Thursday, March 5, 2009


Coast Guard awards icebreaker deal

SEATTLE | The Coast Guard has awarded Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp. a follow-on contract to continue maintenance on Polar Class icebreakers.

Todd Pacific Shipyards, based in Seattle, was awarded a $29 million, five-year contract if all options are exercised.

As part of the deal, Todd Pacific Shipyards will continue to provide Polar Class icebreakers with maintenance services. The contract includes options to support the Coast Guard’s Polar Star WAGB-10 and Polar Sea WAGB-11.

The maintenance also includes availability planning and generalized ship maintenance, and repairs as needed, with emphasis on propulsion and deck machinery work, company officials said.


BAE to upgrade B-kit armor

SEALY | The Army has awarded BAE Systems a follow-on contract for the delivery of additional tactical-vehicle armor kits to strengthen protections for troops.

British company BAE was awarded the contract to support the Long-Term Armor Strategy-configured Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). Under the $190 million deal, BAE will deliver more than 5,100 of its B-kit armor upgrades for integration with the FMTV.

Officials said that by installing the B-kits, the FMTV can operate with increased protection during periods when threat levels are higher.

“This contract demonstrates the U.S. Army’s commitment to the Long-Term Armor Strategy and the Army’s confidence in the performance and adaptability of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles,” said Chris Chambers, BAE vice president of medium/heavy vehicles.


Raytheon contracted for ADAP system

HARLOW | The Air Force has contracted Raytheon Systems Ltd. for the delivery of a navigation system interference protection technology.

Raytheon was contracted to provide the Air Force with its Global Positioning System (GPS) Advanced Digital Antenna Production (ADAP) system. Under the $1.4 million Air Force GPS Wing award, Raytheon will deliver its ADAP systems to equip surface platforms and fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft for the Navy.

Officials say the ADAP, a next-generation version of the GAS-1 GPS antenna system, is designed to protect the GPS-based navigation technologies from jamming and interference.

“We have just had our best year ever for our GPS anti-jam product line,” said Jim Trail, Raytheon Systems Ltd. chief operating officer. “This is a growing part of the business, as demonstrated by the increased demand … for our new, more advanced ADAP product by the U.S. government.”


Unisys awarded ENCORE II follow-on

BLUE BELL | The Army has contracted Unisys to provide information technology services for the administration of unclassified and classified networks.

Unisys was awarded the contract from the Army Logistics Innovation Agency as part of a Defense Information Systems Agency ENCORE II contract vehicle. Under the follow-on deal, worth $7.1 million if all options are exercised, Unisys will continue to provide IT services in support of the Army Logistics Innovation Agency mission to improve military logistics processes.

Officials say Unisys, which has been contracted by the Army Logistics Innovation Agency since 1999, will support network administration and teleconferencing, along with other IT requirements.

“This award represents a continuation of our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency, providing support to its mission to continually improve military readiness through innovative logistics technology,” said Jim Geiger, Unisys Federal Systems Defense Department managing partner.


CACI to support Army PM FLIR

The Army has contracted CACI International Inc. to provide support services for sensors and night-vision intelligence and surveillance technologies.

CACI was awarded a deal to support the Army’s Product Manager Forward Looking Infrared (PM FLIR) and Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate as part of a Strategic Services Sourcing contract vehicle.

Under the estimated $40 million contract, CACI will provide the Army’s PM FLIR sensor-based systems with engineering and logistics support and other services as part of a Defense Department initiative to strengthen the survivability of soldiers in the field.

“The Army’s Strategic Services Sourcing contract provides CACI with the opportunity to help develop the next generation of tactical sensors to support our nation’s war fighters in theater,” said Paul Cofoni, CACI president and chief executive. “The award demonstrates our commitment to support the Department of Defense’s acquisition community in all aspects of its tactical missions.”

c Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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