UNITED KINGDOM AND NATO
20 Nov 18. Cambridge Pixel, a developer of radar display, tracking and recording sub-systems, has supplied its RadarWatch coastal surveillance software and advanced target trackers to Maritime Information Systems Ltd (Maris) as part of an upgrade to safety systems at UK military firing ranges. Cambridge Pixel’s surveillance and target tracking software has already been installed and is operational on the south coast of England at the first of the firing ranges, where operators are benefiting from an enhanced situational display.
20 Nov 18. Cohort, the independent technology group, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary SEA has been awarded a follow-on 5-year contract by an existing customer worth £5.4m to support maritime equipment for the Royal Navy.
21 Nov 18. Landau UK, specialists in delivering award winning installations, refits, remodelling and restoration of equipment and systems to all leisure and commercial marine vessels, are delighted to have won the contract from Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust to refit and refurbish one of the last remaining landing crafts – Foxtrot 8 – which was used during the Falklands conflict. This project is being funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds and is part of the Trust’s wider “Memorial Fleet” project. The Memorial Fleet project will create an operational Memorial Fleet of small historic craft which have played a significant role in the defence of the nation during the Twentieth Century – from the First World War to the Falklands.
20 Nov 18. NATO Support and Procurement Agency as Lead Nation has requested a possible sale of precision guided munitions kits. The components that comprise the kits are: five hundred (500) KMU-556 F/B Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Kits for GBU-31 2000-lbs; forty (40) KMU-557 F/B JDAM Kits for GBU-31 2000-lbs; one thousand five hundred (1,500) KMU-572 F/B JDAM Kits for GBU-38 500-lbs; one thousand (1,000) Munitions Adapter Unit (MAU)-210 F/B Enhanced Computer Control Groups (ECCGs) for GBU-48 1,000-lb EPII; three hundred (300) MAU-210 F/B ECCGs for GBU-49 500-lbs EPII; three hundred (300) MXU-650K/B AFGs for GBU-49 500-lbs EPII; one thousand twenty-five (1,025) MAU-209 C/B or MAU-169 L/B CCGs for GBU-12 500 lbs Paveway II; one thousand twenty-five (1,025) MXU-650 K/B AFGs for GBU-12 500 lbs Paveway II; four thousand three hundred sixty-five (4,365) Joint Programmable Fuze, FMU-152 A/B for all GBU types. Also includes Detector Sensing Unit (DSU)-38A/B Laser kits, DSU-33D/B proximity sensors, Wireless Paveway Avionics Kit (WIPAK) interfaces for Enhanced Paveway II bombs, repair and return services, transportation, engineering services, and other support services. The estimated value is $320.5m. The prime contractors for production are the Boeing Corporation of St Louis, Missouri, and Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona. The principle contractor for integration is unknown and will be determined during contract negotiations. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
21 Nov 18. UK MoD awards US F-35 infrastructure contract at RAF Lakenheath. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to the Kier VolkerFitzpatrick joint venture for the delivery of new infrastructure to support two US F-35 squadrons at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath. Under the £160m contract, the company will provide additional infrastructure to prepare the Lakenheath airforce station in Suffolk, England, for the joint strike fighter fleet. The project also includes the development of a flight simulator facility, a maintenance unit, hangars and storage facilities in the location. RAF Lakenheath will serve as the first permanent international home for the US Air Force’s (USAF) F-35 Lightning II combat jets in Europe. This effort to be carried out under the F-35 Beddown Programme will help bolster the long-term military ties between the UK and the US, and strengthen the partnership between the airforces of the two nations. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
15 Nov 18. UK to double F-35 fleet with 17-jet order, Defence Secretary announces. The multi-million-pound contract signed will see the UK own 35 stealth jets by end of 2022 with Britain manufacturing 15% of the overall global order for 255. The UK is set to double its number of world-beating F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. (Source: News Now/www.gov.uk)
19 Nov 18. Rheinmetall to supply Bundeswehr with tank ammunition. The Bundeswehr has awarded Rheinmetall a major contract for tank ammunition. Encompassing 13,000 rounds of 120mm x 570 DM88 ammunition, the order is worth €21.4m, including value added tax. Delivery begins in November 2018, and should be complete by the end of the year. The DM88 is an advanced practice round made specifically for the Leopard 2 main battle tank. Ballistically, it is identical to the service ammunition developed and supplied by Rheinmetall, and meets the Bundeswehr’s full range of specifications with regard to precision and handling safety.
19 Nov 18. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has been notified that the Government of Belgium has approved Belgian Defense to begin negotiations with the U.S. Government to acquire the MQ-9B SkyGuardian Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). MQ-9B is the lastest generation of GA-ASI’s multi-mission Predator® B fleet. GA-ASI named its baseline MQ-9B aircraft SkyGuardian and the maritime surveillance variant SeaGuardian. MQ-9B is the result of a five-year company-funded effort to deliver an unmanned aircraft system that can operate in non-segregated, civil airspace, which meets the stringent airworthiness type-certification requirements of NATO STANAG 4671. To highlight these capabilities in support of the celebration of the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force 100th anniversary (RAF100) in July, SkyGuardian became the first Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) UAS to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. The system features >40 hour endurance, all-weather, short-field, self-deployment (through SATCOM controlled automatic take-off and landing), and “detect-and-avoid” capabilities.
21 Nov 18. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) U.K.-based air traffic communications subsidiary, Park Air Systems, has supplied and deployed its Sapphire Air Traffic Management (ATM) communication equipment to the Polish airport network run by the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA). Following the installation of ATM equipment at four remote ground stations (Sieradz, Radom, Gąbin and Brzesko) in 2017, PANSA has now added almost 30 locations to be equipped with Sapphire ATM communication systems. All of the installations will be completed by the end of 2018.
22 Nov 18. The US Army has placed an order with Saab for the delivery of new ultra-lightweight camouflage net systems (ULCANS). Valued at approximately Skr586m ($66m), the new order includes the delivery of both woodland and desert camouflage systems by Saab. The ULCANS will be used by the US Army to ensure that its troops are equipped with the most advanced signature management systems currently available across the globe. (Source: army-technology.com)
16 Nov 18. Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Maryland, is awarded a $282,085,646 not-to-exceed undefinitized contract action modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-18-C-2301 for long-lead-time material and detail design in support of the construction of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships (MMSC). The MMSC is a lethal and highly maneuverable surface combatant capable of littoral and open-ocean operation. This contract involves foreign military sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed in Marinette, Wisconsin (55 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (23 percent); Herndon, Virginia (11 percent); Moorestown, New Jersey (6 percent); Manassas, Virginia (1 percent); San Diego, California (1 percent); and various places below one percent (3 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2025. Foreign military sales (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) funding in the amount of $124,201,733 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured, in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4) (international agreement). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
22 Nov 18. US-based Physical Sciences’ subsidiary InstantEye Robotics has secured a contract to deliver its latest Mk-3 GEN5-D1 small unmanned aerial systems (sUASs) to the US Marine Corps (USMC). The contract has been awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in support of PMA-263, the US Navy and Marine Corps small tactical unmanned aircraft systems Program Office. Under the agreement, InstantEye Robotics will be responsible for fielding 32 units of the company’s Mk-3 GEN5-D1 drone systems. DLA is carrying out procurement of the new autonomous aerial systems in order to address the USMC’s urgent needs request for field user evaluation. (Source: naval-technology.com)
19 Nov 18. Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it was awarded a contract from Cubic Global Defense, a business division of Cubic Corporation, to deliver more than 500 P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) internal subsystems for the latest-generation air combat training for the F-35 Lightning II. With this order, over 1,000 F-35 aircraft will be equipped with this training equipment and delivered to multiple F-35 user nations. As the principal subcontractor to Cubic Global Defense, Leonardo DRS’s Airborne and Intelligence Systems business unit designs, produces, and supports the P5CTS Internal Subsystems component of the Air Combat Training System. The P5CTS Internal Subsystems enables real-time, live monitoring and recorded mission data of air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air training scenarios for both real-time training and post mission analysis. Unlike the wing-mounted P5CTS pods, the internal subsystem is placed inside the F-35.
15 Nov 18. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $348,915,105 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide the infrastructure to support developmental laboratory facilities and flight test activities in support of F-35 development, production and sustainment. Work will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base, California (35 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (35 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2020. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy); and non-Department of Defense (DOD) participant funds in the amount of $177,042,349 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($70,932,017; 40 percent); Marine Corps ($35,466,009; 20 percent); Navy ($35,466,008; 20 percent) and non-DOD participants ($35,178,315; 20 percent). This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0004).
15 Nov 18. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed value $83,100,000 undefinitized contract action. This contract provides for the development, integration, certification, and testing of dual capable aircraft capability to include hardware and software into the Air Force F-35A. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (70 percent); Edwards Air Force Base, California (29 percent); and St. Charles, Missouri (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2024. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force) funding in the amount of $24,630,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0010).
15 Nov 18. Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $172,145,533 fixed-price incentive-fee contract for long range anti-ship missiles (LRASMs) Lot 2 production. The contract allows for the production of 50 LRASMs. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2021. The award is the result of sole- source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8682-19-C-0010).
19 Nov 18. The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) a 12-month, $330m contract for Total System Support Responsibility (TSSR) of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) fleet. The integrated total systems support contract covers TSSR Period Year 19, which began Nov. 1, 2018 and concludes Oct. 31, 2019. Under the Joint STARS TSSR program, Northrop Grumman continues its longstanding partnership with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to provide total systems support to the 116th and 461st Air Control Wings for all facets of sustainment and support of the 16 aircraft Joint STARS fleet at Robins Air Force Base and forward operating locations overseas. Northrop Grumman will provide program management, engineering technical support, aircrew and maintenance training, supply chain and spares management, technical data and publications, program depot maintenance and overall customer support.
16 Nov 18. Space Vector Corp., Chatsworth, California (FA8818-19-D-0001); and OrbitalATK Inc., Chandler, Arizona (FA8818-19-D-0002), have been awarded a combined ceiling $424,000,000 multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee for Sounding Rocket Program-4 (SRP-4). The SRP-4 contract provides suborbital launch services and launch support services necessary to accomplish the Rocket Systems Launch Program’s suborbital mission. This contract will be used to meet Department of Defense and other government agency requirements for sub-orbital research, development, and test launch services, including prototype demonstrations and missile defense targets. Work will primarily be performed in Chatsworth, California; Chandler, Arizona, and a variety of government launch sites, depending on mission requirements. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with a seven-year ordering period. Space and Missile Systems Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity.
15 Nov 18. Alion Science and Technology has booked a potential five-year, $769m task order to integrate systems and subsystems for the U.S. military’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and cyber platforms. Integration work will focus on operations for remote sensing, data collection, analysis, distribution, operations and assessments. Alion said Tuesday it will also carry out research in communications, cyber operations and security. The General Services Administration’s FEDSIM acquisition center awarded the order against the OASIS professional services vehicle. GSA received one other bid for the Joint Capability Embedded Technology Insertion and Integration order, according to Federal Procurement Data Spending information. (Source: Defense Systems)
20 Nov 18. General Dynamics Information Technology’s (GDIT) managed affiliate CSRA has received a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) for the delivery of commercial Cloud services for the US Navy. Valued at $22.4m, the new contract aims to speed up and enhance navy Cloud adoption. Awarded by the US Navy’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), the BPA includes a one-year base period with four one-year options, which are expected to bring the estimated cumulative value to $96m if exercised. (Source: naval-technology.com)
19 Nov 18. Lockheed Martin Corp. – Rotary and Mission Systems, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being competitively awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum amount of $240,000,000. Under this new contract, the contractor will support the development, deployment and sustainment of the Objective Simulation Framework Modeling & Simulation framework that leverages existing or mature capabilities with a modular, scalable, reconfigurable, and composeable architecture. A task order in the amount of $49,703,444 is being issued immediately after the award of this contract. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama. The ordering period is from Nov. 19, 2018, through Nov. 18, 2023. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website with three proposals received. Fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $1,700,000 are being obligated on the award of the first task order and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-19-D-0002).
REST OF THE WORLD
21 Nov 18. India signs USD500m deal to licence-build two Russian stealth frigates. India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a USD500m deal with Russia to licence-build two Admiral Grigorovich (Project 11356M)-class stealth frigates for the Indian Navy (IN) at the state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). Indian officials told Jane’s on 20 November that the inter-governmental agreement signed with Russian export agency Rosoboronexport entails the transfer of technology to GSL to build the two 124.8 m-long vessels. GSL Managing Director Rear Admiral Shekhar Mittal (retd) was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying that construction of the warships is scheduled to begin in 2020, with the first platform expected to be delivered in 2026, followed by the second a year later. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 Nov 18. The Government of Japan has requested to buy eight (8) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B Missiles and thirteen (13) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 2A Missiles. Also included are SM-3 1B and 2A missile canisters, U.S. Government and contractor provided technical assistance, engineering and logistical support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $561m. The principal contractor for the SM-3 Block 1B and 2A All Up Rounds will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona. The prime contractor for the Mk-21 and Mk-29 canisters and PHS&T kits will be BAE Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
16 Nov 18. Australia selects Reaper for armed UAV requirement. The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has announced its selection of the MQ-9 Reaper – produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) – to meet requirements under Project Air 7003 Phase 1 for an armed medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In a DoD statement on 16 November, Australian Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the Reaper “best meets the capability requirements for Australia’s first armed remotely piloted aircraft system”. The DoD said it will now approach the US government to request pricing and availability on Reaper variants in support of future decision making on the acquisition. In service in Australia, the Reaper will replace the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 UAV, which was retired from service in August 2017. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
19 Nov 18. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, has been awarded a $489,924,430 definitization and increase in scope fixed-price-incentive-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (FA8620-18-C-1000 PZ0004) for the Japan Global Hawk program. The contract provides for: three RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30i air vehicles each containing an enhanced integrated sensor suite payload, two ground control elements, spares and support equipment, system engineering and program management tasks required to execute, manage, control, and report on all program activities, and a site survey. Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by Sept. 1, 2022. This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS) to Japan and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This action will increase funding by $294,542,454 for a total of $425,012,030 in FMS funding. FMS funding in the amount of $64,912,400 will be awarded as priced options to be exercised as soon as Japan releases the remaining funds. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
20 Nov 18. The Government of Japan has requested to buy thirty-two (32) AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). Also included are containers, weapon support and support equipment, spare and repair parts, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $63m. The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the Purchaser and the prime contractor. (Source: glstrade.com)