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The Department of Defense started off the new month with a bang on Thursday (if you'll pardon the expression), announcing the award of not one, not two, but... 33 separate defense contracts. In aggregate, the contracts amount to $1.499 billion in combined value -- more, if certain "options" are exercised.
Of the 33 contracts, nine were given out by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, Energy, for purchases of fuel supplies. As for where (some) of the rest of the money went:
- Exelis (NYSE: XLS ) won the largest award of all, a massive $463.2 million, cost-plus-award-fee, multiyear, option-filled contract to provide Kuwait Base Operations and security support services to U.S. Army forces stationed in Kuwait.
- Jacobs Engineering (NYSE: JEC ) was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-filled contract worth up to $63.5 million for unspecified "test support services" to be provided to the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground.
- Bruker (NASDAQ: BRKR ) Detection Corp won a firm-fixed-price, option-filled contract worth up to $37.9 million to supply Improved Chemical Point Detection Systems and on-board kits to the Army.
- Oshkosh (NYSE: OSK ) won a $22 million contract modification funding purchases of Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles -- armored trucks for the Army. The DOD noted that with the modification in place, the cumulative total face value of this contract now exceeds $4.6 billion for Oshkosh.
- Honeywell International (NYSE: HON ) was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-filled contract worth up to $29.4 million to supply T-55 engines for Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The value of this latter contract may increase, as the DOD notes "there is a Foreign Military Sales option included," although the value of this option is not specified -- nor is the country that may be interested in buying Honeywell's helicopter engines.