29 Jun 16. Thales awarded Future Support Contract for Watchkeeper. The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded Thales a £80m contract to deliver Support to the British Army’s combat proven Watchkeeper Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The Support Contract will provide technical support over the coming years and provide important additional capacity for training in order to generate operational capability. Training support will see the continuation of the Watchkeeper Training Facility, training solutions design, updates to training courseware, and additional instructional capacity for pilot and mission system operators, maintainers and support crew. In addition to supporting force generation, through training, Thales will provide direct maintenance support, which includes the provision of trained personnel to enhance the Army’s front-line engineering capacity.
30 Jun 16. General Dynamics, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California, is being awarded a fixed-price-incentive block buy contract for the detail design and construction of six T-AO 205 Class Fleet Replenishment Oilers (lead ship in fiscal 2016 and, if appropriated, one follow ship per year from fiscal 2018 to fiscal 2022). The award amount of this contract is $640,206,756 for the lead ship. This contract includes line items for five follow ships, and options for special studies, engineering and industrial services, provisioned items orders, LX(R) contract design support, cost reduction and implementation, other direct costs, and special incentives that, if funding is made available for all ships and all options are exercised/authorized, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $3,156,828,444. Work will be performed in: San Diego, California (59 percent); Iron Mountain, Michigan (11 percent); Crozet, Virginia (5 percent); Mexicali, Mexico (4 percent); Beloit, Wisconsin (2 percent); Metairie, Louisiana (2 percent); Santa Fe Springs, California (2 percent); Portland, Oregon (2 percent); Walpole, Massachusetts (2 percent); Chesapeake, Virginia (2 percent); Chula Vista, California (1 percent); and various other locations (totaling 8 percent).Work for the lead ship is expected to be completed by July 2020 and work for the follow ships is expected to complete by July 2025. Fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $640,206,756 will be obligated at time of award, and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via limited competition pursuant to 10 U.S .Code 2304(c)(3), with two offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-16-C-2229).
30 Jun 16. Huntington Ingalls Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Pascagoula, Mississippi, is being awarded a $272,467,161 fixed-price-incentive contract for the planning, advanced engineering, and procurement of long lead time material in support of one amphibious assault ship (LHA 8). This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $3,133,852,637. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi (44 percent); Beloit, Wisconsin (16 percent); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (15 percent); Santa Fe Springs, California (8 percent); York, Pennsylvania (6 percent); Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (4 percent); Irvine, Pennsylvania (3 percent); Brunswick, Georgia (2 percent); and various other locations (totaling 2 percent), and work is expected to be completed by June 2017. Fiscal 2016 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $272,467,161 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via limited competition pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(3), with two offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-16-C-2427).
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