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CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF12Jul07

EUROPE

LAND

05 Jul 07. A consortium led by Filtronic, and including QinetiQ, Forge Europa, Thomas Swan and Cambridge University, has won a three year contract within the DTI technology programme, worth just under £3m, to develop a route to low cost LEDs for solid state lighting.

12 Jul 07. QinetiQ has secured from the MOD’s Research Acquisition Organisation a five-year, £9.3m programme to engage with industry and academia and focus on de-risking future procurement and raising technology readiness levels (TRLs) for the development and exploitation of advanced Electronic Surveillance (ES) technology.

13 Jul 07. The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has selected Thales at the beginning of 2007 for the preparation of the future SOCRATE NG* military telecommunication network. Thales will act as prime contractor of the consortium that also includes Orange Business Services, Alcatel-Lucent and consulting firm Cogisys. One year from now, the project team will submit a technical and financial proposal to the DGA for the development, production, deployment and the support of the SOCRATE NG network. Deployment is scheduled to begin in 2010.

SEA

Jul 07. Germany orders four new F125 frigates. The German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has awarded the ARGE F125 consortium, led by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, a contract to build four new multipurpose frigates for the German Navy. The programme, estimated to be valued around EUR2bn (£1.35bn), will from December 2014 deliver four of the new 6,800-ton frigates specifically designed to support multinational crisis reaction and stabilisation operations such as those conducted by German F122 (Bremen-class) and F123 (Brandenburg-class) frigates in the Eastern Mediterranean off Lebanon’s coast. (Source: Jane’s, JDW)

13 Jul 07. HMS, world leader in counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) training, analysis and consultancy, was awarded a contract to provide specialist Weapons Intelligence Training (WIT) to the Danish and Norwegian Naval explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) squadrons. The agreement will involve the HMS training team providing a thorough education in the area of weapons intelligence over the next year. This achievement comes on the back of successful HMS WIT training courses completed with the Norwegian Army, US Armed Forces and NATO earlier this year.

Jul 07. Gabler to supply submarine communications to Germany’s new Type 212As. Gabler Maschinenbau is to supply its Callisto B submarine communication system for integration in the German Navy’s two-boat second batch of Type 212A air-independent propulsion submarines. The Lubeck-based company has been awarded a production contract by the German Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) following the completion of a technology demonstration programme and associated trials. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

AIR

11 Jul 07. Saab Communication has signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration for the delivery of a communications network with command and control functions for the Nordic Battle Group’s helicopter detachment. This is the latest contract in a series of deliveries by Saab of qualified transportable and mobile communications solutions for Nordic Battle Group. “The contract is yet more evidence that our products meet the customer’s requirements and we are looking for more co-workers within systems design and project management to reinforce our ongoing and future customer projects,” says Ulf Campner, Divisional manager Saab Communication. (Source: ASD Network)

USA

LAND

09 Jul 07. DRS Technologies, Inc. received a $19.6m contract to provide rugged Applique Computer Systems and peripheral equipment for the U.S. Army’s Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below (FBCB2) program. The order was placed by the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (CELCMC) at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. The company’s DRS T

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