Thursday, January 22, 2009


Navy contracts for submarine upgrades

GROTON | General Dynamics has been contracted by the Navy for submarine modernization and general repair work.

General Dynamics says its Electric Boat business unit was awarded a $34.9 million submarine maintenance deal. Officials say the contract is for upgrades and maintenance on the USS Providence (SSN-719).

The Navy’s USS Providence, a more-than-10-year-old Los Angeles-class attack submarine, will receive repairs, maintenance work, alterations and several major systems upgrades from Electric Boat, company officials said.

Officials said work on the 10-month maintenance and upgrade contract will take place at Electric Boat’s Groton facilities.


Raytheon to study MALD-J for Air Force

TUCSON | Raytheon has been contracted by the Air Force to conduct a study on the Miniature Air Launched Decoy-Jammer (MALD-J).

Under a $12.2 million deal, Raytheon will conduct a study on the MALD-J as part of an initiative to increase the jammer’s power and add data-link capabilities.

Officials say the study will be designed to measure the feasibility of upgrading the MALD-J, a lightweight modular flight vehicle.

“The modular design lends itself to these improvements,” said Scott Muse, Raytheon’s MALD-J program director. “This system is so versatile, there is almost no limit to what kind of capabilities can be integrated on this platform.


DoD contracts for Bradley parts

BAE Systems has been contracted to purchase spare parts in support of repair work on the U.S. military’s Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

The British company BAE was awarded $112.5 million to purchase long-lead repair materials under a Defense Department contract managed by the Army Tank and Automotive Command.

BAE will stock up on bearings, brackets and armor to support repair work on more than 600 Bradley Fighting Vehicles in order to keep the wait time to a minimum on returning the battle-worn vehicles to soldiers in the field.

“We’re ordering these parts now to expedite the reset process and get the Bradleys back to the soldiers who need them,” said Mark Willhoft, BAE Bradley Programs director.


Army awards deal for Navistar trucks

WARRENVILLE | The Army has contracted Navistar Defense to deliver support trucks for use in the Iraqi military theater.

Illinois-based Navistar Defense says it was awarded the contract from the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command. Under the approximately $79 million deal, Navistar will deliver 605 of its support trucks to the Army for deployment to Iraq.

The contract, which includes 328 fuel trucks and 277 water tankers based on Navistar’s WorkStar platform, follows a Jan. 9 order for 1,300 military vehicles from Canadian defense officials.

“Navistar’s core strength is its ability to leverage its engineering, manufacturing and sustainment expertise across a large portfolio of products,” said Archie Massicotte, Navistar Defense president. “Our existing commercial platforms allow us to rapidly modify vehicles for the military, as well as customize them for specific mission types.”


SAIC to support SSC RF capabilities

The U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center has contracted Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to support communication capabilities.

SAIC was awarded $98 million to support the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific with radio-frequency (RF) engineering and evaluation support.

As part of the five-year deal, SAIC primarily will support the SSC Pacific RF communications operations in San Diego. SAIC, which was selected with four other defense contractors, will be responsible for on-site technical assistance and logistics support, among other requirements.

“SAIC is pleased to provide life-cycle management for a range of programs during the critical period from system conception through system operation,” said Tom Baybrook, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. “We look forward to delivering communications and engineering solutions in support of the war fighter.”


Navy contracts for MH-60S support

JOHNSTOWN | The Navy has contracted Concurrent Technologies Corp. (CTC) to provide the MH-60S training helicopter with design and installation support.

Pennsylvania-based CTC was awarded the contract from the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, Fla. As part of the $10 million deal, CTC will support the design and installation of the Navy MH-60S Carriage Stream, Tow, and Recovery System Trainer (CSTRS-T).

Officials say the MH-60S CSTRS-T, used by the Navy to train CSTRS winch operators on normal, emergency and degraded procedures, will be installed at the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.

“The Navy selected CTC to develop the CSTRS Trainer based on our experience, excellent past performance, and responsiveness to their needs during the development of the CSTRS system,” said Daniel L. Winterscheidt, CTC director of program operations. “We look forward to providing the same high level of service in the future.”


RFID Global Solution to support Army

ELDERSBURG | The Defense Department has contracted RFID Global Solution Inc. to support the Army’s radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies.

RFID Global Solution was awarded the deal as part of the Army RFID III contract vehicle. Maryland-based RFID Global Solution will work with prime contractor Savi and provide RFID services for the Army, including hardware and software support.

The Army RFID III contract vehicle, administered by the Army Product Manager Joint-Automatic Identification Technology office, is designed to advance the Army’s RFID capabilities.

“RFID Global Solution earned its stripes designing and deploying leading-edge RFID solutions for the Department of Defense,” said Joseph Leone, RFID Global Solution president and chief technology officer, in a statement. “RFID Global Solution is proud to be chosen to continue its heritage as the leading RFID defense integrator on the mission to provide state-of-the-art automatic identification capabilities anywhere in the world.”


Raytheon to provide ship defense system

TEWKSBURY | The Navy has contracted Raytheon to provide its Ship Self-Defense System along with upgrade management and engineering services.

Under the $23 million contract, Raytheon will become the Ship Self-Defense System’s platform systems engineering agent. As part of the deal, Raytheon will support upgrades for the Ship Self-Defense System on various Navy ships and also the integration of the system into the new Tarawa-class and Whidbey Island-class ships, among others.

Raytheon’s Ship Self-Defense System is a sensor-based defense technology designed to protect aircraft carriers and expeditionary warfare ships against anti-ship cruise missiles.

“Ship Self-Defense System is an open architecture solution that leverages our expertise and advanced technologies to provide critical situational awareness and proven self-defense capabilities to the U.S. Navy,” said Robert Martin, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems vice president and deputy of seapower capability systems.

“With this contract, we will expand our role and support to ensure the reliability and effectiveness of the Navy’s surface fleet,” he said.

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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