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04 Mar 05. Harris Corp. RF Communications Division, Rochester, N.Y., is being awarded a maximum $75,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract for High Frequency Manpack Radios (HFMR)(AN/PRC-150C), components, spares, and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) training. Work will be performed in Rochester, N.Y. (85 percent) and various training locations to include East-CONUS, West-CONUS, and OCONUS (15 percent), and is expected to be completed March 2009. Contract funds will not expire during the current fiscal year. This contract is a sole source award to Harris Corp. RF Communications Division. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-05-D-7015).

07 Mar 05. NAVISTAR International Transportation, Knoxville, Tenn., was awarded on March 2, 2005, a delivery order amount of $61,854,290 as part of a $311,490,381 firm-fixed-price contract for 374 Afghanistan Medium Tactical Vehicles. Work will be performed in Garland, Texas, and is expected to be completed by March 3, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were an unknown number of bids solicited via the World Wide Web on Jan. 7, 2005, and five bids were received. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-05-D-0144).

10th Mar 05. The UK MoD has cleared the initial three SIFF Interrogator systems installed in Type 23 Frigates along with the first 12 SIFF transponder systems installed in RAF Tornado GR4’s. Both of these In Service Dates (ISD’s) have been achieved ahead of the approved dates. Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) is the prime contractor to the MoD for SIFF equipment development and most of the platform installations. This means that RSL, as prime, has achieved the ISD for Naval Interrogators two months ahead of the MoD’s approved date. The ISD for fast jets, for which RSL as sub-contractor supplied the SIFF equipment to BAE SYSTEMS, was achieved an impressive seven months ahead of the approved date. These are the final ISD’s by which the MoD has measured progress of the SIFF programme although equipment will continue to be installed in various platforms over the next four years.

09 Mar 05. The Defense Department has renewed a $15m contract with EDS Corp., enabling the company to continue work on the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support automated information system. EDS will continue to provide information assurance activities, enhancements and upgrades to established baselines; coordinate version control through configuration management processes; and develop architecture, infrastructure and network design models. The company also will supply online help and documentation, and offer customer support online and through help-desk and troubleshooting services. The company has supported the system for 12 years. The system helps healthcare workers account for equipment and supplies, provides an e-commerce connection with commercial vendors, and manages tracking and inventory of rooms and their contents. (Source: GCN)

10 Mar 05. The Dutch ministry of defence has awarded a contract to EADS to supply technical systems for Future Ground Based Air Defence (FGBAD). FGBAD NL is the reconnaissance and command system of the future for the Dutch army’s anti-aircraft operations. It will modernise the air surveillance network and ensure the interoperability and compatibility of the air defence systems used by the armed forces in the Netherlands with those of their NATO partners. The system thus represents an important step forward for the Netherlands in fulfilling present-day air surveillance requirements. Individual components of the system will also be used by crisis reaction forces at home and abroad. EADS won the contract in the face of stiff international competition, because the system it provides is the most modern mobile air reconnaissance and weapon coordination solution currentl

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