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Poland Backtracks on its Decision to Replace Strike Fighters with Drones

February 16, 2014 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Poland, Syndicated Industry News 

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Thales Deutchland, Atlas Elektronik to Modernize Three F-124 Frigates for the German Navy

March 11, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News, Thales 
As of January 2013 the German Navy F-124 frigate (F-221) is currently serving as the flagship of NATO Standing Maritime Group 1. The frigate will be part of the modernization of the F-124 program. Photo: German NavyAtlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland have jointly been commissioned to modernize the combat system of the German Class F124 frigates. The modernization will include the hardware replacement and software upgrades of the vessel's Combat Direction System (CDS). It is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Elbit Systems Looks for More Partners to Address India’s Growing Helicopter Market

February 5, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, India, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Elbit Systems is promoting a range of helicopter-related products in a move that would tap the growing opportunities the company identified in the Indian market, both for foreign built, locally made or upgraded platforms. Over the years Elbit Systems has established a number of partnerships and cooperation in India, paving its way into many defense sector’s programs.

iRobot to Deliver More Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGVs) to the U.S. Army

March 31, 2011 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

BEDFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, announced that the U.S. Army plans to procure two additional low-rate initial production brigade sets of model 320 SUGVs. The Defense Acquisition Board formalized its approval to purchase additional SUGVs under the Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program in February. It allows for the delivery of 76 total SUGVs for two additional infantry brigade sets. iRobot has alre



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iRobot Announces $13.9 Million Contract for Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles

January 4, 2011 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

BEDFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced that the Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) Increment 1 production purchase contract has been finalized for a firm fixed price value of $13.9 million. The contract calls for iRobot to deliver 45 Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGVs) as part of the Army’s low-rate initial production contract for the first brigade set of BCTM Increment 1 capabilities. To d



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Force Protection Receives $17.4 Million in Additional Field Service Awards

December 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

LADSON, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Force Protection Industries, Inc., a Force Protection Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT) group company, today announced that it has received a firm fixed price modification to existing contract M67854-07-C-5031 from U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command with a total value of approximately $17.4 million extending 54 field service representatives to provide the full spectrum of support, modernization, and upgrade work on the Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle fleet. A



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Vector Strategy Publishes Combat Vehicle and Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Research Briefs

November 30, 2010 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–These briefs provide insight on modernization and acquisition strategies for combat and tactical wheeled vehicles such as the JLTV, UpArmored HMMWV, GCV, FMTV, HEMTT, Stryker, Abrams, and Bradley.



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CSC Deploys Enterprise Resource Planning System to Support Air Force Logistics Modernization

November 8, 2010 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CSC today announced that it successfully fielded the first portion of the United States Air Force’s (USAF) Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS).



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Telos Awarded Air Force Task Order For Network Management Modernization

September 8, 2010 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

ASHBURN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Telos Corporation has received a $13 million order from the Air Force to deliver a web proxy server replacement and certify and accredit an advanced software version for the CITS program.



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Telos Awarded NETCENTS Task Order for Air National Guard OSP ITS Modernization

August 25, 2010 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

ASHBURN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Air National Guard (ANG) has awarded a new task order to Telos Corporation to conduct an Outside Plant (OSP) Information Transport System (ITS) modernization at 52 ANG sites across the country.



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Force Protection Receives $64.1 Million Award for Additional Vehicle Modernization

August 23, 2010 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

LADSON, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Force Protection, Inc. received a modification to existing contract M67854-07-D-5031 with an approximate value of $64.1 million for seat survivability upgrade kits for 1,946 MRAP Cougar vehicles.



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More Satellite Terminals From Harris Corp. for the Army

The U.S. Army announced that it awarded Harris Corp. (HRS) a contract to provide ground fixed and transportable satellite terminals. This is under the existing Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) contract. The value of this order is over $50 million. Harris has a five year base contract with options to deliver under the MET.

As part of this award Harris will begin development of new equipment including a terminals, radomes, technical manuals and training aids. The U.S. military is a heavy user of satellite communications and uses terminals like this to receive and transmit data and messages.

Photo from Argenberg’s flickr photostream.

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Bollinger Shipyard Lays Keel Of First New USCG Cutter

Under a contract with the U.S. Coast Guard, Bollinger Shipyards of Louisiana laid down the keel of the first of a new class of cutters. The service may buy up to thirty-four of the new Sentinel class ships. Bollinger has won a contract to build at least four.

If all aspects of the contract are exercised the U.S.C.G. may buy another thirty of the versatile ships from multiple shipyards. Bollinger hopes to win a decent amount of the contract. It is expected that the total construction cost of the thirty-four ships will be over $1.5 billion.

The Sentinel is part of the modernization of the Coast Guard. This service has taken on many new responsibilities as part of the Homeland Security Department. The U.S.C.G. used to be part of the Department of Transportation during peace time and then would be transferred to the Department of Navy.

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Soldier Technology Europe Conference

March 12, 2010 by · Comment
Filed under: Business Line, Companies, Countries, England, Events 

Soldier Technology Europe

May 18th – 21st, 2010
Olympia Conference Centre, London
www.soldiertechnology.com

Soldier Technology brings together 575 soldier modernization experts in a unique industry forum. The event comprises 55+ in-depth presentations on pressing issues, 3 interactive workshops, a fully interactive exhibition with 40+ exhibitors and an awards dinner with an outstanding guest speaker. Soldier Technology 2010 will bring together senior military representatives from 35 MoDs and present unique case studies from 30 soldier modernisation projects (SMPs) as well as tackling the top issues for the forthcoming year. For soldier modernization professionals across Europe, Soldier Technology 2010 is the one date that is prioritised in the meeting calendar.

How To Register:

· Online at www.soldiertechnology.com (quoting 10983.004_G3_8)

· By calling +44 (0) 20 7368 9465 (quoting 10983.004_G3_8)

· By emailing [email protected] (quoting 10983.004_G3_8)

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Canada Buys CH-47 Helicopters

Canada awarded Boeing a contact for fifteen CH-47 helicopters. The contract has a value of over $1 billion and requires and equivalent amount of offsets in the Canadian economy. Boeing already is selling the latest version of the heavy lift helicopter so valuable in Afghanistan to the U.S. and Great Britain. Canada being the third most heavily involved country in that war will certainly be able to use them.

The aircraft will be delivered in either late 2013 or early 2014 as they fit in to the current production. Canada has been requiring significant offsets in their latest round of contracts and this favor many U.S. companies as they have either Canadian subsidiaries or already buy parts and support from that nation.

So far the Obama Administration has made little changes to the existing plans for U.S. Army aviation modernization with the UH-60M, UH-72A and CH-47F. The replacement of the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) original canceled contract is also on current path for continuation at this time.

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Economic Downturn Affects Canadian Modernization Plan

November 4, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Canada, production program, Restructuring 

The Canadian Press has an article describing the fear among the Canadian military that the recent worldwide economic downturn, call it a recession, will affect funding for their modernization. The Canadian forces have deployed to Afghanistan for years and have been slowly upgrading their equipment based on needs. While small the military has for years been starved of funds and had to make do with older equipment – this has been especially true of the ground forces. Now when it seemed some progress would be made to get them newer, modern equipment funding might be cut due to declining tax revenue and other pressures on government funding.

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Boeing sort of pushing CIA brief on EADS bribery

According to The Hill Boeing is using its lobbyists to push Members of Congress to receive a briefing from the CIA on “foreign companies” using questionable means in their attempts to win contracts. See the article here. Of note the only two Congressman to talk on the record about this were Tiahart from Kansas, a vocal opponent of the deal and a former Boeing employee and Dicks from Washington. Both have been very supportive of Boeing in their attempt to throw out the KC-45 award to Northrop Grumman and EADS. Obviously Northrop Grumman is upset that Boeing would be stooping to this. The protest result will be announced in early June by the GAO. Congress cannot do anything but de-fund the program, something they are hesitant to do as it is important to the modernization of the Air Force.

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USCG Deep Water problems lead to end of Bell UAS program

February 15, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Bell, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security 

Bell was building a tilt-rotor Unmanned Aeriel System (UAS) for the USCG as part of the Deep Water modernization and upgrade program. The whole Deep Water program has been hit with problems and criticism from Congress to the point where the USCG is restructuring. As part of this they canceled the tilt-rotor UAS that Bell Helicopter was building for them based on V-22 technology. See a story here. Read more

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Force Protection Receives $10.8 Million Award for Additional Modernization of Cougar Fleet

December 31, 1969 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 

LADSON, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Force Protection, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT), a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions and provider of total life cycle support for those products, today announced it has received a modification to contract M67854-07-D-5031 from the United States Marine Corps Systems Command for additional modernization of the U.S. military’s Cougar fleet. The approximate $10.8 million firm, fixed price contract modification includes the design and purchase



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