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05 Aug 15. UK DIO begins third construction stage of RAF’s A400 maintenance facility. The UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has commenced the steelwork stage of a new aircraft hangar at Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton as part of the construction of a new A400 Atlas aircraft maintenance facility. Under the third phase of the project, DIO’s contractor Balfour Beatty, along with Billingtons Steel, has lifted into place the first of the 90t, 10m-deep primary trusses. The new development is the first construction contract that DIO awarded under its Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC) national framework.
Balfour Beatty Delivery Unit (South) managing director Andy Duff said: “The start of the 3,000t hangar and office steel frame is a major milestone on this strategically important build.
“The overall planning, design and procurement of the job are very well progressed.”
DIO has already completed and delivered the first two stages of this new maintenance facility.
Phase one of the project, which completed in June 2013, saw an investment of £750,000 for the relocation of a colony of great crested newts and provision of new emergency water storage.
With a cost of £13.2m, the second phase involved risk mitigation works including site clearance, ground works to remediate and level the site and service diversions.
Completed in March this year, this phase also covered the re-location and provision of new storm water attenuation tanks and new pavement-quality concrete aprons.
Phase three of this project will include the construction of the three bay hangar, gantry cranes and aircraft ground equipment store, as well as forward support stores including engine and tyre bays and a three story office/amenities block. With an investment of £42m, the latest phase is scheduled for completion in May 2016. The final phase will see the completion of the facility’s internal fit-out. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
30 Jul 15. Indonesian government calls for urgent completion of submarine basing facilities. A senior government official has called on the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) to accelerate work on its Palu naval base located in Central Sulawesi in anticipation of the service’s first new Type 209/1200 Chang Bogo-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK). The call was made by the country’s co-ordinating minister for political, legal, and security affairs, Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno, during his visit to Central Sulawesi, local media reported. Palu naval base was officially opened in April 2013 and will be home to the TNI-AL’s fleet of new Chang Bogo-class SSKs once they arrive from South Korea. The service is scheduled to receive the first boat in early 2017 and the second boat by the end of that year, according to TNI-AL sources. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
05 Aug 15. Bangladesh seeks foreign partner to produce LCT for army. The Bangladeshi government is seeking a foreign partner to build at least one roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) landing craft tank (LCT) vessel in-country for the Bangladesh Army, an official from state-owned Khulna Shipyard has told IHS Jane’s. “The selected shipbuilder must complete the construction at either the Khulna or Narayangonj shipyards,” the official said on 6 August. According to tender documents provided to IHS Jane’s , the LCT should be at least 65 m long and able to accommodate at least eight main battle tanks (MBTs), each measuring 9.7 m in length, 3.66m in width, and 3.2m in height. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 Aug 15. Vietnam commissions third and fourth Kilo-class submarines. The People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy has c