• Now hear this. Nonjudicial punishment hearings will be held in the case of eight Marine Corps officers implicated in a Defense Department inspector general's investigation of falsifying V-22 Osprey maintenance records.

    Last year's Dec. 11 crash of an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which killed four Marines, happened in a marshy area seven miles from the Marine Corps Air Station at New River, N.C. A ruptured hydraulic line and a flight-control software problem were the main causes of the accident, the Marines judge advocate general ruled in February.

    The IG's office found that the officers either took part in falsifying the records to hide maintenance problems or that they observed other officers tampering with the records and did nothing about it.

    Lt. Gen. Raymond P. Ayres Jr. will conduct the hearings. Marine Corps officials said the IG office's findings drew no link between the falsification of the records and the December accident.

  • Award time. The Army has awarded Computer Sciences Corp. a five-year contract worth $145 million to support simulation and development of missile and aviation systems at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Work will include live, virtual and constructive simulations for both real-time and static applications, including virtual prototyping and virtual battlefield environments.

  • Going airborne. The Navy earlier this month awarded a contract for airborne computer systems to TRW Inc.'s Avionics Engineering Center in San Diego.

    Under the terms of the contact, the center will manufacture and install 43 Group II Mission Computer Replacement Program units for the E-2C Airborne Tactical Data System. If all the options in the contract are exercised, its total value will exceed $26 million.

    The ATDS consists of an auto-detection radar, airborne computers, and a memory and data link system, which give an overall picture of a tactical situation. The Navy uses E-2C Hawkeye aircraft for airborne tactical warning and control.

    After initial testing, the contractor will install units at Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers in Norfolk, Va.; Point Mugu, Calif.; and San Diego. Work is expected to be completed by March 2004.
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