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12 Oct 10. BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa and Iveco Defence
Vehicles announced today they have signed a teaming agreement to pursue the Vistula project for the South African Army. This cooperation will bring together the expertise of two leaders in the defence industry. Both
BAE Systems and Iveco have a global presence and experience which, combined with an appreciation of local needs, enables them to provide a strong service network, easy-to-repair technology, and prompt spare-part availability worldwide. The intent of both companies is to generate consistent engineering and manufacturing work within South Africa. Both companies already support the South African Army vehicle fleet.

12 Oct 10. The Boeing Company and partner iRobot Corp. today announced that they have received an initial contract with the US Air Force to provide Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV) to its Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. The contract calls for up to 70 model 310 SUGV robots, with an initial value of $3.84m. The Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract will run through September 2012. (Source: Shephard)

05 Oct 10. L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation (L-3 IEC) has entered into a strategic teaming agreement with Applied Energetics, Inc. to pursue DoD contracts involving counter-IED systems. Under the terms of this agreement, Applied Energetics will serve as prime contractor with IEC positioned as subcontractor. The two companies will collaborate on several levels, including proposal development, strategic marketing, systems engineering and support services.

07 Oct 10. Cassidian and NEXThink announced the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement on the integration of NEXThink software into the solutions and offerings of Cassidian Cyber Security Solutions. The agreement will enable the two companies to offer their respective customers new and innovative services in the defence, aviation, space and security markets. Through this agreement the two firms are combining their expertise and their human, technical and logistical resources to provide unique end-to-end service offerings, especially as regards technology for computer crime prevention, risk management and the setting up of network and security operations centres (NOC and SOC). By integrating the other company’s innovative solutions in its cyber security packages, Cassidian enables NEXThink to forge ahead with its expansion on the international defence and security markets. NEXThink brings Cassidian genuine expertise on the steering of governance, risk handling, and information and communication system performance. Specifically, the NEXThink V3 solution provides instant visibility and documents the activities and habitual practices at all workstations, thus facilitating the secure, optimised management of those workstations – which is a prerequisite for reducing incidents and the cost of ownership, enhancing user experience and ensuring that the workstations remain secure and operational. Founded in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2004, NEXThink has become the leading desktop monitoring company with its NEXThink V3 solution, winner of numerous international awards, which permits real-time collection, modelling and analysis of all actions taken and connections made with the company networks and servers from individual workstations. With more than 500,000 licences sold, NEXThink has established a presence with over 80 major customers including the whole of the French Ministry of Defence and other large institutional accounts.

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