- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 12, 2009

MINNESOTA

Army orders aircraft munitions

MINNEAPOLIS | The Army has contracted Alliant Techsystems to produce five variants of 20mm ammunition used by fighter aircraft and attack helicopters.

Minneapolis-based ATK was awarded the contract from the Army Sustainment Command based in Illinois. Under the $25.5 million deal, ATK will deliver five variants of its 20mm PGU ammunition for use by the Air Force’s F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft, the Navy’s F-18 aircraft and the Marine Corps’ Cobra AH-1 helicopter.

ATK, a major supplier for the U.S. military’s ammunition requirements, will produce variants of its target practice and its semi-armor-piercing high-explosive incendiary among other PGU munitions as part of the Army contract.

Officials say the Army munitions order could be worth more than $170 million, if all options are exercised.

MICHIGAN

GD to support tank upgrades

STERLING HEIGHTS | General Dynamics has been contracted by the Army for the company to integrate upgrades for M1 Abrams tanks.

General Dynamics says its Land Systems business unit received the award from the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command.

Under the $81 million deal, General Dynamics will support upgrades for 30 of the Army’s M1 Abrams tanks with its M1A2 Systems Enhancement Package Version 2 (SEP V2) configuration.

Officials say the SEP V2 configuration on the M1 Abrams tank is designed to improve the tank’s displays, sights and power systems with next-generation digital technologies and also ensure compatibility with the Army’s Future Combat Systems.

The upgrades are expected to be completed before July 2012.

CALIFORNIA

Navy awards deal to support CNRFC

SAN DIEGO | The Navy has contracted Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to provide the Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) with support services.

SAIC was awarded a $50 million contract, if all options are exercised, from the Fleet & Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Philadelphia Office. As part of the deal, SAIC will provide the CNRFC with strategy, information technology and logistics support services, among other requirements.

Officials say the support work will take place primarily in New Orleans, among other locations.

“We look forward to assisting the CNRFC in supporting the Navy Reserve Force as they are called on to play an increasingly active role in the day-to-day planning and operational requirements of the active Navy,” said Jim Cuff, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.

VIRGINIA

ManTech to support MRAP sustainment

The Army has contracted ManTech International Corp. to support mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle sustainment initiatives.

Virginia-based ManTech received the award from VSE Corp. on behalf of the Army Program Executive Office, Combat Support and Combat Service Support and the Tank Automotive and Armaments Command, Product Manager for Assured Mobility Systems.

Under the contract, worth approximately $355 million, ManTech will support rapid repair requirements for the Army’s fleet of RG31 and RG33 MRAPs deployed to Afghanistan and Southwest Asia.

Officials say the level of work on the contract will depend on U.S. operations in Southwest Asia and the scale of the ongoing campaign targeting the Taliban, among other militants.

“ManTech has been supporting mine detection, mine retrieval and mine protected systems in Southwest Asia since 2003,” said Robert Coleman, ManTech president and chief operating officer. “We are proud to support these systems because we understand they play an important role in keeping our war fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan safe.”

FLORIDA

Army modifies launcher deal

ORLANDO | The Army has modified a contract with Lockheed Martin for the company to deliver additional Hellfire missile launcher systems.

Lockheed Martin says its Launcher Bridge 3 contract with the Army, originally awarded in 2007, has been modified by $31.3 million. Under the new deal, Lockheed will deliver an additional 298 of its M299 missile launchers and 134 launcher electronic assemblies, along with spare supplies.

The M299, a helicopter-mounted four-rail missile launching technology, is designed for adaptability with multiple platforms launching the widely deployed Hellfire air-to-ground missile.

“The M299’s versatility supports multiple missions in a single sortie by any of several platforms,” said Ken Musculus, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control air-to-ground missile systems program director.

• Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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