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Lockheed Awarded $395M in
Options to Produce Two More
GPS III Satellites
Lockheed Martin has been awarded $395 mil-
lion in contract options by the Air Force to
produce the ninth and tenth Global Positioning
System III satellite.
The first eight GPS III satellites are in
production at the company’s GPS III process-
ing facility near Denver, Colo. The first is
scheduled to be delivered later this year,
Lockheed Martin said.
The contract includes funding for both long-
lead items and full production for the next
two space vehicles (SVs) in the Air Force’s
next generation GPS III constellation. The
first eight GPS III satellites are already
under contract and in production at Lockheed
Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility outside
Australian Military Buys
AeroVironment Inc. is providing its Wasp
drone to Australia, the first of the company’s
unmanned aircraft to be used by the Australian
military, it was announced.
The Monrovia, CA. company is partnering
with three other companies for delivery and
maintenance of each aircraft system made up
of two 2.8-pound Wasp aircraft and one ground
AeroVironment develops, builds and tests
its unmanned aircraft in Simi Valley.
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Awarded $108.1 Million Navy
The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corp.
a $108.1 million contract to buy 10 Fire Scout
The Pentagon announced the contract on
One third of the work will be conducted in
Northrop Grumman’s Rancho Bernardo, CA. office,
where the company manages all of its unmanned
aircraft programs. Substantial work will be
done in Ozark, Ala.; Fort Worth, Texas; and
Moss Point, Miss.
The helicopters will be the larger variety
of Fire Scout. The so-called MQ-8C is a Bell
model 407 helicopter with added hardware and
software that lets it operate autonomously.
Its cockpit windows are blanked out and it
carries a sensor turret under its nose.
Irvine, CA Based Connectec
Lands $97M Army Contract for
Mortar Weapon Components
Connectec has secured a five-year, $96.7
million firm-fixed-price contract to provide
mortar weapon components and related support
equipment to the U.S. Army.
The Defense Department said in late August
the company will supply parts for 60mm and 81mm
lightweight mortar weapons as well as mounts,
baseplates, direct support tools and basic
issue items for 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortars.
The Army Contracting Command received six
bids for the contract through an online so-
licitation and will provide work location and
funds upon issuance of each order. Connectec
is scheduled to complete work Aug. 16, 2021.
Irvine, California-based manufacturer Con-
nectec offers electro-mechanical interconnec-
tion systems for aerospace, military, communi-
cations, medical and industrial applications.
Colorado and CA Get Navy Work
Arete Associates, Northridge, California,
is being awarded a contract to develop active
and passive sensors for threat detection and
localization in the maritime environment. Suc-
cessful performance would lead to transition
and integration into to multiple fleet surface
ships. The contractor will manage the program
and conduct systems engineering to execute
sensor development, integration, test, and
evaluation of this Surface Ship Periscope
Detection and Discrimination Future Naval
Work will be performed in Longmont, Colorado
(80 percent); Northridge, California (10 per-
cent); and Arlington, Virginia (10 percent).
Work is expected to be completed June 21, 2021.