Field repair, enhancement for SOF gear

Nov. 23, 2010 at 7:40 AM
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MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Critical U.S. Special Operations Forces systems will be rapidly repaired or enhanced in theater under an $18 million task order to Alion Science and Technology.

Virginia's Alion said its engineers will enhance equipment -- from weapons and night vision mountings to more sophisticated electronic sensor adaptation -- bringing mission-specific technologies closer to the warfighter.

The enhancements will also be delivered to SOF commands for inclusion in future deployments of the systems.

The solution is called the Mobile Technology and Repair Complex and takes a portable manufacturing facility to the point of use.

"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."

The work was awarded as a task order under the Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center contract vehicle. The period of performance runs from Sept. 28, 2010, through Sept. 27, 2013.

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