Airbus Defence and Space announced it has submitted its bid in response to the Danish Ministry of Defence´s tender for the replacement of the country’s air force fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16AB/BM Fighting Falcon fighters.
The company is proposing the Typhoon aircraft of Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH.
The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence is expected to purchase wheeled armoured vehicles with the aim to arm two battalions of the country´s Mechanized Infantry Brigade “Iron Wolf´´. The vehicle intended for the Lithuanian Army are expected to be inducted by 2020.
The Ministry has recently requested by formal letters comprehensive information from nine foreign manufacturers of armoured vehicles. The companies have been requested to reply by October 2014, while procurement contracts are planned to be signed by next year.
Currently the Lithuanian Army is equipped out with M113 tracked personnel carriers.
The Peruvian government has acquired the A836 HNLMS ”Amsterdam” replenishment ship which is presently in service with the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN). The surface vessel is expected to be delivered to the Peruvian Navy by late of 2014.
Saab’s business area Security and Defence Solutions has completed the acquisition of the Swedish shipyard Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems AB (TKMS AB). The business unit is named Saab Kockums.
In June, Saab and the Swedish procurement arm FMV signed a Letter of Intent regarding the Swedish Armed Forces’ underwater capabilities. With the acquisition of TKMS AB, Saab, together with the Swedish authority, is able to ensure access to the existing knowledge and intellectual properties necessary for continued development, production and maintenance in the underwater sector for both the Swedish and the international markets.
TKMS AB designs, builds and maintains naval systems such as submarines and surface vessels. Other products include the air-independent Stirling propulsion system, submarine rescue vehicles and mine countermeasures systems. The company has approximately 850 employees and supplies systems and products to the navies of Sweden, Australia and Singapore.
The cost of the acquisition, which is financed by existing funds, amounted to SEK 340 million.
Boeing Defense, Space & Security on July 17 delivered the first of four upgraded E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to France.
Delivery followed ground and flight tests at French Air Force’s Avord Air Force Base and qualification by France’s procurement organization office, the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement).
Modifications to the other three French aircraft are scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2016.
Boeing, as prime contractor, provides hardware, software, engineering and quality assurance support. Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, a Boeing subcontractor on the project, is upgrading the electrical, mechanical and structural systems and mission hardware on the aircraft.
The Naval Component of the Belgian Armed Forces has inducted the first of two offshore patrol vessels that were purchased by the country’s authorities according the RDS (Ready Duty Ships) program.
The first ship now in service P901 BNS “Castor´´ was built by the French shipbuilder SOCARENAM. The second unit P902 BNS “Pollux´´ is scheduled to be delivered by year end.
The design feature a Sea deFNder naval remote weapon station by FN Herstal armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun, combat management system by Thales Nederland, a 9 meters long rigid-hull inflatable boat, communications and navigation equipment.
ASIO-B and SPYBALL-B unmanned air systems of Selex ES have passed their factory acceptance tests, leaving them ready for delivery to the Italian Army for its Forza NEC modernisation programme.
They’ll soon be joined by a third member of the family, the CREX-B small fixed-wing unmanned aerial system. Carried in backpacks and simple to fly, all three mini drones are designed to meet the requirements of the Italian Armed Forces.