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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 081-96
February 13, 1996

JOINT ADVANCED STRIKE TECHNOLOGY CONTRACTS ANNOUNCED

The Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) Program Office announced today the award of two contracts for avionics concept definition and demonstration. The contracts were awarded for critical/enabling technology maturation demonstrations of Multifunction Integrated Radio Frequency Systems (MIRFS). The contractual efforts are divided into three tasks: Concept Definition; Multifunction Nose Aperture (MFA) Integration and Demonstration; and Limited Flight Test Demonstration of MFA Modes.

The goal of the overall MIRFS project is to contribute a lighter weight, lower life cycle cost radio frequency (RF) sensor suite meeting Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and United Kingdom Royal Navy needs.

The contracts culminated the JAST program's fifth major contractual effort and were awarded using a highly streamlined paperless contracting process. The JAST program used a simplified solicitation vehicle in which proposals were submitted on electronic media, evaluated electronically, and awarded using an innovative electronic contracting officer support tool developed by the JAST program.

The following JAST program contracts were awarded on Feb. 12, 1996:

Prime: Hughes Aircraft Company, Los Angeles, Calif.

Award: $54,618,018

Prime: Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Baltimore, Md.

Award: $48,163,861