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23 Jun 06. DRS Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a $12m contract to provide Horizontal Technology Integration Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (HTI SGF) sighting systems. These systems provide critical common night vision technology to the U.S. Army’s M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank System Enhancement Package (SEP) and M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, which continue to be an integral part of the military’s operations in Iraq. The contract was awarded to DRS by the Network Centric Systems division of Raytheon Company in McKinney, Texas. For this award, DRS will provide the Abrams Thermal Receiver Units (TRU) with the Block 1 B-Kit, as well as Block 1 B-Kits for Improved Bradley Acquisition Systems (IBAS) and Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) sets for the Abrams Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer (CITV) and Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3) supporting the Army’s HTI initiatives. Work for this award will be accomplished by the company’s DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems – Optronics Division in Palm Bay, Florida. Product deliveries will commence in September and continue through October 2007. Additional orders on this program are anticipated by the company.

24 May 06. Azure Dynamics Corporation has received another purchase order from Smith Electric Vehicles (“Smith”), part of The Tanfield Group Plc, for 20 electric powertrain systems. This order follows-on to the 2005 supply agreement between Azure and Smith Electric Vehicles, whereby Azure would deliver up to one thousand complete electric powertrains. Each Azure electric powertrain system includes the drive, a power steering system, a system controller, a 12VDC supply, and other key driver interface components. Since the supply agreement was signed in July 2005, Azure has already provided Smith with 10 powertrain systems and has collaborated on building demonstration vehicles. Through product demonstration programs initial customer orders are now being received.

12 Jun 06. The Slovenian Ministry of Defence has on 12 June, 2006 announced that Patria AMV has been selected as the preferred vehicle for the Slovenian armoured vehicle program. Final contract negotiations will start immediately. The scope of the deal covers 136 wheeled armoured personnel carriers in 4 different versions. The vehicles will be manufactured in Finland and in Slovenia together with Slovenian co-operation partners. The deliveries are scheduled for 2007 – 2011.

12 May 06. AM General L.L.C., South Bend, Ind., was awarded on May 10, 2006, a $42,449,318 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for M1151P1 high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles. Work will be performed in South Bend, Ind., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2007. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on July 17, 2000. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).

17 May 06. Armor Holdings, Inc. announced an order valued at $31.5m from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command for additional production of M1114 Up-Armored HMMWV vehicles to support the Iraqi Army. Work will be performed during 2006 by the Armor Holdings Aerospace and Defense Group at its Fairfield, Ohio facilities.

17 May 06. General Dynamics Corp. received $19m in Army contracts to provide armor kits and other services for Stryker eight-wheeled combat vehicles. Under the first order, valued at $5.9m, the company’s land systems unit will provide Stryker add-on armor slat kits and related hardware. The work will be carried out in Lima, Ohio; Sterling Heights, Mich.; and in Canada, and is expected to be completed by September 2008. General Dynamics also received an $8.1 million order to create a spare parts pipeline for a remote weapons station. The work will be performed in Auburn, Wash., and should be completed by Dec. 31, the company said. Under a third order wo

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