Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer has presented the only bid for a $234.5 million contract to sell 22 light combat aircraft to Colombia, the Colombian government said on June 15. The government will now study the bid for Tucano T-27 propeller-driven aircraft, the defense ministry said.
Interestingly, in November 2002 the Colombian Defense Ministry bowed out of a deal to buy 24 Tucano aircraft after word from the US Southern Command that the proposed $234 million purchase could jeopardize aid to Colombia.
The Pakistani paper Dawn reports that Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to step up efforts to boost trade and cooperation between their defense industries, and also propose to increase the trade volume between the two countries to at least $1 billion from the current level of $400 million.
The U.S. Navy is asking for proposals from ad agencies as part of a regular review for its $60-90 million media account, according to AdWeek. The U.S. military generally picks an agency for a one-year term that has four relatively easy renewal opportunities, ending in a more major review every five years. The current incumbent, IPG’s Cambell-Ewald, will see its contract expire at the end of September 2005.
Cambell-Ewald saw its account expanding rapidly, with the Navy approving a special contract expansion agreement in January to boost media weight by about $10 million. All major service branches have increased their online recruiting efforts several-fold. MarketingVOX has further details.
Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. in Arlington, VA received $30 million for Task Order 0013 under a cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity construction contract (N62470-04-D-4017) for construction of Detention Camp #6 and Security Fence at U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay.
European missile maker MBDA signed June 15 an agreement with the EADS to buy its 81% stake in Germany’s LFK-Lenkflugkorpersysteme GmbH DBA as EADS/LFK. MBDA already owns the other 19%, thus giving it 100% ownership of the German firm. Germany is the third largest missile market in Europe, and the former EADS/LFK has a 25% share of the multi-billion MEADS project.