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CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF

CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF

EUROPE

SEA

25 Mar 08. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been chosen to provide the Platform Management System (PMS) for the next Royal Navy Astute Class submarine, HMS Audacious. BAE Systems has selected Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit as the preferred bidder to supply the PMS for the fourth Astute-Class submarine. The PMS will control and monitor platform machinery and on board systems.

20 Mar 08. MASS protection system to be mounted on German minehunters
Immediate operational requirement for UNIFIL deployment The German Navy has contracted with Rheinmetall Defence to supply MASS naval protection systems for two of its minehunter vessels. MASS stands for “Multi Ammunition Softkill System”. Under an immediate operational requirement order, one MJ 333-class vessel and one HL 352-class vessel are to be equipped with a MASS two-launcher configuration system with integrated detection unit by May 2008. The total order is worth some €10m.

26 Mar 08. Raytheon Company has been awarded a $17.8m contract from the U.S. Navy and the NATO SEASPARROW Project Office for the company’s MK57, MK29 and MK73 NATO SEASPARROW missile systems. Under the contract, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) will assemble, test, and deliver components and support for the systems, which enable critical self-defense capabilities for U.S. and allied navy surface ships.

AIR

27 Mar 08. NATS, the UK’s air traffic control authority, recently awarded a five-year, £80m contract to Lockheed Martin UK to continue to support the London Area Control (LAC) operation at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre. The agreement enables Lockheed Martin to provide continued enhancements, maintenance and support of the system it developed with NATS to modernise the management of air traffic over England and Wales. The contract builds on a 30-year relationship between Lockheed Martin and NATS that currently helps move more than 240 million passengers a year safely and swiftly through UK skies.

USA

LAND

27 Mar 08. DRS Training & Control Systems, Inc., Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., was awarded on Mar. 20, 2008, a $9,381,722 firm fixed price contract for TOW missile launchers. Work will be performed in Ft Walton Beach, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One bid was solicited on Jan. 24, 2008. U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-08-C-0145).

27 Mar 08. BAE Systems, Survivability Systems, LLC, Fairfield, Ohio, was awarded on Mar. 14, 2008, a $71,546,085.00 Undefinitized Contractual Action (UCA), which will result in a firm-fixed-price contract. As part of the Objective Gunner’s Protection Kit (O-GPK), purchase of 12,519 Battery Powered Motorized Traversing Units (BPMTU), which is used to assist the gunner in rotating the armored turret. To be used on High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), models M1114 and M1151, and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. One bid was solicited with one bid received for the action that has an estimated completion date of Sep. 30, 2008. All work will be performed in Fairfield, Ohio. The contracting office is TACOM, LCMC, Rock Island, Ill. (W52H09-08-C-0081)

27 Mar 08. Boeing Co. has won a $56.7m contract to purchase materials, tools and test equipment for six cannon vehicles that will be part of the Army’s Future Combat Systems program,

27 Mar 08. The Department of Defense (DoD) announced plans to award $49.3m to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. The 210 awards to 98 academic institutions are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). The awards are expected to range from about $50,000 to $1,000,000 and average $235,000. All awards are subject to the successful completion of negotiations between DoD research offices and

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