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CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF 04 MAR 05

28 Feb 05. DRS Technologies, Inc. has received a $21.3m delivery order to provide rugged Applique Computer Systems for the U.S. Army’s FBCB2 program. The systems associated with this order will support U.S. Army units engaged in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Installed on M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, these FBCB2 systems will support the Army’s Blue Force Tracking requirements, which include beyond line-of-sight reporting and tracking, as well as significant improvements in vertical and horizontal information integration for incorporation into the Army’s overall battlefield visualization efforts.

27 Feb 05. It was reported during AUSA that the U.S. DoD has requested that new bids be submitted for the next phase of the Movement Tracking requirement currently being undertaken by Comtech inc. Comtech won the seven year contract in July 1999, a six year installation contract with a one year service contract. Qualcom the huge U.S. conglomerate upset the DoD when it issued an objection and refused to bid. BATTLESPACE understands that their system was non-compliant in that unit did not have encryption or mapping systems. Comtech has installed the system on 10000 trucks and expects to install systems on a further 3-4000. The total requirement is for 3700 trucks. A number of firms are believed to be interested in bidding this requirement which has an RFI tag requirement currently being fulfilled by Savi. Firms such as Oxley in the UK have what they believe to be new and improved technology to fulfil this requirement. The UK also has a requirement and an exercise will be taking place in the Uk in September of this year.

01 Mar 05. Armor Holdings, Inc. has received a contract modification from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, on behalf of the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier at Fort Belvoir, VA that adds approximately $31.4m for additional quantities of protective body armor plates to be delivered through August 2005. Work under this contract will be performed by the Armor Holdings’ Aerospace and Defense Group in its Phoenix, Arizona facilities.

28 Feb 05. Stewart & Stevenson Tactical Vehicle Systems L.P., Sealy, Texas, was awarded on Feb. 22, 2005, a $6,454,604 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for RESET of 150 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, A0 and A1 Configurations to Technical Manual 10-20+3D. Work will be performed in Sealy, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 20, 2005. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated Feb. 5, 2004. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-04-C-0260).

28 Feb 05. Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, was awarded on Feb. 23, 2005, an
$11,427,346 firm-fixed-price contract for 250 Lithium Ion Power Sources and
Assorted Spares. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated July 15, 2004. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-05-C-0066).

28 Feb 05. The Defence Logistics Organisation has signed a partnering agreement with Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (RWM) for the supply of a range of pyrotechnics, including signal rockets, obscurants and illuminating devices. The agreement, which was signed at the British Embassy in Berlin on 2 February 2005, will run for an initial period of five years. The value is currently around £9m, but is expected to increase as more items are added.

01 Mar 05. Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a delivery order to provide integrated security solutions to U.S. Air Force bases in Southwest Asia. Under this delivery order, Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems se

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