Selex ES recently announced it signed two contracts, together worth about 60 million euro, relating to the SWave Software Defined Radio (SDR) portable terminals and Tactical Mobility Night Vision Goggles (TM-NVG) for Italy’s Future Soldier program, which will modernize the systems and equipment of soldiers. The first supply consists of 2726 radio SDR Hand-Helds for the Italian Army’s light infantry troops.
Rockwell Collins Incorporated, Government Systems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $10,798,942 contract modification for production of Defense Advanced GPS Receivers (DAGRs). Foreign military sales are 3.9 percent of the current effort and include Australia, France, and Italy. Space and Missile Systems Command, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.
SELEX Sistemi Integrati recently signed two contracts with the Italian Ministry of Defence to support forces in Afghanistan. The first contract concerns the strengthening of the protection level for the forward operating bases and the forward support bases in service in Afghanistan. SELEX Sistemi Integrati will deliver surveillance integrated systems which include the man-portable LYRA10 radar and several electro-optical sensors.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $15,053,962 firm-fixed-price contract for the Italian Air Force MQ-9 Reaper Program providing for two MQ-9 Reaper air vehicles; three LYNX Block 30 radars; and one spare engine. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, was awarded an $18 million contract modification to provide contractor logistics support for the Italian Air Force MQ-9 Reaper program, including all logistics necessary to support the Italian Air Force main operating base and possibly a forward operating base. Aeronautical Systems Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Air Force-Europe (USAFE) has awarded ITT Systems, Colorado Springs, Colorado, the USAFE Communication Support Contract. The total potential value of the contract is almost $18 million over the course of six years. ITT will provide program management, communications equipment maintenance, logistics support, computers and computer peripherals and cellular instrument support for base communications throughout Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Turkey, as well as long-haul communications support across Europe.
AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced today that Italy's Ministry of Defense - Directorate of General Aeronautical Armament has selected AAI's Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems for the Italian Army. Under this 51 million euro-$64 million-award, Italy will purchase four Shadow systems for deployment alongside NATO forces.
Italy is moving toward a defense transformation that involves nonmilitary governmental organizations as well as traditional forces. Recognizing that many defense and homeland security activities are cross-functional, the Mediterranean nation is building a network-centric architecture that will connect all of its military elements along with civil security equivalents.
One of Europe’s industrial powerhouses is distributing its advanced research and manufacturing capabilities beyond their traditional geographic areas. In the past decade, Italy has enacted legislation to promote the creation of new businesses and laboratories across the nation. By spreading development to new areas, the Italian government hopes to spur economic development locally while creating new technologies and markets for aerospace and defense systems.