- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 11, 2008

VIRGINIA

NAVSEA contracts CACI for upgrades

ARLINGTON | U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has contracted CACI International Inc. for information technology upgrades at shipyards and maintenance centers.

Virginia-based CACI received a five-year, $150 million information-technology modernization deal to upgrade NAVSEA’s software for maintenance applications at shipyards and maintenance centers.

NAVSEA, the Navy command in charge of maintaining the ship readiness, awarded CACI the modernization contract through the Seaport-Enhanced program. Officials say the contract also consolidates as many as 15 of NAVSEA’s IT maintenance contracts at various naval facilities into one award.

“We’re very pleased that this new award with the Naval Sea Systems Command dramatically expands our presence and enhances our 15-year relationship with this valued client,” Bill Fairl, CACI president of U.S. operations, said.

“We’re honored that they want to grow our partnership and trust us to do the right thing in the ship repair and maintenance arena,” he said.

MICHIGAN

GD to supply MRAP parts, service

STERLING HEIGHTS | U.S. company Force Protection Inc. has contracted General Dynamics Land Systems for mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle supplies and other support.

General Dynamics and Force Protection are involved in a joint venture supporting the U.S. Marine Corps MRAP vehicle program. Under the $47 million deal, General Dynamics’ Land Systems subsidiary will support Force Protection with MRAP service and supplies.

The Marine Corps MRAP vehicle, deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, is an effort by the U.S. Defense Department to better protect troops from improvised explosive devices and other ballistic threats used by insurgents.

General Dynamics says the MRAP service work will take place at its facilities in Michigan and four other states.

MASSACHUSETTS

BBN to develop hostile fire tech

CAMBRIDGE | The Army has contracted BBN Technologies to develop a hostile fire situational awareness technology for deployment with soldiers in combat zones.

BBN will partner with the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center for the development of the networked situational awareness technology based on the company’s Boomerang III shooter detection system.

BBN was awarded a $3.5 million deal for the development of the wearable shooter detection system that officials say will be expected to operate in both a stand-alone and networked environment.

“Nothing’s more important than the safety of our troops, and BBN Technologies is on the cutting edge of military technology,” Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, said. “By allowing our troops to immediately pinpoint a shooter’s location, this new Boomerang system can save lives.”

TEXAS

Fairway to develop bioweapon sensor

HOUSTON | The Navy has contracted Fairway Medical Technologies Inc. to develop a biological warfare agents detection technology for use in combat zones.

Fairway Medical Technologies has received a three-year, $900,000 contract to develop a technology capable of detecting blood-borne pathogens and biological warfare agents in real time. Company officials say they will implement their optoacoustic technology in the development of the new threat detection system.

The optoacoustic biosensor tests samples of blood plasma and targets specific threat pathogens.

The announced contract stems from an original project led by Randolph Glickman of the University of Texas Health Science Center. Mr. Glickman will collaborate with Fairway Medical Technologies and Navy laboratories to further develop the optoacoustic spectroscopy technology.

“This research is intended to develop a rugged battlefield instrument capable of detecting biological agents such as anthrax, plague, smallpox and others with the speed, accuracy, sensitivity and reliability of analytical techniques and instruments found in the state-of-the-art laboratory today,” Mr. Glickman said.

ILLINOIS

Navistar contracted for new MRAP variant

WARRENVILLE | Navistar Defense has been contracted to develop a next-generation version of its mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles for the Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps awarded a more than $752 million deal for Navistar Defense to develop a new variation on its line of International MaxxPro MRAP vehicles that is smaller and weighs less, making it more agile for operations in the Afghanistan combat theater.

Company officials say they plan to base the next generation of their International MaxxPro vehicles on what they have called the MaxxPro Dash technology. Under the deal, company designers will be expected to implement a “smaller turning radius and higher torque-to-weight ratio” so that MaxxPro Dash is capable of greater maneuverability.

“The Dash embodies everything we do: survivability, mobility and adaptability,” Archie Massicotte, Navistar Defense president, said. “The MaxxPro MRAP vehicle platform can rapidly adapt to changing battlefield requirements.”

Officials say more than 800 of the MaxxPro Dash units will be ready for delivery for operations in Afghanistan by February.

cCompiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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