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02 Jul 14. UK MoD Selects Marshall for Deployable Infrastructure Support. Support for a range of containerised deployable systems for the UK Ministry of Defence is to be provided by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, with G3 Systems as its partner, following the award of an enabling contract. Named ‘Project Amphora’, this framework contract will last up to seven years and will enable numerous and varied equipments to continue to operate successfully as Force 2020 develops. At the heart of Project Amphora is a contractor logistic support (CLS) service which will ensure that the deployable shelter systems are fully supported to demanding operational levels.
“Marshall and G3 Systems have worked very closely developing a unique and highly responsive offering before jointly bidding in a well competed bidding process,” said Steve Fitz-Gerald, Chief Executive of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group. “The transition period for the contract to providing a full operational capability is very short and as the suppliers of the majority of the UK’s shelter infrastructure, we were able to submit a low risk, fully compliant solution which gave the MOD confidence that operational capability would be achieved in the required time frame at an acceptable cost.” The contract includes the support of a number of deployable systems ranging from AFV Power Pack Repair Facilities, to Deployable Engineering Workshops to C4ISTAR working environments.
“This contract win reflects the efforts made by both companies to integrate our approach and offer the MOD a true partnership and best value for money,” said Peter Gleave, Managing Director of G3 Systems. “The success of the team proves that SMEs can combine their resources to match the breadth and depth of major prime contractors, whilst retaining the expertise and agility associated with SMEs”, added Mr Gleave.
Work on the programme is starting immediately and full operating capability is expected in the next few months.
30 Jun 14. BAE IP sold to DSG. Sources close to BATLESPACE report that BAE Systems has concluded a deal with the MoD whereby its Armoured Vehicle IP will be transferred to DSG and thus the winning bidder for an undisclosed fee. Details of the deal remain confidential the source continued.
01 Jul 14. Djibouti parades new armour. The Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) displayed its newly acquired M109 self-propelled howitzers and Puma armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for the first time during the country’s Independence Day celebrations on 27 June. Local television footage showed at least eight M109Ls: a version of the original M109 that was modified and rearmed with a longer range 155 mm/39-calibre barrel for the Italian Army by Oto Malera. Many M109Ls have been retired from Italian service after the delivery of new KMW PzH 2000s guns. While self-propelled howitzers are generally used to support armoured and mechanised formations, the FAD currently does not currently operate any tanks, only AML-60/90 scout cars (14 were in the parade) and various APCs and infantry fighting vehicles, including South African Ratels and BTR-80s. The parade also featured six Iveco 4×4 Puma APCs that had been rearmed with Chinese 12.7 mm W85 heavy machine guns. The lightly armoured vehicles were originally built for the Italian Army and Carabinieri in 4×4 and 6×6 versions. Some surplus 4×4 vehicles have been seen in Libya since that country’s 2011 conflict. The Italian publication Analisi Difesa reported in June 2013 that 10 surplus M109L guns and three Pumas had been transferred to Djibouti. The FAD has also acquired Force Protection Cougar mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, 12 of which featured in the parade. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
02 Jul 14. AMISOM receives Casspir ambulances. Denel Land Systems has supplied three wide-body