Archive: Uncategorized

New $195 Million Boeing Support Contract Revealed As First New U.K. RAF Chinook Enters Service

U.K. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond unveiled a new $195 million agreement withBoeing Defense UK [BA] to maintain engines on the increased fleet of 60 Chinooks as the first of new Chinook helicopters unveiled.  The new agreement with Boeing announced June 16 replaces five existing support contracts with one agreement, expected to save taxpayers more than about […]

Airbus, Safran Team For Launch Activities

Airbus and Safran are teaming to propose a new family of space launch vehicles to serve both commercial and institutional needs, according to a joint company statement. The companies will create a 50-50 joint venture with Airbus supplying its expertise in launch vehicles and Safran supplying propulsion systems. The goal is to accelerate the Ariane 5 Midlife Evolution […]

Lockheed Martin To Provide Gyrocam Sensor Systems To Canada

Lockheed Martin [ LMT] said it would provide eight Gyrocam sensor systems to the Canadian Department of National Defense under a foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Marine Corps. The sensor systems, which will be delivered in third quarter 2014, will be installed on General Dynamics‘ [GD] Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, the […]

Saab Teams With Nexter Munitions For AT4 System On Future French Program

Saab defense and security company said June 18 it signed a co-operation agreement with Nexter Munitions for the supply of the AT4 Disposable Shoulder-Launched Weapon System to the future French Roquette NG–next generation rocket–program.  “By teaming up with Nexter Munition, we get access to a company in France, with the expertise needed to support us with the Roquette […]

General Dynamics Piranha 3+ Offers Advanced Protection, Mobility

General Dynamics European Land Systems [GD] is displaying the new member of the Piranha family, the Piranha 3+, with improved protection, off-road mobility and room for future growth during Eurosatory in Paris through June 20.  Providing details at the defense exhibition, the company said in the armored personnel carrier configuration, Piranha 3+ has seating for a […]

MBDA Reveals Demonstrator To Consider Future For C2 Systems

MBDA unveils a new interactive demonstrator called MBDA Innovative C2 (MiC2) to help it consider the future direction of its command and control systems.  Considering the threat evolution and ever increasing operational demands, MiC2 aims to improve the efficacy of air defense operators, the company said June 16 at Eurosatory in Paris. In particular, MiC2 aims […]

U.K. Army Trains in Kenya
Photo: Saab Group

Saab Signs New Training Service Contract With U.K. MoD

Saab and the U.K. Ministry of Defense said Thursday they have signed a three-year, $29.8 million contract for a managed training service for British Army Overseas Training Exercises utilizing Saab’s DTES system. Saab’s Deployable Tactical Engagement Simulator (DTES) system provides the infrastructure, instrumentation and resources to enable force elements to conduct realistic, live, force-on-force training […]

Lockheed Martin Set To Complete Major Air Force Cloud Pilot This Summer

Lockheed Martin [LMT] will complete a cloud pilot for an enterprise Air Force system that serves 800,000 users next month. “It shows a major Air Force system and platform using cloud to lower operational costs, separate data to different security models, and–quite honestly–really helping drive the Air Force into the next phase,” said Angela Heise, Lockheed […]

Software Holding Up F-35A System Design And Development

Information sharing issues involving software is delaying system design and development (SDD) progress on the Air Force’s F-35A, a top Defense Department official said June 12. “We’re doing reasonably well at getting test points in,” Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Frank Kendall told reporters on a conference call. “But we […]

SASC Nudges Pentagon On Open Architecture

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) version of the defense authorization bill for fiscal 2015 is pushing the Pentagon to adopt greater open architecture practices in the acquisition of major information technology systems. The proposed language in the SASC bill would require the Pentagon to use an open systems approach for major acquisition systems primarily […]