17 Jan 19. Accuracy International Ltd. announced today it has been awarded the contract to upgrade the German Army’s G22 Sniper Rifles through its German agent POL-TEC. Accuracy International (AI) will refurbish and upgrade the current G22 and G22A1 rifles to the new G22A2 platform. The rifles will remain in the 7.62 x 67 calibre. The updated G22A2 rifle was introduced by Accuracy International in 2018. It is an all-weather, day and night AX style rifle with user configurability and mission adaptability. The rifle features a full-length action and a forend rail with right side folding stock over the bolt. The updated G22A2 is in AI Pale Brown with modern accessories. The German Army ordered 780 which will be delivered by 2020.
11 Jan 19. Norway to procure Heckler & Koch HK416 assault rifles. The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency has awarded a contract to German defence manufacturing company Heckler & Koch for the delivery of HK416 assault rifle sets. The HK416 modular assault rifle platform was first adopted by the Norwegian Armed Forces in 2017. The weapon replaced the AG3 rifle used by the armed forces. With 5.56 x 45mm calibre, the 781-933mm long HK416 rifle has a magazine capacity of 30,880m/s muzzle velocity and a rate of fire of 700-900 shots per minute. It is used by soldiers from all divisions of the Norwegian Armed Forces. Featuring a red dot sight and a flashlight, the rifle can be installed on Nato rails. The contract has an overall value of nearly €22m and a period of performance of more than 36 months. Deliveries under the order will start this year. Designed for military users and law enforcement, the HK416 can be customised according to customer and mission requirements without having to reduce its accuracy and handling safety. Several European armies such as Germany, France, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia and the UK have been equipped with a standard assault rifle by Heckler & Koch. Some of the rifle variants deployed by the aforementioned users are G36, HK416AIF and SA80A2/A3, in addition to HK416. Specifically created for the German Armed Forces, the lightweight G36 weapon is suitable for use by dismounted infantry and single fire in long-range combat. Furthermore, one or more Heckler & Koch-manufactured weapon models are also used by many military and police commando units.(Source: army-technology.com)
16 Jan 19. JLTV For Slovenia. Slovenia has ordered 38 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) worth €16m from Foreign Military Sales through the US Government, to be put into service from 2021 under the designation LKOV 4×4 (Lahko Kolesno Oklepno Vozilo). Remote-controlled Kongsberg M153 weapon stations for light and heavy MG and 40 mm grenade launchers are also to be ordered for the vehicles in the first quarter. 18 JLTV are used by special forces. The remaining 20 vehicles will be used by the Middle Battalion Combat Group for national defence and the achievement of NATO goals. The measures are scheduled to be completed in 2023. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
17 Jan 19. Swedish Army orders Rheinmetall HX heavy trucks for Patriot system from Rheinmetall partner Raytheon. Rheinmetall has been awarded a contract from the Swedish armed forces to supply vehicles for transporting Patriot air defence systems made by Rheinmetall’s partner Raytheon. Starting in the first quarter of 2021, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) will supply Sweden with a total of forty high-mobility trucks from its HX series, including 16 tractor trucks and 24 transport vehicles. The order is in the double-digit million-euro range. FMV, the Swedish procurement authority, has already ordered other HX vehicles for its logistics corps. The latest order placed with RMMV for transport vehicles for the Patriot air defence system is in line with the vehicle family concept; moreover, it underscores the customer’s satisfaction with these tried-and-tested “military-off-the-shelf” vehicles. The latest generation of HX2 vehicles fulfils all the criteria modern logistic vehicles are expected to meet: maximum mobility, ruggedness, versatility and the ability to handle even the worst roads and toughest terrain. Increasingly important, too, are flexible add-on force protection solutions for safeguarding the crew. At the same time, HX2s are among the world’s most widely used military trucks, with some 10,000 currently in service around the globe, representing enormous operational experience. Particularly in multinational operations, the ubiquity of Rheinmetall MAN vehicles offers big advantages when it comes to interoperability and logistics. Among others, the current group of user nations includes Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark. In the meantime, Norway, Sweden and – most recently – Germany have all placed substantial orders with Rheinmetall MAN as well. The newly awarded order is the first joint procurement project of Raytheon and Rheinmetall since the launch of their teaming agreement in March 2018. Patriot forms the backbone of integrated air defence and anti-missile defence for seven NATO nations, and is interoperable with seven other partner countries worldwide.
15 Jan 19. Saab receives camouflage system order. Saab has received several orders from Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization to supply its Barracuda static camouflage systems, the company announced on 11 January. The static camouflage system provides signature protection for vehicles and other objects in static positions. The solution offers multispectral protection from ultra-violet, visual, near infrared, short wave infrared, thermal sensors and radar to avoid enemy detection. Deliveries are expected to take place in 2019. (Source: Shephard)
16 Jan 19. Norway orders M2A2N machine guns and more HK416N rifles. US Ordnance has been selected to supply 1,300 M2A2N heavy machine guns (HMGs) with quick change barrels, Forsvarsmateriell, the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, announced on 10 January. The seven-year framework agreement includes spare parts, tools, and other materiel to replace Norway’s current Browning M2 QCBs. The weapon uses 12.7×99 mm Nammo ammunition and will be used in Vinghøg NM152 soft mounts and Kongsberg Protector Nordic and Sea Protector remote weapons stations.
17 Jan 19. Electronic Defence Systems For German Corvettes. Indra will equip the second batch of K130 corvette of the German Navy with its latest generation Rigel electronic defence system. The company announced the corresponding signature of an important contract with the naval systems company Atlas Elektronik. Indra will deliver five Rigel RESM/RECM systems (Radar Electronic Support Measures/Radar Electronic Countermeasures). These systems constitute a key technology that allows the ship to track the electromagnetic space and detect active radar emissions in its environment. It also allows multiple active threats to be countered simultaneously by means of disturbance and deception techniques. Indra stated it has incorporated broadband digital reception technology into its system to guarantee the maximum sensitivity and detection range possible, which provides superiority to the ship. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
17 Jan 19. Communication System For Norwegian Coast Guard Vessels. Saab has signed a contract with Vard Group AS to take on the communication integrator role for the Norwegian Coast Guard project P6615. Saab announced it will provide the Norwegian Coast Guard’s three newly ordered vessels with Saab’s complete Integrated Communication System, TactiCall, consisting of both internal and external communication. TactiCall is based on voice-over-IP technology and interconnects all communication technologies regardless of radio band, frequency and hardware. The delivery will start in 2021. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
16 Jan 19. Scisys (SSY) has won a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the development, integration, verification and maintenance of the EGNOS V3 Performance Assessment Facility. The deal is expected to be valued at €1.32m, with delivery starting in January 2019 and lasting until July 2025. The contract is under a programme funded by the European Union and the European Space Agency. (Source: Investors Chronicle)
18 Jan 19. Thales to develop new connected sensors for Rafale F4 standard.
- Thales, alongside Dassault Aviation and Safran, has been awarded a contract by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) to develop the future onboard sensors and communication systems that will equip the F4 standard of the Rafale omni-role combat aircraft.
- New sensor technologies and new collaborative combat capabilities will enable aircrews to take the best decisions in every decisive moment.
- The decision making process for target engagement will be significantly shorter.
Thales, as a member of the Rafale joint venture (Groupement d’Intérêt Economique), has been awarded a contract by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) to contribute to the development of the Rafale F4 standard, enabling the Rafale combat aircraft to maintain its superiority against new threats.
15 Jan 19. BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $474,084,062 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for system technical support and sustainment system technical support. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 14, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-D-0040).
15 Jan 19. BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $7,201,316 modification (P00024) to contract W56HZV-17-C-0059 for the maintenance of M88 recovery vehicles, technical data package maintenance and total ownership cost reduction. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 18, 2020. Fiscal 2018 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $7,201,316 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
13 Jan 19. Global Satellite Operator Awards Comtech EF Data with Infrastructure Equipment Order. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) has that during the firm’s second quarter of fiscal 2019, their Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., which is part of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment, was awarded a $1.0m infrastructure equipment order from a global satellite operator. The satellite operator will continue to team Comtech EF Data products with their innovative, global, GEO satellite constellation to offer customers unparalleled performance and reliability. The order specified Comtech EF Data’s CDM-760 Advanced High-Speed Trunking and Broadcast Modem, which offers the user data rates of over one Gigabit per second and was designed to be the market’s most efficient, highest throughput, point-to-point trunking and broadcast modem. The modem leverages 256APSK modulation, DVB-S2X and bi-directional Adaptive Coding and Modulation operation, which is the most advanced combination of space segment saving capabilities that minimize overhead. The modems will be deployed and used to support next generation, high-speed maritime applications across the satellite operator’s global GEO satellite constellation. (Source: Satnews)
14 Jan 19. The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) a $75m order to provide MUOS (Mobile User Objective System) narrowband satellite communication upgrades to the service’s Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G manpack radio fleet. The order is part of the Navy Portable Radio Program five-year IDIQ contract received in 2017. Harris has continued to invest in the development and deployment of MUOS and other advanced waveforms to add capability to the widely deployed AN/PRC-117G family of radios, as well as its next generation of tactical radios. As a software defined radio, the AN/PRC-117G was developed to be easily upgradable with new waveforms such as MUOS, enabling customers to increase capabilities economically.
17 Jan 19. US-based Jankel Tactical Systems (part of the global Jankel group of companies), have been awarded contracts to supply armored Chevrolet Suburbans and Toyota Land Cruisers to the US Marshals Service, America’s first federal law enforcement agency and, the US Customs and Border Patrol; one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations. This announcement coincides with the US SHOT Show, taking place in Las Vegas 22-25 January 2019. Jankel Tactical Systems, aligned to the wider UK-based group, is already well-established in North America. In 2018 Jankel’s strong Civilian Armored Vehicle (CAV) business increased growth by a tremendous 300%. This striking increase in sales is attributed to increased orders from Jankel’s core clients: the US Department of Defense; US Department of State; the Canadian Department of National Defense; and Global Affairs Canada, all of whom support operations worldwide. In addition, Jankel secured new customer opportunities with the US Customs and Border Patrol, US Marshalls, and the US Drug Enforcement Agency. The latest contract with the US Customs and Border Patrol has been awarded through a recently granted Indefinite Quantity Indefinite Delivery (IDIQ) contract, a US Federal Government agreement that provides agencies with the required flexibility to meet the demand for rapid and efficient contracting.
16 Jan 19. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the selection of the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics TANGO6T 1-6×24 Second Focal Plane (SFP) Riflescope and ALPHA4 Ultralight Mount for use by Special Operations Forces. The TANGO6T 1-6×24 riflescope, selected by DoD is a second focal plane, ruggedized riflescope with a Flat Dark Earth (FDE) anodized aircraft grade aluminum maintube. The riflescope features an M855A1 Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC) illuminated reticle with holds for CQB to medium range engagements, an ultra-bright red Hellfire™ fiber optic illumination system for fast daylight target acquisition, locking illumination dial, Power Selector Ring (PSR) Throw Lever, and a laser-marked scope level indicator for intuitive mount installation.
17 Jan 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been awarded a maximum $37,659,687 modification (P00026) to a three-year base contract (SPE7LX-17-D-0077) with two one-year option periods adding eleven spare parts within the scope of the original contract. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $63,767,640. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is Wisconsin, with an Aug. 15, 2022, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2022 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio.
17 Jan 19. Talbert Manufacturing Inc.,* Rensselaer, Indiana, was awarded a $360,249,853 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of M872A4 semitrailers and associated items. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 16, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-D-0036).
13 Jan 19. KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today its global government services business, KBRwyle, has been awarded a $62m contract modification to continue providing base operating support services (BOSS) at Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific has awarded KBRwyle the first of a possible seven option years on a $515m fixed-price-with-award fee contract originally won by KBRwyle in 2017. KBRwyle will continue to perform a range of services that will support the base and look after the welfare and wellbeing of its sailors in one of the most isolated regions in the world. These services will include facilities management, IT, supply, utilities, administration and public safety. Additionally, it will provide morale, welfare and recreation support, and port and air operations.
15 Jan 19. Leidos to develop ADC MK5 acoustic device countermeasure device. The US Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded a contract to global science and technology company Leidos to develop an acoustic device countermeasure device called ADC MK5. Under the single-award, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, the company will be responsible to develop torpedo countermeasure technologies for submarine defence. The contract has a two-year base period of performance and comes with three one-year options. The cumulative value of the award could reach up to nearly $36m, if all options are exercised. On 13 September 2018, the company was awarded a $13.93m to design and develop ADC MK5 developmental devices, as well as deliver engineering and technical services and non-recurring engineering services such as software and hardware development. (Source: naval-technology.com)
15 Jan 19. Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Eastern Shipbuilding to provide the hybrid electric drive system for the U.S. Coast Guard’s second Offshore Patrol Cutter. Eastern Shipbuilding is the prime contractor and builder of these next generation Offshore Patrol Cutters. Under the contract, Leonardo DRS will provide its high-performance, permanent magnet motor based Auxiliary Propulsion System. This integrated hybrid electric drive system provides capability for the ship to operate much more efficiently at slower speeds, increases mission duration capability, reduces emissions and provides emergency take-home capability in the event of a failure of the main propulsion diesel engines. When coupled to the main propulsion gearbox, the system allows the ship to operate quietly and efficiently during loitering operations while providing superior fuel economy for increased on-station operations and capability. The Auxiliary Propulsion System is designed and built by Leonardo DRS, a leader in naval hybrid electric drive propulsion technology. The system includes two of the most power-dense permanent magnet motors on the market today. They have significant advantages in size, weight, efficiency and performance over conventional electric induction motors and produce more torque from the same amount of supplied current. Their smaller footprint allows greater flexibility in engine room design and increased cargo space, and their simpler more rugged construction results in proven reliability and durability. Using propulsion diesel engines at slow speeds adds significant wear and tear on the engines and increases the potential for coking/wet stacking. By adding this electric Auxiliary Propulsion System, the Coast Guard will have a built-in advantage of reducing not only fuel and maintenance requirements, but total lifecycle costs and increased safety for the fleet.
17 Jan 19. Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, was awarded a $77,758,481 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive, cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-13-C-5225 for production of the Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship Undersea Warfare System (UWS). The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is the Surface Ship Undersea Warfare combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts, and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects and torpedo threats. The contract is for development, integration and production of future advanced capability build and technical insertion baselines of the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 USW systems. Work will be performed in Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania (54 percent); Clearwater, Florida (22 percent); Syracuse, New York (7 percent); Manassas, Virginia (6 percent); Hauppauge, New York (5 percent); Owego, New York (5 percent); Tewksbury, Massachusetts (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2021. Fiscal 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy); fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation; and Foreign Military Sales funding in the amount $77,187,872 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. (Awarded Jan. 16, 2019)
15 Jan 19. Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Maryland, is awarded a fixed-price-incentive firm target modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-18-C-2300 to exercise an option for the construction of one fiscal 2019 littoral combat ship. The specific contract award amount for this ship is considered source-selection sensitive information (see 41 U.S. Code 2101, et seq., Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 2.101 and FAR 3.104) and will not be made public at this time. Lockheed Martin will perform and oversee all necessary design, planning, construction and test and trials activities in support of delivery of this ship to the Navy. Work will be performed in Marinette, Wisconsin (40 percent); Washington, District of Columbia (7 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (6 percent); Beloit, Wisconsin (2 percent); Iron Mountain, Michigan (2 percent); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1 percent); Waunakee, Wisconsin (1 percent); Crozet, Virginia (1 percent); Coleman, Wisconsin (1 percent); Monrovia, California (1 percent); and various locations below 1 percent (38 percent), and is expected to be completed by February 2026. Fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding 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.
14 Jan 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded the following contract as announced by the Department of Defense on December 21, 2018. Raytheon Co., Tuscon, Arizona, is being awarded a $37,902,562 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-16-C-5433 to exercise options in support of Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) design agent, in-service support and technical engineering support services. Fiscal 2019 other country; fiscal 2018 weapons procurement (Navy); fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy); Foreign Military Sales; and fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funding in the amount of $16,663,004 will be obligated at time of award, and funds in the amount of $208,225 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This is a sole-source contract pursuant to an international agreement between the U.S. and nine other countries. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
15 Jan 19. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $172m contract from the U.S. Navy and Air Force for Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) production. The contract continues the production for the air-launched variant of LRASM, including a full production run of missiles and engineering support. This is the second of several expected annual production lots that will deliver next-generation anti-ship missiles to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. LRASM is designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments. LRASM will play a significant role in ensuring military access to operate in open ocean/blue waters, owing to its enhanced ability to discriminate and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges. LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER). It is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Warfighters in contested environments. The air-launched variant provides an early operational capability for the U.S. Navy’s offensive anti-surface warfare Increment I requirement. With the recent EOC declaration by the U.S. Air Force for the B-1B, the focus is now on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in 2019.
17 Jan 19. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a follow-on contract valued up to $86m from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Launch Systems Enterprise, Small Launch and Targets Division (SMC/LEX) at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, for Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP) Peacekeeper and Minuteman Solid Rocket Motor Aging Surveillance. The contract is an eight-year effort for ongoing aging surveillance for all deactivated Minuteman and Peacekeeper motors. Efforts include component dissection, motor plugging, propellant properties testing and hazards analysis, as well as overall program support. In addition, the RSLP contract provides for special studies and additional component development or testing on an as-required basis. Northrop Grumman has supported RSLP solid rocket motor testing and analysis for all deactivated Minuteman and Peacekeeper assets ensuring safe storage and flight reliability since 1997.
15 Jan 19. Raytheon selected for classic Hornet AESA radar upgrade. The U.S. Marine Corps selected Raytheon’s APG-79(v)4 AESA radar to equip its F/A-18C/D classic Hornet fleet. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) will begin delivering radars in 2020 and complete deliveries by 2022. The APG-79(v)4 is a scaled version of the APG-79 AESA radar integrated on the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force’s Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers. Along with improved targeting capabilities, crews gain an edge in crucial operations across the spectrum – including air dominance, maritime strike and air-to-surface missions.
17 Jan 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded the following contract as announced by the Department of Defense on December 28, 2018. Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a not-to-exceed $434,389,104 for an undefinitized modification P00001 to a previously awarded, fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-18-C-1068). This modification provides for the procurement of AIM-9X Lot 18 production requirements to include 766 AIM-9X Block II all up round tactical missiles. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 missile procurement (Air Force); fiscal 2017 and 2018 weapons procurement (Navy); fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy); and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $321,622,863 will be obligated at time of award, $8,527,158 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
15 Jan 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded the following two contracts as announced by the Department of Defense on December 21, 2018. Raytheon Corp., McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $59,211,905 cost-plus fixed-fee and firm-fixed- price contract for Reaper MQ-9 sensors contractor logistics support. This contract provides for program management, contractor-filed service-representative support, depot repair, depot maintenance, sustaining engineering support, supply and logistics support, configuration management, tech data maintenance, software maintenance, inventory control point, and warehouse support for the MQ-9 sensors. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated in the amount of $37,779,873 at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8528-19-C-0002).
11 Jan 19. Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Washington, is awarded an estimated $1,760,000,000 value single-award, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Microsoft Enterprise Services for the Department of Defense (DoD), Coast Guard, and intelligence community. Support includes Microsoft product engineering services for software developers and product teams to leverage a range of proprietary resources and source-code, and Microsoft premier support for tools, knowledge database, problem resolution assistance, and custom changes to Microsoft source-code when applicable. This contract is issued under the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) in accordance with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, Section 208.74. DoD ESI is an initiative to streamline the acquisition process and provide information technology products and services worldwide that are compliant with applicable DoD technical standards and represent the best value for the DoD. The work will be performed worldwide. The ordering period will be for five years with a completion date of Jan. 10, 2024. This contract will not obligate funds at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders using primarily operations and maintenance funds (DoD). This sole-source procurement is issued using other than full and open competition in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 6.302-1 and 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) – only one responsible source. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-19-D-0019).
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16 Jan 19. Capricorn Space has announced it has been contracted to supply and install the antenna systems for the first Australian Ground Network (AGN-W) site near Geraldton, Western Australia. The contract is with CGC Systems to supply and install two, five-metre S/X-Band antenna systems at the AGN-W site, and follows “an extensive industry wide engagement and formal tender process during the second half of 2018”. (Source: Space Connect)
16 Jan 19. The Brazilian Army has contracted Saab to supply the latest version Robotsystem (RBS) 70 NG man-portable air defence system. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed by the company. However, Saab said the order was booked during the fourth quarter of 2018. Under the contract, the company will deliver an undisclosed number of RBS 70 NG units and also supply training systems, camouflage systems and other related equipment. The contract marks the first RBS 70 NG order placed by the Brazilian Army, representing the modernisation of the service’s air defence capability. (Source: army-technology.com)
17 Jan 19. Mexican Navy relies on Thales for the launch of its new Ocean Patrol Vessel.
- Thales supplied and integrated defence systems on board the Mexican Ocean Patrol Vessel (POLA).
- The contract includes Transfer of Technology to Mexico for Combat Management System development.
- The Mexican Navy is a new customer for Thales relying on its expertise in key digital technologies : big data analysis, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and connectivity.
At the end of 2018, the first ship from the Mexican Navy’s new POLA (Patrullera Oceanica de Largo Alcance) class, ARM Reformador, was launched at the ASTIMAR-20 shipyard in Salina Cruz, Mexico. Thales joins with the Mexican Navy in celebrating this key milestone and is proud to support the Mexican Navy in its ambition to safeguard Mexican territorial waters.
14 Jan 19. Baykar Makina, a privately owned Turkish drone maker, has won a contract to sell six Bayraktar TB2 UAVs to Ukraine, Turkish and Ukrainian officials have announced. The $69m contract for the sale was signed between Baykar Makina and Ukrspetsproekt, Ukraine’s state-run armament agency. Turkish officials said the deal also involves the sale of ammunition for the armed version of the Bayraktar TB2. In a 2017 deal, Baykar Makina sold a batch of six TB2s to Qatar. The Turkish military is currently using 75 TB2 drones, mainly in its fight against Kurdish insurgents in Turkey and across Turkey’s Iraqi and Syrian borders. The Bayraktar TB2 is a medium-altitude, long-range tactical UAV system. It was developed by Kale-Baykar, a joint venture of Baykar Makina and the Kale Group. The UAV operates as a platform for conducting reconnaissance and intelligence missions. Recently, Baykar Makina launched a naval version of the TB2. In 2011, Kale-Baykar won a contract for serial production for the Bayraktar from Turkey’s procurement office. The second phase involving the development and serial production of Bayraktar Block B (TB2) commenced in January 2012. Bayraktar TB2 completed its first flight in April 2014. The first acceptance tests of the UAV were conducted in November 2014, and six UAVs were delivered to the Turkish Land Forces by 2014. A second batch of six indigenous Bayraktar TB2 drones was handed over to the Turkish Land Forces in June 2015. (Source: Defense News)