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Eurosatory: MMP, the future guided weapon the French Army expects to field by 2017

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IAI to Supply Heliborne Weapon Systems Based on LAHAT Missiles

October 25, 2013 by · Comment
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Army Awards Helicopter Protection Development Contracts

The U.S. Army’s rotary winged force has made great contributions to the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and has suffered some losses in these missions. The primary threat in those actions were small arms and machine gun fire but there was some use of surface-to-air missiles. The aircraft are fitted out with threat detection and jamming equipment and the Army plans to continue its investment in new systems for this mission.

With that two contracts were awarded last week to begin development of a new system that will jam or misdirect infra-red guided missiles which home in on the heat signal of the helicopter. The Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) program once it goes into production could be worth several billion dollars due to the number of Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force helicopters that could have the system installed.

The two contracts to Northrop Grumman (NOC) and BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) will allow the company’s to develop their proposed solution to the CIRCM requirements. They both have a value of around $38 million. Once these contracts are complete the Army will evaluate the proposed solutions and then choose one to go into Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) to begin production and installation.

The CIRCM program was considered so valuable that proposals were received from ITT Exelis, Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Raytheon (RTN) as well. All of the companies that bid have experience with airborne jammers and protection systems.

Even though the U.S. defense budget is facing large cuts over the next five to ten years programs like this still need to be developed and introduced. There exists a large fleet of aircraft that will remain and they need to be updated to face improved threats from around the globe. If CIRCM is cut in the future it might be to stretch out the development or production so that the annual program cost is lower but eventually the desired result is achieved.

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Alliant Techsystems Faces Double Dose of Bad News

24 January – Updated to reflect the loss of the Lake City contract would be a blow to the company instead of “will be”.

Over the last ten years the U.S. military has consumed large amounts of ammunition. This includes not only small arms and support weapons like machine guns and mortars but also larger and more sophisticated weapons such as tank rounds, artillery shells, aerial bombs and guided missiles. Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has become one of the largest suppliers of ammunition and other pyrotechnics to the U.S. military during this time.

Up to last year they had contracts to run two of the largest government owned plants involved in this process — the one in Radford, VA that manufactures nitrocellulose used as the basis for ammunition as well as the one in Lake City, MO which makes small arms ammunition.

Last year the Army awarded the contract for Radford to BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) in the spring. Alliant protested that decision and the Army agreed to revise the competition and conduct another source selection. In October the new contract bids were received and again BAE won. Alliant protested that decision too.

Unfortunately the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced today that it had denied that protest upholding the award to BAE. Alliant will lose a key contract that it had had since 1995. BAE’s 10 year initial contract also has multiple five year options that could make the contract last until 2036. The value could be well over a billion dollars if all options are exercised and production at Radford remains fairly steady.

Alliant will also face a challenge this year for the Lake City contract as BAE announced it will team with ammunition manufacturer Olin (OLN) to form a team to bid on that one. The Lake City contract could be worth up to $200 million a year to the winner. With the knowledge used for their successful Radford contract proposal BAE and Olin should have a good chance of winning the Lake City one as well.

The loss of these two contracts would be a hard blow to Alliant as they form a decent portion of their revenue each year. They have already seen declines in revenues the last few quarters and this would continue that negative trend. In 2011 their total sales to the U.S. Government, primarily ammunition and explosives, was about $3.3 billion. In their annual report the company stated that they “derived approximately 15% of our total fiscal
sales from the military small-caliber ammunition contract at Lake City”. The loss could be made up if their were other contracts to win or demand for their other products would increase. Unfortunately with the fighting winding down in Afghanistan and budget cuts predicted this might be hard.

Alliant may have recognized that the future might get tough as they moved their headquarters from Minnesota to the Washington D.C. area. In this they followed Northrop Grumman (NOC) which left California. It places them nearer Congress and the Pentagon and will facilitate engagement. This should aid them in keeping work and perhaps gaining new efforts.

All defense contractors no matter what the size are facing the same problems that Alliant is. Cost pressure on the Defense Department will make them look at new providers who may offer the best price meaning contracts will be harder to keep. There will also be less contracts due to the retrenchment from the recent fighting and budget cuts. If the 1990’s when a similar decline in defense spending is a guide then some contractors will have to adjust or face converting to new markets or just merging with other companies.

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Raytheon Wins Contract to Design New Air-to-Air Missile from DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Raytheon (RTN) a contract to develop a new air-to-air missile. The value is around $20 million. This new missile will be lightweight and possess a multi-mode seeker.

The U.S. Army is currently developing a new missile for use by them and the Air Force on helicopters and attack aircraft that also will have a multi-mode seeker. The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program is currently testing two competing designs from Lockheed Martin (LMT) and a team of Raytheon and Boeing (BA). Both of the systems use seekers that use infra-red, laser and radar guidance.

The goal of these systems is to have the ability to choose the best guidance mode for the weather or counter-measure environment.

Raytheon already has manufactured the AIM-9X infra-red guided and AIM-120 AMRAAM radar guided missiles used on the current U.S. and Allied aircraft.

The new lightweight missile if it is successfully developed and produced will be carried by both manned and unmanned aircraft as the U.S. continues its investment in armed UAV’s.

Photo from wbaiv’s flickr photostream.

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BAE Systems Unveils Boldstroke Directable Infrared Countermeasures System, Integrated Aircraft Survivability Solution

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NASHUA, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BAE Systems today unveiled the Boldstroke™ directable infrared countermeasures suite, an integrated aircraft survivability system designed to protect aircraft from infrared-guided missiles and other evolving threats. The Boldstroke DIRCM will be publicly displayed for the first time during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Symposium in Washington, D.C. October 25 – 27. “Helicopters are essential to mission success, but aircrews and the



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BAE Systems to Announce New Capabilities Before the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Symposium

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ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Thursday, Oct. 21 at 11:00 a.m., BAE Systems will unveil new technology that protects military helicopters from infrared-guided missiles and announce and discuss its U.S. light tactical vehicle strategy to include an update on its Valanx JLTV offering for the U.S. Army as well as a new HMMWV Recap offering. During the briefing, BAE Systems officials will also highlight the array of products and services on display at the Association of the United States Army (



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BAE Systems to Announce New Capabilities Before the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Symposium

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ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Thursday, Oct. 21 at 11:00 a.m., BAE Systems will unveil new technology that protects military helicopters from infrared-guided missiles and announce and discuss its U.S. light tactical vehicle strategy to include an update on its Valanx JLTV offering for the U.S. Army as well as a new HMMWV Recap offering. During the briefing, BAE Systems officials will also highlight the array of products and services on display at the Association of the United States Army (



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Raytheon Mourns the Passing of Jon C. Jones

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Raytheon Mourns the Passing of Jon C. Jones
March 8, 2010

WALTHAM, Mass., -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) extends its deepest condolences and heartfelt support to the family and friends of Jon C. Jones, a Raytheon Company vice president, and president of the Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business, who died this past weekend of an apparent heart attack. He was 55.

An admired leader and colleague, Jon Jones joined the Raytheon family in 1977. He steadily progressed to senior management by overseeing the engineering and development of some of the company's premier missiles product lines. Before being appointed president of El Segundo, California-based SAS in November 2005, Mr. Jones served as vice president and deputy general manager of SAS and had also held a similar position with Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.

"Jon was a valued contributor to Raytheon for 33 years, an outstanding leader within our company, industry and community, and a dear friend," said Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson. "He was a wonderful innovator who guided numerous programs of the utmost importance to our men and women in uniform. Everyone who knew and worked with Jon will miss him."

Mr. Jones served as executive diversity champion for Raytheon and was a member of the Raytheon Executive Diversity Leadership Team.

He received the Malcolm R. Currie award for innovation in 1996, was named the State of Arizona's Innovator of the Year in 1997, and received Raytheon's corporate Excellence in Technology Award for advancements in infrared guided missiles in 2001. Mr. Jones received a bachelor's degree in engineering from California State University, Northridge, and later attended the University of California at Los Angeles where he received a master's degree in engineering management.

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Oshkosh Defense Awarded $5 Million FHTV Delivery Order — Press Release

Oshkosh Defense Awarded $5 Million FHTV Delivery Order

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Feb. 11, 2010 — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a delivery order valued at more than $5 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to produce more than 15 next-generation Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT). The order was issued under the Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) III contract.

The variants included in the order are M985A4 guided missile transporters (GMT), as well as M977A4 electrical power plant (EPP) and large repair parts transporter (LRPT) cargo trucks. Production is expected to begin in July 2010 and be completed in September 2010. The GMT variant is designed to deliver and load four guided missiles to the launcher using an integrated crane. The EPP cargo truck includes a chassis-mounted electrical power plant, and the LRPT cargo truck is used to store or transport heavy repair parts.

The Oshkosh® HEMTT’s 13-ton payload and off-road capabilities make this vehicle the backbone of the U.S. Army’s logistics fleet. HEMTT A4 improvements include: a more powerful drivetrain; improved suspension; a fully air-conditioned and armor-ready cab; and other structural changes to make in-the-field installation of add-on armor quicker and easier. The HEMTT A4 is built with maximum common parts across its variants.

Oshkosh has produced more than 70,000 military-class vehicles at its facilities, including more than 30,000 FHTVs. Oshkosh has the available capacity, highly skilled workforce and proven manufacturing capability to deliver this FHTV order and other vehicle orders for all Army and Defense programs, including the MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) and Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), as well as any surges in production.

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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