27 June 22. Inzpire Limited has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to develop a prototype mixed reality deployable simulator. Over the next 9 months, the project – named SAGE (Synthetic Aviation Gunnery Equipment) by the company – will see Inzpire personnel working collaboratively with 22 Squadron Crew Served Weapons Instructors (CSWIs) and DASA personnel to deliver an air door gunnery simulator. Project SAGE will encompass the design, build, test, evaluation and development of the prototype, in order to support 22 Sqn’s requirement for a live training alternative to deliver Joint Helicopter Command’s (JHC) Operational Shooting Policy (OSP). In a truly collaborative project, Inzpire’s experts will be designing the simulator to support specific training objectives defined by 22 Squadron CSWIs. To ensure the project is supported by personnel with both practical and technical experience in the design, development and delivery of synthetic training products and exercise scenarios, experts from Inzpire’s Mission Training Devices Division and Helicopter Services Division will be involved. Royal Air Force personnel from 22 Squadron will also provide advice and support throughout the test and evaluation phases and be directly involved in trialing the product. The Project SAGE team will undertake an initial design period, followed by a build, test and acceptance phase before a series of tests, demonstrations and system development. Each phase will last approximately three months. The Project SAGE simulator will demonstrate how commercial mixed reality technology can be used to deliver a deployable and cost-effective system, capable of rapid modification between different helicopter platforms and weapon types. It is hoped the simulator development will identify opportunities for utilising synthetic training in the future for JHC personnel across multiple platforms and weapons systems.
23 Jun 22. VIVO Defence Services, a 50/50 Joint Venture between Serco, the international provider of services to governments, and EQUANS, the leading energy efficiency and services company, has been awarded contracts to deliver asset and facilities management services to the United States Visiting Forces (USVF) by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). VIVO has been awarded contracts for four of the five contracts being tendered under the Crown Commercial Service Facilities Management Defence Marketplace Framework. VIVO will be responsible for undertaking a multitude of works from maintenance activities through to the development of new buildings and facilities at RAF Lakenheath, RAF Alconbury, RAF Molesworth, RAF Croughton, RAF Fairford and RAF Menwith Hill. The total core contract value to VIVO for the four regions is estimated to be over £98m over the initial three-year period. There are a further two one-year extension options. In addition to the core fixed price contract, there will be £35m of additional works which will be commissioned as required by the DIO. Following a six-month mobilisation phase, the core work is scheduled to start in December 2022 and we expect additional project work to begin during 2023.
28 June 22. Slovakia will buy 152 CV90 tracked vehicles from Sweden. NATO member Slovakia will buy 152 CV90 tracked infantry fighting vehicles via a government-to-government contract with Sweden, the Slovak Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. It said the contract for the vehicles, which will form the backbone of the country’s heavy mechanized brigade, was worth an expected 1.69 bn euros. (Source: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news)
29 June 22. Kongsberg Norcontrol celebrates signing a framework contract with Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) and the Swedish Armed forces to deliver sea surveillance systems to 15 live firing range sites. These systems will provide crucial surveillance capabilities necessary for maintaining safety and security in the different areas. The installation of the first system will start at the beginning of 2023. The delivery will consist of a complete surveillance solution including our maritime domain awareness software C-Scope, radar sensors and advanced cameras with infrared capabilities. With these integrated sensors, the system will be able to detect any activity in the closed area, which are often beaches and the surrounding water, and alert to unwanted situations. When this happens, the system can warn off approaching ships or people through a PA-system, speakers, and spotlights. (Source: ASD Network)
29 June 22. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has signed an agreement with TYR Tactical for the delivery of new body armour for women. Specially designed for women in terms of fit and size, the new armour will be on par with the existing Body Protection 12 in providing protection to personnel. The decision to procure body armours that suit different body types was taken against the backdrop of more women applying for the armed forces. (Source: army-technology.com)
23 June 22. Damen Naval has signed a contract with Augsburg-based propulsion specialist RENK to provide gearboxes and electric propulsion systems for German Navy’s four future F126 frigates. RENK’s new combined diesel electric and diesel (CODLAD) propulsion system will provide speed of up to 26k. The gearboxes will be used for connecting each diesel engine with the drive shaft. Apart from gearbox and propulsion system, RENK will provide advanced electric drives (AED). The second-generation AED will drive the propellers either individually or together with the diesel engine. According to Damen Naval, this is the first time the German Navy’s frigates will use this propulsion concept. With the new CODLAD configuration, the propulsion systems will provide noise reduction through soft-elastic bearings, increased power density, flexible couplings along with low weight and installation height. (Source: naval-technology.com)
28 June 22. Poland signs contract for additional Kormoran II MCMVs. Poland’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract for three additional Kormoran II (Project 258)-class mine-countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) on 26 June, the Polish Armaments Agency has announced.Under the terms of the contract, valued at around PLN2.5 bn (USD563 m), the new ships are expected to be delivered in 2026–27, and will be based with the Polish Navy’s 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla. The new vessels will supplement the three Kormoran II MCMVs on order for the Polish Navy under contracts awarded to a consortium comprising Remontowa Shipbuilding (acting as the prime contractor), Gdynia naval shipyard, OBR CTM, and the CTO Ship Design and Research Centre. The first MCMV, ORP Kormoran (601), has been in service since November 2017 and is based with the 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla’s 13th Minesweeper Squadron. The second and third ships, ORP Albatros (602) and ORP Mewa (603), were launched in October 2019 and December 2020, respectively. (Source: Janes)
25 June 22. Kongsberg To Upgrade Norwegian Skjold-Class Corvettes. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has been assigned by Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency to upgrade the combat system on the Royal Norwegian Navy’s Skjold Class, to contribute to the life extension. The contract amount is 267 MNoK. The Skjold-class is a vital asset for the Navy and in addition to a ship technical modernization, the combat system will be upgraded with a similar system that is in operation on the Nansen-class today. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is proud to deliver the combat system and to contribute to life extension of the Skjold-class. (Source: Google/https://www.navalnews.com/)
20 June 22. AAC Clyde Space has won a 0.56m euros contract for the company’s Sirius avionics for SpaceIL‘s moon mission, Beresheet 2, with the AAC Clyde Space avionics to be delivered during Q1 of 2024. SpaceIL’s previous mission, Beresheet 1, was the first private spacecraft to the Moon. Beresheet 2 is planned to launch in the second half 2024 and will consist of an orbiter and two landers. The Sirius avionics will be deployed on the two landers that are developed and manufactured by SpaceIL. (Source: Satnews)
28 June 22. Airbus has been awarded a €160m contract for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) FORUM satellite to measure heat emitted from the Earth into space. FORUM, short for Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring, will be the first satellite to observe Earth in the far-infrared part of the spectrum, providing unique measurements of the Earth’s outgoing energy to help improve understanding of the climate system. Measurements from FORUM’s spectrometer will enable scientists to compile a high resolution view of the Earth’s greenhouse effect and the properties of ice clouds and water vapour in the atmosphere. Airbus is mission prime with OHB providing the instrument.
24 June 22. The Government of Cyprus has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of six H145Ms with an option for another six aircraft. The five-bladed helicopters will be operated by the Cypriot National Guard. The H145M is a multi-role light utility military helicopter. Derived from the civil H145, the latest version of the H145M features a new, innovative five-bladed rotor that increases the helicopter’s payload by 150 kg. The design of the new bearingless main rotor also simplifies maintenance operations. Equipped with the Airbus HForce weapons system the H145M can be operated as a light attack helicopter. The weapons range includes guns, rockets and missiles are currently being integrated. Combined with Manned-Unmanned Teaming capabilities and integration into networked combat, its bandwidth makes it the most performant helicopter in its class.
01 Jul 22. Poland has signed a contract worth 8.25bn zlotys ($1.83bn) for the purchase of 32 AW149 helicopters built by the Italian company Leonardo (LDOF.MI), the Polish defence minister said on Friday. The helicopters will be built by PZL Swidnik, which belongs to Leonardo. In the face of the war in Ukraine, Poland is modernizing its armed forces and, from next year, wants to spend over 3% of gross domestic product on defence. ($1 = 4.5078 zlotys) (Source: Google/Reuters)
30 June 22. Saab has today signed a contract with and received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft. The order includes two GlobalEye aircraft with deliveries planned during 2027. The order value is approximately SEK 7.3 bn and the contract period is 2022-2027. The contract also includes options that enable FMV to order up to two additional GlobalEye. Saab’s GlobalEye features the Erieye Extended Range radar, which has a range of more than 550 kilometres, as well as a suite of advanced sensors and a command and control system integrated into the Global 6000 aircraft. GlobalEye provides a strong early warning and control capability over air, sea and land, and can provide real-time information to units in the Air Force, Army and Navy. This enables situational awareness of the surrounding areas and early detection of threats. In addition to the military capability, GlobalEye can also be used for tasks supporting civilian society, for example by leading and coordinating rescue missions during natural disasters or larger accidents at sea or on land. Saab will carry out the work in Gothenburg, Linköping, Järfälla, Arboga and Luleå, Sweden, Tampere, Finland and Centurion, South Africa.
27 June 22. The Defence Forces of Ireland (DFI) have continued to leverage their suite of SitaWare software, including SitaWare Headquarters and SitaWare Frontline, to reinforce the nation’s sovereign and economic interests, and facilitate joint operations. The deployment of the SitaWare solutions has helped to create a common situational awareness (SA) platform for the DFI, as the three service branches undertake missions close to Ireland and overseas. This creates challenges for commanding units at a distance, as well as the timely gathering and dissemination of intelligence to support responsive actions.
30 June 22. BAE Systems, York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $298,726,093 modification (PZ0108) 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 procurement of weapons and tracked combat vehicles, Army funds in the amount of $298,726,093 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
30 June 22. Bukkehave Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was awarded a $91,959,529 firm-fixed-price contract for Toyota Land Cruiser truck variants and common spare parts. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-22-D-0063).
29 June 22. FLIR Unmanned Ground Systems Inc. Chelmsford, Massachusetts, is awarded a $62,068,240 firm-fixed-price contract for the Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II. 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 Oct. 2, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-22-F-0282).
29 June 22. General Dynamics Land System Inc., Sterling Heights, Michigan, is awarded a $320,325,338 modification (P00050) to contract W56HZV-19-C-0036 for low-rate initial production and system technical services for the Mobile Protected Firepower. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Michigan; Anniston, Alabama; and Lima, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 24, 2024. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $31,310,306 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity. (Awarded June 28, 2022)
24 June 22. General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $55,851,215 firm-fixed-price contract for the acquisition of Armored Ground Mobility System Heavy Platform Vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Vienna, Austria, with an estimated completion date of June 23, 2025. Fiscal 2022 procurement, defense-wide funds in the amount of $53,069,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-22-D-0065).
28 June 22. Kopin® Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a leading provider of high-resolution microdisplays and sub-systems for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) for use in defense, enterprise and consumer applications, today announced it was awarded a contract to develop a new in-vehicle display imaging system for a U.S. prime defense contractor. This is the second in-vehicle defense development program awarded to Kopin and reflects Kopin’s recent efforts to enter this very large market. Kopin has a strong presence in U.S. defense applications with soldier-centric weapon sights and targeting systems and pilot helmets for fixed and rotary wing aircraft due in part to Kopin’s design and manufacturing expertise in precision displays solutions for use in extreme environments. The new system will integrate Kopin high-brightness, high-resolution, low-power ferroelectric liquid crystal on silicon (FLCOS) microdisplay and custom optic into a heavily ruggedized custom housing to enable operational use in extremely harsh environments. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
30 June 22. Lockheed Martin Corporation, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $307,100,000 firm-fixed-price contract for repair and recertification of Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target Advanced Capability-3 missiles. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2027. Fiscal 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Taiwan) funds in the amount of $150,400,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-22-C-0060).
30 June 22. Raytheon Company, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $62,840,724 modification (P00008) to contract W31P4Q-21-D-0007 for the procurement of Stinger missiles and associated equipment. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
28 June 22. General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO), San Diego, California, is awarded a $500,000,000 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-2229 to award long-lead-time material in support of T-AO 211 and 212. Work will be performed in Iron Mountain, Michigan (27%); San Diego, California (22%); Beloit, Wisconsin (14%); Columbia, South Carolina (8%); Arlington, Virginia (7%); Chelsea, Alabama (4%); Walpole, Massachusetts (4%), New Orleans, Louisiana (2%); and various other locations less than one percent (12%), and is expected to be completed by June 2027. Fiscal 2022 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $500,000,000 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.
28 June 22. General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO), San Diego, California, is awarded a $100,000,000 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-2235 for the procurement of long-lead-time material in support of Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) 8. Work will be performed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (31%); Beloit, Wisconsin (25%); San Diego, California (17%); Chesapeake, Virginia (7%); Iron Mountain, Michigan (7%); Hamburg, Germany (3%); Buffalo, New York (3%); Busan, Korea (2%); Chula Vista, California (2%); Houma, Louisiana (2%); and Appleton, Wisconsin (1%), and is expected to be completed by March 2026. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $73,000,000 (73%); and fiscal 2022 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $27,000,000 (27%) 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.
27 June 22. Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is awarded a $50,640,760 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-20-C-5503 to exercise options for Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) AN/SLQ-32(V)6 full rate production units. Work will be performed in Liverpool, New York (78%); and Lansdale, Pennsylvania (22%), and is expected to be completed by March 2024. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $41,241,288 (81%); and fiscal 2021 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,399,472 (19%) 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.
30 June 22. Rheinmetall to develop a new medium caliber ammunition for the U.S. Navy: The Group’s subsidiary American Rheinmetall Munitions, Inc. based in Stafford, VA has been awarded a $14.3m (€13.5m) contract under a U.S. Navy other transaction agreement (OTA) to prototype a low-cost engagement capability that increases the effectiveness of existing and future Naval gun weapon systems against air and surface threats. The resulting prototype system will lead to an Initial Operating Capability for the 30mm x 173 MK 340 MOD 0 Kinetic Energy Electronically Timed (KEET) airburst munition. The MK 340 KEET is derived from the NATO-qualified Rheinmetall 30mm x 173 Kinetic Energy Timed Fuze (KETF) cartridge currently fielded by the Australian, German, and Hungarian militaries. The system will provide significant lethality improvements and a reduction in rounds fired due to the increased first-round hit probability.
30 June 22. Aerovironment Incorporated, Simi Valley, California, was awarded a $10,082,845 firm-fixed-price contract for the Puma 3 AE Unmanned Aircraft System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Simi Valley, California, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2022 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $10,082,845 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-22-C-0062).
24 June 22. BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Rockville, Maryland, has been awarded a $12,000,000,000 cost-plus-award-fee contract for Integration Support Contract (ISC) 2.0. The main function of ISC 2.0 is to support the government as the lead systems integrator and augment government resources for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) weapon system systems engineering and integration and professional services. Work will be primarily performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 24, 2040. This award is the result of a competitive request for proposals through publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and five offers were received. The Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center, Hill AFB, Utah is the contract activity (FA8207-22-D-0001).
27 June 22. Hexagon US Federal announces today that it has been selected by U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center (USASMDC-TC) for a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to explore space-based satellite systems and advanced sensor technology to enhance U.S. Army systems and missions. Through the CRADA, Hexagon US Federal and USASMDC-TC will establish a joint team to research and prototype airborne and space system paths to collect 3D high resolution Single Photon LiDAR (SPL) imagery in support of Army mission requirements. The resulting technology will offer first-of-its-kind, worldwide target acquisition-quality resolution, points, and area collection with near-real-time on-board processing. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
29 June 22. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $429,174,259 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of UH-60 Black Hawk 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 June 28, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-22-D-0002).
27 June 22. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $2,278,598,185 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related support for fiscal years 2022-2026, including options for an additional 135 aircraft. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2027. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $478,127,856 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-22-C-0010). (Awarded June 26, 2022)
24 June 22. Northrop Grumman Corp., Chandler, Arizona, is being awarded a firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded other transaction prototype agreement to exercise an option. The value of this modification is $41,410,000, which increases the total value of the agreement to $60,367,035. Under this modification, the performer will continue to further develop and refine their concept leading to a system requirements review – prototype (SRR-P). The work will be performed in Chandler, Arizona. The modification period of performance is from June 27, 2022, through Feb. 15, 2023. This initial agreement was competitively awarded using other transaction authority provided by 10 U.S. Code 4022 through the Enhanced Hypersonic Defense Broad Agency Announcement with Glide Phase Interceptor Special Topic, HQ0851-21-S-0001. Research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $36,982,387 are being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HQ08512290002).
24 June 22. Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded other transaction prototype agreement to exercise an option. The value of this modification is $41,499,870, which increases the total value of the agreement to $62,468,454. Under this modification, the performer will continue to further develop and refine their concept leading to a system requirements review – prototype (SRR-P). The work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona; El Dorado Hills, California; Tewksbury, Massachusetts; and Huntsville, Alabama. The modification period of performance is from June 27, 2022, through Feb. 15, 2023. This initial agreement was competitively awarded using other transaction authority provided by 10 U.S. Code 4022 through the Enhanced Hypersonic Defense Broad Agency Announcement with Glide Phase Interceptor Special Topic, HQ0851-21-S-0001. Research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $36,996,720 are being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HQ08512290003).
29 June 22. Mercury Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, announced it received a $10 m award to provide an innovative pilot controller interface for a leading prime contractor’s airborne radio modernization program. The radio system, built specifically for missions that depend on beyond line-of-sight range, requires the space efficient, affordable and modular communications connection that Mercury’s processing solution delivers. The award was received in the Company’s fiscal 2022 fourth quarter and is expected to be delivered over the next several years. As more and more data require processing and management, simplifying the communications control interface helps aircrews make mission-critical decisions more quickly and with confidence.
29 June 22. Mercury Mission Systems LLC, Torrance, California, is awarded a $25,978,018 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N6833522F0005) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N6833519G0041). This order provides non-recurring engineering for the development and delivery of flight qualification units for the Joint Avionics Reconfigurable Visual Information System digital video mapping computer upgrade that will interface with the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G mission computer, data transfer unit and other avionics in support of Small Business Innovation Research Phase III topic #N152-096 titled “Miniaturized, Fault Tolerant Decentralized Mission Processing Architecture for Next Generation Rotorcraft Avionics Environment.” Additionally, this effort will provide high definition video interfaces to two large area displays (LADs) with digital moving maps and other data. This upgrade will provide Aeronautical Radio Incorporated 818 compliant video output over high-speed video network at the full resolution and refresh rate required by the two LADs. Work will be performed in Torrance, California (95.2%); Atlanta, Georgia (2.7%); and Eden Prairie, Minnesota (2.1%), and is expected to be completed in August 2024. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $16,259,924; and fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,381,091 will be obligated at time of award, $4,381,091 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
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29 June 22. Indian Army orders mountain variant of WLR. The Indian Army has ordered six units of a new “mountain variant” of a weapon location radar (WLR) system developed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). Speaking to Janes at a recent event, Anandi Ramalingam, BEL’s chairman and managing director, said that six Swathi Mark II units were ordered. “The six units ordered are the mountain version of the WLR, which are lighter in weight,” Ramalingam said. “The Indian Army operates around 30 of the older Mark I variants.” According to a BEL source, the Mark I variant, which is spread across 8×8 wheeled Tatra trucks, comprises two vehicles weighing 30 and 28 tons. The Mark II variant, which is based across two 6×6 wheeled Tatra trucks, weighs 18 tons each. “This is to satisfy the army’s primary requirement that the platform should comply with bridging capacities,” the source said. (Source: Janes)
29 June 22. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) was awarded an approximately $220m contract to supply precision guidance kits for airborne munitions to a country in Asia-Pacific. The contract will be performed over a period of 15 months. Under the contract, Elbit Systems will supply the Lizard precision guidance kit for general purpose airborne warheads. The Lizard is a laser-based precision guidance kit enabling general purpose airborne warheads, of both Western and Eastern versions, to engage targets, including fast moving ones, with high accuracy.
30 June 22. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems” or “the Company”) was awarded a contract valued at $548m to supply military-wide multi-domain combat networked warfare capabilities to the Armed Forces of a country in Asia-Pacific. The contract will be performed over a four-year period. Under the contract, Elbit Systems will provide an integrated solution comprising of the ELBIT TIGER-XTM networking middleware; a TORCH-XTM based suite of airborne, land and ship-borne Command and Control applications; as well as advanced waveforms and a wide range of E-LynXTM Software Defined Radio (SDR) systems including airborne, vehicular, handheld, and shipborne configurations. The program will include extensive co-development efforts and transfer of know-how. These comprehensive combat networked capabilities are intended to improve operational effectiveness, decision making and interoperability across all domains of operation, platforms and systems. Elbit Systems is engaged in networked warfare programs in several countries, among them Switzerland, Israel, the UK, Sweden, Canada and others.
30 June 22. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $216,727,418 modification (P00284) to contract W56HZV-20-C-0050 to support fielding the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Family of Vehicles for Foreign Military Sales. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2023. Fiscal 2020 Air Force procurement, Air Force procurement Operation Inherent Resolve, Navy procurement, United States Marine Corps procurement and other procurement, Army funds; fiscal 2021 Air Force procurement Operation Inherent Resolve, Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, and operation and maintenance, Army funds; and fiscal 2022 Air Force procurement European Deterrence, Air Force procurement Operation Inherent Resolve, Navy procurement, United States Marine Corps procurement, Foreign Military Sales (Brazil, Lithuania and Montenegro), other procurement, Army, and research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $216,727,418 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
28 June 22. Hyundai to supply Philippine Navy with six OPVs in USD573 m contract. Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has secured a contract to supply the Philippine Navy with six new 2,400-tonne offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The contract, which was signed with the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) on 27 June, is valued at USD573m, HHI disclosed in a media statement on the same day. The OPV will have an overall length of 94.4 m and a width of 14.3 m. It will have a maximum speed of 22 kt, a cruising speed of 15 kt, and a maximum range of 5,500 n miles. In terms of weapons, each OPV will be equipped with a 76 mm naval gun in the primary position and two 30 mm secondary guns, said HHI. The vessel will have a flight deck that can accommodate one helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles. “The OPV was designed by incorporating the Philippine Navy’s OPV requirements to the proven Jose Rizal-class frigate platform,” said the company in reference to the service’s two Jose Rizal-class vessels, which were also supplied by HHI. (Source: Janes)
30 June 22. Textron Aviation Defense, Wichita, Kansas, has been awarded a $90,686,042, bilateral modification (PZ0011) to previously awarded FA8617-C-21-6235 for the Tunisia T-6C aircraft procurement effort. The contract modification is for procurement of eight T-6C aircraft, spare parts, spare engines, aircraft support equipment, FSR support, Ground Based Training System (GBTS), Operational Flight Trainer (OFT), Computer Based Training Lab (CBT), interim contractor support, personal life support equipment, country specific technical orders, installation of GBTS, OFT, and CBT, and ferry and support as well as definitization of the FA8617-21-C-6235 undefintized contract action. Work will be performed in Wichita, Kansas, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2026. This modification involves Foreign Military Sales to Tunisia. Tunisia FMS funds are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $105,422,012. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
27 June 22. Researchers at the University of Sydney have secured an $830,000 investment from Melbourne-based DMTC Limited and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), to lead a collaboration to enhance atmospheric transport and dispersion modelling and simulation tools used to predict the spread of airborne hazards in urban environments. Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Ben Thornber, will lead the four-year project with researchers in aerospace and mechanical engineering, field robotics and civil engineering from the University of Sydney with support from Defence. The DMTC project aims to deliver faster than real-time simulation tools to improve the modelling of how airborne chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) agents disperse in complex environments, creating a new paradigm for modelling, and enabling faster interventions against CBR releases. It aims to improve accuracy in the predictive modelling tools that are currently used by Defence and the wider hazard-modelling community for forecasting urban dispersion with only minimal increases in simulation run-times. Defence uses hazard-prediction models to estimate the effects of CBR releases and provide time-critical information to support effective planning and response activities. Improved hazard-prediction models are required to more accurately characterise the spread of a potential hazard in an urban environment in near real-time. The proposed modelling suite is named Guwara, which means ‘high wind’ in the language of the Dharug and Iyora people in the Sydney region. (Source: Rumour Control)