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04 Nov 03. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Information Technology (IT) sector has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army that will support an overhaul of nearly every aspect of the Army’s information technology infrastructure. This contract, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions (ITES)-Enterprise
Mission Support Services Solutions (EMS3), was awarded to five contractors.
This indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, ITES EMS3, has a total contract maximum of $500 million for all five contractors. This contract is for a three year base period (including a 60-day phase-in) and two, two-year option periods.

30 Oct 03. Intense has won an £80,000 research contract from BAE Systems for the new Defence Technology Centre (DTC) on Electromagnetic Remote Sensing (EMRS). The EMRS DTC has a £15m three year contract to carry out leading edge research for the Ministry of Defence aimed at enhancing both performance of sensing equipment and cost effectiveness. The members of the EMRS DTC Consortium are: BAE SYSTEMS Avionics Group, Thales Defence UK Ltd, Roke Manor Research Ltd and Filtronic plc with Corporate Research Centres, universities and companies such as Intense acting as science providers. Intense has been asked by the Electro-Magnetic Remote Sensing Defence Technology Centre to research and develop novel high power 1.5µm semiconductor lasers. The focus of the research is to improve output power and beam quality of short pulsed lasers. Intense’s extensive experience in high power lasers and optoelectronic integration has been a key factor in winning the contract.

04 Nov 03. CAE Inc. has received a $100m design and manufacture subcontract for training systems from Lockheed Martin Corp. Under Lockheed’s C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System program, it will build four new aircrew trainers, three maintenance trainers, a loadmaster trainer, and provide operation and maintenance support. CAE will begin work immediately on a C-130J Weapon Systems Trainer, a C-130J Flight Controls Trainer and a C-130J Engine Propeller Trainer. The contract includes options to design two additional Weapon Systems Trainers, a second Engine Propeller Trainter, a C-130J Integrated Crew Systems Trainer, and a C- 130J Fuselage Trainer.

03 Nov 03. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded Boeing an $823,040,235 cost-plus-award-fee contract modification for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Block 2004 Capability Enhancement Program. The scope of the Capability Enhancement Program, awarded to Boeing Missile Defense Systems in Huntsville, Ala., includes 15 additional ground-based interceptors, four modified silos with associated launch system components at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.; an Upgraded Early Warning Radar at the North East Tier Location with supporting communications connectivity; embedded test capability; and subsystem integration and checkout. Work will be performed primarily at Huntsville, Ala.; Fort Greely, Alaska, Tucson and Chandler, Ariz., Vandenberg Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo., Sudbury, Mass., and Arlington, Va.

04 Nov 03. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by DARPA to develop technologies and tools for predicting the near-term structural health and readiness of aircraft to carry out their missions. The Structural Integrity Prognosis System will give the U.S. military the ability to monitor the effect of the stresses and strains of flight operations, combat and environmental corrosives on structural aircraft components. It promises to reduce aircraft maintenance life cycle costs, increase crew safety and enhance aircraft availability. Northrop Grumman’s $14.1m contract could be worth up to $32m if all options are exercised. It is one of the largest non-product related research and development contracts won by the Bethpage-based Airborne Early Warning and Electronic Warfare (AEW&EW) Systems business unit of the company’s Integrated Systems sector.

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