8807-21-C-0005 for the Military Global Positioning System (GPS) User Equipment (MGUE) Increment 2 Miniature Serial Interface (MSI) contract. The contract modification is to incorporate an MSI engineering change proposal into the baseline. Work will be performed in Anaheim, California, and is expected to be completed March 14, 2025. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $157,891,672. Fiscal 2021 Space Force research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $7,524,022 are being obligated at the time of award. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contract activity.
07 Jul 21. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has been awarded a $3,860,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile ground subsystems support. This contract provides for sustaining engineering, maintenance engineering, test and assessment, modification of systems and equipment, software maintenance, developmental engineering, production engineering, repair and procurement. Work will be performed at Hill AFB, Utah; Vandenberg AFB, California; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Minot AFB, North Dakota; FE Warren AFB, Wyoming; and Offutt AFB, Nebraska. The work is expected to be completed July 6, 2039. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with two offers received. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $500,000 are being obligated at the time of award on the first task order. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill AFB, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8214-21-D-0002).
07 Jul 21. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Corinne, Utah, has been awarded a $61,827,729 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for MJU-62A/B and MJU-73/B countermeasure flares. This contract provides highly specialized flares used on Department of Defense fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft to protect against infrared missiles. Work will be performed in Corinne, Utah, and is expected to be completed in August 2027. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales. Fiscal year 2020 ammunition procurement funds in the amount of $3,829,619 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8213-21-D-0002).
08 Jul 21. Cybersecurity threat detection and response solutions provider Axellio has secured a US Army follow-on contract to expand a previous cybersecurity agreement. Under the $25.7m contract, the company will further provide its Axellio Packet Capture Node (APCN) system to additional sites for three more years. For last year’s contract, the company was chosen to develop and employ a prototype system. The system intended for US Army’s Garrison networks to examine and identify ‘anomalous behaviour and intrusions’. (Source: army-technology.com)
REST OF THE WORLD
08 Jul 21. MDT Armor Corp.,* Auburn, Alabama, was awarded a $9,982,848 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of the David Urban Light Armored Combat Vehicle. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Auburn, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Israel) funds in the amount of $9,982,848 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-21-C-0117).
02 Jul 21. Israeli Drone Guard sold to ‘south Asian nation.’ Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has sold its ELI-4030 Drone Guard counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) to an undisclosed south Asian nation. The manufacturer announced the sale on 2 July, noting that the deal is worth “tens of millions of dollars”. No further information relating to delivery timelines was disclosed. First revealed to Janes at ELTA’s Ashdod facility in southern Israel in late 2015, the Drone Guard is available for the short-, medium-, and longer-range detection and flight disruption of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). It can be used against single threats or against multiple threats coming from different directions. The system uses one of these three radar systems: the ELTA ELM-2180M man-portable radar to detect targets with a very low radar cross-section (RCS) out to a range of 3 km; the ELM-2026B radar for the detection of similar-sized objects out to about 4.5 km; or the ELM-2026 to do the same out to 6 km. For countering small UAVs, each of the radar systems is upgraded with special detection and tracking algorithms, as well as being adapted with an electro-optic (EO) sensor for visual identification. All three solutions utilise 3D (azimuth, elevation, and range) X-band radars (for ground-clutter removal and separation between ground and air targets) to detect low-flying and low-speed airborne targets with a small RCS. When an unauthorised UAV is detected and tracked, the ELTA system then sets about jamming it to cause the aircraft to either return to its point-of-origin (the ‘Go Home’ function) or to shut down and land. (Source: Jane’s)
08 Jul 21. British threat detection specialist Silent Sentinel (www.silentsentinel.com) has signed a contract with a South Asian customer to provide their Jaegar Ranger 225 Long-Range Uncooled (LWIR) thermal cameras for security along a mountainous border. Silent Sentinel will provide 50 Jaegar Ranger 225 LWIR thermal cameras, which will be deployed along a Central Asian border spanning several hundred kilometres. The Jaegar’s unique through-shaft allows a radar to sit above the PTU enabling uninterrupted 360° continuous rotation ideal for detection and tracking applications. For this particular application the customer requested a custom dark green colour befitting the surroundings of the installations, and Silent Sentinel are able to offer numerous colour schemes across most of their range to suit a wide variety of terrains and environments. The Jaegar Ranger 225 is one of Silent Sentinel’s popular camera platforms, formed of a long-range thermal sensor and HD visible sensor with the thermal camera capable of detecting human threats up to 5km away, with a ruggedised IP67 housing to ensure optimum performance even in high-altitude conditions with volatile climates. The Jaegar provides high levels of camera positioning accuracy (0.0002°), as well as absolute feedback and rapid pan and tilt speeds making it ideally suited for the long-range detection of individuals and vehicles. Once global travel resumes, Silent Sentinel will be travelling to the country to provide advanced, embedded training. However, as these systems have been installed during the first phase of the contract, Silent Sentinel has provided remote guidance and instruction.
07 Jul 21. Israel Shipyards Ltd. – a leading shipbuilding and repair company in the Eastern Mediterranean serving naval and commercial marine markets – announces the signing of an agreement to supply its SHALDAG MK V vessels to the Israeli Navy. The company will provide four vessels which have been adapted to the Navy’s unique configuration requirements. Over the years, the Israeli Navy has used a variety of Israel Shipyards’ vessels for ongoing security missions ‒ including the SHALDAG MK III and the Saar 4 and Saar 4.5 fast attack missile vessels ‒ protecting the maritime borders of the State of Israel. Recently, it was decided to equip the Navy with advanced vessels that will enable an upgrade of the force’s capabilities for its routine security missions. To that end, the SHALDAG MK V has been adapted to the Navy’s configuration requirements.
06 Jul 21. Royal Brunei Air Force acquires Insitu Integrator unmanned aerial system. The Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) has acquired at least one Insitu Integrator unmanned aerial system (UAS) to enhance its maritime surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, according to the US Embassy in Brunei. No further details were provided by the embassy, including the contract value and number of UASs procured, but Janes understands they will be used to contribute to the protection of territorial waters as well as the country’s exclusive economic zone. In this regard the country’s longstanding territorial disputes in the South China Sea with neighbouring countries, including China, are among the drivers behind the recent acquisition of the system. (Source: Jane’s)
06 Jul 21. Seven WA-based defence research projects have secured funding as part of a joint federal and state government initiative. The West Australian government has announced the recipients of the third funding round of the Defence Science Centre’s (DSC) Collaborative Research Grant (CRG), with seven collaborative research projects sharing in approximately $870,000. The recipients’ areas of research include weapon-mounted sensors, uncrewed aerial vehicles, space-based optical communications systems, and biological warfare defence.
Project title Team
Assessing microbiologically influenced corrosion and material deterioration at HMAS Stirling. Dr Katerina Lepkova. Led by Curtin University in collaboration with Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and Duratec Australia.
Using weapon-mounted sensors and machine learning to determine human-weapon-system performance. Professor Iain Murray. Led by Curtin University in collaboration with the University of Western Australia (UWA), DSTG and Nuheara.
Enhancing space-based optical communications using infrared technology.
Emeritus Professor Mervyn Lynch. Led by Curtin University in collaboration with UWA, Aires and DSTG.
Modelling human processing mechanisms to maximise multisensory information processing efficiency in complex decision environments.
Dr Zachary Howard. Led by UWA in collaboration with the United States Air Force, Defence and DSTG.
Delivery of uncrewed aerial vehicle via autonomous uncrewed ground vehicle for autonomous sensing/search of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear environments. Elliot Nicholls, director. Led by Stealth Technologies in collaboration with UWA and DSTG.
Advanced development of therapeutics against bacterial pathogens of biowarfare concern. Dr Mitali Sarkar-Tyson. Led by UWA in collaboration with Murdoch University, Monash University and DMTC.
Developing innovative ‘spray on’ super-hydrophobic surfaces for marine antifouling applications. Dr Gérrard Eddy Jai Poinern. Led by Murdoch University in collaboration with DSTG and Curtin University.
To be eligible for grants under the DSC — which receives funding from both the WA government and the Commonwealth’s Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) — applicants were required to demonstrate a link to the NGTF’s priorities, or the CRG round three theme of maritime maintenance and sustainment. The initiative, which provides seed funding ranging from $50,000 to $150,000, is available for collaborations between universities, industry and government, which include at least one DSC-member university. The three rounds of funding have collectively delivered almost $2.5m to 18 research projects, in support of a broader push to build the local defence industry and generate new job opportunities for local communities. (Source: Defence Connect)
06 Jul 21. Four companies win MMI Integration and Translation stream grants. Four companies have won grants worth nearly $14m under the Australian government’s $1.3bn Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). Under round one of the Integration and Translation streams of the MMI, one of the four is rocket engine designer EffusionTech. EffusionTech will use its $1.2mi in funding to develop and manufacture low cost, durable and high-performance liquid fuelled rocket engines for the growing commercial launch market. The MMI is the centrepiece of the Australian Government’s $1.5bn Modern Manufacturing Strategy, designed to position Australia as a globally recognised, high-quality and sustainable manufacturing nation. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Christian Porter said Australia has unique opportunities when it comes to space manufacturing: “From satellites, to componentry in sensors and even rocket engines, Australian manufacturers are drawing on our existing advanced manufacturing expertise to launch into new exciting local and global markets.
“This funding is about creating more opportunities to grow our local space industry, unlocking further investment and delivering the skilled jobs we need now and for the future.”Other space industry recipients under the Initiative are:
- Titomic (Vic) will use its $2.3m in funding to commercialise the manufacture of space vehicle and satellite parts using green titanium for Australia’s growing space sector and for overseas export.
- Q-CTRL (NSW) will use its $4.5m in funding to expand the manufacture of novel remote sensing payloads for space deployment.
- Romar Engineering (NSW) will use its $5.8mi in funding to manufacture and deploy space fluid and motion control products for future space missions.
Announcements of successful projects under the Integration and Translation streams of the MMI in the Medical Products and Resources Technology and Critical Minerals sectors will be made soon, with other National Manufacturing Priority areas to follow. The remaining sectors are Food and Beverage, Recycling and Clean Energy, and Defence. Given the positive response from industry and strength of applications in this initial round, the Government has increased funding from $140m to $200m. (Source: Rumour Control)
08 Jul 21. Ultra Awarded Six Contracts for Innovation in Canada. In recognition of Ultra’s drive to be at the forefront of technology advancement, Ultra is pleased to announce it has been awarded six contracts by Canada’s Department of National Defence Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. The IDEaS program seeks innovative solutions to assist acoustic sensor operators to rapidly and accurately detect, classify, locate, and track underwater contacts.
Next generation Anti-Submarine Warfare is one of Ultra’s strategic technology development areas. The six studies will advance a range of key Anti-Submarine Warfare technologies:
– Vector sensors for towed arrays
– Directional Active Intercept sensors
– Sonobuoy deployment from Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
– Towed Array Shape Estimation
– Next Generation Environmental Sensing
– Multi-Mode Free Flooded Ring transducer