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27 Jul 07. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for $186,944,000.This action provides for the purchase of thirty (30) F-16 Block 50 aircraft, along with associated support equipment, alternative mission equipment, and support elements for the Government of Turkey’s Under Secretarial for Defense Industries for the Peace Onyx IV F-16 Block 50 Aircraft Procurement Program. This effort supports foreign military sales to Turkey. At this time, $110,060,000 has been obligated. Solicitations began April 2007 and negotiations were completed in July 2007.This work will be complete January 2009.Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8615-07-C-6034).

30 Jul 07 Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) has been awarded a contract to support the integration and flight trials of the Paveway(tm) IV new generation guided weapon on to the Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) version of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter. The contract is valued at GBP24m. The UK is currently one of six European nations that are planning to take delivery of the F-35 aircraft. The integration of the RSL developed Paveway IV onto the F-35B will ensure that the UK has an autonomous weapon solution for this platform. The integration programme will focus on providing documentation, input to the development of the aircraft systems and flight clearance of the weapon on to the aircraft. The latter part of the programme will concentrate on support to flight trials and certification. In addition to the general support activities, RSL will also be providing BAE Systems with the required trials hardware.

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31 Jul 07. DRS Technologies, Inc. received a $7.1mi contract from the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, to provide depot repair services for the receiver/transmitters and antenna subsystems in APQ-170 TF/TA radar systems. The work for this one-year award will begin immediately and be performed by the company’s DRS Sustainment Systems business unit in St. Louis, Missouri. Although this award is a new contract it continues 14 years of DRS repairing the APQ-170 radar system.

01 Aug 07. Acro, Inc. a developer of explosive detection solutions, today announced that it has received a first order from the US Army for 300 of its ACRO-P.E.T. peroxide explosive testers. The order was received by Quality Performance, Inc., an Acro distributor in the United States. Acro’s revolutionary patented peroxide explosive tester – ACRO-P.E.T. – is an innovative, pen-like tester that can identify peroxide-based explosives, such as Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), which may appear in a variety of shapes and forms, including liquid explosives. Peroxide-based explosives are almost impossible to identify, since they do not contain nitro groups and are colorless. Improvised explosive devices based on materials containing peroxide have increasingly been used in recent years by various terrorist organizations. The main reason is that such peroxide-based explosives can be easily “home-made” using inexpensive, readily available starting materials that can be purchased in most hardware and paint stores, even in bulk quantities.

31 Jul 07. General Dynamics Land Systems, under their operating Unit General Dynamics Amphibious Systems (GDAMS), Woodbridge, Va., is being awarded a $6,217,436 modification to previously awarded contract (M67854-01-C-0001) for the sustaining program management as well as technical and engineering support for the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) Drive train components during the extended Systems Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the EFV program. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and work is expected to be completed by September 2008.Contract funds will not expire at the end of the curre

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