- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2008


Army awards deal for more FMTVs

SEALY | The Army has contracted BAE Systems for 10,000 more of the company’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) and trailers.

It was awarded the follow-on contract, worth $1.6 billion, after a previous FMTV contract earlier this year for $2.1 billion.

BAE officials say the latest FMTV contract will include cargo trucks, wreckers, tractors and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System support vehicles, among other variants. BAE’s FMTV vehicles are capable of sharing parts, including engines and transmissions, which reduces overall maintenance costs.

“This award will boost FMTV production to record rates,” said Chris Chambers, BAE Systems vice president of medium/heavy vehicles. “It introduces the advanced Long Term Armor Strategy FMTV configuration at high numbers, rapidly equipping the U.S. Army with the very latest adaptive protection technology.”


SAIC awarded JNMS contract

SAN DIEGO | The Army has awarded a follow-on contract to Science Applications International Corp. for continued network and software support.

SAIC received the contract from the Army’s Office of the Project Manager-Current Force. Under the $24 million Joint Network Management System contract, SAIC will continue to support the Army’s command, control and communications systems with network-planning and software-support services.

Officials say that as part of the new contract, SAIC will provide JNMS, a network-management and performance-monitoring tool for the Army and Marine Corps, with training, logistics and engineering support services.

“SAIC’s continued work on the JNMS program is a prime example of our ability to deliver world-class command, control and communications systems using our certified Capability Maturity Model Integration Level-5 systems and software engineering and integration processes,” said Peter Dube, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.

“We look forward to helping enhance JNMS capabilities and support in a range of areas, including logistics, training and documentation,” he said.


BAE to provide emergency windows

MINNEAPOLIS | The Army has contracted BAE Systems to provide Vehicle Emergency Escape Window kits for the M1151 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.

BAE received the contract from the Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command. Under the $17 million deal, BAE will supply more than 4,700 of its Vehicle Emergency Escape Window kits for installation on the M1151 vehicle.

BAE’s emergency escape kits, installed on several tactical armored combat vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, offer military personnel the ability to quickly exit a vehicle during an emergency situation.

“Our troops constantly face uncertain outcomes on the battlefield, and it’s critical to ensure their survival now and in the future,” said Dennis Morris, BAE Systems Armament Systems president.

“The Vehicle Emergency Escape Window is another example of lifesaving technologies proven to be valuable in safeguarding soldiers and Marines in the midst of a combat situation,” he said.


SAIC to evaluate

Navy technologies

SAN DIEGO | Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center-Pacific has contracted Science Applications International Corp. to evaluate new shipboard technologies.

The U.S. company was awarded a $94 million follow-on deal, if all options are exercised, for continued support of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center-Pacific. Under the deal, SAIC will test emerging technologies being developed for the Navy command and control and navigation requirements.

Officials say the contract with SAIC is part of an ongoing effort to advance the Navy’s warfare-systems capabilities.

“Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center-Pacific has a critical mission, and technology evaluation plays a vital role fulfilling it,” said Tony Moraco, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.


Third Wave Systems to support V-22, JSF

HARTFORD | The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has contracted Third Wave Systems to support the V-22 Osprey and Joint Strike Fighter programs.

NAVAIR awarded Third Wave Systems a $2.1 million phase-two small-business innovative research contract. Under the two-year deal, Third Wave Systems will support the Defense Department’s V-22 and JSF programs with its machining modeling software technologies.

The V-22 Osprey is a military tilt-rotor aircraft that blends helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft capabilities. Company officials said Third Wave Systems will partner with Bell Helicopter on the V-22 program to improve the production of titanium-based structures through analyses of cycle times and cutting forces.

Additionally, as part of the phase-two deal, Third Wave Systems will work with Lockheed Martin on the JSF tactical fighter aircraft program to analyze existing machining practices and reduce distortions seen when machining forged-aluminum bulkhead components, officials said.


SAIC to develop aircraft protections

SAN DIEGO | The Air Force has contracted Science Applications International Corp. to develop infrared systems to protect aircraft from enemy threats.

SAIC was awarded a $45.6 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to support the Electro-Optical Warfare Technical Analysis Effort II Program.

Under the contract, managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Sensors Directorate, SAIC will be expected to develop new infrared countermeasures for integration with aircraft that offer protection from surface-to-air and air-to-air missile threats.

“Since 1993, SAIC has assisted the Air Force Research Laboratory with innovative infrared countermeasure technologies, and we look forward to continuing this long-term working relationship,” said John Fratamico, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.


BAE to supply

spare parts

ANNISTON | The Army has awarded BAE Systems three contracts to supply spare parts for mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles.

The three contracts, totaling approximately $66.6 million, are for more than 3,000 RG33 Category II MRAP spare parts.

Under the deal, managed by the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command, the British company BAE will supply axles, engines, transmissions and other MRAP vehicle-maintenance spare parts.

“BAE Systems continues to meet the needs of Marines, soldiers and Special Forces in combat areas,” said Matt Riddle, BAE vice president for wheeled vehicle programs.

“The MRAP spare parts will be shipped to the Defense Distribution Depot at Red River Army Depot for use by the men and women in theater.”

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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