By David Pugliese
Peerless Garments LP of Winnipeg has received a multi-year contract from the Canadian government for the manufacture and delivery of enhanced combat uniforms (ECU) for the Canadian Armed Forces. The contract has a maximum production value of $18.2-million to Peerless consisting of a firm order valued at $6-million for the delivery of 18,000 jackets and 38,760 trousers to the Canadian military. The firm noted that there are also two options for similar quantities having a combined maximum value of $12.2-million, exercisable during the third and fourth years following the award date.
This ECU contract is a follow-on to the New Enhanced Combat Uniform contract awarded to Peerless in 2012. Peerless has been a key supplier to the Canadian military since the early 1950s during which time it has developed strong expertise in working with highly technical fabrics and manufacturing garments to rigid specifications.
Rheinmetall has been awarded a Challenger 2 Life Extension Program Assessment Phase contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). The British Army is seeking to extend the service life of the Challenger 2 main battle tank through to 2035. During the assessment phase, Rheinmetall will develop solutions in line with user requirements set by the MOD. The program includes addressing existing obsolescence issues, with Rheinmetall offering options that will sustain the capability and effectiveness of the Challenger 2.
At the end of the assessment phase Rheinmetall will make an offer for the demonstration, manufacture and in-service contract phases. If successful, under current planning, this contract would see Rheinmetall becoming the Design Authority for the Challenger 2 and cover the modification of Challenger 2 tanks to Mk 2 standard.
BMT Fleet Technology Limited has been awarded a one-year contract by Public Services and Procurement Canada to deliver integrated logistics support training to the Department of National Defence.
This contract will run for an initial period of one year, with two subsequent option years. BMT says it will draw upon the integrated logistics support (ISL) team based at its Ottawa headquarters, as well as its global network of experts, to deliver a comprehensive package of training aimed at understanding best practice and ILS principles.
ATLAS ELEKTRONIK has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support for the modernization of three mine-hunting vessels of the Frankenthal class (Type 332) currently in service with the German navy.
The objective of this project, which bears the designation MJ 332 CL, is to equip the three boats with the Integrated Mine Counter-Measure System (IMCMS) as well as ATLAS ELEKTRONIK’s mine disposal vehicle SeaFox. On top of that, the vessels will be given the capability for controlling the Seehund ROV (remote-operated vehicle), which until now has only been integrated on the minesweepers of the Ensdorf class (Type 352). In addition to the shipboard adaptations, a shore-based training and testing facility is to be established and taken into service. The project is planned to run until 2020.
Field Aviation, which has facilities in Calgary and Toronto, and ASELSAN, a Turkish Armed Forces Foundation Company and Turkey’s leading defence electronics contractor, announced that they are jointly developing a new special mission aircraft platform. The platform is based on a Bombardier Challenger 605, which is being considerably modified for the aircraft’s specific mission requirements, the companies say. The aircraft modifications will be comprised of a missionized interior with multiple operator stations and critical structural aerodynamic alterations.
“At Field Aviation, we are experts in integrating and certifying complicated mission systems into many aircraft platforms. ASELSAN recognizes this, and our track record allows them to focus on the mission system and its performance,” Brian Love, Field Aviation’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “This is a very complicated program where Field Aviation is once again being challenged to create unprecedented modifications, and we will deliver.”
L-3 Communications recently announced it has changed its name to L3 Technologies, Inc. The new name capitalizes on L-3’s strong brand equity, while better reflecting the company’s evolution into a leading global provider of a broad range of technology solutions, the firm noted in a news release.
Norway’s proposed purchase of five Boeing P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft has been approved by the U.S. State Department. The deal is valued at more than $1.7-billion. Norway operates a fleet of six P-3 aircraft.
The prime contractor involved in this sale is The Boeing Company. Additional contractors include Canadian firms or organizations, including Arnprior Aerospace, Canadian Commercial Corporation and WESCAM, a subsidiary of L3.
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards recently announced the appointment of Tony Tinto to Vice President, Planning & Estimating. He joined Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) in 2006 as a project manager, before moving over to affiliate company Vancouver Drydock in 2007 in a similar capacity. In 2012, Tony returned to VSY as Director, Planning & Production Control, and was appointed to the role of interim Vice President, Planning & Estimating in November 2016. Prior to his arrival at Seaspan in 2006, Tony worked as a Design & Engineering Manager for Westbay SonShip & Yachts.
As part of the Seaspan Shipyards senior leadership team, Tony is responsible for providing direction on network planning, detail planning and production control, as well as estimating for new ship construction.
“As a senior management professional with extensive planning/construction and project management experience, Tony is a results-oriented leader with a proven ability in the management and execution of significant design and shipbuilding contracts,” said Brian Carter, President of Seaspan Shipyards.
Héroux-Devtek Inc. recently signed a contract with Swedish defence and security company Saab AB for the production of complete landing gear systems for the Gripen E fighter aircraft.
Under the terms of the agreement, Héroux-Devtek will manufacture, assemble and deliver complete landing gear systems for the Gripen E, the firm noted. Operations will be mainly carried out from the corporation’s facilities located in the United Kingdom.
Based on current program status, this new contract covers a total of 96 aircraft, representing firm orders for the Gripen E for the Swedish and Brazilian air forces. It also includes the provision of spare parts. Deliveries are expected to begin in calendar year 2017.