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Three U.K. Companies Partner To Bid On Mastiff FoV Support

Morgan Advanced Materials, Ricardo, and Ultra Electronics, all U.K. based and owned companies, have partnered to bid for the continued support and upgrade of the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD) Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound fleet of Protected Patrol Vehicles (PPV). Morgan will lead the group and is bidding as prime contractor. The Mastiff and Ridgeback vehicles were manufactured by General […]

RAF Begins Training On Puma Mk2 After Multi-Million Upgrade

The U.K. Ministry of Defense and Defense Equipment and Support on Nov. 26 said the Royal Air Force (RAF) has begun training on the Puma Mk2 helicopter after an approximately $421 million upgrade. The ministry said the upgrade, conducted by EADS unit Eurocopter, includes new engines which give them 35 percent more power and improved fuel efficiency […]

Saab Receives Order From FMV For Technical System Support

Swedish defense and security company Saab on Nov. 26 said it received an approximately $16 million order from the country’s Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide technical system support to the Swedish Armed Forces during 2014. The order is a further option under an earlier agreement signed in June 2012 with FMV for performance-based support and maintenance […]

Northrop Grumman To Supply More Radars To Royal Thai Air Force

Northrop Grumman [NOC] on Nov. 25 said it has been selected by the Royal Thai Air Force to supply additional AN/TPS-78 air defense and surveillance radar systems.  Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will begin supplying equipment to the Royal Thai Air Force in 2015. The company will also provide training, spares and logistics support. "With this […]

General Dynamics To Prepare For Stryker ECP Upgrade

The Army TACOM Contracting Command recently awarded General Dynamics [GD] a $28 million contract for research, development and testing in preparation for the Stryker Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) upgrade program. Stryker Vehicle     Photo: General Dynamics The Stryker ECP upgrade program is an engineering-development effort focused on integrating a group of system improvements into […]

Air Force Formally Chooses Sikorsky For Combat Rescue Helicopter

The Air Force formally announced on Nov. 22 it is going with Sikorsky for the potentially $6.8 billion Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program.  “We received one proposal,” Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Erika Yepsen said in a statement. “That offer, from Sikorsky Aircraft Company, has provided an acceptable technical solution.” Sikorsky, a division of United Technologies Corp. [UTX], […]

Bell To Deliver First 412EPI Helicopter To Australia

Bell Helicopter said it has signed a purchase agreement with the New South Wales Police in Sydney for its 412EPI helicopters.  The company–a division of Textron [TXT]–said the aircraft will be the first 412EPI to fly in Australia. The 412PEI is an upgraded version of the medium lift, utility helicopter. The enhancements include the Bell […]

Northrop Grumman Begins Production On NATO Global Hawk

The first NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Block 40 Global Hawk aircraft, configured to meet NATO operational requirements, has started down the production line at Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] Moss Point, Miss., Unmanned Systems Center. NATO representatives, state dignitaries, community leaders and Northrop Grumman employees gathered Dec. 3 to celebrate the start of production for the first […]


L-3 Communications [LLL] has received a $1 million order from the Transportation Security Administration to provide parts, services and support in support of the company’s eXaminer 6600 medium-speed Explosive Detection Systems that are used to screen checked baggage at Boston Logan International Airport. The task order covers the period from Oct. 29, 2013 until Sept. […]

U.N. Deploys Drones For First Time In Peacekeeping Mission

The United Nations force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) deployed two drones on Dec. 3 to monitor borders, marking the first time unmanned systems have been used in an international peacekeeping mission, the world body said.  The drones were launched in a northern area of the African country to watch the borders with […]