Thursday, August 14, 2008


Air Force contracts Raytheon for missiles

TUCSON | Raytheon has been awarded a $412 million contract for the production of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) for the Air Force.

Under the deal, Raytheon will supply the Air Force with AIM-120D air-to-air missiles. The announced contract also includes AIM-120C7 missiles, which will be produced for the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

Delivery of the missile order is expected to begin in 2010. Officials say while the AIM-120C7 successfully completed evaluation testing in 2007, the AIM-120D is under development by Raytheon.

The AIM-120D is expected to add improved electronic capabilities and global position technologies, among other advancements.

“In addition to the advanced medium-range air-to-air missile’s unmatched capability and reliability, Raytheon provides its customers continuous support and upgrades throughout the missile’s life cycle,” said Jim Knox, Raytheon missile systems’ AMRAAM program director.

“The U.S. and its allies have demonstrated in recent conflicts that AMRAAM is the cornerstone for establishing air supremacy above the battlefield,” he said.


Air Force contracts for bomb components

TUCSON | The Air Force has contracted Raytheon Co. for laser-guided bomb components that upgrade bombs to precision-guided munitions.

Under the $31.6 million deal, defense contractor Raytheon will provide the Air Force with Paveway II laser-guided bomb (LGB) computer technologies, including LGB computer control groups and air foil groups.

Officials say the computer upgrades to the Paveway bombs will change the Air Force munitions, currently without guidance controls, into precision-guided bombs.

“Raytheon, which is the sole provider of the Paveway family of weapons, has proudly earned the majority share of Paveway II competitive awards for three consecutive years,” said Ricky Freibert, Raytheon Paveway program director.

“This important win for Raytheon further demonstrates the company’s unwavering commitment to meet or exceed the war fighter’s need for cost-effective solutions,” he said.


Emtec Federal wins Air Force deal

CHANTILLY | The Air Force has contracted Emtec Federal for delivery of computer technologies as part of the Quarterly Enterprise Buy (QEB) program.

Under the $17 million contract, Virginia-based Emtec Federal will supply the Air Force with about 1,000 Lenovo Convertible PC Tablets and as many as 70,000 Samsung 19-inch display monitors. Officials say the delivery of computer technologies will go to support operations at all nine major Air Force commands.

The QEB contract vehicle is an effort by the Defense Department to update hardware and software technologies while obtaining optimal pricing.

“This contract is a tes`tament to the confidence that the Air Force has in our ability to deliver the products and services that best meet their needs around the globe,” said Frank Blaul, Emtec Federal executive vice president of sales and marketing.

“This is our first QEB award for the laptop line of business, and we are excited to expand our product offerings to the Air Force as well as extend our partnership with Lenovo,” he said.


GD contracted for Abrams tank upgrades

STERLING HEIGHTS | General Dynamics Land Systems has been contracted by the Army to upgrade the M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks.

The $614 million contract is from the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command. Under the deal, General Dynamics will upgrade 235 M1A1 tanks to the more digitally efficient M1A2 Systems Enhancement Package Version 2 (SEP V2) configuration.

The M1A2 SEP V2 upgrades on the Abrams tank will improve displays and sights technology along with installing a tank-infantry phone, among other advancements to support the Army’s Future Combat Systems.

Officials say the new award is part of a multiyear modernization initiative that includes 435 M1A1 tanks that have been in the Army’s inventory for more than 20 years. An additional 180 tanks remain to be upgraded through the program, which will complete the conversion of all tanks in the Army’s active component to the M1A2 SEP V2 configuration, officials said.


ViaSat awarded UHF SATCOM deal

CARLSBAD | The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded ViaSat Inc. a Phase II contract to continue development on military satellite communications (SATCOM).

ViaSat was awarded a $9.3 million deal to develop better performance capabilities of the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) SATCOM Integrated Waveform Channel Controller. Under the deal, ViaSat will improve on the UHF SATCOM networks to support military requirements for faster and more efficient communications.

Officials say ViaSat will upgrade the integrated waveform architecture by installing its RT-1828 radio technology at all U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Stations, among other improvements.

“DISA leadership in the evolution to integrated waveform will significantly enhance the capability of tactical UHF satellite communications for the war fighter,” said Phil Berry, ViaSat Government SATCOM Systems vice president and general manager.


TACOM awards deal for Stryker vehicles

STERLING HEIGHTS | General Dynamics Land Systems has been contracted by the Army for 615 Stryker armored combat vehicles.

The contract, initially worth $599 million, is from the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command. Under the deal, General Dynamics will manufacture 615 Stryker eight-wheeled all-wheel-drive combat vehicles and also provide maintenance and support.

More than 2,500 vehicles have been produced for the military as part of the Stryker program supporting operations, which include deployments to the Iraqi combat theater, since 2003. Stryker vehicles have logged a total of more than 19 million miles during six Operation Iraqi Freedom rotations, officials said.

If all options are exercised, the announced contract could be worth $1.2 billion for work expected to be completed by May 2011.


Navy orders more CREW 2.1 units

WHITE PLAINS | U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has contracted ITT Corp. for continued supply of the company’s improvised explosive device (IED) jammer technology.

The follow-on deal is for continued delivery of the company’s CREW 2.1 Vehicle Receiver Jammers. The counter-IED technology, mounted on armored military vehicles deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, prevents the detonation of a bomb by jamming the radio-controlled ignition mechanisms.

The new deal adds an additional 15,000 CREW 2.1 devices on top of an initial order of 2,900 units. The contract is worth up to $1 billion.

Officials say the CREW 2.1 Vehicle Receiver Jammers program is part of the U.S. Defense Department’s ongoing effort to protect troops from the evolving insurgent threat of IEDs.

“We greatly value the importance of this program and remain committed to producing the highest-quality products that can be trusted by the men and women serving our nation,” said Chris Bernhardt, ITT electronic systems business president.

• Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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