EADS increases Bundeswehr efficiency


In this World Wide Wrap: EADS increases Bundeswehr efficiency, Northrop Grumman wins contract, Thales, Boeing sign defence contract, and Lockheed goes green.

EADS increases Bundeswehr efficiency

The German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has placed the third tranche order worth more than €40 million with EADS Defense and Security, reports EADS.

This is for the operations support system that prepares, plans and executes missions for the NH90 European transport helicopter.

This is a significant step in the direction of using a uniform operations support system for helicopters of the Army Aviation Corps and the Air Force. That also means the helicopter systems will be interoperable with NATO systems.

Northrop Grumman wins contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a Missile Defense Agency (MDA) contract for the second phase of a five-and-a-half year programme to develop the Advanced Track Illuminator Laser, states Northrop Grumman Corporation.

The entire four-phase programme will support MDA and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory in building the next generation Cryo Yb solid-state laser track illuminator, while significantly improving packaging density and electrical efficiency.

“ATILL is the latest example of Northrop Grumman`s technological leadership in solid-state laser innovation,” said Alexis Livanos, corporate VP and president of Northrop Grumman`s Space Technology sector.

Thales, Boeing sign defence contract

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract to Thales UK in partnership with Boeing for the System-of-Systems Integrator (SOSI) role on the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) programme, reports Boeing Company.

The initial six-month contract, valued at £4 million (US$8 million), defines the framework for the SOSI`s ongoing role in the subsequent phases of this key programme, which will provide the British Army with a new family of medium-weight, network-enabled armoured vehicles.

The role of the SOSI is to drive the successful delivery of a coherent FRES capability.

Lockheed goes green

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognised Lockheed Martin for the company`s leading green power purchase and participation in the agency`s Green Power Partnership, according to Lockheed Martin.

Three Lockheed Martin facilities have been named in the agency`s Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge List, which recognises corporations that reduce environmental impacts associated with electricity use.

Lockheed Martin`s Baltimore/Washington area facilities purchased more than 25 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy in 2007, which ties Lockheed Martin for 23rd on the list of corporations participating in the Green Power Challenge.