In Brief

Aug. 1, 2005

AP Labs & Parker Hannifin sign teaming agreement

Officials at AP Labs in San Diego, a supplier of rugged enclosures, rugged and real-time systems, and contract manufacturing services, have joined hands with Parker Hannifin with plans to develop advanced cooling solutions for the rugged enclosure markets. The agreement lays the groundwork for a relationship between AP Labs and Parker’s Advanced Cooling Systems (ACS) business unit, part of the Parker Aerospace Group. “It is obvious the need by the military for very high performance embedded solutions, that thermal concerns are driving the design of new rugged enclosure solutions,” says Randall Finley, AP Labs president and chief operating officer. “We have multiple options to integrate into existing families of rugged enclosures.” For more information visit and

Army buys more SINCGARS radios for $478 million

ITT Industries, Inc. in White Plains, N.Y., won a $478 million order from the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J., for its Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS). This order is for 73,000 radios under the Army’s SINCGARS Omnibus Contract awarded to ITT’s Aerospace/Communications Division in November 2004. That contract allows U.S. and allied military forces worldwide to order radios and ancillary items as needed to support frontline troops. Systems ordered by the Army include those used in fighting vehicles and tanks, as well as manpack radios that travel with infantry forces. SINCGARS systems provide voice communications and data routing on the battlefield, enabling soldiers to plan their operations securely. For more information, see

Air Force taps Anteon for weapons systems software

Anteon International Corp. in Fairfax, Va., will provide software engineering support for the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The potential value of this 32-month contract is $10 million. Anteon will design, develop, and test the embedded software and hardware of weapon systems platforms for the AFMC. Anteon will also provide support for software and hardware development, systems integration, software and systems upgrades, process improvements, as well as software reprogramming and adjustments to ensure compatibility with current or future hardware. The AFMC is responsible for developing, acquiring, and sustaining aerospace power needed to defend the United States and its interests. The AFMC oversees eight specific mission areas to support the warfighter including product support, information services, supply management, depot maintenance, science and technology, test and evaluation, installations and support, as well as information management. For more information, see

Navy awards $93 million for surface ship engineering

AMSEC LLC in Virginia Beach, Va., will provide engineering support to the U.S. Navy’s Center for Surface Combat Systems. Services to be provided under the contract include system engineering support for surface ship combat systems including AEGIS, as well as support of future systems planned for the DD(X), LCS, LPD 17 and CVN 21 ship classes now undergoing design, development and production. Under this contract, AMSEC will participate in the evolution of existing combat systems and provide support to a wide variety of programs, including open architecture, Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), ballistic missile defense, Navy continuous training environment and ForceNet. Additionally, AMSEC will assist the Center in their key role of implementing the Chief of Naval Operations’ “Revolution in Training.”

BAE Armaments lands combat vehicle upgrade contract

The U.S. Army is asking engineers at the BAE Systems Land and Armaments operating group in Anniston, Ala., to upgrade armored mobile command post vehicles. BAE Land and Armaments, formerly United Defense L.P., will overhaul Army 1068A2, M577A2, and M1064A2 vehicles, and upgrade them to the M1068A3 Standard Integrated Command Post System (SICPS) carrier configuration under terms of a $90 million contract awarded in June from the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Mich. The M1068A3 is modified for the automated command and control through the Army Tactical Command and Control System (ATCCS). About two thirds of the U.S. M577A2 fleet will be converted to either M1068A3 or the more basic M1068 configurations. In addition to ATCCS, the M1068A3 has an improved 5-kilowatt auxiliary power unit, a power and data distribution system, and a 10-meter antenna mast.

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