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The Department of Defense issued 17 new contracts worth $831 million on Tuesday and expanded the scope of an 18th -- a massive $7 billion Power Purchase Agreement for the supply of alternative energy. Among the day's awards not dealing with alternative energy:
- Pfizer (NYSE: PFE ) was awarded a $69.3 million option exercise for the first option-year period (out of seven possible) following completion of a one-year base contract to supply U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies with "various pharmaceutical products" through Sept. 26, 2014.
- Raytheon's (NYSE: RTN ) Integrated Defense Systems division won a maximum $45.2 million "undefinitized contractual action" under an existing basic ordering agreement to supply airborne low frequency sonar helicopter dipping sonar systems, used in anti-submarine warfare, to the U.S. Navy by November 2017.
- Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC ) was awarded an $11.7 million firm-fixed-price delivery order to design, development, and begin production of 10 pieces of "peculiar support equipment" and to supply 29 additional pieces of previously developed peculiar support equipment for Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft. This contract should be completed by March 2016.
- And Boeing (NYSE: BA ) UAV-building subsidiary Insitu won a $7.3 million firm-fixed-price delivery order to make hardware repairs and modifications on ScanEagle Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) already sold to Poland under America's foreign military sales program. Insitu will be supplying entire spare UAVs and spare parts, providing training, and making improvements to the systems' ancillary equipment, including ground control stations and launch and recovery equipment. This work should be completed in September 2014.