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20 Feb 03. Lockheed Martin Corp. received a $35m pact to be the lead system integrator for the U.S. Army’s National Training Center Objective Instrumentation System effort. The company’s Orlando-based information systems division will be the primary contractor for the acquisition, integration and fielding of the upgrade.

18 Feb 03. Miltope Group Inc., (Nasdaq: MILT – News) has received a multiple delivery order for computers and computer accessories, for the United States Army as part of the Maintenance Support Device (“MSD”) contract. This order is for additional deliveries associated with the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (“IDIQ”) contract originally awarded to Miltope in May of 2001. This production order calls for delivery in excess of 1,500 MSD rugged laptop systems, which are based on the Miltope Model TSC-750 rugged laptop computer. The TSC-750 is unique in that it is qualified to the stringent requirements of Military Specifications such as MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461. This allows the Miltope computer system to be utilized in military forward areas where operation under any and all environmental conditions is encountered. From the hottest conditions on an Apache flight line to the blowing sand and dust of the desert, the TSC-750 continues to support the mission of the soldier in the field.

18 Feb 03. Thales Communications has been awarded a contract valued at approximately €14m to provide naval satellite communication stations to Belgium. Awarded in January 2003 by the Belgian defence ministry, the contract calls for the delivery of four satcom systems and installation on board Belgian Navy E71 frigates and the support vessel Godetia. The stations will provide reliable long-range communications services at high data rates in full compliance with NATO standards. The award decision was based on the versatility of the Thales product, needed to meet the customer’s multi-band requirement (military X-band and commercial C-band), and the reduced dimension of the antenna system proposed. The contract comes just ten months after the French N2000 programme was awarded, and is the first export order for Thales naval satellite communication stations.

18 Feb 03. Ultralife Batteries, Inc. (Nasdaq:ULBI – News) has delivered a large quantity of its model U9VL-J 9-volt lithium-manganese dioxide primary (non-rechargeable) batteries to the U.K. MoD against an order valued at over $800,000. The batteries are for use in an undisclosed military device. John Kavazanjian, Ultralife’s president and chief executive officer, said, “We are very pleased that the M.O.D. has recognized the great value our long-life 9-volt battery provides over alkaline batteries. We produce the longest lasting 9-volt battery in the world, far outlasting alkaline batteries in a wide range of medical, security, industrial and military applications.”

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