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L-3 to acquire fellow contractor

L-3 Communications, a provider of secure communications systems and products, announced earlier this month that it has agreed to acquire Emergent Government Services Group for about $38 million in cash.

GSG is an engineering and information services company with expertise in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; modeling and simulation; and space science data systems development.

Upgrades for air combat training

The Air Force recently awarded a contract valued at about $40 million to Cubic Defense Systems Inc. to provide nine Air Force and Air National Guard facilities with autonomous air combat training capability.

Under the contract, the Air Force will receive deployable ground stations for PC-based debriefing stations and refurbished airborne instrumentation "pods" that collect in-flight data and transmit information for real-time monitoring and post-mission debriefings. The new systems will support training for F-15 and F-16 aircraft based at nine locations throughout the United States.

EDS debuts aviation security

Electronic Data Systems Corp. last month unveiled a suite of digital security offerings for the aviation industry.

The security suite combines smart card and biometric technologies with data management and integration capabilities to help ensure the safety and security of passengers, airport personnel and airline employees, said Jim Dullum, president of EDS' global transportation industry group.

The suite's offerings include passenger risk scoring, passenger authentication, employee access using a biometrics- enabled smart card system and airport perimeter security.

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