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27 Oct 11. Cubic Defense Applications received a task order of $16.8m for Instrumentable Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System Tactical Vehicle System (IMILES TVS) kits from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). The order is under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract awarded last year. In August, PEO STRI issued a $13m task order under the same contract. It was Cubic’s first production order for the IMILES TVS system. Cubic has been awarded about $36m thus far under the ID/IQ contract, which covers a base year and four option years and has a potential value of more than $100m. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwire)

25 Oct 11. DynCorp International has received a task order from the US Army to provide Theater Aviation Support Management in Europe (TASM-E). The $80m task order was awarded under the Contract Field Teams (CFT) contract and has one base year and one option year. Under the contract, the company will provide aviation maintenance, modifications and logistics support for army rotary wing aircraft in Europe, South West Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The contract will begin in January 2012. (Source: armytechnology.com)

25 Oct 11. The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a contract worth $367m to produce and deliver an additional 177 Stryker combat vehicles equipped with double-V hulls (DVHs). The double-V hull was developed on an accelerated timeline to provide Stryker-borne soldiers increased protection from the effects of roadside mines and improvised explosive devices. Recent Army reports indicate that deployed vehicles with the new double-V-hull design are providing significantly increased protection and survivability to soldiers. This award, combined with previous orders for double-V-hulled Stryker vehicles, will provide the Army with the equivalent of two Stryker DVH brigade combat teams. Over 320 double-V-hulled Stryker vehicles have been produced so far, under a contract awarded in July 2010 for the production of 450 double-V-hull vehicles. Engineers and production workers at General Dynamics Land Systems conceived, engineered, manufactured and delivered the first operational vehicles to the Army in May 2011, about 14 months after the double-V hull concept was initially proposed to the Army. Deliveries will be completed by July 2013.

24 Oct 11. Harris Corporation received $20m in orders from the U.S. Army’s Project Manager-MRAP via the GSA, FAS Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS, Region 2) to provide Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios and associated AN/VRC-114 vehicular amplifier adapters for use in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. PM-MRAP is acquiring the AN/PRC-117G radios and related vehicular systems to provide the ability to upgrade to MUOS satellite communications as directed by Army G3/5/7 LANDWARNET. Currently, the majority of the U.S. Army MRAP vehicles are equipped with the Harris Falcon II® AN/PRC-117F. The acquisition of AN/PRC-117G radios provides SATCOM on-the-move capability to MRAP vehicles and could expand capabilities available to crew members to include streaming video, simultaneous voice and data feeds, collaborative chat and connectivity to secure networks.


26 Oct 11. BAE Systems, U.S. Combat Systems, Minneapolis, Minn., is being awarded a $73,000,000 fixed-price incentive-fee firm target undefinitized contract action for the Advanced Gun System (AGS) for DDG 1002. The AGS is a 155mm, vertically loaded, stabilized gun mount that is capable of storing, programming, and firing the Long Range Land Attack Projectile. It is a fully automated weapon system capable of firing 10 rounds per minute supplied via a fully automated magazine loading system. The gun’s primary mission is land attack. The Zumwalt-class destroyer will employ two AGS gun mounts and magazines in support of ground expeditionary forces.

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