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6 Mar 03. BAE SYSTEMS C4ISR has completed an urgent requirement from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to refurbish communications containers previously used by British Forces in theatres such as the Balkans and Sierra Leone. The facilities include PABX telephone equipment, communications multiplexers, line-of-sight microwave equipment, aerials and towers. The containers are fitted with climate control, uninterruptible power supplies and shock-mounted equipment racks to accommodate the communications equipment.

5 Mar 03. CAE announced that it has been selected by the ARGE K130 consortium to provide Integrated Monitoring and Control Systems (IMCS) for the German Navy’s new K130 Corvettes. The approximate value of the contract is C$23m.CAE’s IMCS is a comprehensive warship platform automation system in use by 16 navies around the world, and on over 100 warships, including submarines. It provides integrated monitoring and control of all of the ship’s platform machinery and systems such as propulsion, steering, electrical generation and distribution, auxiliaries, fire/smoke/flood detection and damage control.

7 Mar 03. Lockheed Martin Corp. has a total order backlog of about $70.4bn
as of Dec. 31, compared with $71.3bn at the end of 2001. According to its annual report filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (News – Websites), the company said it expects to fill roughly $23.1bn, or 33%, of its backlog by Dec. 31. Lockheed said that its backlog consisted of $17.7 billion for its systems integration segment, $12.6bn for its space systems segment, $35.5bn for its aeronautics segment and $4.6bn for its technology services division. The total backlog includes both funded and unfunded backlog, the filing said.

4 Mar 03. The United States Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command’s National Automotive Center (NAC) introduced a Class 8 Freightliner truck with a prototype liquid-fuelled, roadworthy fuel cell auxiliary power unit (APU) at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2003 World Congress in Detroit. The system uses a Ballard Power Systems fuel cell stack and reforming technologies to generate electricity for onboard demands and power truck. An onboard power management system delivers electricity to the truck’s systems or exports it off the vehicle as standard household power. The current APU is furled with a mixture of methanol and water, and further development will enable it to use ultra-low sulphur commercial diesel fuel.

7 Mar 03. Rolls-Royce announced it has designated its AE 1107C engine for the U.S. Marine Corps the AE 1107C-Liberty. The engine, which currently powers the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, will commonly be known as the Liberty.

5 Mar 03. Under contract to the UK Defence Procurement Agency, Astrium has completed a task to ensure that the servicemen and women aboard RN ships in the Gulf can enjoy UK TV even when well out of reach of normal terrestrial or satellite transmissions. For the first time, a number of RN ships will be able to receive live TV or record programmes wherever they are in the world. Up to now getting live TV when well out to sea has required very large receive dishes, which, while acceptable on cruise liners, can seriously conflict with the requirements of modern warships. Astrium’s system however, makes use of the SCOT shipborne military communications satellite terminals, already fitted to most RN ships, and utilises channels with spare capacity on the Skynet satellites to carry the TV signal. Astrium designs and builds the Skynet satellites and also supplies the SCOT system, which is in service with 10 Navies world-wide.

5 Mar 03. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN – News) affirmed its financial outlook for 2003 and issued guidance for 2004. The Company also updated the status of two Massachusetts power plant construction projects that it assumed after the sale of its Engineers and Constructors (E&C) business. For 2003, Raytheon projects that

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