Wednesday, April 6, 2011

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated April 6, 2011

Defense News: DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated April 6, 2011
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - April 6, 2011: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued April 6, 2011 are undermentioned;

CONTRACTS

AIR FORCE

Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $271,216,410 cost-plus-award-fee contract modification for the new estimated cost completion of the family of beyond the line of sight terminals and provides increment funding aligned with Continuing Resolution authority. Work will be performed at Huntington Beach, Calif., and Salt Lake City, Utah. The Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (F19628-02-C-0048-P00219)

Boeing Co.. Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $35,687,404 fixed-price contract modification for modification of four Japan AWACS aircraft on behalf of the Japan Air Defense Force. Work will be performed at Kent, Wash. The Aerial Air Surveillance Systems Division, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (F19628-01-D-0016)

Accenture Federal Services, LLC, Reston, Va., is being awarded a $17,206,074 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development activities on advanced decision support services, information exchange, and system inoperability, while facilitating agile command and control via internet based technology. Work will be performed at King of Prussia, Pa. The Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8721-11-C-0010).

NAVY

Tutor Perini Corp., Sylmar, Calif., is being awarded $73,177,000 for firm-fixed-price task order #JQ01 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62742-10-D-1312) for construction of an aircraft parking apron at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The work to be performed provides for the construction of an MV-22 aircraft portland cement concrete parking apron, hot mix asphalt apron replacement pavement, aircraft rinse facility, aircraft wash-rack facility, three direct fueling stations and a towway with retaining wall. Work will be performed in Yigo, Guam, and is expected to be completed by July 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Seven proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Marianas, Guam, is the contracting activity.

Research and Engineering Development, LLC*, Lexington Park, Md., is being awarded a $14,913,292 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-10-D-0001) for the procurement of acquisition, engineering, analysis, development and integration services in support of irregular warfare efforts sponsored by the Naval Air Systems Command’s Human Systems Department. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (90 percent), and various locations outside the United States (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Ocean Systems Engineering Corp., Oceanside, Calif., is being awarded $12,179,394 for task order #0087 under previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M67854-02-A-9020) for engineering and scientific support for networking and satellite communications. The scope of this statement of work is to provide engineering and technical support, on-going acquisition support, financial support, logistics support, website development and management, manpower, personnel, and training analysis report development and assessment, manpower, personnel, and training plan, development and support, administrative support and managerial support. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Communications, Intelligence and Networking Systems (CINS) Product Group (PG)’s mission is to act as the central agent for the research, development, acquisition, and life cycle management of communications, intelligence, surveillance, and networking systems throughout the Marine Corps. The PG’s assigned mission includes the responsibility of CINS for the operating forces and the supporting establishment. Work will be performed in Quantico, Va., and is expected to be completed in April 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $130,729 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Land & Armaments, LP, Ground Systems Division, York, Pa., is being awarded an $11,363,623 firm-fixed-priced modification to previously awarded delivery order #0011 under existing contract (M67854-07-D-5025) for the purchase of outside United States field service representative support (FSR) for the installation of the independent suspension kits and engineering change proposal kits on the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) RG-33 vehicles, vehicle emergency egress windows, U.S. Special Operations Command A1 vehicle physical configuration audit, and FSR support for Kuwait. Work will be performed at the MRAP sustainment facilities in Iraq and Kuwait (69 percent), and in York, Pa. (31 percent). All work is expected to be completed by December 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $3,500,820 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Guam Pacific International, LLC*, Barrigada, Guam, is being awarded $9,121,560 for firm-fixed-price task order #0002 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N40192-10-D-2800) for construction of water and wastewater utility services to the North Ramp Area of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The work to be performed provides for the potable water distribution system, gravity sewer collection, and sewer force main that extends service to the North Ramp Area and connects to the existing gravity sewer system. The system includes fire hydrants, valves, sewer manholes, air/vacuum valves, wastewater metering, lift stations, and standby power generation. Work will be performed in Yigo, Guam, and is expected to be completed by January 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Six proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Marianas, Guam, is the contracting activity.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $7,073,193 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) to exercise an option for the fiscal 2011 VH-60N executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework, including vendor repairables and component overhaul. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., and is expected to be completed in February 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $7,073,193 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Tennier Industries*, Boca Raton, Fla., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, exigency procurement contract made in accordance with 10 USC 2304(c)(2) with a maximum $42,989,800 for delivery of modular sleep systems. Other location of performance is Tennessee. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The date of performance completion is Jan. 3, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM1C1-11-C-0016).

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY

The Missile Defense Agency is awarding Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., a cost-plus-incentive-fee/cost-plus-award-fee modification with technical/schedule performance incentives for a total value of $34,417,462 under Missile Defense Agency contract HQ0276-10-C-0001. The modification accounts for schedule and within scope adjustments to Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Baseline 4.0.1 development and multi-mission signal processor (MMSP) development under two separate contract line items. For 4.0.1, the change accounts for an initial delay in the certification schedule and an adjustment in the test plan originally contained in the 4.0.1 completion contract line item. For MMSP, the increase is associated with an extension to the development schedule to account for alignment with changes to the ACB-12 overall combat system development and integration program plan, and attributable to a delay in delivery of government furnished equipment. The work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. The performance period for this contract is through December 2014. Fiscal 2011 research, development, test and evaluation funds will be used to fund this effort. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Northrop Grumman Systems, Azuza, Calif., was awarded on April 4 $24, 363, 513 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for additional direct productive person hours of engineering services support in support of the Joint Tactical Ground Station Program. Work will be performed in Azuza, Calif., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Boulder, Colo., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2013. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (DASG60-94-C-0073).

Correction to Army contract (W56HZV-09-D-0111), release number 106-11, issued Feb. 7, 2011. Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded a $101,920,000 firm-fixed-price indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract Feb. 7, 2011. The award will provide for 2,080 underbody improvement kits to support the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. One bid were solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0111).

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DTN News - ASIAN DEFENSE NEWS: Singapore News ~ Huge Uproar Over Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Comments

Defense News: DTN News - ASIAN DEFENSE NEWS: Singapore News ~ Huge Uproar Over Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's Comments
(NSI News Source Info) SINGAPORE - April 6, 2011:
: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's open admission that PAP wards are favoured for HDB upgrading exercises has touched a raw nerve among netizens.

His admission came as a reply to a university student living in the Hougang Single-Member Constituency (SMC) ward who asked if he could pay less tax since the opposition-held ward does not enjoy upgrading programmes.

Since this story was first posted, reaction has been swift with over 1,500 Facebook shares and 150 comments. The majority were highly critical of PM Lee's stand.

The highest-rated comment came from Yahoo! userChia, who posted, "Upgrading is not delivered solely based on policies. It is driven by money from the reserves. The money comes from the people and not from PAP."

He added that, "It (upgrading) is a national building programme. A nation does not belong to any party but the people."

Another Yahoo! user, Davido, said, "I can't believe the PM said that, my only respect left for him is that he is candid enough to admit not all wards are treated equally."

User VKH was also appalled at the PM's comments.

He wrote, "I thought that as PM, he was there to represent ALL the people, without favour or preference. He is not the PM of just those he voted for, but for each and every Singapore citizen, including those who did not vote for him or his party... How can the PM say that if you vote for PAP, you get nice chocolate cake and coffee, but if you vote for other party you only get water and biscuit?"

The furious reaction comes a day after fourth-year engineering student Seah Yin Hwa asked PM Lee why residents living in Hougang SMC are penalised for picking "a 'Teochew nang' (dialect for Teochew person) who doesn't wear a white uniform"

When asked by PM Lee on how he was penalised, the 25-year-old Seah said, "When it comes to upgrading, what is being told to us is that we don't have the funds to actually go ahead with lift upgrading, as well as shelters to the bus stops. When I look across the road to Aljunied GRC, they have everything, " reported The Straits Times.

Paraphrasing the question posed, PM Lee said that what Mr Seah meant is why opposition wards are not treated at least as good, or maybe even better than the PAP wards.

PM Lee's reply was, "The answer is that there has to be a distinction. Because the PAP wards supported the Government and the policies which delivered these good things."

He said that while basic goods such roads, transportation, housing, healthcare and defence apply to Singaporeans, the extras — which come down to the upgrading programmes — is a national programme.

"Between the people who voted and supported the programme and the government, and the people who didn't, I think if we went and put yours before the PAP constituencies, it would be an injustice," PM Lee told the 1,200 students who were attending aMinisterial Forum organised by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Students' Political Association. .

In response to PM Lee, Seah cheekily asked if he could pay less tax and maybe "take one or two years off my NS?", which drew laughter and applause from the audience.

But PM Lee said that this is not possible because the SAF, defence, taxes and all the facilities which have been provided, are enjoyed by every Singaporean.

Rounding off his reply, PM Lee said, "But you can do something about it, you know. You don't have to keep voting for people not in white-on-white."

PM Lee explains ministerial salaries

The contentious issue of ministerial salaries was also discussed at the forum after a Nanyang Technological University (NTU)accountancy student brought it up, comparing the salaries of leaders from Singapore and the United States.

"The US president is actually paid less than a Cabinet minister in Singapore. I'm sure we agree his job is a lot tougher than our Cabinet ministers," said the student.

In his response, PM Lee said that US President Barack Obama may be earning less than a Singaporean minister, but the American system is not without its flaws.

For example, he highlighted that the US had different ways of rewarding its presidents and that the low salary of the president had suppressed salaries down the line.

Explaining his first point, PM Lee said that former US presidents are involved in money-spinning book and lecture tours after they step down.

"Retired US presidents go on book tours, they write books, they are paid US$10 million (S$13 million) advance, they get somebody to help them write a tome and they make a lecture tour…Every lecture (by former president) Bill Clinton: US$100,000 to US$200,000 for half an hour.

"That's the system. I think that's not a good system for us. We don't want ministers to retire and go on lecture tours."

Touching on his second point, PM Lee said the low salary of US presidents adversely impacted the rest of the civil service down the line.

"Because the president's pay being set at a level which is not quite right, all the rest of the civil service and government pay in the US system has to take dressing from there and come down…and come down," he said.

PM Lee stressed that Singapore's ministerial pay structure was one that works.

But when asked if salaries should still be pegged to the private sector given the many candidates taken from the civil service and unions, he replied, "The reason I can get good people from the Government and the unions is that I have a pay system which is working properly.

"People do not enter politics to get rich but neither will they enter politics and as a result, they and their family will become poor."

He added, "It is something which is not easy to accept emotionally but is the right thing for Singapore. If you want the system to work for the long term, you must be honest about it. What do I pay for? I pay for the importance of the job and how difficult it is to do."


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DTN News - ASIAN DEFENSE NEWS: Japan News ~ Japan To Restart Sumo Tournament Free Of Charge

Defense News: DTN News - ASIAN DEFENSE NEWS: Japan News ~ Japan To Restart Sumo Tournament Free Of Charge
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TOKYO, Japan
- April 6, 2011:
Sumo tournaments will restart in Japan next month, with spectators offered free entry in May as the sport looks to recover an image tarnished by a match-fixing scandal.

The 15-day March tournament was cancelled as allegations emerged that results had been decided in advance. A total of 23 former and present sumo wrestlers were named, with those still active in the sport forced to resign.

The Japan Sumo Association said the May 8-22 contest will be staged as a test event to evaluate the skills of wrestlers and decide their rankings for the next tournament. The results will still be entered into official records.

The association said it had decided to make the event free of charge because the quality of the field had been diluted by the retirement of a number of wrestlers in the top division.

Tickets to watch a day's wrestling usually sell for anything up to 10,700 yen ($125).

"Please let us apologise for causing trouble to every fan and every person concerned," Hanaregoma, chairman of the association, told a news conference.

He said it was still too early to resume a full regular tournament as probes into the scandal continued and steps were being taken to prevent a recurrence of the match rigging.

"I want wrestlers to fight good bouts so that our fans realise anew that sumo is wonderful," he said, adding no decision had been made on charging for future tournaments.

The ancient sport has long been under suspicion over allegations that bouts were rigged, but no active wrestler had acknowledged guilt until last month when a number of incriminating text messages surfaced as police probed another scandal involving wrestlers placing illegal baseball bets.

On Tuesday, the association announced that the 22 tainted wrestlers had accepted its advice and retired.

But a stablemaster, Tanigawa, denied being involved in match rigging as a wrestler and refused to accept the advice and the association throw the 37-year-old out for his defiance.

Sumo, an ancient and highly ritualistic sport, has been shaken by a series of scandals in recent years, including illegal drug use and brutal training methods that resulted in the death of a teenage apprentice.



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Defense News: Boeing Delivers First Next-Generation 737-800 To Tassili Airlines

Defense News: Boeing Delivers First Next-Generation 737-800 To Tassili Airlines
SEATTLE, April 6, 2011: Boeing (NYSE: BA) delivered the first Next-Generation 737-800 to Algeria's Tassili Airlines, a fully owned subsidiary of Sonatrach – the state owned Algerian oil company. Tassili Airlines' primary mission is to transport employees of Sonatrach to and from its oilfields and bases. The first of an order of four airplanes signed in 2009, this will be Tassili Airlines' first Boeing aircraft.


The Next-Generation 737, a short-to-medium-range airplane, is based on a key Boeing philosophy of delivering added value to airlines with reliability, simplicity and reduced operating and maintenance costs.

Contact:
Saffana Michael
BCA International Communications
+97150 4590651
saffana.michael2@boeing.com

Liz Verdier
737 Communications
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Elizabeth.a.verdier@boeing.com

Defense News: Boeing Delivers 50th Airplane To Air Algerie

Defense News: Boeing Delivers 50th Airplane To Air Algerie
**Source: Boeing
SEATTLE, April 6, 2011: Boeing (NYSE: BA) reached a major milestone with long-time customer Air Algerie this week when it delivered the 50th Boeing jetliner – a Next-Generation 737-800 – to the North African carrier. The 737 was the fourth of seven ordered in 2009. This delivery also marked the 40-year partnership between Boeing and Air Algerie.

Since receiving its first Boeing airplane in March 1971, Air Algerie has expanded to include 18 737s and three 767s.

"Boeing airplanes have delivered exceptional value in our growth plan," said Abdelwahid Bouabdellah, president director general and CEO of Air Algerie. "In addition to the long relationship we enjoy, selecting Boeing airplanes was a sound economic decision since it meant fleet standardization and ability to use experienced pilots and engineers already familiar with the airplanes."

"Boeing truly values its long relationship with Air Algerie that has spanned 40 years," said Marty Bentrott, vice president of Sales for Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. "Keeping in mind its customers' needs and a competitive environment, the airline has focused on modernization – from its fleet to its management tools, aircraft maintenance, training, information systems and in-flight services. We look forward to continuing this partnership and playing a role in Air Algerie's expansion plans."

The Next-Generation 737 is based on a key Boeing philosophy of delivering added value to airlines with reliability, simplicity and reduced operating and maintenance costs. Today's operators fly 737s that are 5 percent more fuel-efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s delivered in 1998, and another 2 percent improvement is on the way. Boeing's performance improvement package, now being certified, will boost customers' fuel efficiency a further 2 percent through aerodynamic and engine changes.

Contact:
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737 Communications
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Defense News: 11i Solutions, Inc. Acquires Neuro Media Group

Defense News: 11i Solutions, Inc. Acquires Neuro Media Group
**Acquisition Blends 11i Solutions' Wireless Technologies With Neuro Media's Leading Edge Microbroadcast Video Display Capabilities
HUNTSVILLE, AL--(04/05/11) - 11i Solutions, Inc., a wireless infrastructure architect and solutions developer, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Neuro Media Group. The terms of the acquisition were not publicly disclosed. New York-based private equity firm Steel Pier Capital Advisors, LLC acted as both financial sponsor and strategic advisor during this transaction.

Neuro Media provides microbroadcast community-based video media networks, enabling local communities to display targeted, locally-relevant content. Messages can range from details about the area's most wanted criminals and Amber Alerts to grand openings for local businesses and special promotions. The high-definition (HD) displays can be placed at community venues where local populations congregate, such as gas stations, banks, retail stores and restaurants.

"The bond between 11i Solutions and Neuro Media started as a strong business relationship where 11i Solutions designed and implemented infrastructures on behalf of Neuro Media. The overwhelmingly positive response to the combined services helped us transform this relationship into an acquisition," said Jamie Waller, President of Neuro Media. "As a new vertical for 11i Solutions, Neuro Media is now able to meet the rapidly growing demand for its services and benefits while targeting new markets and expanding upon its offerings."

According to Todd Gray, Chief Technology Officer for 11i Solutions, "The team quickly realized that if we merged our respective businesses, we could dramatically improve the combined business model, reduce deployment costs and accelerate the speed with which future displays are installed in any given community. With 11i Solutions' core IT and wireless competencies, Neuro Media can facilitate and accommodate our customers' advertising needs expeditiously."

Neuro Media
Neuro Media Group, LLC provides microbroadcast community-based media displays designed to deliver high-quality advertising, news, entertainment and community alerts to specific targeted markets. From attention-grabbing advertisements above gas pumps to engaging, informative digital boards in restaurants and banks, Neuro Media's HD displays convey hyperlocal messages to captive audiences. Neuro Media Group, LLC, headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, is a wholly owned subsidiary of 11i Solutions, Inc. For more information, visit www.neurodigitalsignage.com.

11i Solutions, Inc.
11i Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2007 to deliver enterprise-wide security, compliance, data and communications services. Its customer-centric approach focuses on streamlining clients' wireless systems as a whole by anticipating new technologies and avoiding short-term obsolescence. With a wide range of solutions offered -- from asset tracking via radio frequency identification (RFID) and fixed mobile convergence to data centers and Secure Cellular Communication™ (SCC) -- 11i Solutions remains vendor agnostic to offer 'real' best-of-breed solutions. 11i Solutions, Inc. is headquartered in Huntsville, AL. For more information, visit www.11isolutions.com.

For more information, visit www.11isolutions.com or email Joe Matuella at press@11isolutions.com.

Defense News: KinetX Extends Its Reach To Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems

Defense News: KinetX Extends Its Reach To Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems
**Source: KinetX Inc
PHOENIX, April 5, 2011: KinetX, Inc., a small aerospace technologies company based in Tempe, AZ, has expanded its offerings with subsystems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs. Currently working in this arena for the Department of Defense, KinetX drew on its engineers' considerable background in communications systems for satellites and for Motorola's ground based cellular systems.

The KinetX Hardware Engineering group is formed from the core team that designed and built the processors for the Iridium® global satellite communications system, and became part of the KinetX team several years ago.

KinetX, Inc. has about 70 employees and provides high-end aerospace services and products in the areas of software, systems, and hardware engineering, and has a special focus in the area of orbital and space flight dynamics for deep space as well as earth-oriented spacecraft. KinetX for many years has worked in the areas of commercial, scientific, and Department of Defense endeavors.

The company provided critical support for Motorola's efforts in building the Iridium system, in various areas, such as orbital dynamics software, mission planning, and earth station calibration. KinetX recently achieved the distinction playing a key role in navigating the MESSENGER spacecraft into orbit around Mercury, a first for space exploration. KinetX has worked numerous contracts for Department of Defense systems, including communications systems, satellite systems for missile defense, and space situational awareness.

KinetX also recently achieved a CMMI Level 3 assessment from the Software Engineering Institute and is the first small or medium sized company in the greater Phoenix, AZ area to do so.

KinetX prides itself on the individual talents of its workforce, whose people come from organizations such as Lockheed, Motorola, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MIT, and other distinguished institutions. Many have marked notable achievements prior to joining KinetX, including designing and building systems for NASA shuttle missions and NASA scientific spacecraft, designing and building base stations for cellular networks, planning the early growth of Federal Express, and many more. KinetX takes a comprehensive, forward-looking systems view in its work, and is often called upon by large aerospace organizations to not only help get systems designed, but also develop, test, and validate them operationally.

Contact: Kjell Stakkestad, President and CEO, kjell@kinetx.com , www.kinetx.com, 480-829-6600

Defense News: Elbit Systems Awarded A Contract To Supply Soltam's Artillery Systems

Defense News: Elbit Systems Awarded A Contract To Supply Soltam's Artillery Systems
HAIFA, Israel, April 6, 2011: Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") announced today that it was awarded a contract to supply self-propelled artillery and accompanying systems to an African country. The contract, valued at approximately $24 million, will be performed over the next two years. This is the first contract announcement regarding Soltam Systems Ltd. ("Soltam") since its recent acquisition by Elbit Systems.

The contract calls for the supply of a complete solution, including Soltam's ATMOS self-propelled artillery, command stations, observation and target acquisition systems, as well as fire control and command and control systems. In addition, Elbit Systems will manage the training and maintenance during the project's duration.

Bezalel Machlis, Elbit Systems' Executive Vice President and General Manager - Land and C4I Division, commented: "This new contract highlights the high synergetic value within our various land activities, allowing us to provide our customers with complete unique solutions, from artillery platforms, to target acquisition systems, through to advanced command and control solutions that connect all of the systems." Machlis added: "Our integrative solution, combining Soltam's artillery systems and our range of advanced electronic capabilities, provides a cutting-edge operational solution suitable for the growing trend of a transition to wheeled mobile platforms for artillery."

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS"), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services.

For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) regarding Elbit Systems Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries (collectively the Company), to the extent such statements do not relate to historical or current fact. Forward Looking Statements are based on management's expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results, performance and trends may differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation: scope and length of customer contracts; governmental regulations and approvals; changes in governmental budgeting priorities; general market, political and economic conditions in the countries in which the Company operates or sells, including Israel and the United States among others; differences in anticipated and actual program performance, including the ability to perform under long-term fixed-price contracts; and the outcome of legal and/or regulatory proceedings. The factors listed above are not all-inclusive, and further information is contained in Elbit Systems Ltd.'s latest annual report on Form 20-F, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

    Contacts:

Company Contact:
Joseph Gaspar, Executive VP & CFO
Tel: +972-4-8316663
j.gaspar@elbitsystems.com

Dalia Rosen, VP, Head of Corporate
Communications
Tel: +972-4-8316784
dalia.rosen@elbitsystems.com
Elbit Systems Ltd.

IR Contact:

Ehud Helft
Kenny Green
CCG Investor Relations
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Defense News: SpaceX Announces Launch Date For The World's Most Powerful Rocket

Defense News: SpaceX Announces Launch Date For The World's Most Powerful Rocket
**Source: SPACEX

(April 6, 2011) WASHINGTON – Today, Elon Musk, CEO and chief rocket designer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) unveiled the dramatic final specifications and launch date for the Falcon Heavy, the world's largest rocket.

“Falcon Heavy will carry more payload to orbit or escape velocity than any vehicle in history, apart from the Saturn V moon rocket, which was decommissioned after the Apollo program. This opens a new world of capability for both government and commercial space missions,” Musk told a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

“Falcon Heavy will arrive at our Vandenberg, California, launch complex by the end of next year, with liftoff to follow soon thereafter. First launch from our Cape Canaveral launch complex is planned for late 2013 or 2014.”

Musk added that with the ability to carry satellites or interplanetary spacecraft weighing over 53 metric tons or 117,000 pounds to orbit, Falcon Heavy will have more than twice the performance of the Delta IV Heavy, the next most powerful vehicle, which is operated by United Launch Alliance, a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture.

53 metric tons is more than the maximum take-off weight of a fully-loaded Boeing 737-200 with 136 passengers. In other words, Falcon Heavy can deliver the equivalent of an entire commercial airplane full of passengers, crew, luggage and fuel all the way to orbit.

View the launch simulation video at: www.spacex.com

Falcon Heavy’s first stage will be made up of three nine-engine cores, which are used as the first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. It will be powered by SpaceX’s upgraded Merlin engines currently being tested at the SpaceX rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Falcon Heavy will generate 3.8 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. This is the equivalent to the thrust of fifteen Boeing 747s taking off at the same time.

Above all, Falcon Heavy has been designed for extreme reliability. Unique safety features of the Falcon 9 are preserved, such as the ability to complete its mission even if multiple engines fail. Like a commercial airliner, each engine is surrounded by a protective shell that contains a worst case situation like fire or a chamber rupture, preventing it from affecting other engines or the vehicle itself.

Anticipating potential astronaut transport needs, Falcon Heavy is also designed to meet NASA human rating standards, unlike other satellite launch vehicles. For example, this means designing to higher structural safety margins of 40% above flight loads, rather than the 25% level of other rockets, and triple redundant avionics.

Falcon Heavy will be the first rocket in history to do propellant cross-feed from the side boosters to the center core, thus leaving the center core with most of its propellant after the side boosters separate. The net effect is that Falcon Heavy achieves performance comparable to a three stage rocket, even though only the upper stage is airlit, further improving both payload performance and reliability. Crossfeed is not required for missions below 100,000 lbs, and can be turned off if desired.

Despite being designed to higher structural margins than other rockets, the side booster stages will have a mass ratio (full of propellant vs empty) above 30, better than any vehicle of any kind in history.

Falcon Heavy, with more than twice the payload, but less than one third the cost of a Delta IV Heavy, will provide much needed relief to government and commercial budgets. In fact, Falcon Heavy at approximately $1,000 per pound to orbit, sets a new world record in affordable spaceflight.

This year, even as the Department of Defense budget was cut, the EELV launch program, which includes the Delta IV, still saw a thirty percent increase.

The 2012 budget for four Air Force launches is $1.74B, which is an average of $435M per launch. Falcon 9 is offered on the commercial market for $50-60M and Falcon Heavy is offered for $80-$125M. Unlike our competitors, this price includes all non-recurring development costs and on-orbit delivery of an agreed upon mission. For government missions, NASA has added mission assurance and additional services to the Falcon 9 for less than $20M.


Vehicle Overview
Mass to Orbit (200 km, 28.5 deg):53 metric tons (117,000 lb)
Length:69.2 m (227 ft)
Max Stage Width:5.2 m (17 ft)
Total Width:11.6 meters (38 ft)
Weight at Liftoff:1,400 metric tons or 3.1 million lbs
Thrust on Liftoff:1,700 metric tons or 3.8 million lbs

Please note that Falcon Heavy should not be confused with the super heavy lift rocket program being debated by the U.S. Congress. That vehicle is authorized to carry between 70-130 metric tons to orbit. SpaceX agrees with the need to develop a vehicle of that class as the best way to conduct a large number of human missions to Mars.



The Falcon Heavy Rocket will be the most capable rocket in the world. Credit: SpaceX



About SpaceX

SpaceX develops, manufactures and launches family of launch vehicles and spacecraft that are increasing the reliability and performance of space transportation, while ultimately reducing costs by a factor of ten. With the Falcon rockets, SpaceX has a diverse manifest of launches to deliver commercial and government satellites to orbit. After the Space Shuttle retires, the Falcon 9 and SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will start carrying cargo, including live plants and animals, to and from the International Space Station for NASA. Falcon 9 and Dragon were developed to one day carry astronauts.

Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners. The company has over 1,250 employees in California, Texas and Florida. For more information, and to watch the video of the Falcon 9 and Dragon launches, visit the SpaceX website at SpaceX.com.

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