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CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF 19 JUN 03

19 Jun 03. Paradigm Services last week signed the ca. £20m ‘Project Synergy’ contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for provision of operational level military communications within the British sector of Iraq. By 15 July, Paradigm will implement the initial phase of a multi-layered communications solution to be used by all British troops, along with other nations deployed within the region. The complete networked service will be operational by the end of October 2003.

13 Jun 03 Raytheon Systems Limited, recently confirmed by UK MoD as prime contractor for the new Precision Guided Bomb (PGB), has selected the Multi Event Hard Target Fuze (MEHTF) from Thales Missile Electronics Ltd (TME) as a critical subsystem. MEHTF for PGB is derived from advanced fuzing work undertaken by TME in partnership with Alliant Techsystems (ATK) Ordnance and Ground Systems of Plymouth, Minnesota USA, in support of joint UK/US Government research programmes over several years.

17 Jun 03. The U.S. Navy awarded a $123m contract to a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Bell helicopter for further flight tests of its V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. The Navy said the contract would include management of the flight test program, support of test events, analysis of test data, and spares support at the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland.

20 Jun 03. EDO Corporation has been awarded a $1.1m contract by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, based in St. Louis, for a specialized, multi-function antenna for use on the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet strike fighter. Annual options are expected to continue for all new production aircraft, for a total program value of more than $6.0m. First deliveries to Boeing are expected to begin in 2004. Designated Q134, the antenna operates over a very wide bandwidth in a low radar-cross-section configuration.

20 Jun 03. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) LN-200 inertial measurement devices will be used to increase the capabilities of the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Sting Ray torpedo. Under a 10-year contract awarded recently by BAE SYSTEMS’ Underwater Systems Division, Northrop Grumman’s Navigation Systems Division will provide LN-200s for the torpedo, which is being modified to defeat the dual threats of both fast, deep diving, double-hulled submarines operating in the ocean and quiet conventional submarines in coastal waters.

18 Jun 03. Lockheed Martin and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) announced a $21m contract for production of the anti-submarine warfare control system for the Republic of Korea Navy’s new KDX-III destroyer program. The contract expands a trans-Atlantic naval business relationship that began with work on Norway’s Fridtjof Nansen Class F310 frigates

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