Indian Venture: Lockheed Martin agrees to invest 428 million Indian rupees (US$9.1 million) for a 26% stake in an Indian joint venture with Tata Advanced Systems to produce defense equipment and aircraft parts.
Simulators have become key to maintaining proficiency with aircraft, ship systems, and even infantry weapons, without firing expensive equipment, incurring expensive flight costs, or having to be on board a ship when you’re in the 2nd crew.
The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, FL recently awarded up to $80 million in indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity multiple-award contracts. They cover services in support of over 900 training simulators for the Navy, and for non-Navy and Foreign Military Sales customers. Services will include contractor operation and maintenance; contract instruction; training device modifications; training device relocations; training system management; in-service engineering office support; spares/product support; and other related trainer support services…
Boeing announces completion of the final milestone for the MHFCS project. (July 8/10)
To provide Australian armed forces with an integrated communications system, the Australian Defence Force contracted with Boeing Defence Australia, a subsidiary of US-based Boeing, to deploy an integrated HF communications system throughout the country, replacing the separate HF communications systems operated by each service.
The A$628 million (US$547 million) system – called the Modernized High Frequency Communications System (MHFCS) – provides the ADF with a nation-wide secure command and control network for all of the armed forces. The project is divided into two phases [pdf] – the MHFCS core system and the final system. The core system was delivered in October 2004, and the final system was introduced into service on Sept 24/09. The Australia Minister of Defence Material and Science formally accept the final system from Boeing on May 13/10.