Dec 21, 2010 15:48 UTC
Elbit Systems Ltd. recently announced a $16 million contract from the Polish Ministry of National Defense to supply a testing set of mobile multi-sensor monitoring and surveillance systems for Poland’s Rosomak, a variant of Patria’s 8×8 AMV wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier.
The consortium of Elbit Systems Land, Elbit C4I-Tadiran and the Polish Military Communication Institute will give the APC with surveillance payloads that include TV, thermal vision systems, a motion detection battlefield surveillance radar unit, encrypted communications systems, and an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) which is presumed to be Elbit’s Skylark. The project will be performed in cooperation with the local Polish industries.
Dec 21, 2010 13:31 UTC
The US Navy’s Fleet and Industrial Supply Center in San Diego, CA has awarded 4 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award task order contracts for wireless service and devices. The maximum dollar value for all contracts, including the base period and one 6-month option period, is $96 million. Work will be performed in various continental United States locations, and is expected to be complete in June 2012.
This requirement was awarded through full and open competition via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online and Federal Business Opportunities websites, with 5 offers received. The 4 winners may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract; they are:
- AT&T Mobility, LLC, Hanover, Md. (N00244-11-D-0002)
- Sprint-Nextel, Reston, Va. (N00244-11-D-0003)
- T-Mobile USA, Inc., Bellevue, Wash. (N00244-11-D-0004)
- Verizon Wireless, Laurel, Md. (N00244-11-D-0005)
Dec 20, 2010 18:13 UTC
Fill ‘er up!
The US military uses far more fuel than any branch of the American government, and the US Air Force uses far more fuel than the other services. DID has spotlighted the magnitude of these buys before, in March 2009 and March 2006, as a way of driving this reality home. The phenomenon has also been examined by organizations like the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Brookings Institute, both of whom have raised concerns about meeting that demand in future.
March is not the only month for fuel contracts by any means, as purchases continue throughout the year. These purchases are handled by the US military’s Defense Logistics Agency Energy, located in Fort Belvoir, VA. To date, December 2010 fuel contracts total $1,551,570,807.
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Dec 16, 2010 14:41 UTC
C-27J: Isn’t he adorable?
Initial order drops to 3 planes. (Dec 16/10)
In February 2006, Finmeccanica announced that its C-27J Spartan (aka. “Baby Herc”), developed as a joint venture between its Alenia Aeronautica subsidiary and Lockheed Martin, had been finalized as Bulgaria’s choice to replace its current fleet of Antonov An-26 “Curl” airlifters. The Bulgarians want up to 8 C-27Js, which share significant commonalities with the C-130J Hercules that extend to most of their avionics and their engines as well as their look.
The “Baby Hercs” will be used for troops and material transport within Bulgaria, and may also participate in NATO operations (Bulgaria has been a NATO member since April 2004) as they are fully compliant with civil and military interoperability standards. The deal was eventually set as 5 C-27Js for EUR 91.8 million… but that has changed.
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Dec 15, 2010 14:17 UTC
AMOS on AMV
Patria’s twin-barreled AMOS 120mm mortar turret is about to begin production, thanks to an order from the Finnish government for an initial set of 18 systems, for fielding in 2013. The EUR 120 million development contract was signed in 2003, and the most recent amendment begins series production. Patria.
AMOS has a range of just 10 km, which is typical for mortars but short for artillery. It makes up for that shorter reach by using the same ammunition as infantry mortar teams; and by traveling on an armored vehicle that can move into range, under fire, without ever exposing the crew. Firing can commence within 30 seconds of reaching the desired position, and the combination of twin barrels and modern system allow it to fire multiple rounds that all land in the target area at the same time (MRSI). To date, AMOS has been integrated with Patria’s AMV wheeled APC(Armored Personnel Carrier), BAE’s popular CV90 tracked IFV(Infantry Fighting Vehicle), and small boats. Patria has also developed a lighter, less expensive single-barrel version called NEMO, which has already received orders from some export customers.