February's top stories: MBDA and PGZ sign missile cooperation agreement, DLA awards JETS contract

MBDA and PGZ sign missile cooperation agreement, and DLA awards $6bn JETS support contract to Leidos. Army-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from February 2017.


MBDA and Poland’s PGZ sign missile cooperation agreement

European guided-missile manufacturers MBDA and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) agreed to cooperate on a number of a new naval and air-launched missile projects.

PGZ managing board president Arkadiusz Siwko said: “Following a month-long negotiations process we have reached an agreement on deep co-operation and exchange of technologies between the companies composing PGZ, and the facilities of MBDA.

“Thanks to this we are now confident that we can obtain the competences and deliver a number of military programmes, especially the ‘Narew’ short range air defence system, among others. This is a very important day for us, as it opens the perspective of co-operation between defence industries in European countries which are Nato members.”

DLA awards $6bn JETS support contract to Leidos

The US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) awarded a $6bn contract to Leidos to support the J6 Enterprise Technology Services (JETS) programme.

Leidos will compete for task orders related to 21 Task Areas, ranging from network and technology services to application development and sustainment, including information assurance and cybersecurity, systems engineering and enterprise architecture support, as well  other technology and programme support services.

Leidos defence and intelligence president Tim Reardon said: "We look forward to applying our innovative enterprise information technology services to the JETS programme to ensure DLA information Operations (J6) achieves its mission to support the Department of Defense (DoD) community with the highest quality information systems, customer support, efficient and economical computing, and data management.”

German soldiers receive tactical equipment for training in Lithuania

The German armed forces, Bundeswehr, delivered military equipment to Lithuania for training purposes.

Approximately 60 units of tactical equipment, which includes Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), Leopard tanks and Dachs engineer tanks, were delivered to the country.

The majority of German soldiers deployed in Lithuania are from the German Armed Forces' 122th Mechanised Infantry Battalion and 12th Mechanised Infantry Brigade.

Russia accused of violating INF treaty after cruise missile deployment

Russia reportedly violated an arms control treaty signed with the US by secretly deploying a new cruise missile.

The deployment of the ground-launched SSC-8 cruise missile was first reported by The New York Times.

Signed between the US and Russia in 1987, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty requires both countries to eliminate ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500km and 5,500km.

General Dynamics wins $308m contract to upgrade Canadian Army's LAV III vehicles

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada secured a C$404m ($308m) contract to upgrade the Canadian Army's fleet of Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III vehicles.

The contract requires the company to enhance the performance and survivability of 141 LAV III vehicles, while reducing maintenance costs.

The vehicles will be transformed into the new LAV 6.0 configuration, which features a double-V hull, on-board vetronics, and protection and mobility enhancements.

India test-fires exo-atmospheric interceptor missile

India successfully test-fired an exo-atmospheric interceptor missile, the Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV), from Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha state.

During the test conducted on 11 February, the PDV successfully intercepted an incoming ballistic missile target, according to media sources.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quoted by NDTV as saying: "Today our scientists have made a missile that could attack an incoming missile in the sky, only four to five countries in the world have done this."

Rockwell to launch new mixed reality training system at Avalon 2017

Rockwell Collins was set to launch a new mixed reality training system, named Coalescence, at the Avalon aerospace and defence exhibition in Australia.

The new Coalescence mixed reality system facilitates mixed reality training for air, land and sea domains.

This training system uses Rockwell Collins EP-80 PC Image Generator software on a commercial gaming PC, allowing trainees to interact with items in their actual environment while immersed in virtual reality.

UK Defence Secretary confirms £1.7bn to upgrade Scottish military bases

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed that the government will invest £1.7bn in order to modernise Scottish military bases.

According to Fallon, Scotland will incorporate a wide range of major defence capabilities by 2020, thereby enhancing the UK's national security.

Fallon said: “Scotland is on the frontline of defending the UK from growing threats at sea, in the air, and on land.

“Our commitment to the future of defence in Scotland is underlined by increasing investment in better infrastructure for the armed forces helping to keep us safe.”

Harris wins $403m US Army communications support contract

Harris received a $403m single-award contract to continue providing communications support to the US Army.

Awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the contract requires the company to supply tactical radio spares and components for DLA Land and Maritime and the US Army Communications-Electronics Command.

The latest five-year contract is said to be a continuation and expansion of previous contracts with the DLA.

GD wins $155m contract from DIA to manage enterprise communications

The US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) awarded a $155m task order to General Dynamics (GD) Information Technology to manage enterprise communications for the Combatant Commands and its subordinate units.

The Enterprise Communications Services 2 (ECS2) contract was awarded under DIA's Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (E-SITE) indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract vehicle.

The five-year contract requires the company to manage and expand the secure voice, video and data services required by the Combatant Commands and its subordinate units.