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Aug 02. The UK MoD’s Future Artillery Weapon Systems (FAWS) IPT has selected Insys Ltd to provide the Lightweight Mobile Artillery Weapon System Rocket (LIMAWS) Assessment Phase (AP) programme. Subject to receipt of internal approval, the AP programme will validate data obtained by simulation in the Concept Phase with technology demonstrations and establish forward programme plans and costs in aid of Main Gate submission in 2004.

Insys Ltd will be expected to consider the Code of Best Practice relating to supply chain relationships. Innovative solutions to effectiveness and efficiency improvements will also be a key element to any possible future contract.

Comment: This is good news for Insys having beaten BAE SYSTEMS to the next phase of the LIMAWS programme. BATTLESPACE understands that BAE SYSTEMS submitted a different solution to that proposed by Insys. Insys would not comment with regard to the value of this contract, as the company is still in negotiations with the MoD. The next stage will be the production of a working prototype which is expected to be based on the SUPACAT HMT vehicle, chosen by both consortia. Should the prototype prove successful a production contract will be negotiated. BATTLESPACE understands that Lockheed Martin is still keen to submit its HIMARS system, based on the Stewart and Stevenson truck as an alternative to LIMAWS.

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