The Department of Defense announced eight new defense contracts, worth $382.4 million in aggregate, on Tuesday. The biggest of these contracts, a $145.2 million contract modification, pays a consortium of several air carriers to provide international airlift services in support of U.S. forces. More traditional defense contractors winning contracts included:

  • General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), whose information technology division won a $50 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide approximately 600,000 hours worth of integrated logistics services work supporting technical analysis and investigations of U.S. Foreign Military Sales Programs, whereby the U.S. government acts as intermediary between U.S. defense contractors and foreign governments interested in buying their wares.┬áCountries that appear to be subject to these investigations include Australia, Egypt, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Taiwan. This contract will run through next November.
  • Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), which won a sole-source, firm-fixed-price contract worth up to $37.5 million to supply weapons system outer wing panels for unspecified aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy.┬áThis contract runs through Nov. 31, 2017.
  • BAE Systems' (NASDAQOTH:BAESY) (LSE:BA) Land and Armaments subsidiary, which was awarded a $26.5 million option exercise to supply technical data and electronic technical manuals needed to operate Low Rate Initial Production units of the new Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer under the Paladin Integrated Management program. Delivery is due Oct. 31, 2016.