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Malaysia boosts industry collaboration requirements in response to Covid-19

by Jon Grevatt

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies linked to procurement in strategic sectors including defence.

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s.  (Janes Defence Budgets)

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)

The new measures – disclosed by the TDA to Janes on 7 September – are the latest in a series of similar efforts across the Indo-Pacific to boost the effectiveness of defence offsets and similar industrial policies.

The TDA's three new measures augment the agency's existing Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP), which commits foreign defence contractors to engage with Malaysian industry.

The new strategies include supporting local skills advancement, supporting the development of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and encouraging collaboration between contractors and local industry.

The training programme is focused on leveraging industrial collaboration to support employment opportunities particularly in technical, high-skilled, and specialised fields, said the TDA. This includes emphasis on ‘upskilling' opportunities through the ICP that are funded by contractors. Such activity will be encouraged through ICP multipliers.

The strategy to develop SMEs is aimed at enhancing capacity and capability. According to the TDA, the strategy requires contractors to “increase minimum mandatory local content to 40%”. In the ICP, minimum local content is 30%. Another objective is increasing the involvement of local firms in supply chains. Foreign direct investment will also be incentivised.

The strategy to encourage collaboration commits contractors to engage with government initiatives such as the Vendor Development Program (VDP) in helping locally owned firms become more technically competent and competitive, according to the TDA.

TDA's head of strategic communications Raziz Rashid told Janes

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Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies ...

Malaysia boosts industry collaboration requirements in response to Covid-19

by Jon Grevatt

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies linked to procurement in strategic sectors including defence.

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s.  (Janes Defence Budgets)

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)

The new measures – disclosed by the TDA to Janes on 7 September – are the latest in a series of similar efforts across the Indo-Pacific to boost the effectiveness of defence offsets and similar industrial policies.

The TDA's three new measures augment the agency's existing Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP), which commits foreign defence contractors to engage with Malaysian industry.

The new strategies include supporting local skills advancement, supporting the development of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and encouraging collaboration between contractors and local industry.

The training programme is focused on leveraging industrial collaboration to support employment opportunities particularly in technical, high-skilled, and specialised fields, said the TDA. This includes emphasis on ‘upskilling' opportunities through the ICP that are funded by contractors. Such activity will be encouraged through ICP multipliers.


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US Army recompetes CROWS contract, royalty fee attached for outside vendor

by Ashley Roque

A US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) prototype outfitted with CROWS-J. The service is currently hosting a CROWS recompete competition. (US Army)

The US Army has launched a Common Remotely Operating Weapon Station (CROWS) competition valued up to USD1.5 billion that allows companies other than the prime contractor, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, to vie for the deal. However, there is a caveat; other vendors must factor in a mandatory USD10,000 per system royalty fee for Kongsberg if they win.

In late August, the service issued a remote weapon station (RWS) request for procurement to cover continued support for fielded CROWS systems and for new designs. In essence, the service is asking vendors whether they can build the Norwegian company's RWS at a ‘better value' to the government.

“The programme will support new and emerging customer requirements to include RWS variants such as Abrams Low Profile, Navy Mk-50, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Remote Weapon Station (ARWS), and Stryker,” the army wrote. Parties interested in bidding on the contract have until 22 November to submit their proposals and the service anticipates awarding a single contract worth up to USD1.5 billion.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies ...

Malaysia boosts industry collaboration requirements in response to Covid-19

by Jon Grevatt

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies linked to procurement in strategic sectors including defence.

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s.  (Janes Defence Budgets)

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)

The new measures – disclosed by the TDA to Janes on 7 September – are the latest in a series of similar efforts across the Indo-Pacific to boost the effectiveness of defence offsets and similar industrial policies.

The TDA's three new measures augment the agency's existing Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP), which commits foreign defence contractors to engage with Malaysian industry.

The new strategies include supporting local skills advancement, supporting the development of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and encouraging collaboration between contractors and local industry.

The training programme is focused on leveraging industrial collaboration to support employment opportunities particularly in technical, high-skilled, and specialised fields, said the TDA. This includes emphasis on ‘upskilling' opportunities through the ICP that are funded by contractors. Such activity will be encouraged through ICP multipliers.


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US Army recompetes CROWS contract, royalty fee attached for outside vendor

by Ashley Roque

A US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) prototype outfitted with CROWS-J. The service is currently hosting a CROWS recompete competition. (US Army)

The US Army has launched a Common Remotely Operating Weapon Station (CROWS) competition valued up to USD1.5 billion that allows companies other than the prime contractor, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, to vie for the deal. However, there is a caveat; other vendors must factor in a mandatory USD10,000 per system royalty fee for Kongsberg if they win.

In late August, the service issued a remote weapon station (RWS) request for procurement to cover continued support for fielded CROWS systems and for new designs. In essence, the service is asking vendors whether they can build the Norwegian company's RWS at a ‘better value' to the government.

“The programme will support new and emerging customer requirements to include RWS variants such as Abrams Low Profile, Navy Mk-50, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Remote Weapon Station (ARWS), and Stryker,” the army wrote. Parties interested in bidding on the contract have until 22 November to submit their proposals and the service anticipates awarding a single contract worth up to USD1.5 billion.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies ...

Malaysia boosts industry collaboration requirements in response to Covid-19

by Jon Grevatt

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies linked to procurement in strategic sectors including defence.

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s.  (Janes Defence Budgets)

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)

The new measures – disclosed by the TDA to Janes on 7 September – are the latest in a series of similar efforts across the Indo-Pacific to boost the effectiveness of defence offsets and similar industrial policies.

The TDA's three new measures augment the agency's existing Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP), which commits foreign defence contractors to engage with Malaysian industry.

The new strategies include supporting local skills advancement, supporting the development of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and encouraging collaboration between contractors and local industry.

The training programme is focused on leveraging industrial collaboration to support employment opportunities particularly in technical, high-skilled, and specialised fields, said the TDA. This includes emphasis on ‘upskilling' opportunities through the ICP that are funded by contractors. Such activity will be encouraged through ICP multipliers.


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US Army recompetes CROWS contract, royalty fee attached for outside vendor

by Ashley Roque

A US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) prototype outfitted with CROWS-J. The service is currently hosting a CROWS recompete competition. (US Army)

The US Army has launched a Common Remotely Operating Weapon Station (CROWS) competition valued up to USD1.5 billion that allows companies other than the prime contractor, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, to vie for the deal. However, there is a caveat; other vendors must factor in a mandatory USD10,000 per system royalty fee for Kongsberg if they win.

In late August, the service issued a remote weapon station (RWS) request for procurement to cover continued support for fielded CROWS systems and for new designs. In essence, the service is asking vendors whether they can build the Norwegian company's RWS at a ‘better value' to the government.

“The programme will support new and emerging customer requirements to include RWS variants such as Abrams Low Profile, Navy Mk-50, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Remote Weapon Station (ARWS), and Stryker,” the army wrote. Parties interested in bidding on the contract have until 22 November to submit their proposals and the service anticipates awarding a single contract worth up to USD1.5 billion.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies ...

Malaysia boosts industry collaboration requirements in response to Covid-19

by Jon Grevatt

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies linked to procurement in strategic sectors including defence.

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s.  (Janes Defence Budgets)

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)

The new measures – disclosed by the TDA to Janes on 7 September – are the latest in a series of similar efforts across the Indo-Pacific to boost the effectiveness of defence offsets and similar industrial policies.

The TDA's three new measures augment the agency's existing Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP), which commits foreign defence contractors to engage with Malaysian industry.

The new strategies include supporting local skills advancement, supporting the development of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and encouraging collaboration between contractors and local industry.

The training programme is focused on leveraging industrial collaboration to support employment opportunities particularly in technical, high-skilled, and specialised fields, said the TDA. This includes emphasis on ‘upskilling' opportunities through the ICP that are funded by contractors. Such activity will be encouraged through ICP multipliers.


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US Army recompetes CROWS contract, royalty fee attached for outside vendor

by Ashley Roque

A US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) prototype outfitted with CROWS-J. The service is currently hosting a CROWS recompete competition. (US Army)

The US Army has launched a Common Remotely Operating Weapon Station (CROWS) competition valued up to USD1.5 billion that allows companies other than the prime contractor, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, to vie for the deal. However, there is a caveat; other vendors must factor in a mandatory USD10,000 per system royalty fee for Kongsberg if they win.

In late August, the service issued a remote weapon station (RWS) request for procurement to cover continued support for fielded CROWS systems and for new designs. In essence, the service is asking vendors whether they can build the Norwegian company's RWS at a ‘better value' to the government.

“The programme will support new and emerging customer requirements to include RWS variants such as Abrams Low Profile, Navy Mk-50, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Remote Weapon Station (ARWS), and Stryker,” the army wrote. Parties interested in bidding on the contract have until 22 November to submit their proposals and the service anticipates awarding a single contract worth up to USD1.5 billion.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/malaysia-boosts-industry-collaboration-requirements-in-response-to-covid-19/

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies ...

Malaysia boosts industry collaboration requirements in response to Covid-19

by Jon Grevatt

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies linked to procurement in strategic sectors including defence.

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s.  (Janes Defence Budgets)

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)

The new measures – disclosed by the TDA to Janes on 7 September – are the latest in a series of similar efforts across the Indo-Pacific to boost the effectiveness of defence offsets and similar industrial policies.

The TDA's three new measures augment the agency's existing Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP), which commits foreign defence contractors to engage with Malaysian industry.

The new strategies include supporting local skills advancement, supporting the development of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and encouraging collaboration between contractors and local industry.

The training programme is focused on leveraging industrial collaboration to support employment opportunities particularly in technical, high-skilled, and specialised fields, said the TDA. This includes emphasis on ‘upskilling' opportunities through the ICP that are funded by contractors. Such activity will be encouraged through ICP multipliers.


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US Army recompetes CROWS contract, royalty fee attached for outside vendor

by Ashley Roque

A US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) prototype outfitted with CROWS-J. The service is currently hosting a CROWS recompete competition. (US Army)

The US Army has launched a Common Remotely Operating Weapon Station (CROWS) competition valued up to USD1.5 billion that allows companies other than the prime contractor, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, to vie for the deal. However, there is a caveat; other vendors must factor in a mandatory USD10,000 per system royalty fee for Kongsberg if they win.

In late August, the service issued a remote weapon station (RWS) request for procurement to cover continued support for fielded CROWS systems and for new designs. In essence, the service is asking vendors whether they can build the Norwegian company's RWS at a ‘better value' to the government.

“The programme will support new and emerging customer requirements to include RWS variants such as Abrams Low Profile, Navy Mk-50, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Remote Weapon Station (ARWS), and Stryker,” the army wrote. Parties interested in bidding on the contract have until 22 November to submit their proposals and the service anticipates awarding a single contract worth up to USD1.5 billion.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/malaysia-boosts-industry-collaboration-requirements-in-response-to-covid-19/

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies ...

Malaysia boosts industry collaboration requirements in response to Covid-19

by Jon Grevatt

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies linked to procurement in strategic sectors including defence.

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s.  (Janes Defence Budgets)

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)

The new measures – disclosed by the TDA to Janes on 7 September – are the latest in a series of similar efforts across the Indo-Pacific to boost the effectiveness of defence offsets and similar industrial policies.

The TDA's three new measures augment the agency's existing Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP), which commits foreign defence contractors to engage with Malaysian industry.

The new strategies include supporting local skills advancement, supporting the development of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and encouraging collaboration between contractors and local industry.

The training programme is focused on leveraging industrial collaboration to support employment opportunities particularly in technical, high-skilled, and specialised fields, said the TDA. This includes emphasis on ‘upskilling' opportunities through the ICP that are funded by contractors. Such activity will be encouraged through ICP multipliers.


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US Army recompetes CROWS contract, royalty fee attached for outside vendor

by Ashley Roque

A US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) prototype outfitted with CROWS-J. The service is currently hosting a CROWS recompete competition. (US Army)

The US Army has launched a Common Remotely Operating Weapon Station (CROWS) competition valued up to USD1.5 billion that allows companies other than the prime contractor, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, to vie for the deal. However, there is a caveat; other vendors must factor in a mandatory USD10,000 per system royalty fee for Kongsberg if they win.

In late August, the service issued a remote weapon station (RWS) request for procurement to cover continued support for fielded CROWS systems and for new designs. In essence, the service is asking vendors whether they can build the Norwegian company's RWS at a ‘better value' to the government.

“The programme will support new and emerging customer requirements to include RWS variants such as Abrams Low Profile, Navy Mk-50, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Remote Weapon Station (ARWS), and Stryker,” the army wrote. Parties interested in bidding on the contract have until 22 November to submit their proposals and the service anticipates awarding a single contract worth up to USD1.5 billion.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/malaysia-boosts-industry-collaboration-requirements-in-response-to-covid-19/

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies ...

Malaysia boosts industry collaboration requirements in response to Covid-19

by Jon Grevatt

Malaysia's Technology Depository Agency (TDA) has launched a series of economic-recovery strategies linked to procurement in strategic sectors including defence.

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s.  (Janes Defence Budgets)

Malaysia's defence procurement expenditure is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to remain relatively flat at about USD900 million a year during the near term before climbing in the second half of the 2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)

The new measures – disclosed by the TDA to Janes on 7 September – are the latest in a series of similar efforts across the Indo-Pacific to boost the effectiveness of defence offsets and similar industrial policies.

The TDA's three new measures augment the agency's existing Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP), which commits foreign defence contractors to engage with Malaysian industry.

The new strategies include supporting local skills advancement, supporting the development of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and encouraging collaboration between contractors and local industry.

The training programme is focused on leveraging industrial collaboration to support employment opportunities particularly in technical, high-skilled, and specialised fields, said the TDA. This includes emphasis on ‘upskilling' opportunities through the ICP that are funded by contractors. Such activity will be encouraged through ICP multipliers.


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US Army recompetes CROWS contract, royalty fee attached for outside vendor

by Ashley Roque

A US Army Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light (RCV-L) prototype outfitted with CROWS-J. The service is currently hosting a CROWS recompete competition. (US Army)

The US Army has launched a Common Remotely Operating Weapon Station (CROWS) competition valued up to USD1.5 billion that allows companies other than the prime contractor, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, to vie for the deal. However, there is a caveat; other vendors must factor in a mandatory USD10,000 per system royalty fee for Kongsberg if they win.

In late August, the service issued a remote weapon station (RWS) request for procurement to cover continued support for fielded CROWS systems and for new designs. In essence, the service is asking vendors whether they can build the Norwegian company's RWS at a ‘better value' to the government.

“The programme will support new and emerging customer requirements to include RWS variants such as Abrams Low Profile, Navy Mk-50, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Remote Weapon Station (ARWS), and Stryker,” the army wrote. Parties interested in bidding on the contract have until 22 November to submit their proposals and the service anticipates awarding a single contract worth up to USD1.5 billion.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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