01 Apr 19. QinetiQ secures £1.3bn LTPA amendment enabling military capability for the future. QinetiQ has signed a ground-breaking agreement with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to modernise 16 of the country’s critical defence facilities, firmly positioning the UK as a world-leader in the generation and assurance of military capability. This amendment to the Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA), a 25-year contract under which QinetiQ provides experimentation, test, evaluation and training support to the MOD, secures £1.3bn of revenue until 31 March 2028. As global threats and adversaries become more sophisticated, UK armed forces require modern, advanced environments to create new military capabilities, test their effectiveness and train defence personnel to use them safely and successfully. This amendment creates highly efficient new ways of working, saving £85m of taxpayers’ money, and enables QinetiQ and the MOD to invest £190m in modernising the infrastructure, equipment, and working practices across all 16 MOD-owned sites. This contract amendment transforms QinetiQ’s ability to enable the delivery of the MOD’s future programmes, such as the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier, Dreadnought submarine and future combat aircraft. It will also drive international growth by attracting additional overseas customers. The investment projects include:
- noise and electromagnetic signature measurement to enhance the “stealth” performance of ships, submarines and aircraft, enabling them to better evade detection;
- ground-based evaluation of electronic warfare, communication and advanced weapon systems, to enable operational advantage; and
- a new digital test and evaluation ‘backbone’ to accelerate the processing of critical data and associated information, to enable simultaneous testing across multiple locations, essential for supporting new, complex defence capabilities.
The capital investment will be funded by QinetiQ and subsequently recovered from the MOD over the life of the contract using the same mechanism as the amendment signed in December 2016, ensuring appropriate rates of return for QinetiQ in line with its capital allocation policy. The level and phasing of this investment is consistent with the guidance given by QinetiQ at its Interim Results in November 2018.
01 Apr 19. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has been awarded a contract to modernise 101 Leopard 2 A6 main battle tanks. The contract in question was signed on 28 March 2019 at the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw). It is worth more than €300m. Among other things, the operating concept, targeting system and fire control computer as well as the chassis are being upgraded to the level of the Leopard 2 A7V. By this step, the diversity of different models of main battel tanks being operated in the Bundeswehr will be reduced further and the logistical footprint of the systems will be simplified. Moreover, tank crews will no longer need additional training on the different Leopard variants to be able to operate the systems. All 101 vehicles will have been delivered by 2026.
02 Apr 19. Rohde & Schwarz wins contract with Airbus and Naval Group for phase 2.1 of the French RIFAN program. The French defense procurement agency DGA (Direction générale de l’armement) has awarded the RIFAN 2.1 contract to Rohde & Schwarz, Airbus and Naval Group. The contract covers services to maintain and adapt the existing RIFAN 2 (Réseau IP de la Force Aéronavale étape 2) IP network for the French naval forces to integrate new ships and remedy hardware and software sustainment in the coming years. The new contract expands on the first contract that was agreed in 2008. The object of this first contract was to develop and implement an IP capable communications system for use during training exercises and missions on ships, submarines and aircraft belonging to the French naval air and land forces. Rohde & Schwarz has now been commissioned with maintaining the existing radio communications up to 2027. The field-proven R&S M3SR Series4400 VHF/UHF radios are equipped with the SATURN digital NATO EPM (ECCM) waveform and are interoperable with the analog HAVE QUICK algorithm. The radios transmit Link 11 tactical data and are prepared for Link 22. The Rohde & Schwarz radios use both fixed and hopping frequencies for voice transmission and support IP based data transfer with high throughput. The purpose of the program is to equip French naval forces with a truly secure broadband network designed for the transmission of data with different classification levels (from unclassified to secret) between ships at sea and on-shore command centers. The network transmits data from applications that coordinate carrier group operations and those dedicated to on-board logistics management. It is capable of combining several communications streams in order to optimize the use of transmission capacity. The network utilizes satellite connections as well as radio communications systems allowing all-IP transmission between ships, with a range of several dozen nautical miles.
01 Apr 19. Belgium – MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Belgium of MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 25, 2019. The Government of Belgium has requested to purchase four (4) MQ-9B, RPA; two (2) Fixed Certifiable Ground Control Stations; five (5) AN/DAS-4 Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems (4 installed, 1 spare); fifteen (15) Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) (12 installed, 3 spares); five (5) AN/APY-8 Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radars (4 installed, 1 spare); and five (5) Detect and Avoid Systems (4 installed, 1 spare). Also included are an Initial Spares Package (ISP) and Readiness Spares Package (RSP) to support a 5-year period of performance; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $600m. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist Belgium to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This potential sale enhances the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability of the Belgian military in support of national, NATO, United Nation-mandated, and other coalition operations. Commonality of ISR capabilities increases interoperability between the U.S. and Belgian military and peacekeeping forces. (Source: ASD Network)
01 Apr 19. Spain orders final two Reaper UAVs. Spain has contracted two more General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to add to the two already ordered in 2017. The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced a USD34.3m contract to GA-ASI on 28 March for the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) procurement of the two UAVs and associated equipment by 31 March 2020. The two UAVs ordered in 2017 are due to be delivered in the coming weeks. Once in service, the Reapers will conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The Block 5 Reaper that Spain is to receive is fitted with a Raytheon AN/ALR-69A radar warning receiver (RWR) and an electronic warfare (EW) suite can also fitted to an underwing pylon. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 Apr 19. US Army Selects B&T APC9K for New Sub Compact Weapon. The U.S. Army announced Monday that it awarded a $2.5m contract to B&T USA for the Sub Compact Weapon solicitation. Multiple sources reported that the B&T APC9K was the winning sub-gun. The Other Transaction Agreements (OTA) authority awarded a fixed amount, Production-Other Transaction Agreement (P-OTA) to deliver at least 350 subcompact guns, with an option to purchase an additional 1,000 sub-guns, with slings, manuals, accessories and spare parts, according to the announcement on fbo.gov.
B&T APC9 PRO K Specifications
- Caliber: 9x19mm
- Operating System: Closed bolt, blowback system
- Operation: Semi-automatic
- Overall Length: 345mm
- Overall Width: 58mm
- Height: 292mm
- Overall Barrel Length: 110mm
- Overall Weight: 2.6 kg
- Primary Sight System: Aimpoint Micro TL
- Secondary Sighting System: Flip-up emergency sight
- Suppressor Connector: 3-Lug or Thread
- Charging Handle: Ambidextrous, foldable, non-reciprocating
- Magazines: Translucent polymer; 15, 20, 25 and 30 rounds
01 Apr 19. CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) announced today it has won a $71m task order to provide sensor systems acquisition services to the Army Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier. This five-year contract represents new work in CACI’s Surveillance and Reconnaissance market area. CACI will provide acquisition, engineering, quality assurance, test, logistics, and operations management services to the PEO Soldier’s Project Manager, Soldier Sensor and Lasers (PM SSL). PM SSL equips soldiers with products for enhanced vision and targeting capabilities in day, night, and all-weather conditions; and systems that precisely locate and designate enemy targets. CACI will assist the Army with technology maturation, production, deployment, and sustainment of new mobility and targeting systems. CACI currently provides new equipment training services to PM SSL for each of these systems. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
29 Mar 19. Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $237,523,200 fixed-price-incentive contract for development and qualification of a hardware design modification to the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 1, 2021. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $81,738,692 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-19-C-0065).
02 Apr 19. US Army selects Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio for network modernisation contract. The US Army has awarded Persistent Systems a network modernisation contract to deliver MPU5 networked radios, the company announced on 2 April. The contract, awarded on behalf of the US Army Network Cross-Functional Team (N-CFT) in co-ordination with Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) and PM Tactical Radio (PM-TR), will consist of a one-year long evaluation of Persistent’s MPU5 networked radio, which uses Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network (MANET) technology. The MPU5 system is designed to provide a scalable, flat, Layer 2 secure network to soldiers in the field. The radio offers data, video, and voice functions as well as a fully integrated Android computer system. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
27 Mar 19. US Navy Awards BAE $41m Contract for USS Anchorage Upgrades. BAE Systems has received a $41.8m contract from the U.S. Navy to perform routine maintenance and modernization of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23). The Anchorage will undergo 12 months of restorative work at BAE Systems’ shipyard in San Diego. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $48.4m. With approximately 1,300 shipyard employees in San Diego, BAE Systems will begin working aboard the 684-foot-long San Antonio-class ship in July 2019. Under the contract, BAE Systems will support the installation of upgraded electronic systems and perform other shipboard improvements. USS Anchorage was commissioned in May 2013 and is named after the Alaskan city. BAE Systems’ work aboard the nearly six-year-old ship is expected to be completed in July 2020. BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul services for the Navy, other government agencies, and select commercial customers. The company operates four full-service shipyards in California, Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia, and offers a highly skilled, experienced workforce, eight dry docks and railways, and significant pier space and ship support services. (Source: ASD Network)
29 Mar 19. DRS Network and Imaging Systems LLC, Melbourne, Florida, is awarded $16,446,556 for modification P00013 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0015). This modification exercises an option to procure 114 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasures (DAIRCM) sensors and 29 DAIRCM processors, specifically 64 sensors and 16 processors for the Air Force; 30 sensors and 8 processors for the Navy; and 20 sensors and 5 processors for the Army. Work will be performed in Dallas, Texas, and is expected to be completed in August 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force and Navy); and fiscal 2018 procurement, defense-wide funds; fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force and Navy); and fiscal 2019 procurement, defense-wide funds in the amount of $16,446,556 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($9,205,760; 56 percent), Navy ($4,363,996; 27 percent) and Army ($2,876,800; 17 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
01 Apr 19. Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it has received its first production delivery order for the next-generation of U.S. Army mission command computing systems called the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS) II. This modular, scalable system supports the Army’s current modernization strategy for ground combat vehicles, combat service support vehicles, and command posts. The initial delivery order, worth $132.1m, was placed with the Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business unit by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Office of the Defense Information Systems Agency on behalf of U.S. Army Program Manager, Mission Command and US Army Program Executive Office – Command, Control and Communications – Tactical. The original contract award for the program was awarded to Leonardo DRS on May 25, 2018. The MFoCS II family of systems will support the continued fielding and upgrades of the Army’s Joint Battle Command – Platform (JBC-P) and features critical system capability upgrades, cybersecurity improvements, and multi-touch displays. In addition, there are significant performance enhancements of the platform computing server as the Army continues to improve the JBC-P systems used for tactical situational awareness and global “Blue Force Tracking” and In-Transit Visibility logistics tracking. Under this delivery contract, Leonardo DRS will provide the Army with dismountable tablets, processor units, docking stations, keyboard units, interconnecting cables, and multiple sizes of ruggedized sunlight-readable multi-touch-screen display units.
29 Mar 19. Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems Inc., Braintree, Massachusetts, is awarded a $46,795,460 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for TR-343 Sonar Transducers shipsets for new construction of Arleigh Burke class destroyers. The TR-343 transducer is part of the AN/SQS-53 hull mounted sonar array assembly which is a component of AN/SQQ-89(V) acoustic sonar weapons system. The AN/SQQ-89(V) is a fully integrated surface ship undersea warfare combat system with the capability to search, detect, classify, localize, and attack submarine targets. The contract will provide fabrication, assembly, inspection, test and delivery of TR-343 sonar transducer shipsets. Work will be performed in Braintree, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by March 2024. Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $2,980,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with two offers received via the Federal Business Opportunities website. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N0016419DGP50).
01 Apr 19. The Boeing Co., Boeing Defense Space and Security, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $250,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Joint Direct Attack Munition/Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM/LJDAM) technical services, aircraft integration, and sustainment. This contract provides for JDAM/LJDAM-specific activities including, but not limited to, technical services, aircraft integration, and sustainment. Work will be performed in St. Louis, and is expected to be complete by March 2029. This contract involves sales to the U.S. government (52 percent); and foreign military sales (48 percent) to various countries. Fiscal 2019 (Air Force and Navy) procurement and ammunition funds in the amount of $12,829,441 are being obligated on the first task order at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8681-19-D-0005).
01 Apr 19. Kaman Composites Wichita (KCW) a division of Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), announced today that it has been awarded the manufacture, and supply of composite skin to core assembly structural components for the Bell AH-1Z’s helicopter blades. Bell has been successfully producing the AH-1Z helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps at their Amarillo, Texas manufacturing facility since 2003. All composite detail parts and assemblies will be manufactured and delivered from the KCW facility in Wichita, Kansas. Deliveries will begin in 2019 and extend through 2023. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
01 Apr 19. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $151,287,000 fixed-price-incentive-firm modification (P00016) to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001). This modification provides for the procurement of long-lead items for the manufacture and delivery of 21 F-35 Lightning II Lot 14 low-rate initial production aircraft for the governments of Australia (15) and Norway (6). Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30 percent); El Segundo, California (25 percent); Warton, United Kingdom (20 percent); Orlando, Florida (10 percent); Nashua, New Hampshire (5 percent); Nagoya, Japan (5 percent); and Baltimore, Maryland (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in Dec 2022. International partner funds in the amount of $151,287,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchase for the governments of Australia ($108,170,000; 71 percent); and Norway ($43,117,000; 29 percent) under a cooperative agreement. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
29 Mar 19. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $104,043,071 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 503 technical refresh mission computers for UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V aircraft, including production units; retrofit units; and spare units for the Marine Corps, Defense Logistics Agency, and the government of Bahrain under the Foreign Military Sales Act. Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah (55 percent); Baltimore, Maryland (25 percent); and Woodland Hills, California (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2023. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. 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 (N0001919D0025).
02 Apr 19. Terma announced that a long-term agreement for delivery of T1 Star Trackers has been signed with Astranis Space Technologies Corp. Astranis is designing the next generation of smaller, lower-cost geostationary telecommunication satellites and is currently building their first satellite which will cover the entire state of Alaska, including the Aleutian Islands with Ka-band broadband connectivity through a lease agreement with Pacific Dataport Inc. The T1 is our newest generation of arc second class Star Trackers ideally suited for high profile long-life missions and builds on significant flight heritage from past missions. A highly compact and low-power design provides high accuracy, reliability, and robustness even in the most demanding orbits. A Star Tracker is an autonomous digital camera that determines a satellite’s orientation (attitude) in a matter of seconds using star constellation recognition. The attitude determination is continuously updated by tracking catalog stars in the field of view, at a rate of up to 10 Hz with arc-second (1/3600 of a degree) accuracy.
03 Apr 19. DOD Announces Fiscal Year 2019 University Research Funding Awards. The Department of Defense (DoD) announced $169m in its long-running multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI) awards to 24 research teams pursuing basic research spanning multiple scientific disciplines. Since its inception in 1985, the tri-service MURI program has successfully convened teams of investigators to combine insights from multiple disciplines to both facilitate the growth of newly emerging technologies and address the Department’s unique problem sets. The highly competitive MURI complements the department’s single-investigator basic research grants and has made immense contributions to both defense and society at large. For example, a 1987 MURI team provided the first demonstration of self-assembled materials and micro-contact printing. These demonstrations provided a vital foundational framework in nanosciences that had transformative effects on fields including microfluidics, novel sensors, diagnostics and electronics. Additional notable MURI results include nanostructured materials to achieve new materials properties for phototronics applications, advances in computer vision systems and new pathways optoelectronics with micro-optics and micromechanical subsystems. For the fiscal 2019 competition, the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Office of Naval Research solicited proposals in 24 areas important to DOD and the military services. From a merit-based review of the 295 proposals received, a panel of experts narrowed the proposals to a subset from which the 24 final awards were selected. Awards of about $1.5m per year for three to five years will be provided to these teams located across 73 U.S. academic institutions, subject to satisfactory research progress and the availability of funds. (Source: US DoD)
29 Mar 19. GDMS Awarded $980m Contract from the US Army for Electronic and Cyber Warfare Capabilities. Multi-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract will modernize how the Army acquires new cyber capabilities. The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACG-APG) has awarded General Dynamics Mission Systems a contract to provide electronic and cyber warfare capabilities to the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S). The contract, known as R4, is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ)-type contract with multiple awardees. It has a contract ceiling of $980m over 10 years. The new cyber warfare contract involves the delivery of new cyber capabilities, in addition to upgrades of existing cyber systems, along with training, documentation, and support activities. The contract will serve as the U.S. Army’s primary source of cyber innovation and delivery. Under the contract, General Dynamics will lead a nationwide team composed of cyber technology companies responsible for integrating technology from multiple technical domains to achieve desired cyber effects. Additionally, General Dynamics will deliver a broad range of integrated intelligence, electronic and cyber warfare capabilities to enable freedom of maneuver on the battlefield. (Source: ASD Network)
03 Apr 19. IvySys Technologies Awarded DARPA Contract to Detect Global Disinformation Campaigns. Company Extends Advanced Analytics Capabilities to Support SocialSim Program. IvySys Technologies, an advanced software engineering company, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for up to $1.5m, dependent upon successful completion of milestones, by the US Army Contracting Command for support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O) Computational Simulation of Online Social Behavior (SocialSim) program. The goal of the SocialSim program is to develop innovative technologies for high-fidelity computational simulation of online behavior. The program will support efforts to analyze strategic disinformation campaigns by adversaries and advance other critical missions in the online information domain. The way online information shapes understanding and influences outcomes of events in the world has been a hot-button topic recently. Today’s openness of global information enables anyone to freely self-publish online with no editing, fact checking or accountability. At the same time, the new paradigm of information creation and flow provides nation-states and nonstate actors the opportunity to deliberately spread deceptive and inaccurate information throughout the globe without detection. Under the three-year contract, IvySys plans to deliver quantitative predictive models that capture the dynamics of how information trending in one online domain penetrates into another. IvySys’ approach will exploit the fact that orchestrated misinformation campaigns produce different spreading patterns than naturally-occurring information behavior to enable early detection of inauthentic online behavior. Having worked with DARPA since 2006, IvySys is now combating these new threats by extending its extensive signal processing-based advanced analytics capabilities, honed in the signals intelligence (SIGINT) and measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) domains, to the big data and social network analytics domains. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
02 Apr 19. Serco Group PLC (LON:SRP), the controversial outsourcing company, has been awarded a new task order by the US Air Force. The contract is to manage, configure, deploy, sustain, and enhance NexGen information technology (IT) solutions for US Air Force Civil Engineering (AFCE). The task order has a one-year base period with four option years and a six-month extension of service option. If all extension options are exercised, the task order should generate US$82m of revenues, which is equivalent to about £63m). TRIRIGA is an integrated workplace management system developed by IBM. (Source: proactiveinvestors.co.uk)
REST OF THE WORLD
01 Apr 19. Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, is being awarded a $2,457,390,566 modification (P00015) to a previously-awarded contract HQ0147-17-C-0032 for the production of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors and associated one-shot devices to support the U.S. government (USG) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case requirements. The THAAD interceptors and associated one-shot devices will be procured under fixed-price incentive (firm target) contract line items. The value of this contract is increased from $1,431,251,585 to $3,888,642,151. One offer was solicited with one offer received. The work will be performed in Dallas, Texas; Sunnyvale, California; Huntsville, Alabama; Camden, Arkansas; and Troy, Alabama, with an expected completion date of April 1, 2026. Fiscal 2019 USG procurement funds in the amount of $922,729,226; and KSA FMS funds in the amount of $1,534,661,340 are being obligated at time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
03 Apr 19. Saab Receives Order for Multispectral Camouflage Systems. Saab has been awarded a contract to produce multispectral static camouflage systems for the Canadian Army. Deliveries of the order will take place during 2019. The order contains a customer specific Woodland version of the Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Screen (ULCAS) and is a finalization of a long-term contract, received in 2013. Saab’s advanced camouflage technology products have been exported to more than 50 countries. Saab offers a unique package of camouflage systems and force protection solutions developed to limit an enemy’s ability to detect and engage. Various solutions and configurations are available to protect camps, vehicles as well as individual personnel in any type of terrain or environment. (Source: ASD Network)
02 Apr 19. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it received a $17,356,084 firm-fixed-price contract in March 2019 to provide Puma™ AE II small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), training and support to an allied nation. Delivery is anticipated by September 2019. AeroVironment’s family of small drones comprise the majority of all unmanned aircraft in the U.S. DoD inventory, and its rapidly growing international customer base numbers more than 45 allied The AeroVironment Puma AE is a fully man-portable drone designed for land and maritime operations. Capable of landing in water or on land, the all-environment Puma, with its Mantis i45 sensor suite, empowers the operator with extended flight time and a level of imaging capability never before available in the small UAS class.
29 Mar 19. Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is awarded $9,919,602 for modification P00002 to firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001919F2532 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0001). This modification procures one ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System; consisting of six ScanEagle air vehicles, technical services and related support equipment for the Government of Indonesia. Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (52 percent); and outside the continental U.S. (48 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2022. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $9,919,602 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.
02 Apr 19. India – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of twenty-four (24) MH-60R Multi-Mission helicopters for an estimated cost of $2.6bn. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of India has requested to buy twenty-four (24) MH-60R Multi-Mission helicopters, equipped with the following: thirty (30) APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radars (24 installed, 6 spares); sixty (60) T700-GE-401C engines (48 installed and 12 spares); twenty-four (24) Airborne Low Frequency System (ALFS) (20 installed, 4 spares); thirty (30) AN/AAS-44C(V) Multi-Spectral Targeting System (24 installed, 6 spares); fifty-four (54) Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) (48 installed, 6 spares); one thousand (1,000) AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys; ten (10) AGM-114 Hellfire missiles; five (5) AGM-114 M36-E9 Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); four (4) AGM-114Q Hellfire Training missiles; thirty-eight (38) Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) rockets; thirty (30) MK 54 torpedoes; twelve (12) M-240D Crew Served guns; twelve (12) GAU-21 Crew Served guns; two (2) Naval Strike Missile Emulators; four (4) Naval Strike Missile Captive Inert Training missiles; one (1) MH-60B/R Excess Defense Article (EDA) USN legacy aircraft. Also included are seventy (70) AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Devices; fifty-four (54) AN/ARC-210 RT-1990A(C) radios with COMSEC (48 installed, 6 spares); thirty (30) AN/ARC-220 High Frequency radios (24 installed, 6 spares); thirty (30) AN/APX-123 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders (24 installed, 6 spares); spare engine containers; facilities study, design, and construction; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communication equipment; ferry support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated cost is $2.6bn. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defensive partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region. (Source: ASD Network)