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Defense Dept. awards $600M in contracts for 5G testing at five bases

Defense Dept. awards $600M in contracts for 5G testing at five bases

Business
Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The Defense Department announced it has awarded $ 600 million in contracts to several companies for testing of 5G communications technology at five U.S. military sites. The testing will be performed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Naval Base San Diego, Calif.; Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Ga.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and Hill Air Force Base, Utah, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Advertisement The Defense Department will include in the testing a pilot of 5G-enabled augmented and virtual reality for mission planning and training, testing 5G-enabled "smart warehouses," and evaluating 5G technologies to enhanced distributed command and control. 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, and the project is designed to explore...
Overpayments ‘rip-off’ on phone contracts could cost you more than £400 a year, Which? says

Overpayments ‘rip-off’ on phone contracts could cost you more than £400 a year, Which? says

Technology
A third of mobile phone customers are still being charged the full price of their contract - even after paying off the cost of their handset, Which? has warned.The consumer rights group is calling for networks to end the "overpayments rip-off", which costs an estimated £182m a year. It estimates some Britons could be out of pocket to the tune of more than £400 annually. Which? found that 36% of people whose contract ended in the past two months are still paying off the price of their smartphone.This is despite providers promising Ofcom that, from February 2020, customers would get a reduced tariff after their contracts end - reflecting the fact that the device had been fully paid for.Three was the worst offender, Which? claims, with 43% of customers whose contracts ended in the past six mo
Pentagon announces $17.4M in contracts under Defense Production Act

Pentagon announces $17.4M in contracts under Defense Production Act

Business
Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The Pentagon announced contracts totaling $ 17.4 million on Friday to retain contractors' workforce capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. All were ordered under the Defense Production Act Title III, which provides the president with broad authority to support, through economic incentives, essential domestic industrial resources involved in national defense and homeland security requirements. Advertisement A $ 3.1 million contract, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, was announced with BioFire Defense LLC of Salt Lake City to expand production capacity for diagnostic testing for the COVID-19 virus. AQYR Technologies received a $ 3.6 million contract to expand production capability of the Global Broadcast Service Portable Receiver Suite. A ...
SpaceX, ULA win large government launch contracts

SpaceX, ULA win large government launch contracts

Science
Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. military on Friday awarded two new defense contracts worth billions of dollars to space launch companies United Launch Alliance and SpaceX, which won a four-way competition, defeating Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman. The contract award means ULA and Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch about three dozen national security missions from 2022 to 2026 -- at a price tag of about $ 1 billion per year. ULA said its contract represents about 60 percent of those missions. Advertisement ULA, a launch provider to the U.S. government for 14 years with Atlas and Delta rockets, is on schedule to launch its next-generation rocket, the Vulcan Centaur, next year, CEO Tony Bruno told UPI in an interview this summer. The new rocket is designed to provide a more efficient, more powerful l...
Pentagon issues two contracts under DPA Title III to sustain workforces

Pentagon issues two contracts under DPA Title III to sustain workforces

Business
July 17 (UPI) -- Two Defense Department contracts totaling $ 36.9 million, to sustain the U.S. industrial base under Defense Production Act Title III, were announced Friday. Arkansas-based Amfuel secured a $ 14.9 million contract to expand production of fuel bladders and auxiliary systems for U.S. military aircraft, and Rolls-Royce will build ship propellers in its Pascagoula, Miss., ship propulsion facility under a $ 22 million agreement. Advertisement The contracts in each case are meant to "retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the disruption caused by COVID-19, and to restore some jobs lost because of the pandemic," the Pentagon said in a statement. It added that the Defense Department remains closely partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of...