14 Feb 12. Paramarine advanced marine design software, developed by QinetiQ GRC, is being used by the Surface Ship Stability & Hydrodynamics Group within the MoD to certify ship stability. The MoD operates a diverse range of ships worldwide, including aircraft carriers, frigates, destroyers, minehunters, fleet auxiliaries, patrol craft and small boats for operations and adventurous training. For these ships and other craft, the Surface Ship Stability & Hydrodynamics Group acts as both a safety certification authority and advisor. Its roles include provision of technical advice, maintenance of standards and guidance to ship projects and the safety regulation of stability and buoyancy of MoD shipping activities. Examples of the Surface Ship Stability & Hydrodynamics group’s work include the responsibility for the management of hull fouling to optimise fleet fuel consumption which has saved many millions of pounds. In addition the group’s work on the development of the use of structural loss damage templates is leading to both residual stability and strength being assessed concurrently. This will bring enormous benefits to both the design and the salvage and emergency response communities.
15 Feb 12. BAE Systems has received a $10.8m award from SSI Technology, Inc. to provide Advanced Survivability Seats for Bradley Fighting Vehicles used by the U.S. Army. The specially designed seats – called Survivor Post Mount 1000 and Survivor Modular Troop 3000 – include an energy-absorbing technology to protect soldiers and other warfighters. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
16 Feb 12. L-3 Global Communications Solutions, Victor, N.Y., was awarded a modification to increase the contract ceiling by $50,000,000 to a new not-to-exceed amount of $207,000,000. This is a contract for procurement and sustainment of Special Operations Forces deployable node-medium, very small aperture terminal and small aperture terminals satellite antennas. The work will be performed in Victor, N.Y., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2015. U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters Procurement Division, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
15 Feb 12. Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), will deliver more than 140 Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) cargo trucks and nearly 70 LVSR tractors for the U.S. Marine Corps following an order from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command. The LVSR was first fielded in Afghanistan in 2009 and has quickly proven itself as the Marines’ new heavy-payload platform, delivering improvements in mobility, protection and performance. The LVSR cargo variant is used in even the most challenging terrain to transport a wide range of supplies and materials, including ammunition, fuel containers, bridging equipment, flatracks and ISO containers. The LVSR tractor variant is designed to haul combat vehicles, semi-trailers and other equipment. It has a fifth-wheel vertical-loading capacity of 25.3 tons and a recovery winch with a 30-ton capacity. The LVSR is produced in three variants – cargo, wrecker and tractor – and is used in tandem with the medium-payload, Oshkosh-built Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR). The LVSR is equipped with the Oshkosh Command Zone™ embedded diagnostics system to provide real-time performance feedback on major vehicle systems, including the engine, transmission and brakes. The vehicle also uses the company’s patented TAK-4® independent suspension system for off-road mobility in severe landscapes. The order is valued at more than $94m and work is expected to be completed in September 2013. Oshkosh to date has received orders for more than 2,000 LVSRs.
13 Feb 12. ReconRobotics, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., was awarded a $13,975,038 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of micro unmanned ground vehicle robots in support of video reconnaissance. Work will be performed in Minne