Pentagon Awards $1.14 Billion in Defense Contracts

The Department of Defense announced 13 new defense contracts Wednesday, worth $1.14 billion in aggregate. One single company, Honeywell International, claimed roughly 44% of the funds on offer, but it wasn't the only winner among publicly traded defense contractors.

BAE Systems (NASDAQOTH: BAESY  ) won a $195.4 million contract to supply the U.S. Army 19 Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Paladin self-propelled Howitzers (SPH), 18 Carrier Ammunition Tracked (CAT) vehicles, 13 SPH Threshold 2 (T2) armor kits, 11 CAT T2 armor kits, and 37 lots of unspecified basic issue items. This contract will run through Feb. 29, 2016.

Exelis (NYSE: XLS  ) subsidiary EDO Corp. won a $13 million contract to supply the U.S. Navy and the Government of Spain with a total of 181 bomb rack unit 70/A digital improved triple ejector racks by March 2016.

Meanwhile, two separate L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL  ) businesses, Communication Systems-West and its L-3 Coleman Aerospace, won a pair of defense contracts totaling more than $80 million in value:

  • Communication Systems-West was awarded a $7.3 million option exercise instructing it to supply the Royal Australian Navy with 13 Common Data Link Hawklink AN/ARQ-59 radio terminal sets under a foreign military sales contract, for use aboard Australian MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. Delivery is due September 2014.
  • L-3 Coleman Aerospace won a $73.4 million contract to develop and manufacture medium-range ballistic missile targets, and to provide integrated logistics support through the time of their use as targets for anti-missile defense system testing. This contract is expected to run through September 2018. 

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