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CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF 27/01/05

26 Jan 05. DRS Technologies, Inc. has been awarded new orders with a combined value of approximately $30m to provide production, spares and engineering services for the U.S. Navy’s AN/UYQ-70 Advanced Display Systems and related computer peripheral equipment. The systems will be installed on the Navy’s new Aegis destroyers, cruisers and other surface ships, as well as E-2C Hawkeye aircraft and USS Los Angeles class SSN 688 Attack submarines. The contracts were awarded to DRS by Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors Tactical Systems in Eagan, Minnesota, the company’s industry teammate and the prime contractor on the AN/UYQ-70 program.

24 Jan 05. Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office, Patuxent River, Md., is being awarded an advanced acquisition contract with an estimated value of $850,000,000 for long lead effort and materials associated with the manufacture and delivery of 11 fiscal year 2006 Lot 10 low rate initial production V-22 aircraft (nine MV-22 aircraft and two CV-22 aircraft). Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa. (50 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (15 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-05-C-0002).

25 Jan 05. TACOM has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $24m contract for systems technical support (STS) for the Abrams tank. STS allows the change-out of obsolete parts and keeps the Abrams tanks current to their base configuration. The main objective of STS is to keep the tanks running at high operational readiness rates. Work under this contract will be performed at General Dynamics Land Systems’ headquarters in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2006.

25 Jan 05. The Royal Navy has signed two agreements with AMS totalling £76m. The first is for the long term support of the T996 surveillance radar which is used onboard all major UK naval warships. The contract becomes effective from 1 January 2005, will run for a period of 10 years and has a value of approximately £59m. This long term support will bring an enhanced service and long-term savings to the Royal Navy over the life-time of the contract. The contract provides a beneficial long-term stability to the Royal Navy in the service and support of the T996 radar. AMS recognises the increasing financial pressures that the Royal Navy faces, and has jointly developed this innovative “Contract-for-Availability” which allows AMS’ past experience and knowledge to proactively meet operational requirements. The second contract is for approximately £17m and marks the start of production of spares for the SWMLU (Seawolf Mid-Life Update) contract.

20 Jan 05. Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. has shipped RACE++® Series conduction-cooled multicomputer systems to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Sector of Baltimore, Maryland for the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems onboard the F/A-22 Raptor fighter.

19 Jan 05. Merrimac Industries, Inc. has received an order valued at $1.3m from The Boeing Company Integrated Defense Systems, Huntington Beach, California, to supply Beamforming Networks and RF/ Microwave signal processing components on Boeing’s GPS (Global Positioning System) IIF Satellites.

20 Jan 05. The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $5.5m modification to a previously awarded contract to manage and support nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the terms of the contract modification, Electric Boat will continue to operate the Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department (NRMD) at the submarine base through Sept. 30, 2005. The company will provide project management, planning, training and radiological-

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