Procurement Q3-2012

ATK Awarded $32 Million Contract to Deliver 30mm Tactical and Training Ammunition to the United States Air Force  Oct. 17, 2012

ATK announced today that the United States Air Force awarded the company a $32 million contract to produce 30mm tactical (PGU-13) and training (PGU-15) ammunition. The ammunition is used by the U.S. Air Force's A-10 Thunderbolt cannon.

ATK Awarded Contract for FMU-143 Bomb Fuze; Initial Orders Valued at $52 Million  Oct. 23, 2012

ATK has been awarded a contract as the prime contractor, teaming with L-3 Fuzing and Ordnance Systems with an $84 million ceiling for Testing and production of the FMU-143 Bomb Fuze for the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

The FMU-143 is used on penetrating weapons such as the BLU-109 and BLU-113 for the defeat of hard and deeply buried enemy targets. These weapons are designed with technology that enables them to stay intact upon impact and penetrate deep into the interior of hardened sites, where the FMU-143 provides a delayed detonation to ensure a more complete destruction of the hardened target.

"ATK is proud to add this product to our portfolio of fuzing for defeat of hard and deeply buried targets," said Dave Fine, Vice President for ATK's Fuzing and Warheads Market Segment. "The FMU-143 is the only qualified production fuze for use in today's hard target defeat weapon systems. This complements our lead role in the development of next-generation hard target defeat fuzing systems, established through our earlier win of the FMU-167 Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze program."

Production of the FMU-143 will occur at the L-3 FOS facility in Cincinnati and the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) facility in Rocket Center, W.Va.  ABL is a U.S. Navy-owned, ATK-operated facility specializing in advanced manufacturing technologies for a variety of programs supporting current and future U.S. industrial base needs in advanced fuzing and integration, conventional munitions assemblies, solid rocket motor propulsion, and advanced material structures.


Lockheed Martin Receives $34 Million Contract for Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb Kits Oct. 17, 2012

 Lockheed Martin received a $34.1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for follow-on production of Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) GBU-10, GBU-12 and GBU-16 guidance kits.  With this contract, Lockheed Martin received the majority share of a $56 million paveway II Plus LGB procurement. Production is expected to begin in early 2014. The contract is part of an overall $475 million five-year, firm-fixed-price, multiple-award contract announced by the U.S. Air Force in August 2011.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will build and deliver paveway II Plus LGB kits, consisting of MAU-209C/B computer control groups that contain the electronic guidance system and the associated air foil groups that provide lift and stability to the weapons, in standard GBU-10 MK-84 (2,000 lb.), GBU-12 MK-82 (500 lb.), GBU-16 MK-83 (1,000 lb.) series configurations. Lockheed Martin is a qualified provider of all three variants of paveway II MK-80 series LGBs, and is the sole provider of the paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Round and Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 65,000 LGB kits to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and international customers.


US Army,  and others, Place Orders for Saab’s Carl-Gustaf

26 September 2012

Saab has signed a new contract with the U.S. Army for the company’s Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system. This marks the second time the U.S. Army has bought the 84mm recoilless rifle system to equip its forces. The total order value is $31 million (approximately MSEK 205).

Long in service with U.S. Special Operations Forces, the system has only recently been taken into service by the U.S. Army for its regular infantry units as well.

“The fact that the U.S. Army continues its plans to deploy this game-changing weapon system to its main-line units speaks for itself. The Carl-Gustaf has repeatedly proven itself in the most demanding environments and it is a versatile, powerful tool for the soldier”, said Saab North America President, Dan-Åke Enstedt.

And in a separate order announced 31 October 2012 Press Release, Saab have signed an additional contract on further deliveries of components for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system.  The order has a total value of MSEK 313 and comprises components for ammunition to the latest version of the Carl-Gustaf system. This contract also contains options for further orders of about MSEK 150 for deliveries to take place during 2012-2013.


Chemring Ordnance awarded option for APOBS production    28 August 2012

Chemring Ordnance, Inc. has been awarded $40.4M by the US Army for the MK7 MOD 2 Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS). This was an option on an existing APOBS contract awarded in June 2012.  The APOBS is a self-contained, one-shot, expendable linear demolition charge which can be transported and deployed by a two-person team, and is capable of safely clearing a footpath through anti-personnel mines and multi-strand wire obstacles. Keith Funkhouser, President of Chemring Ordnance, stated that, “This APOBS option award includes the manufacturing of rocket motor propellant grains in the USA. This is an exciting new business segment for Chemring Ordnance that we believe has great potential in the future. We are delighted in the US Army’s continued confidence in Chemring to provide protection for their soldiers and marines.”


The Carlyle Group announces it does not intend to make an offer for purchase of Chemring 07 November 2012

Chemring Group PLC  notes today’s announcement by The Carlyle Group that it does not intend to make an offer for the Company.  On 17 August 2012 Chemring announced that it had received a highly preliminary expression of interest from The Carlyle Group  in relation to a possible offer for the Company.  Carlyle was required by Rule Code to announce a firm intention to make an offer for Chemring by 14 September 2012. At the request of the Company, the Panel consented to an extension of this deadline on 14 September and again on 12 October, to enable the parties to continue their on-going discussions regarding a possible offer for the Company.

Whilst Chemring continues to face near term challenges resulting from defense budget constraints in its NATO markets, which are not expected to ease in the immediate future, the Company has market leading positions and manufacturing expertise in the fields of counter-IED, countermeasures, munitions and pyrotechnics. In addition, the Company’s non-NATO markets will continue to provide the business with further opportunities and gives a balanced exposure to global defense spending.


PARS 3LR Guided Missile Ready for Production Series Start

08-10-2012 | Diehl Defence


PARS 3 guided missile

The successful conclusion of the PARS 3LR guided missile´s release firings fulfilled an important prerequisite for the series production of the German TIGER helicopter´s main armament.

A direct hit of the target moving between two house walls marked the conclusion of a challenging firing campaign. The firing from the support helicopter TIGER took place on September 20, 2012 at the Defence Technology Center 91 in Meppen.

Following the formal approval by the German Armed Forces, the manufacture of all 680 guided missiles agreed to in the contract with the prime contractor PARSYS GmbH can begin. The program company PARSYS GmbH is a joint venture of Diehl and MBDA Deutschland. Diehl Defence supplies the guided missile´s image-processing target seeker head.

PARS 3LR is a fire & forget guided missile system capable of engaging different targets. Emerging from its safe cover for only a few seconds during the firing process, the helicopter is capable of engaging several targets simultaneously in salvo firing. The far-ranging missile pursues and engages targets autonomously, while the helicopter can change its position or pursue other mission objectives. PARS 3LR features a unique system enhancing the German Armed Forces´ capability to prevail and survive.


General Dynamics and U.S. Army ARDEC Demonstrate Low-Cost Precision Strike Capability for Tactical UAVs        November 1, 2012

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and the U.S. Army Armament Research and Development Engineering Center (ARDEC) have successfully demonstrated a GPS-guided munition for use on small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The testing consisted of engagements using a Tiger Shark UAV launching an 81mm mortar equipped with General Dynamics’ Roll Control Fixed Canard control system and an ARDEC-developed fuzing solution. All three mortars were launched from a UAV at altitudes of approximately 7,000 ft and guided to within seven meters of a GPS-identified target grid.

“This effort demonstrated a low-cost, tactical version of a GPS strike weapon for UAV platforms,” said Mark Schneider, general manager of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ Seattle operations. “Together with ARDEC, we have demonstrated a weapon in the 10-pound class for tactical UAVs that can be used to quickly engage and defeat targets. Advancements in GPS targeting and data-link technology provide a built-in growth path for this demonstrated technology.”

“The Air Drop Mortar (ADM) program with General Dynamics provided a platform to successfully demonstrate and mature subsystems including communication links, munition deployment, guidance and control and fuzing,” said Tony Sebasto, senior associate for Munitions at ARDEC. “The utilization of existing mortar production components, along with demonstrated guidance and control and fuzing, gives the U.S. warfighter an option for a very affordable and very capable precision strike weapon.”

The ADM uses existing mortar inventory to provide a low-cost, lightweight weapon system with proven energetics. The General Dynamics’ patented Roll Controlled Fixed Canard (RCFC) guidance kit, with an innovative flight-control and GPS-based guidance and navigational system adds precision-strike capability to existing mortars. The nose-mounted guidance kit replaces existing mortar fuzes and has been successfully demonstrated on multiple mortar calibers in both air-drop and tube-launch applications. The kit provides a common, multi-platform Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) and integrated weapon system for unmanned aircraft.

Pyros aims to bring new accuracy to unmanned mini-aircraft 08/07/2012 July 18 test at the Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona marked the first live-fire test of the Pyros, a tiny, laser- and satellite-guided bomb that developers are hoping will allow new, smaller unmanned aircraft to carry out precision strikes while sparing civilians. The Pyros is formally known as the Small Tactical Munition.

The test simulated insurgents planting a roadside bomb, and it used the Pyros’ sophisticated height-of-burst sensor to explode just before hitting the target. Testing validated the weapon’s guidance modes – both semi-active laser and the satellite-based global positioning system – as well as the height-of-burst sensor, electronic safe-and-arm device and multi-effects warhead.

The test used a Cobra unmanned aerial system, a 9.3-foot-long aircraft with a wingspan of only 10 feet.   At 13.5 pounds,  the 22-inch-long guided bomb no bigger than a rolled-up movie poster and is small enough that two of them can fit in the U.S. military’s common launch tube.



Boeing Conducts First Flight Test of the CHAMP Cyber Missile October 22, 2012 at 21:24 recent weapons flight test in the Utah desert may change future warfare after the missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage.

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., successfully tested the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) during a flight over the Utah Test and Training Range. The flight test demonstrated multi-shot and multi-target capability of the aerial HPM demonstrator, to degrade, damage, and destroy electronic systems.

The CHAMP high power microwave (HPM) aerial demonstrator is a multiyear, joint capability technology demonstration that includes ground and flight tests. CHAMP, which renders electronic targets useless, is a non-kinetic alternative to traditional explosive weapons that use the energy of motion to defeat a target.

During the test, the CHAMP missile navigated a pre-programmed flight plan and emitted bursts of high-powered energy, effectively knocking out the target’s data and electronic subsystems. CHAMP allows for selective high-frequency radio wave strikes against numerous targets during a single mission.

“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. “In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive.”

The $39 million contract for the development and construction of five flight vehicles and a small HPM payload was awarded to Boeing in 2009. Under the 39 months program Boeing is building five aerial platforms. Two are destined for flight tests and one is used for ground testing.



On Wednesday, 14th November, Antoine Bouvier, the Chief Executive Officer of MBDA, laid the first stone of France’s future demilitarization facility which is to be built at MBDA’s Bourges Subdray site. Representatives from both the civil and military authorities were present at the event. Before the end of 2013, this facility will become operational at which point it will be capable of dismantling annually 2,500 tonnes of various types of sensitive munitions, notably missiles. It will permit the maximum recuperation of waste products which will be sorted, re-used or recycled in full accordance with French and European standards. Only those waste elements comprising energetic material will be incinerated in the thermic treatment unit.

This new complex weapons demilitarization capability will allow MBDA to extend its portfolio of activities and to offer to its military customer base, the full life cycle management of their products from conception through to destruction. Around 12 million euros are being invested in this activity which should create around 20 direct jobs at the Bourges Subdray site.

In constructing this facility, MBDA is responding to France’s desire to establish an industrial capability for dismantling munitions at the end of their life and for this to be done on national territory in order to guarantee the protection of its product confidentiality while always respecting the safety and environmental norms linked with this activity. This commitment was underlined in a contract calling for the destruction of 36,000 complex munitions between now and 2017, a contract which was won by MBDA in November 2011 following a tender issued by NSPA (NATO Support Agency) at the request of the French Ministry of Defence.


Nammo and DUNARIT Corp. have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding cooperation for demilitarization and utilization in Bulgaria.

The Nammo Group, a European leader within industrial demilitarization of obsolete ammunition, and DUNARIT Corp., leading company in the Defense industry in Bulgaria with in-house demilitarization capabilities, have today signed a MOU regarding cooperation for demilitarization and utilization in Bulgaria.

Nammo’s Demil Division is a business unit with 3 demilitarization subsidiaries in Europe. The Nammo Group has experience within demilitarization of complex ammunitions such as cluster ammunition, rockets, naval ordnance and aircraft bombs.  DUNARIT Corp. participates in the utilizations processes in Bulgaria for demilitarization of surplus ammunitions.. A facility for thermal destruction of small caliber ammunitions and primers was commissioned in Dunarit in 2010.  Both companies have agreed to share their knowledge and experience for safe and environmental friendly demilitarization and to join their capabilities and capacities in selected work areas for the benefit of the Bulgarian demilitarization program and other customer needs in Europe.

“Bulgaria is an interesting customer for our future business, and can also become a regional player for demilitarization for their neighbouring countries. In DUNARIT we have found an excellent partner to develop demilitarization projects, including both technical capabilities, knowledge and international certifications” says Reijo Bragberg, Executive Vice President of the Nammo Group.


General Dynamics and Rheinmetall Defence Form Tank

Ammunition Joint Venture Company April 19, 2012

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and Rheinmetall Defence have formed a tank ammunition joint venture company named Defense Munitions International, LLC (DMI). The new company will develop and market new and existing 120mm kinetic energy and multi-purpose cartridges. DMI combines the partners’ full range of development, production and sales activities of 120mm tactical ammunition for main battle tanks. By combining their activities in DMI, the two partners aim to broaden their global market access, expand production efficiencies and selectively engage in joint development work.

This forward-looking joint venture is the culmination of the longstanding partnership between General Dynamics and Rheinmetall Defence. For over a decade the two companies have worked together on numerous 120mm ammunition projects, such as the development and production of the KEW-A1 and KEW-A2 advanced tungsten kinetic energy ammunition for Abram’s users worldwide.


Qatar Requests Sale of PAC-3 Missiles and Related Equipment November 7, 2012

Qatar has requested the sale of 11 PATRIOT Configuration-3 Modernized Fire Units and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $9.9 billion.

Qatar will use the Patriot Missile System to improve its missile defense capability, strengthen its homeland defense, and deter regional threats. The proposed sale will enhance Qatar’s interoperability with the U.S. and its allies, making it a more valuable partner in an increasingly important area of the world. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of an important ally which has been, and continues to be, a force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and increase security. The notice of a potential sale does not mean the sale has been concluded