VEGA wins contract extension to maintain DE&S training systems

Darmstadt, (PresseBox) - VEGA, a Finmeccanica company, has secured a three-year contract from Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) to continue supporting three synthetic training systems based at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering (DCAE).

Under the terms of the £585k contract, VEGA will continue to provide ongoing maintenance and support for the Aircraft Propulsions Systems Trainer (APST), Avionics Systems Trainer (AST) and Compass and Vertical Reference Systems Trainer (CVRST). VEGA will also deliver any modifications or enhancements to the trainers that are identified.

VEGA's relationship with the DCAE dates back to 1996 when it first supplied the college based at RAF Cosford with a computer-based desktop AST. Since 2004, VEGA has provided a series of upgrades for the system, and was previously awarded a £330k contract to upgrade the DCAE's AST in November 2007.

The contract demonstrates the value that the DCAE places in the training solutions developed by VEGA as the college looks to continually produce aeronautical engineers with the ability and skill to ultimately improve the front line capability of the UK armed forces.

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH

VEGA is a specialist professional services company. It provides independent consulting, technology and managed solutions, based on 30 years' experience of specialist market and technological domains. This enables VEGA to offer independent expert advice and pragmatic support services in the effective implementation of business strategy. In doing so, VEGA helps its clients to identify business value, manage risk and realise higher levels of success from their programmes and projects.

In January 2008, VEGA Group PLC and all its subsidiaries were acquired by Finmeccanica S.P.A ("Finmeccanica"), the main Italian industrial group operating globally in the aerospace, defence and security sectors. VEGA is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica.

VEGA's principal markets are Aerospace, Defence and Government. Its key geographies are the UK, Germany, Holland, France and Spain.

Within the Aerospace market, VEGA supports scientific, commercial and military programmes worldwide and has been involved in almost every European Space Agency mission over the last 30 years. Clients include: European Space Agency, European Commission, French National Space Agency (CNES), German National Aerospace Agency (DLR), Inmarsat, EUMETSAT, EADS Astrium, Thales Alenia Space and SES Astra.

VEGA is certified to the internationally recognised standard for Information Security ISO/IEC 27001:2005.

VEGA is also ISO 9001:2000 & TickIT accredited through Det Norske Veritas and is certified to ISO 14000, environmental management.

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