12 Oct 04. Boeing Co., McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $766,696,178 modification to a previously awarded other transaction for prototypes agreement to design, develop and fabricate three full-scale X-45C Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) air vehicles and two mission control elements, integrate them with the J-UCAS Common Operating System to meet Air Force and Navy mission capability objectives, and conduct an operational experiment and assessment. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo. (80 percent), El Segundo, Calif. (4 percent), Cincinnati, Ohio (2 percent), Goleta, Calif. (2 percent), Lynn, Mass. (2 percent) and multiple other locations (one percent or less at each location) and will be completed in March 2010. Funds will not expire at the end of this fiscal year. This is a follow on to a competitive award. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity (MDA972-99-9-0003).
30th Sep 04. Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) has won a series of important contracts. In total the three contracts are worth around £19m to the Glenrothes-based company. The first win is a design, development and production contract from Thales UK in Belfast, for the Starstreak high velocity air-defence missile. Raytheon will be responsible for the weapon’s Guidance Electronic Modules and Optical Receivers. Glenrothes have partnered Thales UK on Starstreak for 15 years and the latest contract award will confirm the partnership until at least 2013. The second contract award is for Tactical Tomahawk assemblies. The Glenrothes firm will undertake the manufacture of the missile’s Guidance Electronic Unit, two power supply units and a Digital Scene Matching Area Correlator unit. This contract was awarded by Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona, with RSL being the only non-US company involved in this highly successful programme. The total production quantity is for 532 missiles and first production deliveries commence in March 2005 with completion due by May 2006. Further work on this programme is anticipated.
12 Oct 04. Thales in Germany has been awarded a contract by IT-Amt, the German procurement agency for C3 solutions, for the delivery of TRM 6021-type SATURN manpack radios to equip the German Armed Forces. These radios will provide secure ground-to-air communication means and will be in service with the German Air Force, Army and Navy for the next 15 years. For the first time, Thales in Germany will supply communication equipment in the V/UHF frequency range using the advanced standard NATO waveform SATURN. This contract award marks an important milestone for Thales as the company is making inroads in a new market segment in Germany. This success strengthens Thales’ positioning as a key communications systems supplier in Germany. The TRM 6021 makes Thales the only provider of such high-ranking communication equipment compliant with NATO standards and the Group is confirmed as the major European player in the field of SATURN radios. The TRM 6021 is part of the Thomrad 6000 family of combat-proven SATURN equipment – ground/surface and airborne radios for Air Forces, Armies and Navies – and is already in service in a number of countries around the world. Thomrad 6000 scores major references: F16, Rafale, Tiger, Apache, C130, VC10, as well as Maritime Patrol Aircraft. References also include early warning aircraft (AEW&C) such as EMB-145 and Nimrod. Thomrad 6000 is also fielded in infrastructure or mobile stations to provide the ground-to-air communications. In the naval domain, Thomrad 6000 products equip a number of surface ships and submarines.
12 Oct 04. NAVISTAR International Truck Corp., Knoxville, Tenn., was awarded on Oct. 8, 2004, a delivery order amount of $2,896,699 as part of a $5,830,851 firm-fixed-price contract for 24 6X4 Recovery Trucks. Work will be performed in Garland, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 8, 2006. Contract funds will not ex