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12 Nov 03. DRS Technologies, Inc. has received a $19mcontract from the U.S. Army to produce fire control systems for installation on the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles. The contract was awarded to DRS by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. For this order, DRS will produce Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystems (IBAS), which provide important enhancements to the Bradley M2A3, including the incorporation of Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (SG FLIR) technology, supporting the Army’s Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) initiative.

10 Nov 03. Atkins Aviation & Defence Systems has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence to produce the System Requirements Document, Test and Acceptance Plan and Risk Register for the new Joint Casualty Treatment Ship (JCTS). The 25,000 tonnes JCTS will replace the hospital currently fitted on board the Aviation Training (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) ship Argus, which has recently seen action providing casualty treatment to coalition troops in Iraq, and will be out of service by 2009. The new vessel, which is expected to be commissioned in the same year, will be able to receive and dispatch casualties by land, sea and air, and is likely to include up to eight operating theatres with a maximum of 200 beds in intensive care, high dependency and general wards.
03 Nov 03. DRS Technologies, Palm Bay, Fla., was awarded a $20,344,600
firm-fixed-price contract for 1,695 V4 Applique Computer Systems. Work will be performed in Palm Bay, Fla., and is expected to be completed by March 31,2004. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole-source contract initiated on Oct. 24, 2003. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-04-C-G201).

12 Nov 03. BAE Systems has been awarded a $4.3m contract by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide drug and alcohol testing services and supporting functions to DOT and other federal government agencies. The total value of the contract could reach $37.4m, if all options are exercised, over the five-year contract term. For more than 14 years, BAE Systems has been a leading contractor in providing program management support for Federal agencies, Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Programs. With the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created and the Federal Air Marshals program was significantly expanded.

11 Nov 03. The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a $6.9m contract to provide attack weapon control system trainers in fiscal year 2004. Work will be performed in Pittsfield, Mass., and is expected to be completed by May 2005. Under this contract, General Dynamics will produce, deliver and install the attack weapon control system at the Trident Training Facilities at Kings Bay, Georgia, and Bangor, Washington. The systems will be used to train the SSGN crews prior to initial deployment and to provide replacement training throughout the deployment of the SSGN platform.

10 Nov 03. Following a Best And Final Offer (BAFO) competition, GKN Aerospace Services (GKNAS) has been awarded the contract to supply to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter the composite components for the control surfaces and edges package for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program. This contract for the F-35 JSF covers carbon composite detail components for the control surfaces and edges for the 14 flying and 8 ground test SDD phase aircraft and has a value in excess of $4m. Over the life of the program, with a potential 5,000 aircraft being produced for US and international customers, this work will be worth in excess of $330M to GKNAS.

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