Air Force Opens New Competition for GPS III Satellites

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The U.S. Air Force has opened the door to more industry competition for the branch’s Global Positioning System III satellite program. A June 4 FedBizOpps post by the Air Force encourages contractors to submit ideas on production methods for 22 succeeding GPS III space vehicles and associated navigation payloads. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is contracted to build eight satellites under the program...

NATO Country Buys Exelis Radios to Secure Data Backbone

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Exelis (NYSE: XLS) will supply a NATO client with high-capacity radios that are intended to serve as the customer’s communications data backbone under a $12 million contract. The data radio system is designed to protect data connections between command headquarters and ground forces, Exelis said Monday. Exelis will perform the work through 2016 at its Basingstoke, Hampshire-based facility. The NATO...

Rich Sorelle: Exelis Seeks C4ISR, Analytics Portfolio Growth With Celestech Buy

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Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has acquired technology development and engineering services firm Celestech in a move to grow Exelis’ portfolio of C4ISR and data analytics offerings. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed and Exelis does not expect the transaction to have a material impact on its second quarter 2014 results, Exelis said Thursday. Celestech builds signal processing systems for satellite...

David Melcher: Exelis Eyes Asia-Pacific Market Expansion With Regional HQ

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David Melcher Exelis (NYSE: XLS) plans to open a regional headquarters in Melbourne to address aerospace, defense and information security requirements of customers across the Asia-Pacific region. The company will also build a facility in Melbourne that will research, develop, test and integrate technology in areas such as networking, analytics and electronic warfare, Exelis said Wednesday. David Melcher,...

Exelis Subsidiary to Build NASA Earth Scanning Radiometer for Up to $208M

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An Exelis (NYSE: XLS) subsidiary will develop develop a scanning radiometer for NASA to measure the Earth’s energy balance under a potential $208 million contract. ITT Space Systems LLC will make the Radiation Budget Instrument that is scheduled for launch in November 2021 aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System 2 spacecraft, NASA said Friday. Researchers will work to relate the Earth’s...

David Melcher: Exelis Services Spinoff ‘Vectrus’ to Offer Tech, Supply Chain Mgmt Services

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David Melcher Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has decided on a name for the future military and government services company that will spinoff from Exelis sometime during the summer of this year. Currently part of Exelis’ mission systems segment, Vectrus will have 7,000 employees in more than 100 locations across 18 countries and has operated in the services market for more than 50 years as part of Exelis...

Noblis Buys Exelis’ FAA Comm Info, Network Programs Contract; David Fastabend, Amr ElSawy Comment

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David Fastabend Nonprofit science and technology organization Noblis has purchased a Federal Aviation Administration-focused business unit from Exelis (NYSE: XLS) for an undisclosed sum. Exelis employees working on the communications information and network programs portion of the FAA’s Enterprise Communications Support Services contract joined Noblis on Feb. 10, Noblis said Tuesday. “The...

Exelis to Equip Pakistan’s Defensive Electronic Warfare System; Joe Rambala Comments

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Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has received a $9 million order from the U.S. Air Force for spare electronic warfare components, adding to their $53 million contract in December 2011 to supply EW systems to Pakistan. The company said Tuesday the spare components are for the ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite systems it delivered under the original contract to block radio frequency attacks...

Exelis to Repair and Modify Navy Minesweeper Systems; Dave Prater Comments

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Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has won a $13 million, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division to provide maintenance, repair and modification services to its two airborne mine countermeasure systems with the U.S. Navy. The company said Monday it will work on the Airborne Mine Neutralization System and the MK-105 Minesweeping System, which the Navy has...

Pamela Drew Promoted to EVP Ranks at Exelis; David Melcher Comments

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Pamela Drew Pamela Drew, president of Exelis‘ (NYSE: XLS) information systems business, has been promoted to an executive vice president role the aerospace and defense contractor. She will continue to lead and direct the company’s strategic growth platform in the area of critical networks, Exelis said Thursday. “This promotion is well-deserved and I’m looking forward to seeing her...