- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 17, 2008

VIRGINIA

Versar to support Corps of Engineers

SPRINGFIELD | The Army has contracted Versar Inc. to provide the Army Corps of Engineers in Mobile, Ala., with support services.

Virginia-based Versar, a professional services firm supporting national defense and homeland security programs, was awarded a four-year task order worth up to $30 million if all options are exercised.

The contract is from the Mobile District of the Army Corps of Engineers. Officials say Versar will perform a wide range of environmental planning services in support of the Mobile District’s operations.

“This contract award will allow Versar to continue to expand our presence in the Southeast United States,” Ted Prociv, Versar president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

“It will provide a platform for expanding our professional services and environmental project management businesses,” he said.

VIRGINIA

AGS signs to host experimental sensor

MCLEAN | The Air Force has contracted Americom Government Services (AGS) to host an experimental sensor aboard one of the company’s commercial spacecraft.

The three-year, $65 million contract is from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center based in Los Angeles as part of the commercially hosted infrared payload (CHIRP) flight demonstration program. Under the deal, AGS will host an Air Force experimental sensor aboard their SES Americom spacecraft.

Officials say the SES spacecraft will host the Air Force technology in an experiment to test a new type of infrared sensor from geo-synchronous altitude. The spacecraft will operate over U.S. territory and is scheduled to launch in 2010.

“We are honored to have been chosen by the U.S. Air Force to participate in this groundbreaking effort,” Tip Osterthaler, AGS president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

“We believe that the commercial satellite industry can provide tremendous value to government customers who are looking for affordable access to space for experiments such as CHIRP,” he said.

VIRGINIA

Apptis Inc. contracted to support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)

CHANTILLY | The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has contracted Apptis Inc. to provide the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) with network operations and information assurance support.

DISA awarded Virginia-based information technology services provider Apptis with an approximately $25 million contract for network services at CENTCOM’s operations at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida and in Bahrain.

Apptis will provide CENTCOM with enhanced network management infrastructure and full tier one and two support. The contract is part of an effort to provide continuous communications availability to military units while at the base and in the field.

“This is an incredible honor for Apptis,” Bert Notini, Apptis chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

“Working directly with the CENTCOM, we are able to provide mission critical communication support for our men and women on the front lines as they continue to carry out their work for peace and stability in hostile regions of the world.”

FLORIDA

LM to build fire control system

ORLANDO | Lockheed Martin has been contracted to produce a new fire control system for the Marine Corps‘ AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter.

The $50 million production contract from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center is for Lockheed Martin to produce a target-sight system (TSS) for the Cobra attack helicopter.

The long-range missile and gunfire targeting technology is an effort to improve the Marine Cobra fleet’s ability to protect the maritime environments through precision targeting capabilities of armored seaborne and land threats.

Officials say the TSS fire control system also provides the Cobra fleet with better situational awareness through improved surveillance.

“We are pleased to provide Marine Corps aviation with a state-of-the-art precision system that will protect war fighters and coalition forces,” Joseph Butera, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Turreted Systems program manager, said in a statement.

“Long-range targeting and surveillance will enable air crews to control engagements at safe standoff ranges, with a large increase in lethality and survivability,” he said.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Force Protection will provide MRAP support

LADSON | The Marine Corps has contracted Force Protection to support the company’s Buffalo and Cheetah mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles.

The contract, modified from a previous deal, now totals $42.5 million for Force Protection to support its MRAP vehicles deployed by the Marine Corps Systems Command. Force Protection’s MRAP vehicles are designed to offer greater protection to soldiers from improvised explosive devices, among other threats, while operating in Iraq and Afghanistan’s volatile combat zones.

Officials say work on the announced contract will be performed by Force Dynamics, Force Protection’s joint venture with General Dynamics Land Systems. Work is expected to be completed by December 2009.

“We remain proud of and grateful for the strong relationship we have developed with the United States Marine Corps, our largest customer,” Michael Moody, Force Protection chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

“We continue to see and respond to the need for service and support for their fleet of vehicles,” he said.

VIRGINIA

Invertix to support Army INSCOM

MCLEAN | The Army has contracted Invertix Corp. to support the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) with management, engineering and information technology services.

Virginia-based Invertix will lead a team that includes Booz Allen Hamilton, EDS, Harris and CACI supporting INSCOM’s Information Dominance Center Futures Directorate. The five-year follow-on deal for $300 million is the collection of three separate task orders.

The Invertix team will provide IT, management and engineering support services at Fort Belvoir in Virginia along with other INSCOM locations around the world.

“INSCOM serves a vital role in the national defense of the United States and the protection of allied forces worldwide,” Art Hurtado, Invertix president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

“We could not be more pleased that the Futures Directorate has asked Invertix, along with our talented partners, to fulfill mission critical support and technology requirements,” he said.

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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