- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 4, 2008

VIRGINIA

Centcom contracts with General Dynamics

FAIRFAX | General Dynamics Information Technology has been contracted to supply the U.S. Central Command’s Southwest Asia area of responsibility with engineering support.

General Dynamics received a five-year, $32.5 million deal to support the U.S. 1st Theater Sustainment Command with engineering and professional services.

The 1st Theater Sustainment Command establishes procurement services that support the Army Central Command’s Southwest Asia area of responsibility.

As part of the deal, General Dynamics will provide inventory and supply-chain operations support, including Standard Army Retail Supply System logistics analysis, among other requirements.

MISSOURI

Boeing to produce Chinook copters

ST. LOUIS | The U.S. Army has awarded Boeing a contract for production of the company’s CH-47F Chinook tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopters.

Under the contract, worth $4.3 billion, Boeing will supply the Army with 181 Chinook helicopters. Officials say the contract includes options that could include an additional 20 aircraft.

Boeing’s Chinook is capable of a variety of missions, including moving troops, supplies and equipment in and out of combat zones. The Chinook is also widely deployed for medical and disaster relief, among other applications.

“This multiyear settlement is the result of the tireless efforts of government and Boeing representatives,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Todd, CH-47F product manager.

BRITAIN

BAE, QinetiQ partner on warship gun

LONDON | BAE Systems and QinetiQ have partnered on a contract to develop a more powerful heavy gun for the new British Type 45 destroyer Daring-class warships.

The British Ministry of Defense awarded the BAE-QinetiQ joint partnership a contract worth more than $7.3 million for the development of a 155 mm heavy gun. Officials say the next-generation heavy gun on the Daring-class warships is an effort to enhance the Royal Navy’s ability to support land-based operations with increased firepower from the sea.

The BAE and QinetiQ team already has developed a prototype of the new heavy gun based on the Royal Navy’s current Howitzer weapon. Officials say the new gun will be capable of firing heavier shells. Firing trials are expected to take place in 2009.

PENNSYLVANIA

Marines to get more protected vehicles

YORK | The U.S. Marine Corps has contracted BAE Systems for the production of three mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle variants in support of military operations.

The Marine Corps awarded the British company BAE a $43.5 million deal for 40 of its RG33 MRAP vehicles, which include the Special Operations Command, category II 6X6 and category II Heavy Armored Ground Ambulances variants.

BAE says it will partner with Pennsylvania-based Letterkenny Army Depot on the production of the MRAP vehicles. BAE will be responsible for the hull production on the contract, with final assembly expected to take place at the Letterkenny facilities.

FLORIDA

Lockheed Martin to develop simulators

ORLANDO | The U.S. Army has contracted Lockheed Martin for simulator technologies that offer smart enemy training for soldiers.

Lockheed Martin, under a deal worth $147 million if all options are exercised, was contracted for the production of Close Combat Tactical Trainer Reconfigurable Vehicle Simulator and Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer technologies.

Officials say the Lockheed Martin simulation technologies will train U.S. soldiers with skills to counter realistic intelligent adversaries in modern combat zones.

Lockheed Martin says the simulator’s development has come from lessons learned over years of urban warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan that will provide soldiers with scenarios applicable to actual conditions on the ground.

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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