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The Department of Defense issued 29 new contracts Friday, worth a combined $1.12 billion, but the U.S. Air Force got pretty short shrift this time -- benefiting from only $161.3 million of the contracts let. Government contractors winning business from the USAF included:

  • Harris Corp (NYSE: HRS  ) , which was awarded a $65.1 million option exercise hiring it to provide one additional year (i.e. through Sept. 29, 2014) of operations, maintenance and logistics support for the U.S. Air Force Satellite Control Network, and, in particular, to maintain and support Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna sites worldwide. Harris's contract will have it working around the globe on the widely spread network, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to... the Kwajalein Global Positioning System site on Kwajalein Atoll.
  • Britain's BAE Systems (NASDAQOTH: BAESY  ) (LSE: BA  ) won a $48.6 million and a seventh option year on a pre-existing contract to manage, operate, maintain and provide logistical support for solid state phased array radar systems for the Air Force through Sept. 30, 2014.
  • Textron (NYSE: TXT  ) got a $9.1 million foreign military sales contract modification to continue work on developing remote terminal interface control documentation for a munitions control unit on India's Jaguar ground attack airplanes through May 15, 2014.
  • Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) won an $8.5 million contract modification to do engineering work necessary to bring one "Air Force One" Boeing VC-25 into compliance with Federal Aviation Agency Airworthiness Directive 2008-23-09. Boeing is expected to complete this work just one week before the next U.S. President is elected -- Oct. 31, 2016.

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