HONEYWELL SECURES $1 BILLION CONTRACT TO SUPPORT U.S. ARMY M1 ABRAMS TANK
Honeywell has been awarded the base requirements contract to extend its highly successful support of the U.S. Army’s Total InteGrated Engine Revitalization (TIGER) program for the M1 Abrams tank with its AGT1500 gas turbine engine. The TIGER III base contract has a potential value of approximately $1.1 billion over the next five years, with the first parts delivery order valued at approximately $125 million.
The TIGER program is aimed at improving AGT1500 operations and reducing service costs, and is a collaboration between Honeywell, the U.S. Army’s Abrams Project Management Office, the Army’s Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), and the Anniston Army Depot (ANAD). Honeywell’s AGT1500 engine in the M1 Abrams tank provides superior power and torque, low noise, and smokeless operation, contributing to the tank’s unmatched combat performance.
Saab to upgrade French Giraffe AMB radars
Saab has signed a contract with the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) for an upgrade and life extension of the French Air and Space Force’s mobile command and control systems, which feature Saab’s Giraffe AMB radar and command and control shelter.
This contract is part of the French aerospace operations command and control system programme, SCCOA. The upgrades include adaptations to further enhance the Air Force’s NATO interoperability, information assurance and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) capabilities. The lifespan of the French systems will be extended in order to allow its operational use up to at least 2033.
“The upgrade means we will extend the lifespan of the French Air and Space Force’s mobile command and control systems for at least another decade, while continuing to support and enhance its operational capabilities and NATO interoperability. This contract further demonstrates our long-term commitment to support the French Armed Forces,” says Anders Carp, Saab’s Deputy CEO and head of business area Surveillance.
Saab received the initial order for the Giraffe AMB systems and command and control shelter from France in 2001. The French Air and Space Force has used the mobile command and control systems for a wide range of tasks, including military air surveillance in France and on international missions.
Italian Air Force building advanced flight training centre:
A groundbreaking ceremony for a new International Flight Training School was celebrated recently at the Italian Air Force’s base in Decimomannu (Sardinia – Italy). The International Flight Training School (IFTS) is the result of a strategic collaboration between the Italian Air Force and Leonardo, which is aimed at the establishment of an advanced flight-training centre. This initiative will become an international benchmark for military pilots’ training, particularly in the advanced phase of training future fighter pilots. With the building of the new IFTS campus headquartered at the Decimomannu Airbase, a true flight training academy will be established. It will be able to host students, technicians, as well as leisure and sports areas, a cafeteria, and maintenance and logistics infrastructures to guarantee the readiness of a 22 M-346 (designated the T-346A by the Italian Air Force) airplane fleet. An entire building will be home to the Ground Based Training System (GBTS), with classrooms and the installation of a modern training system based on the latest generation simulation system. The construction of the IFTS facility will generate positive returns for the local economy and supply chain. Once the construction is complete, the IFTS will achieve operational readiness starting in 2022, creating significant job opportunities locally.