October's top stories: Booz Allen’s contract, Australia to train Iraqi soldiers

Booz Allen received $937m threat mitigation contract to protect the US Armed Forces, the Australian and New Zealand are set to train another 2,000 soldiers, and Thales received €820m contract to supply PMVs to the Australian Defence Force. Army-technology.com wraps up key headlines from October 2015.


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Booz Allen wins $937m global threat mitigation programme contract

Booz Allen Hamilton received a contract to strengthen national security interests at home and abroad and protect the US Armed Forces against evolving and emerging threats.

The $937m Global Threat Mitigation Program (GTMP) award requires the company to conduct regional strategic planning as well as threat and intelligence analyses and assessments.

Booz Allen will help develop and implement an enterprise-wide methodology and approach for training management and curriculum development.

Raytheon introduces next-generation TOW EagleFire launcher

Raytheon

Raytheon introduced the next-generation, tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) EagleFire launcher, developed to fire both wire-guided and wireless radio frequency missiles.

The TOW weapon system includes multi-mission TOW 2A, TOW 2B Aero and Tow Bunker Buster missiles.

Developed to bridge existing launcher capabilities and reduce obsolescence issues, the new launcher is claimed to offer increased capabilities over the TOW 2 launcher at a lower cost.

Orbital to deliver medium and large-calibre ammunition to US and allied militaries

Orbital ATK secured a series of contracts to supply medium and large-calibre ammunition to multiple US and allied military forces.

Awarded by the US Army Project Manager Manoeuvre Ammunition Systems, the contracts have total value of $105m, and cover the delivery of a range of 20mm, 25mm and 30mm tactical and target practice ammunition for use with air, sea and land weapons platforms.

Orders for large calibre ammunition cover the full-rate production of ATK's next-generation 120mm kinetic energy anti-tank cartridge, M829A4 that recently secured type classification and also passed its initial lot acceptance testing.

Australian and New Zealand forces to train another 2,000 Iraqi soldiers

Australia

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced that Australian and New Zealand armed forces are preparing to train another 2,000 soldiers for Iraqi operations.

The combined task group in Iraq has already trained more than 2,100 soldiers belonging to 1st Battalion, 71st Iraqi Army Brigade, who completed approximately two weeks of training in June.

This programme aims to train Iraqi Security Forces to a state where they are considered a self-sustaining capability for the Iraqi Government, and will also be supported by Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands and the US.

Saudi Arabia requests UH-60M Black Hawk sale from US

Black Hawk

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters and associated equipment to Saudi Arabia.

Under the estimated $495m sale, Saudi Arabia has requested the supply of nine UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, along with 21 T700-GE-701D engines, including 18 installed and three spares, 20 embedded global positioning systems with inertial navigation system, 12 AN/AAR-57, common missile warning systems, and 20 M240H 7.62mm machine guns.

Sikorsky Aircraft and General Electric Aircraft will serve as prime contractors for the FMS programme.

UK MoD to donate military equipment to Jordan to counter ISIL

The UK Government outlined its plan to supply military equipment to the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) to help them counter emergent threats on their borders.

Scheduled to be gifted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) as part of its contribution to developing the JAF Quick Reaction Force (QRF), the £2.5m package comprises a range of non-lethal equipment including transport vehicles, body armour, communications and IT equipment.

The package aims to develop Jordan's first, fully-deployable command and control capability, which will allow the country to deploy units to its borders to counter the threat from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

AeroVironment to supply RQ-11B Raven UAS to seven US allies

AeroVironment

AeroVironment received a contract to supply initial RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to undisclosed allied military forces.

Awarded by the US Army, the $18.4m firm-fixed-price contract requires the company to deliver RQ-11B Raven UAS, spare parts and contractor logistics services to seven allies through the US foreign military sales (FMS) programme.

AeroVironment Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment vice-president and general manager Kirk Flittie said: "Allied forces around the globe are increasingly relying on AeroVironment as the go-to source for small UAS that deliver powerful insight, on demand for valuable, real-time situational awareness - whenever and wherever needed.

Thales receives €820m Hawkei production contract from Australian Defence Force

Thales Australia received an A$1.3bn (€820m) contract to supply domestically manufactured Hawkei protected mobility vehicles (PMVs) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Under the contract, the company will deliver 1,100 Hawkei blast-proof armoured vehicles, as well as more than 1,000 trailers to strengthen the ADF's fleet and improve protection for soldiers, while enabling them to operate in high-risk areas.

Claimed to be the ADF's only helicopters-transportable PMV, the Hawkei is also expected to pioneer a next-generation communications management system to be developed in Australia by Thales.

Lockheed to supply additional Q-53 counterfire radars to US Army

Lockheed Martin secured a contract to supply additional AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) counterfire target acquisition radars to the US Army.

Under the $85m contract, the company will supply seven Q-53 systems to help ensure that the platform continues to keep troops safe from persistent insurgent attacks.

Previously known as EQ-36, AN/TPQ-53 is a quick reaction capability (QRC) mobile radar system designed to detect, classify and track in-flight projectiles fired from mortar, artillery and rocket systems using a 90° or continuous 360° sector search.

US and international militaries order additional HMMWVs from AM General

HMMWVs

AM General received a series of contracts and contract modifications to supply high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs) to the US and international militaries.

With a combined value of $42m, the contracts require the company to deliver new production vehicles, international ambulance vehicles, automotive kits, spare parts and training to Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Israel, Turkey, Kenya, Lebanon, and the US.

Manufactured at AM General's Mishawaka plant in Indiana, US, HMMWV is a four-wheel drive, military, light truck and provides a light tactical vehicle for command and control, special purpose shelter carriers and weapons platforms across all areas of the battlefield.