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CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF26 Apr 05

EUROPE

26 Apr 05. Rockwell Collins has delivered the 3000th MPE-S (Miniature Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver Engine) circuit board for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Bowman program. The MPE-S incorporates the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) for advanced security. SAASM enhances navigation security by incorporating a next-generation Precise Positioning Service (PPS) security module. Rockwell Collins was the first in the industry to receive security approval for production deliveries of the Key Data Processor (KDP) II-based SAASM.

08 Apr 05. King Trailers has recently supplied a new tri-axle, curtainsided articulated trailer for use by the Mechanical Transport Section of the Royal Air Force’s legendary Red Arrows. Specified by Lex Transfleet on behalf of Lex Defence Vehicles, who manage the Ministry of Defence’s 13,000 strong “White Fleet” of non-combat vehicles, the new trailer will carry vital engineering equipment and spares to Red Arrow display venues around the country.

26 Apr 05. AMS has successfully delivered a naval trainer to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. The system, known as the Universal EW Trainer (UNET) is located at the Dutch-Belgian Operational School at Den Helder. UNET will provide integrated facilities for the preparation, delivery and assessment of primary and secondary EW training for EW Operators and Controllers. Initial UNET training is provided using Computer Based Training (CBT) and allows students to undertake self-paced learning of EW Theory and practice. The CBT facility incorporates a Student Management System, which monitors and records student responses. It also provides full debriefing on an individual basis.

26th Apr 05. Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) has just received another contract from the United States Government for the company’s GAS-1 jam resistant GPS antenna systems. This is the third annual contract in a four-year programme and is the largest award so far, being valued at some $11.1m.

USA

28 Apr 05. A General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems-Rockwell Collins team has been awarded a $153.9m contract modification to accelerate technology development of the Integrated Computer System (ICS) into the U.S. Army’s Current Force and to add support for previously deferred assets within the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. The ICS is the common computing environment for 17 of the 18 platforms in the FCS family of systems, which constitutes a network of sensors, unmanned air platforms, and both manned and unmanned ground platforms. The contract modification was awarded by the Army Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) team of The Boeing Company and Science Applications International Corporation and brings the total ICS contract value to $429m. Work is shared between General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and Rockwell Collins. With this contract modification, the ICS will benefit soldiers two years earlier than originally planned. General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins are now scheduled to deliver the initial prototype unit to the FCS LSI in January 2007. The ICS will be deployed into the field on current force platforms, including Bradley fighting vehicles, Abrams main battle tanks, Strykers and Humvees, with the first spiral out of future force technology in 2008.

27 Apr 05. Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract valued at $101m over five years to produce AN/USQ-78B Acoustic Processing and Display Systems for the U.S. Navy’s P-3C maritime patrol aircraft. The new systems will significantly enhance the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities. Lockheed Martin will build 69 AN/USQ-78B acoustic system upgrade kits, 53 AN/USQ-78B acoustic system retrofit kits, seven T-78 acoustic system trainers, and provide sustaining engineering and technical services to address emergent end-of-life issues and technology insertion initiatives. The initial delivery order for fiscal year 2005 is worth $28m for 18 systems and 36 retrofit kits.

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