Starting the week off at a modest pace, the U.S. Department of Defense announced 11 contract awards on Monday worth about $614.7 million in total value. The bulk of the funds on offer, however, went to a single contract winner -- privately held Certified Stainless Service, which was awarded $382.5 million to supply U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies with commercial firefighting equipment. As for the rest of the funds awarded:
- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) won an $18.2 million contract modification to perform modernization on Aegis Combat System-equipped guided missile cruisers and destroyers. This contract should be completed by August 2014.
- Dentsply International (NASDAQ:XRAY) won a $13.5 million option-year exercise extending a contract to supply various medical and surgical products -- also to U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. This contract runs through August 20, 2014. However, there are an additional six potential option-year extensions that may yet be invoked. If exercised, these could extend Dentsply's contract through August 2020.
- International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) was awarded an $11.9 million fixed-price-incentive-firm contract to integrate Air Force military personnel and pay processes into one system under the USAF's Air Force Integrated Personnel and Pay System (AF-IPPS) Program. Work on this contract should be complete by December 2014.
- Textron's (NYSE:TXT) AAI subsidiary won a firm-fixed-price, no option, non-multiyear contract modification worth $11.8 million, funding the purchase of six Shadow unmanned aircraft vehicles and auxiliary equipment for the U.S. Army. This win brings the value of Textron's underlying contract to approximately $1.53 billion in total.
- And finally, L3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multiyear contract modification worth $11.4 million, to supply the Army with 118 Level 2 Manned-Unmanned (L2 MUM) Product Improvement Plan B-Kits, 16 Transit cases #1, and 16 Transit Cases #2. This equipment is used to enable manned combat aircraft to communicate with and control unmanned aerial vehicles.