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By | August 20, 2007

      Boeing Gains $30 Million SatCom Contract

      The Air Force gave a unit of The Boeing Co. [BA] a $30 million satellite communications contract option, in a deal that eventually may grow to almost $72 million.

      Boeing Service Co. of Richardson, Texas, will continue providing Boeing Broadband Satcom Network (BBSN) service to the Air Force Air Mobility Command.

      BBSN provides high-speed Internet communications and direct broadcast satellite TV service for government aircraft and airborne customers. Supported aircraft include C-32s, C- 40s, E-4s and the full spectrum of VIP and special air mission aircraft.

      Formerly Connexion by Boeing, the satellite network transitioned to the Air Force earlier this year.

      Total value of the modified contract is $53,608,368. This is the fourth option period and represents the fifth year of service undertaken by the BBSN team. The fifth option period, if exercised, would increase the contract value to nearly $72 million.

      Lockheed Gains $23 Million Contract For Norwegian Aegis Frigates Work

      The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] a $23 million contract for follow-on technical and logistics support services for work on Aegis missile control weapon systems on Norwegian frigates.

      Lockheed will provide engineering, technical, logistics and configuration management support services to maintain and enhance performance and effectiveness of the Aegis computer systems on all five F310-class ships.

      During the past three months, the F310 program recorded three significant milestones. In May, the second ship of the class, Roald Amundsen, was commissioned, and the third ship, Otto Sverdrup, was launched. In June, the lead ship, Fridtjof Nansen, successfully completed Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the first-ever three-nation CSSQT with the USS Gridley and the Spanish M�ndez Nunez.

      The Fridtjof Nansen’s participation also marked introduction of the SPY-1F radar system. SPY-1F is a smaller, lighter version of the SPY-1D radar system, working with Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) and Standard Missile (SM)-2 missile capabilities on frigate and corvette-sized ships.

      The SPY-1F detected and tracked all targets in Norway’s CSSQT air defense scenarios.

      The Aegis Weapon System includes the SPY-1 radar, the Navy’s most advanced computer-controlled radar system and available in various configurations to best meet the mission requirements for a naval surface ship. When paired with the MK 41 VLS, it is capable of delivering missiles for every mission and threat environment in naval warfare. The Aegis Weapon System is currently deployed on more than 83 ships around the globe with more than 20 additional ships contracted or planned. In addition to the United States, Spain and Norway, Aegis is used by Australia, Japan and Korea.

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