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Look for Seal Beach, Calif.-based Rockwell International Corp. to become a bigger player in commercial markets for factory automation systems with the $1.6 billion acquisition of Reliance Electric, Cleveland, Ohio, targeted to extend the one-time defense giant's portfolio away from weapons systems. Rockwell is predicting sales of about $12.6 billion including its new acquisition, with about 70 percent of that number deriving from commercial sales. About $3.5 billion of that will come from industrial automation equipment sales.
Rockwell will make an all-cash tender offer for all shares of reliance at a price of $31 per share of Class A stock and an equivalent price for common shares.
This week we're awarding a second prize, since the Rockwell move is not technically a contract: Westinghouse Electric Corp., Baltimore, Md., won a $195.8 million deal to supply 157 fire control radars to Taiwan to be installed in F-16 fighters. Seven pre-production systems are due by the first quarter of 1995, with the finished products to be delivered through February 1999.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Bell Atlantic Corp., Philadelphia, Pa., nailed a $25 million contract with the U.S. Navy, its largest ever with that service, to provide voice, data and telecom equipment and services to the Naval Air Warfare Center, Patuxent River, Md. The contract will bring the base up to ISDN standards, connect it to the Defense Switched Network, the FTS 2000 government telecom system and the local exchange network.
Raytheon Service Company, of Lexington, Mass., has been awarded a U.S. Navy five-year contract for $77 million to operate and maintain Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar systems.
Martin Marietta Services Group of New Jersey has been awarded a $20 million, five-year contract by the U.S. Air Force to provide engineering support of development and operation of Air Combat Engagement Simulators, used for air-to-air combat training.
Analysis & Technology of Stonington, Conn., has won contracts with the Navy for moored mine clearing sets and Tomahawk missile engineering support totaling $14.4 million.
The Naval Regional Contracting Center of Philadelphia, Pa., has awarded Arlington, Va.-based Dual Inc. a $6.7 million contract for technical and engineering services, and a five-year, $5.8 million contract to provide engineering and logistics management support services for various weapon systems for several naval aircraft. The company has also received a $1.1 million contract from the Ogden Air Logistics Center in Utah to modify the U.S. Air Force's Missile Launch Communications Systems Trainer.
Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., has been awarded a $4.1 million subcontract to produce digital map computers for U.S. Air Force helicopters.
VSE Corp., Alexandria, Va., won an $11 million, four-year contract with the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command to support the M992 Field Artillery Ammunition support vehicle. VSE is a professional services company founded in 1959.
Systems & Computer Technology Corp. of Malvern, Pa., has been awarded a 10-year, $10 million contract from the city of Greenville, S.C. to manage, staff and operate the city's Management Information Services Department.
Computer Data Systems Inc. of Rockville, Md., has been awarded a $9 million, three-year contract by the Resolution Trust Corp. to provide programming and systems support to facilities in Denver.
The U.S. Postal Service has awarded an $8.5 million follow-on contract to Westinghouse Electronic Systems to upgrade electronic letter-sorting equipment at nearly 100 mail facilities across the country.
Sytel Inc., Bethesda, Md., won a $3.8 million, one-year contract with the National Institutes of Health's Division of Computer Research and Technology. The company also netted a $2.7 million deal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide data support.
Reading, Mass.-based TASC has been awarded a $1.5 million contract through Cimad Consultants N.V., a Belgium-based prime contractor, to help develop a simulation system to train European air traffic controllers.
Unisys Corp., Blue Bell, Pa., won a $2 million, three-year agreement with Mitsui & Co., a Japanese trading business, to provide systems processing support on Mitsui's Unisys enterprise server. The company will operate the contract through its Cherry Hill, N.J. data center.
Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer approved a loan for the completion of the Cambridge Industrial Training Center in Maryland's Dorchester County. The center will include a $55,000 distance-learning center donated by Bell Atlantic, to access courses from the University of Maryland and other universities.
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