Thursday, January 29, 2009


JBT Corp. wins military cargo deal

CHICAGO | The Air Force has contracted JBT Corp. for the company’s loader system to support the shipment of military cargo.

JBT announced that its JBT AeroTech business was awarded the Air Force contract. Under the $28.3 million order, JBT AeroTech will deliver its Halvorsen 25K loader systems to the Air Force.

The Halvorsen 25K loader, widely deployed by the Air Force, supports loading and unloading requirements on aircraft needed by the military to transport cargo for both defense and humanitarian initiatives.

“We are pleased to continue to supply the U.S. Air Force‘s air cargo operational needs through the Halvorsen program,” said John Lee, JBT AeroTech vice president and division manager. “The Halvorsen 25K loader was designed for rapid deployment and has proven to be very reliable under the most rigorous and demanding of conditions.”


DTRA contracts for IED scanning systems

ROCKVILLE | The Defense Department’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has contracted RedXDefense for portable threat-detection technologies.

RedX was awarded the contract from DTRA’s Combat Support directorate. Under the deal, RedX will deliver 50 of its XPAK systems to scan for improvised explosive devices for advanced combat evaluations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Company officials say the XPAK is a rugged and portable scanning system that offers soldiers IED-detection capabilities with an ease-of-use battery-operated system.

“Our goal at RedX is to change the nature of this fight,” said Regina Dugan, RedX chief executive officer. “The XPAK was developed as part of a new conceptual framework for fighting terrorism that is focused on identifying the source of the explosive activity so that it can be disrupted and eliminated.”


Army awards deal to reduce friendly fire

GREENLAWN | The Army has contracted BAE Systems and Thales to develop a technology to reduce casualties from friendly fire.

The two British companies were awarded the contract from the Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Center. As part of the $3.3 million deal, BAE and Thales will develop combat identification solutions to reduce incidences of friendly fire.

Officials say the companies will study millimeter-wave systems and develop combat technology that can signal the presence of friendly vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps.

“BAE Systems and Thales are working together to develop a systems approach that combines Thales’ expertise in combat identification equipment and BAE Systems’ expertise in platform integration and network-centric combat identification capabilities,” said Paul G. Markwardt, vice president of identification and surveillance for BAE Systems.


Air Force contracts for simulator tech

SAN JOSE | The Air Force has contracted Allied Telesis Inc. for flight-simulator technologies in support of fighter-pilot training at Edwards Air Force Base.

Allied Telesis was contracted for its SwitchBlade x908 and other advanced technologies for integration into the Air Force’s new flight-simulator mission systems.

Officials say the installation of the SwitchBlade x908 will go to support fighter pilots’ training on advanced flight systems at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

“We went head to head against major networking competitors to win this contract,” said Lisa Thompson, Allied Telesis vice president of enterprise sales.

“We came out ahead in performance, features and as an overall solution in video streaming and optimization fly-off format in Air Force testing,” she said. “Our consistent, outstanding software and hardware development in enterprise-level applications caught and captured the attention of this high-profile installation. This resulted in our being the best provider overall.”


FreeLinc to support night-vision tech

OREM | The Army has awarded a Phase I contract to wireless technologies developer FreeLinc to support the advancement of night-vision systems.

Utah-based FreeLinc was awarded the Phase I deal from the Ground Combat Systems Division of the Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). As part of the research award, FreeLinc will work with NVESD on the integration of its Near Field Magnetic Communications Technology into the Army Night Vision Program.

Officials say the integration of Near Field Magnetic Communications Technology is designed to remove cables from the Army’s night-vision systems, freeing up a soldier’s movement capabilities.

“This project is paramount to the safety and effectiveness of our troops in night operations,” said Anthony Sutera, FreeLinc’s chief executive officer.

“Allowing the soldier to shift from a defensive posture to an aggressive offensive capability will have a huge impact on the effectiveness of our troops fighting in today’s urban combat environment,” he said.


CACI to deliver IT solutions

ARLINGTON | CACI International Inc. has received approximately $114 million in contracts for the delivery of information technology solutions.

CACI says the $114 million in awards, which previously were not announced publicly, are for the delivery of IT solutions for the national security and intelligence markets from unnamed government clients.

Officials say CACI will be expected to support counterterrorism operations with IT technologies and deliver integrated security solutions, among other services, as part of the awards.

“CACI is pleased both to expand the current work we have with our national security and intelligence clients and to win new business that increases our presence in these important communities,” said William M. Fairl, CACI president of U.S. operations.

“Our proven solutions, experienced personnel, dedicated client service and best-value offerings make CACI a premier provider and go-to contractor for intelligence support,” he said.


Air Force contracts for training tech

NEW YORK | The Air Force has contracted L-3 Link Simulation & Training to develop a simulator for the F-16 fighter-pilot training program.

L-3 Link was awarded the contract from the Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center’s Simulator Systems Group. Under the $68.2 million contract, L-3 will support the Air Force’s F-16 Mission Training Center (MTC) program development with simulator technologies.

L-3 Link says it will develop the F-16 MTC to provide Air Force pilots with basic and advanced tactics and mission training with technologies that replicate the F-16’s weapon systems.

“The F-16 Mission Training Center program will be integrated with L-3 Link’s next-generation visual and display simulation technologies designed to greatly enhance fighter pilot training realism,” said Robert P. Birmingham, L-3 Link Simulation & Training president.

“The strong, best-in-class F-16 MTC program team L-3 Link has formed with the Boeing Co. will provide the U.S. Air Force with a solution that will maximize war fighters’ operational readiness,” he said.

• Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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