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EADS to Increase the Efficiency of German Military Helicopters

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement has awarded EADS with a series production contract for the EUA/OSS system designed to combine operational command and control with technical and logistics support for German military Tiger attack and NH90 transport helicopters. The EUA/OSS is a scalable information technology system that permits mission planning based on tactical and logistical data to increase the accuracy of flight preparation.

Need for Math and Science Majors Is Out of This World

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

For my February 2010 article, I interviewed members of the Defense Department's Human Spaceflight Payloads Office and Space Test Program about the experiments they help put into space. The projects impressed me, as did the sources' firm belief in the importance of what they do to help warfighters. At the end of our interview, I asked the gentlemen to indulge me on a personal question: "What would you recommend to a child like my son, who wants to grow up to become, as he calls it, 'a space scientist?'"

Alion Wins Navy Contract to Provide Acquisition Support for Ship Programs

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Navy has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $71.8 million task order to provide acquisition management support to the Program Executive Officer for Ships, Acquisition Management (PEO Ships AM) Directorate. Under the five-year contract, the company will provide program management, business and financial planning, acquisition and configuration management, and enterprise resource planning implementation  support to the directorate.

Northrop Grumman Wins Contract for U.S. Navy Shipboard Multi-Mission Radars

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a full-rate production contract for AN/SPQ-9B shipboard radar systems designed to enhance the detection and tracking of high-speed threats such as sea-skimming anti-ship missiles. Under the fixed-price $26.2 million contract, the company will supply four shipsets. The contract includes options that could bring the total value to $281.5 million.

Boeing Wins Contract To Upgrade French AWACS Fleet

February 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The Boeing Company has been awarded a $324 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the Electronics Systems Command at Hanscomb Air Force Base, Massachusetts, to upgrade France's fleet of four E-3F Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, and the fleet's ground system. The mid-life upgrade will provide the fleet with new mission computers and systems designed to enhance network-centric operations; increase mission execution capability, reliability and effectiveness; and reduce life-cycle costs.

First Responders Get The "MacGyver" Edge

February 16, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The research projects arm of DHS is crafting new tech tools to protect and enhance the national infrastructure.

Cool App-titude: NASA Images

February 16, 2010
By Katie Packard

Those of us on the East Coast are probably tired of looking at snow, but even if you're located elsewhere on the planet, you can download the NASA Images iPhone app for a variety of gorgeous sights.

Thales To Equip French Helicopters With Self-Defense Suite

February 16, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The French Defence Procurement Agency has awarded Thales a contract to supply and install eight self-protection systems for French military EC725 Caracal Helicopters. The self-defense suite consists of radar warning, missile approach warning, laser warning and chaff/flare dispenser systems. The order brings the total number of French EC725's equipped with the system to 19 aircraft.

Raytheon To Produce Maverick Missiles For The United Arab Emirates

February 16, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $170 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the U.S. Air Force to produce AGM-65D and AGM65G2 infrared-guided Maverick air-to-surface missiles for the United Arab Emirates. Under the agreement, Raytheon will build and provide life-cycle support for more than 500 new missiles.

Lockheed Martin To Provide U.S. Air Force With More Targeting Pods

February 16, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract valued at $59 million for additional Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP). The order is the second increment of the Air Force's Sniper ATP Lot 9 contract. The Lot 9 increment will provide a total of 650 pods for the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and 12 international air forces.

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