(PARSIPPANY, N.J.) -- DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS) announced today that it was awarded a $27.5 million contract, including options, from the Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, to upgrade the equipment of the U.S. Air Force's Unmanned Threat Emitter (UMTE) Program, located at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The work will be performed by the company's DRS EW & Network Systems unit in Buffalo, New York. Product deliveries are expected to commence in January 2008 and continue through December 2009.
This contract is a follow-on award based on work DRS completed that included upgrades of the UMTE equipment at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska and new UMTE equipment installed at the Barry Goldwater Range in Arizona. As part of the new contract, DRS EW & Network Systems will install four UMTE Upgrade Program Modification Kits with refurbished hardware, system software upgrades and range integration. The upgraded UMTE is part of the AN/TPT-T1(V) Electronic Warfare (EW) Training Set and will be able to be installed on a trailer for increased mobility.
The contract will allow the company to provide U.S. Air Force pilots with one of the most advanced and realistic EW training capabilities ever fielded.
"The new upgrades for the legacy platforms will offer unprecedented mobility on U.S. Air Force training ranges," said Richard Danforth, president of the company's Command, Control & Communications strategic business unit. "The mobile, lightweight system can be lifted by helicopter or moved by commercial truck to remote locations. This upgrade will allow U.S. Air Force pilots to conduct realistic, time-sensitive target training and provide Nellis Air Force Base's range manager excellent flexibility to identify and adapt the EW threats of an adversary during training scenarios."
The upgrade will increase the program's reliability and decrease operations and maintenance (O&M) costs. Additionally, the UMTE also will provide a detailed post-mission analysis for pilots to assess their performance during training and learn from their mistakes, in order to improve their defensive flying techniques.