28 Nov 12. The United Kingdom’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded IBM with a contract that will help it gain greater insight and intelligence in relation to its entire property portfolio. DIO, an operational arm of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), is responsible for the management of some 4,000 separate sites and includes military barracks; land, air and naval bases; and military training grounds. Using IBM’s smarter buildings software and services, DIO expects to reduce building operating costs and find ways to better utilize its existing real estate.
25 Nov 12. MoD plans £4bn estate outsourcing. The Ministry of Defence is preparing to hand a further £4.35bn bonanza of contracts to the private sector next month by outsourcing the facilities management of military establishments throughout England and Wales. Babcock, Carillion and KBR are among companies thought to have expressed an early-stage interest in the work, which involves managing the entire military estate for the MoD, including 93,000 acres of office blocks, barracks, homes and dining facilities. (Source: FT.com)
26 Nov 12. Raytheon Company has opened its new all-up-round Standard Missile production facility in Huntsville, Ala. At the cutting-edge factory, workers will complete final assembly and testing of the company’s Standard Missile-3 and SM-6 interceptors. Raytheon executives from around the country joined government customers and elected leaders at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new 70,000 square-foot facility located on the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal. The new facility features the latest tools and processes for missile integration and testing. Factory technicians will use special transport vehicles for moving missiles inside the factory. The laser-guided vehicles handle all hardware transfers necessary, allowing technicians to concentrate on other aspects of production. Powered by a lithium battery, the transporters use their own internal positioning system for safely and efficiently maneuvering through the facility to the workstations.
28 Nov 12. Huntington Ingalls Hopes to Convert Naval Shipyard for Energy Sector. The head of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (HII) said Wednesday that it is still looking for partners to convert a Louisiana naval shipyard earmarked for closure into a manufacturing plant for the energy sector. The company plans to close the Avondale yard in when it completes a transport ship for the U.S. Navy next year, but Chief Executive Mike Petters said a shortage of skilled workers in the energy infrastructure sector offers potential to redeploy a workforce that has been shrunk to around 3,000. (Source: glstrade.com/WSJ)
03 Dec 12. Lockheed Martin delivered its first Digital Range Training System to the U.S. Army for live fire gunnery qualifications by armored vehicle crews and has begun development on a third range under a $13.8m contract award. The Digital Range Training System provides a realistic combat environment for Abrams, Bradley and Stryker crews. The initial range is now operational at Fort Bliss, Texas. A second range is on schedule for delivery to the Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, in early 2013. The Army also awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for a third range in September 2012 for delivery to Fort Bliss by the end of 2013.
30 Nov 12. Ramora UK, one of the UK’s leading Bomb Disposal companies, announces today that the Company will be moving from its current base in Portsmouth to new headquarters in Fareham in December 2012. Growing demand for the Company’s services – which include the practical removal of land and maritime ordnance, consultancy and training, has led to the expansion of the Company and the need for larger and improved premises. In addition to more office space, the premises include a lecture theatre, training areas, classrooms and the new site will incorporate Ramora UK’s 24/7 Emergency Response Centre and emergency control r