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68 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2024 Department of Defense to Expand Manufacturing of PCBA for Hypersonic Weapons E e Department of Defense announced an award of $11.7 million via the Defense Produc- tion Act Investment (DPAI) Program to Ensign- Bickford Aerospace & Defense (EBAD) that will provide additional printed circuit board assem- bly (PCBA) production capacity at their Sims- bury, CT location. EBAD will increase existing capacity and manufacturing processes to reduce cost and accelerate PCBA production. Northrop Grumman Completes First BOLE Solid Rocket Motor Segment for NASA's Space Launch System E Northrop Grumman Corporation completed the first Booster Obsolescence and Life Exten- sion (BOLE) motor segment for the next- generation Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster. BOLE adds nearly five metric tons of payload capacity for SLS Block 2 Moon and Mars missions above the enhancements already in work for the SLS Block 1B configu- ration slated to fly on Artemis IV. e new solid rocket boosters will be used on Block 2 begin- ning with Artemis IX when all the recovered and refurbished shuttle-era steel cases have been expended. RTX's Collins Aerospace Completes Demonstration with Parasanti on Launched Effects Technology E RTX announced its Collins Aerospace busi- ness completed a successful digital demon- stration with Parasanti on Collins' RapidEdge™ Mission System for Collaborative Uncrewed Launched Effects (LE). Parasanti, a small busi- ness that provides edge computing solutions, was selected for the work through the Pow- ered by Collins Initiative™ to foster technology innovation with Deep Tech small- to medium- sized enterprises. Collins' RapidEdge Mis- sion System enhances mission effectiveness by addressing the system-of-systems aspects of a team of LE air vehicles. U.S. Space Force Awards Boeing WGS-12 Communications Satellite Production Contract E Boeing received a $439.6 million contract to build the 12th Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite for U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command. e WGS constellation delivers vital high-capacity, secure, and resilient communications capabili- ties to the U.S. military and its allies. Lockheed Martin Awarded $219M To Produce Additional PrSM Units For US Army E e U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Mar- tin a $219 million contract to produce more Early Operational Capability (EOC) Precision Strike Missiles (PrSM). e award is the fourth production contract to date for the long-range surface-to-surface missile, which will allow for a significant increase in production capac- ity to meet Army demand. Lockheed Martin delivered the first missiles in December 2023 following a successful November production qualification test. Initial deliveries achieved a major modernization milestone for the U.S. Army, securing needed long-range precision fires capability.

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