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Patriot Shipping receives contract to lift USS Fitzgerald back to the U.S.

Patriot Shipping receives contract to lift USS Fitzgerald back to the U.S.

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Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The Navy's Military Sealift Command announced Friday that it has awarded a $ 3.1 million contract to Patriot Shipping for the heavy-lift transfer of the USS Fitzgerald back to the United States.The Fitzgerald will be moved from the naval base at Yokosuka, Japan, to the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., where it will be repaired and refurbished. The transfer is slated to be completed by November.The USS Fitzgerald was involved in a collision with a Philippine-flagged commercial cargo ship on June 17 that killed seven U.S. sailors and inflicted severe damage to the starboard side of the ship.Retired Vice Adm. Peter Daly, CEO of the U.S Naval Institute told UPI that lifting and transporting a 7,000 ton destroyer is an extensive effort which the Navy relies on ...
Leonardo receives $58M for tactical vehicle computers

Leonardo receives $58M for tactical vehicle computers

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Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Leonardo DRS is receiving more than $ 58 million in new orders from the U.S. Army for the Mounted Family of Computer Systems for tactical vehicles.The contract will provide the Army with dismountable tablets, processor units, and ruggedized touchscreen displays. The production will be performed in Melborne, Fla."We have been able to significantly increase the computing power, storage and mission flexibility of the platform computer, while simultaneously improving performance in all areas of size, weight, power and cost," Jerry Hathaway, vice president of DRS Land Electronics business at Leonardo, said in a press release.The MFoCS is a modular series of networked computers designed for field use with ruggedized components. The have their own encryption systems included. Eac...
Arete Associates receives mine detection contract for Littoral Combat Ship

Arete Associates receives mine detection contract for Littoral Combat Ship

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June 23 (UPI) -- Arete Associates is being awarded a $ 8.5 million contract for the production of AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis subassemblies.The contract will provide the AN/DVS-1 COBRA for the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasures role, the Department of Defense announced Thursday. The work will be conducted in Tuscon, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by December 2019.Fiscal 2017 Navy procurement funds in the amount of $ 8.5 million will be allocated upon award and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.The AN/DVS-1 COBRA is designed for unmanned aerial vehicles to detect minefields and obstacles along coastal waters in anticipation for an amphibious assault. It will be carried on the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter deployed on the L...
Gentex receives $51 million contract for helmets

Gentex receives $51 million contract for helmets

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June 12 (UPI) -- Gentex Corporation has received a $ 51 million contract to provide for more than 35,000 Enhanced Combat Helmets to the U.S. Marine Corps.The move is meant to standardize the helmet used by Marines in both training and deployment. Currently, Marines are only issued the ECH when they are deployed and older models are used in training."Right now, we have three helmets fielded, but the future vision is a single helmet for all operating forces, which greatly simplifies logistics considerations and increases cost savings," team lead of Body Armor and Load Bearing Equipment Nick Pierce said.The ECH is also in use by the Army and Navy. It is meant to provide superior ballistic protection to older helmets along with better suspension pads and retention system.First deliveries of th...