12 Sep 2011 By ANDREW CHUTER DefenseNews
LONDON - ITT is set to get its presence at Europe's biggest defense and security show off to a flying start Sept. 13 with the announcement of two contract wins involving equipment and support to the Danish and British armed forces.
The U.S. company has been selected by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation to supply the British Army with its High Capacity Data Radios (HCDRs) as part of a wider tactical communications network being procured for ground forces.
The radios are the data backbone of the network and are similar to the equipment already supplied to the British military as part of the Bowman communications program. Like Bowman, the equipment for the Danes will be supplied from the Basingstoke, England, facility of ITT Defence.
HCDR is widely used across European militaries, with Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and others also using the equipment.
John Wall, the managing director of ITT Defence here, speaking ahead of the opening of the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition at the Excel Centre, said the final signing of a $50 million deal with the Danish organization to provide equipment, training and support is "imminent."
It's a breakthrough sale by ITT on communications equipment to the Danish military, although the company has secured business with the Scandinavian country in other areas.
The two sides have agreed to a four-year framework deal that will see about 100 radios delivered this year, followed by expected further drawdowns on equipment over the duration of the contract.
In a second deal likely to be unveiled by ITT, the company has secured a multiyear contract to maintain night-vision goggles for the British military using its Basingstoke facility.
ITT has supplied more than $40 million worth of head-mounted night-vision systems and support to the British military since signing a first order in 2008, principally to equip troops fighting in Afghanistan.
The system is the British variant of the AN/PVS-14 device, widely used by the U.S. military and homeland security agencies.