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.
The research projects arm of DHS is crafting new tech tools to protect and enhance the national infrastructure.
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.
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 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.
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.
EADS North America has received a five-year contract valued at $85 million from the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to provide commercial radar satellite data for use in intelligence, military and homeland security applications. Under the contract, the company will supply imagery from its TerraSAR-X synthetic aperture radar satellite, along with related products and direct downlink services.
Dassault Avionics has awarded Thales a contract to provide maintenance support for avionics equipment on Rafale combat jets in service with the French armed forces. The 10-year, fixed price contract builds on several previously awarded through-life support contracts awarded to Dassault by SIMMAD, the maintenance arm of the French air force.
The U.S. Army Materiel Command has issued CSC two contract modifications with a combined value of $261 million to continue providing information technology and logistics services under the Army's Logistics Modernization Program contract. Under the terms of the first modification, CSC will support the sustainment of the modernized system, and on the other, the company will provide services for future deployment and implementation activities.
The ITT Corporation has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to provide flight cryocoolers for the sensor payloads of two international satellites. The geostationary satellites will provide round-the-clock weather forecasts and sever weather alerts. The cryocoolers are used to reduce thermal noise in space-based sensors.