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CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF

01 Oct 03. GPT SPM Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marconi Corporation plc, has signed a three-year managed services contract valued at £46m to provide operation and maintenance support for military networks in the Middle East. The agreement will become effective in February 2004

07 Oct 03. DRS Technologies, Inc. has received new orders to produce Flight Control Computers and power supplies for use on AgustaWestland EH-101 helicopters. The contracts, with a combined value of $3.2m, were awarded to DRS Flight Safety and Communications unit. Product deliveries are expected to commence in 2004 and continue through 2006. One contract was awarded by Smiths Aerospace in Cheltenham. The contract follows an agreement signed in June 1997 between DRS and Smiths for the company to manufacture the Flight Control Computers for all future EH-101 helicopter sales. A second order was received by DRS from Galileo Avionica’s Avionic Systems. For this order, DRS will manufacture power supplies and cases to be used in conjunction with Smiths’ Flight Control Computer for all EH-101 helicopters.

06 Oct 03. A Raytheon company team, which includes Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and GD has been awarded a contract, DCGS 10.2 Multi-INT upgrade, worth $157m from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade its Distributed Ground System (DCGS) intelligence system. The contract is worth $360m over its lifetime, consists of a 1.5 year base period with options for 29 Air Force and 39 navy systems.

09 Sep 03. Thales Missile Electronics (TME) has won a £1.05m prime contract for the Study Assessment Phase (SAP) for the UK MoD’s Dismounted Countermine Capability (DCMC) programme.

09 Oct 03. Alvis Hägglunds has received an order worth approximately £40m for 112 Bv206S all-terrain vehicles from the Italian Army. The vehicles will be delivered between 2004 and 2007. The order represents the first phase of a programme currently planned to total 189 vehicles. Discussions continue on the additional phases.

06 Oct 03. The U.S. Army has executed a Letter of Agreement setting the stage for the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Australia in support of its Land 40-1 requirement. This signing will result in a contract award to the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin team of approximately $60m

30 Sep 03. BAE SYSTEMS Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS) business unit, Nashua, New Hampshire, recently received a $5m subcontract for the Army’s Objective Force Warrior. OFW is the Army’s flagship Science and Technology initiative to transform its service to a soldier-centric force. Under the 25-month Phase II contract with Eagle Enterprise Inc., of Owings Mills,
Maryland, a wholly owned subsidiary of the General Dynamics Corporation, the BAE SYSTEMS unit will: Support OFW System of Systems design and integration for Unattended Ground Sensors, Leave Behind Sensors, and mini/micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; Develop software for a data fusion engine, and Support OFW Systems Requirements Analysis and Verification for Unattended Sensors.

03 Oct 03. Smiths Aerospace announces an agreement with AYDIN YAZILIM VE ELEKTRONIK SAN A.S. (AYESAS) to develop mechanical and circuit
card subassembly portions of the Missile Remote Interface Unit (MRIU) for the
F-35. This program is initially valued at $6m for AYESAS, including delivery of MRIU subassemblies for qualification and flight test. The program has a potential value of $80m for AYESAS depending, on configuration. The first development hardware will be delivered in June 2006. Low rate production begins in 2009 at the AYESAS facility in Ankara, Turkey with deliveries expected through 2026.

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