Novosti in Russia and western media outlets like Reuters are reporting that Russia will sell about 30 Tor M-1 (SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile systems. Greece had bought 21 of the systems and had the right to another 29, but scrapped the deal in the late 1990s. Those missiles will now find their way to Iran, where they will be emplaced between 2006-2008 around the Bushehr nuclear power plant. That reactor is due to be completed by Russia in 2007, and is widely seen as a component of Iran’s atomic bomb program.
The SA-15 can reportedly identify up to 48 targets and fire at two targets simultaneously at a height of 20 to 6,000 meters (60-20,000 feet). It is capable of engaging aircraft, helicopters, UAV, precision-guided weapons and various types of guided missiles. Interfax news agency separately quoted a source as saying the deal, which would also include modernising Iran’s air force and supplying some patrol boats, was worth more than $1 billion, including $700 million or so for the SA-15s.
Mid-tier defense conglomerate L-3 Communications has signed an agreement to acquire maritime electrical and electronics system supplier SAM Electronics GmbH (SAM) for U.S. $150 million in cash, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. L-3 sees the sale as a fit with its existing power and controls business, and believes this will expand their opportunities in both new ship integration and power conversions as more ships migrate from mechanical systems to electric power. It also provides cross-geographic opportunities to SAM’s products in the USA, and some of L-3’s products in Germany and Asia – if the companies can execute.
The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first half of 2006 and to be slightly accretive to L-3’s earnings. SAM is expected to generate approximately $320 million of sales for the year ending December 31, 2006. No word yet on where SAM will fit into L-3’s revised corporate structure, though “Specialty Products” seems a good bet.
The US Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM has issued a contract to establish Innovation-Nodes (iNodes), which will be small, flexible organizations that execute Rapid Reaction Innovation solution efforts or tasks. It’s all part of a concept called the Innovation Network (iNet), also referred to as iSUN (Innovative Solutions to Urgent Needs) – see this iNet/iNode briefing page, and this 2005 presentation [PDF format]
Applied Minds in Glendale, CA (FA9453-06-D-0103) and Raytheon Co. in Tucson, AZ (FA9453-06-D-0104) received indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contracts under the iNodes/iSUN program. The Air Force can issue specific delivery orders to the contract winners totaling up to $30 million, although it can choose to spend less. Solicitation began September 2005, negotiations were complete November 2005, and work will be complete by November 2008.
The firm has nearly 300 employees working in the areas of robotics, space instruments, launchers and solar arrays, with unique expertise in lightweight, rigid and strong structural components. The very next day after the acquisition was announced, however, EADS Space CEO Francois Auque told French daily Les Echos that “Whatever happens, we already know that 700 job cuts will be necessary in the coming three years; 500 engineering assistants for our subcontractors, and 200 at EADS Space Transportation”, the rocket launching unit of EADS Space.
Vision Technology, Inc. subsidiary VT Halter Marine Inc. of Pascagoula, MS received a $28.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for functional design of the Egyptian Navy’s Fast Missile Craft (FMC) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.
The vessels will be approximately 203 ft. (62 m) in length and will incorporate ship signature control technology. High speed and maneuverability will be two of their primary assets, and the vessels will also incorporate numerous combat system assets and electronic sensors that give them capabilities in anti-aircraft, anti-surface, and electronic warfare. They would appear to be envisioned as peers with Israel’s Saar 5 Class corvettes. Efforts required under the contract include…