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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

of Denver.

Australian Military Buys

AeroVironment Drones

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

control system

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

unmanned helicopters.

The Pentagon announced the contract on

Sept. 9.

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

Capabilities program.

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.