SOURCE: Westar Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc.

November 09, 2006 07:11 ET

Westar Awarded $2.7 Million Contract to Provide Technical Support Services to Army RESET Program

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 9, 2006 -- The U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) has awarded Westar Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc. a $2.7 million contract to provide technical support services to the Army's RESET Program, whose goal is to expedite the restoration of helicopters returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to deployable condition.

To support the program, Westar will install an enterprise management information system at up to nine RESET sites across the U.S. and in Germany. Called ULLS-A (E), for Unit Level Logistics System-Aviation (Enhanced), the system will provides commanders and aviation support personnel with greatly improved access to readiness and logistics management information, enabling them to make faster and better informed decisions.

"ULLS-A (E) will provide Army RESET with the knowledge it needs to reduce operations costs, improve efficiency, and boost the readiness and availability of aircraft," said Westar's Steve Walters, vice president, Technology Development.

Though RESET is a new program for Westar, the company has decades of experience developing and implementing logistics management solutions for Army Aviation. Westar, in fact, developed for the Army a CTS-A (Common Transition System-Aviation), an upgraded version of ULLS-A that the company originally created for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. CTS-A became ULLS-A (E) after the Army Chief of Staff directed the integration and the fielding of the software to all Army Aviation units.

Together with subcontractor Avion, Westar has already applied ULLS-A (E) software to all Active-Duty, Reserve and National Guard Army Aviation units. Over the past 17 months, the software has been fielded to approximately 80 aviation units and facilities, including five active Army Divisions. This includes the induction into the system of about 1100 aircraft and the training of some 16,000 users.

After Westar installs the software at designated RESET sites, it will send Contractor Field Service Representatives (CFSRs) to each site to ensure smooth operation of the system and network, as well as provide any over-the-shoulder training that may be needed.

In addition, Westar will make available to the RESET Program Management Office, database management and subject matter experts from Bonham Technologies, Inc., the company's other subcontractor on this effort.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., Westar Aerospace and Defense Group, Inc. is a systems engineering contractor with more than $200 million in annual sales and 1100 professionals around the world dedicated to providing high-value engineering, software solutions, logistics and IT support services to the U.S. Department of Defense, allied governments and select commercial customers. Westar is a wholly owned subsidiary of UK-based QinetiQ (LSE: QQ), an international defense and security technology company with approximately 2,500 employees in the U.S.

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