CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
20 May 08. A second Role 2 mobile field hospital has been delivered to the Norwegian Defence Logistic Organization (NDLO) 5 months early. Marshal Specialist Vehicles (MSV) the Cambridge UK Specialist Vehicle and Shelter manufacturer has delivered the second of three hospitals 5 months earlier than originally planned to meet Norwegian urgent operational requirements. The total contract value for the three hospitals, through life capability management (TLCM) and customer support over three years is in excess of £22m. The hospital, which has been built to conform to full Norwegian and UK NHS standards, offers all the facilities expected in a fully fledged district hospital with full facility such as CAT scan, X-ray, pharmacy, medical gas provision. The basic core of the hospital has full operating theatre and casualty treatment facilities and comes with 16 acute care beds. Additional wards with additional beds for other sick and wounded can be added as required. The basic building blocks of the hospital are the unique MSV double extension shelter. These shelters retract into standard ISO 20 ft container configuration which allows transport on C 130 Hercules Aircraft. When expanded the shelter increases to almost three times its retracted volume. Expansion and contraction is achieved by simple switch controls. The hospital can be deployed and operate in all climatic conditions. Full CBRN collective protection, decontamination and detection are integrated into the hospital.
21 May 08. To support NATO peace keeping objectives in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the Polish Ministry of Defense (PMD) is deploying a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based solution provided by Savi to automate tracking and management of military supplies. This marks the second largest NATO-related installation of Savi’s RFID networked solution and the eighth separate defense force deployment of it worldwide. Savi’s networked solutions are actively operational with defense forces at NATO headquarters, and in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, and Spain. PMD’s Military Property Agency contracted with the Netline Group to procure the Savi Consignment Management Solution, which provides near real-time information on the location of supplies through a network of RFID readers linked to enterprise-level, decision-support software. The Netline Group has partnered with Hertz Systems for services to help install hardware and software. The Savi Consignment Management Solution is based on NATO asset tracking standards that enable it to be interoperable with NATO-allied defense forces. As a result, both national and multi-national consignments can be tracked and managed through tracking networks operated by multiple defense forces when using the same NATO standards-based solution.
19 May 08. AM General, LLC, South Bend, Ind., was awarded on May 15, 2008, a $206,794,684 firm-fixed price contract to add 1,578 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) to contract. Work is to be completed in Mishawaka, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2009. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Tank and Automotive Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity. (DAAE07-01-C-S001)
19 May 08. BAE Systems has received a $60m order to provide thermal imaging modules to Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace AS for its contract with the U.S. Army’s Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) II program awarded in August 2007. The award is the first phase of a five-year contract with a maximum quantity of 6,500 TIM1500 thermal sights for use on CROWS II-equipped U.S. Army vehicles such as the M1114 up-armored HMMWV (High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle) and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Additional contracts could increase the value of the work to $200m, depending on demand for Kongsberg’s PROTECTOR remote weapon station. BAE Systems alrea