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Friday, October 3, 2014

DoD Contract News: Boeing, Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin

By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief

AH-6I flying in the desert near Boeing’s Mesa, Ariz. facility.
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Andrew Drwiega
A Saudi Arabian contract for 24 AH-6Is has been confirmed to Boeing through a Foreign Military Sales agreement via the U.S. Army’s contracting command at Redstone Arsenal.

The contract, valued at $234 million, authorized the company to procure long lead items for the production and delivery of 24 AH-6I aircraft, initial spares package and ground support equipment. The work will be completed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016.

Bell Helicopter Textron has been awarded a $41.7 million firm-fixed-price contract for three UH-1Y and one AH-1Z flight training devices, together with associated aircraft/trainer revisions, equipment, spares and three months of initial operation evaluation period for each flight training device.

The work is split between facilities at Broken Arrow, Okla. (46 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (33 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (15 percent); and Austin, Texas (6 percent), with completion expected in June 2018.

An $8.8 million award has been allocated to Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, N.Y. through Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), in connection with software modifications for the MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS II) as well as Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast enhancements.

This also includes similar work on MH-60s owned by the Australian and Danish governments (5 percent). The modifications are set to be completed by October 2017 so that including integration of the TAWS II software can be made into the 2018 product line.


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