CONTRACT NEWS

UK aids US escape attempt

In a contract set to be worth around £2 million, Hale Hamilton will be supplying valves and controllers for emergency escape systems on 55 US navy submarines. The UK company originally developed the system (which allows submariners to escape from depths of up to 180m) for the the Connecticut shipyard of Electric Boat.

Simulation success for Intergraph

Intergraph Computer Systems has announced that its TDZ 2000 ViZual Workstations have been chosen to power the UK Air Force F3 Tornado maintenance training simulators. The TDZ 2000 was chosen because of its capability to provide a multiple graphics pipe solution and its large texture memory.

Kvaerner does the double

Anglo-Norwegian engineering and construction group Kvaerner has signed two construction and engineering contracts worth $170 million and $40 million respectively. The first of these is to build a new facility for Chilean mining company Minera El Tesoro, and the other is to build a manufacturing plant for New York based bio-pharmaceutical company ImClone Systems.

£60 million defence order for Weir

Strachan & Henshaw, part of the Weir Group, has built on its 25 year involvement with the Royal Navy, by winning a contract worth £60 million. The company will design and manufacture weapon handling and launching systems for the new Astute Class submarine. Equipment will be based on designs which have already been used on Trafalgar, Vanguard and Collins Class submarines.