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Army issues RFP for $5b global satellite program

The Army has released a request for proposals for its $5 billion Worldwide Satellite Systems program.

Under the five-year program, WWSS will bring turnkey commercial satellite systems and associated support services for satellite terminals, including all hardware, software, services and data to operate the terminals.

The terminal types include Combat Support Service Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs); fixed-station satellite terminals; Flyaway VSATs; Military-certified satellite terminals; Prime mover/trailer-mounted satellite terminals; and Deployable satellite Earth terminals.

Army cancels $879m common sensor contract

The Army has pulled the plug on an $879 million Aerial Common Sensor contract with Lockheed Martin Corp.

In September, the Army issued a stop-work order to Lockheed and gave the company 60 days to propose alternatives. The Army mainly found that the weight of the Aerial Common Sensor electronics payload exceeded the capacity of the Embraer 145 airframe, Lockheed's selected aircraft.

In November, Lockheed recommended a switch from the Embraer jet to the larger Bombardier Global Express business jet, but the Army ultimately decided to terminate the contract, finding that the project had failed to meet critical operational performance goals and cost and schedule objectives.

JSF awards acquisition support contract

The Defense Department's Joint Strike Fighter program office has awarded a $10.5 million contract to Dynamics Research Corp. of Andover, Mass., for a range of acquisition support services. The contract has one base year and four one-year options.

Under the terms of the contract, DRC will support evaluation and development of acquisition and sustainment strategies, analytical support for government validation, verification of the autonomic logistics system and other services.

The JSF program is developing next-generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and U.S. allies. Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md., was awarded the contract in October 2001 to develop the F-35 JSF.

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