Our industrial participation in Denmark
Choosing the right Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) for Denmark is an important decision. It will impact the future capabilities of not only the army, but the entire Danish Defence.
In Denmark’s Defence settlement (30th November 2012), the country committed to participate in all four mission types, which the Centre for Military Studies outlined in its “Støvlerapport” (Spring 2012).
When a nation makes a 30 year commitment to maintain an involvement in international defence and humanitarian operations, it is critical to get the procurement decision right first time. As well as a vehicle that can conduct all types of international missions anywhere in the world, consideration should also be given to a vehicle that will offer genuine involvement for Danish industry. With this industrial involvement in mind, Paul Hitchcock - Vice President at BAE Systems - explains what potential Danish industrial partners can expect from the company.
Q: How would you describe BAE Systems’ links with Danish industry?
A: Very strong. During the past two years we’ve worked with 40 Danish companies across our Air, Land, Maritime and Security global supply chain. If you look back over the past ten years then we have worked with 125 Danish firms.
Then there is our investment in Denmark - BAE Systems’ Applied Intelligence division has a cyber security facility in Aalborg. It employs over 150 people and has strong links with the University there.
Q: Is there anything that differentiates BAE Systems’ offer to Danish industry compared with the other competitors in Denmark’s APC procurement?
A: Yes, I would have to say it’s our broad global supply chain, which straddles not just Land, but Aerospace, Maritime and Security. Each year we spend £11BN with 25,000+ international suppliers, so there are opportunities for Danish industry to bid and participate in our programmes across the world. A good example of this broad supply chain here in Denmark is in the Air sector. For example, in 2013 Terma entered into a long-term agreement with BAE Systems with a value of more than $35M, including further follow-on options, for the manufacture of composite parts for the international F-35 fighter aircraft program.
Joint R&D agreement with Terma
More recently we have also announced a Maritime and a joint R&D agreement with Terma.
The R&D agreement is on Active Noise Reduction collaboration and the first fruits of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) we signed with Terma at DSEI in 2013. The plan is to integrate Terma's Active Noise Reduction technology into BAE Systems' helmets. We are looking to provide funding together with assets including Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and use of our Striker helmet.
BAE Systems and Terma will now be jointly working with the Danish Business Authority to gain approval for the Active Noise Reduction project.
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