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CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF 18 Mar 05

14 Mar 05. General Dynamics Canada has been selected by DRS Optronics a unit of DRS Technologies, Inc. located in Palm Bay, Florida, to supply the Display and Control Module (DCM) for the Driver Vision Enhancer (DVE) system for the U.S. Army’s Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate in Fort Belvoir, Virginia (NVESD). This contract includes the manufacture of 1,000 units in the first year and potentially 5000+ display units in the subsequent four years of the contract, if all options are exercised. The award will utilize General Dynamics Canada’s display technology for installation in various US military platforms. Platforms include virtually all major Army combat and tactical vehicles, including: HMMWVs, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Stryker Infantry Combat Vehicles, and Abrams Main Battle Tanks. The selected display unit provides improved product reliability, configuration control, environmental performance and optical performance, compared with legacy night vision displays. For example, advances in optical technology provide reduced reflectance in difficult conditions, allowing soldiers to view images even when situated within HMMWVs and other vehicles with windows that permit the entry of substantial daylight.

11 Mar 05. The Boeing Co. of Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a Cost Plus Award
Fee – Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract to develop, integrate, and test adjunct mission capabilities for the Airborne Laser program. The basic
contract ceiling is $300,000,000; the first delivery order value is $38,103,108.
For the initial delivery order, the contractor shall conduct requirements
development and initial design activity for selected adjunct missions. The
Airborne Laser System Program Office is the contract activity (FA8632-05-D-2451).

11 Mar 05. Herley Industries, Inc. has been awarded contracts totalling $6.5m to supply flight termination receivers and hybrids for two U.S. military programs.

16 Mar 05. Northrop Grumman delivers the last production E-8C Joint STARS. The delivery of the last Joint STARS aircraft marks the end of production and the start of long-term support and upgrade programs for the world’s most advanced wide-area airborne ground surveillance, targeting and battle management system. Interviews will include senior leaders from the U.S. Air Force, government and Northrop Grumman. Visuals include two Joint STARS aircraft – The 17th aircraft with an Air Force tail number of 02-9111 commemorating national events just prior to the award of the production contract and the first Joint STARS aircraft, tail number 92-3289, which is in Melbourne as the last aircraft to be upgraded under the Computer Replacement Program.

10 Mar 05. The Swedish Air Force has become the first international customer for the Boeing C-130 Avionics Modernization Program, signing a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) to modernize its fleet of eight C-130E/H aircraft.
The LOA will lead to a foreign military sales contract between Boeing and the U.S. Air Force. The contract, the largest ever administered by the U.S. Air Force for the Swedish Government, is expected to be completed early this summer. The first aircraft is anticipated to enter modification in 2007, with the last modified aircraft being delivered to Sweden in 2009. Current plans call for modifications to be done at the Boeing Aerospace Support

11 Mar 05. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. is being awarded a $23,673,442 undefinitized contract modification. The government intends to award an Undefinitized Contractual Action to Northrop Grumman for the Next Generation (NexGen) Missile Warning Subsystem and Lockheed Martin in demonstrating the performance of the NexGen systems when integrated on the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system and installation on the C-130H3 aircraft. The contractor will conduct and support live fire testing and flight-testing of both NexGen Systems. There will also be the purchase of LAI

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