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Pentagon Awards $7.59 Billion in Contracts Tuesday

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The U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday announced a total of 22 new defense contracts worth a combined $7.59 billion. Notwithstanding the large headline number, one single contract for the supply of solar energy to the U.S. Army accounted for 92% of the funds on offer.

As for the remaining funds, they mostly got parceled out in small bundles. A few of the notable winners:

  • Xerox (NYSE: XRX  ) won a contract for $94 million to supply and service "multifunctional devices" -- presumably combination copier/fax/printers, although the DOD does not say so outright -- to the Defense Logistics Agency Document Services division, the Military Sealift Command, afloat elements of the U.S. Fleet Marine Forces, and civilian employees of the federal government deployed abroad "for extended periods." This contract runs through Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT  ) was awarded a $34 million firm-fixed-price contract to supply AN/AAQ-30 Target Sight Systems to the U.S. Marine Corps for installation board AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters as part of the USMC's H-1 Upgrades Program for the remanufacture of legacy aircraft -- converting AH-1W SuperCobra helicopters into AH-1Z Vipers. Lockheed is expected to fulfill this contract by November 2015.
  • General Dynamics (NYSE: GD  ) won a $15.4 million firm-fixed-price, option eligible, non-multiyear contract modification to "definitize" unit pricing on M264 red phosphorus rocket "smoke" rounds that it is to supply to the U.S. Army. 
  • CACI (NYSE: CACI  ) won a pair of contract modifications totaling $14.2 million in value to provide worldwide logistics services supporting the Military Sealift Command's Logistics directorate through October 2014.
  • And finally, Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC  ) was awarded a $12 million cost-plus-incentive-fee, option eligible, non-multiyear contract to do engineering and manufacturing development work on and begin low-rate initial production of the Spider Increment 1A remote control unit for the anti-personnel "landmine" munition system of the same name.

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