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France Embarks on a €8 Bn Attack Submarine Replacement Program

The French defense procurement agency DGA awarded DCN group and partner Areva-TA a contract for the production of six new-generation nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSN) of the Barracuda class, which will replace the Rubis-class submarines currently in service. The initial €1 Billion phase of the contract covers the design and development of the new class. Six subsequent options will fund each of the submarine's production and maintenance over 20 years for a total of additional €7 Billion. The first Barracuda SSN is scheduled for delivery in 2016.

US Army Orders U.S.$133 Million ESBI Side Armor from Ceradyne

Ceradyne, Inc. will supply the U.S. Army with Enhanced Side Ballistic Inserts (ESBI) under a recently awarded U.S. $133 contract. This new delivery order is scheduled to be shipped beginning April 2007 through November 2007. The company has also reported an additional order from Armor Holdings, for armor component worth U.S. 3.8 Million. These components are part of armor kits to be provided for AM General HMMWEs.

'Gripen N' for Norway?

Gripen International has received an invitation from the Norwegian Ministry of Defence to discuss a model for cooperation related to a possible replacement of the Norwegian F-16 fighter aircraft. The discussions will start early in 2007.

RAF to Outsource Tornado Support to BAE Systems

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded BAE Systems a £947million contract for the support of the Royal Air Force's (RAF) Tornado fleet. Under the new Availability Transformation: Tornado Aircraft Contract (ATTAC) program, MoD expects to save £510m over the next 10 years. The two-phase will base all Tornado fleet support at RAF Marham in Norfolk, a major operations and maintenance hub for the RAF's Tornado GR4s. Phase I will combine current programs. Within 12 month, phase 2 will address the remaining avionics and general systems and engineering support.

Boeing KC-767 Tanker for Japan Completes First Flight

The first KC-767 Tanker slated for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) took of on its maiden flight yesterday. According to Maj. Kenji Nagatomo, Japan Tanker program liaison, the first of four aircraft ordered by Japan is expected to enter service in 2007.

Force Protection, Inc. General Dynamics Form a Joint Venture

Force Protection, Inc. and General Dynamics Land Systems are forming a joint venture to offer the Cougar 4x4 and 6x6 armored vehicles for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program, a U.S. joint services program being managed by the U.S. Marine Corps. The companies are already cooperating in the fabrication of the armored capsule for the Cougar.

14 Belgian, 8 Dutch F-16s Will be Transferred to Jordan

The Royal Jordanian Air Force will receive 22 F-16A/B aircraft from the Belgian and Dutch Air Force storage. According to a letter of intent received from Jordan, the Belgian Air Force will deliver 14 modernized (MLU) aircraft, while the Dutch AF will deliver additional 8. According to Belgian Aviation History website, several aircraft have been observed in preparation for delivery to SABCA for further modernization. Jordan pilots are expected to arrive next year in Belgium for a complete conversion on the type before ferrying their aircraft home in late 2007 and early 2008.

Enhanced FireScout UAV Completes Initial Flight Testing

An enhanced version of the FireScout Vertical Takeoff UAV (VTUAV) completed an initial series of flight tests conducted by the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman. The Navy plans to use Fire Scouts on board the Littoral Combat Ship, where sailors will operate both manned and unmanned helicopters to support operational requirements.

German Army Launches € 380 Million Program for Division C2

The FüInfoSys Heer, a new command and control (C2) system developed for the German Army will enter production soon in 2007. The planned procurement will equip 1,500 vehicles. Delivery of the first batch is expected to complete by 2012, under the current € 380 Million contract. Deliveries will begin starting 2007 to German Army units as well as the joint German-French Brigade. The system will be produced by the FüInfoSys Heer joint-venture established between, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Landsysteme.

Comtech to Supply Satellite Transceivers for Army FBCB2

Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp. will supply mobile satellite data transceivers to equip U.S. Army vehicles through the "Blue Force Tracking" of the brigade's command and control systems (FBCB2). This latest order will include the delivery of Comtech’s Model 2011E, under a $2.7 million order for the Army Movement Tracking System program, for which Comte already received orders worth $361.4 million. The total MTS contract value is $418.2 million.

Spain Orders Artillery Locating Radars from Saab Microwave

The Spanish army will field the ARTHUR weapon locating radars, following today's announcement of a €59 Million (U.S. $78 million) order, by Norwegian based Saab Microwave Systems AS. The recent acquisition is significant for Saab, as it represents the company's first major deal in Spain. Delivery will start at the end of 2007, and continue through June 2009.

Slovenia Orders AMV, SP Mortars from Patria

The Slovenian Ministry of Defence has today signed agreements with the local company Rotis and Patria of Finland, covering the procurement of 135 Patria AMV 8x8 vehicles as well as Patria Nemo 120 mm single-barrel mortars to the Slovenian Army. The total value of the program is about € 278 million. Production will gradually be transferred to Slovenia in 2007 and 2008.

Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin Win Space SAR Contracts

Northrop Grumman (NOC) Space Technology and Lockheed Martin (LMT) were awarded two contracts amounting about U.S. $49 million each, for the development of candidate architectures for a future space-based, Synthetic Aperture Radar / Surface Moving Target Indication (SAR/GMTI) imaging system. The Space Radar (SR) will provide global, persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability.


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