Denmark Seeks Bids for Armored Personnel Carriers

Aug. 10, 2012 – 09:56AM   |
By ANDREW CHUTER

LONDON — Eight European armored vehicle builders have been invited by the Danish Ministry of Defence to submit tenders for a family of armored personnel carriers to replace its fleet of aging M113s.

In a tracks versus wheels competition, the Danes have named four potential suppliers from either side of the mobility argument.

Only General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has a contender in both wheels and tracks sectors.

FFG Flensburger, BAE Systems Hagglunds, Rheinmentall Landsysteme and the Santa Barbara arm of GDELS are representing the tracks sector.

Wheeled vehicle suppliers ARTEC, the Mowag arm of GDELS, Nexter and Patria have also been asked to submit bids.

The companies emerged from a pre-qualification effort mounted by the Danes earlier this year.

Denmark has a requirement for between 206 and 450 vehicles, although around 360 machines is expected to be the most likely procurement number, depending on how many of the M113s the military opts to replace.

The winning vehicle could be under contract before the end of 2014, industry executives said.

The Danish military is looking for six different configurations of the winning design: infantry, command and control, ambulance, mortar, engineering, and mechanical.

The Danes are already operators of BAE’s CV-90, and the Swedish arm of the company is likely to focus on its new Armadillo version of the tracked machine in its upcoming bid.

Source: defensenews.com

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General Dynamics and BAE Systems Team to Develop Affordable ‘Smart’ 81mm Mortar Round

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and BAE Systems have teamed to develop, demonstrate and produce the 81mm Roll Controlled Guided Mortar (RCGM), an affordable 81mm precision mortar round. The companies have been maturing the guided mortar technology over the last 12 months and will be conducting tactical demonstrations early in 2012.

The teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GDNews) and BAE Systems’ Munitions business, will leverage their respective strengths to provide a low-cost, highly affordable, precision mortar. The 81mm RCGM uses the current UK L41 round and US M734A1 fuze, but incorporates GPS guidance and General Dynamics’ patented Roll Controlled Fixed Canard (RCFC) technology to provide a precision strike capability.

RCGM will put, for the first time, a low-cost indirect precision system into the hands of the front-line soldier, dramatically increasing his combat effectiveness, » said Ian Anderton, managing director of BAE Systems’ Munitions business. « The system’s increased accuracy will help bring effective fire on target quicker and the reduced number of rounds required for a typical mission will mean an approximate 30 percent reduction in logistics demands – an important consideration at the end of extended supply lines in theater. »

Michael Wilson, President of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems said, « Our teaming with BAE Systems will provide the infantry with a lightweight, portable, precision strike capability based on General Dynamics’ innovative Roll Control Guided Mortar technology. By using existing warheads and fuzing with our low-cost control and guidance system, we can offer a truly affordable precision mortar round to the US, UK and allies across the world. »

BAE Systems et General Dynamics sélectionnés pour le futur blindé américain

Le 19 août 2011 par Rémy Maucourt

Le Pentagone a sélectionné ces deux groupes pour un projet très ambitieux : le développement du prochain blindé de l’armée américaine.

Ce futur véhicule de combat terrestre (GCV pour l’acronyme anglais) doit équiper l’armée dès Etats-Unis à partir de 2018. Dans les deux prochaines années, BAE Systems et General Dynamics doivent définir un projet « compétitif, abordable et réalisable », selon les termes du Pentagone.

Pour cette phase de mise au point du projet, le Pentagone a alloué 450 millions de dollars à la filiale américaine de BAE Systems et 440 millions à General Dynamics. Le futur engin blindé devra pouvoir embarquer neuf fantassins, et remplacera à terme les véhicules Bradley et Stryker.

Le Pentagone s’attend à des coupes sévères dans son budget, qui a doublé depuis 2001. Lancer ce projet aujourd’hui permet de le sanctuariser, avant que des économies ne soient annoncées.

« Etant donné l’environnement économique auquel est confronté le pays, l’armée de Terre reconnaît qu’il est impératif de continuer à répondre au cahier des charges et de construire un véhicule de combat d’infanterie de prochaine génération polyvalent mais abordable », a déclaré le secrétaire à l’armée de Terre, John McHugh.

Source: L’Usine Nouvelle

General Dynamics Land Systems Australia Awarded Contract to Deliver Through Life Support for ASLAV, M1A1 and M88A2 Fleets

ADELAIDE, SA, Australia — General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia (GDLS-A), a business unit of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada in London, Ontario, received a five year, AU$44.8m Through Life Support contract today. The contract also includes a one year phase-in period.

The Through Life Support services will deliver enhanced fleet availability of the Army’s ASLAV wheeled armoured fighting vehicles, M1A1 Abrams tanks, and M88A2 Heavy Recovery vehicles. Ongoing spare parts, repairs, maintenance and engineering tasks will be ordered as required through this integrated support contract. It also provides the opportunity for stronger relationships with the Commonwealth and local industry.

The contract will change the mechanisms and business processes between the Commonwealth and General Dynamics in Australia to improve efficiency, reduce costs and promote value. The contract also includes the implementation of a performance management framework for the services, which contributes toward the Commonwealth Strategic Reform Program (SRP). This provides the basis for awarding up to 15, one-year contract extensions based on performance. The low risk Through Life Support solution is founded on local and experienced capability; leveraging the full range of original equipment manufacturer engineering, technical support network and product service centres.

Gary Stewart, Managing Director of General Dynamics Land Systems – Australia, said the performance-based contract provides an adaptable framework to ensure sustainable, dependable and high quality service delivery.

“We have leveraged our extensive experience in implementing and executing performance-based support contracts for other customers, which has enabled us to incorporate attributes such as cost transparency, continuous improvement and application of lean initiatives,” Stewart said. “Our service delivery model is flexible, enabling effective change and ongoing service delivery in response to the Commonwealth’s constantly changing operational and support environments.”

Stewart added that the contract enables the repair, maintenance and upgrade of combat vehicle fleets to remain a strategic industry capability within Australia.

“The long range focus of this program also presents the opportunity for Australian industry to participate in General Dynamics’ global supply chain,” Stewart said. “We look forward to engaging with Australian companies as part of our design, manufacturing and sustainment transfer initiatives for this contract and other programs.”

General Dynamics NASSCO Awarded $744 Million Contract to Build Mobile Landing Platform Ships

SAN DIEGO – General Dynamics NASSCO announced today that it has received from the U.S. Navy a $744 million modification to its Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) contract to fully fund construction of the first two ships of the new ship class.

Construction of the first ship will begin immediately, with delivery to occur by the spring of 2013.

The contract includes an option for the construction of a third MLP which, if exercised, will increase the total contract value to approximately $1.3 billion.

« With the Mobile Landing Platform Program, NASSCO will continue our tradition of building high-quality ships for the U.S. Navy, » said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. « The first MLP ship will start production with more design, engineering and planning work complete than any ship that NASSCO has constructed since World War II. »

The Mobile Landing Platform is a new class of auxiliary ship for the Navy. Once delivered to the fleet, these ships will join the three Maritime Prepositioning Force squadrons that are strategically located around the world to enable rapid response in a crisis. These vessels will change the way the Maritime Prepositioning Force operates.

MLPs will provide a « pier at sea » that will become the core of the Navy and Marine Corps seabasing concept. This capability will allow prepositioning ships like LMSR’s and T-AKE’s to offload equipment and supplies to the MLP for transshipment to shore by LCACs or other vessels.

MLP ships will be 233 meters (765 feet) in length and 50 meters (164 feet) in beam, with a design draft of 12 meters (29 feet). The deadweight tonnage is in excess of 60,000 metric tons.

This new contract will significantly reduce the number of employees affected by the previously announced potential layoffs at General Dynamics NASSCO. As ship construction gets underway in earnest, the total number of employees at the shipyard may increase by the end of 2011.

Located in San Diego, General Dynamics NASSCO employs more than 3,600 people and is the only major ship construction yard on the West Coast of the United States. The San Diego shipyard has already delivered 11 T-AKE ships to the Navy and is currently building the last three ships of the class for a total class of 14 vessels.

Source: General Dynamics

Pentagon Contract Announcement: General Dynamics Land Systems

Canadian Commercial Corp., General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, Ontario, Canada, is being awarded a $42,239,322 firm-fixed-priced modification under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5028) for the labor and materials for packaging and kitting of 51 separate engineering change proposal (ECP) vehicle upgrade kits into one individual kit.

These kits will be delivered to Kuwait and installed on RG-31 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

There will be 691 individual kits prepared. This procurement also includes the packaging and kitting of seven ECP kits for installation on 350 delivery order #0003 variant MRAP vehicles.

Work will be performed in Johnannesburg, South Africa, and is expected to be completed no later than May 31, 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity

Mise sur cale du 14ème ravitailleur américain du type Lewis and Clark

16/05/2011
Filiale de General Dynamics, les chantiers NASSCO de San Diego ont mis sur cale, le 10 mai, le 14ème et dernier ravitailleur polyvalent du type Lewis and Clark. Alors que la découpe de la première tôle du T-AKE 14 est intervenue en octobre dernier, la livraison du bâtiment à l’US Navy est prévue au quatrième trimestre 2012.
Longs de 210 mètres pour un déplacement en charge de 41.000 tonnes (18.000 lège), les ravitailleurs du programme T-AKE sont capables de transporter 6700 tonnes de fret, 3200 tonnes de combustible, 1700 tonnes de vivres et 200 tonnes d’eau douce. Construits suivant les normes « marine marchande », ils sont armés par le Military Sealift Command (MSC), dont les équipages sont civils et militaires. La tête de série, l’USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), a été admis au service actif en 2006.
Source: Mer et Marine

General Dynamics Awarded $13 Million to Produce Gatling Gun Systems and Spares

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products was recently awarded two contracts with a combined value of $12.9 million to produce 22 Gatling gun systems for the U.S. Navy and to supply various Gatling gun spare items to the U.S. Army. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics.

Under the first award, worth $7.8 million, General Dynamics will deliver 22 M61A2 20mm Gatling gun systems to the Navy for use on the F/A-18E/F aircraft. The gun system is mounted in the nose of an F/A-18 aircraft and can fire up to 6,000 rounds per minute. This award modifies a contract issued in May 2010 by Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, in Patuxent River, Md., and brings the total value of that contract to $17.7 million for the production of 52 gun systems.

Under the second contract, General Dynamics also will deliver GAU-19/A Gatling gun spare items to the Army. The Army Tank Automotive Armament Command in Rock Island, Ill., awarded the gun spares order. The GAU-19/A is a lightweight 12.7mm three-barrel Gatling gun that is used on a variety of air, land and sea platforms.

Mike O’Brien, vice president and general manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, said, « General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has a distinguished history supplying combat pilots and aviators with affordable, reliable weapons, such as the M61A2 and the GAU-19/A. »

Delivery of the M61A2 systems is expected to be completed in April 2013, and delivery of the GAU-19/A spares will be completed by fall 2014. Production work for both awards will be performed at General Dynamics’ facility in Saco, Maine, which employs approximately 420 people, and the programs will be managed at General Dynamics’ Williston Technology Center in Williston, Vt. The Williston Technology Center work force includes approximately 400 employees.

General Dynamics Awarded $41 Million for RG-31 MRAP Upgrades

LONDON, Ontario, Canada The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems–Canada three delivery order modifications valued at USD$41.4 million for upgrade kits for RG-31 Mk5E vehicles previously delivered under the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program. General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian company’s parent corporation, is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The kits will enhance the survivability and operation of the RG-31 vehicles to the latest production configuration. The delivery of the kits is expected to be completed by January 2012.

The contracts were signed through the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Crown Agency of the Canadian Government.

For information about General Dynamics Land Systems–Canada, please visit http://www.gdlscanada.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at http://www.generaldynamics.com.

General Dynamics to Deliver Prototype Equipment to Enhance Battlefield Situational Awareness for Soldiers and Marines

Prototype using GD300 rugged body-worn computer will provide dismounted soldiers and Marines the ability to securely communicate, share information and collaborate while on the move.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Army has awarded General Dynamics C4 Systems a $2.3 million contract to provide a prototype, handheld battle command capability that will enable unprecedented network connectivity and increased command, control and situational awareness for dismounted soldiers and Marines. Two companies received contracts as part of the U.S. Army’s Joint Battle Command – Platform (JBC-P) Handheld program. General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

One of several Joint Battle Command initiatives, JBC-P Handheld Battle Command (HBC) focuses on delivering handheld devices that communicate over government-furnished communication networks. The devices give dismounted warfighters enhanced levels of battlefield awareness including the opportunity to visualize information that might not otherwise be available such as maps and real-time position location information.

For its prototype design, General Dynamics will provide the rugged, eight-ounce GD300 tactical computer that hosts an ‘apps-friendly’ operating system. Designed to provide dismounted users with situational awareness of events, people and structures, along with chat and texting capabilities, the GD300 also delivers position location information and access to popular military software ‘apps’ like the Tactical Intelligence Ground Reporting (TIGR) system. When connected to a ‘networked device’ such as the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) Rifleman radio (AN/PRC-154) or the Iridium satellite communications handset, users will be able to make voice, video or data contact whether in close proximity or miles apart.

« This win brings our vision of ‘every soldier connected to the network’ closer to reality. With the capabilities of the rugged GD300, combined with mission command applications like TIGR, soldiers and Marines will have the information they need to accomplish their mission more effectively, » said Kevin Merrigan, vice president of Battle Management Systems for General Dynamics C4 Systems.

Initial deliveries are scheduled for September 2011 when General Dynamics expects to deliver 40 prototype handheld devices for user evaluation and feedback. During the second phase of the program, up to 250 JBC-P interoperable handheld devices may be purchased as part a contract option. The Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. is the contracting authority for the handheld device development effort.

Iridium LLC, located in McLean, Va., is General Dynamics’ JBC-P HBC team member. Work will be done in Fort Wayne, Ind. and Scottsdale, Ariz.

More information about General Dynamics C4 Systems is available online at www.gdc4s.com.

For information about General Dynamics, please visit www.generaldynamics.com.

SOURCE General Dynamics C4 Systems