UNITED KINGDOM AND NATO
15 Feb 19. The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is awarded a $191,029,190 fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for the production of TRIDENT II D5 Strategic Weapon System MK6 Guidance Equivalent Units. This contract contains options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $391,767,950. Work will be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts (30.5 percent); Clearwater, Florida (20.6 percent); Pittsfield, Massachusetts (43.2 percent); and McKinney, Texas (5.7 percent). The work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2022. If the option is exercised, work will continue through July 31, 2023. Fiscal 2019 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $189,489,000; and United Kingdom funds in the amount of $1,540,190 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was awarded on a sole-source basis in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1)&(4) and was previously synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunity website. Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00030-19-C-0008).
15 Feb 19. NCI Agency has awarded a contract to Leonardo for continued cyber-incident detection and management services for a period of 18 months. This latest NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) Cyber Security Support Services (CSSS) contract offers continuity of service to the NCIRC – Full Operational Capability (FOC) contract, which will end this month. Leonardo has been working with the NCI Agency since 2012 to protect Nato’s Communications and Information System (CIS) infrastructure from cyber-attacks. More than 200 digital security experts from Leonardo and NCI Agency offer cyber incident detection, management and rapid-response capabilities, covering Nato staff in 29 countries. This cybersecurity cover extends from portable devices up to networks at 75 locations, including Nato headquarters. NCIRC-FOC had been operationally employed to protect the Nato summits in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The NCIRC CSSS contract comes after NCIRC-FOC was operated for over several years. NCIRC-FOC expanded under the ten additional sites contract in 2015 to include the newly opened European headquarters. This contract was completed on schedule in 2017 in line with the required budget and specification. (Source: army-technology.com)
21 Feb 19. The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence’s (MND) Defence Materiel Agency has procured additional missiles for the US-made Javelin anti-tank defence systems. The procurement is valued at over $20m, which includes $5m provided by the US as financial support. Systems have already been delivered to Lithuania and will soon be handed over to units of the Lithuanian Land Force. The Javelin medium-range man-portable, shoulder-mounted system will help Lithuania strengthen its defence capabilities. (Source: army-technology.com)
20 Feb 19. Shipbuilding company Vard Group has awarded a contract to Saab to provide its 9LV fire control system including the fire control director CEROS 200. The systems will be deployed on to the Norwegian Coast Guard’s new Jan Mayen-class vessels. The 9LV fire control system is part of Saab’s 9LV naval combat system solutions and can be deployed to detect, monitor and combat threats. Saab fire control system configurations for a frigate or destroyer range from a single EO director connected to a naval gun, to the full anti-air warfare and anti-surface warfare self-defence suite. The configurations are a combination of guns, missiles, and decoys with full automation support. (Source: naval-technology.com)
20 Feb 19. BAE Systems has received two contract modifications from the US Army for the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the service’s armoured multi-purpose vehicle (AMPV). Valued at $575m, the contract modifications mark the start of the AMPV LRIP. The AMPV is a highly mobile, survivable, multipurpose vehicle developed to meet the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams’ (ABCT) force protection and all-terrain mobility requirements. It is designed to replace the ABCT’s Vietnam-era M113 family of vehicles that have been in service with the US Army since 1960. (Source: army-technology.com)
21 Feb 19. US awards full-rate production for Javelin F-model missile. The Javelin Joint Venture (JJV), a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, has received a production contract for 2,100 of the latest variant of the Javelin missile series. This production contract, announced on 20 February, will mark the beginning of the full-rate production agreement for the new FGM-148F version of the missile, which will replace the existing FGM-148E. The FGM-148F cleared 21 successful flights before reaching this production contract. The US has approved four system enhancements to the Javelin focused on reduced weight and costs and improved performance. These four enhancements were named Spiral 1, Spiral 2, Spiral 3, and the LightWeight Command Launch Unit (LWCLU). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
15 Feb 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $74,189,379 modification (P00004) to contract W56HZV-18-F-0153 for procurement of Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles variants. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2021. Fiscal 2019 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $74,189,379 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
21 Feb 19. Harris Corp., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $168,801,314 modification (P00012) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0090). This modification exercises an option for the procurement of 78 full-rate production Lot 16 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures AN/ALQ-214 A(V)4/5 Onboard Jammer systems for the F/A-18C/D/E/F aircraft for the Navy. In addition, the option provides for the procurement of 16 weapon replacement assembly (WRA) 1A(V)4 receiver/processors and 27 WRA2 A(V)4 modulators. Work will be performed in Clifton, New Jersey (59 percent); San Jose, California (14 percent); San Diego, California (7 percent); Rancho Cordova, California (5 percent); Mountain View, California (3 percent), and various locations throughout the continental U.S. (12 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2022. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement Navy funds in the amount of $168,801,314 are being obligated at time of award, none of which expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
19 Feb 19. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Hawthorne, California, has been awarded a $297,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract, for launch services to deliver the NROL-87, NROL-85, and AFSPC-44 missions to their intended orbits. This launch service contract will include launch vehicle production, mission integration, mission launch operations/spaceflight worthiness and mission unique activities for each mission. The locations of performance are Hawthorne, California; Cape Canaveral Air Force Space Station, Florida; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. NROL-85 and NROL-87 are expected to be completed by December 2021 and AFSPC-44 is expected to be completed by February 2021. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 space procurement funds in the amount of $285,223,097 will be obligated at the time of award. The Contracting Division, Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity (FA8811-19-C-0004).
19 Feb 19. United Launch Services, Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a $441,761,778 firm-fixed-price contract, for launch services to deliver the SILENTBARKER, SBIRS GEO-5, and SBIRS GEO-6 missions to their intended orbits. This launch service contract will include launch vehicle production, mission integration, mission launch operations/spaceflight worthiness, and mission unique activities for SILENTBARKER and SBIRS GEO-5, with an option for an additional SBIRS GEO-6 launch service. The locations of performance are Centennial, Colorado; and Cape Canaveral, Florida. SILENTBARKER is expected to be completed by March 2022, SBIRS GEO-5 is expected to be completed by March 2021. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 space procurement funds in the amount of $308,550,970 will be obligated at the time of award. The Contracting Division, Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity (FA8811-19-C-0005).
21 Feb 19. BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is awarded a $90,503,763 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for up to 1,008,710 man-hours of operational systems customization and engineering and technical services for implementation from concept through deployment of mobile deployable command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems products. These systems are comprised of special operations forces and consequence management vehicles, small craft, transportable communication systems, enroute communication systems, and intra-platform systems. These services are in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Mission Solutions Division. Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Maryland (42 percent); Little Creek, Virginia (42 percent); and Fayetteville, North Carolina (16 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2024. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals; one offer was received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00421-19-D-0033).
REST OF THE WORLD
20 Feb 19. At a ceremony earlier today (February 20, 2019) at the 2019 Aero India defense exhibition in Bengaluru, India, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems CEO, Major General (ret.) Yoav Har-Even, presented Chief Operations Officer of ASTRA RAFAEL COMSYS PVT LTD (ARC), Brigadier Ravi Hariharan with a $30m purchase order for the manufacture, test-before-integration, and lifecycle support management for a complete set of the BNet Software Defined Radio system for the Indian Air Force. This order is the first contract for ARC, the joint venture between Rafael and India’s Astra Microwave Products Ltd. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has a rich history of collaboration with India’s defense industries, resulting in multiple joint ventures, subsidiaries, as well as fruitful information sharing. These partnerships, over the past two decades, have led Rafael to invest over $250m dollars in the country through its “Make in India” initiative. In 2017, Rafael was awarded a contract to supply the BNet advanced Software-Defined Radios (SDR) to the Indian Air Force (IAF). ARC will manufacture and integrate these advanced radio systems onboard IAF aircraft, allowing for the digital exchange of tactical information. As a force multiplier, the systems will enable IAF pilots to engage the enemy beyond visual range, without being detected by their on-board sensors.
22 Feb 19. Saab has received an order from the Capability Acquisition Sustainment Group (CASG), on behalf of the Australian Army, to update the Wireless Audio Visual Emergency System (WAVES) Equipment for the Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) System. WAVES Equipment provides land forces with early warning audible and visual alerts when C-RAM sensors detect and identify an incoming threat. (Source: Defence Connect)
20 Feb 19. CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd., a company specializing in the field of electro-optics (EO) and infrared (IR) defense and homeland security solutions, announced today at Aero India 2019 that it will equip an Asian country’s Coast Guard with its advanced iSea EO/IR maritime surveillance payloads. The systems will be deployed on several maritime vessels beginning in 2019 for territorial water protection missions. The easy-to-install, easy-to-operate systems include a long-range thermal camera, a high definition (HD) visible surveillance camera, and an eye-safe laser range finder (ELRF). In addition, the system features advanced image processing and video enhancement algorithms, automatic video tracker (AVT) and an automatic gain control (AGC).
15 Feb 19. Contract for the Sale of Four OPVs to Argentina Comes Into Force. Naval Group’s €318m contract with Argentina for the delivery of four offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has come into force, the French website Mer et Marines reported Feb. 15. Contracts generally come into force when the seller receives a down payment. Signed during December’s G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, the contract covers the refit and delivery of L’Adroit, an innovative OPV built as a private venture by Naval Group and leased by the French Navy to explore and validate its design concept. Her delivery to Argentina is planned for 2019, after a general refit and specific modifications requested by the Argentine Navy. The other three ships will be new vessels built to Naval Group’s Gowind OPV-87 design. Altogether, the four ships will cost 319.03m euros, that Argentina will pay thanks to a financing package put together by French banks Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Natixis, together with Spain’s Banco Santander. (Source: Defense-Aerospace.com))
21 Feb 19. Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems has received a sub-contract from Lockheed Martin Canada to serve as the anti-submarine warfare lead for the Canadian Surface Combatant. The company is part of the Lockheed Martin-led Canada’s Combat Ship Team (CST), which was recently awarded a contract for the design of 15 new Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC). Other companies in the CST include BAE Systems, CAE, L3 Technologies, MDA. Irving Shipbuilding is the prime contractor and will build all the 15 ships at its Halifax Shipyard. Under the contract, Ultra Electronics will be responsible for providing a low-frequency active and passive towed sonar system paired with its next-generation hull-mounted sonar. In addition, the firm will lead the integration of these sensors with sonobuoys and other capabilities to support wide-area underwater battlespace surveillance. (Source: naval-technology.com)
21 Feb 19. The Brazilian Navy has ordered three H135 light twin-engine helicopters to be operated by the 1st General Purpose Helicopter Squadron (HU-1). The aircraft will be dedicated to a wide range of missions such as special operations, transport of troops and freight, naval inspection, search and rescue and medical evacuation. Two of these aircraft will be equipped with aeromedical kits. Other equipment will include a cargo hook, an emergency flotation system, a winch, as well as weather radar. The aircraft, which will replace the current light twin-engine AS355s, could also carry out missions in the frame of the Brazilian Antarctic Programme in the near future. The contract includes a comprehensive HCare support and services package, which will guarantee the highest levels of availability for this fleet.
21 Feb 19. Thales to supply rocket launchers for HAL combat helos. India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a contract with France’s Thales for 135 70mm 12-tube rocket launchers for installation on two types of indigenously developed combat helicopter operated by the Indian Air Force and the Army Aviation Corps. In a statement at the Aero India 2019 exhibition on 21 February, Thales announced that 18 Rudra Advanced Light Helicopter Weapon System Integrated Mk IV helicopters and 15 Light Combat Helicopters would be armed with four 70mm rocket launchers each. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 Feb 19. BATM receives additional follow-on cybersecurity contract. BATM Advanced Communications has received a cybersecurity order from an undisclosed government defence department customer. The order is an additional follow-on contract awarded by the same defence customer. Further details about the cyber solution have not been disclosed. The value of the contract amounts to $3.3m and will see BATM provide additional hardware and software cybersecurity products. With this order, the company’s total contracted revenue increases to more than $13.3m. The company is required to deliver the contract work this year. (Source: army-technology.com)