27 Oct 15. Smiths Detection Wins £6m Chemical Agent Detector Contract to Equip New Generation of UK Military Vehicles. Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract worth almost £6m from General Dynamics UK to supply chemical agent detectors for the AJAX Programme. Production of up to 589 vehicles is planned under the UK MOD programme, with deliveries scheduled to start in 2017. Smiths Detection will supply LCD 3.3 detectors, which provide the crew with early warning of any chemical warfare attack. The contract follows a two-year development programme, including modifying the detector’s special mounting system to meet the particular requirements of the vehicle. (Source: ASD Network)
29 Oct 15. BAE Systems Land and Armaments LP, Armament Systems Division, Louisville, Kentucky, is being awarded a $30,556,246 firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal 2015 production of the MK 38 mod 3 machine gun system (MGS). This contract is to fulfill specified requirements and technical performance requirements for the MK38 mod 3 25mm MGS ordnance alteration and provide additional spare parts. The MGS produced is derived from application of an ordnance alteration to the MK 38 mod 1 25mm MGS. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. government (93.76 percent); and the government of the Philippines (6.24 percent). Work will be performed in Haifa, Israel (67 percent); and Louisville, Kentucky (33 percent), and is expected to complete in April 2017. Fiscal 2015 weapons procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $21,120,477; fiscal 2015 weapons procurement (Coast Guard) funding in the amount of $5,341,232; fiscal 2015 National Guard and Reserve equipment appropriation funding in the amount of $1,906,710; foreign military sales funding in the amount of $1,906,710; fiscal 2014 weapons procurement (Coast Guard) funding in the amount of $152,781; and fiscal 2014 weapons procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $128,336, will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds in the amount of $281,117 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2) – only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00174-16-C-0002).
27 Oct 15. A team of Cobham colleagues has been contracted by the US Army to develop next generation technologies that can detect landmines and other explosive hazards hidden in the ground. The $4.17m development effort will take three years and result in a highly specialized handheld technology demonstrator designed to offer the Army a potentially unique system with increased capability beyond what similar systems can provide today. Work performed under this contract will occur at Cobham Antenna Systems’ business unit locations at Marlow and Leatherhead, England, at the direction of the Army’s Communications-Electronic Research Development and Engineering Command.
26 Oct 15. Harris Corporation (HRS) has received a five-year, $12m IDIQ contract to provide high-frequency (HF) tactical radio antennas to the U.S. Army. The award was received during the company’s first quarter of fiscal 2016. Under the contract, Harris will provide its RF-3134 HF full-loop antennas, which can be used for fixed installations or on vehicles, enabling HF communication on-the-move. The RF-3134 interfaces with the Harris Falcon® series of HF radios. It is lightweight and has a low physical profile, which makes it easy to install and uninstall. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
27 Oct 15. The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $95m contract for low-rate initial production of the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (JCREW) Increment 1 Block 1