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28 Nov 02. BAE SYSTEMS Plc, is cutting 450 jobs at its plant near Hull in England because of a drop in orders for its Hawk jets. “We haven’t had a big order for some time,” a spokesman for the company said, adding the plant had also recently completed an order to make parts for Harrier jets for the United States.

1 Dec 02. Raytheon Aircraft Co., Wichita, Kan., is being awarded a $169,987,608 firm-fixed-price contract to provide for Lot X option exercise; Joint Primary Aircraft Trainer System T-6A Production Aircraft Lot X – FY2003; technical manuals and updates (one); instrument flight trainer (four); unit training device (one). The total funds have been obligated. Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity
(F33657-01-C-0022).

2 Dec 02. BAE SYSTEMS micro-internetted unattended ground sensors (MIUGS) successfully detected, tracked, and identified key targets during the U.S. Navy’s recent Millennium Challenge 02 exercise. The proof-of-concept demonstration was part of an ongoing Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded project at the company’s Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS) business to develop networked sensors. IEWS received a $10m development contract in July 2001 to develop rapidly deployable, networked sensors.

2 Dec 02. L-3 Communications signed a contract for the Portable User Data Terminal (PUDT) with general Dynamics UK Ltd (GDUK) on 30th August 2002 worth approx. $62m for the UK’s BOWMAN requirement. All the systems will be supplied from the San Diego plant in the USA.

29 Nov 02. AEA Technology announced that the first of its new generation of batteries for the BOWMAN project are coming off its new state-of-the-art production line at Thurso in Scotland.

29 Nov 02. A NATO team of experts met in Kyiv this week to develop a NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund Project for the safe
destruction of 133,000 tons of munitions and 1.5 million small arms and light weapons in Ukraine. The first phase of this initiative will be to develop a feasibility study and will be led by Greece. Greece will also be providing funds to train an Ukrainian officer to work at the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) based in Luxembourg.

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