CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
05 Jan 09. BAE Systems has received six contracts worth $115m from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command for replacement parts, including complete engines, transmissions, axles and self-recovery winches, for Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. This order fulfils urgent requirements for spare parts to maintain approximately 1,650 Caiman MRAP vehicles operating in Iraq.
07 Jan 09. Oshkosh Defense has been awarded a delivery order to an existing contract with Marine Corps Systems Command for more than 425 next-generation Logistics Vehicle System Replacements (LVSR) and more than 170 add-on armor kits. The contract order, valued at $176m, will transition the LVSR Cargo variants from low-rate initial production into full-rate production and also calls for more than 270 weapon-mount kits. With improved survivability, mobility and performance, the next-generation LVSR expands on the original Logistics Vehicle System (LVS) produced by Oshkosh in the early 1980s. The LVSR variants produced under this delivery order include cargo, wrecker and fifth-wheel trucks. Under the delivery order, the company also will provide add-on armor “B” kits, which are separate from the factory-installed integral (“A” kit) armor and can be applied in the field. The LVSR will have parts and maintenance commonality with the Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR), which will streamline vehicle service and support.
05 Jan 09. BAE Systems has been awarded a contract for $4.6m from Boeing Co. for troop seats on 15 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The seats are scheduled to be delivered through June 2010. The contract also includes an option of $4.6m for an additional 15 shipsets that would extend seat deliveries until the middle of 2011.
REST OF THE WORLD
05 Jan 09. FLIR Systems, Inc. received notification from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) of its intent to exercise a contract modification option under a prior $13.5m contract. Under the terms of the contract modification, FLIR will supply Star SAFIRE(R) HD imaging systems to be fitted on AP-3C maritime patrol aircraft for surveillance and search and rescue missions. The original contract was signed during the third quarter. The Star SAFIRE(R) HD is the only electro-optic infrared system in its class to provide full digital high-definition video from all its imaging sensors — with output video that meets U.S. Department of Defense and NATO specifications for HD acquisition. The Star SAFIRE(R) HDs will replace existing Star SAFIRE(R) III systems to enable the RAAF’s transition to HD technology for their operational needs.