Now the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has taken the next step and applied Hyperstealth’s fractal camouflage patterns to hundreds of its vehicles, from Challenger tanks and M109 self-propelled howitzers to truck and jeeps. Meanwhile, the Chinese military has taken notice of the original DID article.
Marotta Controls, Inc. in Montville, N.J., is being awarded a $13.8 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for the production of up to 400 Pure Air Generating Systems (PAGS) for integration into the LAU-7 and LAU-127 missile rail launchers, special test equipment, and engineering and technical support services. Work will be performed in Montville, NJ and is expected to be complete in December 2007. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals, and three offers were received by the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, MD (N00019-06-D-0019).
What’s a LAU-27? And what does a pure air generating system have to do with missile launches, exactly? We’ll start with the latter, as Marotta clarifies:
Gulf Power Co. in Pensacola, FL received $5.8 million for Modification P00006 under an existing utility service contract (N62647-90-F-1804) for electrical distribution hardening as a result of an architecture/engineer study. The idea is to make the system less vulnerable under hurricane conditions, thereby, minimizing significant damage. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Pensacola, FL and is expected to be complete by June 2008. The basic contract was a sole source award to Gulf Power utilizing an existing General Services Administration area-wide electrical commodity contract dated Dec. 12, 1990. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast in Jacksonville, FL issued the contract.