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10 Jun 11. DEE forms strategic alliance with EPS. Coventry-based Development Engineering & Enterprise Limited (DEE-Ltd) has established a strategic alliance with Enhanced Protection Systems Limited (EPS), which is located in Moira, Derbyshire. DEE has been assisting EPS on a number of vehicle design programmes for some time. DEE, a privately-owned British company, was founded in 2005 by Neil McAdam and made its military vehicles debut with its WeeViL (Wheeled Vehicle Light) later the same year. It also subsequently revealed its radical new concept ANT programme (All-TerraiN Transporter). It was one of three companies which was down-selected for the UK Mod’s Light Logistics Support Vehicle competition, which led to the current in-service Springer platform. McAdam is an extreme mobility vehicle engineering specialist and has been closely involved with other platform programmes in the past. Within the new strategic alliance, DEE will bring its chassis engineering, mobility and vehicle performance experience together with EPS’s manufacturing and build capability. DEE’s non-defence activities, which include concept and hybrid development for mainstream automotive OEMs and a range of Toyota-derived high performance engines and gearboxes for the Kit-Car and low volume markets will continue at DEE’s Coventry facility.

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

14 Apr 11. Schutt Industries, the leading manufacturer of trailers for the US Military, including the Light Tactical Trailer (LTT) announced the appointment of OVL as the distributor for their products in the Middle East and Africa. OVL has extensive experience in both territories where they are the exclusive distributor for AM General parts. Along with distribution duties, OVL will perform other niche market opportunity specific tasks. (Source: ASD Network)

30 Jun 11. Textron Systems and Rheinmetall Canada have agreed to a teaming arrangement to pursue the Canadian Army tactical armoured patrol vehicle (TAPV) programme. According to the teaming arrangement, Textron would provide programme and configuration management, coordinate Canadian subcontractors’ vehicle integration activities, long-term product support, and implement the industrial regional benefits programme. Rheinmetall would perform multiple integration functions and final vehicle assembly to include the remote weapons station and government furnished equipment, and long-term system support. Textron’s proposed TAPV aims to protect troops from roadside bombs and blasts while providing large power reserves for future electronics enhancements to deliver survivability, mobility, versatility and lethality to the user.
The proposed vehicle has been extensively tested t

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