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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Jul 3, 2011

AAR AAR Wins New Award for Airlift Services. AAR announced today that it has been awarded a task order from the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) to provide airlift support for U.S. Department of Defense operations in Afghanistan. The task order has an initial base period that runs through May 31, 2012 and three one-year renewal options with an estimated total value of $240 million. AAR was awarded all the work that it bid for this multi-year program. The task order calls for the renewal of 10 fixed-wing aircraft that the Company currently operates in the region and the addition of two aircraft, scheduled to enter into service October 1, 2011. On Friday, June 24, USTRANSCOM issued an announcement that included funding for the initial base period of approximately $49 million for the 12 aircraft. AAR's Airlift Group provides expeditionary airlift services and performs specialized aircraft modifications in support of national defense, security and humanitarian relief operations. Under current contracts, the Company provides airlift for the Department of Defense in three regions around the world, using both fixed-wing aircraft and rotary-wing aircraft to transport personnel, supplies and mail over land and at sea. AAR is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and government and defense industries. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation, government and defense customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; Structures and Systems; and Government and Defense Services. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com. Jun 28, 2011

Accenture Accenture Wins Research and Development Contract from U.S. Air Force Electronic Systems Center. The U.S. Air ForceOs Electronic Systems Center Capabilities Integration Directorate (ESC/XR) has awarded Accenture a 24 -month, $17.2 million contract to conduct risk reduction and prototyping for advanced command and control services. The engagement focuses on developing advanced decision support services, information exchange and system interoperability. Prototype solutions will be designed to improve decision making in the command and control process and assist with risk reduction for the warfighter. Through Internet-based technology, the Accenture engagement will shorten the time needed to develop new modeling programs. The resulting systems will provide the U.S. Air Force with improved information management systems that supply commanders with the data needed for advanced planning and smarter decisions regarding battle management and war gaming. The Air Force operations are based out of Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Work will be performed at AccentureOs locations in King of Prussia, PA; Camden, New Jersey; and Joplin, Missouri. This contract award is the most recent win in a string of successful projects that highlight Accenture's work for the Department of Defense and Accenture's work for the U.S. Air Force.

Jun 29, 2011

Ball Corporation Ball Aerospace Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Antenna Manufacturing Center Expansion. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. today opened its expanded Aerospace Manufacturing Center (AMC) in Westminster, CO. Community leaders, elected officials, customers and media representatives were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the $14.6 million expansion project. The original 160,000-square-foot two-story building that houses Ball's antenna and video technologies development, product and test facilities, including two anechoic test ranges, has been enlarged by nearly 28,000 square feet. The expansion creates increased manufacturing space for Ball's tactical video technologies, phased array and conformal aperture antennas, including large programs such as the Zumwalt Class Destroyer, Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, and Geodesic Dome Phased Array Antenna. The AMC was also expanded for high volume antenna manufacturing of the F-35 Lightning II military aircraft. Through the year 2036, Ball will build 48,000 F-35 antennas under contract to Lockheed Martin. Ball Aerospace currently has 30 full time employees working the program and expects that number to increase to nearly 200 employees at full production. The contract value of the F-35 to Ball Aerospace is estimated at $677.2 million. As part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Lockheed Martin showcased its F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit demonstrator to employees, state and local elected officials and the media. With 15 supplier locations in Colorado, the F-35 program...

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