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awarDeD $26 million
for mK46 naval weapon
General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit
of General Dynamics, announced on March 26 that
it has been awarded a $25.7 million contract to
produce eight MK46 30mm Naval Weapon Systems
for the U.S . Navy for use on San Antonio-class (LPD-
17) ships and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class.
The MK46 30mm Naval Weapon System is an
all-weather, day/night, fully stabilized weapon system.
Its lightweight, modular and compact size makes it
an ideal candidate for numerous anti-surface and
anti-air defense applications. The system's family of
turrets represents a balance of lethality, performance,
reliability and versatility, and it is one of the most cost-
effective medium-caliber weapon systems. General
Dynamics has delivered 30 MK46 systems to the
Navy since 2005. It is the main deck gun for LPD-17
ships and is the secondary gun battery for Littoral
Work will be performed by the existing workforce
at General Dynamics Land Systems facilities in
Woodbridge, Va.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Lima, Ohio;
Westminster, Md.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; and
Scranton, Pa. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in
"General Dynamics Land Systems is committed
to providing cost-effective mission-critical products
and services to the Navy's surface warfare fleet,"
said Michael Bolon, senior vice president, U.S .
Marine Corps and Navy business sector at General
Dynamics Land Systems. "The MK46 gun system's
open architecture software supports stand-alone and
integrated variants for multiple uses and maximum
prime minister anD
minister for Defence
Joint meDia release –
special operations Units
awarDeD Battle HonoUr
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Defence
Stephen Smith announced on March 26 that the
Australian Army’s Special Operations Command will
receive the first Army Battle Honour since the end of
the Vietnam War.
The Battle Honour is for outstanding performance
during the Shah Wali Kot Offensive in Afghanistan from
May to June 2010.
The Battle Honour, titled Eastern Shah Wali Kot,
has been awarded in recognition of the operational
actions of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR)
and 2nd Commando Regiment (2 Cdo Regt) from the
Australian Special Operations Task Group Rotation XII.
The Prime Minister congratulated the Special
Operations Task Group on the Battle Honour,
which was awarded under revised guidelines that
acknowledge the way the Army fights in the modern
“The combined achievements of SASR and 2 Cdo
Regt during the Shah Wali Kot Offensive are worthy of
the highest praise,” the Prime Minister said.
Minister Smith said, “We acknowledge the efforts
made by all elements of the Special Operations Task
Group including significant contributions from Special
Operations engineers, signallers, logisticians and
headquarters support staff, as well as the United States
101st Airborne Division.
“Their outstanding performance has now
been recognised in the same manner as similar
performances have been recognised in the past.”
The efforts of the SASR and 2 Cdo Regt during
the engagement were highly commended by the
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
command for the contribution it made to overall ISAF
efforts to disrupt insurgent activities in the region
around Eastern Shah Wali Kot, one of their traditional
The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David
Morrison, recommended that the SASR and 2 Cdo
Regt receive formal recognition for their outstanding
performance during the offensive.
The Chief of Army directed the Battle Honour
Committee to examine all Army engagements since
the Vietnam War to determine whether actions since
then are eligible for formal recognition under the
The Battle Honour will be formally presented to the
Regiments later this year.
Defence in neGotiations
for new lanD materiel
The Defence Department announced on March 27
that it is negotiating with preferred tenderer Transfield
Services (Australia) regarding the new Land Materiel
Maintenance Service (LMM) contract.
The LMM contract will be a landmark agreement
that will underpin efficiency reforms in the Australian
Defence Force’s logistics system.
The LMM contract is for the provision of
maintenance for land-based assets, such as military
vehicles and general equipment.
While the negotiations to finalise the contract
progress, Defence has entered into an early services
agreement with Transfield Services to enable initial
transition activities to begin in the lead up to the new
contract taking effect from 1 July 2013.
The LMM Services contract arrangements
will replace three existing Defence contracts for
maintenance services which are due to expire on 30
Transfield Services employs more than
24,000 people globally and provides operations,
maintenance and construction services to over 20
industries across 11 countries. The company is
a global provider of operations, maintenance and
construction services to the resources, energy,
industrial, infrastructure, property and defence
Within the defence sector, Transfield supplies
asset management services to the Defence estate
and land equipment, as well as providing Defence
with comprehensive technical and logistics services,
including airfield fire fighting, and aircraft refuelling.
If Defence cannot reach a contractual arrangement
with Transfield Services, Defence reserves the right to
suspend or terminate negotiations with the preferred
tenderer and revert to one or more of the other
The new contract is expected to be awarded before
30 June 2013 with an initial term of six years.
Ammunition loading for a Mk 46 30mm gun
Credit: USN / Zane Ecklund
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