BAE Systems awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to equip the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 GCS (Global Combat Ship) combat ship with the MK 41 VLS (Vertical Launching System) missile launcher.

The MK 41 VLS system is capable of launching anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface and strike-length missiles.

Each Type 26 GCS ship will be equipped with three 8-cell MK 41 VLS modules. BAE Systems’ initial order includes nine MK 41 VLS modules, enough for the first three ships of the class.

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AM General was awarded an USD11,843,793 modification contract to procure an additional 60 M1167 HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) 4×4 protected vehicles for the US Army National Guard.

Work will be completed date on December 31, 2018.

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Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order for an A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) multi-mission aircraft from Europe’s organisation for the management of cooperative armament programmes (OCCAR) on behalf of NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA).

The order follows the announcement on 14 February of Belgium’s official accession to the MMF (Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet) programme, which already consists of Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway and Germany.

An amendment to the original MMF contract adds the aircraft to the seven previously ordered. The contract also includes three additional options to enable other nations to join the programme and provides for two years of initial support.

The programme is funded by the five nations who will have the exclusive right to operate these NATO–owned aircraft in a pooling arrangement. The aircraft will be configured for in-flight refuelling, the transport of passengers and cargo, and medical evacuation flights.

Airbus Defence and Space will deliver the eight aircraft between 2020 and 2024.

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A fleet of Schiebe lElektronische Geraete’s CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned air systems were commissioned by MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, to fulfill a contract with an international customer.

(CAMCOPTER S-100, Schiebe lElektronische Geraete’s).

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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.

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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.

SPIKE MISSILE b(EuroSpike, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems).

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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.

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