- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 30, 2009

FLORIDA

Harris to upgrade satellite terminals

MELBOURNE | The U.S. Army has contracted with Harris Corp. to provide modernization services for military satellite-communications terminals.

U.S. company Harris was awarded the contract as part of the Army’s Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) program. Under the 10-year, $600 million deal, Harris will provide the MET program with satellite hardware along with testing and maintenance services, among other requirements.

The MET program is designed to support the Army with advanced satellite communications capabilities. Officials said Harris will also replace up to 80 aging strategic satellite communications terminals with new next-generation systems for interoperability with the new wideband global satellite constellation.

“MET leverages our long and successful track record of success on the … terminal-modernization program to provide … advanced, strategic terminal architecture that achieves a high level of equipment and integration commonality,” Wes Covell, Harris Government Communications Systems defense programs president, said in a statement.

VIRGINIA

Alion to provide simulation services

MCLEAN | The U.S. Air Force has contracted Alion Science and Technology to continue providing its modeling and simulation services supporting operational readiness.

U.S. company Alion was awarded the follow-on contract to continue providing the Air Force Readiness Office with its Web-based Predictive Readiness Assessment System (PRAS) service.

Under the $8.5 million deal, Alion will supply its PRAS modeling and simulation service designed to provide reports and assessments on Air Force readiness levels. Officials said the PRAS reports are aimed at providing Air Force decision makers with mission-critical information on how to best allocate resources.

“Alion’s team of managers, analysts and software developers have successfully, over the past six years, developed PRAS from concept to a mature, fully working [Secret Internet Protocol Router Network] Web-based system,” Dick Brooks, Alion senior vice president and Distributed Simulation Group manager, said in a statement.

NORTH CAROLINA

Army contracts for GD MACS

CHARLOTTE | General Dynamics has been contracted by the U.S. Army to deliver its Modular Artillery Charge System munitions technologies.

U.S. company General Dynamics said its Armament and Technical Products business unit was awarded the contract from the Army Joint Munitions and Lethality Contracting Center.

Under the $35 million deal, General Dynamics will deliver its Load, Assemble and Pack system of the M231 and M232A1 MACS. Officials said the MACS provides combustible cartridge cases for 155 mm artillery used by the Army to support training and operations.

“The MACS program is a valuable munitions system for U.S. war fighters because it eliminates the need to measure artillery powder and dispose of unused charges,” Russ Klein, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products vice president and general manager of weapon systems, said in a statement.

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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