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© 2009 FrontLine Defence (Vol 6, No 5)

Rheinmetall to equip new German frigates with MLG 27 light naval guns
The German Navy has ordered another 12 MLG 27 light naval guns from Rheinmetall Defence. The order is worth around €11.6 million. Four new F125-class frigates, to be delivered starting in 2014, will each be equipped with two MLG 27 guns. Another four will be integrated into the new combat supply ship, the Bonn.

By April 2012, Rheinmetall will have supplied the German Navy with a total of 99 light naval guns for various classes of ­surface combatants. Since 2007, three foreign governments have ordered 49 of these guns, some of which are already entering service.

Installed without penetrating the deck, with remotely operation capability and day/night target tracking sensors, the 27mm weapon system provides navies with a reliable selfdefence capability in new operational scenarios such as counterterrorism, combating piracy and stopping smugglers. The dynamic gun carriage, high-precision optics and highly advanced ammunition technology assures effective engagement of light, agile surface targets.

Lockheed Martin delivers P-3 Orion Wings to Norway
September 2009 – Lockheed Martin delivered the first set of new production P-3 Orion wings to the company’s launch customer, the Royal Norwegian Air Force. The milestone delivery ushers in a new era of P-3 life cycle sustainment.

“We established the P-3 wing production line to ensure that our customers’ P-3s are patrolling the skies for decades to come. We’re proud to announce that our customers, beginning with the Royal Norwegian Air Force, will begin to reap the benefits of those efforts,” said Ray Burick, Lockheed Martin P-3/S-3 Programs vice president.

The new production wings are the cornerstone of Lockheed Martin’s P-3 Aircraft Service Life Extension Program (ASLEP). ASLEP replaces the outer wings, center wing lower surface assembly, horizontal stabilizer, wing and horizontal stabilizer leading edges and various filet fairings. All necessary fatigue-life limiting structures are replaced, leading to significantly reduced maintenance and sustainment costs. New alloys are employed that provide a fivefold increase in corrosion resistance. ASLEP is the only solution that removes all current airframe flight restrictions on the P-3.

The RNoAF will receive six life extension kits, two conditional kits and engineering support under the contract. Other ASLEP customers to date include U.S. ­Customs & Border Protection, Canada and Taiwan. Additionally, the U.S. Navy has contracted with Lockheed Martin for 13 sets of P-3 outer wings.

DCNS wins French submarine fleet contract to supply torpedo countermeasures
September 2009 – DCNS will supply and install torpedo counter-measures for the French Navy’s entire submarine fleet. The contract, signed with the French defence procurement agency (DGA), calls for the supply and installation of Nemesis torpedo countermeasure systems on the nuclear-powered French submarine fleet.

Designed to protect submarines against all types of light- and heavyweight torpedoes, it can either jam their sensors or launch decoys until the torpedo loses contact with its target. Its innovative concept gives Nemesis the evolvability to cope with emerging threats, making it effective against both new-generation and older types designed in the 1970s.

DCNS specialises in the design, development, production and maintenance of underwater weapons and is a world leader in lightweight torpedoes, heavyweight torpedoes, torpedo countermeasures and autonomous underwater vehicles. The contract is being handled by the Group’s Underwater Weapons business unit.

Raytheon Canada awarded weapon system overhaul and conversion contract
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $180 million contract from the Canadian Navy to conduct 30 sets of overhauls and convert 21 Phalanx close-in weapon systems. Raytheon will upgrade the Phalanx Block 1B Baseline and provide repair services and spares, as well as additional engineering and technical support. The work will be performed at the Raytheon Canada Limited Support Services Division Naval Support Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

“This is the largest contract to date for our Canadian operations in Calgary,” said Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC. “It affirms our expertise in maintaining and upgrading ­military systems for our allies, and further strengthens our strong relationship with the Canadian government and its armed forces.”

Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20 mm Gatling-gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated all other ship defense systems. The Phalanx Block 1B surface mode provides both a radar and a thermal imager for target identification and rapid tactical actions in the cluttered near-shore environment. More than 850 Phalanx systems have been built and deployed in the navies of 24 nations.

Raytheon has provided total life-cycle support for the Phalanx to DND since 1994. “This contract extends our work on the system to 2017,” said Ron Guidinger, VP of Raytheon Canada Support Services.

OSI Geospatial R&D Contracts with US Army
OSI Geospatial Inc. announced that its U.S. Systems Operations has signed contracts (approximately $2.0M) with the U.S. Army to further develop and enhance its command and control technology to meet future operational requirements. “The U.S. Army continues to invest in our command and control technology,” said Ken Kirkpatrick, president and CEO of OSI Geospatial.

OSI Geospatial provides Training Simulator to the Royal Netherlands Navy
OSI Geospatial Inc. announced today that its International Systems Operations has signed a contract (approximately $400,000) with the Dutch Defence Materiel Organization to provide a classroom-based Warship ECDIS Training Simulator for use by the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Naval Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. Later this year, OSI will deliver and install a 17 seat simulator that will be used to train students in the use of the company's world-leading ECPINS(R)-W system.

EMRISE RF Devices Prevent Remote Detonation of IEDs
Emrise Corporation, a multi-national manufacturer of defense and aerospace electronic devices and communications equipment, has received an initial $1.4 million order for radio frequency (RF) devices to be used in a major new program for vehicle-mounted, radio-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) jamming systems for the U.S. military. These RF devices are expected to be for vehicles not included in other programs that already use the devices. They are expected to ship in the near term future.

RCIED jamming systems are designed to prevent the detonation of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Often called roadside bombs, IEDs wound or kill substantial numbers of people in military conflicts and terrorist attacks around the world.

Emrise Chairman and CEO, Carmine T. Oliva, said that the Company’s sales under this new program could potentially exceed sales from any previous RCIED program. “I am confident that the initial order for this new program is largely due to our long-term involvement and close working relationship with the designers of these jamming systems and our track record for the production and delivery of very high quality RF products for critical military applications,” said Oliva.

RCIED jamming systems remain a ­priority for “force protection” programs. Oliva is hopeful that Emrise will receive additional orders for this new program.

French Navy orders three new multimission frigates
At the production launch of France’s second multimission frigate, the Normandie, French Minister for Defence, Mr Hervé Morin, signed an order with DCNS for additionalmultimission frigates vessels. This brings France’s total order to 11 vessels scheduled for delivery from 2012 to 2022.

This amendment to the FREMM contract calls for the development and construction of three additional vessels, two in air defence configuration, as well as capability enhancements for all frigates in the series, and a delivery schedule of one vessel every 10 months. It also calls for operational support for these state-of-the-art ­vessels in their first years of service.

“DCNS is proud to be part of Europe’s most ambitious naval cooperation programme,” said Patrick Boissier, CEO of DCNS.

The programme represents a significant increase in workload for DCNS and its industrial partners. The Brittany region of France will be the main employment bene­ficiary. The FREMM project provides 3 million hours of employment each year and almost 50 million hours over the duration of the programme(2006 to 2022).

The frigates are heavily armed with state-of-the-art weapon systems and equipment, including the Herakles multifunction radar, MU90 torpedoes and Aster and Exocet MM40 missiles. Highly automated to allow reduced crewing, they offer unparalleled levels of interoperability and readiness.

US Army chooses Aimpoint  sight as close combat optic
Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in electronic red dot sighting technology, has been awarded a new contract from the U.S. Army for supply of up to 565,783 M68 Close Combat Optic rifle sights. The Aimpoint CompM4s was chosen following extensive evaluations and competitive trials by the Army’s R&D Command (ARDEC) in New Jersey. Aimpoint was the only manufacturer whose product fulfilled the rigorous testing criteria during this evaluation. The Aimpoint CompM4s, features a battery compartment positioned near the sight base which gives the sight a streamlined profile and places the switch and battery in a more protected position. A ruggedized switch knob has been integrated as part of the battery compartment housing and features 7 night vision compatible settings and 9 daylight settings. The modular QRP2 mount maximizes product application for all M4 Carbines and M16 rifles, and eliminates the need for a separate mounting ring. The latest ACET diode circuitry allows the sight to run continuously for up to 8 years on a single battery, and features an internal voltage regulator that makes it possible to utilize any AA sized battery found worldwide for power. The sight features a 2 minute-of-angle (MOA) dot size, making it perfectly suited for use with Aimpoint s 3X Magnifier, Aimpoint Concealed Engagement Unit, and all generations of night vision devices.
 
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