31 Oct 16. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, today announced the receipt of a contract from the Netherlands Ministry of Defence on October 14 for small UAS, upgrades and support services totaling $10,321,375. Delivery is anticipated within six months. The contract encompasses AeroVironment’s entire family of fixed wing small UAS and includes Digital Data Link (DDL) upgrades to the Dutch forces’ existing fleet of Raven® B systems, battle-proven Puma™ AE, Wasp® AE Micro Air Vehicle (MAV), and Ground Control Systems (GCS), as well as comprehensive support services. The Netherlands procured AeroVironment Raven systems for the first time in 2008. AeroVironment has provided support services to the Netherlands since 2008.
28 Oct 16. The Royal Air Force has awarded Raytheon U.K. a £131m extension of its contract to manage support services for the Sentinel surveillance aircraft programme. The award extends the contract to 2021. Raytheon will optimise the design, modification, configuration management and support aspects of Sentinel at RAF Waddington and at Raytheon’s facility in Broughton, Wales. Raytheon U.K., supported by the Welsh Government, has invested in a new hangar at Broughton to ensure that its Airborne ISR, for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, continues to provide end-to-end, design-to-flight-trials capability for improved operational availability. The new investment will allow Raytheon U.K. to undertake export work as well as to optimise Sentinel support, resulting in considerably reduced time and cost of 8C deep maintenance checks. The full range of Raytheon’s technical support for the Sentinel fleet includes fleet management, maintenance planning, maintenance service, technical and engineering services, obsolescence management, air vehicle integrity, supply and procurement service, training, design service and overarching service management.
31 Oct 16. CACI International Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a $1,773,158,264 ceiling cost-plus-award-fee task order under the General Services Administration (GSA) OASIS Pool 4 contract to provide the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) with deployable analytical operations, intelligence, and training services to support JIDO’s Focused Support/Decisive Effort (FS/DE) mission anywhere in the world. The FS/DE task order will enhance the ability of deploying joint forces to integrate capabilities, technologies, and lessons learned to defeat adversaries that employ improvised-threat weapons for strategic effect. The task order provides a key component for JIDO’s mission to enable Department of Defense actions to counter improvised threats with tactical responsiveness and through anticipatory, rapid acquisition in support of combatant commands’ efforts to prepare for, and adapt to, battlefield surprise in support of counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, and other related mission areas including counter-improvised explosive device. Work will predominantly be performed in Virginia and the National Capital Region; however, contractor personnel will also be embedded as needed with globally deployed U.S. forces. The expected completion date is Oct. 30, 2021. Joint IED Defeat funds, along with other agency and department contributions in the amount of $12,126,590, are being obligated at the time of award. This task order was a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. It is part of the JIDO Enterprise Acquisition Strategy Initiative which is intended to (1) Meet current and evolving mission requirements; (2) Comply with acquisition laws, regulations, and policies; and, (3) Improve mission effectiveness, output, and organizational synergy. GSA Federal Systems Integration and Management Center is the contracting activity, in support of JIDO (GSQ0016AJ0029). (Awarded on Oct. 28, 2016)
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