Thinking outside the box sometimes means putting systems into use that haven't even been packed in the box yet. The U.S. Army is deploying prototype technologies immediately to meet urgent troop communications needs in Afghanistan.
Panasonic Solutions Company, Secaucus, New Jersey, recently announced that the U.S. Air Force has selected Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers for its rugged mobile computing requirements, including flightline, maintenance, mission, and support activities. The Toughbook 31 rugged notebook and Toughbook 19 rugged convertible tablet can be purchased as part of the USAF Quantum Enterprise Buy (QEB) program and will be delivered by Intelligent Decisions. Both mobile computers will be included in the QEB program effective immediately and ending Dec. 31, 2011.
General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia, recently announced that it has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement to provide information technology support services to the U.S. Coast Guard Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM). The agreement has a ceiling value of $11 million over a five-year period. General Dynamics will provide FORCECOM with information technology and simulator support services for non-standard workstations and systems. Non-standard workstations are customized and stand-alone from the overall enterprise, and support command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems, navigational, telecommunications and shipboard sensors.
Raytheon Company, McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $21 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for production of the AN/ZSQ-2 (V1 Assault) and AN/ZSQ-2 (V2 Attack), Electro-Optical Sensor System for the MH-47G and MH-60M aircraft assigned to the Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command, Technology Applications Contracting Office
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, New York, is being awarded a nearly $30 million delivery order modification to provide for additional phase two non-recurring efforts in support of the MH-60R situational awareness technology insertion engineering, manufacturing, and development. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
OptiMetrics Incorporated, Abingdon, Maryland, was awarded a nearly $10 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development and implementation of advanced models, simulation and analytical tools to increase the capacity of decontamination services. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Space Systems/Loral, Palo Alto, California, has named David Bernstein senior vice president of Program Management and Paul Estey senior vice president of Engineering, Manufacturing and Test Operations.
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