On Dec 12, 2005, DID noted that Colombia had finalized a $235 million deal with Brazil’s Embraer for 25 Super Tucano/ALX trainer and light attack aircraft. It was the first sale of this upgraded COIN(counter-insurgency) version since Brazil’s own purchase. Now comes news that Embraer has chosen Israel’s Elbit to supply many of the aircrafts’ avionics. Elbit Systems’ share of the project is expected to be worth approximately $17 Million, including the logistics support package. Delivery will take place during 2006 and 2007.
Elbit Systems also supplies a significant portion of the avionics for Brazil’s 99 Super Tucano/ ALX aircraft. See corporate release.
The US military’s Headquarters Cryptologic Systems Group, San Antonio, TX has issued a pair of cost-plus-fixed fee contracts. They’re buying next generation crypto-modernization compliant encryptor/ decryptors for satellite telemetry, tracking and control in 2 configurations: an embeddable solution and an end cryptographic unit. This is logical, as you want one on the satellites and one on the ground. Solicitations began in March 2006, and work will be complete April 2008.
L-3 Communications Telemetry-West in San Diego, CA received a $9.9 million contract (FA8307-06-C-0009). Note L-3’s recent purchase of TDL, which it may be able to leverage in contracts of this sort.
General Dynamics C4 Systems Inc. received a $9.7 million contract (F8307-06-C-0010).