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Joint Strike Fighter Gap Leads To Navy Order For Boeing

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) being developed by Lockheed Martin (LM) is the future of American military aviation. It will replace substantial numbers of F-16, F-18 and AV-8 aircraft currently in use by the Air Force, Navy and Marines. Many of these fighters are now old and need to be retired and the original schedule for the F-35 had it coming into service now to do so.  Due to the problems with the JSF the Navy has decided to go ahead and order more F/A-18 aircraft from Boeing (BA) to fill the extended “fighter gap”.

Like many acquisition programs of its size and scope the JSF has had issues. It is over budget and currently two years behind its latest adjusted schedule. This means that the aircraft won’t be entering service in large numbers until the latter half of the next decade and the aircraft it slated to replace will need to fly longer. The Pentagon will have to spend more money in maintenance and upgrades to keep them capable against an evolving threat.

Earlier this year the Navy had discussed extending the F/A-18 contract with Boeing (BA) to buy more aircraft to fill this potential gap. The new fighters would fill the time waiting for the JSF and allow retirement of older models of the aircraft. This is an expensive plan and would reinforce that the JSF is struggling. The Navy was talking to Congress and Defense leadership about this.

President Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, had built the last two budgets around the JSF. He canceled the F-22 which was the only other advanced fighter in production for the U.S. military and restructured the program to increase early production. All these plans fell apart this year when it was announced that the average cost of the aircraft had doubled when all program costs were included and that further delays to testing and production were expected.

The new contract is for 124 more F/A-18 aircraft on a four year contract. The Navy worked hard to negotiate a reduced price for this, the potentially last, production batch. The total price will be about $5 billion.

This is good news for Boeing who looked like they were going to be out of the military aircraft business for a few years. There F-22 was canceled. Production of the C-17 transport was going to end soon as in the 2011 budget the Pentagon had ordered none. Congress in 2009 and 2010 had added transport aircraft to the budget but the will for next year was lacking. There is potential for winning the new KC-X tanker but that won’t have deliveries until 2011 or later.

The C-17 situation has been made worse by the decision of the workers to go on strike last week. Some are even predicting that because of this strike the program will come to an end. Congress kept the line going to keep workers in Long Beach, CA at the plant employed. Now they are on strike that argument becomes limited.

Boeing got some good news this week. $5 billion in aircraft orders with a potential for billions more to build parts and do depot and maintenance work is nothing to sneeze at. The extension of the line also helps the company bid on overseas sales in the future. JSF problems have led to a big gain for one of Lockheed’s competitors.

The remaining question is whether the Air Force and Marines will follow suit and also buy their own “gap filler” aircraft. This could mean even more orders for Boeing or other U.S. defense contractors.

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House Adds Language to Force Pentagon to Consider Subsidies to Defense Authorization Bill

The House of Representatives in their vote on the 2011 Defense Authorization Bill added an amendment sponsored by Washington and Kansas members to force the Pentagon to consider the WTO ruling on illegal subsidies when it comes time to consider EADS’ (EADS:P) bid. The Pentagon has made it clear in the past that their contracting and acquisition laws and regulations do not allow them to factor that into their cost evaluations. This language if it is in the final version of the bill when it is passed after Conference will supposedly make them do that.

One question though is the Air Force plans to receive bids on July and announce a decision in the late Fall. There is a good chance that the source selection if it follows that schedule will be complete before the bill makes it out of Congress. While the Authorization Act often is done before the Appropriations one it is often not complete by 30 September as it should be. The Pentagon could also argue to ignore the language setting up some sort of court fight. EADS could also adjust their prices to take into account the effect of the WTO ruling.

Canada Considering Entering New Fighter Sweepstakes

Right now two of the biggest military aviation contracts out there are new fighters for Brazil and India. Both of these contracts have attracted bids from United States and European defense contractors. In Brazil the contest seems to be between the Boeing (BA) F/A-18 and the French Rafael. In India there have been offers from Boeing, Lockheed Martin (LMT), MiG of Russia, Rafael. Eurofighter and SAAB of Sweden. These contracts are interesting as all of these companies face declining markets at home due to budget difficulties and the decision by the U.S. and many of its Allies to focus on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) headed up by Lockheed.

Canada currently operates a force of older F/A-18 aircraft and is planning a potential buy of more modern aircraft worth about $9 billion (Canadian). Canada has put some money into the development of the JSF as have countries like Great Britain, the Netherlands, Australia and Japan but is not committed to buy the aircraft. They certainly could do that when the aircraft is ready in the 2015 – 2017 time frame or they could conduct a new competition. If they did this they would certainly draw a diverse group of suitors similar to what India has. The market for new fighters was supposed to stagnate as thousands of F-35 replace the F-16 aircraft of numerous U.S. Allies. Now with the delays and cost increases to that program some countries are having second thoughts.

A third major competition would be good for the industry and would allow some production lines like the SAAB Gripen to remain hot as the JSF program tries to get itself sorted out. If countries like Holland do decide to go a different path the market for current in production aircraft will increase greatly.

More fallout as the JSF program struggles with its cost and schedule may be expected as current customers re-think their commitments. This will increase the cost to the U.S. military while reducing Lockheed’s chances of making up some of their losses on the development piece of the contract. Canada if they choose to not buy the JSF may be the start of some bad news for the program and its prime contractor.

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AIA Applauds Issuance of Final ADS-B Rule by FAA — Press Release

AIA Applauds Issuance of Final ADS-B Rule by FAA

ARLINGTON, Va., May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Aerospace Industries Association applauds the release of the FAA’s final rule mandating ADS-B out equipage by 2020. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipage makes use of GPS signals via satellite to broadcast airspeed and location data to air traffic controllers and pilots.

“It represents a quantum leap forward over the current radar-based air traffic control system, and when the Next Generation Air Transportation System is fully operational, it will bring enormous economic and environmental benefits to the nation,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.

In order to defray the very significant cost of the new rule, AIA will continue to advocate financial incentives for operators to assist with the cost and to accelerate NextGen. “Implementation of the system could be accelerated by three to five years with incentives for equipage,” said Blakey.

“Financial assistance to purchase mandated avionics equipment makes sense not only because the equipment is required airborne infrastructure for future aircraft separation, but also because it will take some time before commercial and general aviation operators receive the real benefits of their investment,” said Blakey. “Moreover, since experts believe full implementation of NextGen will bring enormous economic and environmental benefits to all Americans, we should accelerate those benefits with financial assistance.”

Independent studies and government agencies like the GAO have noted that accelerated deployment of ground and airborne infrastructure will bring early benefits which, in turn, will bring an early return on the government’s investment. Earlier this week at its Spring Board of Governors meeting, AIA endorsed a strong, operator-supported financial incentive package for NextGen avionics equipment.

The Future of Aviation Advisory Council was recently formed by Transportation Secretary LaHood to come up with recommendations to help strengthen our nation’s civil aviation industry. This body is an excellent venue to explore innovative funding ideas to accelerate NextGen: it has senior industry representation from labor, airports, operators and manufacturers.

“AIA and its nearly 300 members look forward to working with the rest of the industry and the Transportation Department to make the safest, most efficient air transportation system in the world even better,” Blakey said.

www.aia-aerospace.org

Founded in 1919, the Aerospace Industries Association represents the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, materiel, and related components, equipment services, and information technology.

Source: Aerospace Industries Association

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ULA Marks Delta 50th Anniversary with Successful Delta IV GPS IIF SV-1 Launch — Press Release

ULA Marks Delta 50th Anniversary with Successful Delta IV GPS IIF SV-1 Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., May. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Celebrating 50 years of launch for one of the most successful rocket programs in U.S. history, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV successfully launched the Air Force’s Global Positioning System IIF SV-1 spacecraft at 11 p.m. EDT yesterday from Space Launch Complex-37. GPS IIF SV-1 marked the 349th launch in the Delta program’s 50 year history, which began with its first launch on May 13, 1960.

“We congratulate the Air Force and our mission partners on the successful launch of the first of the new generation of GPS satellites,” said Jim Sponnick, vice president, Delta Product Line. “Today’s launch comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the first Delta launch and was the 13th mission success for the newest Delta launch vehicle, the Delta IV. The partnership between the Air Force and the Delta team has resulted in the successful launches of many national security missions directly supporting our troops on the battlefield. Launching the first of the next generation of GPS satellites is a great way to start our next 50 years.”

GPS IIF SV-1 is the first in a series of next generation GPS satellites, and following its nearly three hour, 33 minute flight, it joined a worldwide timing and navigation system utilizing 24 satellites, in six different planes, with a minimum of four satellites per plane, positioned in orbit approximately 11,000 miles above the Earth’s surface.

During the past five decades, the Delta family of expendable launch vehicles has achieved one of the most successful flight records of any rocket currently in use, with a success rate of 95.7 percent. The Delta II, since its first launch in February 1989 has an incredible 98.6 percent success rate. The December 2009 launch of the NASA WISE mission was the 92nd consecutive successful launch with the Delta II system. The Delta IV, making its debut in November 2002, continues this legacy with 100 percent mission success for its 13 missions in the last eight years.

“Our ULA team is proud of the Delta success record and the contributions it has made to scientific exploration, national defense, and economic prosperity,” Sponnick said. “Delta has been so successful for the last 50 years because of tremendous support from our government mission partners as well as our outstanding suppliers and commercial customers.”

Delta launched some of America’s most famous and successful missions. NASA’s Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, along with the Phoenix Mars Lander, were launched by Delta. Additionally, NASA missions such as Mars Odyssey, Messenger, Dawn, GLAST and THEMIS all began their journeys on a Delta. Numerous national defense missions, the recent GOES series of weather satellites and all current operational GPS satellites on orbit were launch by Delta.

ULA’s next launch is the U.S. Air Force Advanced Extremely High Frequency-1 (AEHF-1) mission scheduled for July 30, aboard an Atlas V from Space Launch Complex-41 here.

ULA program management, engineering, test and mission support functions are headquartered in Denver, Colo. Manufacturing, assembly and integration operations are located at Decatur, Ala., Harlingen, Texas, San Diego, Calif., and Denver, Colo. Launch operations are located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

For more information on the ULA joint venture, visit the ULA Web site at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321).

Source: United Launch Alliance

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Contracts for May 28, 2010



NAVY

Metro Machine Corp., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded an $114,045,809 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-4416) for USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) modernization, upgrades, preservations and alterations in support of the multi-ship multi-option (MSMO) mid-life extension. The LSD MSMO was developed to provide extended dry docking, modernization, upgrades, repairs and alterations to several shipboard systems such as the engineering control systems, power management platform, and chilled water distribution system for the LSD 41- and LSD 51-class amphibious landing ships. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by May 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $68,736,651 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Norfolk Naval Ship Support Activity, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications, EOTech, Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., is being awarded a $25,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for an optical sighting system for the M4A1 carbine in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command’s weapons accessories program. The optical sighting system will increase the operational effectiveness of the M4A1 carbine, M203 grenade launcher, and other special operations forces small arms. Work will be performed in Ann Arbor, Mich. and is expected to be completed by May 2015. Contract funds in the amount of $262,636 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not awarded on a competitive basis. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-10-D-JN68).

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $23,066,554 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0007) for the procurement of 53 fiscal 2010 Tomahawk composite capsule launching system capsules. Work will be performed in Lincoln, Neb. (31.5 percent); Camden, Ark. (28.8 percent); Tucson, Ariz. (7.2 percent); Joplin, Mo. (7 percent); Carpentersville, Ill. (4.9 percent); Rocket Center, W.V. (4.7 percent); Hopkinton, Mass. (3.9 percent); Huntsville, Ala. (2 percent); Torrance, Calif. (1.5 percent); Los Alamitos, Calif. (1 percent); and various locations throughout the U.S. (7.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in February 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Aviation Ground Equipment Corp.*, Freeport, N.Y., is being awarded a $16,986,180 fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 200 mobile load banks capable of providing electrical loads for the maintenance and testing of aviation ground power units, including: five pilot production units and associated testing; technical and logistics data; and training. Work will be performed in Freeport, N.Y., and is expected to be completed in August 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals as a 100-percent small business set-aside; five offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-10-D-0014).

Raytheon Co., Network Centric Systems, Fort Wayne, Ind., is being awarded an $8,694,337 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide performance-based engineering services in support of the AN/ALQ-227 communication countermeasure systems for the EA-18G. Support services to be provided include systems engineering, test, product assurance, logistics, training and production. Work will be performed in Fort Wayne, Ind., and is expected to be completed in May 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-10-D-0013).

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

John Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory (JPU/APL), Laurel, Md., is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (HQ0006-07-D-0001) to task order #0016 with a total value of $10,000,000. Under this modification, JPU/APL will continue work on advanced technology initiatives by providing technical support to systems engineering and integration for assessments; studies and analyses of command and control; battles management and communications; fire control; missile engineering; combat systems; and space component and space systems. The work will be performed in Laurel, Md. The performance period for this work is from June 2010 through August 2010. Research, development, test and evaluation funding fiscal 2010 will be used to incrementally fund these efforts. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $9,226,092 contract which will provide Air Force Materiel Command, 526th Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Group technical analysis. At this time, $793,651 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380).

Boeing Co., Seal Beach, Calif., was awarded a $7,085,000 contract for services to support pre-launch, launch and post-launch activities through completion of on-orbit checkout for Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite. At this time, $7,000,000 has been obligated. SMC SYSW/PK, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity. (FA8819-08-C-0006)

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $5,986,457 contract which will sustain systems engineering support for the production and fielded systems of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile and the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range. At this time, $4,905,990 has been obligated. 308 ARSG/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contacting activity (FA8682-10-C-0016-P00004).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Genesis Vision, Inc.*, Rochester, N.Y., is being awarded a maximum $9,000,000 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of various optical frames and accessories using the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia electronic catalog system. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web-solicited with four responses. This contract has a base period with four one-year option periods. The date of performance completion is June 2, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM2DE-10-D-7545).

*Small business

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract for Kuwait Air Force KC-130J Tankers — Press Release

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract for Kuwait Air Force KC-130J Tankers

MARIETTA, Ga., May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received a $245 million contract from the U.S. Government for the Foreign Military Sale of three KC-130J tanker aircraft to Kuwait. The program will be managed by the U.S. Navy.

The Kuwait Air Force’s new KC-130Js will provide aerial refueling for its F18 fleet and augment its current airlift fleet of three Lockheed Martin L-100s. Kuwait’s KC-130Js also will perform air mobility, disaster relief and humanitarian missions throughout the world.

“We are proud to add yet another country to the growing worldwide C-130J community,” said Jim Grant, Lockheed Martin vice president for C-130 business development. “The combination of tanking and airlift missions yet again shows the tremendous versatility of this proven aircraft. KC-130Js have been used in high-tempo operations for the last five years and will provide Kuwait with an effective, efficient and reliable multi-mission capability.”

Kuwait’s first KC-130J delivery is scheduled for late 2013, with deliveries completed in early 2014. Using only wing and external tanks, the KC-130J has a 57,500 pound fuel offload capability. The KC-130J is configured to accept a fuselage tank, adding another 24,392 pounds of available fuel. The standard probe-and-drogue configuration of the KC-130J is suited for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. In addition to aerial and ground refueling, the KC-130J has the same airlift capability as non-tanker variants – including airdrop and paradrop.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.

For additional information, visit our website:

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/

Source: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

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UK MOD: New Defence Ministers – responsibilities confirmed

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UK MOD: New Defence Ministers - responsibilities confirmed
28 May 10

The full titles and responsibilities of each minister have now been confirmed.


Dr Liam Fox has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Defence.

Dr Fox has been the MP for Woodspring (renamed North Somerset for the 2010 May General Election) since 1992 and was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence in December 2005.

Dr Fox was born and raised in East Kilbride, Scotland, and attended the local comprehensive school, St Bride's High School, before going on to study medicine at the University of Glasgow.

He worked as a GP before becoming a Member of Parliament.


Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Nick Harvey

Liberal Democrat MP Nick Harvey has been confirmed as the new Minister of State for the Armed Forces.

Born in 1961 in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, Mr Harvey was educated at Queen's College, Taunton, and Middlesex University.

He worked in communications and marketing from 1983 to 1992, mainly for City consultants Dewe Rogerson, and entered the House of Commons as Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon in 1992.

He was made the Liberal Democrats' Defence Spokesman in 2006.

Mr Harvey is married to Kate and they have a son and a daughter.


Conservative MP Gerald Howarth has been confirmed as Minister for International Security Strategy.

Mr Howarth was born in September 1947. He was educated at Haileybury and ISC Junior School, Windsor, and Bloxham School, Banbury (scholar). He read English at the University of Southampton (BA Hons), where he served with the University Air Squadron, and was commissioned into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1968.

Mr Howarth is the Conservative MP for Aldershot.

Mr Howarth has been married to Elizabeth since 1973 and they have three children. He has held a pilot's licence since 1965 and is a church warden at the Royal Garrison Church in Aldershot.

In 2002 he became a Shadow Defence Minister with responsibility for defence procurement and the Royal Air Force.


Conservative MP Andrew Robathan has been confirmed as Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans.

Mr Robathan is the Conservative MP for South Leicestershire. He was born in 1951 and educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, and Oriel College, Oxford.

He served in the Coldstream Guards from 1974 to 1989 before leaving to pursue a career in politics. He served throughout the world and attended the Army Staff College, Camberley. Mr Robathan volunteered to rejoin the Army, January - April 1991, and served as Chief of Staff of the Prisoner of War Guard Force in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait.

Mr Robathan and his wife Rachael have one son and one daughter.



Lord Astor has been confirmed as Under Secretary of State and the Lords spokesman on Defence.

Lord Astor was born in June 1946 and educated at Eton. From 1966 to 1970 he served in The Life Guards in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Northern Ireland and on ceremonial duties in London.

Since 2005 Lord Astor has been an Honorary Colonel of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment, which was recently transferred from the Territorial to the Regular Army and specialises in bomb and improvised explosive device (IED) disposal.

He worked in France for 11 years and is Patron of the Conservatives in Paris.

In 1994 Lord Astor was a British Parliamentary Observer in Johannesburg during the South African General Election. He was a member of the Executive Association of Conservative Peers from 1996 to 1998. In 1999 he was elected an Hereditary Peer.

From 1998 to 2001 he served as an Opposition Spokesman on Social Security, and Health from 1998 to 2003. From 2001 he has been an Opposition Spokesman for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and International Development, and from 2003 Defence.

Lord Astor is a Trustee of the Astor of Hever Trust, Chairman of the Rochester Cathedral Trust, and is also Patron of Westerham Sea Cadets.

He is President of Kent County Agricultural Society, the Earl Haig branch of the Royal British Legion, and the Motorsport Industry Association, and a former President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Lord Astor is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and is married with one son and four daughters.

In May 2010 Lord Astor was appointed a Lord-in-Waiting.



Peter Luff MP has been confirmed as Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.

Mr Luff was educated at Windsor Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he read Economics. Mr Luff worked from 1977 to 1980 for Peter, now Lord, Walker who was then MP for Worcester. He then went on to be head of private office to former Prime Minister the late Sir Edward Heath in the early 1980s.

After this Mr Luff became a successful businessman in the corporate communications industry. He has also been company secretary of his family's retail stationery firm.

In 1997 Mr Luff was appointed chairman of the Commons Agriculture Committee. In 2000 he joined the front bench as an Opposition Whip and served as Assistant Chief Whip from 2002 to 2005. Since the 2005 election, Mr Luff has been Chairman of the influential Business, Innovation and Skills Committee and its predecessors (the Trade and Industry and subsequently Business and Enterprise Committees).

Mr Luff was first elected as MP for Worcester in 1992 and then for the new Mid-Worcestershire seat in 1997. He lives in the county with his wife Julia. They have two grown-up children.

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House Armed Services Committee: schedule for the week of June 7 – June 11, 2010

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House Armed Services Committee: schedule for the week of June 7 – June 11, 2010
Ike Skelton, Chairman
May 28, 2010

The House Armed Services Committee announces the following schedule for the week of June 7 – June 11, 2010:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 – 1:00pm – 2212 Rayburn – Open

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will meet to receive testimony on Interagency National Security Reform: Pragmatic Steps Towards a More Integrated Future.

Witnesses:

Mr. James R. Locher III
President and Chief Executive Officer
Project on National Security Reform

Ms. Janet A. St. Laurent
Managing Director
Defense Capabilities and Management
Government Accountability Office

Mr. Gordon Adams
Distinguished Fellow
The Henry L. Stimson Center

Dr. James R. Thompson
Associate Professor of Public Administration
University of Illinois – Chicago


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Today in the Department of Defense, Monday, May 31, 2010

Today in the Department of Defense, Monday, May 31, 2010
May 28, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates has no public or media events on his schedule

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn; Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen; Secretary of the Army John McHugh; Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli participate in the annual Tomb of the Unknowns wreath-laying ceremony, followed by remarks, at 11 a.m. EDT at Arlington National Cemetery.

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen will make remarks at the Vietnam Memorial Day Observance at the Vietnam Memorial at 1 p.m. EDT.

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DOD CONTRACTS for May 28, 2010

DOD CONTRACTS for May 28, 2010
May 28, 2010

NAVY
Metro Machine Corp., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded an $114,045,809 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-4416) for USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) modernization, upgrades, preservations and alterations in support of the multi-ship multi-option (MSMO) mid-life extension. The LSD MSMO was developed to provide extended dry docking, modernization, upgrades, repairs and alterations to several shipboard systems such as the engineering control systems, power management platform, and chilled water distribution system for the LSD 41- and LSD 51-class amphibious landing ships. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by May 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $68,736,651 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Norfolk Naval Ship Support Activity, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications, EOTech, Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., is being awarded a $25,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for an optical sighting system for the M4A1 carbine in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command's weapons accessories program. The optical sighting system will increase the operational effectiveness of the M4A1 carbine, M203 grenade launcher, and other special operations forces small arms. Work will be performed in Ann Arbor, Mich. and is expected to be completed by May 2015. Contract funds in the amount of $262,636 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not awarded on a competitive basis. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-10-D-JN68).

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $23,066,554 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0007) for the procurement of 53 fiscal 2010 Tomahawk composite capsule launching system capsules. Work will be performed in Lincoln, Neb. (31.5 percent); Camden, Ark. (28.8 percent); Tucson, Ariz. (7.2 percent); Joplin, Mo. (7 percent); Carpentersville, Ill. (4.9 percent); Rocket Center, W.V. (4.7 percent); Hopkinton, Mass. (3.9 percent); Huntsville, Ala. (2 percent); Torrance, Calif. (1.5 percent); Los Alamitos, Calif. (1 percent); and various locations throughout the U.S. (7.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in February 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Aviation Ground Equipment Corp.*, Freeport, N.Y., is being awarded a $16,986,180 fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 200 mobile load banks capable of providing electrical loads for the maintenance and testing of aviation ground power units, including: five pilot production units and associated testing; technical and logistics data; and training. Work will be performed in Freeport, N.Y., and is expected to be completed in August 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals as a 100-percent small business set-aside; five offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-10-D-0014).

Raytheon Co., Network Centric Systems, Fort Wayne, Ind., is being awarded an $8,694,337 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide performance-based engineering services in support of the AN/ALQ-227 communication countermeasure systems for the EA-18G. Support services to be provided include systems engineering, test, product assurance, logistics, training and production. Work will be performed in Fort Wayne, Ind., and is expected to be completed in May 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-10-D-0013).

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
John Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory (JPU/APL), Laurel, Md., is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (HQ0006-07-D-0001) to task order #0016 with a total value of $10,000,000. Under this modification, JPU/APL will continue work on advanced technology initiatives by providing technical support to systems engineering and integration for assessments; studies and analyses of command and control; battles management and communications; fire control; missile engineering; combat systems; and space component and space systems. The work will be performed in Laurel, Md. The performance period for this work is from June 2010 through August 2010. Research, development, test and evaluation funding fiscal 2010 will be used to incrementally fund these efforts. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE
Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $9,226,092 contract which will provide Air Force Materiel Command, 526th Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Group technical analysis. At this time, $793,651 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380).

Boeing Co., Seal Beach, Calif., was awarded a $7,085,000 contract for services to support pre-launch, launch and post-launch activities through completion of on-orbit checkout for Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite. At this time, $7,000,000 has been obligated. SMC SYSW/PK, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity. (FA8819-08-C-0006)

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $5,986,457 contract which will sustain systems engineering support for the production and fielded systems of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile and the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range. At this time, $4,905,990 has been obligated. 308 ARSG/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contacting activity (FA8682-10-C-0016-P00004).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Genesis Vision, Inc.*, Rochester, N.Y., is being awarded a maximum $9,000,000 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of various optical frames and accessories using the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia electronic catalog system. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web-solicited with four responses. This contract has a base period with four one-year option periods. The date of performance completion is June 2, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM2DE-10-D-7545).

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Today in the Department of Defense, Sunday, May 30, 2010

Today in the Department of Defense, Sunday, May 30, 2010
May 28, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn have no public or media events on their schedules.

Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen will make remarks at the 2010 National Memorial Day concert and reception at 8 p.m. EDT on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

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House Armed Services Committee: House Approves FY11 Defense Authorization Bill

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House Armed Services Committee: House Approves FY11 Defense Authorization Bill
Ike Skelton, Chairman
May 28, 2010

Washington, DC – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5136, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, by a vote of 229 to 186.

“This year’s defense authorization bill makes record investments in our nation’s military, authorizing a $726 billion budget to further strengthen our national security, provide our men and women in uniform with the tools they need to do their jobs, and take care of our service members and their families. The bill provides the resources we need to sustain two wars today and be prepared for the wars of tomorrow – whenever and wherever they may be.

“This defense bill makes counterterrorism a priority, improving the ability of our military to protect themselves at home and abroad and providing them with the additional tools they need to disrupt, dismantle, and eventually defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies. The bill increases funding to restore military readiness that has been strained by two wars, and also demonstrates our commitment to service members and their families by providing a pay raise and other benefits recognizing the personal sacrifices they make to keep our country safe and secure.

“This is an excellent bill and I want to thank the members of the House and particularly the members of the House Armed Services Committee for their efforts to make this the best bill possible for America’s national defense. Next, we await the Senate’s action on the defense authorization bill and look forward to sending a first-rate defense bill to the President for his signature.”

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House Armed Services Committee: Skelton Praises Bill Providing Relief for Disabled Military Retirees

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House Armed Services Committee: Skelton Praises Bill Providing Relief for Disabled Military Retirees
Ike Skelton, Chairman
May 28, 2010

Skelton Praises Bill Providing Relief for Disabled Military Retirees

Washington, DC – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) praised legislation approved in the House of Representatives today that makes strides toward ending the disabled veterans tax known as concurrent receipt.

“Ending the disabled veterans tax has been a key priority for Congress, the President, and for military and veterans service organizations. I am pleased this legislation brings us closer to providing the benefits disabled military retirees deserve and have earned. While there is still more work to do, this legislation is the critical first step on the path to full concurrent receipt for this most deserving group of military retirees,” said Skelton.

H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, includes a provision to provide full concurrent receipt of military retired pay paid by the Department of Defense and disability compensation paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs to those forced to prematurely leave their military careers due to disability retirement under chapter 61 of title 10, United States Code. The legislation ends the disabled veterans tax and provides full retirement and disability benefits to 77,000 of these disabled service members for two years, in anticipation of extending it to all 136,000 medically retired veterans over four years.

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House Armed Services Committee: Skelton Pleased by Progress on U.S.-Japan Security Issues

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House Armed Services Committee: Skelton Pleased by Progress on U.S.-Japan Security Issues
Ike Skelton, Chairman
May 28, 2010

Skelton Pleased by Progress on U.S.-Japan Security Issues

Washington, DC – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) released the following statement on progress related to the realignment of U.S. Marines from Japan to Guam reflected by the Joint Statement of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee:

“I am pleased that Japan and the United States have committed to a way forward for the realignment of U.S. Marines from Japan to Guam. I support the two sides’ reaffirmation of commitments regarding a Futenma replacement facility, and I am glad to see a common-sense approach to shared objectives involving environmental, training, land use and other issues. Today’s joint statement on these matters reaffirms the strength and vitality of the U.S.-Japan alliance at a time when North Korea’s aggression demands nothing less. I commend the President and the Government of Japan on their efforts to further strengthen the ties between our great nations.”

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General Dynamics Chairman and CEO Johnson to Speak at Investor Conference

General Dynamics Chairman and CEO Johnson to Speak at Investor Conference
May 28, 2010

FALLS CHURCH, Va., -General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay L. Johnson will speak at the Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York on Friday, June 4th, at 8 a.m. ET.

General Dynamics will provide a live webcast of the presentation. A replay will be available after the live presentation.

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Boeing GPS IIF-1 Satellite Sends 1st Signals from Space

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Boeing GPS IIF-1 Satellite Sends 1st Signals from Space
May 28, 2010

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., - Boeing [NYSE: BA] has acquired the first on-orbit signals from the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-1 satellite, the inaugural spacecraft in a 12-satellite constellation that the company is building for the U.S. Air Force. The signals indicate that the spacecraft bus is functioning normally and ready to begin orbital maneuvers and operational testing.

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket launched the GPS IIF-1 satellite at 11 p.m. Eastern time on May 27 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. At 2:33 a.m., the satellite separated from the rocket's upper stage, and a ground station on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean received the first signals from the newest member of the Air Force's GPS satellite constellation. The Air Force 19th Space Operations Squadron and Boeing's Mission Operations Support Center in El Segundo, Calif., confirmed that the satellite is healthy. GPS signals from the spacecraft payload will be turned on for test purposes in the coming weeks.

GPS is the U.S. Department of Defense's largest satellite constellation, with 30 spacecraft on orbit. The GPS IIF satellites will provide more precise and powerful signals, a longer design life, and many other benefits to nearly 1 billion civilian and military users worldwide.

"The inaugural launch of the GPS IIF-1 is a milestone in Boeing's 30 years of support to the Air Force that goes back to the first days of this program," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager, Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. "The new GPS IIF satellites bring key improvements, including a more jam-resistant military signal, a new civil signal to enhance commercial aviation and search-and-rescue operations, and significantly improved signal accuracy as more of these new satellites go into operation."

The GPS IIF-1 satellite will undergo months of on-orbit tests, including functional testing of its payloads and end-to-end system testing to verify operability with older GPS satellites, ground receivers, and the ground control system.

Boeing has production of the next 11 GPS IIF satellites well under way as it implements an innovative pulse-line manufacturing approach that will help deliver the satellite fleet on schedule. Adapted from Boeing aircraft and helicopter assembly lines, the Boeing GPS IIF pulse line efficiently moves satellites under development from one work area to the next in a steady, pulse-like rhythm. The second GPS IIF satellite is scheduled for launch later this year.

Boeing's legacy with GPS includes development of the current GPS ground control infrastructure, the Operational Control Segment (OCS), which has supported an expanding set of GPS services and capabilities since 2007. Boeing also is a member of the Raytheon team that recently won a contract to build the next version of the ground segment, which will support current and future GPS satellites.

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SELEX Galileo’s latest sensor systems on show at UK MoD trials

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SELEX Galileo’s latest sensor systems on show at UK MoD trials
May 28, 2010

On the 26 May, SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, played a key part in the UK
Ministry of Defence (MoD)’s trials being carried out under the Electro-Magnetic Remote
Sensing (EMRS) Defence Technology Centre (DTC). Since the start of the DTC initiative in
2003, SELEX Galileo has led the EMRS DTC consortium’s efforts to manage this £42M collaborative research programme, a key building block in the UK's military sensing research programme.

Working closely with the UK MoD and a range of UK Industry partners, the trials involved the Company gathering data from a number of its latest sensors with a view to improving the
technology behind them. SELEX Galileo also proved new ways of exploiting the data
collected from the Company and partner’s sensors for the benefit of troops on the ground.
The trials provided an important opportunity for partners in Government and Industry to work together to solve some of the problems facing troops in the field. SELEX Galileo’s
participation in the trials is a confirmation of the Company’s commitment to research for the development of new technologies able to give troops the situational awareness they need.

The MoD’s event included a range of static and dynamic scenarios including those relating to the IED life-cycle and its disruption, as well as the tracking of ground targets, with SELEX Galileo being involved in trials covering both air and ground sensing capabilities. The air trials included the Company’s proven PicoSAR Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, while the ground trials involved the Company’s Burst Illumination Ladar (BIL), the state-of-the-art Harrier thermal imaging camera and Nexsense C chemical detector.

SELEX Galileo’s PicoSAR radar was integrated into two helicopters, each radar being
teamed with an Industrial partner’s surveillance turret. As well as collecting data for future research use, the output from the two PicoSAR radars was then exploited by a SELEX
Galileo-UK Industry team to provide a dual-radar Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI)
capability to more accurately track land vehicles.

On the ground, SELEX Galileo’s BIL, which provides increased target identification ranges
during the day and at night, operated in both 2D and 3D active imaging modes. New
techniques designed to improve imaging through atmospheric turbulence such as heat haze
were then evaluated by another collaboration between SELEX Galileo and UK Industry. The
Nexsense C chemical detector also collected data for use in future efforts to improve the
system.

Notes to editors:
Electo-Magnetic Remote Sensing (EMRS) Defence Technology Centre (DTC) is a partnership between the UK MoD, industry and the science base working to develop military sensing technology for future defence needs. Formed in 2003, the EMRS DTC is managed by an industrial consortium led by SELEX Galileo. The EMRS DTC industrial consortium

comprises: SELEX Galileo Ltd, Thales UK Ltd, BAE Systems Insyte and Roke Manor
Research Ltd PicoSAR, the compact and lightweight ground surveillance AESA radar, provides all-weather surveillance for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), fixed-wing and helicopter Platforms.

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Sirit to Supply Parts for DoD RFID Labels

The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) awarded Sirit a contract to provide inlays that will be incorporated into Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) labels. The contract is worth almost $3 million. Sirit is a unit of Federal Signal Technologies.

The DLA uses RFID like many industries to track shipments and packages as they move through the supply system. The DLA purchases many of the basic products used by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq. The proper tracking aids the delivery of key parts and supplies to the units that need them.

Photo from Mobile RFID flickr photostream.

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Contracts for May 27, 2010



DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Sterlingwear of Boston, Inc.*, Boston, Mass. is being awarded a maximum $36,700,000 firm-fixed-price, total set-aside, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for men’s and women’s overcoats. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Air Force. The original proposal was Web solicited with five responses. The date of performance completion is Nov. 27, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM1C1-10-D-1077).

Aviall Services, Dallas, Texas, is being awarded a maximum $17,325,000 firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract for helicopter engine parts. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Army. There was one proposal originally solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is May 30, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Philadelphia (DSCR-AHB), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (SPRRA1-10-D-0015).

AIR FORCE

Alion Science and Technology Corp., Chicago, Ill., was awarded a $24,761,763 contract which will provide for research development for Air Force Research Laboratory for critical live, virtual and constructive environments. At this time, $99,206 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (N61339-03-D-0300, Delivery Order 0246).

Alion Science and Technology Corp., Chicago, Ill., was awarded a $24,251,273 contract which will provide research and engineering integration of Department of Defense manned and unmanned ground vehicle systems. At this time, $4,405,506 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (N61339-03-D-0300, Delivery Order 0248).

Wyle Laboratories, Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $23,809,521 contract which will conduct engineering, analysis and testing tasks to facilitate a reliability improvement, parts obsolescence problems, and identify corrective actions that can be taken to eliminate or control problems. At this time, $125,984 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005).

Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $12,321,308 contract which will provide Joint Program Analysis and Integration Office survivability/vulnerability scientific and technical analysis. At this time, $3,214,286 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380).

Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded an $11,904,222 contract which will provide survivability/vulnerability analysis and assessment. At this time, $347,222 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002, Delivery Order 0410).

Raytheon Co., Intelligence and Information Systems, Reston, Va., was awarded an $11,350,052 contract which will provide Transportable Ground Receive Suite terminals. At this time, no funds have been obligated. 653 ELSG/KCK, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8628-06-C-2066 P00072).

L-3 Services, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $6,050,543 contract which will provide intelligence analysis; operations and planning; targeting; collection management; support analysis and production support; and information systems sustainment support in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 700 CONS/LGCD, Kapaun Air Station, Germany, is the contracting activity (FA5613-09-D-5000-0016).

NAVY

TolTest, Inc., Maumee, Ohio, is being awarded $8,644,201 for firm-fixed-price task order #0005 under a multiple-award construction contract (N69450-08-D-1283) for design and construction to replace a JP-5 fuel storage tank at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay. The proposed work includes replacement of the fuel storage tank, backup diesel generator, tank stilling wells, and paved dike access road. Work will be performed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and is expected to be completed by November 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $10,686,851 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-04-D-0110) for additional logistics support services for the Navy’s C-40A aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include site activation; site support at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, NAS Jacksonville, Fla., and NAS North Island, Calif.; inventory management and support, to include tracking and control of government- and contractor-owned inventory; depot-level support, scheduled and unscheduled; drop-in maintenance; component repair and overhaul of government- and contractor-owned inventory; replacement of government- and contractor-owned inventory; contractor field teams; and engine condition monitoring. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (22 percent); NAS Jacksonville, Fla. (22 percent); NAS North Island, Calif. (22 percent); Oklahoma City, Okla. (20 percent); Arlington, Texas (8 percent); and Tulsa, Okla. (6 percent). Work is expected to be completed in November 2010. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $7,079,047 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) to exercise an option for the VH-60N executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework induction. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., and is expected to be completed in September 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $7,079,047 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $6,376,999 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-05-G-0026) for the procurement of 144 kits in support of engineering change proposal #6282, “Fatigue Test Article 50/Fatigue Test Article 77 Post-Cost Reduction Initiative Inner Wing Retrofit Out of Warranty Kits,” for the F/A-18E/F aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in January 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Oshkosh Defense Ships First FMTV Trucks, Trailers to U.S. Army Ahead of Schedule; Vehicle Design Supports Armor Strategy to Protect Warfighters — Press Release

Oshkosh Defense Ships First FMTV Trucks, Trailers to U.S. Army Ahead of Schedule; Vehicle Design Supports Armor Strategy to Protect Warfighters

OSHKOSH, Wis. — May 27, 2010 — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has shipped its first Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) trucks and trailers to the U.S. Army. The vehicles left the company’s Oshkosh, Wis. campus yesterday – ahead of schedule.

“These Oshkosh vehicles represent a major milestone for the FMTV program, and exemplify our history of meeting commitments to the U.S. Army,” said Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager, Army Programs, Oshkosh Defense. “We’ve leveraged our proven manufacturing expertise and a substantial pre-award program investment to ensure that all of our customer’s requirements and original schedules are met. We look forward to delivering these mission-critical vehicles to our country’s Warfighters.”

Two FMTV variants and trailers for both vehicles are being delivered. The Oshkosh FMTVs feature the Long-Term Armor Strategy (LTAS)-compliant cab solution. “We are pleased to do all we can to advance the safety and protection of our Warfighters,” added Ivy.

According to the U.S. Army’s original FMTV program timeline, Oshkosh Defense will begin delivering production units in October 2010. Production deliveries under existing orders run through December 2011. To date, Oshkosh has received orders to deliver 5,209 FMTV trucks and trailers.

The five-year FMTV contract is for the production of an estimated 23,000 vehicles and trailers, as well as support services and training. The FMTV is a series of 17 models and 23 variants ranging from 2.5-ton to 10-ton payloads. Vehicles feature a parts commonality of more than 80 percent, resulting in streamlined maintenance, training, sustainment and overall cost efficiency for the U.S. Army.

About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corp. manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 4,500 Jobs, $233 Million to California

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Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 4,500 Jobs, $233 Million to California
May 27, 2010

ST. LOUIS, - The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that California will benefit from approximately 4,500 jobs with nearly 100 companies and an estimated $233 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next aerial refueling aircraft.

"Californians have played a key role in many of America’s most important defense programs, and we’ll need their help to build a fleet of NewGen Tankers if we win this critical U.S. Air Force contract," said Mark DeVoss, Supplier Management director, Boeing Tanker Programs.

California manufacturers ready to produce critical components on the NewGen Tanker include:

- Alarin Aircraft Hinge Inc., Commerce -- aircraft hinges
- ITT Industries, Valencia -- adapter shaft assemblies, actuators and valves
- Lamsco West Inc., Santa Clarita -- engineered details, standards and laminated sheet
- Raytheon, El Segundo -- military GPS, Radar Warning Receivers
- Sonic Industries, Torrance -- specialty high-strength fasteners
- Tuffer Manufacturing, Anaheim -- machined parts.

"We are proud to work with our partner of more than 40 years as part of the Boeing NewGen Tanker team that will support our troops with high-quality aerospace products," said Steve Griffith, vice president, Lamsco West Inc. "In addition to strengthening national defense, we know that the work we do here at Lamsco West also supports hundreds of highly skilled, high-paying jobs in Santa Clarita and surrounding communities."

Boeing currently has nearly 25,000 employees in California supporting a variety of programs and works with 5,700 suppliers/vendors across the state, resulting in an estimated $6.2 billion in annual economic impact.

The NewGen Tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial airplane and updated with the latest and most advanced technology. Capable of fulfilling the Air Force's needs for transport of fuel, cargo, passengers and patients, the combat-ready NewGen Tanker is being offered as a replacement for 179 KC-135 aircraft. Boeing is writing a proposal to meet or exceed the 372 mandatory requirements described in the service's final KC-X Request for Proposal released on Feb. 24. The Air Force is expected to award a contract later this year.

The NewGen Tanker will be made with a low-risk approach to manufacturing that relies on existing Boeing facilities in Washington state and Kansas as well as U.S. suppliers throughout the nation, with decades of experience delivering dependable military tanker and derivative aircraft. Nationwide, the NewGen Tanker program will support approximately 50,000 total U.S. jobs with Boeing and more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.

The Boeing NewGen Tanker also will be more cost-effective to own and operate than a larger, heavier tanker. It will save American taxpayers more than $10 billion in fuel costs over its 40-year service life because it burns 24 percent less fuel than the competitor's airplane.

Boeing has been designing, building, modifying and supporting tankers for decades. These include the KC-135 that will be replaced in the KC-X competition, and the KC-10 fleet. The company also has delivered four KC-767Js to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and is on contract to deliver four KC-767s to the Italian Air Force. Three of the four Italian tankers are in flight test, with the fourth airplane in production.

More information on Boeing's NewGen Tanker, including video clips and an interactive tour of the aircraft, is available at www.UnitedStatesTanker.com. For more information on joining the company's efforts, visit www.RealAmericanTankers.com.

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Pratt & Whitney Delivers Final F135 Flight Test Engine, First Lot of Production Engines — Press Release

Pratt & Whitney Delivers Final F135 Flight Test Engine, First Lot of Production Engines

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Pratt & Whitney has delivered the final F135 flight test engine and the first lot of F135 production engines to the customer, marking yet another major program milestone as the engine continues to successfully power the F-35 flight test program. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

“With these two significant milestones achieved, the F135 engine continues its unprecedented demonstration of maturity and dependability for the F-35 Lightning II,” said Bennett Croswell, Vice President of F135 and F119 Engine Programs. “Delivering the final F135 test engine and the first lot of F135 production engines is clear evidence that the F135 has successfully transitioned from a development program to a full production program.”

The full complement of 29 test engines delivered by Pratt & Whitney includes 11 ground test engines and 18 flight test engines. The first lot of F135 production engines consists of four CTOL engines all destined for aircraft that will support the flight training program at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

“The F135 program has had a remarkable year completing critical milestones including surpassing 17,500 test hours, receiving Initial Service Release Certification for our Conventional Take Off and Land variant engine, and achieving first vertical landing powered by our Short Take Off Vertical Land variant engine. These two engine delivery milestones further highlight Pratt & Whitney’s dedication to the F-35 program and commitment to our customers,” Croswell said. “I am so proud of the Pratt & Whitney F135 team who have a never-ending focus to deliver on our promises of quality, cost and performance.”

Pratt & Whitney, the only engine manufacturer producing fifth generation propulsion systems, has designed, developed and tested the F135 to deliver the most advanced fifth generation fighter engine for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as for eight international partner countries. The F135 is derived from proven technology of the only operational fifth generation fighter engine, the Pratt & Whitney F119 that exclusively powers the F-22 with nearly 300,000 hours. It has been further enhanced with technologies developed in several Air Force and Navy technology programs.

The F135 propulsion system has proven it can meet diverse aircraft requirements, and the ground and flight test experience demonstrates the capability of the F135 engine for armed forces around the world. The Pratt & Whitney F135 engine continues to be the only engine powering the successful Lockheed Martin Flight Test Program.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

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KMW and Rheinmetall join forces with SAIC and Boeing in bid for the US Army’s ground combat vehicle programme — Press Release

KMW and Rheinmetall join forces with SAIC and Boeing in bid for the US Army’s ground combat vehicle programme

Munich/Düsseldorf (Germany), May 26th 2010. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall have concluded a cooperation agreement with the American companies Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] and The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] in order to tender a joint bid for the development contract for the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) programme of the United States Army.

This cooperation will see KMW and Rheinmetall acting as subcontractors with SAIC acting as the general contractor with regard to the procuring agencies. As the manufacturers of the Puma infantry fighting vehicle of the German Armed Forces, the most modern system of its kind in the world, KMW and Rheinmetall will be contributing their highly advanced expertise to this transatlantic partnership. The objective of the cooperation is to provide the American Army with absolute state-of-the-art technology, which characterizes the Puma.

The German-American partners will be bidding for the contract for the first of four phases to the GCV programme. In this development phase, the U.S. Army intends to award up to three contracts to different tendering companies, before drawing up a short list in subsequent steps for the actual solution to be realised. The Puma, which KMW and Rheinmetall have jointly developed for the German Armed Forces and will be delivering from late-2010, offers the series maturity expected by the U.S. Army.

In virtually every category the Puma satisfies the technical requirements of the GCV programme, even exceeding these significantly in key areas. In addition the system will be further developed for the United States Army to accommodate a total crew size of 3 three, plus nine soldiers, a 40mm gun and weigh a total of around 50 tons. With its high level of protection, its mobility and outstanding mission capability, this GCV response will – in the same way as the performance features of the Puma – also set new standards. Furthermore, the vehicles will be built in the United States.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG leads the European market for armoured wheeled and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA, some 3400 employees manufacture and support a product portfolio ranging from air-transportable, heavily armoured wheeled vehicles (MUNGO, AMPV*, DINGO, GFF4 and BOXER*) through reconnaissance, anti-aircraft and artillery systems (FENNEK, GEPARD, LeFlaSys*, Armoured Howitzer 2000, AGM and DONAR) to heavy battle tanks (LEOPARD 1 and 2), infantry fighting vehicles (PUMA*) and bridge-laying systems (LEGUAN).

In addition, KMW has wide-ranging system competence in the area of civil and military simulation, as well as in command and information systems and remote-controlled weapon stations with reconnaissance and observation equipment for day and night missions. The armed forces of more than 30 nations worldwide rely on the operational systems by KMW. Get more information on www.kmweg.com.

* Joint venture with national and international partners Rheinmetall Defence is one of the world’s most trusted names in the international defense technology and security industry, with six divisions, including air defense, vehicle systems, weapons and ammunition, propellants, defense electronics as well as simulation and training technology. Its 9,300-strong workforce generated sales in 2009 of approximately €1.9 billion.

Rheinmetall Defence possesses a broad product base in the armored vehicle domain, most notably the Bundeswehr’s ultramodern Puma IFV, the recently upgraded Marder IFV, and the NBC Fox, the latter in service with the armed forces and law enforcement agencies of numerous nations, including the United States. Rheinmetall is also a major supplier of medium-caliber automatic cannon for aircraft, naval vessels and infantry fighting vehicles as well as the main armament of the Leopard 2 tank and the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer, including the accompanying ammunition.

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Boeing Receives 1st F-16 for Conversion into QF-16 Aerial Drone

May 27, 2010 by · Comment
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Boeing Receives 1st F-16 for Conversion into QF-16 Aerial Drone
May 27, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., - The first retired F-16 Falcon arrived at Boeing's [NYSE: BA] Cecil Field facility in Jacksonville on April 22 to begin conversion into a QF-16 aerial drone. Boeing received a $69.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force on March 8 for the first phase of the QF-16 program.

The Boeing-led team, which includes BAE Systems, will begin engineering, manufacturing and development of the full-scale manned and unmanned QF-16s during Phase 1. The drones will be used as aerial targets for newly developed weapons and tactics. They will be a higher-performing aircraft than the QF-4s they will replace.

The team will receive six F-16s during the program's development phase. After modification to the QF-16 configuration, they will serve as prototypes for engineering tests and evaluation prior to low-rate initial production. Up to 126 QF-16 drones will be converted beginning in 2014.

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