The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Airbus Defence and Space to provide satellite airtime for air and ground tracking of ground assets and helicopters on a worldwide basis.
The contract is for the provision of Iridium Short Burst Data and Iridium Rudics Data Minutes for the MOD's established Asset Tracking System (ATS), Helicopter ATS (HeATS) and Ground ATS (GrATS), the company announced in its press release on Wednesday.
The UK ATS meets Operational Command situational awareness requirements by providing the location of tracked ground and air assets in near real-time.
The strategic importance of the ATS requires reliability across all of its components including the satellite airtime provided by Airbus Defence and Space to transmit GPS data from assets in the field.
Italian Ministry of Defense and French Defense procurement agency DGA will Ariane 5 launch Sicral 2 military telecommunications satellite on April 15, Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales and Finmeccanica said in a statement Wednesday. After being developed at the Thales Alenia Space plants in Rome, lAquila, Cannes and Toulouse, the satellite has been integrated in Rome and Turin facilities and then underwent environmental tests at the company's plant in Cannes
The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) took delivery of EC225 helicopter equipped with advanced search and rescue mission systems from Airbus Helicopters Monday. This is the last of three EC225s ordered by JCG in July 2011; the earlier two having been delivered last year
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Airbus announced today that it has signed an agreement with Dynamatic Technologies Ltd for procuring flap-track beams for A330 aircraft. The agreement is the largest manufacturing contract between Airbus and a private sector company in India and elevates Dynamatic to a global tier-1 supplier
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Airbus Defence and Space has signed as the leader of the industrial team (including Thales Alenia Space as co-prime contractor), a contract with the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAEAF) for the development, manufacture and launch of Falcon Eye, a high-performance optical Earth-observation satellite system. The contract was officially signed by the United Arab Emirates in August 2014 and is now entering into force
Lockheed Martin has won a $78 million contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to design and build a Chinook training facility in Hampshire that is the home of the Chinook fleet, Orlando Business Journal reported Thursday. The 12-year contract to deliver synthetic training for the Chinook crews involves designing, building and managing the facility and introducing the training system
Airbus Helicopters announced today that the French General Directorate for Armament (DGA) took delivery of 2 upgraded AS532 Cougar for the French Army Aviation on Friday the 13th March. Airbus Helicopters was awarded with modernization program, by the French General Directorate for Armament, for the 26 Cougar aircraft that are operated by the French Army Aviation
The British Ministry of Defence is inviting proposals to develop a prototype of high-power laser directed energy weapon; the announcement was made in press release on Wednesday. The meeting of potential suppliers for the development, called the Laser Directed Energy Weapon Capability Demonstrator, will be organized by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, which will be managing the estimated £100 million project
The United Kingdom is ready to offer Eurofighter aircraft if India scraps deal to acquire French Rafale jets, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Thursday. British authorities are aware that the “deal with Dassault has not gone smoothly,” Hammond was quoted as saying by Sputnik News on Thursday
BAE Systems announced Wednesday that it has won additional funding of £257M to cover the final phase of work to design a successor to the UK Royal Navys Vanguard class submarines. This follows previous contracts awarded to BAE Systems in 2012 valued at £328M and £315M to commence initial design
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