21 Jan 19. UK Ministry of Defence awards Rubb Buildings Ltd with new £9.5m single source contract. The new £9.5m contract will see Rubb continue to provide military shelters, repairs, refurbishments, spare parts, training, Post Design Services (PDS) and support for infrastructure which can be deployed in the field. Rubb Buildings Ltd is based on the Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead. We have more than 40 years’ experience designing, manufacturing and constructing high quality, code compliant, engineered fabric tensioned buildings and shelters. Rubb structures are custom designed to support a wide range of industries around the world.
21 Jan 19. Saab has secured a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence to provide support and services associated to the land-based Giraffe AMB radar systems. Under the contract, the company will have to provide services from this year until 2024. Saab will supply spares and provide repairs, maintenance and field service representative (FSR) services in addition to design assurance and configuration management. It will conduct work on-site at Baker Barracks in Thorney Island, UK, and at Saab’s facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden. (Source: army-technology.com)
23 Jan 19. HENSOLDT, the leading independent sensor solutions supplier, will equip the new Arctic Coast Guard Vessels in the P6615 Program of the Norwegian Coast Guard with the latest version of its TRS-3D naval radar and MSSR 2000 I IFF System. The TRS-3D and IFF Systems are currently in operation onboard the three “Nordkapp” offshore patrol vessels. The systems will be decommissioned, upgraded and then re-installed on the Arctic Coast Guard Vessels. Furthermore the contract includes an option for the upgrade of the TRS-3D and IFF Systems of the “Svalbard” vessel. Under a contract worth more than € 20 m awarded by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA), HENSOLDT will deliver three TRS-3D radars including the latest solid-state technology and signal processing software and will deliver them from 2021, in parallel to the building program of the new vessels. The TRS-3D includes a secondary radar MSSR 2000 I for Identification-friend-or-foe (IFF). It operates all current IFF modes, including the latest “Mode S/Mode 5” standard which is a precondition for joint operations with NATO and allied forces.
21 Jan 19. Finland orders ELM-2311 C-MMR radars from IAI Elta Systems. Finland is ordering ELM-2311 Compact Multi-Mission Radars (C-MMRs) from Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI’s) Elta Systems division, Jane’s learned on 21 January. The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 11 January that Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö had tasked the Defence Forces’ Logistic Command to procure counter-battery radars from IAI Elta Systems. The number of systems was not disclosed, but the ministry said they would also be used for fire observation and air surveillance. Deliveries are scheduled for 2021, according to the Finnish MoD, which added that the contract would include options for ordering an undisclosed number of additional systems and would cover training and spare parts. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
23 Jan 19. The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) has signed a contract with Italian firm Cantiere Navale Vittoria for the construction of a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in a bid to modernise the forces. Designated as P71, the new OPV is expected to complement the Diciotti-class patrol vessel P61 and is set to replace a former Irish Navy OPV P62, which was delivered to the AFM in 2015. While the AFM launched a project to acquire an additional and more capable OPV in 2015 Cantiere Navale Vittoria was awarded the contract in October last year. The contract was signed by Brigadier Curmi and Cantiere Navale Vittoria president Luigi Duo. Construction of the new vessel is expected to begin in the first quarter of this year, with delivery set to take place in the second half of next year. (Source: naval-technology.com)
21 Jan 19. CNIM – in partnership with Socarenam, Mauric and CNN MCO – has been awarded the contract to replace the French Navy’s landing crafts. Fourteen new Standard Amphibious Landing Crafts (EDA-S) are to be built over a ten-year period. This contract reasserts CNIM’s status as a key partner to the French Navy and a European leader in the area of amphibious operations, supplying the complementary innovative vessels: EDA-S and EDA-R (already in service in the French Navy, designed by CNIM). (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
18 Jan 19. FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today it has been awarded a contract from the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) in support of the French Operational Pocket Drone (DrOP) program. The contract has a ceiling value of $89m to provide the FLIR Black Hornet® 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) to support French Armed Forces operations. The Black Hornet PRS is the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and is currently deployed in more than 30 countries. The Black Hornet enables the warfighter to maintain situational awareness, threat detection, and surveillance no matter where the mission takes them. Equipped with electro-optical/infrared sensors and the ability to fly up to 25 minutes, the Black Hornet bridges the gap between aerial and ground-based sensors, provides the same situational awareness and threat detection capabilities as larger unmanned air and ground vehicles. This program provides the expanded capability of the Black Hornet 3 for the French Armed Forces. The contract will be managed and executed by FLIR in Hvalstad, Norway.
21 Jan 19. Cambridge Pixel, a developer of radar display, tracking and recording sub-systems, is supplying its IFF (identification friend or foe) secondary radar processing and plot extraction technology to Tellumat, as part of an upgrade of the South African Air Force’s Secondary Surveillance Radars at six airfield sites across the country. Tellumat engineers needed to replace obsolete and hard-to-maintain plot extraction hardware at the airfield sites and to deliver enhanced capabilities. These included IFF radar decoding, simplified maintenance and the provision of a modern plan position indicator (PPI)-style radar display.
24 Jan 19. Harris Corp., Space and Intelligence Systems, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $72,261,464 cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Combat Mission Systems Support (CMSS) program. The CMSS contract will sustain the Space and Missile Systems Center portfolio of ground-based electronic warfare systems and develop the Counter Communications System Block 10.3. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Palm Bay, Florida, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 29, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $11,733,417; and fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $8,190,818 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8819-19-C-0002).
24 Jan 19. Olin Corp. – Winchester Division, East Alton, Illinois, was awarded an $85,131,683 modification (P00036) to contract W52P1J-16-C-0003 for 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50 caliber ammunition. Work will be performed in Oxford, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $85,131,683 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
23 Jan 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will deploy sustainment and cybersecurity experts around the world to support the ground control systems and onboard sensors used by the U.S. Air Force fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft. Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services will perform the work, which includes providing software upgrades to defend against cyber threats, as part of a $65m subcontract from the aircraft manufacturer, Northrop Grumman.
23 Jan 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded the following contract as announced by the Department of Defense on December 28, 2018. Raytheon Co. Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $205,205,445 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for land-based Phalanx weapon system. 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 Dec. 27, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-19-D-0015).
21 Jan 19. The U.S. Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) team a fixed-price-incentive-fee contract to build an additional Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). LCS 31 will be built in Marinette, Wisconsin, at FMM, the Midwest’s only naval shipyard, and is the 16th Freedom-variant LCS ordered by the Navy to date. The team will leverage capital investment and improvement in the shipyard and efficiencies created with serial production to maintain high quality at an affordable cost. The Lockheed Martin and FMM team is in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant and has delivered seven ships to the U.S. Navy to date. There are seven ships in various stages of construction at FMM.
24 Jan 19. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received authorization to proceed with low rate initial production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 systems following a successful Milestone C decision for the SEWIP Block 3 AN/SLQ-32(V)7 program. Milestone C is a government led review to assess a program’s performance and readiness to enter the production and deployment phase. The successful Milestone C decision for SEWIP Block 3 recognizes the accomplishments of the Northrop Grumman and Navy team in demonstrating the capability of this groundbreaking electronic warfare (EW) capability.
22 Jan 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded the following contract as announced by the Department of Defense on December 26, 2018. Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Marlborough, Massachusetts, was awarded a $72,463,134 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-only undefinitized contract action for the production of Aegis Weapon System fire control system MK 99 equipment, Aegis Modernization production requirements, and associated engineering services. Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2018 defense wide procurement funding in the amount of $22,975,534 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 (N00024-19-C-5112).
18 Jan 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded the following contract as announced by the Department of Defense on December 26, 2018. Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $17,011,832 modification to previously awarded contract N00024‑17-C-5420 to exercise an option for providing Zumwalt capability and design agent support to the Standard Missile-2. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 weapons procurement (Navy); and foreign military sales funding in the amount of $16,951,832 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.
18 Jan 19. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $439,563,841 for modification P00008 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030). This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 25 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft and 25 stores control units. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $439,563,841 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.
22 Jan 19. Elbit Fort Worth Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $24,360,089 firm-fixed-price contract for the Common Helmet Mounted Display. 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 Jan. 21, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-19-D-0035).
24 Jan 19. FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) has been awarded a $39.6m order to deliver FLIR Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) in support of the United States (U.S.) Army. The highly capable nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems delivered under this contract will support platoon and small unit level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) Program. The U.S. Army awarded in June 2018 the first SBS phase contract to FLIR for an initial batch of Black Hornet PRS. These systems are being delivered now to the U.S Army for initial integration into the force.
22 Jan 19. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $542,225,679 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for ancillary mission equipment (AME) and associated AME initial spares in support of Lot 13 F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in May 2023. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force,); non-U.S. DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of $437,333,989 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 Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001919D0015). (Source: defense-aerospace.com)
21 Jan 19. Meggitt (MGGT) will continue to provide American aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney with advanced composite components for F119 and F135 engines, which are used by F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Shares were unmoved on the news that Meggitt has signed a $750m (£584m) 10 year deal with Pratt & Whitney. The components will be made in Meggitt’s new facility in San Diego, California, which opened in August 2018. (Source: Investors Chronicle)
22 Jan 19. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, has been awarded a $149,616,524 modification to contract FA8726-18-C-0005 to exercise Option Year One for Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, payload operations and sustainment. This modification brings the total cumulative value of the contract to $336,869,185. Work will be performed in San Diego and multiple international sites, and is expected to be completed on Jan. 23, 2020. Fiscal 2019 overseas contingency operations funds; and operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $149,616,524 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.
22 Jan 19. Northrop Grumman wins Peacekeeper and Minuteman support contract. Northrop Grumman has received an $86m follow-on US Air Force contract for the rocket systems launch programme (RSLP) Peacekeeper and Minuteman solid rocket motor ageing surveillance. The eight-year contract was awarded by the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Launch Systems Enterprise, Small Launch and Targets Division (SMC/LEX) at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Contract work involves ongoing ageing surveillance for all deactivated Minuteman and Peacekeeper motors. Northrop Grumman will provide a range of services, including component dissection, motor plugging, propellant properties testing and hazards analysis, as well as overall programme support. The RSLP contract also requires the company to conduct special studies and additional component development or testing on an as-required basis. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
21 Jan 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded the following contract as announced by the Department of Defense on December 20, 2018. Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded $24,361,606 for ceiling-priced delivery order N00383-19-F-N700 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-18-G-N801) for the repair of the APG 65/73 radar systems in support of the F/A-18 aircraft. Fiscal 2019 working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $11,937,187 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.
21 Jan 19. Silvus radios to support Aerovel’s FTUAS bid. Silvus Technologies’ StreamCaster (SC4200) radios have been selected by Aerovel for its Flexrotor UAS in pursuit of the US Army Family of Tactical UAS (FTUAS) programme, the company announced on 16 January. The Flexrotor UAS weighs 50lbs and can be launched and recovered in constrained spaces. The UAS takes off and lands vertically and can transition easily into horizontal wing-borne flight. The SC4200, a 2×2 MIMO software defined radio supports high bandwidth mobile ad hoc networking in urban, rural and maritime environments. To compete for the FTUAS programme, Aerovel has teamed with AeroVironment. In September 2018, the army released a request for proposals for a Group 2 or Group 3 UAS, seeking multiple suppliers to supply three complete systems that can perform a 96-hour continuous surveillance orbit. The army plans to select multiple aircraft to perform a two-year series of demonstrations. The data collected during that phase will inform requirements for a fleet acquisition programme. (Source: Shephard)
22 Jan 19. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year, $250m contract to continue providing Full-Motion Video (FMV) advanced analytic services, training, and intelligence production support. “Our experts play a critical role in analyzing multiple FMV feeds to produce actionable intelligence in support of a 24/7 national security mission,” said Peder Jungck, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems’ Intelligence Solutions business. In addition to providing analytic mission support, BAE Systems will stand up a new Performance Innovation Council to introduce NGA leaders to new FMV services, software, systems, platforms, and sensors developed by BAE Systems and its program team, made up of several industry leading intelligence and technology companies. The creation of this new council directly aligns with NGA’s Team GEOINT initiative, which encourages industry, academia, professional organizations, and foreign allies to work together and support common technical standards that will enhance intelligence sharing and collaboration. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
REST OF THE WORLD
22 Jan 19. Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a supplier to the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan and the largest supplier of armoured vehicles in Central Asia, has chosen the Allison Transmission 3000 Series™ for its latest range of armoured vehicles. The joint enterprise between Kazakhstan Engineering and the South African military corporation, Paramount Group, requires a transmission that is easy to integrate and can handle extremes of climate and terrain. KPE currently produces or plans to produce the Arlan AWV (armoured wheel vehicle) 4×4; the Nomad AWV 4х4 and the Barys APC (armoured personnel carrier) 6х6 and 8х8. Each is mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) and equipped with a Cummins diesel engine and 6-speed Allison fully automatic transmission. The company plans to export its vehicles to other countries.
23 Jan 19. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum, Maryland, was awarded a $7,666,503 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Kuwait) contract for procurement of Army, Navy vehicle intercommunication systems. One bid was solicited via the internet with one bid received. Work will be performed in Elkridge, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 23, 2020. Fiscal 2019 foreign military sales funds in the amount of $7,666,503 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-19-C-5007).
24 Jan 19. UK-based subsea engineering, operations, and services group JFD has been contracted by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for the design and build of a Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) to equip the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) new auxiliary submarine rescue ship (ASR-II). South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration awarded DSME a KRW444bn (USD392m) contract in December 2018 for the construction of ASR-II as a replacement for the submarine rescue ship RoKS Cheonghaejin. The 5,200-tonne vessel is expected to be delivered to the RoKN by the end of 2022. The new DSRV, derived from the third-generation rescue vehicle design recently supplied by JFD to the Indian Navy, has been designed to maximise battery capacity and operational endurance. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
23 Jan 19. Saab’s Seaeye Cougar XT selected for New Zealand’s future hydrography ship. The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) new hydrographic and diving support vessel, the future HMNZS Manawanui , will be equipped with the Seaeye Cougar XT underwater robotic vehicle. Norway-based Østensjø Rederi, which has been contracted by New Zealand’s Ministry of Defence to deliver the ship with an integrated remotely operated vehicle (ROV), has selected the system from Saab. The Cougar XT is propelled by six thrusters and can carry out light intervention and construction works, in addition to performing underwater observations. It will be modified to carry three video cameras, a sonar system, a tether management system, and three separate tool skids with manipulators, cutters, and water jetting systems. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Jan 19. The Ministry of Defence of Ivory Coast has signed a firm order for one Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft. The aircraft, in transport configuration, will enhance the capabilities of the Ivory Coast Air Force with its proven record of excellent performance in hot and harsh conditions, and affordable maintenance and operational costs.
21 Jan 19. The Indonesian Army and state-owned aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) have signed an agreement for the delivery of Bell 412EPI assault helicopters. Under the purchase agreement, PTDI will receive nine units of the 412EPI helicopters from Bell. The Indonesian company will then carry out customisation work on the aircraft prior to handing them over to the Indonesian Army. The units will be delivered to the service along with weapons and ammunition, spare parts, technical publications and training. The 412EPI helicopter is part of the Bell-412 series helicopter. PTDI and Bell Helicopter Textron Canada have an industrial cooperation agreement in place that was expanded in 2016. (Source: army-technology.com)
21 Jan 19. Russian Ministry of Defence to order 13 more Su-57s for VKS in 2020. The second contract for 13 additional Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multirole combat aircraft for Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VKS) will be signed in 2020, a Russian aerospace industry source has told Jane’s. Regarding the first contract for delivery of the first two Su-57s to the service in 2019 and 2020, respectively, the source continued, “Both aircraft will be powered by the Lyulka AL-41F1 improved turbofan engine, also designated as Product 117 [Izdeliye 117] or the first-tier engine.” Some fighters from the second batch will be powered by the so-called Product 30 (Izdeliye 30) or second-tier, improved turbofan engine, according to the source. (Source: IHS Jane’s)