17 Jun 08. Two world leading shelter system and infrastructure providers have signed a formal teaming agreement at Eurosatory. Marshall SV (MSV) the Cambridge UK based shelter supplier and Camp Supply International (CSI) the Skien, Norway based camp infrastructure supplier announced a partnering agreement to work together on joint marketing, sales and capability provision. Both MSV and CSI produce and integrate items into shelters but these activities involve different segments of the market and different items of equipment. The systems provided by CSI Norway are container-based solutions for kitchen, sanitary, laundry, demolition, waste treatment, accommodation and administration whilst MSV’s solutions are primarily in the technological sector, for example operating theatres, command centres and UAV ground stations. The alliance combines the strengths of both CSI and MSV to deliver innovative deployable infrastructures to customers. The complimentary fit between the two companies allows them to maximise their strengths in the solutions they provide. MSV and CSI will co-operate to identify future markets and sales prospects for their shelter solutions, and work together to develop business and sales opportunities.
24 Jun 08. Turkey and Italy launched a project on June 24 for the joint manufacture of up to 91 attack helicopters for the Turkish military, worth about $3bn (€1.9bn). The project, which envisages the co-production of 50 helicopters with an option for another 41, will be led by Turkey’s TUSAS, with another Turkish firm, Aselsan, and Italy’s AgustaWestland joining as sub-contractors. The Italian company, which won a 2007 tender for the project, will provide the engine and flight control and monitoring systems, while the remaining components, including the software, will be supplied by its Turkish partners, officials said. The helicopter, named T129, will be based on AgustaWestland’s A129 model. The project is planned to be completed in 114 months, with the first helicopter ready in 60 months. (Source: Defense News)
25 Jun 08. EADS and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) based in Seattle, USA, signed an agreement that will allow EADS to leverage INCOSE’s Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) programme. Through the terms of this agreement, EADS and INCOSE will collaborate in the granting of the status of CSEP to appropriately experienced EADS systems engineers. EADS considers systems engineering an important strategic competence and an enabler to successfully master the increased complexities faced over its entire product lifecycles. INCOSE is a not-for-profit professional organization with a strong basis in the United States, but serving about 7000 members in over 22 countries. INCOSE’s mission is to advance the state of the art and practice of systems engineering in industry, academia, and government by promoting interdisciplinary, scaleable approaches to produce appropriate solutions that meet societal needs.
16 Jun 08. Rheinmetall Defence and BAE Systems recently signed an MOU to equip the German Air Force Tactical Air Command and Control Service with active long-range radar systems (project ARED). The cooperation agreement involves, as the first phase, the equipping of the Tactical Air Command and Control Service with six new systems. Within the ARED programme, Rheinmetall Defence as lead contractor will be responsible for the entire infrastructure, installation and integration and life cycle support. BAE Systems will deliver radar units of the type “Commander SL”. This is the new solid-state version of the successful Commander Sensor, a static or tactical long-range 3D radar that is
currently being delivered to the Royal Air Force in its static configuration. The MOU between BAE Systems, which can look back on more than 70 years of experience with radar systems, and Rheinmetall Defence, a system integration house of international standing, is a