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The Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded Navistar Defense LLC a $17 million firm-fixed-priced delivery order modification under previous contract for sustainment support to maintain Category I Mine Resistant Ambush Protected low-rate initial production vehicles in theater. Navistar will provide procurement support to field service representatives in the Central Command area of responsibility. Work will be performed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq, with completion planned for June 2011.
ManTech Systems Engineering Corporation has received a $17 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to exercise an option for procurement of warfare analysis, modeling and simulation software development, and analytic program support. Under the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's contract, the company will perform work for the Naval Air Systems Command's Warfare Analysis and Integration Department at Patuxent River and Lexington Park, Maryland.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has received a contract award to provide MQ-9 auto take-off and landing capability modification to the system development and demonstration bridge effort. The contract, awarded by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is worth $9 million.
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Naval and Marine Systems Division has received a contract to supply new radar systems for German navy ships. The contract, let by the German navy procurement authority, is a follow-on to the completed four-year, $4.3 million program under which Northrop Grumman replaced radars on 70 German navy ships with Sperry Marine BridgeMaster E radar sets. The company will supply its new-generation Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT radar systems on 10 additional German navy ships, two of which will be fitted with dual-channel radar technology.
The French defense procurement agency, DGA, has selected Thales to supply 50 electronic warfare (EW) programming stations for seven helicopter families in service for the French armed forces. Under the agreement, Thales is scheduled to deliver the EW programming stations by the first quarter of 2012, following customer qualification beginning in late 2011. The helicopters are the French Army aviation unit's upgraded Cougar, EC725 HUS, Tiger standard 1 and 2, NH90, Gazelle and Puma; and the French Navy's Panther.