Airbus Defense and Space has added Planet Communications Asia Public (PlanetComm) to its channel partner programme for Skynet 5 military satellite communication services and expanded the partnership with Speedcast. Under this channel partner agreement, both PlanetComm and Speedcast will be offering Skynet X-band and UHF services as part of their extensive satellite communications portfolios.

Airbus Defense and Space owns and operates the hardened Skynet X-band satellite constellation of seven satellites and the ground network to provide all Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. The contract also allows other NATO and allied governments such as members of the five-eyes community (besides United Kingdom, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada) to use the Skynet system to augment their existing services.

(Skynet X, Airbus Defense and Space).

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Nexter has signed a contract with the Albanian Navy to supply remotely-controlled 20 mm NARWHAL weapon stations.

Albania will be the fourth country to equip its navy with NARWHAL weapon system.

The contract, which came into effect on 19 May 2017, covers the supply of four NARWHAL systems, to equip the Stan 4207 patrol vessels, which have been in service in the Albanian Navy since 2008.

The contract also covers the supply of 20 mm ammunition from Nexter Munitions, and maintenance equipment. The first two systems will be delivered at the end of 2017, with the following two to be delivered in the second half of 2018. The weapon station purchased by Albania will be armed with Nexter’s 20M621 20mm automatic gun and include day/night electro-optic camera.

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Elbit Systems Ltd announced that it was awarded a USD25million contract for the supply of J-Music direct infrared countermeasures self-protection systems to an International organization. The contract will be performed over a three-year period.

(J-Music, Elbit Systems Ltd).

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Iveco Defence Vehicles has signed a delivery order with the Swiss Armed Forces, represented by Armasuisse for 400 trucks to be supplied between 2017 and 2021.

The agreement was signed on May 2, 2017. This initial delivery order forms part of a frame contract for a new fleet consisting of special trucks to be delivered from 2016 through to 2022.

The frame contract was awarded to Iveco Defense Vehicles in November 2015, following two years of evaluation and practical trials with several demonstrator chassis.

This is the third frame contract between the two parties, following previous agreements in 1996 and 2006.

(iveco trakker euro6, Iveco Defence Vehicles).

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Schiebel Elektronische Geraete GmbH CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned air system was presented to the Norwegian Coastguard, Royal Norwegian Navy, Royal Norwegian Air force, Norwegian Coastal Administration, Police Directorate as well as other Norwegian authorities during demanding trials at Andøya Test Center .

During the event held in Northern Norway, approximately 300 km north of the Arctic Circle, the CAMCOPTER S-100 performed a series of demonstration flights in the second week of May.

Taking off from Andøya Air Base the rotary-wing drone fitted out with L3 Wescam’MX-10 imager presented itself as a highly valuable asset for coastal patrol tasks, the company said.

(CAMCOPTER S-100, Schiebel Elektronische Geraete GmbH).

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The U.S. Navy has selected Raytheon Integrated Defense to provide the new variable depth sonar system for the littoral combat ships. The USD27.9 million contract followed a study and product assessment phase during which Raytheon proved the solution’s features and capabilities met all of the U.S. Navy’s design and performance requirements. A mission-critical anti-submarine warfare asset, the sonar system will be deployed from the ships to locate and track foe submarines.

Now under contract, Raytheon Integrated Defense will advance its design to a full pre-production test article, expected to be complete in late 2018. The contract includes options for production which, if exercised, brings total contract value to more than USD300 million.

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Oshkosh Defense announced that the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a delivery order valued at more than USD33 million for an additional 54 P-19R aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles.

Oshkosh Defense expects to field the first P-19Rs in June of 2017 and in total, it will deliver 164 P-19Rs through 2019.

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