10 Jan 22. South Yorkshire-based MTL Advanced has been chosen to supply armoured steel for the production of the UK MoD’s Boxer Armoured Vehicle Programme, under a £-multi-million, multi-year contract awarded jointly by WFEL and parent company KMW. The armoured material will be used in the Boxer vehicle hull assembly, which will be fabricated at WFEL’s specialist Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Stockport. In a major boost to the local community, this contract award has contributed to the creation of 30 new jobs at MTL Advanced, who have also welcomed 12 new Apprentices to their Engineering & Welding Apprentice Academy during September 2021, demonstrating MTL’s on-going commitment to train the next generation of Engineers. MTL Advanced says that investing in the next generation of talented engineers is critical to their ongoing success. The company has also recruited an additional 4 young job seekers as part of the nationwide KickStart campaign and new Graduate schemes have also been brought forward, to upskill MTL’s staff and provide them with further education and career progression opportunities. This is the latest sub-contract to be awarded by WFEL, a key partner in the manufacture of the Boxer Armoured Vehicles for the British Army, under the $2.3bn contract signed in November 2019 between ARTEC and the UK MoD.
11 Jan 22. Osprey CSL has been awarded an extension to the Programme MARSHALL contract, where we have been providing independent acceptance and commissioning activities for the past three years. Programme MARSHALL is a £1.5bn long-term sustainment and support contract to upgrade Air Traffic Management (ATM) equipment throughout Defence. The Programme will see legacy equipment replaced with new capabilities across more than sixty MOD Service Delivery Sites. Osprey has been successfully supporting the Battlespace Management Force Headquarters with a team of genuine Subject Matter Experts , who have depth of specialist knowledge and experience across a military ATM and Air Defence background, to scrutinise the acceptance and commissioning of a wide range of systems, including surveillance systems (Primary and Secondary Surveillance Radar, Mode S and Wide Area Multilateration, along with their processing and display systems), communication systems (Ultra-High and Very High Frequency radios and Voice Communication and Control Systems) and navigation aids (such as Tactical Air Navigation). The extension is credit to the Osprey team, who have delivered an outstanding service to the customer, despite the many challenges of COVID and onsite attendance at acceptance and commissioning activities, and the excellent customer relationship that has developed over the past three years.
10 Jan 22. BAE Systems has signed a new support, sustainment, and readiness agreement with the Norwegian Army for its fleet of 144 CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, securing a new contract model to support the availability and continuous modernization of the fleet. The seven-year agreement with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation governs the purchase of components and equipment, as well as management and engineering work. It includes maintenance of the System Integration Lab, which ensures that both the customer and BAE Systems can monitor vehicles’ current conditions and state of readiness to optimize vehicle performance and capabilities across the fleet. This incremental upgrades and continuous improvements model, carried out as a combined effort between the Norwegian Army, local industry, and BAE Systems Hägglunds, will keep the combat-proven CV90 among the world’s most advanced Infantry Fighting Vehicles in service. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
13 Jan 22. Saab has signed a framework agreement to deliver the Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless weapon and ammunition to the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence. The first order for ammunition under this framework agreement is valued at nearly $16.5m (Skr150m). The order was placed by the Lithuanian Defence Materiel Agency. With the signing of this agreement, the Lithuanian Armed Forces joins the Carl-Gustaf framework agreement signed by Estonia, Latvia and Sweden. (Source: army-technology.com)
12 Jan 22. The Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command and Sako Ltd signed a contract for the procurement of the new Rifle System M23 on 12 January 2022. The procurement was preceded by collaboration on the development of the rifle system between Sako Ltd and the Finnish Defence Forces in 2020-2021 in accordance with the letter of intent between the Finnish Defence Forces and Sako Ltd. The total value of the procurement including the value added tax is approximately EUR 10m. The contract also includes an additional procurement option for possible subsequent procurements. (Source: PR Newswire)
13 Jan 22. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems” or the “Company”) announced today that following a competitive tender process, its Swedish subsidiary, Elbit Systems Sweden AB. (“Elbit Systems Sweden”), was awarded a contract from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (“FMV”) to supply the Albatross Combat Management Systems (CMS) for the Royal Swedish Navy. The contract that is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems, will be performed over a period of 34 months. Elbit Systems Sweden will supply the Albatross CMS for the Spårö Class Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Vessels of the Royal Swedish Navy. Albatross is a scalable open architecture CMS that is based on the Company’s E-CIX TM platform. Albatross CMS enables commanders and operators to receive a common operational picture correlating underwater detection and surface tracks, based on real-time data, live video streaming and imagery data, thereby expanding the operational envelop, increasing flexibility and enabling effective decision making during MCM missions.
13 Jan 22. HENSOLDT equips Norwegian and German submarines with next-generation optronics suite. Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is equipping the German-Norwegian submarine project U212 CD with a fully digital sensor suite. The optronics division of HENSOLDT has now received a corresponding order worth over 50m euros from kta naval systems, a consortium of Kongsberg, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systeme and Atlas Elektronik. The order comprises six optronic systems, consisting of an OMS 150 optronic mast system, an OMS 300 and an i360°OS panoramic surveillance system for each of the six submarines of the Norwegian and German navies. With the twin optronic mast solution, the clients opted for the technological leap from the conventional, traditional direct view of a periscope system to a completely hull-penetrating digital system solution.
13 Jan 22. Airbus has been contracted to supply space start-up Loft Orbital with more than fifteen satellite platforms derived from the Airbus Arrow platform. Arrow is the foundational satellite platform of the OneWeb constellation. There are 394 Airbus Arrow platforms in orbit for the OneWeb constellation and a further 254 are being produced to complete the 648 spacecraft required by OneWeb. With this acquisition, Loft Orbital confirms its intention to make the Airbus Arrow platform a true workhorse enabling its service business model. Loft Orbital offers a true end-to-end service enabling customers to rapidly deploy and operate their payloads on reliable high-performance satellites at an unprecedented simplicity and affordability. Loft Orbital has also contracted Airbus to modify the Arrow platform to make it suitable for a wider range of longer lifetime missions and applications. Loft Orbital has offices both in the USA and France, being based in the heart of Silicon Valley in San Francisco, and in the European space capital Toulouse, and intends to continue rapidly growing its French presence following this contract relationship with Airbus. Airbus previously benefitted from public support to develop the Arrow platform and OneWeb pilot line in Toulouse.
10 Jan 22. The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed a contract, on behalf of the Ministry of Interior, for the procurement and maintenance of 10 H160s in a law enforcement configuration for the Gendarmerie Nationale. Linked to the contract for the procurement of 169 H160Ms for the French Ministry of Armed Forces, this order is part of the Stimulus plan to support the national aeronautical industry announced by the French government in 2020.
10 Jan 22. The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has chosen Arianespace to launch four new Galileo satellites for Europe’s own satellite navigation system. With this order, EUSPA takes over the role of placing launch services contracts for Galileo from ESA, which acted so far in the name and on behalf of the European Commission and will continue to be the technical authority for these launches. This order follows European Space Agency’s (ESA) order for the launch of four satellites in October 2021, and will complete the deployment of first-generation Galileo satellites. These launches will take place from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. After a first launch this year for Galileo, carrying satellites from a previous order, in the first half of 2022, a second Soyuz launch in 2022 will orbit the first two satellites from this latest order. The next three missions will orbit two satellites each on Ariane 62, in 2023, 2024 and 2025. (Source: ASD Network)
07 Jan 22. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $14,582,450 task order (FA8689-22-F-2800) to previously awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract FA8689-20-D-2020 for the France Block 30 Mobile Ground Control Station procurement. Work will be performed in Poway, California, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 3, 2023. This contract involves 100% Foreign Military Sales to France. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $14,582,450 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
13 Jan 22. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sales (FMS) of F100-PW-229 engine maintenance support to Greece. Approved by the US State Department, the total estimated cost of the FMS and associated equipment is $233m. Under the sale package, Greece has requested to buy parts and services to support F100-PW-229 engines’ follow-on depot-level maintenance and sustainment to include spare parts and other accessories. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
13 Jan 22. Thales Alenia Space to build two SDS satellites for Intelsat. Intelsat has contracted Thales Alenia Space – a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo – for the production of two software-defined satellites (SDSs). The satellites, IS-41 and IS-44, will be based on the Space Inspire product line and are scheduled to be in service by 2025. SDSs are more flexible than traditional types of satellites as they enable the user to reconfigure and reprogram on demand and in orbit. More traditional types are commonly launched for a single purpose and although they can be upgraded, this often takes longer to implement. Thales Alenia Space said its Space Inspire satellites provide seamless telecommunications mission and services reconfigurations and immediate in-orbit alterations to broadband connectivity. (Source: Janes)
07 Jan 22. BAE Systems, York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $97,280,236 modification (P00098) to contract W56HZV-17-C-0001 for the production and delivery of M109A7 and M992A3 vehicles. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2020 and 2021 weapons and tracked combat vehicle procurement, Army funds in the amount of $97,280,236 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
12 Jan 22. CACI International Inc announced today that it was awarded a new five-year (one-year base and four one-year options), single-award task order, with a potential value of $514m, to provide network modernization of outside plant (OSP) infrastructure and facilities across major U.S. Army locations within the continental United States. CACI engineers, managers, and technicians will deliver enterprise technology to enhance capabilities and improve capacity needed for an underground fiber optic cable infrastructure required to support robust, reliable, high-speed voice, video and data networks for critical command and control systems. As part of the OSP task order, awarded under the GSA’s Alliant 2 contract vehicle, CACI will engineer, furnish, install, and test (EFI&T) a turnkey solution to upgrade the existing OSP infrastructure and facilities at a minimum of 40 different military installations using industry best practices. (Source: ASD Network)
11 Jan 22. Geotab wins USAF contract for vehicle fleet management technology. The contract will see the technology being equipped on more than 21,000 general purpose vehicles. Geotab has secured a sole-source contract from the US Department of the Air Force for vehicle fleet-wide deployment of telematics. As part of this contract, the company will install its fleet management technology onto the US Air Force’s (USAF) more than 21,000 general-purpose vehicles. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
07 Jan 22. The Army has awarded Sheltered Wings Inc. d/b/a Vortex Optics, based in Barneveld, WI, a 10-year firm fixed price, Follow-on Production Other Transaction Agreement (P-OTA) with a maximum ceiling value of $2.7bn for production and delivery of up to 250,000 XM157 Next Generation Squad Weapons – Fire Control (NGSW-FC) systems over a 10-year period. The NGSW-FC system is a ruggedized fire control that increases accuracy and lethality for the Close Combat Force. It integrates a number of advanced technologies, including a variable magnification optic, backup etched reticle, laser rangefinder, ballistic calculator, atmospheric sensor suite, compass, Intra-Soldier Wireless, visible and infrared aiming lasers, and a digital display overlay. The agreement minimum is $20m and provides the U.S. Government the ability to procure fire control systems, supporting accessories, spare parts, repairs, and engineering services, to include requirements for other Department of Defense Services and potential Foreign Military Sales. The NGSW-FC will serve as the fire control for the Next Generation Squad Weapons – Rifle and Automatic Rifle. The NGSW-FC is the planned replacement for the Close Combat Optic, Rifle Combat Optic, and Machine Gun Optic within the Close Combat Force (Infantry, Cavalry Scouts and Combat Engineers). The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
11 Jan 22. U.S. Navy Extends Critical Communications Contract with Motorola Solutions. The U.S. Department of Defense has exercised a contract option valued at $29m with Motorola Solutions, which will extend the operations and maintenance of the U.S. Navy’s land mobile radio (LMR) system. This is the third year of a multi-year agreement for essential radio communications that the Navy relies on to coordinate deployments and response actions at bases worldwide. The LMR network also enables secure collaboration between Navy emergency services and other federal, state and local agencies involved in public safety. Under the contract with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Ashore Program, Motorola Solutions will provide preventive maintenance of hardware and software, technology and software upgrades, equipment repair and replacement, management of software licenses and currency, asset and configuration management, password management and vulnerability scanning and benchmark testing. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
11 Jan 22. VTG, a force modernisation and digital transformation solutions provider, has won a $20m task order to upgrade the US Navy’s Aegis Combat System. The combat system will be upgraded through the company’s Technical Insertion 16 (TI16) Sustainment, Installation, Procurement, and Engineering Services contract with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD). NSWC PHD is a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and an in-service engineering agent (ISEA) for the TI16 suite of equipment. According to VTG, the TI16 programme is the US Navy’s enterprise approach to upgrade combat systems across the surface fleet, including cruisers and destroyers, as well as aircraft carriers and amphibious vessels. (Source: naval-technology.com)
12 Jan 22. Collins lands deal to upgrade B-52 electrical system. Collins Aerospace has secured a contract from Boeing to upgrade the electric power generation system (EPGS) aboard US Air Force (USAF) B-52 bombers. The new EPGS will replace the 70-year-old electrical system aboard the bombers, says Collins. Benefits include a 30% improvement in fuel efficiency, as the new EPGS will require less engine power. The installation will involve eight generators per aircraft, furnishing the onboard electricity to support upgrades to the type’s radar, avionics, and mission systems. The company has not provided a value for the deal, nor list the number of airframes. However, the USAF has 76 B-52s in its inventory. Collins has also been selected to provide new wheels and brakes for the venerable type. The company adds that it is working with Boeing and the USAF on other B-52 modernisation efforts, including communications and avionics. (Source: Google/Flight Global)
11 Jan 22. Intellisense Systems Inc., a leading provider of avionics, including displays for numerous aircraft, won a contract to supply the large format primary flight display (PFD) for the Calidus B-250, a light attack combat and training aircraft. This advanced cockpit display meets the performance requirements for the aircraft and features patented optical design techniques that provide outstanding brightness and contrast ratio for peak sunlight readability and reduce reflections within the B-250’s bubble canopy. Intellisense expects to begin delivery of its 20 x 8-inch Large Area Displays (LAD–2008) as the PFD for the new B-250 in mid-2022. (Source: PR Newswire)
07 Jan 22. The Scientific Systems Company (SSCI) has secured a new contract from the US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO). Under the contract, the SSCI will work to demonstrate the collaboration capabilities of autonomous air and space platforms to offer intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) information. The company was selected as part of the US Army’s XTECH RCCTO army strategic rapid acquisition (AStRA) competition held last year. The ARTIST programme seeks to simplify and expedite the process through which a soldier in the field can issue a MSR from a smart phone to request intelligence data. (Source: army-technology.com)
13 Jan 22. Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, is awarded a $35,237,674 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the effort titled “Heterogeneous Autonomy Prototyping Evolution.” This contract provides for the investigation of heterogeneity across the swarm and super swarm systems. Heterogeneity in multiple sensor modalities will allow for more robust target detection and confidence, and allow for combination of swarm payload variants to achieve the goals of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and targeting missions. The investigation will also consider how this architecture can work with other autonomy architectures seamlessly to combine for instance heterogeneity in platforms and heterogeneity across domains. Work will be performed in Atlanta, Georgia, with an expected completion date of Jan. 12, 2025. The maximum dollar value, including a 36-month base period and 22 concurrent/sequential option periods, is $35,237,674. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,000,000 are obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under the Office of Naval Research long range broad agency announcement (BAA). Since proposals are received throughout the year under the long range BAA, the number of proposals received in response to the solicitation is unknown. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N00014-22-C-1030).
11 Jan 22. HawkEye 360 Inc., the world’s leading commercial provider of space-based radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, today announced it has been awarded a three year, $15.5m Experimental Purpose Agreement (EPA) contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate. Through the agreement, HawkEye 360 will provide radio frequency analytics research, development, and experiments to help the government demonstrate, test and evaluate its hybrid space ISR architecture. (Source: PR Newswire)
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11 Jan 22. Philippine Army procures additional land systems from Elbit. The Philippine Army (PA) has confirmed the procurement of more military equipment from Israel’s Elbit Systems. The PA’s official spokesperson Colonel Xerxes Trinidad told Janes on 10 January that the service took delivery of 12 ATMOS 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled gun systems in late December from Elbit Systems. He also disclosed that the service has ordered from Elbit Sabrah ASCOD II light tanks and Sabrah Pandur II direct-fire support vehicles. On 11 January Col Trinidad also told the state-run Philippine News Agency that the PA has also received 15 M125A2 armored mortar carriers equipped with 120 mm mounted mortar systems. Speaking to Janes, Col Trinidad said the ATMOS guns are scheduled for review by the PA’s Technical Inspection Acceptance Committee this month before formal acceptance into service. The guns will be operated by the PA’s Army Artillery Regiment and will augment existing capability, including Elbit’s 155 mm M-71 towed gun, 12 of which were delivered to the PA and Philippine Marine Corps in 2017. (Source: Janes)
11 Jan 22. QinetiQ has completed a £40m programme of upgrades on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Kilda. The upgrades, part of the Air Ranges Modernisation Programme, demonstrate QinetiQ’s commitment to modernising both the UK’s test and evaluation (T&E), and training facilities to maximise the MOD’s mission preparedness. As part of MOD Hebrides Range, St. Kilda provides essential deep range tracking during exercises such as US-led NATO training exercises, At Sea Demonstration/Formidable Shield. The upgrades to the tracking radar and telemetry equipment mean the MOD and its international partners will be able to track assets throughout the depths of the Range, receiving data both accurately and quickly. This is essential for the MOD to take full advantage of the 115,000km² sanitised airspace off the Outer Hebrides, enabling large scale exercises and weapons firings to take place.
14 Jan 22. Philippines approves purchase of BrahMos cruise missiles with India for its navy. Philippines on Friday accepted BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd’s to supply Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile System Acquisition Project for its navy. The proposal is worth $374.9m. The Notice of Award has been communicated to BrahMos officials by the Philippines Department of National Defense. (Source: https://www.livemint.com/)
12 Jan 22. Ultra Wins Major Contract in India. Ultra announced that in partnership with Mahindra Defence Systems Limited, the award of the Integrated Anti-Submarine Warfare Defence Suite (IADS) programme for selected frontline warships of the Indian Navy. The contract is worth approximately £60m to Ultra. Deliveries are due to commence in 2024 and to be completed by 2030. IADS provides a powerful multi-sensor ASW capability using an in-line active and passive towed Low Frequency Variable Depth Sonar as well as Torpedo Defence with embedded detection, classification & localisation to defeat detected Torpedo threats.
12 Jan 22. The US State Department has sanctioned the sale of Hellfire missiles to the Australian Defence Force. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has confirmed the prospective sale of 800 Hellfire AGM-114R2 Missiles to Australia for US$108m ($150m). The deal includes the provision of technical assistance, spare parts, repair and return, storage, and program and logistical support. According to the DSCA, the deal would support the “foreign policy and national security objectives” of the United States. (Source: Defence Connect)