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21 Nov 06. Denmark buys state-of-the-art large-calibre ammunition from Rheinmetall – Included in the package: lifecycle ammunition management. The Danish armed forces are the first to order Rheinmetall’s newly developed PELE 120mm KE round. PELE stands for “Penetrator with Enhanced Lateral Effect”. The procurement package includes the modification of existing tank ammunition (the DM 33 A2) in order to improve its effectiveness in modern combat scenarios, including possible military operations in urban terrain. Never attained before, the prime advantage of the PELE system is its pinpoint effectiveness in the target zone, resulting in a drastic reduction in collateral damage.

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22 Nov 06. DRS Technologies, Inc. has received an order valued at approximately $19m to provide rugged Appliqué Computer Systems and peripheral equipment for the U.S. Army’s Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below (FBCB2) program. Installed on over 40 U.S. Army and Marine Corps vehicle platform types, including wheeled and tracked vehicles, as well as Tactical Operations Centers and other command post platforms, DRS’s Appliqué Computer Systems support the Army’s Blue Force Tracking requirements, which include beyond line-of-sight reporting and tracking and significant improvements in vertical and horizontal information integration for incorporation into the military’s overall battlefield visualization efforts. The order was received by DRS from the U.S. Army’s Communication-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (CELCMC) in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. For this order, the company’s DRS Tactical Systems unit in Melbourne, Florida, will provide more than 1,700 rugged Appliqué Computer Systems, including processors, displays and keyboard units, as well as more than 300 rugged solid-state hard disk drives and over 4,200 rotating media hard disk drives.

21 Nov 06. AM General L.L.C., South Bend, Ind., was awarded on Nov. 16, 2006, a $79,244,500 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for M1151A1 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).

20 Nov 06. Armor Holdings, Inc. announced the receipt of a $42m order for production of additional Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle (FMTV) trucks from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). The Company advised that the award is made under the existing multi-year FMTV production contract with work to be performed in 2007 at the Aerospace & Defense Group facilities located in Sealy, Texas.

16 Nov 06. BAE Systems has been awarded a $251m contract modification from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command to remanufacture 113 M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicles, provide spare parts and extend system technical support for the U.S. Army.

21 Nov 06. BAE Systems, Anniston, Ala., was awarded on Nov. 15, 2006, an $87,962,244 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for the Overhaul and Upgrade program for the M113A3 family of vehicles. Work will be performed in Anniston, Ala., 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 20, 2006. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-05-C-0463).

21 Nov 06. Cray Inc.*, Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $25,000,000 increment of a $250,000,000 other transaction for prototypes agreement to complete the design and technical development for high productivity computing petascale systems and demonstrate a petascale prototype. Work will be performed in Mendota Heights, Minn. (32 percent); Seattle,

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