Pratt Gains $12.2 Million MDA Liquid Propellant System Contract

The Missile Defense Agency gave Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a unit of United Technologies Corp. [UTX], a $12.2 million cost plus fixed fee contract to develop, fabricate, and test a liquid propellant divert and attitude control system.

That award followed a broad agency announcement.

Work will be performed at Canoga Park, Calif., by next November.

General Dynamics Receives $52.3 Million For Trident Weapon Control Work

The Navy gave General Dynamics Corp. [GD] a $52.3 million contract change for work on the Trident submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile weapon control system for U.S. and U.K. subs.

That will cover work in the current fiscal 2009 into the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011.

This involves, among other things, support for the U.S. and U.K. Trident II (D5) fire control system, and the U.S. conventional missile attack weapon control system.

Work will be performed in Pittsfield, Mass., by April 1, 2011, under the contract, which the Navy Strategic Systems Programs office in Arlington, Va., handles.

Lockheed Gains $6.3 Million For MK 41 Vertical Launch Work

The Navy gave Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] a $6.3 million contract change for engineering services supporting the MK 41 Vertical Launch System.

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors — Maritime Security & Ship Systems in Baltimore will provide design agent engineering services.

Work will be performed in Baltimore and in Ventura, Calif. by May. The Naval Sea Systems Command at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., manages the contract.

Raytheon Gains $40 Million To $334.4 Million U.S. Navy, Foreign Missile Contract

The Navy gave Raytheon Co. [RTN] a $40 million cost plus fixed fee contract to supply missile-related work for both the Navy and allied nations, with options that could raise the total to $334.4 million.

Under the cost plus fixed fee contract for engineering and technical services to support standard missile production programs, Raytheon will provide missiles for the U.S. Navy, which is 64 percent of the contract, and to other countries under the Foreign Military Sales program.

Work in the year-long pact will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., by November next year.

This contract, which was not competitively procured, is managed by the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C.

Lockheed To Receive $49.9 Million For SBIRS Program

The Air Force gave Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] a $49.9 million contract change in the Space Based Infrared System program.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corp. in Sunnyvale, Calif., will provide architectural engineering, software enhancement development, and coordinating schedule shifts to the existing SBIRS baseline.

The contract is handled by the SBIRS Wing at El Segundo, Calif.

Raytheon Gains $77.4 Million PAC2 Contract

The Army gave Raytheon Co. [RTN] a $77.4 million contract option for continuous technology refreshment in the Patriot PAC2 program.

Raytheon will provide the tech refreshment for 166 PAC2 forebodies, advancing them to the Guidance Enhanced Missile (GEM) Plus Frequency Generator Upgrade level.

The work will be performed by Aug. 30, 2011.

The Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., solicited the one bid from Raytheon, and that was the only bid received.

Raytheon Gains Homeland Security Nuke Warning System Contract Worth Up To $2.9 Million

The Department of Homeland Security gave Raytheon Co. [RTN] an initial $764,000 contract to develop a Stand-Off Warning Against Radiological Materials (SWARM) technology.

The first phase of this effort is an eight-month contract managed by the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office under the Exploratory Research in Nuclear Detection Technology Program. It is the first of a five-phase development program worth $2.9 million if all options are exercised.

“The transportation of nuclear material into and within our borders is a serious threat to our nation’s security,” said Michael Del Checcolo, vice president of engineering at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).

“SWARM will develop a radiation detection and localization approach that uses multiple, mobile and highly distributed sensors. This approach will enable first responders to accurately evaluate a situation and take swift action in the event of a threat to our national security.”

In developing a reliable and affordable SWARM solution for DHS, Raytheon is utilizing a business model leveraging the best talents and capabilities of academia, large and small business to provide the best value solution for the customer. IDS is teaming with experts from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M.; ORTEC, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; MIT, Cambridge, Mass.; and Boston University.

Major League Baseball Buys Capacity On Intelsat Satellites In Multi-Year Pact

Major League Baseball will broadcast baseball games via Intelsat, Ltd., satellites in a multi-year deal, Intelsat announced.

The MLB Network providing 24-hour cable programming will use capacity on the Intelsat Galaxy 17 satellite located at 91 degrees West.

The bird will transmit standard and high definition programming for MLB Network, which will launch in approximately 50 million cable and satellite homes in the United States Jan. 1.

Galaxy 17 is part of the Intelsat North American fleet that includes 16 other satellites providing cable and broadcast offerings in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Intelsat announced in September that Major League Baseball International signed a contract for international distribution of its season’s games and highlights to its broadcast rights-holders in Asia, Europe and Latin America. With the launch of the MLB Network via the Intelsat system, Intelsat’s platform will be transmitting baseball programming into four continents.