Rockwell Collins will provide visual display system for simulators purchased to train crew of French Air Force’s Pilatus Aircraft PC-21 training aircraft.

Under a subcontract awarded by CAE, Rockwell Collins will develop two Spectraview visual display systems, support CAE with integrating the systems, and support the final installation. Rockwell Collins will also be providing training for maintaining and operating the system, as well as spares.

(Pilatus Aircraft PC-21, Rockwell Collins).

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MARSS Group was awarded a contract forthe installation of NiDAR X command and control system on a flotilla of Zodiac Milpro Hurricane fast patrol boats.

The contract with Zodiac Milpro, is valued at over USD 2million and was for the supply and installation of an expeditionary version of NIDAR command and control system and the complete sensors package. The NiDAR X (eXpeditionary) is to be fitted to a flotilla of 11m Hurricane boats for an undisclosed special forces unit.

NiDAR X provides detailed threat and targeting information to the vessel helmsman and other operators, via head up displays.

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The US State Department has approving a possible sale to Nigeria of twelve Embraer Defesa & Segurança A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft and weapons, including all associated training, spare parts, aviation and ground support equipment, and hangar, facilities, and infrastructure required to support the program.  The prime contractor is Sierra Nevada Corporation.

The estimated total case value of the supply through the US foreign military sale process is USD593 million.  The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying US Congress of this possible sale on 2 August 2.

These aircraft will support Nigerian military operations against terrorist organizations Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa, and Nigerian efforts to counter illicit trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.

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The U.S. Army Program Executive Office C3T has selected Rockwell Collins to produce 101 HMS (Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Factor) manpack radios and ancillaries beginning this month. The award is a follow-on to a contract awarded last spring to Rockwell Collins, which qualified the company to compete for the potential 10-year, USD12.7 billion HMS manpack radio program.

It comes after customer testing which included the production and testing of 50 AN/PRC-162 two-channel, software-defined military communication radios, based on the company’s TruNet networked communications solution family of products.

Next year, HMS manpack radios will undergo field-based risk reduction testing.

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The Portuguese communications specialist EID (part of British company Cohort plc) has been awarded an approx. EUR1 million contract by the Bangladeshi Army for the supply of CD-116/IP tactical field switchboards. The CD-116/IP offers interfaces for analogue and VoIP telephones, data terminals and combat net radios and multiple solutions for networking, from IP to ISDN and analogue alternatives, via radio relay, optical fibre, satellite and others.

The Portuguese firm has supplied switchboards to the Bangladeshi Army since 2011, with the latest being the seventh order of field communications equipment from the Asian customer.

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Oshkosh Defense announced that the US Army has placed another order for the JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) 4×4 high-mobility protected vehicle program including 748 vehicles and 2,359 installed and packaged kits.  The order valued at more than USD195 million, is the fifth order for JLTV vehicle since the contract was awarded in August 2015.

The JLTV program is currently in low rate initial production. The program anticipates a full rate production decision in 2019, with the first US Army unit equipped by mid-2019 and both us Army and US Marine Corps initial operating capability (IOC) in early 2020.

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Rheinmetall announced it has recently booked two orders for air defence systems. Two foreign governments have ordered air defence hardware and related services for their air forces. Total value of the two orders comes to around EUR220 million. The orders were booked in June 2017, Rheinmetall said. Delivery will take place through to 2021.

A new customer country has ordered two Skyguard 3 air defence systems. Each system consists of a Skyguard 3 fire control unit as well as two 35mm Oerlikon GDF009 towed automatic cannons. The same country is expected to place additional orders in the medium term.

Another nation has now opted to add Skyguard 1 fire units to its inventory. The order also encompasses 35mm ammunition, simulators, related test equipment as well as training on location. Follow-on orders are expected to come within the next five years.

(Skyguard 3 air defence systems, Rheinmetall).

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