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U.S. Marine Corps command and control system passes test
by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Scottsdale, Ariz. (UPI) Sep 21, 2016

L-3 Communications getting electro-optical sensor contract
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2016 - L-3 Communications Corp., doing business as L-3 KEO, is being awarded a $20,138,900 contract for MK 20 Electro-Optical Sensor Systems and radar cross-section kits.

The Department of Defense said the firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost only contract is being awarded to the company by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command.

The contract combines purchases for the United States Navy and the government of Japan under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

The MK 20 electro-optical sensor system used with the MK 34 gun weapon systems on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, Ticonderoga-class cruisers and U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutters, as well as ship classes of various allied nations.

The award includes provision of depot spares. The spares will support the gun systems by performing safety check-sighting, look-point-shoot, range, identification of counter-battery targets, and identification of short range surface targets.

Fiscal 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Navy shipbuilding and conversion funds, foreign military sales funding, fiscal 2016 other Navy procurement funds in the amount of $20,138,900 will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year, the Department of Defense said.

General Dynamics Mission Systems' Common Aviation Command and Control System recently completed a U.S. Marine Corps operational test, the company announced Wednesday.

The successful test was undertaken during a Marine Corps weapons and tactics instructor course in Arizona, General Dynamics said in a statement.

Also known as CAC2S, the system is a command and control system that integrates information from various aerial and ground-based radar systems and sensors to enable greater interoperability.

It is used by the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and visually combines ground and aviation command and control data for increased situational awareness and quicker decision making.

The course is as close to actual combat as training allows.

CAC2S can be scaled from small, expeditionary operations to large operations conducted by air, sea or land.

General Dynamics has worked with the Marine Corps on the program since 2012.

Marines approve fielding of Oshkosh extendable boom forklift
Oshkosh, Wis. (UPI) Sep 21, 2016 - The U.S. Marine Corps has approved the fielding of Oshkosh Defense's extendable boom forklift fleet, the company said Monday.

Oshkosh will begin delivering the vehicles to initial fielding locations this month, the company said in a statement.

The company is slated to deliver 535 vehicles by late 2017 to the Marine Corps and Navy, ahead of the program's projected completion date of 2019.

Oshkosh is producing the vehicles as part of a max $99 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.

The updated vehicle is equipped with several new features that increase loading efficiency and operator safety during downrange missions.

Upgrades include forklift options to handle 7,000- and 11,000-pound payloads with smaller attachments, as well as a relocated hydraulic manifold that can more efficiently load and unload aircraft.

A two-piece cab featrues an armored upper cab option for greater operator protection.

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