Nov 29, 2010 16:48 UTC
Swiss Pz 87
Switzerland became a Leopard 2 tank customer under Armament Program 84, with 380 Leopard 2A4 variants delivered as “Pz 87s” from 1987-1993. The Swiss military has been drawing down sharply over the last decade and a half, with many tanks mothballed into storage. With plans for a smaller defense force firmly set, some of those tanks are being converted or sold.
The Swiss recently converted 12 of their tanks to AEV-3 Kodiak/Geniepanzer Armored Engineering Vehicles, as a partnership between Rheinmetall and the Swiss firm RUAG. The type has received export orders, but Leopard 2 tanks aren’t being manufactured any more. Some countries can use stocks of existing Leopard 2 tanks for conversion, but that won’t be true for every customer. Fortunately for the partnership, in November 2010, aramsuisse announced the sale of another 42 tanks to Rheinmetall, for conversion to “protected special vehicles.” The tanks they’re receiving are being delivered without weapons or communications system, which wouldn’t be useful to Rheinmetall anyway. That equipment will be kept by the Swiss armed forces, as spares. Tank deliveries will begin before the end of 2010, per undisclosed sale terms. Swiss government.
Nov 29, 2010 14:53 UTC
White Sands Missile Range
New Mexico Technology Group, LLC in El Paso, TX recently won a 6-year, $84.4 million cost-plus-award-fee contract for mission support services, to support the testing mission at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The 3,200 square mile White Sands range is used for testing equipment ranging from missiles to satellite communications. It was also the site of the “Trinity” test, which detonated the world’s first atomic bomb.
Work will be performed at the White Sands Missile Range, NM, and will run until Nov 30/16. Three bids were solicited with 3 bids received by the White Sands Mission & Installation Contracting Center (W9124Q-07-C-0504).