David Dacquino, SkyLink Aviation Form JV with the First Compliant Afghan Airline

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David Dacquino SkyLink Aviation and Afghanistan-based East Horizon Airlines have formed a joint venture to provide aviation and logistics services across that country, the companies said Nov. 19. The announcement noted East Horizon is the youngest airline in Afghanistan and the first to be compliant with the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority‘s new rules and regulations. “The Afgan...

DynCorp Wins $86M to Help Manage Aircraft Logistics in Afghanistan; Jim Myles Comments

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DynCorp International (NYSE: DCP) has won an $86.6 million contract to help AASKI Technology manage logistics services for an aircraft fleet in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The company will help handle pilots and flight operations and maintain the King Air 300 and King Air 350 aerial fleet for the Task Force Observe, Detect, Identify and Neutralize aerial platforms, DynCorp said Wednesday. Those platforms...

Lockheed Wins $345M Threat Detection Contract Extension

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has won a $345 million contract to continue operating reconnaissance and surveillance systems for the U.S. Army. The tethered Persistent Threat Detection Systems aerostat is built to work in daylight and at night for deployed coalition soldiers in Afghanistan, Lockheed said Monday. PTDS equipment also works to give situational awareness to warfighters by using different...

TCC Wins Radio Encryption Tech Order

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Communications systems supplier Technical Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: TCCO) has won an estimated $870,000 order for a radio encryption tool from Datron World Communications. TCC will provide its DSP 9000 Handset and DSP 9000 Implant Board systems to Datron under an original equipment manufacturer relationship and Afghanistan’s military is acquiring the technology, TCC said Thursday. U.S.,...

AMERICAN SYSTEMS Leadership Talks Transition, Opportunities After Buying SAIC’s T&E Business

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Executives Joe Kopfman, Peter Smith, Chris Braccio and Jason Frye break down the deal and its impact on the Chantilly, Va.-based professional, technical and information technology services contractor. In September 2012, AMERICAN SYSTEMS announced it would purchase SAIC‘s test and evaluation business as it looked to capture opportunities “in a market that traditionally experiences remarkable...

General Atomics Wins $156M for Gray Eagle UAV Engineering

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has won a potential $156,370,264 contract modification from the U.S. Army for engineering services on the branch’s fleet of Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft. The Army awarded the modification on a cost-plus-fixed-fee, option-eligible, non-multi-year basis, the Defense Department said Friday. Work will occur at Poway, Calif. and the Army is allocating fiscal...

David Dacquino Joins SkyLink Aviation as President, CEO

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David Dacquino David Dacquino, the former CEO of engineering and technical services contractor VT Group, has joined Toronto-based SkyLink Aviation as president and chief executive. SkyLink Chairman Harry Green said the three-decade aerospace and defense veteran will work to expand the company’s geographic reach, which has included operations in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Peru...

MITRE, AF Assist Afghanistan in Air Traffic Control Upgrade

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MITRE and the U.S. Air Force are collaborating to update Afghanistan’s air traffic control system and help the landlocked nation implement reduced vertical separation minimum standards. The upgrades are expected to generate fuel savings, increase flight times and reduce workloads for air traffic controllers, according to a MITRE statement. “RVSM condenses the vertical area between aircraft...

Exelis Wins $127M to Operate Army Comm Systems

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ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has won a potential $127,150,517 contract to help the U.S. Army operate and maintain communications systems in Southwest Asia and Central Asia. The Army received five bids for the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract through an Internet solicitation, the Defense Department said Friday. Exelis will also help defend the networks and perform work in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar. Initially,...

General Atomics Wins $110M to Sustain Army Gray Eagle UAS

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has won a $110,261,703 contract modification to continue helping the U.S. Army sustain its fleet of Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft systems. This modification increases the total value of the previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to $354,683,431, the Defense Department said Tuesday. GA-ASI will perform work in Afghanistan and the Army is allocating fiscal...