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McDonnell Douglas of Washington, D.C., has refreshed a $14.2 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force to produce 80 C-17 Globemaster III military transport planes. The planes will cost approximately $16.2 billion, with a separate contract for the engines, which are produced by Pratt & Whitney. McDonnell Douglas has already built 40 C-17s under a 1981 contract with the Air Force and faced no competition in its contract renewal.
Production of the C-17 is a nationwide effort of more than 27,000 workers, with major operations in Long Beach, Calif.; St. Louis; Tulsa, Okla.; and Macon, Ga. Construction will begin in 1997 and finish in 2003, producing 15 airplanes a year. According to Don Kozlowski, senior vice president, Military Transport Aircraft and C-17 program manager, contracting all 80 airplanes at once is a more commercial approach to building planes because the company can invest in process and production improvements, better plan its work force and more efficiently schedule production work.
Department of Defense
Computer Sciences Corp. has been awarded three contracts with the U.S. Navy with a total potential value of $65 million. In the first contract, CSC will serve as prime contractor and provide hardware and software design, architectural studies and related integration services in support of the Navy's Advanced Combat Direction System in San Diego. The contract awarded by the Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Center, Research & Development, Test & Evaluation Division has a base-year value of $7 million and four option years, with a total contract value of $36 million. ACDS is a shipboard command, control and communications system for deployment on surface combatants, airborne platforms and shore sites.
Science Applications International Corp. has won a contract to supply systems engineering and technical assistance support to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's High Altitude Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program. The contract has a total value of $20 million over two years with an additional option year, and is a follow-on effort to the original SAIC HAE UAV contract. SAIC's team members include the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan and the Analytical Sciences Corp.
BDM Federal Inc., McLean, Va., has been awarded a contract valued at $30 million by the U.S. National Guard Bureau. BDM will provide a broad range of information technology services and support.
MCI, McLean, Va., has been awarded the $165 million Telecommunications Satellite contract by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Defense Information Technology Contracting Office. The contract calls for MCI to build and deploy a nationwide satellite communications network to enhance the flow of radar information and computer, navigational and weather data to air traffic control facilities.
ViaSat Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., has won an $11 million follow-on contract for the final development and fielding of a network control system for a worldwide UHF Demand Assigned Multiple Access satellite communications network for the Defense Department.
VISTRONIX Inc., Vienna, Va., was awarded a task order contract valued at $35,000 with the Loudoun County Government. VISTRONIX has begun assisting the Computer Services Department in system analysis, design and implementation of an enhancement to the county's Tax Administration System.
The Department of Energy and Solar Turbines Inc. have jointly funded and awarded a contract worth $2.8 million to Catalytica Combustion Systems Inc., Mountain View, Calif. Catalytica will develop catalytic combustion for the next generation of turbines under development at Solar Turbines. These turbines are being developed as part of Phase III of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Turbine System program.
SYSTRAN Software Inc., La Jolla, Calif., has been tapped by the National Air Intelligence Center to develop machine translation software products and services for the intelligence community. The five-year contract is worth approximately $10 million. SYSTRAN will create translation software for several Eastern European languages, including Serbo-Croatian-into-English.
Data Procurement Corp., Gaithersburg, Md., has been awarded a contract under a $20 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration project. DPC will provide internetworked scientific workstations interconnected by high-speed networks.
Advanced Refractory Technologies Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., was awarded a $70,000 contract from NASA. The Phase I SBIR contract will cover evaluation of its DYLYN coatings as electrically conductive, flexible coatings for space applications.
BDM Federal Inc., McLean, Va., has been awarded a subcontract from Amdahl Corp. worth $40 million to provide information systems support to the U.S. Postal Service's Production Operations Group.
Trimble, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been awarded a follow-on contract worth up to $5 million over three years by Glenayre Technologies to provide Global Positioning System timing technology for integration with Glenayre's wireless communication network systems.
Compaq Computer Corp., Houston, has been awarded a contract with Microsoft Corp. by Smith Barney Inc. and Travelers Group. The $170 million contract makes Compaq the primary provider of all PCs and servers, and Microsoft the primary provider of software for both Smith Barney and Travelers over the next three years.
GE Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass., has awarded the University of Rhode Island's Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department a contract worth $87,000 for redesign studies of two high-volume automotive instrument panels.
The Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Neb., has awarded a contract worth $300 million to Stone and Webster Environmental Technology & Services and its subcontractor R&R International Inc. The Omaha Total Environmental Restoration Contract is for four years with two, three-year option periods.
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