Thursday, July 31, 2008


DataPath contracted for SeaPort-e

DULUTH | The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center has selected DataPath for the Seaport-Enhanced procurement process for satellite and wireless-network services.

Georgia-based DataPath was awarded a prime contract under the SeaPort-e contract vehicle, which allows the company to submit bids for Navy and Marine Corps communications-network service contracts.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center selection of DataPath includes up to 10 years of options in the estimated $5.3 billion worth of SeaPort-e procurement contracts available.

“This award is the result of our efforts to continue to expand our offerings across key user communities within the U.S. Department of Defense and civilian government market,” said Dave Helfgott, DataPath president and chief executive officer.

“Based on our proven capabilities to deliver vital communications networks, software applications and technical support services, we were selected as a prime contractor that will serve the U.S. Navy and our longtime customer the U.S. Marine Corps for years to come.”


Ultralife awarded battery contract

NEWARK | The Defense Department has contracted Ultralife Corp. for the company’s battery technologies with state-of-charge indicators.

Under an $11 million deal, New York-based Ultralife will supply the Defense Department with its BA-5390 batteries.

Ultralife’s BA-5390 batteries are part of a lithium-manganese dioxide technology designed to support military applications, including communications equipment, imaging devices and weapons systems. Officials say the batteries are capable of operation in extreme temperatures and conditions.

The Defense Department BA-5390 batteries deal represents a release under a five-year contract awarded from 2004. Officials say the BA-5390 battery shipments will begin in October.


XeDAR awarded training extension

DENVER | The Defense Department has extended a contract with XeDAR Corp. for continued first-responder training services at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.

The five-year contract extension with Denver-based XeDAR is part of a Defense Department training initiative to equip first responders with emergency-readiness skills in case of various traumas.

XeDAR subsidiary Point One will be responsible for the training.

Officials say active-duty military personnel, civilians and contractors assigned to Dyess Air Force Base’s medical-treatment facility will undergo the Point One trauma-response, triage and other treatment training to better respond to terrorist attacks, man-made events or natural disasters.

“This five-year contract extension ensures that the first-responder training we have provided at Dyess medical-treatment facility will continue to be among the finest of its kind anywhere and will remain a critical component of maintaining a secure homeland,” said Dale Smith, Point One director.


BBN to supply incoming-fire alerts

CAMBRIDGE | The U.S. Army has contracted BBN Technologies for the company’s Boomerang incoming-fire-alert technology.

The contract from the Army Project Manager Robotics and Unmanned Sensors is worth more than $73.8 million. Under the six-month deal, Massachusetts-based BBN will supply 8,131 Boomerang systems, a technology already deployed in the Iraqi combat zone, to the Army along with spare parts and support.

BBN officials say in the event of incoming hostile fire aimed at U.S. operations, the Boomerang system immediately sends an alert with precise coordinates of the enemy shooter.

BBN awarded Connecticut-based KimchuK Inc. a contract to manufacture the units.

“The Boomerang system allows our armed forces to provide better protection for our men and women on the battlefield,” said Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat.

“This contract recognizes the important contribution the skilled workers at KimchuK’s Danbury facility can offer towards the safety of our troops in harm’s way. By rapidly manufacturing and delivering these systems to our brave men and women in uniform, KimchuK will help save countless lives,” he said.


B&B contracted for barriers

CARROLLTON | The U.S. Air Force has awarded a follow-on contract for B&B Armr Corp. to supply additional crash-beam barriers.

Under the $350,000 add-on, Texas-based B&B will supply its Model 450A anti-terrorist barriers. Officials say the installation will take place at an unnamed Air Force base.

B&B, a subsidiary of Integrated Security Systems Inc., says the Model 450A barriers come with a K12 crash certification from the State Department. The K12 rating provides counterterrorism barrier protection with up to 15,000 pounds and 50 mph of force.

“A U.S. Department of State certification of K12 allows the Air Force base the ability to prevent unauthorized entry, including terrorist attacks, into their facilities and restricted areas,” the release said.


Polimatrix supports Golden Phoenix

ARLINGTON | Homeland Security Department officials have selected Polimatrix to provide threat-detection technology during the Golden Phoenix antiterrorism training event.

Polimatrix, a subsidiary of Virginia-based Homeland Security Capital Corp., has deployed its radiation- and nuclear-detection systems in support of the four-day antiterrorism training exercise Operation Golden Phoenix.

The Golden Phoenix exercise, taking place through Thursday in San Diego, is an initiative through the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Marine Corps Aircraft Group-46 and San Diego security authorities to test emergency-response readiness.

Polimatrix officials are participating in the event in an effort to demonstrate their threat-detection technologies for future support of emergency-response teams in the field.

“We are excited and honored to be one of the companies chosen to participate in this premier event,” said Thomas McMillen, Homeland Security Capital Corp. chairman and chief executive officer.

“These training events are critical in establishing a coordinated response to both natural and terrorism disasters, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to demonstrate our radiation- and nuclear-detection technologies.


Alliant Techsystems to retrofit aircraft

MINNEAPOLIS | The Department of Homeland Security awarded Alliant Techsystems a follow-on contract to support the retrofitting of three additional aircraft.

Under the deal, Minneapolis-based ATK will retrofit three Customs and Border Protection maritime-patrol aircraft with the company’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies.

Officials say the ATK retrofitting will enable enhanced monitoring of drug trafficking and illegal immigration along the U.S. border. The ATK technology will also provide additional search-and-rescue capabilities.

“We are pleased to support the vital work the Department of Homeland Security performs to protect the nation’s borders,” said Bill Kasting, ATK Integrated Systems division vice president.

“The technology ATK developed for border patrol missions is attracting significant interest from international customers who are looking for affordable and very effective ways to introduce [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies] into their own border-security challenges.”

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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