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EUROPE

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04 June 19. Following a competitive solicitation and technical testing, Elbit Systems’ subsidiary in Germany was selected by the German Federal Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide the German Army with the E-LynX soldier radios (PNR 1000) in handheld and vehicular configurations. The E-LynX soldier radios will be used at the platoon and company levels and will be installed onboard various combat vehicles including the SPz PUMA.  In-depth transfer of technology (TOT) will facilitate local development and manufacturing of the E-LynX soldier radios that will be supplied to the German Army as well as the development of further extensions and capabilities. Development and production will be done in the company’s production and research & development (R&D) facilities in Ulm, Germany, which will also serve as the support and R&D center for Germany. The E-LynX soldier radios facilitate advanced networked combat solutions in both open field and in urban areas. This radio system provides forces with the capability to use several voice groups in a single channel and fast data services. It also enables effective closing of the sensor to shooter loop and accurate monitoring of forces location based on radio integrated Blue Force Tracking (BFT) capability. The radios that will be supplied feature advanced networking waveform with unique concurrent flooding techniques that extend range over a multi-hop network, improve network agility and robustness while dramatically reducing network latency.

07 June 19. NP Aerospace secures British Army armoured vehicles support contract. NP Aerospace has won a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver maintenance and upgrades for armoured vehicles in the British Army. The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a contract to NP Aerospace to deliver maintenance and upgrades for British Army armoured vehicles. The vehicles offer protection to army personnel from mine and ballistic threats as they navigate rough terrains on the battlefield. NP Aerospace will take responsibility for the upkeep, update and upgrade of more than 2,200 protected mobility vehicles based in the UK and on operations. The British Army armoured vehicles that will be covered under this contract include the Foxhound, RODET, Jackal, Coyote and other vehicles that are deployed for training or operations in the UK and overseas. The contract includes the design, procurement and fitting of the equipment. NP Aerospace will also provide technical advice throughout the contract period. The British Army armoured vehicles market was shaken up at the start of the year with the announcement that BAE Systems was selling a majority stake in its UK combat vehicles business to German firm Rheinmetall. (Source: army-technology.com)

SEA

04 June 19. Baglietto to build fast attack craft for Italian Navy. Baglietto Navy, the military division of Italian yacht builder Baglietto, has been awarded a contract by Fincantieri on behalf of the Italian Navy to build two fast attack craft for the service’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD). Based on Baglietto’s FFC 15 design, the fast attack craft (or combat boats in Italian Navy service) will be built of composite materials and feature a deep-V hull for improved maneuverability and seakeeping performance at high speeds. The craft will displace 20 tonnes at full load, including a maximum payload of 4,500 kg, and have an overall length of 15.8m and a 3.6m beam. A propulsion package featuring two 800 HP engines will provide a maximum speed of 40 kt (in light displacement), with a range of 300 n miles at a cruising speed of 35 kt when fully loaded. The vessels, which feature ballistic protection up to 7.62 NATO caliber, will be operated by a crew of three and feature removable seats for the transportation of up to 22 personnel. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

AIR

03 June 19. DoD/DSCA Notifies Congress of Possible FMS of F-16 C/D Block Fighter Aircraft to Bulgaria. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the Congress that the Government of Bulgaria has requested to buy eight (8) F-16 C/D Block 70/72 aircraft; ten (10) F110 General Electric engines (includes 2 spares); ten (10) Link-16 Multi-Functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) – JTRS (MIDS-JTRS) (includes 2 spares); nine (9) Improved Program Display Generators (iPDG) (includes 1 spare); nine (9) AN/APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars (includes 1 spare); four (4) AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER Targeting Pods; nine (9) Modular Mission Computers (MMC) 7000AH (includes 1 spare); nine (9) LN-260 Embedded GPS/INS (EGI); nine (9) M61 Vulcan 20mm Cannons; sixteen (16) AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs); one AIM-120C7 Spare Guidance Section; twenty-four (24) AIM-9X Sidewinder Missiles; eight (8) AIM-9X Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); four (4) AIM-9X Spare Tactical Guidance Sections; four (4) AIM-9X Spare CATM Guidance Sections; forty-eight (48) LAU-129 Multi-Purpose Launchers; fifteen (15) GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II Kits; fifteen (15) GBU-54 Laser JDAM Kits; twenty-eight (28) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDB-1); twenty-four (24) FMU-152 Fuzes; twenty-four (24) MK-82 Bombs (Tritonal); six (6) MK82 Bombs (Inert); and thirteen (13) MAU-210 Enhanced Computer Control Group (ECCG). Also included are nine (9) AN/ALQ-211 Internal Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (including 1 spare); nine (9) AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispensers (including 1 spare); 4,140 Infrared Flare countermeasures, with impulse cartridges; 8,250 each of PGU-27A/B 20mm training and combat munitions; thirty-six (36) MK-124 Signal/Smoke Illumination devices; nine (9) APX-126 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) units with Secure Communications and Cryptographic Appliques; eighteen (18) AN/ARC-238 UHF/VHF SATURN Radios; sixteen (16) AIM-120C AMRAAM training CATMs; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) with software, training and support; twenty (20) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) II with Night Vision Goggle compatibility; ten (10) Night Vision Devices; two (2) Remote Operated Video Enhanced Receiver (ROVER) 6i units, plus 1 ground station; ground training device (flight and maintenance simulator); one (1) Avionics I-level Test Station; Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program (ECISAP) support; Cartridge Actuated and Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PAD) support; Common Munitions Bit-test Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE) support with Computer Test Set Adapter Group; communications equipment; software delivery and support; facilities and construction support; spares and repair/replace parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; containers; munition support and test equipment; aircraft and munition integration and test support; studies and surveys; U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $1.673bn. The prime contractor will be Lockheed Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)

USA

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03 June 19. HDT Expeditionary Systems Inc., Solon, Ohio, has been awarded a maximum $200,000,000 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for commercial off-the-shelf shelters and tents. This was a competitive acquisition with one response received. This is a one-year base contract with three one-year option periods. Locations of performance are Alabama, Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky, with a June 4, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-1158).

30 May 19. Invisible Interdiction to develop rifle-mounted counter-UAS jammer for US defense department. Florida based Invisible Interdiction reports it has been awarded a contract to design, test and qualify a very small, lightweight rail-mounted C-UAS jamming module. Prototype testing and qualification is scheduled for later this summer with production units available by the end of 2019. (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)

31 May 19. Navistar Defense LLC, Lisle, Illinois, was awarded a $14,085,821 firm-fixed-price contract for 4×4 Navistar cargo trucks 6×6 Navistar general transport trucks, 6×6 Navistar 30 ton wreckers, and Navistar spare parts. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Lisle, Illinois, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 27, 2020. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $14,085,821 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-F-0426).

31 May 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is awarded a $14,473,955 five-year, firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to convert existing Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement, Extra Long Wheel Base vehicles into High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Resupply Vehicles under the portfolio management of Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Quantico, Virginia. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and is expected to be completed by May 30, 2024. Fiscal 2019 procurement funds (Marine Corps) in the amount of $9,917,216 will be obligated on the first delivery order immediately following contract award and funds will not expire at the end of the current year. This contract award was not competitively procured in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1 and 10 U.S. Code § 2304(c)(1). The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-19-D-0032).

SEA

06 June 19. NAVSEA awards industry studies for future common-hull auxiliary ship. Four US shipyards have received contracts to explore options for a future Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform (CHAMP) that could potentially replace several ageing classes of US Navy (USN) auxiliary and sealift vessels. Bollinger Shipyards, General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, Philly Shipyard Inc, and VT Halter Marine were awarded firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts on 3 June by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Each contract is valued at USD2.9m. The evolving CHAMP concept envisages the use of common newbuild hulls to replace up to five different types of ship: sealift, aviation logistics support, hospital, repair tender, and command and control. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

05 June 19. General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), Sterling Heights, Michigan, is awarded a $25,568,897 firm-fixed-price contract for the production of the MK 46 MOD 2 Gun Weapon System (GWS) for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Landing Platform Dock (LPD) programs, along with fiscal 2019 spares requirement. The 30mm MK 46 MOD 2 GWS is a remotely operated system that uses a high velocity cannon for shipboard self-defense against small, high-speed surface targets. This contract is for the procurement of two 30mm MK 46 MOD 2 GWSs for the LCS Surface Warfare Mission module, two 30mm MK 46 MOD 2 GWSs for the LPD-29, two 30mm MK 46 MOD 2 GWSs for the LPD-30, and associated spare parts. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Michigan (60 percent); Anniston, Alabama (25 percent); Lima, Ohio (7 percent); Tallahassee, Florida (6 percent); and Scranton, Pennsylvania (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2021. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); fiscal 2018 and 2019 other procurement (Navy), and fiscal 2019 weapons procurement (Navy) in the amount of $24,568,897 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-19-C-5388).

AIR

04 June 19. L-3 Communications Integrated Systems L.P., Waco, Texas, has been awarded a $499,592,426 fixed-price-incentive-firm contract for the major avionics upgrade for 176 C-130H aircraft operated by the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command.  This contract provides for engineering and manufacturing development through production, and includes training and logistics requirements.  Work will be performed predominantly in Waco, Texas, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2029.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and six offers were received.  Fiscal 2019 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $37,390,000 are being obligated at the time of award.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-19-C-9000).

REST OF THE WORLD

SEA

31 May 19. Aselsan to supply Zargana torpedo countermeasures for Pakistan’s submarines. Aselsan will export its locally developed Zargana torpedo countermeasures system for submarines to Pakistan, Turkey’s state-owned Anatolia news agency reported on 29 May. The system will be fitted on Pakistan’s three Khalid (Agosta 90B)-class diesel-electric attack submarines as part of the boats’ midlife upgrade, under a contract awarded to Turkish defence company STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret). The inclusion of the Zargana system follows an earlier contract amendment, which was signed between STM and the Pakistani government in March 2018. The original contract to upgrade the Khalid-class boats was signed in June 2016. Aselsan has also supplied the Zargana system to Indonesia for the service’s Nagapasa-class submarines. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

29 May 19. Royal Canadian Navy looking to battle GPS threats with Collins Aerospace anti-jam tech. Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver to be installed on Halifax-class frigate for evaluation of Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing performance. Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has been selected by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to provide its Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) to evaluate anti-jam navigation capabilities for the RCN’s Halifax-class frigates. The RCN will test the DIGAR in a maritime environment for Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT) during operations, part of a bigger trend across allies to mitigate navigation threats as adversaries become more advanced. For over a decade, Collins Aerospace has delivered over 100,000 anti-jam systems across weapons, aircraft and soldier systems. DIGAR is a form, fit replacement for existing antenna electronic systems with demonstrated performance that far exceeds legacy capability. (Source: ASD Network)

04 June 19. Thales awards contracts to DRS and OSI for Canadian joint support ships. Thales has awarded key contracts to DRS Technologies Canada and OSI Maritime Systems for new Canadian joint support ships. The company is currently serving as Seaspan Shipyards’ tier one partner and electronic systems integrator for the Canadian National Shipbuilding Strategy’s non-combat vessels. As a partner, Thales will procure and integrate key systems and equipment for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new joint support ships and the offshore fisheries science vessels and the offshore oceanographic science vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard. Under the contract with Thales, OSI will be responsible for supplying and supporting the installation of an integrated bridge and navigation system (IBNS). The company’s integrated navigation and tactical system is a fully scalable International Maritime Organization (IMO) and NATO compliant system. DRS Technologies Canada will provide the secure voice and tactical intercommunication system, ship’s telephone system and main broadcast and alarm system, which together form the internal communications systems. By integrating the internal communications systems with the other communication, control and monitoring systems on board the vessels, Thales will be able to offer a complete, integrated communication solution for the joint support ships. In April 2019, Seaspan awarded a contract to MAN Energy Solutions Canada to provide the power and propulsions systems for the Canadian joint support ships. (Source: naval-technology.com)

AIR

31 May 19. Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is awarded $47,930,791 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001919F2602 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0001) for 34 ScanEagle unmanned air vehicles for the governments of Malaysia (12); Indonesia (8); Philippines (8); and Vietnam (6). In addition, this order provides for spare payloads, spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools, training, technical services, and field service representatives. Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (77 percent); and multiple shore and at sea locations in Malaysia (9 percent); Philippines (5 percent); Vietnam (5 percent); and Indonesia (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2022. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $47,930,791 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the governments of Malaysia ($19,329,334; 40 percent); Philippines ($9,633,665; 20 percent); Vietnam ($9,770,120; 20 percent); and Indonesia ($9,197,672; 20 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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