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Lockheed Martin contracted for PAC-3 production for Qatar
by Ryan Maass
Washington (UPI) Dec 28, 2016

Leonardo-Finmeccanica acquires Sistemi Dinamici, SD-150 Hero
Rome (UPI) Dec 28, 2016 - Leonardo-Finmeccanica has finalized its takeover of Sistemi Dinamici, a joint venture between IDS Corporation and AgustaWestland, the latter of which was acquired by Leonardo in 2015.

Under the terms of the acquisition, Leonardo assumes full control of IDS Corporation's remaining shares in the joint venture, in addition to the Hero unmanned helicopter program.

The SD-150 Hero is an unmanned helicopter with civil and military applications. The aircraft is able to operate autonomously based on pre-programmed mission instructions. The unmanned system includes a ground control station that provides full HD video for the operator.

Homeland security applications include border control, disaster assessment, law enforcement and fire prevention. Leonardo officials are confident the acquisition will help them expand their investments in unmanned aircraft systems.

"This acquisition is a testament to the quality of our investments in the field of unmanned systems, a sector with high added value in which Leonardo is a leader in Europe," Leonardo CEO Mauro Moretti said in a press release. "Thanks to a defined investment strategy, our portfolio is further enriched, making Leonardo even more competitive and ready to meet the future challenges in advanced technologies."

Lockheed Martin has received a $29.5 million contract modification to produce PAC-3 missiles for a foreign military sale to Qatar.

The modification supports Qatar's order for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles and a missile segment enhancement task order for a planned flight test.

The U.S. Department of Defense did not identify where work on the contract modification would be performed, but estimates the work will be complete by September 2021. The Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is listed as the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin markets the Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, as the world's most effective air and missile defense interceptor. The solution has been sold to ten international customers, and can be deployed using THAAD launchers.

Bechtel selected for Naval nuclear propulsion components
Washington (UPI) Dec 28, 2016 - Bechtel Plant Machinery has received a $303 million contract from the U.S. Navy to supply nuclear propulsion components.

The Navy uses nuclear propulsion capabilities to power a variety of its vessels, including submarines and aircraft carriers. The solution allows ships to operate by drawing power from a small nuclear power plant installed on the vessel.

The U.S. Department of Defense did not provide an estimated date of completion for the project, but did disclose the work will be performed in Monroeville, Penn., and Schenectady, N.Y.

Bechtel received $205 million in Fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and Fiscal 2017 procurement funding at the time of the award. The contract was not procured competitively. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C., is listed as the contracting activity.

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