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Lockheed Martin gets $147 million for U.S. Army trainer systems
by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2016

VPK announces remote-controlled Tigr armored vehicle: Report
Moscow (UPI) Aug 29, 2016 - Russia's VPK company has designed a remote-controlled version of its armored Tigr vehicle, Russian news agency Tass reported.

The vehicle is armed with a 30mm gun that can move and fire via an operator's commands and can also identify and track targets on its own, VPK CEO Aleksandr Krasovitsky was quoted by Tass as saying.

It is currently undergoing test runs and firing tests, and has performed well so far, Tass reported.

VPK has managed to mount the 30mm gun on a two-axle armored vehicle while keeping the total mass under nine tons, Krasovistky said.

The Tigr is a multi-purpose vehicle designed for counterterrorist operations and used by several units of Russia's Defense Ministry and the Ministry of the Interior.

It features high reliability in high-heat desert environments. It can negotiate sand dunes and cross wet gaps as deep as four feet, VPK said.

Lockheed Martin has received a $147 million contract modification for work on the U.S. Army's close combat tactical trainer.

The modification allows a continuation of engineering, materials and equipment, personnel, testing, technical management and logistical support needed to complete trainer system upgrades.

Work locations will be determined with each order, and all work is estimated to be completed by September 2017.

The close combat tactical trainer integrates all facets of combat vehicle operations, immersing troops in the scenarios they will face on the battlefield, Lockheed said.

Units train and are validated in tactics, doctrine, weapons systems, mission planning and rehearsals using the trainer.

It presents logistics, artillery, mortar and aviation units with realistic terrain in which soldiers move, shoot and communicate by operating combat vehicles and employing simulated weapon systems.

The trainer encompasses the reconfigurable vehicle simulator and the reconfigurable vehicle tactical trainer, providing real-time, collective training to units of all sizes.

Lockheed Martin gets $287 million C-130J contract
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2016 - Lockheed Martin has received a $287 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for five additional C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

Work will be performed in Georgia and is expected to be completed by April 2020.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.

The rugged Super Hercules conducts a variety of missions, including combat, humanitarian, special operations, aerial refueling, firefighting and search and rescue missions.

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