Finland orders additional night-vision devices and laser sights from Senop

by Olivia Savage

Finland has signed a follow-on contract with Senop for its Soldier's Laser Sight and Tactical Laser Sight devices as well as the EVA 40 NVG. Pictured above is the NVG M40 monocular, which Finland previously bought as part of the wider contract. (Senop Oy)

Senop, part of the Patria Group, will supply new laser sights and image intensifiers to the Finnish Defence Forces.

The Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command has signed a follow-on agreement with Senop for its EVA 40 NVG (night-vision goggle) monocular image intensifiers, LUKE Soldier's Laser Sights, and LUKE Tactical Laser Sights, the company announced on 5 December.

Valued at EUR13 million (USD13.7 million), the systems will be delivered over the 2023–24 period, the company said.

This contract is part of a five-year EUR209 million agreement with the Finnish Defence Forces, signed in 2020, for the supply of image intensifiers, observation and surveillance systems, and laser aiming devices. The Finnish Defence Forces has exercised this agreement on several occasions.

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Saudi navy opts for MBDA SAM for Multi-Mission Surface Combatants

by Jeremy Binnie & Richard Scott

A CAMM is ejected from a modified Mk 41 launcher during a test. (MBDA)

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) has selected MBDA, rather than Raytheon, to provide the primary surface-to-air missile (SAM) for its new frigates, the US Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed on 31 January.

It announced that MBDA's US subsidiary had been awarded a USD118.7 million non-competitive contract to deliver its Common Anti-Air Module Missile (CAMM) for Saudi Arabia's Multi-Mission Surface Combatants (MSSCs), which are being built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Wisconsin, with Lockheed Martin acting as prime contractor. Most of the work will be carried out at MBDA's plant in Stevenage in the UK, and the contract includes options that, if exercised, will bring its total value up to USD145.5 million.

When the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in 2015 that Saudi Arabia's procurement of four MSSCs had been approved, it said they would be equipped with Raytheon's RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs) in two eight-cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems (VLSs), in addition to SeaRAM close-in weapon systems for RIM-116C Block II Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAMs).

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Comtech eyes new partnerships to fill capability gaps

by Marc Selinger

Comtech's products include the Modular Transportable Transmission System (MTTS), which enables beyond-line-of-sight communications. (Comtech)

Comtech Telecommunications Corporation is forming “strategic relationships” with six companies to fill gaps in its capabilities and improve its offering, according to the chief executive of the US-based communications equipment provider.

Comtech has agreed to the terms for two of the partnerships and is drafting paperwork for the other four, the company's chairman, president, and CEO Ken Peterman told Janes on 20 January. The partners will provide technology such as artificial intelligence and data analytics.

Comtech is gearing up to disclose the names of the partners. “You're going to see press releases on those relationships over the next 45 or so days,” Peterman said.

Peterman, who became CEO in August 2022, is also pushing his company to integrate its past acquisitions more tightly so it can offer “more comprehensive solutions” to customers. “Instead of just boxes, we can offer systems and services both in the satellite and the terrestrial networking market,” he said. Comtech's acquisitions include TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) in 2016, CGC Technology in 2020, and UHP Networks in 2021.

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Columbia programme running ahead of contract schedule, GD CEO says

by Michael Fabey

General Dynamics says the Columbia-class lead submarine is running ahead of contract schedule. (US Navy)

Amid government oversight concerns about lead-ship construction delays of the new Columbia-class strategic ballistic missile submarines, the programme is actually running ahead of contract schedule, according to Phebe Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics, whose submarine-building Electric Boat (EB) unit is building the boats.

“We're about 30% done on the first ship and we are ahead of the contract schedule,” Novakovic said on 25 January during an earnings call with financial analysts.

Two US shipbuilders – Electric Boat and HII's Newport News Shipbuilding – design and build the nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is the prime contractor for design and construction of the Columbia class, with Newport News serving as its major subcontractor.

The navy plans to acquire 12 Columbia-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines for about USD132 billion, while shipbuilders also build the Virginia-class boats.

“After more than a year of full-scale construction on the lead Columbia submarine, the shipbuilders are facing delays because of challenges with design, materials, and quality,” the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in its report

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