Finmeccanica subsidiary OTO Melara recently announced [PDF format] a EUR 80 million (currently about $108 million) pair of orders for naval gun systems to be mounted on Germany’s F125 frigates, where they will be integrated with EADS FuWES command & fire control systems. The final contracts are expected to be signed in the third quarter of the year, subject to the approval of the F125 program by the German parliament.
Germany has also selected the remote-controlled Hitrole(R) 12.7mm remote-control turret in the new Naval Tilting (NT) version. OTO Melara will provide a total of 25 12.7mm Hitrole NT systems under the ER 10 million contract: 5 on board each of the 4 frigates (TL = 20) and 5 on land for training purposes. The Hitrole RWS is currently serving with the Italian finance police and the UAE and Mexican navies, among others.
“When the ACU was first introduced, I was a big fan. Having lived and worked in the uniform for over in year in various field environments – including combat in Iraq – it is clear the goal has not yet been achieved. With a few changes, the Army can complete the process and ensure today’s Soldiers have a top-quality uniform ready to take them into combat.” — Eric Coulson, US Army officer, Iraq
BAE Systems Land & Armaments in York, PA received a delivery order amount of $23.4 million as part of a $41.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for Bradley Improvised Explosive Devices Belly Armor Kits.
Work will be performed in York, PA and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2007. This was a sole source contract initiated on Nov. 3, 2006 by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI (W56HZV-05-G-0005).
April 2/07: BAE Systems in Minneapolis, MN announces its second contract from General Dynamics to supply a 57-mm Mk 110 naval gun system as the main gun fitted to the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship [LCS 4]. The contract is worth $7.2 million, and includes options such as spare parts and training. The gun is scheduled to be delivered in 2008.
The gun’s Mk 295 ammunition allows the system to perform against aerial, surface or ground threats, with a firing rate of up to 220 rounds/minute. The Mk 110 is designed to have minimal deck penetration, and can be operated directly or by remote control. BAE Systems has now received 3 contracts from the LCS program contenders, for a total of 4 gun systems…