07 Nov 13. US to modernise Polish Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry-class vessel. The Polish Ministry of National Defence has signed a contract with the US government to upgrade the ORP Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski (272), the Polish Navy’s Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile ship. DefenseNews reports the ministry’s Armament Inspectorate as saying in a statement that the US government will modernise the Oliver Hazard Perry-class vessel to extend its operational capacity by at least 2025, as part of the $34m worth deal. Jointly developed by Bath Iron Works and Todd Shipyards, the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile vessels can carry four general-purpose 12.7mm machine guns and be integrated with 25mm mk38 guns. The ship modernisation programme forms a part of the Polish military’s efforts to boost security at the country’s Baltic Sea coast. The programme involves overhaul of combat, radio location, reconnaissance, sensor and processing systems as well as propulsion system of the ship, the army’s official publication, Polska Zbrojna reports. (Source: naval-technology.com)
06 Nov 13. Selex ES expendable active decoy ‘BriteCloud’ selected by Saab for Gripen fighter. Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, launched its BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy (EAD) on November 6th. BriteCloud is the manifestation of new design concepts and technologies being applied to decoy RF-guided missiles and fire control radars away from fighter aircraft.
06 Nov 13. The Air Force has added nine companies to its $6.9bn contract for networking equipment, software and other products, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. The winning vendors are: Federal Networked Systems LLC., Ashburn, Va., Dell Federal Systems L.P., Round Rock, Texas, Harris IT Services Corp., Dulles, Va., Sterling Computers Corp., Norfolk Neb, Force 3 Inc., Denver, Colo., PCMall Inc., Chantilly, Va., Insight Public Sector Inc., Chantilly Va., Presidio Networked Solutions Inc., Greenbelt Md., FCN Inc., Rockville Md. In total, the Air Force has awarded 25 vendors a spot on its Network Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Netcentric Products contract, following several contract delays and an onslaught of protests against earlier iterations of the contract. The service awarded eight contracts under NETCENTS-2 Netcentric products on April 19 and another eight indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts on Aug. 26. Nine companies protested the August awards. On Sept. 30, the Air Force told the Government Accountability Office it would take corrective action by awarding a contract to all companies whose proposals were in the competitive range. The latest awards complete that action, according to the announcement. The contract is mandatory for Air Force customers purchasing netcentric products. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
04 Nov 13. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc. – Electronic Solutions, Wayne, N.J., is being awarded a $48,000,000 modification with cost-plus-incentive-fee pricing under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00039-10-D-0060) for systems engineering and integration of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). Corresponding delivery order 0015 shall procure MIDS-LVT Block Upgrade 2 software and test equipment on behalf of the United States, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Work will be performed in Wayne, N.J., and is expected to be completed by March 2017. Fiscal 2013 research, development, test and evaluation contract funds in the amount of $1,651,000 will be obligated at the time of award, and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-4 International Agreement, 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(4). The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.
04 Nov 13. Data Link Solutions LLC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarde