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Alion Books Deal to Help Special Operations Forces in the Field

Alion has picked up an $18 million task order to “provide quick responses to Special Operations Forces (SOF) needs for repairs and improvements to critical weapons systems by engineering and prototyping the enhancements in-theatre.”

The Mobile Technology and Repair Complex (MTRC) offers portable manufacturing facility for the SOF at the point of use.

According to the firm, “Alion engineers will enhance equipment, from weapons and night vision mountings to more sophisticated electronic sensor adaptation, bringing mission-specific technologies closer to the warfighter. Currently, it can take months to communicate a problem or need, assess it, make modifications, conduct testing and deploy a solution. With the MTRC, these steps can be performed as needed, putting the improvements in the hands of front line forces more quickly.”

“Connecting our mobile engineering team, many of whom are former SOF, directly with warfighters, gives us the insight to quickly design and enhance equipment to better meet their needs, “ said Chris Amos, Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the company’s Technology Solutions Group. “For example, a newly deployed military vehicle sat 8 inches higher than previous models, which caused a problem with standard mine-detection equipment. Alion specialists were able to build, test and employ a bracket to attach the mine-detection equipment to the vehicle which allowed continued use of this essential piece of life-saving equipment—all in two weeks. The long-term benefits of Alion’s work will be a decrease in the time from technology development to deployment.”

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