21 Aug 18. Babcock International has secured a five year Maritime Training Systems Through-Life Availability & Support Service (MARTASS) contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD). A series of support packages, defined by the Maritime Combat System (MCS) and Maritime Training Acquisition Organisation (MTAO) teams within Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), will be clustered into one contract for consolidated delivery by Babcock. Working collaboratively with the MOD, Babcock will support training systems located across the Royal Navy and Defence establishments including Naval Bases and Air Stations. Through the contract, Babcock will deliver on-call engineering support, routine maintenance and the modernisation of legacy equipment to ensure the availability of the training equipment in the long-term. The contract will include provision of in-service support; spares and repairs; and technical refresh studies and insertions. Similarly, it will utilise capability upgrades and training studies throughout, always ensuring maximum benefit is applied to the customer with a keen focus on training needs. MARTASS follows a 10 year Training Equipment Support Services (T-ESS) contract delivered by Babcock and increases its portfolio of support, firmly cementing the company’s credentials in defence training.
23 Aug 18. Lithuania Upgrades RBS 70 with Night Sight and New Missiles. Saab has received two orders from the Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania for improved missiles and BORC night-capability sights for the RBS 70 system. The order value amounts to approximately SEK 100m and deliveries are expected to take place starting in 2019. The Lithuanian Armed Forces are already users of the RBS 70 system and are now acquiring improved capability with greater range, higher altitude coverage and an enhanced effect against armored targets as well as night time capability. The Saab portfolio of very short-range ground based air defence missile systems comprises of the RBS 70 and the further enhanced RBS 70 NG. The RBS 70 system has an impressive track-record on the market. Nineteen countries have procured more than 1,600 RBS 70 systems, including more than 18,000 missiles.
23 Aug 18. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $123,000,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the France 3rd/4th Systems MQ-9 Block 5 procurement program. Work will be performed in Poway, California, and is expected to be completed May 1, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and involves foreign military sales to the government of France. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-18-C-2002).
21 Aug 18. Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is awarded a $53,965,378 firm-fixed-price contract to procure four full-rate production, Lot II RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems and eight attrition air vehicles; seven for the Marine Corps and one for the government of Poland. Additionally, this contract award includes the procurement of ground control stations, launch and recovery equipment, shipboard equipment kits as well as systems engineering and program management support. Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (70 percent); and Hood River, Oregon (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2019. Fiscal 2018 procurement (Marine Corps); fiscal 2018 overseas contingency operations (Marine Corps); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $53,965,378 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Marine Corps ($52,765,378; 98 percent); and FMS ($1,200,000; 2 percent). This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-0052).
17 Aug 18. L-3 Communications Integrated Systems L.P., Greenville, Texas, was awarded a non-competitive firm-fixed-price contract to provide senior leaders and their support staff with high throughput military Ka-band communications while traveling via aircraft. The face value of this action is $5,781,475 funded by fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funding. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $240,000,000. Performance will primarily be in California and Washington. Proposals were solicited via electronic means, and one proposal was received. The synopsis/notice of intent was posted on June 15, 2018 on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) webpage. The period of performance is Aug. 17, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2018, with six 12-month option periods. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity (HC101318C0002). (Awarded Aug. 16, 2018)
21 Aug 18. Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $356,300,000 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, and fixed-price-incentive) contract for Close Combat Tactical Trainer Manned Module modernization. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 20, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-18-D-0030).
21 Aug 18. MRCY Receives $17m Order for GPS Modules for Precision Guided Munitions Application. Mercury Systems, Inc. (MRCY) announced it received a $17m order from a leading defense prime contractor for GPS Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Modules (SAASM) for a precision guided munitions application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2019 first quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters. The Company has successfully developed and commercialized an entire portfolio of digital microelectronics solutions ruggedized for modern weapons applications without sacrificing size, weight or power. This comprehensive portfolio includes ultra-compact memory devices, military-grade secure solid-state drives (SSD), GPS SAASM solutions and BuiltSECURE™ System in Package (SiP) devices integrating advanced security algorithms. All of Mercury’s digital microelectronics solutions are designed and manufactured in a Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)-accredited facility for design, packaging, test and broker services. (Source: ASD Network)
21 Aug 18. AMETEK SCP, a provider of highly reliable, harsh environment interconnect solutions, has been awarded a $3m U.S. government contract to provide submarine hull penetrators. AMETEK SCP has provided submarine hull penetrators for decades. This new contract will deliver hull penetrators that require complex polyethylene molding. Polyethylene has long been recognized as a preferred material for undersea cables and terminators due to its lower permeability to seawater. AMETEK SCP provides its customers with polyethylene molding solutions because of its long life and high reliability for full depth rated sea floor applications with embedded sensors and payloads. AMETEK SCP has worked with customers to mold polyethylene cable splices, breakouts and connector terminations. These capabilities can be provided at the factory or in-the-field. Customers are advised to consult with AMETEK SCP to best utilize its expertise in the proper selection of application for polyethylene materials to assure minimal life-cycle costs.
17 Aug 18. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), Reston, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,137,580 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-6301 to exercise an option for the Mine Warfare and Environmental Decision Aids Library program. This option exercise is for the Mine Warfare and Environmental Decision Aids Library (MEDAL), which provides mine warfare situational awareness, mission planning, evaluation and asset management software to support existing and emerging mine warfare missions, users and systems. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia (94 percent); Charleston, South Carolina (3 percent); Los Angeles, California (2 percent); and Hampton, Virginia (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2019. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) and fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $917,618 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
23 Aug 18. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $509,750,754 for modification P00005 to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z Build New aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. In addition, this modification provides for long lead material and components for an additional seven Lot 16 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $509,750,754 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.
17 Aug 18. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $152,485,214 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to design, development, integrate and test the Infrared Search and Track System (IRST) Block II, Phase II engineering change as a replacement to the IRST Block I system in support of the F/A-18E/F aircraft. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (86 percent); and St. Louis, Missouri (14 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $13,000,000 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1022).
20 Aug 18. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a competitive cost-plus-award fee contract with a total value of $133,969,081. Under this new contract, the contractor will complete the development, integration, and flight test of an advanced sensor into an MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle in realistic test scenarios at continental U.S. and outside the continental U.S. locations. The work will be performed in San Diego, California. The performance period is from August 2018 through October 2021. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website under the Missile Defense Agency’s broad agency announcement for advanced technology innovation, HQ0147-15-ATI-BAA. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and engineering funds in the amount of $7,100,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (HQ0277-18-C-0005).
21 Aug 18. Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc., Sacramento, California, has been awarded a $108,959,357 firm-fixed-price contract, for Lot 14-16 production and contractor logistics support. Work will be performed at Sacramento, California, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $27,094,365 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8678‐18‐C‐0002).
23 Aug 18. Leidos, Inc., Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a $15,246,130 ceiling cost-reimbursement contract for high energy combinable fiber laser advanced research effort. This contract seeks to advance the development and demonstration of high-energy laser sources for developing and delivering novel solutions for the next-generation airborne laser weapons. This contract award is the result of a competitive acquisition for which two offers were received. Work will be performed at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 22, 2023. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,078,715 will be obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico is the contracting activity.
21 Aug 18. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems, Nashua New Hampshire, is awarded a $14,801,932 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for an effort titled the Single-system Multi-mission Airborne Detection. This contract contains options which, if exercised, will bring the contract value to $39,004,530. Work will be performed in Honolulu, Hawaii (81 percent); Merrimack, New Hampshire (9 percent); Hudson, New Hampshire (6 percent); Greenlawn, New York (3 percent); and Austin, Texas (1 percent), and work is expected to be completed Sept. 2, 2022. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,000.00 will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under an Office of Naval Research long-range broad agency announcement (BAA) N00014-18-S-B001, dated Sept. 29, 2017. Proposals will be received throughout the year under the long-range BAA, therefore the number of proposals received in response to the solicitation is unknown. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N00014-18-C-2050).
23 Aug 18. Booz Allen Hamilton has won a $1bn contract from the Department of Homeland Security to protect federal agencies’ computer networks, the company announced Aug. 21. The six-year contract is a $1.03bn task order, consisting of one base year and five one-year options. It was awarded to support Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, which protects the federal government from cyberattacks and hacking attempts. The mitigation program uses sensors to search for known cyber flaws, which allows officials to manage critical risks. The contract will protect the networks of six agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, as well as NASA and the U.S. Postal Service. Booz Allen said in a release their solution secures nearly 80 percent of the .gov enterprise, including 4.1 million network addressable devices, more than 1.75 million users, over 19,700 sites, and 89 individual Federal organizations. Booz Allen will begin by analyzing what and who is on the networks. They will also be charged with monitoring the systems and enhancing data protection. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
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22 Aug 18. The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry, today announced the selection of Rafael Advanced Defence System’s SPIKE LR2 as the Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW) for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV). The SPIKE LR2 will be delivered by Varley Rafael Australia (VRA Systems), the joint venture between Rafael and the Varley Group.
23 Aug 18. FLIR Systems Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, was awarded a $14,088,742 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Israel) contract for procurement of Milsight T75 long-range thermal weapon sights, associated materials and training. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in North Billerica, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2019. Fiscal 2018 Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $14,088,742 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-18-C-5024).
23 Aug 18. Russian MoD orders Taifun 4×4 MRAP vehicles. The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 August that it had signed a contract for 59 Taifun 4×4 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles at the Army 2018 defence show in Kubinka near Moscow. The vehicles, the variant of which was not disclosed, will be delivered up to the end of 2020. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
22 Aug 18. New Zealand to procure Norwegian support vessel. The New Zealand government said on 22 August that it will procure a multirole offshore support vessel currently operated by a Norwegian offshore services provider to meet its dive and hydrographic requirements. The government said in a statement that the acquisition of the 85 m vessel, MV Edda Fonn, which was built in 2003, will cost NZD103m (USD69m). It added that following the purchase, the vessel will be outfitted with the dive and hydrographic systems required by the government before being delivered to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in May 2019. Local industry is expected to be involved in the refurbishment programme. (Source: IHS Jane’s)