By Staff Writer | May 1, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued a $6.6-million contract to Lockheed Martin for continued operational support of two K-Max unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The cargo resupply aircraft are deployed with the U.S. Marine Corps. Work will take place at NAVAIR’s Patuxent River, Md. base and various OCONUS locations. According to the Department of Defense, the contract is expected to run through September.
K-Max, Kaman Aerospace’s converted helicopter UAS, first entered service in Afghanistan to provide operationally piloted battlefield air cargo resupply for the U.S. military in 2011.
Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has obtained a $10.1-million extension of an existing U.S. Navy contract that calls for the conversion of one UH-3H into a UH-3D trainer. Eighty percent of the work will take place in Cherry Point, N.C., with the remaining 20 percent in Stratford. Projected for completion in October 2014, the agreement includes related testing support.
The U.S. Army has awarded Boeing a $17.9-million contract to provide design and engineering services in support of the CH-47 Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade. According to the Department of Defense, work for the cost-plus-fixed-fee award is expected to be complete in 2017.
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has won a $13.1-million contract to supply long lead parts and components as part of the delivery of 15 Lot 11 UH-1Y Venoms and 10 Lot 11 AH-1Z Vipers to the U.S. Marine Corps. Around 60 percent of the work will occur in Fort Worth, with 40 percent in Amarillo, Texas. Completion is scheduled for September 2014.
The U.S. Navy has issued a $27.9-million modification to a Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training contract covering long lead materials and support for nine mission avionics systems and common cockpits for the Danish government’s Sikorsky MH-60Rs. The agreement, which is part of the foreign military sales (FMS) program, is with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization. Work will be split into a number of locations, with much of it taking place in Farmingdale (around 55 percent) and Owego, N.Y. (31 percent) through June 2013. The rest will occur in Ciudad Real, Spain (5 percent), Syracuse, N.Y. (5 percent), Everett, Wash. (3 percent), and at various facilities around the U.S.
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