18 Jun 04. DRS Technologies Inc. received a $5.6m contract to continue to design advanced propulsion steam turbines for U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. The company received the contract from Dresser-Rand Co. in Wellsville, New York, a unit of Ingersoll-Rand Co. Work on the contract will be performed by the company’s DRS Power Technology unit in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The main propulsion turbines to be manufactured by Dresser-Rand will be delivered to a Northrop Grumman Corp. unit in Newport, Virginia, by 2008. Under separately awarded contracts from Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and Newport News Shipbuilding, DRS is providing electrical plant equipment design work for the CVN-78 and the Navy’s new next-generation DD destroyer programs.
21 Jun 04. Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) is one of five companies named in blanket purchase agreements to compete for task orders under the DoD five-year, $1bn Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI). Organizations across the DoD will use the agreements to procure enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems integration services. CSC estimates the value of its portion of the award to be approximately $250m. Under the award, CSC will compete for task orders to provide system configuration, integration and installation; data conversion; training; testing; object and interface development; business process reengineering; project and risk management; quality assurance; and other professional services to the DoD. For each task order, CSC will integrate and implement ERP solutions from ERP vendors such as Oracle, PeopleSoft and SAP. CSC’s vendor-neutral approach has allowed the company to build strong relationships with each of these companies and will enable CSC to provide each client organization with the solution that best meets its needs. The award also permits ordering of implementation services for other COTS software products.
23 June 04. DRS Technologies Inc. has won contracts worth $37.5m from Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control. Under the contracts, which represent Lot 1 production of Arrowhead, the Army’s Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor system, the company will design, make, assemble and test the pilotage and targeting receiver assemblies for the Apache Arrowhead Forward Looking Infrared System for U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. For one award, the company’s DRS Infrared Technologies unit will produce infrared detector and cryogenic cooler assemblies. For the other award, work for more than 80 shipsets, test equipment and engineering services will be done by the company’s DRS Optronics unit. Product deliveries under these initial awards are expected to begin in October 2004 and continue through January 2006. DRS expects additional contracts over a five-year period.In the new system, the high-resolution TV image from the pilotage FLIR sensor will be displayed in the cockpit and on the pilot’s helmet-mounted display. Its advanced processing techniques will provide pilots with the best possible resolution in order to avoid such obstacles as wires and trees during low-level flight.The Army is expected to purchase 704 Arrowhead systems to outfit its AH-64 Apache fleet by 2009. The first Army unit to be equipped with the Arrowhead system is expected to be fielded by next June.
17 Jun 04. Siebel Systems Inc. reported Thursday that defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. will use Siebel’s Field Service data tracking and analysis product to support U.S. global defense and intelligence systems. General Dynamics provides on-site computer repair, network management and administration, logistics support, video system support, software configuration and remote diagnostics services at more than 1,000 government sites worldwide. The Siebel Field Service system will track all requests for action between the government and General Dynamics to provide improved support without increasing staff. General Dynamics is condu