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Santa Clarita firm to receive part of defense contract

Posted: February 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.


A contract awarded to Raytheon by the U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday also involves local aerospace company Woodward HRT of Santa Clarita.
Arizona-based Raytheon was awarded a nearly $40 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-priced target contract for the Lot 12 low rate initial production of 47 AIM-9X Block II tactical missiles for the Navy and Air Force, as well as optical detectors, containers and special test equipment.
This new contract combines purchases for the Air Force and Navy and means funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work is expected to be completed in January 2014.
Arizona firms will perform 41.42 percent of the work, Massachusetts firms will work 10.12 percent, and Woodward will handle 5.71 percent locally. The remaining defense contract work will be distributed to other locations throughout the U.S.
“We currently supply Raytheon with product for the AIM-9X program,” said Ted Papenthien, vice president and general manager with Woodward, Santa Clarita.
Woodward integrates leading-edge technologies into fuel, combustion, fluid, actuation and electronic control systems for the aerospace and energy markets.
“A purchase order for Lot 12 hardware has not been received, however, we could receive one sometime in the future,” Papenthien said.
Other California firms receiving work from the contract are located in Goleta, El Segundo, El Cajon, San Jose, San Diego, Chatsworth and Newbury Park, but none of those regions are receiving more than 3 percent of the contract.


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