Monthly Archives: March 2010

L-3 Awarded F-16 Mission Training Center Contract Option

L-3 Communications announced that its Link Simulation & Training division has been awarded a $20.9 million contract option on the F-16 Mission Training Center (MTC) program. This contract option, received from the Aeronautical Systems Center’s Training Systems Product Group at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, brings the total contract value on the program to $109.1 million.

Under the contract option, L-3 Link will build and deliver an F-16 MTC suite that includes four high-definition simulators. The Boeing Company will provide the instructor/operator stations and brief/debrief systems. This marks the second four-ship F-16 MTC the U.S. Air Force has ordered from L-3 Link.

All F-16 MTC suites under order are being integrated with L-3 Link’s HD World simulation product line. HD World combines high-definition databases, image generation systems, physics-based processing technology and visual system displays to create highly realistic and relevant environments for F-16 pilot training. SimuSphere® HD, the visual display component to HD World, provides each simulator with an immersive, 360-degree field-of-view.

“The technologies being delivered on the F-16 Mission Training Center simulators are providing a solution that will maximize pilot operational readiness while reducing training costs to the U.S. Air Force,” said Bob Birmingham, president of L-3 Link. “For the first time ever in a simulator, F-16 pilots will be able to detect, judge the orientation of, recognize and identify targets from the same distance as when flying an actual mission.”

Under the program, the U.S. Air Force could order as many as 20 four-ship F-16 MTCs for delivery to installations in the U.S., Europe and Pacific region. High-fidelity F-16 MTC simulators, which will accurately model all of the fighter aircraft’s weapon systems and ordnance, will be delivered in Block 40/42 and 50/52 configurations to support basic and advanced pilot mission training, tactics validation and mission rehearsal.

L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment to enhance operational proficiency. The company’s current services include conducting front-end analysis, program design, simulator design and production, field support, aircraft logistics support, training and courseware support, and air traffic control training. It has major operations in Arlington, Texas, and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Phoenix, Ariz.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 67,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2009 sales of $15.6 billion.

World Wide Technology Awarded $27 Million Department of Defense Contract

World Wide Technology announced today that it has been awarded a two-year, $27 million contract by the Department of Defense (DoD) to meet the technology and supply chain needs of the Tri-Service Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) at Ft. Sam Houston. Through this contract, WWT will support the largest consolidation of military medical training in DoD history with the design, procurement, installation and integration of advanced technology solutions.

Products, services and solutions to be delivered by WWT under this contract include but are not limited to servers, storage, networking, wireless, unified communications, call center, audio visual, teleconferencing, virtualization, staging, configuration, software imaging, integration, warehousing and logistics.

“We are pleased that the Department of Defense has chosen World Wide Technology to provide IT products and services to the METC,” said Bill McKeon, vice president federal for WWT. “Our strong vendor relationships, experience implementing and managing advanced technology solutions and suite of supply chain services will provide the DoD a trusted partner as it builds a world-class medical training and development campus for our Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen.”

WWT currently offers technology products from more than 3,000 manufacturers and maintains over 1,000 certifications to ensure it provides the latest in IT solutions and services to solve business problems for its customers. The company is one of Cisco’s largest Gold partners and the number one supplier of Cisco products to the U.S. federal government. In addition to its strong Cisco expertise, the company has strategic partnerships with Citrix, HP, EMC, NetApp, Sun Microsystems, and VMware. World Wide also offers a complete array of configuration and integration services and a full suite of advanced logistics, inventory management and supply chain services.

When completed, the METC will be the world’s largest medical education and training institution. The average daily student load is expected to be 9,000, with an annual throughput of 47,000 students. The 11 facilities under construction include three 1,200-student dormitories, a dining facility, five medical instruction facilities, a Navy and Air Force command building and a field training site located off Ft. Sam Houston at Camp Bullis just outside of San Antonio.

U.S. Army Awards Cyberlux a Contract for 24 WhiteEye Systems

Cyberlux announced that the United States Army has purchased twenty-four WhiteEye Tactical Lighting Tower Systems for use in the Iraqi theater of operation. The WhiteEye systems procured are meant to increase the lighting capability of the 142nd AHB’s aviation air support operations, which has been using two BrightEye systems originally purchased and deployed in mid-2008.

In keeping with all of the Cyberlux portable illumination solutions, the Cyberlux WhiteEye Tactical Lighting Tower System delivers the most energy efficient white LED lighting for portable broad area illumination that is commercially available. Engineered to provide ideal lighting for tactical and emergency response situations, Cyberlux has designed the WhiteEye configuration to flexibly illuminate any location or environment requiring rapid setup, light-weight portability and extended battery operation when electrical power is unavailable.

“We are pleased that the Army has chosen our WhiteEye System to equip our troops in Iraq. The commercial grade WhiteEye is the ideal lighting solution for the specific requirements of this military operation and compliments our previously deployed flagship BrightEye series overseas,” says Mark Schmidt, CEO of Cyberlux Corporation. “Our tactical lighting systems continue to be well received and in demand within the public and private marketplace. As new requirements are brought to the attention of our organization, we will either offer one of our of existing solutions, or utilize our intellectual property portfolio to innovate and develop a product according to the needs of our ever growing client base,” added Schmidt.

Previously, the Cyberlux BrightEye System received the United States Army’s 3rd Battalion, 142nd Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB), operational endorsement for maintenance and field operation lighting. Additionally, it was deemed to be the preferred choice of lighting by mechanics operating on the flight line to complete sophisticated helicopter maintenance tasks such as night main rotor ground track and balances, night tail rotor balances, night engine high speed shaft balances and other general maintenance tasks that require superior visibility for a safe, well lit work area.

The Cyberlux Tactical Illumination Systems are designed as highly portable, visible and night-vision compatible illumination systems for mission-critical tactical lighting where rapid deployment and high-intensity lighting capability are required. Using advanced optics, advanced solid-state lighting technology, and light-weight advanced battery power, all contained in easily transportable wheeled cases, the Cyberlux Tactical Lighting Systems provide broad area visible white lighting and night-vision compatible IR lighting capable of operating all night, performance capabilities not available in traditional lighting systems.

SpaceX and Space Systems/Loral Sign Contract for Falcon 9 Geosynchronous Transfer Mission

SpaceX and Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) have signed an agreement for the launch of an SS/L manufactured satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 as early as 2012. For this mission, Falcon 9 will launch from the SpaceX launch site at Cape Canaveral and insert the satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO).

Space Systems/Loral is the world’s leading provider of GEO commercial satellites with 40 percent of the high-power market since 2004. The company has an international roster of blue-chip customers, and its 1300 model satellite is a decades-proven, modular platform with the industry’s highest power capability and the flexibility to support a broad range of applications including high definition television and broadband.

“SpaceX is proud to be selected by Space Systems/Loral as they are one of the premier manufacturers of commercial satellites and the industry leader in satellite sales,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. “With 24 Falcon 9 flights now on manifest, SpaceX has established itself as an excellent partner for both commercial and government customers, and we look forward to supporting Space Systems/Loral on this launch.”

“Like SS/L, the SpaceX team is committed to flawless performance and reliability,” said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. “We are working closely with SpaceX to ensure the success of a 1300 launch based on our many years of experience. With numerous Falcon 9 launches on their manifest over the next two years, we are assured of a successful flight history in advance of our mission.”

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is a medium-to-heavy lift, two-stage launch vehicle capable of lifting approximately 11 tons to low Earth orbit (LEO) and in excess of 4.5 tons to GTO. Designed to the highest levels of reliability and performance, Falcon 9, along with SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, were selected by NASA to resupply the International Space Station starting in 2010.

CSC Wins $27 Million Defense Department IT Services Contract

CSC announced that the Department of Defense awarded the company a contract to provide information technology help desk services to the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe (DoDDS-E). The contract has a one-year base period and four one-year options, bringing the estimated total five-year value to $27 million.

DoDDS-E provides instruction to more than 35,000 school-age children of active duty military and civilian employees at 81 schools located in Portugal, Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Under the terms of the contract, CSC will provide information technology management services and support throughout Europe. Services include system and network administration and software development support. CSC currently performs the same work on another contract with DoDDS – Pacific.

“CSC is proud to expand our current work with DoDDS – Pacific to support DoDDS-Europe in its mission to educate the children of our military service members,” said Austin Yerks, president of CSC’s North American Public Sector Defense Group. “Whether it’s supporting troops, modernizing and protecting infrastructure, or improving services to citizens, CSC’s global reach and innovative technology-enabled solutions help our government clients achieve excellence in their core missions.”

CACI Awarded $31 Million Task Order to Help Business Transformation Agency Modernize Defense Financial Systems

CACI announced that it has been awarded a task order valued at approximately $31 million to help the Department of Defense Business Transformation Agency (BTA) implement the Oracle E-Business Suite in support of BTA’s Defense Agency Initiative (DAI) program for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and other defense agencies. The contract, which is new business for CACI, was competitively awarded under the Defense Information System Agency’s ENCORE II contract vehicle. It is also one of three DAI-related awards CACI has won with the BTA in the past 12 months, which collectively total approximately $53 million.

The DAI program provides a standard financial management solution that interconnects business processes for all DoD agencies. CACI’s role focuses on services that help DoD agencies migrate from their current legacy environments to the new DAI infrastructure. This includes providing business process integration, implementation planning, workforce preparation, data conversion, and help desk services. Through its core competency in business system solutions, CACI delivers proven expertise to help agencies migrate efficiently, cost-effectively, and on time. At the same time, CACI’s business system solutions help DoD enhance its global enterprise resource planning (ERP) capabilities.

Bill Fairl, CACI President of U.S. Operations, said “CACI is proud to support the Business Transformation Agency in providing innovative enterprise-level solutions to the Department of Defense. CACI solutions will help BTA provide defense agencies with accurate and reliable financial tools and resources to best support the missions of the warfighter.”

Paul Cofoni, CACI President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “CACI’s strategy is to provide solutions for the government’s most critical and highly funded requirements. We are dedicated to delivering successful solutions that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the agencies we support. Our work with BTA is an ongoing partnership to help bring positive transformation at the enterprise level for all our defense clients.”

Sypris Awarded $6 Million in F-16 Follow-on Orders

Sypris Electronics announced that it has been awarded an estimated $6 million in follow-on orders by Honeywell International, Inc., Defense and Space Electronic Systems located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to produce electronic assemblies for the F-16 Digital Flight Control Computer (DFLCC).

The flight-critical DFLCC is a quadruple redundant computer at the core of the fly-by-wire flight control system for the F-16. The DFLCC combines pilot inputs along with aircraft motion and flight conditions to command position of the flight control surfaces for increased aircraft performance and survivability. The F-16 Fighting Falcon, first introduced in 1978, is a lightweight, multi-role fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force by Lockheed Martin. This award will support the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force base located in northern Utah and their initiative of maintaining the F-16 fleet.

“We are pleased to continue to support Honeywell on the DFLCC program as well as other defense contracts,” said John Walsh, President of Sypris Electronics. “We are gaining traction as one of the premier end-to-end manufacturing services providers in the aerospace and defense communities. Sypris Electronics is uniquely qualified to perform full-spectrum manufacturing support from product concept and design through manufacturing and depot.”

Aerospace & Defense Market Survey Illustrates New Challenges and Emerging Opportunities

A new 2010 Aerospace & Defense (A&D) market survey released today by CSC found that substantive changes in U.S. defense policies, system priorities and budgets, and the effects of the global recession on commercial aerospace are driving new growth strategies within the A&D industrial base. The globally representative survey queried 2,200 senior and mid-level executives at leading global A&D companies to identify the current and near-term issues facing the A&D industry in today’s global market and economic dynamics.

The survey also revealed that A&D industry executives have significant concerns regarding market contraction, regulatory complexity, and technology, knowledge and talent management. However, these executives are also seeing growth opportunities in non-traditional sectors such as cybersecurity, renewable energy, and physical and information infrastructures. In order to pursue growth, both in their core defense and aerospace sectors and in these new markets, survey results showed businesses are focusing on the following approaches:

  1. Innovation in products and services
  2. Preservation of core product and manufacturing capabilities
  3. Expansion of foreign military sales
  4. Acceleration into adjacent commercial markets
  5. Retention of institutional knowledge
  6. Creation of new value chain networks to deliver continuous performance improvement

“We are entering a new era in the Aerospace & Defense industry given the change in U.S. government policy as well as the continued effects of the recession,” said Eileen Sweeney, president, Global Manufacturing Industry Sector, CSC. “Future growth for the industry is contingent upon developing new business strategies and models to pursue new markets and using technology to enable this shift.”

In addition to surveying respondents about general business strategy and areas for growth, the 2010 A&D market survey solicited responses about program management, engineering and production operations, supply chain, aftermarket/MRO, compliance and security, and human capital. Additional findings included:

  • Most companies today rate themselves as average in the performance of their program management
  • Companies believe that they can gain a competitive advantage by ensuring the free and rapid flow of information between both their engineering and production operations teams and between internal and external value chain partners
  • The top three challenges to their global supply chains, as ranked by respondents, are lead time and schedule performance, supply chain event management and collaborative planning
  • The majority ranked the following as the most significant emerging trends in aftermarket/MRO: shift to performance-based logistics, outsourcing of non-core services, and international supplier certifications and quality
  • Most companies today consider themselves to be early adopters of new or emerging business information technology
  • Many of the respondents, despite high unemployment in the U.S., reported that they are currently experiencing a shortage of qualified workers or expect a shortage within the next five years.

These findings came from an online survey of 2,200 global A&D industry executives from Aviation Week & Space Technology’s subscription database. The CSC survey was conducted online in late 2009. For complete results of the survey, visit www.csc.com/A&Dsurvey_2010.

Atlas Air Partners with Boeing

Atlas Air announced that Boeing has selected Atlas Air to provide key supply-chain support for the production of Boeing’s all-new commercial jetliner, the 787 Dreamliner.

Beginning toward the latter part of 2010, Atlas Air will operate Boeing’s Dreamlifter fleet of four 747-400 aircraft that have been modified to transport major assemblies for the 787 Dreamliner from suppliers around the world to Boeing production facilities in the United States.

The parties have structured the nine-year agreement in a manner consistent with the outsourcing business model under which Atlas Air typically operates. Under that model, Atlas Air will receive contractually determined revenues for the operation of the Dreamlifter aircraft, with Boeing assuming responsibility for certain direct costs, including fuel. Under the CMI arrangement, Boeing will provide and maintain ownership of the aircraft assets.

“Atlas Air is very excited to partner with Boeing as it ushers in a new era in air travel with the first all-new jet airplane of the 21st century,” said William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. “We look forward to working closely with Boeing and to providing world-class Dreamlifter service.

“Our dynamic customer solutions and our ability to integrate with our customers’ operations set us apart from other participants in the aircraft operating solutions market. We believe that our global scope and scale, high-quality service and reliability, cost-effective operations, and premium customer service create a compelling value proposition for our customers.”

Mr. Flynn added: “We are well positioned to execute on our growth initiatives and to drive future revenues and earnings. In addition to the expected start-ups of our new CMI service for Boeing in the second half of this year and for SonAir in the second quarter, we are focused on introducing our new Boeing 747-8 freighters into service in 2011 and on adjacent dry leasing opportunities in our Titan subsidiary.

“When fully implemented, we expect that the annual contribution per aircraft from our Dreamlifter service will meet or exceed the current average contribution that we achieve in our 747-400 ACMI service.”

L-3 Awarded Naval Systems Engineering and Technical Services Contract

L-3 Communications announced that its Command & Control Systems and Software (C2S2) division has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract by the U.S. Navy for systems engineering and technical support services. This is a one-year award with four option years. If all options are exercised, the total contract value will be $187.4 million.

Under this contract, L-3 will provide a broad array of services, including systems engineering and integration, avionics, software and air vehicle technology insertion, environmental engineering, program performance and engineering assessment, analysis, and planning.

“This contract award represents a significant opportunity to support the Navy’s programs over their entire life cycle – from systems design to reclamation and disposal,” said C2S2 president John Medea. “The renewal of this contract affirms our 26-year relationship with our NAVAIR customer and allows our seasoned professionals to continue to provide exceptional support to the warfighter.”

L-3 C2S2, headquartered in Eatontown, N.J., has more than 3,400 employees worldwide and assists its customers in moving technology from concept to deployment by providing systems and software engineering and integration, software development, sustainment and modernization, training, field support services, and logistics capabilities. With established credentials in C4ISR and aviation technologies, C2S2 supports multiple services within the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. To learn more about L-3 C2S2, you can visit the company’s Web site at www.L-3Com.com/C2S2.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 66,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2009 sales of $15.6 billion.