16 Jul 13. Swiss Army to acquire new Mercedes G-class vehicles. The Swiss Army will procure G-Wagon military support vehicles from Mercedes Benz as part of a specific weapons programme. Selected against three competitors, including Jeep, the vehicle is scheduled to replace the army’s Steyr-Daimler-Puch built off-road military utility vehicle fleet, which entered operational service 20 years ago. Already operational with many armies worldwide, the vehicle proved to be the most economically viable during trials, which were conducted by the Swiss competence centre for acquisitions and technology (Armasuisse). Additional reasons that were considered during selection included use of combat-proven technology, the reduction in essential components, as well as ease of use for the operators. Powered by a standard 2.9l OM 612 turbo-diesel engine, G-Wagon is a four-wheel drive vehicle primarily used for personnel and equipment transport, and can also be configured to conduct reconnaissance missions.
18 Jul 13. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the UK MoD to support its Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems, which are designed to protect aircraft from infrared surface-to-air guided missiles. Under the terms of the five-year, $120m (£80m) contract, Northrop Grumman will provide repair, engineering sustainment, logistics and training services to the MoD. The work will be performed at Northrop Grumman’s specialist diagnostic and technical support centre in Chester, U.K., and at its U.S. repair facility in Rolling Meadows, Ill.
12 Jul 13. The Government of Greece has requested the purchase of spare parts and services for F100-PW-229 engines for the Hellenic Air Force F-16 aircraft, to include: Inlet/Fan Modules, Core Engine Modules, Rear Compressor Drive Turbines, Fan Drive Turbine Modules, Augmentor Duct and Nozzle Modules, and Gearbox Modules. In addition, the proposed sale will include support equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $250m. The proposed sale will not be for one sole source contract for this sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
16 Jul 13. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va. (N65236-13-D-4952); CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Va. (N65236-13-D-4953); Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va. (N65236-13-D-4954); General Dynamics One Source LLC, Fairfax, Va. (N65236-13-D-4955); Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Columbia, Md. (N65236-13-D-4956); Engility Corp., Mount Laurel, N.J. (N65236-13-D-4957); Lockheed Martin Services Inc., Gaithersburg, Md. (N65236-13-D-4958); Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va. (N65236-13-D-4959); Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga. (N65236-13-D-4960); Secure Mission Solutions, Fairfax, Va. (N65236-13-D-4975); STG Inc., Reston, Va. (N65236-13-D-4961); Systems Research and Applications Corp., Fairfax, Va. (N65236-13-D-4962); and URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md. (N65236-13-D-4963) are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price task orders, performance based contract. The contracts are for the procurement of integrated cyber operations services including the entire spectrum of non-inherently governmental services and solutions (equipment and services) associated with the full system lifecycle support including research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable, and interoperable command, control, communication, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C5ISR), information operations, enterprise information services (EIS) and space capabilities. The cumulative, estimated value (ceiling) of the base year is $179,908,600. These