CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF
28 May 09. Saab has received an order from FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) for a modular medical care system. The contract is valued to approximately SEK 120m, with options continuing up to and including 2013. The system will be used in international operations and for training.
27 May 09. DRS Technologies, Inc. announced today that it received a $217m contract to produce rugged computing systems which include Joint Platform Tablet military rugged tablet (MRT) computers, keyboards, docking stations, interface cables and base plates in support of the Movement Tracking System (MTS) for the U.S. Army. The systems are designed and manufactured at the DRS Tactical Systems business unit in Melbourne, Florida. Deliveries will begin this year and continue into 2010.
28 May 09. BAE Systems has received orders worth around $118m (70m) for 63 more M777 howitzers, taking the order total to exactly 800 guns.
The U.S. is buying 38 guns for the Marines and Army while Canada is acquiring 25 more through the US Foreign Military Sales program to add to the 12 it already has in service. BAE Systems Global Combat Systems’ facility at Hattiesburg, Mississipi is responsible for final integration and test of the weapon system. The prime contract management of the M777 program and manufacture and assembly of the complex titanium structures and associated recoil components are undertaken at Barrow-in-Furness in the United Kingdom. Global Combat Systems has also received a $3m contract to reset 33 US howitzers returning from operations in Afghanistan. This refurbishment work will be undertaken at the Hattiesburg facility.
26 May 09. A team led by Raytheon Company received an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity award for the U.S. Army Battle Command Development contract. The Battle Command Development contract, managed by the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command, is a five-year, multi-award vehicle worth up to $777.4m. The award enables the Raytheon team to compete for task orders that will enhance and maintain the capabilities of the Army Battle Command System. The ABCS consists of products that have been developed by battle command organizations. These products are used throughout theater and lack commonality. The task orders focus on unifying the existing ABCS products into a net-centric, service-oriented architecture. This allows the ABCS a common look and feel within its family of products and improved interoperability with other Army systems.
28 May 09. Raytheon Company’s Surface Launched Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM) program has received U.S. Army approval for a long-lead acquisition, not to exceed $30m, for long-lead purchases leading to low rate initial production.
This approval is significant as it represents and underscores the Army’s
confidence in the system and the capability it brings to the warfighter.
28 May 09. The U.S. Army recently selected Raytheon Company’s Ground Soldier Ensemble (GSE) team solution to demonstrate networked tactical situational awareness and communications capabilities for the dismounted warfighter. The U.S. Army’s TACOM Contracting Center awarded Raytheon $11.8m to provide a GSE technology demonstration. The contract calls for early prototype testing in 2009 and refined systems delivery and testing in 2010.
28 May 09. The U.S. Army has selected Rockwell Collins as the prime contractor to provide an integrated video display system for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Mounted Soldier System (MSS) program, which initially includes M1-A2 SEP V2, M2-A3 Bradley, M3-A3 Bradley and M113 Medical Evacuation Variant vehicles. The MSS program will increase mission effectiveness on the network-centric battlefield in the areas of command and control, situational awareness, force protection and survivability. Rockwell Collins will provide the Mounted Soldier Display Syst