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NH Business Newsreel: BAE lands $221 million F-16 contract

February 10. 2015 11:38PM
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 40 aircraft after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft during a mission over Iraq on 10 June 2008. This F-16 is assigned to the 34th EFS Balad Air Base, Iraq and is deployed from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo)

BAE lands $221 million F-16 contract

NASHUA — BAE Electronic Systems has been awarded a $221 million contract to provide equipment for F-16 fighter jets sold to Morocco, Egypt, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Portugal, the Air Force announced on Tuesday.

The work will be performed in Nashua and at BAE facilities in Ft. Worth, Texas, and is expected to be complete by February 2020.

Industry analysts speculate that it could be for data links, sensors, electronic countermeasures or any number of other high-tech BAE products.

All of the countries cited in the announcement operate F-16s, the most widely used single-engine fighter in the U.S. and allied nations.

BAE Systems in Nashua also makes advanced electronic equipment for the stealthy F-35 fighter that will replace the U.S. Air Force’s F-16s and eventually those of our allies.

UNH Manchester to offer analytics degree

MANCHESTER — University of New Hampshire Manchester will offer a bachelor’s degree program in data analytics this fall, one of only a handful of such programs in the country and the first in the region, the university said.

The program will focus on both technical skills and soft skills such as effective communication and collaboration.

Utilities sign on to Xeros partnership

MANCHESTER — Six utility companies have agreed to offer incentives for customers to convert to low-energy, low-water laundry system marketed by Xeros, a British company with its American headquarters in the Manchester millyard.

Natural gas companies in Massachusetts, Connecticut, the upper Midwest, and the West will offer the incentives, Xeros said in a press release issued Tuesday.

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, National Grid and Liberty Utilities already offer incentives to customers who have committed to reduce their energy and water consumption through the use of the Xeros polymer bead cleaning system.

Utility company customers include hotels, commercial and industrial laundries, dry cleaners and fitness centers.

Xeros uses the Manchester company, Sterling Linen Services, to showcase the benefit of its product. Xeros said a polymer bead cleaning system installed at Sterling in 2014 delivered a 98 percent reduction in natural gas use and 76 percent drop in water use.

Sterling received an energy efficiency rebate of $28,000 through Liberty Utilities.

Utilities agreeing to offer incentives are Columbia Gas of Massachusetts; Connecticut Natural Gas; Pacific Gas & Electric, Questar Gas, Southwest Gas, and Xcel Energy.

Xeros uses polymer beads as the active ingredient for removing stains from fabrics.


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