CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
14 ApR 09. U.K. Medics and logistics staff who are supporting UK front line operations are to benefit from the introduction of a high-tech, purpose-built temperature controlled medical storage facility thanks to a multimillion pound investment by the MOD. Designed for extremes of environment, the Bulk Medical Storage Facility (BMSF) is a £3m, four-year contract which will provide secure storage for medical materiel at deep frozen, refrigerated and ambient temperatures simultaneously, even when external temperatures rise as high as +58C or drop to -26C. The contract will also provide 88 man-portable refrigerator systems that can be taken closer to front line operations and will keep blood products at +4C.
07 Apr 09. Force Protection, Inc. announced that the Hungarian Ministry of Defence has ordered three Cougar vehicles. The contract calls for delivery of vehicles, spare parts and training by June 2009. The value of the award totals $1.3m.
16 Apr 09. STX France and DCNS have been given the contract to build the French Navy’s third Projection and Command Vessel (BPC) for the French Navy. Work on the third BPC was launched today in Saint-Nazaire by Hervé Morin, the Defence Minister and Patrick Devedjian, Minister in charge of implementing the recovery plan. In line with the recovery plan initiated by the Government in order to face up to the challenges of the world economic crisis, the order of the third Projection and Command Vessel called for the creation of a tailor-made industrial organizational structure in order to achieve the budgetary objective fixed by the state. It therefore not only meets the operational objectives of every new ship ordered by the government but also the specific economic objectives of the recovery plan.
14 Apr 09. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by Alenia SIA to supply a newly designed navigation system for the M-346 advanced fighter trainer aircraft. The M-346 is a fly-by-wire prototype whose modern avionics could enable it to become a trainer for the new generation of combat aircraft and which has recently been selected as the winner in a UAE lead-in fighter trainer and light attack aircraft competition. Northrop Grumman Italia will supply the aircraft transducer unit, a highly accurate and reliable avionics unit which will be integrated into the fly-by-wire control system of the M-346 trainer. The aircraft transducer unit uses a quadruple redundant installation of the company’s LISA-200 fibre-optic gyro attitude and heading reference unit (AHRS).
16 Apr 09. Honeywell International, Inc. Phoenix, Az., was awarded on Apr. 10, 2009 a $73,994,878 firm fixed price, cost plus fixed fee contract for urgent funding action to provided parts support for the overhaul of 1,000 AGT 1500 engines (Abrams Tanks/Army Stock Spares) for program year four (PY4) of the Total Integrated Engines Revitalization (TIGER) program. These parts are required to avoid a break in production at the Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) Turbine Value Stream (TVS) AGT 1500 engine overhaul line. Work is to be performed in Anniston, Al., (13 percent), Phoenix, Az., (66 percent), Greer, S.C., (19 percent), and Rocky Mountain, N.C., (2 percent) with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2010. One bid solicited and one bid received. U.S.A. TACOM, Warren, Mi., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-06-C-0173).
15 Apr 09. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a contract modification valued at approximately $28m from U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM), Rock Island, Ill., to produce M2HB machine guns. This option modifies a contract originally awarded in 2007, bringing the total value to date to more than $100 million. Deliveries from this award are expected to begin in December 2009.
16 Apr 09. Oshkosh Defense received a delivery order from Marine Corps System Command (MARCORSYSCOM) for more than 55 Lo