AlliedSignal awarded $180 million contract

June 04, 1993|By Ted Shelsby ((TC | Ted Shelsby ((TC,Staff Writer

AlliedSignal Communication Systems in Towson has been awarded a contract valued at $180 million for the production of satellite communication equipment for use by the Defense Department's multiservice Special Operations Command.

Jack Shaul, director of new ventures at the company, said the five-year contract represents "a new line of business with great growth potential" for the Joppa Road complex, formerly known as Bendix.

Mr. Shaul said the new contract will require hiring new workers as the company moves into the production phase later this year. But he said it was too soon to say how many jobs would be created.

The Baltimore County complex, like many other defense contractors, has been cutting its work force in recent years. It eliminated about 250 jobs in February 1991 after the Air Force canceled a contract for the development of a new electronic system for identifying military aircraft. The facility has 1,200 workers.

The new equipment, known as a multimission advanced tactical terminal, will look much like a home computer and will be used by ground troops dispatched to remote regions of the world for satellite communications with command headquarters.

The contract calls for delivery of 200 units a year and contains provisions for future units to be adapted for use on planes and ships.

In preparing for production, the Towson unit of AlliedSignal Inc. has formed a team that includes AlliedSignal Technical Services in Columbia, and Aeronix Inc. and Summation Research Inc., both in Melbourne, Fla.

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