24 Jun 08. FLIR Systems, Inc. has been awarded a $23.1m delivery order from the U.S. Coast Guard for the Electro-Optical Sensor System (ESS) program. The units delivered under this order, variants of FLIR’s TALON(R) stabilized multi-sensor system, will be installed on HH-60 and HH-65 helicopters to enhance the Coast Guard’s performance of its airborne use of force, interdiction, and search and rescue missions. Work will be performed in FLIR’s North Billerica, MA facility. This order was made pursuant to a previously awarded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Initial units were fielded in 2007, providing enhanced detection capabilities to the Coast Guard in the war on drugs and homeland defense.
23 Jun 08. Lockheed Martin was selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide Information Technology services to the agency’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER) in Atlanta. This task order has one base year and three option years, with an estimated program value of more than $24m. Awarded within the scope of an already competed Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) under a General Services Administration schedule, the contract calls for Lockheed Martin to provide Information Technology support to elements of COTPER including systems architecture, Web design, application development and support, management, and security. COTPER provides strategic direction to the agency for all terrorism preparedness and emergency response activities. COTPER manages the CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement which provides guidance and funding to state and local jurisdictions to enhance their preparedness and response capacity, oversees the CDC Emergency Operations Center, regulates entities that use or transfer biological agents or toxins, and manages the Strategic National Stockpile. Lockheed Martin currently provides COTPER support under the BPA awarded in January 2007, under which the company provides business consulting and the performance of technical, professional, logistical, engineering and administrative tasks. The company also supports the agency and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry under the enterprise-level CDC Information Technology Contract.
24 Jun 08. After several false starts, aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has finally hit pay dirt for its much-publicised defence project. The Bangalore-based PSU has bagged two orders for its Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) from Peru, sources said. The orders for the 5.5-tonne class (dry weight 3.3 tonne) ALH, christened Dhruv, are for two heli-ambulances to be used by the country’s health services. This is the first international civilian contract bagged by the PSU. (Source: Google)
24 Jun 08. India is shopping for two Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) for its paramilitary forces, according to a request for proposals (RfP) floated last week. The MTA would be used to quickly transport troops, including specialforces, a senior Indian Defence Forces official said. The RfP was sent to Finmeccanica of Italy, Bombardiar of Canada and Embraer of Brazil. The MTA procurement will include associated equipment for ground support and handling. The aircraft is being procured for the paramilitary and border security forces under the Ministry of Home Affairs and is expected to cost around $50m each. (Source: Defense News)