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The Logistic Support Command of the Army (MALE) of Spain and the German Procurement Agency (BAAINBw) have awarded Thales for a batch of respectively 1,000 and 10,000 70mm airborne launched rockets to complete the weapon systems of their Airbus Helicopters´ Tigre HAD-E and their Tiger UH attack helicopters.

Deliveries are expected on a very short term base.


The Latvian Ministry of Defence signed on February 12th a EUR108 million contract with EuroSpike for production and delivery of a variety of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike series anti-armour missile systems.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is involved in the deal as a subcontractor through EuroSpike with Diehl Defense and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics.

Spike range is in operational use in over 29 countries, including many NATO countries. Over 29,000 missiles have been supplied.

The French armament procurement agency (Direction Générale de l´Armement; DGA) has awarded Thales a 42-month contract to conduct a set of studies and technological developments for a sonar system to be equipped on France’s future third-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SNLE 3G).

Thales Underwater Systems develops and produce sonar systems for a wide range of applications.

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to provide multi tactical data links to the Swedish Navy. The total order value is SEK 148 million.

The vessels will be upgraded with data links such as L16 and L22.This enables closer co-operation and communication with other nations at sea during missions.

Saab’s 9LV combat management system will be upgraded as part of the deliveries.

Link 16 is a military tactical data exchange network used by NATO and associated nations to allow military aircraft, ships and ground forces to exchange tactical information securely in near real-time.

Rheinmetall Defence booked new multi-million-dollar contracts from USMC and US Navy.

In September the U. S. Marine Corps ordered day and night-capable 40x46mm practice cartridges worth around USD3 million. Deliveries started in December 2017.

The U.S. Navy is procuring flash-bang grenades, now type classified by the US Government as the MK 24 Mod 0, under a new deliver order worth USD3.8 million. Delivery will take place in 2018 through ARM.

Oshkosh Defense was awarded a USD476 million contract by the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) spanning up to seven ordering years for the FMTV A2 (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle A2) truck variant.

BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to modernize head-up displays on F-16 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, replacing the fleet’s analogue system with advanced digital technology.

The head-up displays, which sits directly in a pilot’s line of sight, is a see-through display that presents real-time, flight-critical information without obstructing his or her view of the outside world.

(F16 Block 60, BAE Systems).