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10 Jan 07. General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas was awarded a $424.5m contract in late December 2006 by the Spanish Army for the supply of Long Range (LR) SPIKE Missile Systems. General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas is one of four companies that comprise General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics. General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas, the prime contractor, has an agreement with the Israeli company RAFAEL for the manufacture of the systems. Approximately 60 percent of the program work will be completed in Spain, where General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas will manufacture system components and perform final assembly and testing. The SPIKE-LR is a lightweight, shoulder-launched multi-purpose missile system with a range of up to 4,000 meters. The contract calls for the manufacture of 260 launchers and 2,600 missiles, plus integrated logistics support (ILS). Work under the contract is expected to be complete by 2014.

09 Jan 07. Formation, Inc. has signed VSYSTEMS AB, a subsidiary of VMETRO (OSE: VME), to market its ToughDisk® Rugged Hard Disk products for commercial and military applications in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The agreement enables Formation to expand its marketing reach to better meet the growing demand for rugged data storage. “VSYSTEMS’ main customers are system integrators and OEMs of high-end embedded computer systems used to solve the most computer-intensive signal processing problems, including electronic warfare, telecommunications, and radar,” says Otto Johnsson, Managing Director of VSYSTEMS. “The ToughDisk product line dovetails nicely with our rugged product offerings to bring cost-effective and robust data storage to the aerospace, military and telecommunications industries.” Formation’s ToughDisk Rugged Hard Disks provide a low-cost alternative to solid state data storage built specifically for extreme environments. The disks perform reliably in temperature, shock, vibration, humidity and dust conditions that would destroy conventional hard disks. (Source: ASD Network)

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