Thursday, March 19, 2009


BearingPoint chosen to support PD ALTESS

The Army has contracted BearingPoint Inc. to supply logistics, management and maintenance-support services.

BearingPoint was awarded the contract from the Army’s Product Director, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (PD ALTESS) organization.

Under the contract, worth $21.5 million over two years if all options are exercised, BearingPoint will support PD ALTESS with acquisitions, program management, strategic business planning and other services. PD ALTESS supports the Army with information management and information-technology services.

“BearingPoint has been providing services to PD ALTESS for nearly four years,” said Mary Cassidy, BearingPoint Army and Air Force sectors vice president.

“We are happy to continue this support and appreciate the confidence PD ALTESS has placed with BearingPoint via this award,” she said.


Navy contracts LM for Q-70 support

EAGAN | The Navy has contracted Lockheed Martin Corp. to provide advanced-display-system logistics-support services.

Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract - a follow-on deal to a recent Naval Sea Systems Command Advanced Display Systems production-contract modification - to support the Navy with logistics services for the open architecture Q-70 computer system.

Under the $72 million deal, Lockheed will support the Navy’s AN/UYQ-70 display systems.

“We’re honored that the U.S. Navy selected Lockheed Martin to provide Q-70 supply support services,” said John Nikolai, director of Lockheed Martin’s electronic products and logistics market segment.

“This award supports assets currently in the fleet and sets a foundation for future infrastructure programs,” he said.


Army awards deal for Cheetah M-ATVs

LADSON | The Army has contracted Force Dynamics LLC for its Cheetah vehicles as part of the mine-resistant ambush-protected all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV) program.

Force Dynamics, a joint venture of Force Protection Inc. and General Dynamics Land Systems, was awarded a $1 million contract for two of its Cheetah vehicles under the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) M-ATV program.

Force Dynamics’ Cheetah M-ATV, a lightweight tactical vehicle based on Force Protection’s original Cheetah vehicle, is a response to the Army’s solicitation for a more mobile vehicle to withstand the rugged terrain of Afghanistan operations.

“Delivery of these first test vehicles and the subsequent sale to TACOM is an important milestone gate in the M-ATV competition,” said Damon Walsh, Force Dynamics program director.

“We have long believed that there was a need for a lightweight, highly mobile and highly survivable tactical wheeled vehicle to supplement the current fleet. We are proud to have foreseen - through the development of the Cheetah - the need to evolve the category with enhanced mobility to navigate the rugged terrain and wider variety of missions that characterize the conflict in Afghanistan.”


ITT to deliver IED jammers

CLIFTON | The Defense Department has contracted ITT Corp. for the delivery of additional improvised explosive device (IED) jamming technologies.

U.S. company ITT was awarded the contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command. Under the $317 million order, ITT will manufacture and deliver more than 4,500 of its Crew 2.1 Vehicle Receiver Jammers (CVRJ).

The CVRJ systems, expected to be deployed with the Marine Corps, are mounted on tactical vehicles and jam the signal of a radio-controlled IED, preventing the explosives from detonating.

“With this new order, we are now supplying CVRJs to all four branches of the Department of Defense,” said Chris Bernhardt, ITT Electronic Systems president.

“Our systems are going to be protecting soldiers, airmen and airwomen, sailors and now Marines. We’re proud to play such an integral role in defeating the evolving IED threat.”


SAIC to support USAF cyberwarfare

SAN DIEGO | The Air Force has contracted Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to provide cyberspace-management and analytical-support services.

SAIC was awarded the contract from the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency. Under the $12 million deal, SAIC will provide support services for the Air Force Network Operations (AFNETOPS).

Officials said the majority of the support work from SAIC would take place at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and would include helping AFNETOPS manage next-generation warfare, cyberdefense and attack operations and other services.

“We look forward to supporting AFNETOPS and the evolution of the Air Force network warfare-operations mission to a cybercapability with integrated processes, procedures, data and systems to support air, space and electromagnetic-spectrum operations,” said Larry Cox, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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