30 Apr 07. BAE Systems lands major IFPA contract. BAE Systems has been awarded a £30m (USD59.9m) contract to manage Assessment Phase 2 (AP2) of the British Army’s Indirect Fire Precision Attack (IFPA) programme as well as the Loitering Munition Capability Demonstration (LM CD) programme. Within the recently formed Defence Equipment and Support organisation (a merger of the Defence Procurement Agency and the Defence Logistics Agency), the IFPA programme is being run by the Future Artillery Weapon Systems (FAWS) Integrated Project Team (IPT). (Source: Jane’s, JDW)
08 May 07. QinetiQ wins PECOC defence clothing assessment contract. QinetiQ has competed and won a 16-month contract, valued at over £3.5m, for the Ministry of Defence’s PECOC (Personal Equipment and Common Operational Clothing)Assessment Phase. QinetiQ and a team from the MOD will look to gain a better understanding of possible future requirements, looking at the complete range of fit-for-purpose clothing, load carriage and protective equipment, including helmets and body armour, across the armed services.
08 May 07. Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $105,462,144 cost-plus-scheduled event-based incentive fee contract for system design and development of the Block 2 upgrade to the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), guided missile weapon system, in support of the Program Executive Office-Integrated Weapon Systems. The RAM MK 31 Guided Missile Weapon System is co-developed and co-produced under a NATO cooperative program between the United States and Germany. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms. The Block 2 upgrade will enable the RAM missile to more effectively counter the emerging threat of more maneuverable anti-ship missiles. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by December 2010.Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity
09 May 07. Raytheon Company has been awarded a $59m contract for work on the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) program. The Naval Inventory Control Point contract provides for logistics support for CEC USG-2 shipboard equipment sets to include supply, repair and life cycle support.
01 May 07. US Navy requests new IRST system for Super Hornets. The US Navy (USN) has asked Super Hornet manufacturer Boeing to produce a new infrared search-and-track (IRST) system for the F/A-18E/F fighter. The system will allow the detection of IR radiation emanating from enemy fighters, surface-to-air missiles and other objects beyond visual range. Boeing officials told Jane’s on 30 April that the USN has allocated USD157 million for the new Super Hornet IRST system in the 2008 Program Objective Memorandum, which is the Department of Defense’s five-year budget plan. (Source: Jane’s, JDW)
04 May 07. The U.S. Air Force awarded an $8m contract boost to a unit of Boeing Co. for time and materials for the C-17 aircraft. The pact will cover one-time engineering costs and materials not included in the program’s fiscal 2005 and 2006 budget. The Material Improvement Program was created by the Air Force to pay for additional materials or work not included in the original contract. The company is expected to complete the work in November 2007.
07 May 07. Inmedius is pleased to announce a multiyear contract with Akimeka Technologies, LCC, in conjunction with Northrop Grumman Corporation, for its S1000D Publishing Suite™. Northrop Grumman’s Technical Data and Software Systems (TDSS) is mentoring and working with Akimeka, a Honolulu-based company that provides innovative network, software, and web-driven solutions to Department of Defense (DoD) customers. The business team is utilizing the Inmedius software to support a Navy E2-C Hawk