Thursday, April 9, 2009


LaBarge wins Osprey subcontract

ST. LOUIS | U.S. company Bell Helicopter has contracted LaBarge Inc. to provide the V-22 Osprey aircraft production program with its electronic subassemblies.

Under the deal, St. Louis-based electronic and electromechanical solutions developer LaBarge will supply Bell Helicopter with its electronic subassemblies for integration with the V-22 Osprey’s de-icing system.

The V-22 Osprey, produced by the Bell Helicopter and Boeing strategic alliance, is a tilt-rotor aircraft capable of vertical and horizontal takeoffs and landings used by the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force.

LaBarge said work on the contract, worth $5.1 million, will be done at the company’s Huntsville, Ark., facility beginning in July.


Contract awarded for X-ray technology

BILLERICA | The U.S. Defense Department has contracted American Science and Engineering Inc. to provide its cargo- and vehicle-screening X-ray technologies.

U.S. company AS&E was contracted by the Department of Defense for its new Z Gantry variant of its Z Backscatter screening system. The Z Gantry is a bidirectional scanning platform that can be used to scan cargo and vehicles while moving on rails.

Officials said the Z Gantry provides security authorities with AS&E’s Backscatter X-ray images from three sides, detecting illicit goods including explosives and other potential threats.


FCS contract goes to Alion Science

MCLEAN | The U.S. Army has contracted Alion Science and Technology to operate and maintain the Future Combat Systems Advanced Collaborative Environment.

U.S. company Alion was awarded the task order as part of the Army’s Logistics, Maintenance and Supply Support contract vehicle. Under the $4.35 million deal, Alion will provide the FCS ACE with development and operational support.

FCS ACE is an Army project using a secure Web-based environment where government and industry participants can collaborate. Alion will be expected to help streamline the collaborative environment’s business processes and provide operational and maintenance support services.


Hungary to buy MRAP Cougars

LADSON | The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has contracted armored-vehicle developer Force Protection Inc. for the company to deliver three of its Cougar vehicles.

South Carolina-based Force Protection was awarded a $1.3 million contract from the Hungarian Defense Ministry. As part of the deal, Force Protection will deliver three of its Cougar mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles.

The contract for Cougar MRAPs, widely deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to help protect soldiers from roadside bombs and other explosive threats, includes provisions for spare parts and training. Officials said the vehicles are expected to be delivered by June 2009.


General Dynamics wins radio contract

FAIRFAX | The Navy has awarded General Dynamics a radio frequency communications engineering support contract.

U.S. company General Dynamics says its information technology business unit was awarded the contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.

The contract, worth $82 million if all the options are exercised, calls for General Dynamics to provide the SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific’s Radio Frequency Communications Division with engineering and evaluation support among other services.


Raytheon submits Air Force data plan

COLORADO SPRINGS | Raytheon has submitted its final proposal for an Air Force broadcast contract of intelligence and situational awareness data.

U.S. company Raytheon announced the submission of its proposal for the Air Force Global Broadcast Service satellite broadcast manager defense enterprise computing center transition contract.

The winner of the Air Force GBS contract will be expected to transition the current GBS broadcast functionality to “centralized Defense Information System Agency computing centers,” the release said.

Officials say the Air Force GBS provides critical decision-makers with a multimedia broadcast of intelligence and situational awareness data supporting warfighter operational capabilities.


Saudi air force buys Sidewinders

TUCSON | The royal Saudi Arabian air force has contracted Raytheon for the company to deliver AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles.

U.S. company Raytheon was awarded the contract after an agreement between Saudi Arabian authorities and the U.S. government. Under the deal, Raytheon will deliver an undisclosed number of tactical and training AIM-9X Sidewinder infrared-guided missiles to the royal Saudi air force.

Officials say the air-to-air missiles will go to support royal Saudi air force’s fleet of F-15 fighter aircraft.

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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