CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
23 Mar 09. The construction of the Royal Navy’s two future Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers continues to gain momentum with the announcement of £80m worth of equipment sub-contracts for several UK based companies. The sub-contracts cover:
* £57m for insulation systems by Ticon Ltd UK, based in Glasgow, sustaining some 350 jobs;
* £1m for water treatment by the Ormandy Group, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
24 Mar 09. Thales UK has signed a GBP25m sub-contract to deliver a high-tech communication system for the Royal Navy’s two new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. This contract win, which secures up to 50 local jobs at Thales’s Crawley site, covers onboard and fleetwide communications, and is an important milestone in the develop-ment programme for these ships, which will be named HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. The onboard (internal to the ship) system – known as the Tactical, Command and Con-trol Voice System (TC2V) – is critical to the everyday operation of a vessel this size. It ensures that the crew has access to onboard information and are in communication with their colleagues across the ship at all times. The system will use Internet Protocol (IP) networks to transmit data and voice, in the same way as modern businesses and offices communicate.
23 Mar 09. Lockheed Martin Corp., – Maritime Systems & Sensors, Baltimore, Md., is being awarded a contract for LCS FY09 Flight 0+ ship construction, class design services, configuration management services, additional crew and shore support, special studies and post delivery support. As this award represents Phase I of a competitive two-phased acquisition approach to procure FY09/FY10 LCS, with Phase II including potential award of up to three additional LCS Flight 0+ Class ships, the award amount is considered source selection information (see FAR 2.101 and 3.104) and will not be made public at this time. LCS Class ships are networked, agile, and high-speed surface combatants with versatile warfighting capabilities optimized for littoral missions. LCS is optimized for flexibility in the littorals as a system of systems that are both manned and unmanned, and mission reconfigurable. LCS focuses on three primary mission areas: Littoral Surface Warfare operations emphasizing prosecution of small boats, Littoral Anti-Submarine Warfare and Littoral Mine Countermeasures. LCS also possesses inherent capabilities to execute other missions such as: Joint Littoral Mobility; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; Joint Special Operations Force support; Maritime Interdiction Operations; Homeland Defense; and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection. Work will be performed in Marinette, Wis. (63 percent); Moorestown, N.J. (12 percent); Washington, D.C., (11 percent); Clearwater, Fla., (4 percent); Baltimore, Md., (4 percent); Arlington, Va., (3 percent); Brunswick, Ga., (2 percent); and Eagan, Minn., (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-C-2303).
24 Mar 09. The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $48m contract for initial fielding and continued development of the Joint Warning and Reporting Network (JWARN). This is a follow-on contract to the company’s initial award in 2003. JWARN will provide the military services near real-time analysis and response capability to minimize the effects of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attacks. The system will enable commanders to understand the tactical and strategic implications of a CBRN attack or hazard and provide information and communications to minimize the contamination threat. JWARN is also highly relevant to homeland-security applications in response to CBRN threats.
19 Mar 09. Rolls-Royce Marine International Inc., Wa