08 Oct 08. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk) has taken out an enterprise licence for Systematic IRIS (military messaging and interoperability) and Systematic SitaWare (scalable command and control) Suite of products. The agreement enables all elements of the Swedish defence force to utilise Systematic’s products as needed and without restriction. Sweden’s ambition of being able to readily participate in international operations was a motivating factor for the decision for their selection of Systematic, as all products in the SitaWare and Iris family are based on international standards, are available off-the-shelf and scale the complete chain of command. The Swedish Armed Forces are familiar with Systematic’s capabilities, as the Swedish led, Nordic Battle Group, have been utilizing SitaWare and IRIS products with a number of parallel systems to great effect over the past two years, which also contributed to selection of Systematic. It is envisaged that Sweden will begin to roll out the first implementation of Systematic’s products during the course of 2009.
01 Oct 08. Armor Designs Inc., the knowledge-based designer and manufacturer of composite armour products targeting numerous sectors,
has entered into a strategic alliance with former Boeing Executives, Andy Logan who was responsible for the “Phantom Works” programme and Chuck Vehlow, responsible for Apache programme at Boeing. “Phantom Works” is
Boeing’s elite engineering and science team, tasked with developing new technologies for Boeing. Andy and Chuck will advise “Scorpion Works”, the
Company’s advanced R&D team, on such topics as key personnel hiring, defence science, board issues, system integrator alliances, organisational structuring, product and technology development and programme requirements achievement.
06 Oct 08. Thales UK signed an agreement with Rolls-Royce, Converteam and L-3 for the manufacture of an integrated power and propulsion system for the UK’s Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) programme. Today’s announcement, worth a total of £235m, is a vital milestone in the development and manufacture of the 65,000 tonne vessels – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales – which are due to enter service in 2014 and 2016 respectively. As a founding member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA), Thales UK has responsibility for leading the power and propulsion element of CVF and through this alliance approach, has been instrumental in bringing together these leading companies in their specific fields to present a collective arrangement with a single common objective. As part of this agreement, Thales is responsible for procurement, including contracting directly with Wartsila for the supply of the vessel’s main and emergency diesel driven generators. The company is also responsible for systems design, overall systems integration, ship integration (with shipyards), programme management and safety analysis. Rolls-Royce will supply the gas turbines, shaftlines/propellers, steering gear/rudders, stabilisers and low voltage system. Converteam will provide the high voltage system and propulsion converters/motors and L-3 will supply the integrated platform management system.
08 Oct 08. Alliant Techsystems and FN Herstal (FNH) of Belgium announced today they have entered into cooperative agreements that strengthen their respective capabilities and proven expertise as designers, developers, producers and suppliers of small caliber weapons, ammunition, ammunition components and tactical accessories. These agreements team together the world’s largest ammunition manufacturing entity and technology leader with one of the world’s leading suppliers of small arms. The agreements allow both companies the ability to provide integrated solutions to military, law enforcement and commercial customers to ensure mission success. The weapon system competency across the two companies is diverse, and will promote cr