Outback Steakhouse has pledged $1 million to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency and morale support for active troops, veterans and their families. The public can help the restaurant chain meet its obligation by dining at Outback restaurants in the United States during the month of March and ordering off the "Red, White and Bloomin'" menu.
Brig. Gen. Russell J. Handy, USAF, has been named director, Air Component Coordination Element, U.S. Forces-Iraq, and commander, Detachment 2, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force, Air Combat Command, Baghdad, Iraq.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded an $18 million contract by General Dynamics Land Systems to supply LRS-2000 Rate Sensor Assembly units for the Stabilized Commander's Weapon Station on U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams Tanks. The LRS-2000 is a two-axis rate sensor developed to support gun and turret stabilization applications with low random drift and high reliability.
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command has awarded Raytheon Company a $58.2 million contract for upgrading Patriot missiles to the Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical (GEM-T) missiles. Under the contract, the company will upgrade 124 Patriot Advanced Capability-2 missiles to the GEM-T configuration. The contract is a follow-on issued as part of the Patriot missile's continuous technology refreshment program launched in 2000.
The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $160 million follow-on contract for technical and engineering support for its land-based test facility for the Aegis Ballistic Defense Weapon System. Besides supporting the facility, the contract calls for the company to support, operate and maintain the Naval Systems Computing Center and the SPY-1A naval radar test suite located near the facility.
Boeing Defence Australia, a subsidiary of the Boeing Company, has been awarded a $1.5 million contract to provide engineering support services for the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) fleet of F/A-18A/B Hornets. The 30-month contract requires Boeing to deliver repair plans for faults discovered during aircraft maintenance.