APL signs rich contracts with Navy and NASA

Maryland Watch

October 04, 1997

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has signed long-term contracts with the Navy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that represent more than three-fourths of the lab's funding for the next five years.

The $1.6 billion Navy contract ensures that APL will continue its role as a major developer of new technology for the nation's fleet of warships. The lab provides research, engineering and technical services on projects such as the Aegis combat system and the Standard missile.

"Since 1942, APL has been one of the primary reasons our naval forces have maintained a technological advantage over every other naval force in the world," said Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, the Republican who represents the Laurel district where APL is located.

The lab also signed a five-year, $500 million contract with NASA to provide research, design and other services on projects such as the Mission to Planet Earth and the Discovery Program.

Neither contract guarantees funding; instead, each represents a total amount of work that might be requested of the lab over that period.

Pub Date: 10/04/97

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