Monday, August 23, 2010

DTN News: Patria And Croatian MoD Agreed On An Amendment To The Armoured Wheeled Vehicle Contract

Defense News: DTN News: Patria And Croatian MoD Agreed On An Amendment To The Armoured Wheeled Vehicle Contract
Source: DTN News / Patria
(NSI News Source Info) HELSINKI, Finland - August 24, 2010: Patria and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia signed an Amendment related to the manufacturing and delivery contract of 126 Patria AMV 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles on July 2010. The negotiations were started on the Croatian MoD’s initiative due to the financial reasons.
According to the amendment the number of vehicles remains unchanged and the deliveries will be completed by the end of 2012. The vehicle versions were updated to match the current requirements of the Ministry of Defence.
Majority of the vehicles will be manufactured in Croatia by Patria’s local consortium partner Duro Dakovic Special Vehicles (DDSV).The new revised contract also strengthens financial capabilities of DDSV in this program.
In addition to the initial batch of 6 vehicles manufactured in Finland Patria has completed the transfer of technology to DDSV. DDSV has already locally manufactured the first 9 Patria AMV 8x8 basic vehicles.
“Patria is very pleased that the amendment negotiations were concluded in good cooperation and understanding with all parties. This new amendment further strengthens Patria’s leading position as the supplier of armoured wheeled vehicles but also opens possibilities for future business opportunities with our Croatian partner”, states Mr Seppo Seppälä, President of Patria Land & Armament Oy.
Patria is a defence, security and aerospace group with international operations delivering its customers competitive solutions based on own specialist know-how and partnerships. Patria is owned by the State of Finland and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V.
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DTN News: Force Protection Receives $64.1 Million Award For Additional Vehicle Modernization

Defense News: DTN News: Force Protection Receives $64.1 Million Award For Additional Vehicle Modernization
(NSI News Source Info) LADSON, SC - August 23, 2010: Force Protection Industries, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Force Protection Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT), a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions and provider of total life cycle support for those products, today announced that it has received a modification to existing contract M67854-07-D-5031 with an approximate value of $64.1 million for seat survivability upgrade kits for 1,946 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Category I Cougar vehicles. The modification is subject to definitization. Work will be performed primarily in Afghanistan with additional work in Kuwait and home stations in the United States. All work under this modification is expected to be complete by February, 2011.
Randy Hutcherson, Chief Operating Officer for Force Protection Industries, Inc., said, “We are pleased to provide these seat upgrades to enhance the already significant survivability of the Cougar vehicle. This award represents an important milestone in our ongoing upgrade, sustainment and modernization efforts. As we continue to develop additional survivability enhancements we will work with our customers to implement those enhancements on our installed fleet of vehicles.”
About Force Protection, Inc.
Force Protection, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions, including blast- and ballistic-protected wheeled vehicles currently deployed by the U.S. military and its allies to support armed forces and security personnel in conflict zones. The Company’s specialty vehicles, including the Buffalo, Cougar and related variants, are designed specifically for reconnaissance and urban operations and to protect their occupants from landmines, hostile fire, and improvised explosive devices (“IEDs”, commonly referred to as roadside bombs). Complementing these efforts, the Company is designing, developing and marketing new vehicle platforms (including the Ocelot and JAMMA) that provide increased modularity, speed, mobility and concealment with enhanced levels of blast- and ballistic-protection. The Company also develops, manufactures, tests, delivers and supports products and services aimed at further enhancing the survivability of users against additional threats. In addition, the Company provides long-term life cycle support services of its vehicles that involve development of technical data packages, supply of spares, field and depot maintenance activities, assignment of highly-skilled field service representatives, and advanced on and off-road driver and maintenance training programs. For more information on Force Protection and its products and services, visit
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This press release contains forward looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations. These statements are based on beliefs and assumptions of Force Protection’s management, and on information currently available to management. These forward looking statements include, among other things: the growth, demand and interest for Force Protection’s services and vehicles, including the Cougar; expectations for future modernization and service-related contracts for the Cougar; the benefits and suitability of the Cougar, including its survivability enhancements; the ability to meet current and future requirements, including expected work completion dates; the Company’s execution of its business strategy and strategic transformation, including its opportunities to grow the business; and, the Company’s expected financial and operating results, including its revenues, cash flow and gross margins, for future periods. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any of them publicly in light of new information or future events. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Examples of these factors include, but are not limited to, ability to effectively manage the risks in the Company’s business; the ability to develop new technologies and products and the acceptance of these technologies and products; and, the other risk factors and cautionary statements listed in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risks set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and as updated in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.
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DTN News: Boeing Joins ProActive Technologies Team In Bid for B-52 Aircrew Training System

Defense News: DTN News: Boeing Joins ProActive Technologies Team In Bid for B-52 Aircrew Training System
Source: DTN News / Boeing
(NSI News Source Info) ST. LOUIS, - August 23, 2010: The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], along with teammate ProActive Technologies LLC of Orlando, Fla., has submitted a proposal for the U.S. Air Force's B-52 Training System Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program. The contract provides program management and on-site CLS to operate, maintain, sustain, and upgrade training devices located at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
ProActive will be the prime contractor on the team, with Boeing's Global Services & Support division adding its extensive expertise in developing training devices and in maintaining, modifying, and upgrading the B-52 aircraft itself. The Air Force is expected to award the contract in March 2011.
"Our team can provide the customer with a proven low-risk approach that ensures reduced costs and superior operational performance," said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president of Training Systems & Services. “ProActive has brought together industry-leading support, world-class training system capabilities, and proven aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer expertise to ensure the warfighter is training on concurrent devices."
ProActive Technologies provides state-of-the-art hardware and software design engineering and logistical and management support services to the simulation and training marketplaces for government and private industry.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.
Alma Dayawon
Boeing Communications
Office: 314-232-0389
Mobile: 312-835-2699

DTN News: Aerospace/Defense Headlines - News Dated August 23, 2010

Defense News: DTN News: Aerospace/Defense Headlines - News Dated August 23, 2010
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DTN News: U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin Team Complete GPS III Design Phase Ahead Of Schedule

Defense News: DTN News: U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin Team Complete GPS III Design Phase Ahead Of Schedule
* Next Generation GPS III Program Shifts to Production Phase
Source: DTN News / Lockheed Martin
(NSI News Source Info) NEWTOWN, Pa., - August 23, 2010: The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III, has successfully completed the program’s Critical Design Review (
CDR) phase two months ahead of the baseline schedule. CDR completion, the program’s most significant milestone to-date, validates the detailed GPS III design to ensure it meets warfighter and civil requirements, and allows the program to begin the production phase.
More than 350 representatives from the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning Systems Wing, the GPS III contractor team, as well as user communities from the Department of Defense, Air Force Space Command, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration participated in a four-day Space Vehicle CDR at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company’s new Patriot Center in Newtown, Pa.
Completion of the CDR phase represents the culmination of many rigorous assembly, subsystem, element, space vehicle and system level CDR events and validates the overall design maturity of the GPS III Space Vehicle and Lockheed Martin’s readiness to enter production.
"With a focus on strong systems engineering and program management fundamentals, the team successfully executed a high-quality design review, which included 65 detailed CDR events,” said Col. Bernard J. Gruber, U.S. Air Force GPS Wing Commander. “Having completed the milestone ahead of schedule with excellent results, the program is on firm footing, and I am confident the team will successfully deliver this critical next generation system to enhance GPS capabilities for millions of military and civilian users around the globe.”
GPS III will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability. The next generation GPS IIIA satellites will guarantee signals three times more accurate than current GPS spacecraft and provide three times more power for military users, while also adding a new civil signal (L1C) that is designed to be interoperable with other global navigation satellite systems. The GPS IIIA flexible design will allow for low-risk, reliable and affordable capability insertion for the future GPS IIIB and IIIC spacecraft.
“This successful review demonstrated with high confidence that our low-risk GPS III design will meet warfighter and civil user requirements and that we are fully prepared to enter the production phase of this vitally important program,” said Joe Trench, Lockheed Martin's vice president of Navigation Systems. “Working in partnership with the Air Force, we look forward to building on our momentum to achieve our customer's cost, schedule and performance requirements for this essential program."
Lockheed Martin, Newtown, Pa., along with teammates ITT of Clifton, N.J., and General Dynamics of Scottsdale, Ariz., is working under a $3 billion Development and Production contract awarded by the Global Positioning Systems Wing of the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles, Calif., which includes production of up to 12 GPS IIIA satellites. The team is on track to launch the first GPS IIIA satellite in 2014.
“ITT's strong commitment and support of the recent successful CDR affirms the strength of the Lockheed Martin GPS III team," said Mark Pisani, vice president and general manager of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Systems, ITT Geospatial Systems. "ITT looks forward to working with the entire GPS III team to develop and integrate the navigation payloads for the next generation of navigation satellites.”
The GPS constellation provides critical situational awareness and precision weapon guidance for the military and supports a wide range of civil, scientific and commercial functions - from air traffic control to navigation systems in cars, cell phones and wristwatches. GPS is increasing productivity in areas as diverse as farming, mining, construction, surveying, package delivery and supply chain management. The system is also enhancing public safety by reducing response times for ambulances, firefighters and other emergency services.
Air Force Space Command's 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civil and military users.
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’s 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.5 billion.
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DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated August 23, 2010

Defense News: DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated August 23, 2010
Source: U.S. DoD issued No. 752-10 August 23, 2010
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - August 23, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued August 23,2010 are undermentioned;



Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Sudbury, Mass., is being awarded a $46,873,788 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-5111) for the definitization of the production of an AN/SPY-1D(V) transmitter group, MK 99 Mod 8 fire control system and engineering services in support of the DDG 113 Aegis weapons systems ship set. Work will be performed in Andover, Mass. (88 percent), and Sudbury, Mass. (12 percent), and is expected to be completed by February 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

JLG Industries, Inc., McConnellsburg, Pa., is being awarded a $40,373,200 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to purchase up to 280 extendable boom fork lifts and associated training. Delivery Order 0001 will be executed in the amount of $23,214,590. Work will be performed in McConnelsburg, Pa., and is expected to be completed by August 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

DTI Associates, Inc., a Kratos Co., Arlington, Va., was awarded an $11,088,758 cost-plus-fixed-fee level-of-effort contract on Aug. 20 for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) requirement for continuing and uninterrupted engineering support performed in support of NSWCDD Engagement Systems Department programs and activities. This contract will be used to provide engineering support for critical and high priority programs such as Precision Strike Package; Littoral Combat Ship; Electromagnetic Railgun Launcher; GunPACS; and Strategic Border Initiative. Work will be performed in Dahlgren, Va., and is expected to be completed by May 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $213,176 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Va., is the contracting activity (N00178-10-C-1056).

W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., Biloxi, Miss., is being awarded $10,037,000 for firm-fixed price task order #0004 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract for the construction of a Navy Lodge addition at Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Miss. The work provides for the construction of a two-story, 50-room wing to the existing Navy Lodge; a new entryway and lobby; and pathways, landscaping, tot lot, outdoor patios, and additional parking. The project includes all site work, utilities, and fire protection. This facility shall be constructed in accordance with current anti-terrorism/force protection standards. Work will be performed in Gulfport, Miss., and is expected to be completed by March 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Five proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity (N62467-05-D-0183).

Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $9,218,711 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00024-10-G-4314) to support submarine repair work at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on SSN 688-class submarines during on-going availabilities. This contract is for skilled tradesmen support to three Chief of Naval Operations submarine maintenance availabilities. Ships scheduled to undergo repairs include USS Key West (SSN 722); USS Columbus (SSN 762); and USS Chicago (SSN 721). The work will be performed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is scheduled to be completed in February 2011. This contract was not competitively procured. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded an $8,491,829 cost-plus-incentive-fee deliver order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-05-G-0026) for non-recurring engineering associated with the integration of a synthetic radar virtual mission training system (VMTS) into T-45C aircraft. Efforts to be provided include design, integration, test, validation and verification of two flight-worthy VMTS retrofit kits. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo. (57 percent), and Israel (43 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 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.


DTS Aviation Services, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $42,265,329 contract modification which will provide maintenance of T-38C, T-6 and T1A aircraft at Columbus Air Force Base. At this time, no funds have been obligated. 14 CONS/LGC, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., is the contracting activity (FA3002-05-C-0016).

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., was awarded a $19,393,764 contract which will develop and demonstrate new technology that provides comprehensive, automated techniques to allow end users to safely execute new software of uncertain provenance. AFRL/PKDA, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-10-C-7023).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Herndon, Va., was awarded an $8,432,204 contract which will provide vulnerability and survivability analysis for Special Operations Command Pacific combat readiness and mission assurance. At this time, $4,070,376 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380; Delivery Order 366).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $6,480,392 contract which will provide advanced deployment kits in support of Foreign Military Sales customer Saudi Arabia. At this time, $3,175,392 has been obligated. WR-ALC/448 ACMG/PKHCB, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8522-10-C-0005).


Burlington Apparel Fabrics, Greensboro, N.C., is being awarded a maximum $37,471,200 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, total set-aside contract for cloth. Other locations of performance are Raeford, N.C., Rockingham, N.C., and Hurt, Va. Using service is the Army. There was one response to the original proposal solicited. The date of performance completion is Aug. 27, 2011. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM1C1-09-D-0045).

Defense Contract Services, Inc.*, Leander, Texas, is being awarded a maximum $6,537,254 firm-fixed-price, total set-aside contract to provide fuel management services. Other location of performance is Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Using service is Air Force. There were 16 responses to the original proposal solicited. The date of performance completion is Sept. 30, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-C-5044).

O.E.S., Inc.*, Wainwright, Alaska, is being awarded a maximum $6,822,376 fixed-price, incentive firm target contract to provide material distribution services. Other location of performance is San Diego, Calif. Using service is Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution. There were five responses to the original proposal solicited. The date of performance completion is Aug. 31, 2015. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, New Cumberland, Pa. (SP3300-10-C-0037).

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DTN News: Tata Jaguar Land Rover Plans To Assemble Freelander2 From Chikhli Plant From November

Defense News: DTN News: Tata Jaguar Land Rover Plans To Assemble Freelander2 From Chikhli Plant From November
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources
(NSI News Source Info) NEW DELHI, India - August 23, 2010: Tata group firm Jaguar Land Rover is understood to have geared up to start assembly of sports utility vehicle Freelander2 from November this year at Chikhli facility in Maharashtra, used earlier by Mercedes Benz. According to sources close to the development, Tata Motors is currently conducting maintenance work and installing machineries on behalf of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) at Chikhli to start the assembly around November.
"JLR has decided to start assembling vehicles with their cheapest offering in India, which is Freelander2. It wants to start production soon. So it has decided to utilise Tata Motors' almost ready facility at Chikhli," a source said. Tata Motors had earlier given the Chikhli facility to Mercedes Benz on lease. The German luxury carmaker handed over the facility again in December 2009. The plant had a capacity to produce 3,500 units in single shift.
When contacted, a JLR spokesperson told PTI from Gaydon: "It has been confirmed that JLR plans to assemble Land Rover vehicles in India, for the Indian market, from next year... we have no further information to share at this time."
In June, JLR had announced plans to assemble Land Rover SUV in India from next year. Currently all vehicles of the two British brands are imported from their facilities in the UK.
Local assembly of the SUV will result in considerable reduction in prices as currently very high import duty is tagged alongwith the vehicle. Freelander2 is available for a starting price of Rs 33.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Sources said the company will carry out extensive quality checks with the locally produced Freelander2 and this is one of the main reasons for advancing the assembly of the SUV.
"Besides, the company is expecting spurt in demand after the price will be lowered. So not to have long order backlogs, JLR wants to have sufficient buffer," a source said.
Earlier, JLR had said that it would more than double its dealerships in India within this fiscal to increase sales as part of the British marque's plan to focus more on emerging markets.
The company, which currently has three dealerships at two cities in India, will add four more outlets in 2010-11. The company currently sells the entire range of JLR products in India, including XF, XKR and XJ from Jaguar, and Range Rover and Discover from Land Rover's portfolio.
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