CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
15 May 08. The British Army has bought 24 Australian-made Bushmaster mine-resistant vehicles for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. The vehicles are being delivered from existing stocks and have been shipped to the customer for immediate use. The contract follows and followed the purchase of 25 Bushmasters by the Dutch for AUD 31.7m.
12 May 08. Cohort plc announced that its wholly-owned subsidiaries, MASS Consultants Limited, Systems Consultants Services Limited and Systems Engineering and Assessment Limited have been awarded contracts totalling £6.9m as follows:
* MASS – £1.2m contract for RAF Tornado equipment
* SCS – £2.9m contract for the second phase of delivery on LEAPP
* SEA – £2.75m contract for Merlin Helicopter vibration monitoring
12 May 08. GSV IPT takes innovative approach to fitting UOR upgrades to vehicles on operations. General Support Vehicles Integrated Project Team (GSV IPT) has established a CONDO (Contractors Deployed on Operations) agreement with KBR to fit a range of urgent operational requirement (UOR) upgrades to heavy vehicles operating in Afghanistan. This is the first time the IPT has employed contractors in theatre and the upgrades will ensure troops continue to receive the highest levels of protection and comfort. “The fitment of UOR upgrades to Heavy B vehicles deployed on operations remains one of the highest priorities within GSV IPT,” explains Ian Haskell, project manager, GSV IPT. “The preferred option is always to bring equipment up to the accepted theatre entry standard before deployment. However, with the increased number of UORs being fitted, military manpower within operational theatres do not always have the time to fit them. This solution has been extremely successful and ensures troops continue to receive the highest levels of protection and comfort.”
13 May 08. Norwegian electronics manufacturer Kitron ASA’s subsidiary, Kitron AS in Arendal, Norway, has received a NOK28.2m order from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Defence Communication), part of the Norwegian high-tech group Kongsberg Gruppen ASA. The order covers additional deliveries of the military RadioLink product. (Source: Google)
14 May 08. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an advance acquisition contract with an estimated value of $197,050,000 for long lead materials and effort associated with the Joint Strike Fighter Air System Low Rate Initial Production Lot III procurement of 8 Air Force Conventional Take Off and Landing, 8 Marine Corps Short Take-off and Vertical Landing and 2 United Kingdom, STOVL aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, (35 percent); El Segundo, Calif., (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom, (20 percent); Orlando, Fla., (10 percent); Nashua, N.H., (5 percent); and Baltimore, Md., (5 percent), and work is expected to be completed in Feb. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-08-C-0028).
14 May 08. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide the AAR-54 Missile Warning System (MWS) for its CH-47F Chinook helicopters. Under the terms of the multi-million dollar contract, Northrop Grumman’s Defensive Systems Division will provide eight MWS shipsets and spares, in addition to follow-on support, to the RNLAF beginning in Jan. 2009 and continuing through Jan. 2010.
12 May 08. DRS Technologies, Inc. received three contract awards worth approximately $55m from the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey to manufacture more than 2,300 Tactical Quiet Generators (TQG). The first delivery order is worth $37m, the second delivery award is worth more than $10m, and the third delivery order is v