07 Sep 18. Swedish-Swiss company ABB has been selected to deliver a new shore-to-ship technology to be installed at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) in Portsmouth, UK. Built over an area of more than 150ha with 10km of waterfront, HMND Portsmouth accommodates almost two-thirds of the UK Navy’s surface fleet, including frigates, vessels, the Fishery Protection Squadron, and Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. BAE Systems has been contracted for the delivery of the dockyard electrical systems and is currently installing ABB’s green power solution used to supply electricity to the navy’s high-power consumption vessels. (Source: naval-technology.com)
10 Sep 18. Avingtrans subsidiary Hayward Tyler has secured a contract for the delivery of high integrity pumps for the UK Royal Navy’s Astute-class nuclear-powered submarine fleet. In addition to supplying the pumps, the company will be responsible for providing the UK Navy with through life vessel support. Deliveries will be carried out by the Hayward Tyler team based at the company facility in Luton, England, UK. (Source: naval-technology.com)
14 Sep 18. Alcon Components Ltd, the acclaimed global specialist brake and clutch company, has been selected to be the principal supplier of braking components for Patria’s heavy armoured vehicle range. Patria is the global market leader in the production of modern armoured wheeled 8×8 vehicles, supplying seven different customer nations. In addition to the established Patria AMV 8×8 product range, Patria have developed the AMVXP and the Patria 6×6, launched on 11 June at Eurosatory 2018. Alcon braking systems are to be incorporated into both the AMVXP and the Patria 6×6 products, whose unrivalled performance and mobility are setting new standards for all future armoured wheeled vehicles.
11 Sep 18. The Finnish Government has granted approval for the sale of a batch of 155mm field artillery ammunition to the Estonian Defence Force. With an overall value of €8.5m, taxes excluded, the procurement request was made by Estonia and the proposed business transaction will be carried out between the authorities of the two countries. The 155mm howitzers will be delivered from Finland Defence Forces’ stock and the sale is expected not to affect the ammunition readiness of the country. To be delivered to the Estonian Defence Force, the sales agreement for the new ammunition is slated to be signed in the near future. However, details of the agreement, such as the quantity and quality of the ammunition, will not be made known to the public at the request of the Estonian Defence Force. The current transaction is part of collaboration between the two countries related to the acquisition of field artillery. (Source: army-technology.com)
13 Sep 18. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, announced today the receipt of a fixed-price contract award valued at $5,962,494 from NSPA on August 20, 2018. The contract award encompasses the procurement of Raven™ unmanned aircraft systems equipped with Mantis i23 sensors and pocket Remote Video Terminals (p/RVT) for the Portuguese Army, with delivery scheduled over a three-year period. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
12 Sep 18. Finland to upgrade C295M systems. The Ministry of Defence of Finland has given the go ahead to conclude a contract for the modification of navigation and identification systems on its C295M transport aircraft fleet. The contract with Airbus Defense and Space will ensure the aircraft complies with updated European airspace control and surveillance system requirements, and improve flight safety. The total value of the procurement is approximately €4.2m, and deliveries are planned for the years 2018-2020. The C295M is the Finnish Air Force’s largest aircraft, with three aircraft currently in use. (Source: Shephard)
07 Sep 18. The US Army has awarded new contract extensions, with a total value of approximately $85m, to high-performance protective solutions manufacturer KDH Defense Systems for the delivery of next-generation soldier protection systems. Valued at $61m, the first award has been presented to the company for the supply of new modular scalable vest (MSV) Generation II systems. This indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract extension has been awarded by the US Army Contracting Command (ACC). Under the deal, KDH Defense will manufacture the MSV Gen II systems at the company’s Eden, North Carolina manufacturing facility. Production of the protection system is expected to be completed on 20 August next year. (Source: army-technology.com)
13 Sep 18. General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $480,601,156 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-2117 in preparation for fiscal 2019 and 2020 lead ship advance procurement/advance construction, and long lead time material funding in support of the Columbia class fleet ballistic missile submarines. Work will be performed in Quonset, Rhode Island (55 percent); Newport News, Virginia (40 percent); and Groton, Connecticut (5 percent), and will be subsumed into the lead ship construction contract in October 2020. The award is being combined with a previously scheduled United Kingdom funding modification in the amount of $10,000,000. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
11 Sep 18. Advanced Technology International, Summerville, South Carolina, has been awarded a $400,000,000 modification (P00015) to contract FA8814-18-9-0002 to increase the ceiling of the other transactions agreement for the Space Enterprise Consortium. The contract modification covers prototypes for broad space-related technologies (e.g. ground segment, launch segment, space segment, software, processes, or any combination) for government customers within the Department of Defense. The objectives of the agreement include: minimizing barriers to entry for small businesses and non-traditional vendors to work with the U.S. government and to identify and realize teaming opportunities among entities to promote integrated research and prototyping efficiencies; and reducing the cost of prototype development. Work will be performed in Summerville, South Carolina, and is expected to be completed Nov. 1, 2023. No funds are being obligated with this award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $500,000,000. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.
10 Sep 18. The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, has been awarded a $2,858,701,741 modification (P00141) to contract FA8625-11-C-6600 for lot 4 production KC-46 aircraft, initial spares, and support equipment. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional quantity of 18 KC-46 aircraft, data, two spare engines, five wing refueling pod kits, initial spares, and support equipment being produced under the basic contract. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be completed by Jan 2022. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $44,000,000; fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $202,000,000; and fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $2,612,701,741 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
10 Sep 18. Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $51,078,802, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extreme Range (JASSM-XR). This contract effort includes all all-up round level systems engineering and programmatic activities to align and phase the work necessary to design, develop, integrate, test, and verify component and subsystem design changes to the JASSM-XR baseline electronics, hardware, firmware, and operational flight software. JASSM-XR will also include preparation for final all-up round integration, system-level ground and flight testing, qualification, and incorporation into a future production baseline engineering change proposal. This effort will concurrently mature a new missile control unit and necessary hardware and infrastructure to support future JASSM-XR production cut in. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 31, 2023. This award is the result of sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $4,898,622 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8682-18-C-0009).
13 Sep 18. Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today it has been awarded a contract to develop upgraded Deployable Flight Incident Recorder Set (DFIRS) technology for new and in-service F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft. The contract, awarded by The Boeing Company, will be executed by Leonardo DRS’ subsidiary, DRS Technologies Canada Ltd., in Kanata, Ontario. The DFIRS system is a fully integrated deployable flight recorder system with an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) that marks the aircraft’s location upon impact and immediately sends an emergency signal for search and rescue. The upgraded technology will include the latest in emergency locator, antenna and battery technologies and will provide extended available memory storage for flight data as well as the integration of a dual-frequency 243/406 MHz ELT. The system will also have extended transmission duration and battery life. DRS’ DFIRS builds upon earlier generations of highly innovative deployable flight recorder technology originally developed by the National Research Council of Canada and brought to market by DRS Technologies Canada Ltd.
10 Sep 18. Northrop Grumman Corp., Azusa, California, has been awarded a $19,165,385 modification (P00026) to contract FA8810-15-C-0001 for Defense Support Program (DSP) on-orbit satellite and anomaly resolution support. This support provides root-cause analysis as a key component of the lifetime extension of DSP orbital assets, as well as mission event analysis exploitation and design reach back. Work will be performed in Azusa, California; Aurora, Colorado; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2019. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value is $100,555,710. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.
11 Sep 18. Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $49,618,289 modification (P00059) to contract W31P4Q-15-C-0102 for the procurement of Joint Air-to-Ground Missiles. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2021. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $49,618,289 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
13 Sep 18. Point Blank Enterprises company, The Protective Group (TPG) has secured a contract to develop armour for the US Marine Corps’ (USMC) new CH-53K helicopter. Awarded by Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky Aircraft, the contract will involve the delivery of the lightweight crew protection kit comprising individual ballistic panels installed beneath the cabin and ramp floor and within the cabin side frames. (Source: naval-technology.com)
REST OF THE WORLD
12 Sep 18. Brazilian Army buys 120 .50 cal HMGs. The Brazilian Army has acquired 120 M2A1 .50 cal heavy machine guns (HMGs) through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. A letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) for the newly manufactured weapons was signed in August by the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington (on behalf of the army’s Logistics Command) and the US government. Sixty machine guns are scheduled for delivery in 2019 and the remaining 60 in 2020, the army told Jane’s on 11 September. Tripod mounts, spare parts and additional barrels are included in the deal, with training to be provided to Brazilian personnel after the guns are delivered. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
11 Sep 18. Indra to supply Lanza 3D radar to RTAF. Indra has been awarded a contract to supply its Lanza 3D long-range radar (LRR) system to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), the Spanish company announced in a statement on 11 September. Delivery will include the air surveillance radar as well as associated equipment such as Indra’s AirDef: an advanced air defence command-and-control system, said the firm, adding that it will also provide a comprehensive logistic package including spares, warranty, and training to RTAF operation and maintenance personnel. Indra did not disclose the value of the contract, the expected delivery dates, or the number of systems to be supplied. Indra’s family of Lanza 3D radar systems is based on a fully modular and scalable architecture, both in hardware equipment and software packages/capabilities. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
12 Sep 18. Saab Wins Framework Contract for Mortar Rounds. Saab has been chosen in competition for a mortar ammunition contract amongst other vendors for 81mm grenades, including both explosive and training rounds for an undisclosed customer. The framework contract will have a duration of five years and the first order intakes are expected to take place in 2019 followed by deliveries in 2020. Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland Ltd. (SBDS), which is part of Saab business area Dynamics will manufacture and deliver the mortar rounds. The order includes the high explosive grenade WG, as well as the explosive grenade EUG and potentially the newest product from SBDS which is the THOR – the latest version of pre fragmented mortar grenades. The industry’s nature is such that due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced.
05 Sep 18. MILSATCOM Support from Ultra Electronics Communications & Integrated Systems Contracted by General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada. Ultra Electronics Communication & Integrated Systems (CIS) Gigasat business unit, based in Tring, UK, has been awarded a contract to support the provision of Strategic Deployable Terminals to General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada. General Dynamics will provide the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with the Strategic Deployable Terminals (SDTs) to expand the firm’s Mercury Global In-Service Support (ISS) as part of the final stage of the Mercury Global (MG) Project to deliver military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) wideband capabilities. Available in three sizes (small, medium and large) in multi-band configurations (capable of WGS & Commercial Frequencies) to allow for global tailored mission requirement, the terminals use leading edge composite technology that enables operation by an individual — at its smallest size — or by a team at its largest. The terminals will allow the CAF to deliver voice, image and data between deployed operations and commanders back in Canada. (Source: Satnews)
12 Sep 18. The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is awarded $194,517,924 for modification P00126 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0067) for P-8A Aircrew Training System production concurrency upgrades in support of the Navy and the government of Australia. The training system upgrades are required for training devised to be ready for initial training to meet future mission capabilities. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida (50 percent); Whidbey Island, Washington (30 percent); Adelaide, Australia (10 percent); Dallas, Texas (5 percent); and St. Louis, Missouri (5 percent), is expected to be completed in September 2023. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy); and cooperative agreement funds in the amount of $194,517,924 will be obligated at time of award, $154,776,918 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchase for the Navy ($154,776,918; 80 percent); and the government of Australia ($39,741,006; 20 percent) under a cooperative agreement. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.
07 Sep 18. Kratos Receives $11m Contract Award to Build Multi-Site Gateways for Kacific’s New HTS Network. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has been awarded an $11m contract by Kacific Broadband Satellites, to design and build ground stations for Kacific’s new Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) network. The Kacific-1 HTS satellite, launching in 2019, will deliver broadband services to Pacific Rim and South East Asia. (Source: ASD Network)
11 Sep 18. Meggitt expands involvement in KFX programme. UK company Meggitt has increased its involvement on the South Korean programme to develop the KFX multirole fighter aircraft through a new supply contract announced on 10 September. In a press release, Meggitt said it will develop an engine vibration monitoring unit (EVMU) for KFX prototypes currently under construction by prime contractor Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). The newly announced contract is one of several that Meggitt has secured on the KFX development programme. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
10 Sep 18. Japan requests sale of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft from US. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) aircraft to Japan for an estimated cost of $3.135bn. The sale was requested by the Government of Japan and has been approved by the US State Department. Under the proposed deal, Japan intends to purchase up to nine E-2D AHE Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft, 28 T56-A-427A engines, and 12 multifunction information distribution system/joint tactical radio system terminals. (Source: naval-technology.com)
12 Sep 18. SkyStar aerostats for Central American customer. RT LTA Systems has received a contract to provide four SkyStar aerostat systems to a governmental agency of an unnamed country in Central America. Under the contract, RT LTA will provide three SkyStar 180 aerostat systems and one SkyStar 110 micro-tactical aerostat system. SkyStar 180 is a small-sized mobile aerostat, designed for tactical mid-range surveillance. Based on a towable trailer, the system has a stabilised day/night electro-optical payload suspended from a helium-filled aerostat, tethered to a ground system. The system can operate continuously at wind velocity of up to 40kt and can lift a payload of up to 20kg, providing surveillance coverage from an altitude of up to 1,000ft for up to 72 hours, after which it is brought down for a 20-minute helium refill. Only two people are required to fully maintain the system. SkyStar 110 is a micro-balloon system, designed to provide commanders in the field with a real-time reconnaissance capability. The system can be assembled and launched in only 15 minutes, for a 1,500ft surveillance range. The systems will be delivered in the coming weeks and will be used for homeland security purposes. (Source: Shephard)