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Lockheed and Elbit to team up on U.K. Challenger 2 tank bid
by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Ampthill, England (UPI) Aug 11, 2016

Saab producing electrical gear for Leopard 2 tanks
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Aug 11, 2016 - Saab is to design, develop and deliver vehicle electronics to Germany's Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Gmbh for use in Leopard 2 tanks for the Swedish military.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann is a primary supplier of the Leopard 2 tank to Sweden, which designates the tank as the Stridsvagn 122.

The $15.29 million order for the electronic systems and accessories includes provision of training and documentation and will allow tanks using the electronics to be integrated with the Swedish Battalion Combat Management System.

"It's important that the tank is integrated into the Swedish Battalion Combat Management System," said Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab's Support and Services business area. "The order reinforces our role both as a supplier for the Battalion Combat Management System and as a supplier and partner of the Swedish Army and the international defense industry."

Deliveries will be made during the period 2018 to 2022, Saab said.

Lockheed Martin UK announced Wednesday it is teaming with Elbit Systems UK to bid on the British military's Challenger 2 tank upgrade.

The two companies will submit a proposal to undertake the vehicle's life extension project, an effort that would see the battle tanks remain in service until 2035, Lockheed said in a statement.

Lockheed Martin UK is the prime contractor for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Program, which involves upgrading at least 380 armored fighting vehicles for the British army.

The company is also designing and delivering 245 AJAX vehicle turrets.

Lockheed said the partnership will combine its armored fighting vehicle experience with Elbit's expertise in life extension programs and obsolescence management across more than 3,000 platforms.

BAE Systems announced in June it was teaming with General Dynamics Land Systems-UK, General Dynamics Mission Systems-International, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Moog, QinetiQ and Safran Electronics to upgrade the tank.

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