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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Rotorcraft Report: Program Insider--Contracts

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command has awarded the Longbow Limited Liability Co. a $43.4 million contract for life-cycle contractor support for the Longbow Fire Control Radar system. Longbow will provide field technical support, logistics support and repairs for fielded army fire control radar systems on the AH-64D Apache. The company will provide field support to Army systems on the Boeing AH-64D Apache.

Bell Helicopter has been awarded a $9.3 million contract under a previously awarded contract from the U.S. Naval Inventory Control Point for spare components for the MV-22 Osprey. Work will be done in Fort Worth, Texas and is expected to be completed by December 2009.

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.1 billion, 10-year Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support 2 contract to provide Air Force Special Operations Command crews with training on a variety of weapons systems. These include Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Lows and MH-60 Pave Hawks and the Bell Helicopter/Boeing CV-22 Osprey and a variety of fixed-wing aircraft.

Boeing was awarded a delivery order by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for $52.6 million for remanufacture of the Boeing H-47 to the MH-47 configuration. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa. and Middletown, Del. and is to be completed by August 2008.

Elbit Systems, Haifa, Israel was awarded a $37 million contract by a foreign customer to supply electro-optical payloads for attack and utility helicopters. The contract also includes logistics support.

Alliant Techsystems, Minneapolis, Minn. has been awarded an $80 million contract for medium-caliber ammunition that includes the M789, a lightweight 30mm round used by the U.S. Army’s Boeing AH-64 Apache.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. has awarded Bell Helicopter a $162 million modification to a previously awarded firm, fixed-price contract to exercise an option for Fiscal 2007 low rate initial production Lot 4 of nine UH-1Ys and two AH-1Zs. The work is expected to be completed by October 2009.

Westar has been awarded a contract to support the Boeing AH-64 Block 3 Apache. Improvements slated to begin in 2008 include UAV control capability, improved situational awareness, enhanced engines, and drive systems, a better targeting capability and an improved communications suite.

BCF Designs, Cirencester, United Kingdom, has been awarded contracts from the U.S. Army for its database testers. The testers will be used in the new glass cockpit of the Boeing CH-47.

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