Eaton Corp. won a contract worth about $20 million from Sikorsky Aircraft to design, develop, and supply lighted control panels and dimming controllers for the new U.S. Marine Corps CH-53K heavy lifter. Headquartered in Cleveland, the company is to provide the lighted control panel support hardware for five helicopter shipsets and a number of system development tests.
AAI Corp. received an order from the U.S. Army for production of 14 additional Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The value of the not-to-exceed contract is $153.4 million and includes immediate funding of $75.2 million.
CAE has been awarded a contract worth about $155 million by Australia to provide MRH90 training systems and services. As prime contractor, CAE will have overall responsibility for providing two MRH90 full-flight and mission simulators, training facilities, and comprehensive engineering and support services. The simulators are to be delivered in 2012 to new training facilities being constructed at the Australian Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey as well as the 5th Aviation Regiment at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Townsville.
L-3 Communications has been awarded a follow-on production contract from the U.S. Army to build three additional U.S. Army Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) suites. This award calls for L-3 to build AVCATT suites 21 through 23. Since 1999, L-3 has been the prime contractor and system integrator on AVCATT. To date, L-3 has delivered 15 AVCATT suites that are enabling U.S. Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve aircrews to execute complex, combined arms missions within contemporary operational environments. This new order calls for L-3 to deliver AVCATT suites to U.S. Army active and reserve component training sites at Hammond, La.; Fort Bliss, Texas; and Fort Campbell, Ky. In January 2009, the first of these newly ordered AVCATT suites is to be delivered. Follow-on installations are to occur in March and May of 2009.