12 Mar 19. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. – Marine Systems, Sunnyvale, California, is awarded a $273,053,534 cost-plus incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for technical engineering services, design and development engineering, component and full scale test and evaluation engineering, and tactical underwater launcher hardware production to support the development and production of the Common Missile Compartment. Work will be performed in Sunnyvale, California (55 percent); Ridgecrest, California (20 percent); Cape Canaveral, Florida (10 percent); Bangor, Washington (5 percent); Kings Bay, Georgia (5 percent); Barrow-In-Furness, England (2 percent); New London, Connecticut (1 percent); Quonset Point, Rhode Island (1 percent); and Arlington, Virginia (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2024. Fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $39,631,234 will be obligated on this award. Fiscal 2019 United Kingdom Common funding in the amount of $24,369,442 will be obligated on this award. No funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively solicited pursuant to 10 U.S. Code. Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00030-19-C-0015).
13 Mar 19. Northrop Grumman, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $349,377,402 firm-fixed-price, Foreign Military Sales (Poland) contract for the procurement of two complete battery sets of Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System production hardware and software. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2026. Fiscal 2019 foreign military sales funds in the amount of $349,377,402 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-19-C-0003).
12 Mar 19. Photonis has been awarded a contract to provide the German Army 1,700 night vision binoculars with state-of-the-art image intensifier tubes. The Photonis’ 4G high FOM image intensifier tubes will be integrated in the Theon Sensors new NYX binoculars, to increase night driving maneuverability of the German Army. During night operations it is most important for a driver to have the best depth perception possible to judge distance and relative motion. The Theon Sensors new NYX binoculars will be equipped with 4G image intensification technology. This technology will increase the ability to locate and engage threats under all night conditions. The 4G standard is the latest technology in intensified night vision. 4G is specifically designed to address the stringent requirements of special forces operators and only 4G can offer ultra-fast Auto-Gating, the smallest halo and unrivalled spectral range from ultraviolet to near infrared. 4G provides the highest performance possible for driving at night.
11 Mar 19. Finnish Defence Forces Place Order for Virtual Training Simulators from Saab. Saab and the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command have signed a contract for deliveries of virtual simulators for marksmanship and basic combat training with associated maintenance. The order value is approximately 9m Euro and the first deliveries will take place in 2019. This procurement is a part of the Finnish Armed Forces’ Training 2020 Programme, the virtual training simulators will be in full-scale use in 2020. The purpose is to give the Finnish soldiers a qualified training in a safe and environmentally friendly indoor environment. (Source: ASD Network)
11 Mar 19. Rolls-Royce has received a contract to supply a marine propulsion package to an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) under construction for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). The contract was awarded by Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria, which is building the 1,800t displacement, 74.8m, twin-screw vessel called P71. Under the contract, Rolls-Royce will supply a pair of PROMAS controllable pitch propellers and rudders, SC722 FCP steering gear, a TT1300 bow thrusters and a TT100 stern thrusters. The propulsion package to be installed on the vessel also includes Fin Stabilisers, and a touchscreen remote control system that incorporates CanMan Touch Joystick for all units. In addition, the company will be responsible for integration of the various operation modes of hybrid diesel-electric-propulsion modes via a power take-in (PTI) for lower patrolling speeds of up to 12k. The integration is aimed at reducing through-life operating costs. (Source: naval-technology.com)
11 Mar 19. Aimpoint, the leading manufacturer and innovator of red dot sighting technology, has been awarded a USD 24m firm, fixed-price contract for supply of the Aimpoint® FCS13-RE Fire Control System to the U.S. military. The system will be deployed as the primary Fire Control on the new M3-E1 MAAWS lightweight 84mm Carl Gustaf produced by SAAB Dynamics. The contract was awarded through Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS Inc.) via the DLA Tailored Logistics Support program. The FCS13-RE is a direct view, Dynamic Universal Reflex Sight, which utilizes an integrated laser range finder and ballistic computer to give the gunner an aiming point corrected for range, type of munition, terrain angle, and environmental conditions. In addition to the 84mm Carl Gustaf, the system can also be utilized on other crew served weapons including 40 mm high velocity grenade launchers, and 12.7mm (.50 caliber) heavy machine guns. The FCS13-RE provides a very high probability of first-shot hit on both stationary and moving targets at extended ranges and utilizes a very intuitive user control interface. The system can be enhanced with modular magnification and thermal imaging components and is compatible with all generations of military night vision equipment. The selection of the Aimpoint FCS13-RE for use on the M3-E1 Carl Gustaf followed extensive tests and evaluations conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) headquartered at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.
11 Mar 19. Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc., Christiana, Tennessee, was awarded an estimated $49,936,300, five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (H92403-19-D-0002) for the purchase of advanced sniper rifles in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $387,234 are being obligated at the time of award. The work will be performed in Christiana, and is scheduled to be completed by March 2024. The solicitation was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website under “full and open competition” and six proposals were received. USSOCOM, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.
12 Mar 19. The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a $250,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Long Range Stand-Off Cruise Missile weapon system integration. This contract provides for aircraft and missile carriage equipment development and modification, engineering, testing, software development, training, facilities, and support necessary to fully integrate the Long Range Stand-Off Cruise Missile on the B-52H bomber platform. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2024. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $6,343,893 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA2103-19-D-3000).
13 Mar 19. The U.S. Army has chosen Waltham, Massachusetts-based QinetiQ North America to produce its new small ground robot following a head-to-head competition with the company’s Boston-based neighbor Endeavor Robotics. The serviced awarded a production contract for up to $152m to QinetiQ on March 11 for its Common Robotic System—Individual or CRS-I program, which is its first small-sized — less than 25 pounds — ground robot program of record, according to an Army statement from Fort Benning, Georgia. Fort Benning is the birth place of the capability requirements for CRS-I. Ultimately, follow-on contracts and options could amount to roughly $400m for roughly 3,000 robots. (Source: Defense News)
14 Mar 19. SIG SAUER, Inc. announced that the Minnesota State Highway Patrol has adopted the ROMEO4H red dot sight for the official duty rifle systems of the Minnesota State Troopers. The Minnesota Highway Patrol is comprised of over 550 troopers that concentrate primarily on traffic enforcement, highway safety, and statewide law enforcement. The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO4H is a closed red dot sight designed for semi-automatic MSR platforms and shotguns that easily adjusts to varying ambient lighting, weather, and terrain conditions. The sight utilizes an ultra-efficient red LED illumination for daylight visibility and extended runtime, and features four onboard reticle options, MOTAC activation with 50,000+ hours of battery life, and a ruggedized QD mount.
14 Mar 19. Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $506,900,000 modification (P00005) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0011 for incidental services, hardware, facilities, equipment, and all technical, planning, management, manufacturing, and testing efforts to produce Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target Advanced Capability-3 missiles. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2019 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $506,900,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
14 Mar 19. Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Marlborough, Massachusetts, is awarded a $402,658,015 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-14-C-5315 to exercise options for Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) low-rate initial production (LRIP). This modification will provide for three AMDR LRIP units. The LRIP units will be deployed on DDG 51 Flight III-class ships. Work will be performed in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by March 2023. Fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $402,658,015 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.
08 Mar 19. Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $85,718,447 for modification P00017 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-17-C-0015). This modification provides for the upgrade of four MV-22 aircraft from the Block B to the Block C configuration in support of the Common Configuration Readiness and Modernization Program (CC-RAM). In addition, this modification provides for the planned maintenance interval effort for one of the CC-RAM aircraft. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (93 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (7 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2021. Fiscal 2017, 2018, and 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy); and 2019 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $85,718,447 will be obligated at time of award, $22,314,593 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
12 Mar 19. Lockheed Martin Corp. Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is awarded an $84,108,050 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to perform design and development studies, technology demonstrations and engineering services for rapid technology development for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, Joint Air-to-Ground Missile and Hellfire baseline weapon systems. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed in March 2024. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,584,507 will be obligated at the 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 Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity (N68936-19-D-0020).
08 Mar 19. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received a $322.5m contract from the U.S. Navy for the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) program. The AARGM-ER program is leveraging the AARGM that is currently in production. The AARGM-ER will be integrated on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and configured for internal carriage on the F-35 Lightning II.
11 Mar 19. Jackpine receives follow-on contract. Jackpine Technologies has received a two-year, $12m follow-on contract to continue supporting its cloud, security and DevOps orchestration platform currently being used by the US Department of Defense (DoD), the company announced on 6 March. The contract expands the scope and reach of DevSecOps to help address organisations migrating to, or incorporating cloud technology into their existing operations. Jackpine’s inclusive, cloud-based approach to DevSecOps has made its CONS3RT SaaS product suitable to address DoD needs and allow the safe and secure acceleration of software development efforts. The CONS3RT-based HmC SaaS has logged over ten m hours in development, test production and cyber environments. The new contract allows support of software development and effective use of cloud technologies on networks at higher levels of security. The award will ensure the continued support of the existing 3000 plus users as well as enable new customers to sign on more quickly and easily. (Source: Shephard)
08 Mar 19. Leidos has secured a $962m multiple award contract from the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN) Atlantic to provide engineering and information warfare services for cyber missions. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, hybrid cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has a base ordering period of five years and includes two one-year extension options. Leidos will deliver the contract work in multiple locations, including South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and California. Under the contract, the company will provide cyber mission engineering and technical services in support of national security information warfare capabilities through sea, air, land, space, electromagnetic, and cyber domains. (Source: naval-technology.com)
REST OF THE WORLD
13 Mar 19. Brazil strengthens airspace surveillance with Thales local subsidiary Omnisys.
- The Commission for the Implementation of the Airspace Control System (CISCEA) has chosen Omnisys to install primary and secondary route surveillance radars in the cities of Ponta Porã, Corumbá and Porto Murtinho.
- These new radars will be manufactured locally in Brazil and will further extend airspace radar coverage in the region.
- These radars will help the Brazilian Air Force tackle drug trafficking and other forms of smuggling in the mid-west border area.
The Commission for the Implementation of the Airspace Control System (CISCEA) in Brazil has awarded a contract to Thales’s Brazilian subsidiary Omnisys to supply primary and secondary airspace surveillance radar stations. Deployed in the mid-west border area, the surveillance radars will further extend air coverage in this region.
15 Mar 19. The US Department of State and Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) have formally signed-off on a US$240.5m foreign military sale (FMS) for Raytheon to support Australia’s introduction of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) and LAND 19 Phase 7B program. As part of the deal, the Australian government requested up to 108 Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), six AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM Air Vehicles Instrumented; and six spare AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance sections. Designed collaboratively with Norwegian partner Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, Raytheon’s NASAMS platform incorporates a modular, open hardware and software architecture system. The Australian government confirmed the selection of the NASAMS system in 2017, with Raytheon Australia identified as the prime systems integrator supporting the delivery of the Army’s future Short Range Ground Based Air Defence capability. NASAMS is a state-of-the-art weapon system that will enable the Army to quickly detect, engage, and destroy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missile threats. Further, NASAMS will reduce the effect of indirect weapons through the provision of a Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) Sense, Warn and Locate capability.
10 Mar 19. Philippine awards contract to equip José Rizal class with anti-air missiles. Key Points:
- Manila has awarded a USD12m contract to MBDA for surface-to-air missiles
- Weapons will provide the new José Rizal-class frigates with short-range defences against aerial, and small surface threats
The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) has awarded an EUR10.6m (USD12m) contract to MBDA France for surface-to-air missiles. The contract has been awarded pursuant to the Philippine Navy’s Frigate Acquisition Project Lot 2B (Missiles and Munition) programme, and seeks to equip the José Rizal class with short-range defences against small surface threats, hostile aircraft, and precision-guided munitions. The Philippine Navy is currently anticipating the delivery of two José Rizal-class frigates from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
10 Mar 19. UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix” or the “Company”) announced on 7 March 2019, that it has been awarded $10,000 in a nondilutive research funding grant from the New South Wales Defence Innovation Network (“DIN”) in Australia. DIN is a new initiative funded by the New South Wales Department of Industry, with Defence NSW and the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer as sponsors. DIN’s goal is to facilitate collaboration and innovation in the defence sector. The grant is intended to support a project centered around development of an innovative controls system for autonomous maritime vehicles, in response to end-user feedback following a range of trials and demonstrations of the Company’s products. Aquabotix is commencing work on its newest project this month and will apply this grant to offset part of the cost of that internal development. Ultimately this new controls systems is planned to be implemented for use in the Company’s next generation autonomous vehicle.
11 Mar 19. Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 11 March that it has signed a contract to provide “the initial deliveries” of precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) growing fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters. No details were provided about the value of the contract, the number of missiles set to be supplied, or the delivery schedule. Development of the stand-off JSM, which is the only long-range sea- and land-target missile that can be carried internally in the F-35, began in 2008 and was completed in mid-2018 after a series of validation test firings. Japan, which already operates 11 conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35As from Misawa Air Base, plans to eventually field a total of 105 F-35As, along with 42 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35Bs. In December 2011 Tokyo ordered 42 F-35As for about USD20 bn, including maintenance, repairs, and the establishment of local facilities, but recently decided to expand its F-35 fleet. The JASDF plans to equip each of its F-35As with the JSM. The service secured JPY7.9bn (USD71m) for fiscal year 2019 to acquire an undisclosed number of JSMs. The missiles have a range of 500km, according to officials at the Japanese Ministry of Defense. (Source: IHS Jane’s)