Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, was awarded a $12.3-million agreement to demonstrate, integrate and qualify the Interim Defense Weapon System mission kit on the MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft including associated logistics support. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa. (99 percent) and Fort Worth, Texas (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2010.
General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Mass., was awarded a $33.2-million contract for repair of components in the T64 engine used on the H-53 aircraft. Work will be performed at Lynn, Mass., (86 percent) and Cherry Point, N.C., (14 percent) and is expected to be completed by September 2009.
DRS Optics, Palm Bay, Fla. has won a 5-year contract to service the mast-mounted optics used on the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior. With the ARH program cancelled, the Pentagon recognized a need to keep the aging Warrior fleet functioning until a repelacement scout aircraft could reach service. This agreement, which has a maximum value of $700 million if all options are exercised, is for an indefinate quantity/indefinate delivery of goods and service.
AgustaWestland, Yeovil, Italy and CEIIA, Portugal, signed a 6-year R&D, design and engineering contract.
AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Md., won a $12.2-million Definitization of Letter Contract Modification for the purchase of 25 Laser Designator Retrofit Kits for the SHADOW Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The Shadow UAS provides flexible and responsive near real-time reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition, battle damage assessment, and battle management support to Army Ground Maneuver Commanders. Work will be performed at Hunt Valley, Md., with an estimated completion date of 2009.