Albuquerque firm gets $60M Air Force contract

Created: 12/19/2013 9:15 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque-based technology firm has been awarded a $60 million contact by the U.S. Air Force.

Applied Technology Associates will be helping Air Force scientists with the development and integration of new technologies. Officials say the work will ultimately lead to better operating systems to support troops.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the contract Wednesday. She says it will help preserve jobs in Albuquerque.

The work will be performed in Albuquerque and at Kirtland Air Force Base. It's expected to be complete by March 2019.

The Air Force Research Lab has a major presence at Kirtland Air Force Base. With a $650 million budget in New Mexico, the lab is responsible for developing space vehicle technology and other technologies that include laser systems and high-power electromagnetics.

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