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EUROPE

15 Jun 05. BAE Systems has received a significant contract to demonstrate the mitigation of Windfarm interference with air traffic control radars. The Department of Trade and Industry is the customer with part funding from the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA). This contract involves partnering the MoD to demonstrate our solution on one of the RAF mobile Watchman radars. Progress towards the UK government’s targets for Energy from Renewable Sources is currently being slowed by the number of planning objections to proposed Windfarms from the MoD and civil airports which operate radars. Windfarms can produce severe interference with radars potentially jeopardising flight safety. BAE SYSTEMS is investing in the technology to overcome the problem. This technology is a software “filter” which removes windfarm radar reflections from the picture. It is derived from military technology used to filter out un-needed radar tracks in critical defence situations, for instance the track of a missile threatening a Royal Navy vessel from the false tracks generated by waves or even seabirds. The key to the demonstration contract is that it will show our solution operating on a true air traffic control radar against existing turbines, rather than using ship based defence radars or computer simulations. The radar will be deployed in mid Wales in a location which allows tests to take place on a number of different wind farms. It is anticipated a further phase will be contracted in October 2005.

20 Jun 05. EADS CASA has selected Rockwell Collins to provide a high-frequency communications system for its A400M program. The contract, valued at $38m, calls for production delivery on 180 shipsets to begin in 2009. Rockwell Collins will provide its HF-9500 High Frequency Communications System for the A400M. The HF-9500 provides communications capability throughout the world and offers unparalleled ease of operation for the airborne user. Airbus previously selected Rockwell Collins to provide the Avionics Full Duplex Ethernet (ADFX) and avionics communications router (ACR) for the A400M. Rockwell Collins’ AFDX switch provides the communications infrastructure to connect aircraft systems, including displays, radios and navigation sensors. The networked avionics system is expandable to support future requirements. ACR is an on-board system that provides comprehensive and flexible data link connectivity between the aircraft and ground-based systems.

USA

14 Jun 05. Raytheon Co., Bedford, Mass., was awarded on June 10, 2005, a $36,292,500 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment System. Work will be performed in Elizabeth City, N.C. (25 percent) and Bedford, Mass. (75 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on May 17, 2005. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W9113M-05-C-0188).

21 Jun 05. SI International, Inc. has been selected to provide a new call center and support services to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for Federal employees. The selection was made through a competitive procurement. The term of the contract is one base year, with four one-year options renewable at the Board’s discretion. The potential value of the contract, if all options are exercised, is approximately $18m. The new SI International call center, to be located in Clintwood, Virginia, will initially handle 30% of the current call volume, and eventually handle 50% of all TSP phone traffic. It will complement current services provided by a call center located in Cumberland, Maryland.

21 Jun 05. Northrop Grumman Corporation has won a contract from General Marine Business Inc. Korea (GMB) to supply an integrated cockpit navigation and control system for the Republic of Korea Navy’s new LSF-II program, a high-speed hovercraft landi

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