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31 Mar 03. Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) has been selected by Boeing to supply Global Positioning System (GPS) Anti-Jam Antennae for Australia’s Project Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) system. Two of RSL’s GAS-1 anti-jam antenna systems will be installed on each of the four Boeing 737-700 aircraft in the Wedgetail programme. GAS-1 is already fitted on the RAAF’s C130 fleet and RSL is exploring the opportunity to supply systems for the F/A 18 (A and B models) and shipborne applications.

25 Mar 03. Thales Air Operations has been awarded the contract to design the key mobile elements of NATO’s Air Command & Control System (ACCS). The system is being procured by Air Command System International (ACSI) as an extension to the NATO Air C2 upgrade – NATO ACCS Level of Capability (LOC) 1 – and will provide the NATO Alliance with a long awaited capability to project C4I in support of contingency operations worldwide.

26 Mar 03. Northrop Grumman Corporation and seven additional contractors have been awarded an eight-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract by the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) for the CECOM Rapid Response (CR2) program. The overall ceiling of this ID/IQ contract is more than $2.7bn.

1 Apr 03. The U.S. Army has selected Miltope Corp. as their supplier of rugged computers for the Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS) program. The AMPS system is comprised of the newest Miltope model TSC-750M computer system outfitted with a tactical data modem for communication with SINCGARS radios.

27 Mar 03. Lockheed Martin has received a $9.2m contract from Harris Corporation to deliver transceivers for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The transceivers are a critical component of the JSF mission system, linking the system’s electronic processing and fiber optic network.

1 Apr 03. ITT Industries, Inc. has been awarded a contract by the US Army to provide technical support services to the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) Research and Technology Directorate. Under the contract, ITT will provide research, development, technical management and administrative support for chemical and biological basic and advanced research programs. The Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract’s potential value is approximately $100m over a 5-year period. Work will be performed by ITT Industries’ Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division.

2 Apr 03. Lockheed Martin has received a $96.4m contract to commence LRI of the HIMARS for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. HIMARS, viewed as a transformational capability that will support lighter, more mobile fighting forces, received approval from the Army Systems Acquisition Review Council (ASARC) to transition from testing to production in March 2003.

2 Apr 03. Goodrich Corporation has received a contract from the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command of Fort Eustis, Virginia, to supply the Goodrich IMD-HUMS for the U.S. Army UH-60L helicopter. Under the terms of the $8.5m contract, Goodrich’s Fuel & Utility Systems division in Vergennes, Vermont will provide IMD-HUMS systems and support for 22 UH-60L helicopters at the 101st Airborne Division in addition to 8 systems already ordered. This collaborative project follows a previous demonstration of the Goodrich IMD-HUMS technology on the UH-60A. The systems to be provided include an onboard system, and a maintenance management ground station.

31 Mar 03. Harris Corporation has been selected by SNC-Lavalin PAE, Inc., as its preferred supplier of communications and information services for deployed Canadian Forces. The Harris contract is part of a larger C$200m Canadian Forces Contractor Augmentation Program (CANCAP) awarded to SNC-Lavalin PAE in December 2002. The CANCAP program is designed to supply Canadian deployed military forces with private, contractor-provided communications services when required by

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