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09 Jan 14. PIRIOU and DCNS have together won the contract for the supply of three multi-mission ocean-going vessels, with an option for a fourth, and the associated maintenance services. This contract, awarded by French defence procurement agency DGA, with PIRIOU as lead contractor, is part of the B2M multi-mission ship programme. It covers the design and construction of three multi-purpose ocean-going ships, 65 metres long and displacing around 1500 tons, to be delivered in 2015 and 2016. The ships are intended for operation overseas. PIRIOU is responsible for the design and the construction of the ships. DCNS is co-contractor with PIRIOU for the military aspects of the design studies and the supply of the onboard communications systems (SITIP), and will be responsible for in-service support (ISS) of each ship for up to 6 years. The joint proposal by PIRIOU and DCNS was submitted before the establishment of KERSHIP, the joint venture set up in the spring by the two companies, but KERSHIP may be given the responsibility of fulfilling the contract.
06 Jan 14. Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $10,510,029 firm-fixed-price contract for nine multi-spectral targeting systems for Royal Danish Navy MH-60R/S helicopters. This contract supports foreign military sales to Denmark. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is expected to be completed by December 2015. Fiscal 2014 foreign military sales funding in the amount of $10,510,029 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not a full and open competition in accordance with FAR 6.302-1, only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirement. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-12-G-JQ66-0037).
08 Jan 14. GATR Technologies has earned a 5-year contract to provide its WGS-certified inflatable satellite antennas and associated hardware, services and support to the Army, Marine Corps and other commands and services. The indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract came through the Army Project Manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, Product Manager Satellite Communications, Commercial SATCOM Terminal Program Office. It has a ceiling value of $440,045,436. GATR’s antenna features a flexible parabolic dish mounted within an inflatable sphere, which reduces weight and packaged volume by as much as 80 percent. That innovation improves the agility of deployed military and disaster response personnel, according to the company. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
03 Jan 14. The Pentagon has ordered hundreds more FirstLook robots, a 5.2-pound, lightweight transportable robot equipped with cameras, sensors and an ability to share or mesh images with other robots in the vicinity, iRobot officials said. FirstLook is engineered with visible cameras, long-wave infrared sensors and thermal cameras – all designed to gather and beam back images and video of nearby terrain such as buildings, caves or any potential IED or hazardous location, said Mark Belanger, director of iRobot’s robotic products.Most of the roughly 500 FirstLook robots delivered to the U.S. military have been sent to Afghanistan, he said. The small size of the robot is designed, among other things, to better enable movement for dismounted infantry units carrying a lot of gear. FirstLook can travel at speeds of 3.8 MPH and has a small manipulator arm that can pick up 2 and ½ pounds of C4 explosive material, Belanger added. (Source: Open Source Informa