Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency Buys Carl-Gustaf Ammunition

Saab has received an order from the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) for deliveries of Carl-Gustaf®ammunition. The order value amounts to SEK 110 million and deliveries will take place in 2018.  

The order comes under the terms of Saab’s framework agreement signed with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency in 2017 regarding Carl-Gustaf ammunition. The framework agreement enables the customer to place orders for live and training ammunition rounds during the period 2017-2022. The ammunition will be used by the Norwegian Armed Forces, currently operating the Carl-Gustaf in both M2 and M3 versions.

“This is the second order from the Norwegian customer since we signed the framework contract and for us this is a clear proof of their trust in our ammunition portfolio. The Norwegian Armed Forces has been a user of the Carl-Gustaf system for many years and we know that they only want the best ammunition for their soldiers. We will supply them with that”, says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab´s business area Dynamics.

Saab’s world-leading weapon system Carl-Gustaf has a long and distinguished service history all around the world, including the Nordic and Baltic region. Employing a wide range of ammunition types, the Carl-Gustaf system allows dismounted soldiers to take on multiple challenges – from neutralising armoured vehicles to clearing obstacles and defeating enemies in buildings. The Carl-Gustaf system, which has been sold to more than 40 countries, is successively being developed with new ammunition types and enhanced capabilities.

Lockheed Martin Receives $828 Million U.S. Army Contract for Guided MLRS Rocket Production

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received an $828 million not-to-exceed contract from the U.S. Army for Lot 13 production of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets and associated equipment.

The contract calls for the production of GMLRS Alternative Warhead (AW) rockets, GMLRS Unitary rockets, Reduced-Range Practice Rockets (RRPRs) and integrated logistics support for the U.S. Army as well as GMLRS rounds for a number of international customers. Work will be performed at the Lockheed Martin facilities in Dallas and at the company’s Precision Fires Center of Excellence in Camden, Ark.

“The GMLRS round continues to perform exceptionally well for our customers,” said Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin. “And we are always executing continuous improvement initiatives to enhance performance, range and affordability of these critical rounds to assure they remain the preferred precision-strike option for our warfighters.”

GMLRS is an all-weather rocket designed for fast deployment that delivers precision strike beyond the reach of most conventional weapons. The GMLRS AW was the first munition developed to service area targets without the effects of unexploded ordinance, complying with the DoD cluster munitions policy. GMLRS Unitary rockets greatly exceed the required combat reliability rate and have established a reputation for affordability. The RRPR allows users to train with realistic, full-motored rockets with limited flight range, making them ideal for smaller testing ranges.

In combat operations, each GMLRS rocket is packaged in a MLRS launch pod and is fired from the Lockheed Martin HIMARS or M270 family of launchers. For more than 40 years, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has been the leading designer and manufacturer of long-range, surface-to-surface precision strike solutions, providing highly reliable, combat-proven systems like MLRS, HIMARS, ATACMS and GMLRS to domestic and international customers.

Saab Signs Contract for Deliveries of New Lightweight Torpedo to the Finnish Navy

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract for production and deliveries of Saab´s New Lightweight Torpedo to the Finnish Navy. The contract signed is part of the Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade Programme (SQ2000 MLU) of the Finnish Navy´s four Hamina fast attack crafts (FAC) as described in separate Saab press release.

Saab has been selected as a major supplier for the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade programme. The Squadron 2000 upgrade will ensure and develop the mission capability of the Finnish Navy. Included in the contract are Saab´s New Lightweight Torpedo, torpedo systems, documentation, training and support. Deliveries will commence in 2018.

System integration of the torpedoes on the Hamina-class vessels will be carried out together with Patria as the prime contractor in Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade.

“We are honoured that the Finnish Navy has selected Saab as the supplier of this new capability for the Finnish Defence Forces. Saab’s new torpedo has been developed to master the challenging conditions in littoral waters as well as blue waters. With Sweden also having ordered the same system there will be further opportunities for deeper cooperation between the two navies in the anti-submarine domain in the future”, says Anders Gardberg, Director of Saab’s Country Unit Finland.

“This first export order on our new torpedo is a milestone for us and our underwater business. With this order, the Finnish Navy will have the most sophisticated torpedo system available on the market. The torpedo´s wire control system enables operator support, allowing commanders to engage targets in close vicinity of friendly units as well as in narrow spaces. The new torpedo system will give the Finnish Defence Forces a whole new strength”, says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and head of Saab´s Business Area Dynamics.

With this contract, Finland becomes Saab´s second customer on the New Lightweight Torpedo system. In May 2016, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) placed an order for the development and production of the New Lightweight Torpedo system for the Royal Swedish Navy. With Finland and Sweden operating the same torpedo system, training and logistics will be efficient.     

Saab’s Lightweight Torpedo System is a flexible, advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) solution for littoral conditions. This makes it the ideal solution for littorals and resistant to a variety of countermeasures. As a flexible system, it can be launched from surface ships, aircraft and submarines in anti-submarine and anti-surface roles. It works equally well in both littoral and blue waters and in cold, warm and brackish conditions.

OSHKOSH DEFENSE AWARDED OVER $19 MILLION FROM U.S. MARINE CORPS FOR ADDITIONAL 31 P-19R ARFF VEHICLES

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (November 2, 2017) — Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced today that the U.S. Marine Corps has awarded a delivery order valued at more than $19 million for an additional 31 P-19R Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF)vehicles.   
Oshkosh began delivering the first P-19Rs in June of 2017 and in total, Oshkosh has received orders for 160 P-19R vehicles for deliveries through 2019. 
 
“The Marine Corps has been using the legacy Oshkosh-manufactured P-19A ARFF vehicle for over 30 years,” said Pat Williams, Vice President and General Manager of Army and Marine Corps Programs at Oshkosh Defense. “ P-19A has proven reliable and effective across those three decades of service, the Marine Corps is now in need of a vehicle replacement with advanced firefighting capabilities and improved off-road mobility. Oshkosh Defense is delivering this capability in the P-19R ARFF vehicle, utilizing our extensive product and engineering expertise from across our Oshkosh Corporation segments.”
 
The P-19R vehicle design is based on the combat-proven Oshkosh Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) platform and the technologically advanced Striker firefighting systems from Oshkosh Airport Products. The P-19R provides unparalleled off-road mobility, advanced firefighting capabilities and the latest in military-class vehicle technologies.
 
Advanced Off-Road Mobility
The P-19R delivers improved off-road mobility with the inclusion of the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system, giving Marines exceptional all-terrain performance for off-runway response situations.

The TAK-4 system has been proven on more than 20,000 military-class vehicles, including Marine Corps vehicles such as the Oshkosh LVSR, the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) and the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV). The commonality of the TAK-4 system and other components across Oshkosh’s Marine Corps platforms results in lower life-cycle costs, a reduced logistics footprint and simplified maintenance.
 
Improved Firefighting Capability
The P-19R meets the requirements of the contract version of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 414 standard, which sets the design, performance, and acceptance criteria for ARFF vehicles. In addition, the integrated surrogate foam system reduces foam consumption, which in turn reduces both the environmental impact and the operating costs of foam system maintenance and routine validation. Further, the P-19R’s next-generation water turrets, with infinitely variable electronic speed control, improve the firefighters’ ability to accurately place the agent on the intended target.
 
Proven Military-Grade Technology
The Oshkosh P-19R is equipped with Oshkosh’s Command Zone, an integrated control and diagnostics system, also used on combat-proven vehicles like the LSVR. The Command Zone system provides access to vital vehicle information and allows Marines to repair and troubleshoot vehicles, view real-time performance data and remotely access diagnostics information. It also provides system integration and automation to increase a firefighting crew’s situational awareness and help them carry out missions.

Saab Receives NLAW Order from Finnish Defence Forces

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Defence and security company Saab has received an order from the Finnish Defence Forces for the Next generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon system (NLAW). Deliveries will take place during 2017.

The Finnish Defence Forces have been a user of the NLAW weapon system since 2007, then becoming the second export customer of the system. This order is a call-up of an option as part of a previous contract with the customer, announced in 2015, regarding delivery of NLAW weapon systems.

“The interest for our NLAW system has increased significantly in recent years. This order is a strong proof of this and we look forward to deliver a high capability weapon system to the Finnish Defence Forces. NLAW provides the single soldier with a true anti-tank capability, previously not available on the battlefield”, says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab´s business area Dynamics”

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During the recently held military exercise Aurora 17, in Sweden, the NLAW system was used by both Swedish and Finnish forces.

“There is a long-lasting commercial relationship between Saab and the Finnish Defence Forces. This call-up of an option from the 2015 contract demonstrates high trust and confidence from the Finnish Defence Forces towards the NLAW system”, says Anders Gardberg, head of Saab in Finland. 

NLAW is a shoulder-launched, anti-tank missile system that attacks the target from above. This makes it the most effective anti-tank weapon for dismounted light forces operating in any environment, including built-up areas. Originally developed for Sweden and Great Britain, it meets all requirements for a modern anti-tank weapon system for use during international operations as well as for national defence.

Colt Partners with VZ Grips on Aftermarket OEM 1911 G10 Grip Line

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (September 15, 2017) – Colt, original manufacturer of the worlds most prolific pistol platform – the 1911, is excited to announce it’s partnership with VZ Grips Custom Gun Grips to create the Colt Signature Series line of genuine OEM G10 grips for Colt’s legendary 1911 platform pistols.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our association with VZ Grips,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director for Colt. “VZ Grips has established themselves and one of the premier G10 grips manufacturers in the industry, and their quality and toughness is a perfect fit for Colt. Some folks may have noticed that nearly all of our new-model pistols have come with Colt-branded G10 grips, including our Colt Competition Pistol™ and Colt Combat Unit™ Rail Gun®, and many have asked for them on the aftermarket. We listened, and now we can anyone who’s looking for an excellent, duty-grade option for their Colt 1911 platform pistol, need look no further than VZ Grips’ Colt Signiture Series.”

“When Colt approached us to develop the next chapter in Colt pistol grips, I was excited,” said John VanZyck, President of VZ Grips Custom Gun Grips. “All of our products are made right here in the USA, so working with Colt is a great fit for us. We share Colt’s commitment to quality and performance in the harshest environments, so to be able to incorporate our passion for making the best pistol grips into Colt’s legendary history is a great opportunity for us.”

Colt Signature Series G10 grips are available in the Double Diamond pattern for Colt Government Model® size 1911 platform pistols in the following colors: Black, Black & Blue, Black & Cherry, or Black & Gray, and have an MSRP of $69. Please visit www.vzgrips.com for more information.

Norwegian Defence Material Agency Sign Framework Contract for Carl-Gustaf ammunition

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Defence and security company Saab has signed a framework contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) for deliveries of ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system. In connection with the award of the contract, the NDMA has issued an initial order for ammunition with a total value of SEK 68 million. Deliveries will take place during the period 2017-2018.

The framework contract signed between Saab and the Norwegian Defence Material Agency enables the customer to place orders for live and training ammunition rounds during the period 2017-2022. The ammunition will be delivered to the Norwegian Armed Forces who currently operate the Carl-Gustaf in both M2 and M3 versions.

“For us this contract is a great sign of the trust that the Norwegian Armed Forces have for us and our products. We pride ourselves on producing ammunition to the highest possible standards as we know that when our customers use our products, they trust in their reliability and effectiveness to do the job”, says Torbjörn Saxmo, head of business unit Ground Combat within Saab’s business area Dynamics.

Saab’s world-leading weapon system Carl-Gustaf has a long and distinguished service history all around the world, including the Nordic and Baltic region. Employing a wide range of ammunition types, the Carl-Gustaf system allows dismounted soldiers to take on multiple challenges – from neutralising armoured vehicles to clearing obstacles and defeating enemies in buildings. The Carl-Gustaf system, which has been sold to more than 40 countries, is successively being developed with new ammunition types and enhanced capabilities.