28 Apr 14. Pentagon to Destroy $1bn in Ammunition. The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1bn worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources. It’s impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction — valued at $1.2bn by the Pentagon — remains viable because the Defense Department’s inventory systems can’t share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY. The result: potential waste of unknown value. (Source: glstrade.com/ USATODAY)
28 Apr 14. The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) development results will enable Germany to build its future air and missile defense system. This was underscored by Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson and MBDA Germany Managing Director Thomas Homberg in Berlin.
“The collaboration between Germany, Italy and the United States on the Medium Extended Air Defense System is a shining example of strength in the face of today’s threats,” said Hewson during a speech she gave at the German Council on Foreign Relations event. “MEADS delivers the absolute best capability to protect European air space from tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.”
“The risks from current and future threats can only be countered effectively and efficiently using leading-edge technologies, as the MEADS program delivers,” said Homberg. “For Germany as well as its co-operation partners, the MEADS technology development results create the prerequisites for building sustainable air and missile defense tailored to current and future threats, and thus provide a substantial contribution to NATO missile defense.”
During her remarks, Hewson emphasized that Lockheed Martin has had a long-term strategic partnership with the Federal Armed Forces, as well as the German aviation and defense industries, going back more than 50 years. She added that, “Germany’s contributions to MEADS have been tremendous, and our industry partners at MBDA and Airbus have played a critical role in the development of this system. This industry partnership is exemplary.” Hewson also underscored that Lockheed Martin is absolutely committed to support planned national follow-on programs based on MEADS technologies in Germany and Italy. For the European partners, the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile will be available. PAC-3 MSE is the world’s most advanced, capable and powerful terminal air defense missile.
16 Apr 14. Tender for the supply of Ammunition and Parts for AX338 Sniper Rifles. The Belgian Land Forces have released two separate tenders for the procurement of ammunition and parts for the AX338 bolt action rifle.
The first tender (MRMP-L-14LA312-F17_0) is for the procurement of 24,000 rounds of .338 LM ammunition for the AX338 rifle. The cost of procurement is not known but it is clear that the most economical tender would be awarded a contract. Another tender (MRMP-L-14LA313-F17_0) for the procurement of .338 LM Ball Match and .338 LM Armour Piercing (AP) ammunition for the AX338. The contract would be implemented as part of a multi-year contract with the supplier for 4 years. The exact procurement is for:
•51000 rounds of Ball Match for the first year and 22,700 – 37,800 rounds in the next 3 years
•11400 rounds of AP ammo the first year and 3100 – 5200 rounds per annum in the next 3 years.
Response Date for both tenders: 28 May 2014
Contracting Authority: Procurement Division of the Belgian Defense Directorate General for Material Resources. (Source: MPI – Hawk Information)
28 Apr 14. Chemring Technology Solutions Launches World’s First Short Range Multi-firing Initiator System. Chemring Technology Solutions launches Breach MC, a lightweight, multi-circuit explosive initiator which is the only short range selectable firing system available in the market. Breach MC is a securely coded Radio Frequency (RF)