NEWS IN BRIEF
09 Oct 07. Following its acquisition of Armor Holdings, BAE Systems has a major stake in U.S. land Systems Requirements and FCS in particular. On its Stand at AUSA the company showed:
* FCS Communications and Vehicle Systems: BAE Systems is providing FCS vehicle and communications technologies, such as the NLOS Cannon and the Joint Tactical Radio System.
Current Force Systems: Current systems such as the Bradley Combat Systems, the M777A2 Lightweight Howitzer, the M109A6 Paladin, the M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicle and new tactical wheeled vehicles provide soldiers with the winning edge in battle.
* Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles: BAE Systems is playing a major role in protecting front-line troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting the U.S. Department of Defense’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicle program. MRAPs are the U.S. Pentagon’s top acquisition priority and BAE Systems-designed and built vehicles now account for more than 2,300 of almost 5,000 ordered so far.
* Situational Awareness: BAE Systems offers superior situational awareness capability for ground vehicles through its “Check 6” rear- and forward-viewing infrared imaging systems and through C2SAS, a 360-degree multispectral close-combat vision system.
* Integrated Survivability and Advanced Mobility: BAE Systems is developing and delivering integrated lifesaving technologies, from body armor to vehicle protection systems to advanced countermeasures, which provide new levels of soldier survivability and combat vehicle performance, and we are providing leading-edge combat vehicle solutions, such as on-board vehicle power management and hybrid electric drive, that give soldiers unmatched battlefield mobility.
* Enhanced Lethality: BAE Systems is rapidly providing critical fire support systems, such as the M777A2 Lightweight Howitzer, that give warfighters more precise, lethal and dominating firepower than ever before.
09 Oct 07. BAE Systems, Mobility & Protection Systems (formerly Armor Holdings)had an example of the 8×8 ‘DROPS-type’ vehicle designed for the Australian Army which formed part of its recent selection for Land 121 which includes 4×4, 6×6 and 8×8 vehicles.
BAE Systems has been selected by the Australian Government as the preferred bidder for one of the largest Australian Army projects for decades, the next generation of medium and heavy tactical trucks and modular payloads. Minister for Defence, The Hon Dr. Brendan Nelson, announced today that the Australian Government will negotiate the final contractual terms with BAE Systems to meet the medium and heavy truck segment of Land 121 Project Overlander. The Land 121 Project will replace over 3000 of the Australian Defence Force’s tactical trucks over a six year period, commencing 2009. The contract is expected to have a total value of A$1-1.5bn (approx GBP436m – 653m / US$880m – 1.3bn). In addition to equipment, the contract includes payload modules, technical services and spare parts for the life of the equipment.
In addition Force Protection, Inc. has received a purchase order from BAE Systems for an additional 45 Iraq Light Armored Vehicles (ILAV). In addition to Iraq, approximately 18 of these vehicles are bound for Yemen. The order is worth an estimated $3.5m and will be completed by February 2008. The combined enterprise of Force Protection and BAE Systems previously received awards totaling $180m in 2006 to build 398 4×4 ILAVs, based on the proven design of the Cougar vehicle. In total, the contract authorizes production of up to 1,050 Cougar ILAVs. BAE Systems is prime contractor on the ILAV program, with Force Protection as subcontractor. (Source: ASD Network)
10 Oct 07. BAE Systems and International Military and Government, LLC, an affiliate of Navistar International Corporation (Other OTC: NAVZ), announced they will team to produce a platform for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. This dynamic team will al