11 Jul 18. Inzpire Limited’s GECO system has been selected for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Rotary Wing Cockpit Situational Awareness Tool (CSAT) Programme. CSAT will see the Apache, Chinook, Merlin and Bell helicopters equipped with Inzpire’s GECO System which will provide a capability to support mitigation of safety risks, such as wire strikes. The use of GECO will also improve effectiveness through the processing and display of mission data and aeronautical information. For Merlin aircraft, the GECO System also provides a display of data generated by the aircraft’s maritime Automatic Identification System. This latest success means that GECO is now in service on 18 different fast jet, rotary wing and multi- engine aircraft types including F-16, Hawk, Hercules and Blackhawk. In total, over 400 GECO Systems are currently in use with the Royal Navy, Army Air Corps and Royal Air Force along with overseas customers including the Royal Jordanian Air Force and the Indonesian Air Force. Inzpire also provides the Mission Support System for the UK’s Puma helicopter force.
10 Jul 18. The Government of the United Kingdom has requested to buy up to two hundred (200) AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs). Also included in this sale are missile containers; weapon system support equipment; support and test equipment; site survey; transportation; repair and return support; warranties; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; maintenance and personnel training; training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost of the overall possible sale is $650m. The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems Company, Tucson, AZ. At this time, there are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
11 Jul 18. Slovakia selects F-16 over Gripen for new fighter. Slovakia has decided to purchase 14 new Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters to replace its Russian made MiG-29 jets. The Slovakian Defence Ministry’s announcement Wednesday means the F-16 has beat out the Saab Gripen. In a statement on the ministry’s website, Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš said the U.S. jets were selected because they are “state-of-the-art modern machines,” and the ministry statement said the U.S. planes were cheaper according to an analysis done through 2040.
10 Jul 18. The Government of Denmark has requested to buy twenty-eight (28) AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one (1) AMRAAM spare guidance section. Also included are missile containers, control section spares, weapon systems support, test equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training, training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $90m. The principal contractor will be Raytheon Cooperation in Tucson, Arizona. The purchaser has requested offsets. At this time, agreements are undetermined and will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and contractor. (Source: glstrade.com)
06 Jul 18. Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, was awarded an $119,630,553 modification (P00089) to contract W56HZV-12-C-0344 for Total Integrated Engine Revitalization Automotive Gas Turbine hardware to meet Anniston Army Depot production and Total Integrated Engine Revitalization program field repair site requirements. Work will be performed in Phoenix, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 29, 2021. Fiscal 2018 Army working capital funds in the amount of $119,630,553 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
09 Jul 18. KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today that its global government services business, KBRwyle, has been awarded a $133m task order by the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier Project Office to provide technical and engineering services to the PATRIOT missile system. KBRwyle will provide engineering and technical analysis support of the PATRIOT missile system as well as adjunct systems. KBRwyle will support all engineering changes; modification retrofits; technical upgrades; Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) improvements; and training development for the U.S. and its allies.
09 Jul 18. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by the U.S. Army to continue providing support for its Mission Command Training Center (MCTC). The new program, Mission Training Complex Contractor Support (MTCCS – III Corps), provides mission command training for a range of unified land operations in a contemporary operating environment. The $128m contract will allow Northrop Grumman to continue providing live, virtual, constructive simulation-driven exercises, gaming-based training, mission staff training and technical support.
11 Jul 18. The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $131,142,877 modification (P00003) to contract W91215-16-G-0001 for the procurement of four MH-47G Block II aircraft. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2020. Fiscal 2018 other procurement; Department of Defense; and other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $131,142,877 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
11 Jul 18. Daylight Defense LLC, San Diego, California, is awarded $16,427,380 for modification (P00010) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-16-C-0036) to procure 30 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation and 28 fiber optic cable assemblies in support of the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems program office. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed in December 2019. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2018 procurement (defense-wide) funds in the amount of $16,427,380 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
10 Jul 18. Raytheon Co., Woburn, Massachusetts (HQ0147-18-D-0008); Lockheed Martin Corp., Moorestown, New Jersey (HQ0147-18-D-0011); and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. acting through Missile Defense and Protective Systems Division, Huntsville, Alabama (HQ0147-18-D-0010), are each being awarded a multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (MAIDIQ) contract with a minimum amount of $10,000 and a maximum amount of $4,100,000,000. The primary purpose of this contract is to provide autonomous acquisition and persistent precision tracking and discrimination to optimize the defensive capability of the Ballistic Missile Defense system and counter evolving threats. No task orders or delivery orders are being issued at this time. The three awardees of this MAIDIQ contract will compete for each order. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website with three proposals received. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2024 research, development, test, and evaluation funds. The ordering period is from July 10, 2018, through July 9, 2023. The Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama is the contracting activity.
09 Jul 18. Abom, Inc., designer and manufacturer of the world’s first anti-fogging heated goggles with integrated rechargeable batteries, announced today the receipt of a Phase I SBIR $148,495 award from United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) under the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The SBIR award is for ABOM’s team to conduct a feasibility study to develop an innovative tactical active anti-fogging goggle or spectacle in a smaller form factor than traditional goggles. Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel operate for long durations in harsh environments that expose them to punishing temperatures, winds, heat, and humidity, as well as many other environmental hazards. Combat eyewear protection is necessary to prevent eye injuries in these circumstances. As operators rapidly change environments or undergo physical exertion, fogging/condensation can form inside protective eyewear resulting in a substantial decrease in visual acuity which restricts functionality in austere environments. The goal of this feasibility study is to develop tactical active anti-fogging goggle or spectacle platform that enhances situational awareness, operational readiness, and sustained human performance and effectiveness while operating in harsh environmental conditions. The preferred tactical goggles or spectacles shall not employ passive anti-fog technologies such as coatings to prevent or reduce condensation. Power supplies shall be self-contained in the spectacle/goggle system and shall not exhibit any significant snag hazards. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
12 Jul 18. Altamira receives RF contract from AFRL. Altamira Technologies has received the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) $24.6m distributed radio frequency sensing (DRS) contract to provide next-gen radio frequency (RF) sensing technologies through advanced research and development of RF systems and sub-systems, the company announced on 10 July. The five-year contract will support the development of new solutions by applying DRS to contested and congested spectrum environments. The company will focus on advancements in technology such as advanced waveform design, adaptive signal processing, and distributed and passive sensing. (Source: Shephard)
11 Jul 18. Cambridge Pixel, a developer of radar display, tracking and recording sub-systems, is supplying its radar acquisition and display technology to Lockheed Martin Canada for integration with its innovative naval Combat Management System 330 (CMS 330). CMS 330 was developed as a result of 25+ years’ experience and knowledge of Canadian and NATO naval operations. It was designed as a modern, affordable solution for mid-life upgrades in the international market.
12 Jul 18. DLT Solutions has secured a new contract, valued at more than $379m, for the provision of Oracle software and related services to the US Navy and US Marine Corps (USMC). The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has been awarded for a period of five years with an Unlimited License Agreement (ULA) and Catalog. The latest deal represents the Department of Navy’s (DON) mandated source of supply for the procurement of all Oracle software licences, maintenance and technical support services, in addition to the products acquired via government purchase cards. (Source: naval-technology.com)
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12 Jul 18. Esterline Corporation (www.esterline.com) (NYSE Symbol: ESL), a leading global specialty manufacturer primarily serving the aerospace and defense markets, today announced that it has been selected by a Gulf country for a middle-to-heavy helicopter platform upgrade which includes Esterline Integrated Helicopter Solutions (IHS). The Esterline Integrated Helicopter Solutions (IHS) include a glass cockpit (MFD-3068 and RDU-3068), a flight management system (FMS-9000), a GPS landing system (CMA-6024) and other optional features. The upgrade will address obsolescence, reduce workload, enhance safety, increase situational awareness and equip the helicopters with the latest Esterline Avionics Systems technology as part of an upgrade that is creating one of the most capable rotary wing in the region.