S160 NRP Tridente, the Portuguese Navy first U209PN submarine built by German shipbuilder Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft GmbH (part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG) will arrive at its homeport the Base Naval de Lisboa (BNL) on August 02.

An official receipt ceremony will be held on September 08.

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The Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia SA has delivered the A-15 SPS Cantabria replenishment ship to the Spanish Navy (Armada Española) on July 29.

The 19.500 Tonnes and 174 m long vessel also called BAC (Buque de Aprovisionamiento de Combate) will be able to support Spanish Navy and NATO vessels and to transport equipments and as well to take part in international humanitarian operations.

The vessel electronic suite includes the navigation radar, the surveillance radar, a FLIR sensor and a platform management system.

BAC is armed with two 20mm guns, two 12.7mm heavy machine guns and two 7.62mm light machines guns as well with six decoys launching systems and a towed torpedo countermeasure system.

The flight deck can accommodate a single AW101 Merlin, three AB 212 or two NH 90 NFH or SH-3D Sea King helicopters.

Navantia SA is promoting the vessel in countries like India, Chile, Canada, Norway and Australia.

(Navantia SA).

(Navantia SA).

Fibrotex Technologies Ltd has been awarded a contract to supply its Personal Camouflage Screens (PCS) for deployment with the special operations force of a NATO country in Afghanistan. The contract award is for a three year period as part of a multi-year equipping program and is a repeat order from this customer.

The customer will be deploying a large number of camouflage systems which are of the same type it has deployed previously. The previous systems however were for dual forest/desert terrain concealment while this order will complete the package with a dual fresh-snow/dirty terrain camouflage patterns.

(Fibrotex Technologies Ltd).

The Colombian Navy (Armada Nacional de Colombia) has taken delivery of a Airbus Military CN-235-300 MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft).

The aircraft payload includes the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) mission system, the navigation radar, the maritime surveillance radar and a Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) turreted sensor.

This CN-235-300 MPA is the third aircraft that the Colombian Navy has acquired and will join two CN-235-200 MPAs already in operation.

The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana) already operates four C-295M and three CN-235 transport aircraft.

(Airbus Military).

BAE Systems Plc has secured a new order, worth over £500 Million, with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to supply products and services to enable a further 57 Hawk AJT (Advanced Jet Trainer) light training aircraft to be built under license in India for the Indian Air Force (40 aircraft) and Indian Navy (17 aircraft).

This new batch will complement 66 Hawk MK132 aircraft already procured by India.

(BAE Systems).

The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) is following with the TAPV (Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle) armoured vehicles procurement programme which plan the  acquisition of  a first batch composed by 500 highly protected wheeled vehicles in two different variants (general utility and reconnaissance) to replace General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada LAV-II Coyote (Light Armoured Vehicle), BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa Ltd RG-31 MK3 Nyala APV (Armoured Patrol Vehicle) and complement Daimler AG G-Wagen 4×4 light utility vehicles in service with the Canadian Army. The programme includes an option to procure a further 100 vehicles.

The Canadian DND has recently downselected 9 vehicles from seven companies which includes BAE Systems Hägglunds AB Alligator, BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa Ltd RG-31 Mk5 EM and RG-35 RPU (Reconnaissance Patrol Utility), Force Protection Inc Cougar 4×4 and 6×6, Nexter Systems ARAVIS, Oshkosh Defense M-ATV (MRAP-All Terrain Vehicle), Textron Marine and Land Systems MSV (Mobile Survivable Vehicle) and Thales Australia Ltd Bushmaster armoured vehicles

The companies answered the Solicitation of Interest and Qualification (SOIQ) phase that closed on June 2 and now will move into the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase.

A contract award is expected by 2011, deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2012 and Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is expected a year later.

(BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa Ltd ).

The French procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has received the 200th MU90 IMPACT Block 1 advanced lightweight torpedo to be delivered to the French Navy (Marine Nationale).

According a contract awarded by the DGA in December of 1997, EuroTorp, a joint venture consortium GEIE (Groupement Européen d’Intérêt Économique) formed by DCNS, Thales Underwater Systems and Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei SpA is delivering 500 torpedoes to the be operated by French (300) and Italian (200) navies.

With the French Navy, the torpedo can be launched from the F-70 Georges Leygues Class frigates frigates, Horizon Class frigates (D620 FS Forbin and D621 FS Chevalier Paul), Br1150 Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft and Lynx helicopters.

Future means like the NH Industries NH-90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) helicopters and the 11 Aquitaine Class frigates FREMM (Frégates Européennes Multi-Missions) being built by DCNS will be fitted with the MU 90 torpedo.

The MU 90 has been so far procured by France, Italy, Poland, Germany, Denmark and Australia.