- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 5, 2009

MARYLAND

Army orders Beretta pistols

The Army has awarded Beretta USA Corp. a contract for the delivery of the company’s Beretta Model 92FS pistols.

Maryland-based Beretta says the Army contract, worth $220 million, is for 450,000 of its 92FS pistols. The order, the largest military contract for the company since World War II, will go to support Army operations.

Company officials say 20,000 92FS pistols, as part of the order, will be issued to Iraqi military forces to support ongoing security operations.



“We are honored to see the quality and performance of the Beretta Model 92FS pistol continue to be acknowledged in this dramatic way,” Beretta President Ugo Gussalli Beretta said.

MARYLAND

JackBe to support Joint Chiefs

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has contracted JackBe to provide technical support for a Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman initiative.

Mashup software developer JackBe was awarded the DISA contract to support the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the National Senior Leadership Decision Support System (NSLDSS).

Under the $5.5 million technical integration services deal, JackBe will supply its Presto mashup Web application for integration with the NSLDSS initiative.

Officials say NSLDSS is an effort to provide DISA with shared situational awareness, course of action planning, and decision-making services; authenticated access to the enterprise collaboration suite; and to establish, manage and monitor multiple concurrent significant activities or events.

MASSACHUSETTS

Army orders robots for IED disposal

BEDFORD | The Army has contracted iRobot Corp. for the company to deliver its PackBot improvised explosive device (IED) threat disposal technologies.

Massachusetts-based iRobot was awarded the contract from the Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. Officials say the award marks the eighth order under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.

“As we have seen on a daily basis with our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, robots are taking a more active role in military operations,” said Joe Dyer, iRobot president of government and industrial robots.

The $5.5 million order is for iRobot to deliver another 72 of its PackBot 510 robots with FasTac Kits. The PackBot 510, widely deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, is designed to keep soldiers out of harm’s way during IED detection and disposal operations in combat zones.

VIRGINIA

VSE to support clearance vehicles

The Army has awarded VSE Corp. a task order to provide explosive threat clearance vehicles with technical support services.

VSE says its Federal Group Communications & Engineering Division and Field Support Services Division were awarded the contract from the Army. If all options are exercised, the contract could be worth as much as $389 million.

Under the deal, VSE will provide technical program management services to help sustain the Army’s fleet of vehicles that are deployed to clear routes of roadside bombs and other explosive threats in Southwest Asia.

“VSE looks forward to working with our military clients and teammates to support this important readiness task,” said Mo Gauthier, VSE chief executive officer, president and chief operations officer.

ARIZONA

DLA orders MOLLE systems

PHOENIX | The Defense Department’s Defense Logistics Agency has contracted BAE Systems for its Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) systems.

British company BAE was awarded 17 orders for its MOLLE systems from the Defense Logistics Agency to support the Army. Officials say the 17 orders are worth a total of $39.4 million and are for seven types of BAE’s MOLLE systems.

BAE’s MOLLE systems are used by the Army as its primary field equipment system enabling soldiers to carry equipment and supplies critical to their mission, company officials said.

“This contract highlights the U.S. Department of Defense’s confidence in the quality of our MOLLE products,” said Joe Coltman, BAE Individual Equipment vice president.

• Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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