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Greek Army's German-made Leopard tanks getting ammunition
by Richard Tomkins
Dusseldorf, Germany (UPI) Aug 18, 2014


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Ammunition for the Greek Army's Leopard 2 tanks is to be produced by Rheinmetall of Germany under a $69.6 million contract.

Rheinmetall, a defense company that includes large-caliber ammunition in its product portfolio, said the order is for 12,000 rounds of 120mm ammunition, the initial supply for the Leopard 2 tanks the country procured in 2009 but for which ammunition was not initially ordered.

The rounds being supplied by the end of this year are DM12A2 multi-purpose ammunition and DM63 kinetic energy rounds. DM63A1 kinetic rounds will be supplied in three lots in 2015 and 2016, Rheinmetall said.

Although Greece is the end user of the ammunition, Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support is the actual customer, acting on behalf of the Greek Ministry of Defense.

Rheinmetall says the arrangement "substantially simplifies and accelerates" the procurement process.

Greece has a fleet of 353 Leopard 2 main battle tanks.

Britain in payout to US firm on border security sacking
London (AFP) Aug 18, 2014 - Britain will make a hefty payout to a US defence company after a tribunal found London had unlawfully terminated a contract to provide the country's electronic borders programme.

The verdict was revealed in a letter from Home Secretary Theresa May.

The Home Office interior ministry must pay 224 million ($375 million 280 million euros) to Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL).

Of that sum, 126 million is for assets such as computer systems the company delivered prior to the contract being terminated, while 50 million is in damages.

The eBorders programme was devised in 2003 to count everyone in and out of Britain by collecting advance passenger information on all scheduled inbound and outbound journeys.

"We are looking carefully at the tribunal's detailed conclusions to see if there are any grounds for challenging the award," May said in a letter to lawmaker Keith Vaz, who chairs the parliamentary body scrutinising her ministry's activities.

"The government stands by the decision to end the eBorders contract with Raytheon. This decision was, and remains, the most appropriate action to address the well-documented issues with the delivery and management of the programme."

May said major milestones had been missed by Raytheon in 2010 and parts of the programme were running at least a year behind schedule.

The situation was "a mess with no attractive options", she said.

"All other alternatives available to the government would have led to greater costs than the result of this tribunal ruling."

A new version of the electronic borders system is still being developed.

In a statement, Raytheon said the tribunal ruling confirmed that RSL delivered "substantial capabilities" to the Home Office under the eBorders programme.

"Raytheon remains committed to partnering with the UK government on key defence, national security and commercial pursuits," it added.

Vaz called the situation a "catastrophic result".

"It is now clear that the UKBA (the now-defunct United Kingdom Border Agency) didn't know what they wanted from the eBorders programme," he said.

Vaz said his committee wants to hear from Raytheon to "understand just what went wrong and ensure that procurement of this kind never happens again".

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