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26 May 11. Boeing Defence UK announced seven UK companies that will support its efforts as the MoD Delivery Partner for the Logistics Network Enabled Capability (Log NEC), a contract awarded in November. They are Ark Continuity, BearingPoint, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM UK, Miro Technologies, and Steria. The subcontractors will provide their expertise as Boeing assists the MOD in the transformation of its end-to-end logistics support chain and integrates more than 200 software applications used to manage logistics data. Their contributions follow:
. Ark Continuity will lease and provide managed service of two data centres
. BearingPoint will provide an analytics capability and the managed service of the
Enterprise Data Warehouse to integrate MOD data
. EMC will provide IT hardware and software, and manage the implementation of
the data centre storage and backup solution
. Hewlett-Packard will provide IT services and hardware; Break Fix Service for
legacy hardware; and implementation and support for the service desk
management tool; hardware; and manage some of the legacy Land applications
. IBM UK will provide IT services, hardware, and software, as well as management of information exchange services and engineering and asset management system for the air environment

13 May 11. Finmeccanica and Tata Sons apply to form JV in India
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and private Indian group Tata Sons will apply to Indian authorities later this month for clearance to commence defence production activities. The Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) published a notice on 11 May outlining plans by the two companies. They will initially focus on the manufacture of the single-engine AW119 utility helicopter for Indian and export markets, plan to undertake such activities through Indian Rotorcraft: a joint venture (JV) set up in 2010. (Source: Jane’s, JDW)

25 May 11. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), a leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), tactical reconnaissance radars, and surveillance systems, and CAE today announced that the companies have signed an exclusive teaming agreement to offer the Predator® B UAS to meet Canada’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) needs. Under the program presently referred to as the JUSTAS program, the Canadian Government will establish a requirement to field and support interoperable, network-enabled UASs to provide ISTAR and all-weather precision-strike capabilities in support of its operations worldwide. GA-ASI and CAE will jointly compete for this program, with GA-ASI serving as the prime contractor supporting a U.S. Foreign Military Sale (FMS) procurement. The teaming arrangement between GA-ASI and CAE is designed to offer the best combination of experience and proven capability to meet program and Canadian-specific requirements while reducing technical, cost, and schedule risks. As the first-tier Canadian subcontractor, CAE would have overall responsibility for a comprehensive In-Service Support (ISS) solution, including operator and mission training systems; integration with Canada’s existing Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) infrastructure; systems engineering support; and lifecycle and integrated logistics support services. CAE would also have responsibility for assembling a pan-Canadian team of companies to develop and support any Canadian-specific requirements and content for Canada’s national ISTAR capabilities.

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