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29 Aug 17. Countermeasure Dispenser Trainer
B2B Quote Ref no: B2B546959
Location: South West
Register Interest Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017
Submit Documents Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017
Provide a Training structure that will replicate the Countermeasure Dispenser Modules (2x) found at the lowest point and (2x) found at the highest point on the A400M aircraft.
25 Aug 17. Mobile Ground Power Unit
B2B Quote Ref no: B2B546985
Register Interest Deadline: Friday, September 08, 2017
Submit Documents Deadline: Friday, September 08, 2017
Supply a mobile ground power unit.
29 Aug 17. Romania, Bulgaria eye corvettes to boost Black Sea capacities. Romania’s Ministry of National Defence has unveiled plans to acquire new corvettes for the country’s Navy to boost its capacities in the Black Sea. This accompanies efforts by neighboring ally Bulgaria, which is also pursuing a program to acquire new vessels.
The Romanian ministry has submitted a draft bill to the country’s parliament under which four vessels are to be purchased in a deal estimated to be worth €1.6bn (U.S. $1.93bn). The procurement is scheduled for 2018 to 2024, according to the ministry. Under the plan, the acquisition will be implemented through the state-run defense company Romtehnica, which acts as an intermediary in various contracts for the supply of foreign-made weapons and military equipment.
The draft bill states that the selected contractor must own a shipyard in Romania, located “on the Black Sea and/or on the Danube river” shore and must be owned by a company headquartered in a NATO member state, according to the information obtained by local daily Romania Libera. This means that the only admissible participant of the planned tender is Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group, which operates a facility in Galati, in eastern Romania.
Neighboring Bulgaria has also launched a tender to purchase two new corvettes, with some 820m leva (U.S. $503m) allocated for the acquisition. The potential acquisition of Gowind-class vessels, produced by France’s DCNS and armed with missiles made by MBDA, was discussed during the recent visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Bulgaria, as reportedby Defense News.
Both Romania and Bulgaria have accelerated their Navy modernization efforts since Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula in 2014.
(Source: Defense News)
29 Aug 17. Trump’s remarks on Boeing Super Hornet confuse Finnish fighter competition. A gaffe by U.S. President Donald Trump has cast confusion over Finland’s fighter replacement program, FRP-HX, and the connected integral process. The U.S. president said during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in Washington on Monday that Finland had agreed to purchase “a large number” of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets from Boeing. However, Finland’s FRP-HX competition has yet to even reach its midway stage. The competition underway to replace the Finnish Air Force’s aging fleet of Boeing F/A-18 Hornets with a new NATO-compatible multi-role combat aircraft.
Trump’s remarks have caused shock and amazement within political circles in Helsinki. The Finnish government, at the outset of the FRP-HX, guaranteed manufacturers transparency and a level playing field for all candidate aircraft.
Finland cracks down on direct lobbying for HX fighter
Finland’s Ministry of Defence is blocking direct lobbying efforts by companies vying for its fighter replacement contract to add greater transparency to the selection and decision-making process.
“President Trump’s remarks are baffling. There are still years to run in the fighter replacement competition before a final decision is reached. If the leadership of the United States harbors the idea t