In a previous article, DID noted that Computer Sciences Corp., America’s third-largest IT outsourcing company with billions in defense-related contracts, was on the block as a potential takeover target.
Now, a Nov 15, 2005 Network World article passes along rumours that a $12 billion sale to Lockheed Martin and/or a group of private equity investors may be imminent. Meanwhile, CSC won a $51 million contract for IT management services at the Department of Defense’s Transportation Command, and extended its long-running contract with Ford. Network World article has additional figures, and also offers a list of companies and military organizations signed to contracts by CSC during the first six months of FY 2006.
In a previous DID article, we noted National Defense Industrial Association President Lt. Gen. Lawrence P. Farrell’s (ret.) comment that the US defense industry had to swim against the national trends and strengthen its domestic manufacturing capabilities. With projects like the LPD-17, the DD (X), and the CVN-21 on its plate, the US Navy is awarding monies to help do just that.
The Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH has awarded a pair of contracts to Lockheed Martin Corp. in Fort Worth, TX, related to the Lot 5 & 6 production batches of the fifth-generation F/A-22 Raptor aircraft. The F/A-22 program has been the focus of controversy, cost concerns, Congressional cutbacks, and lessons learned; at the same time, its combination of stealth and super-agility, range, advanced electronics with potential electronic warfare applications, and sustained supersonic flight (aka “supercruise”) places it in a class by itself among the world’s combat aircraft.
Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Indianapolis, IN received a $70.2 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-02-D-3073). This modification exercises an option for systems engineering, software engineering, technical, manufacturing, life cycle, and facilities support for various Naval Air Systems Command program offices.
Work will be performed in Indianapolis, IN and is expected to be complete in January 2007. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract.