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01 Jul 19. Kromek (AIM: KMK), a worldwide supplier of detection technology focusing on the medical, security screening and nuclear markets, has been awarded three contracts, in the UK, US and Europe, for its D3S platform for nuclear radiation detection. These new awards consist of:

  • a £1.1m contract from a UK government-related company to provide D3S-related technologies;
  • a $389k contract from the US government’s Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) to provide D3S-related customisation for military operational transition, which will leverage the DARPA SIGMA Program sensor and technology; and
  • a €180k contract from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs for the D3S-ID and drone-mounted D3S for wide-area monitoring.

The D3S products were developed under the SIGMA programme, an initiative of the US Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (“DARPA”).  The aims of the SIGMA programme are to revolutionise detection and deterrent capabilities for countering nuclear terrorism by developing more capable radiation detectors while lowering costs, along with innovative deployment strategies. Kromek has developed a family of products and technologies under this programme, which have been deployed and field-tested in areas of strategic importance in the US and globally.

01 Jul 19. Building on a successful fifteen-year relationship, Her Majesty’s Armed Forces awards a new framework contract with Rheinmetall in the field of infantry ammunition.
On 6 June 2019, Rheinmetall AG and Defence Equipment and Support, the UK’s defence procurement agency, signed a new framework agreement to enable the repeat procurement of infantry ammunition. The framework agreement will represent the default source of supply for specific impact rounds, ammunitions and grenades in the next 5-7 years and has an estimated throughput of up to €100m (£90m).  Rheinmetall continues to expand its role as a major supplier of ammunition. Only a few days ago, the Dutch armed forces also renewed a partnership agreement for the supply of ammunition with the Düsseldorf-based specialist for security and mobility technology, which runs through to the end of 2030. The contract, which has now been renewed with the British procurement authorities, establishes Rheinmetall as the preferred supplier of 25 infantry ammunition products produced by four manufacturing locations in Germany and Switzerland. Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is currently is the process of negotiating a portfolio of framework agreements with defence suppliers to enable repeat procurement of in-service munitions. The contract with Rheinmetall Defence is the first contract DE&S has agreed with the munitions industry on framework terms and marks a positive step change in the way UK MoD engages with industry.

SEA

02 Jul 19. Cambridge Pixel, a developer of radar display, tracking and recording sub-systems (www.cambridgepixel.com), has supplied its radar video trackers and display technology to Marico Marine (www.marico.co.uk) as part of a major investment by the Port of Dover into safety systems at Europe’s busiest ferry port. Engineers at Marico Marine (Southampton, England) needed a low cost, open, software-based radar tracker for integration with its new vessel traffic service (VTS) system in Dover. It was important that the tracker worked seamlessly with a range of proprietary radars and delivered plot merging capability to combine multiple echoes from large ship reflections into single plots. The software also needed to be highly configurable to support the tracking of small and large vessels at short and long range and to allow the suppression of radar returns and tracks from terrain and harbour artefacts, such as buoys, to minimise false alarms. Radar recording for training and incident analysis was also a prerequisite.

EUROPE

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04 Jul 19.  Estonia orders firearms from LMT Defense. The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment and US company Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT Defense) signed a contract in Davenport, Iowa, on 1 July to supply the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) with a new standard rifle, the Estonian Ministry of Defence announced on its website the next day. The ministry said Estonia would initially acquire 16,000 customised automatic rifles, plus accessories. The first weapons are scheduled to arrive in Estonia at the beginning of 2020 for the EDF’s Scouts Battalion. This will be followed by deliveries to the 1st and 2nd Infantry Brigades, volunteers of the Defence League, the Estonian police and border guard, and the Ministry of Justice. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

02 Jul 19. German Army selects Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters. The German Army has selected Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters to enhance the command-and-control capabilities of its deployable command posts. SitaWare extends the German Army’s legacy C2 system and can be operated on in-service IT platforms. It enables seamless connectivity between existing national and international systems. The C2 package will largely be deployed at division and brigade command posts and will be complemented by Systematic’s IRIS WebForms software, which provides a Military Text Format (MTF) capability.

SEA

03 Jul 19. Romania chooses the joint offer of Naval Group and Santierul Naval Constanta for the corvettes programme. The Romanian authorities announced today the selection of Naval Group and its partner Santierul Naval Constanta (SNC) for the programme to build four new Gowind multi-mission corvettes, to modernize the T22 frigates and to create a maintenance centre and a training centre. The Naval Group and SNC teams are honoured by the trust of the Romanian authorities and look forward to working together to provide the Romanian Navy with the four state-of-the art Gowind® corvettes. With this programme, Romania will benefit from Naval Group’s long tradition of excellence and experience. The Gowind® design has already been chosen by several countries. The platform and its combat system including the Setis® combat management system (CMS) offer a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art NATO-standard combat-proven capabilities for anti-surface warfare (ASuW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-air warfare (AAW). The Gowind® is the perfect solution for Romania to carry out its strategic missions as a major NATO partner in the Black Sea and will also strengthen European Defence capabilities. Naval Group and SNC’s offer is based on the complementarities of their partnership, which will ensure Romania’s sovereignty and autonomy since SNC will receive the necessary know-how to support the complete life cycle of the corvettes, from building to maintenance and modernisation.

02 Jul 19. Sonardyne’s Sentinel intruder sonar to protect Eastern European waterside energy facility. Underwater intruder detection technology from maritime security specialist Sonardyne International Ltd. has been chosen to secure the coastal perimeter of a critical national energy infrastructure (CNI) facility in Eastern Europe.  The Sentinel Intruder Detection Sonar (IDS) will be deployed to detect unauthorised divers and subsurface vehicles approaching the facility from the water. The installation, at an undisclosed location, is the first phase of a site-wide project led by MARSS Group to enhance security at the facility with their NiDAR long-range air, land and underwater situational awareness system.

AIR

01 Jul 19. Airbus has signed the new A400M Global Support Step 2 contract with OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation), which manages the multinational programme on behalf of the Launch Customer Nations Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Belgium and Luxembourg.  This is the first support contract for all A400M participating states and it replaces the Global Support agreement Step 1 signed in 2016, which provided support services for France, Spain and the UK. The contract will bring the benefits of a fully integrated suite of common services using shared resources and assets. It provides a full range of tailored services to meet the needs of the A400M customers, from ground support to airworthiness and from maintenance to material support. This performance-based contract creates a new partnership framework, based on pooling and sharing, where industry and operators have the opportunity to explore new areas of collaboration, concepts and services. The modular structure of the services allows for the tailoring of solutions as per specific operational requirements. The pooling and sharing under Airbus management will allow the A400M customers to benefit from significant savings while keeping the same highest standard of services.

01 Jul 19. The Government of Germany has requested to buy, through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) acting as its Agent, up to ninety-one (91) AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Tactical Missiles, and up to eight (8) AGM-88E AARGM Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM). Also included are up to six (6) telemetry/flight termination systems, Flight Data Recorders (FDR), U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services and miscellaneous support equipment, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated cost is $122.86m. Germany has requested that the NSPA act as its agent for the FMS procurement and case management to support the AARGM program. The principal U.S. contractor will be NGIS, Ridgecrest, CA. The integration efforts will be via a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS), initiated by the Luftwaffe, between the Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) and the AARGM Original Equipment Manufacturer, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, formerly known as Orbital ATK (OA). There are no known offset agreements associated with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)

03 Jul 19. Northrop contract from Space Norway to deliver its Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ASBM) system. Northrop Grumman will design, manufacture and integrate two satellites in addition to providing critical ground infrastructure. The ASBM satellites will carry multiple hosted payloads including an X-Band payload for the Norwegian Ministry of Defense and a Ka-Band payload for Inmarsat. Northrop Grumman announced last year that it will also provide two Extremely High Frequency eXtended Data Rate (EHF XDR) payloads for the Enhanced Polar System-Recapitalization (EPS-R) to the U.S. Air Force for integration on the spacecraft. The systems are designed to improve secure and continuous communications in the North Polar Region. Additionally, Northrop Grumman was selected to provide critical ground infrastructure for EPS-R.

03 Jul 19. Orolia announced today that its team has been awarded an up to €1.7m grant by the European Global Satellite Navigation Systems Agency (GSA) to develop a resilient time and frequency server to protect critical Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-reliant systems. The Galileo Authenticated Robust Timing System (GEARS) project will deliver accurate and highly robust Galileo-based time and frequency data for critical infrastructure. Critical infrastructure such as telecommunications, broadcast, data centers, transportation, energy generation/distribution, and finance rely on GNSS signals, and detailed studies have documented their vulnerability to threats from signal jamming or spoofing.  The GEARS program will fund the development of a timing system to validate GNSS signals and protect the Galileo system from GNSS threats, providing accurate and robust time in GNSS challenged environments. It will also provide a backup signal and timing reference if Galileo is unavailable.  The time server will leverage the new Galileo navigation data authentication signal to make it resilient to spoofing and utilize Orolia’s portfolio of interference detection and mitigation capabilities to increase resistance to jamming. The GEARS initiative will also develop a new standard for GNSS timing system protection by defining minimum testing criteria to qualify robustness against threats.  This two-year grant agreement with GSA will be coordinated by Orolia, collaborating with four European partners: FDC (France), NLR (Netherlands Aerospace Center, Netherlands), NLS – FGI (National Land Survey of Finland – Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Finland) and NavCert (Germany). The prototype to be developed and validated will embed relevant new technologies and innovations to ensure maximum security and robustness for Galileo’s timing receivers by 2021.

TECHNOLOGY

03 Jul 19. Following an extensive and competitive evaluation process Cyber Intelligence Ltd, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, was selected to provide the Dutch National Police with a Cyber Intelligence system. Part of Elbit Systems’ Intelligence 360 suite of Cyber capabilities, the solution to be supplied is designed to provide high-availability and scalability and enable customization with work-flow, legislation and other custom requirements of the Dutch National Police.

USA

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03 Jul 19. L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been awarded a development prototype contract from the U.S. Air Force for the L3Harris Falcon® Wideband Airborne HF Radio and will now be part of a down-select competition to replace the service’s AN/ARC-190 airborne HF radio. The L3Harris Falcon Wideband Airborne HF Radio is a software-defined digital multi-mode wideband radio with the capacity to augment space-based beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) systems, providing a much-needed alternative capability in a SATCOM-denied environment. The radio addresses the U.S. Air Force HF Radio Modernization requirement and will enable airmen to communicate data at speeds up to ten times greater than the legacy ARC-190 radios. The L3Harris Falcon Wideband Airborne HF Radio features embedded encryption, electronic counter-counter measures (ECCM), low probability of intercept and low probability of detection (LPI/LPD) and is upgradable to accept new waveforms and software delivered capabilities. The form factor combines three different pieces of equipment into a single package to reduce size, weight and power consumption, which is critical for airborne applications. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

28 Jun 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $7,083,186 modification (P00196) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 to incorporate engineering change proposal OSKW8599 (Noise Reduction-Muffler) into the baseline configuration of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle family of vehicles. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2021. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 research, development, test and evaluation; procurement Marine Corps; and other procurement, Army funds in the combined amount of $7,083,186 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

02 Jul 19. The US Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific has awarded a contract to Serco to perform upgrades to giant voice mass notification systems. The giant voice mass notification system is a voice announcing system used to provide warnings to communities living near naval installations in emergency situations. Under the contract, Serco will provide production and installation services for the systems located at different sites in the Western Pacific Region. The one-year task order is valued at around $8.3m. Work will include pre-installation testing and check-out, retrofit installation, inspection, pre-setup, optimisation, training, and systems operational verification testing. (Source: naval-technology.com)

01 Jul 19. Ultra Electronics TCS awarded Orion radio contract worth up to $500m. As anticipated, Ultra Electronics TCS is pleased to announce that the U.S. Army has awarded a five-year, sole-source, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling value of $497,220,602 and an initial order of $16.5m to Ultra Electronics TCS. The award is for the procurement and fielding of Ultra Electronics’ ORION radio systems in support of the Army’s TRILOS Radio Program of Record. The Army’s high-capacity Terrestrial Transmission Line of Sight (TRILOS) Radio Program of Record is delivering increased bandwidth and range for network communications to Signal units that provide the communications backbone to regular Army and National Guard operational and support units. TRILOS adds to the Army’s network resiliency by enabling communications in satellite denied environments. The Ultra Electronics TCS ORION radio system is a software-defined, multi-channel, multi-band, multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radio platform that provides a Unified Heterogeneous Wireless Network (HETNET) capability, supports a wide range of user requirements, and delivers resilient network operations in the harshest environments around the world. ORION radios have unmatched ease-of-use features and transportability and are well-suited to meet today’s mobility and interoperability challenges. A broad range of planned software enhancements will ensure the ORION radio system will continue delivering innovation for years to come, in support of future Army Network Modernization objectives.

SEA

03 Jul 19. Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, is awarded an undefinitized contract action established under delivery order (N00019-19-F-4037) with a not-to-exceed value of $174,970,959.  This delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0011) provides for engineering, testing, product support and ancillary support to update the current Long Range Anti-Ship Missile components and systems required to achieve objective requirements in the Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare Increment 1 Capability Description Document.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (58%); Wayne, New Jersey (20%); Nashua, New Hampshire (15%); Troy, Alabama (6%); and Ocala, Florida (1%), and is expected to be completed in November 2022.  Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $40,000,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

AIR

03 Jul 19. DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $308,616,183 firm-fixed-price contract for aviation command and control operations and maintenance services.  This contract provides for air traffic control, airfield management and associated maintenance support.  Work will be performed in the Air Force Central Command’s area of responsibility and is expected to be completed by July 31, 2024.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with four offers received.  Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $379,576 are being obligated at the time of award.  The Air Combat Command’s Acquisitions management and integration center, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, Virginia, is the contracting activity (FA4890-19-C-A013).

04 Jul 19. Frequentis contracted for control system for MQ-25 Stingray. Frequentis has been awarded a $8.45m firm-fixed-price contract for work related to the MD-5A unmanned carrier aviation mission control system for the US Navy’s Boeing MQ-25 Stingrayunmanned aerial vehicle.  The contract covers the engineering and logistics for the design, development, test, manufacture and repair of the MD-5A, an integrated computer system that will transport voice communications from carrier-based air vehicle operators to local audio switches, local radio terminals and remote radio terminals. Work will be performed in Columbia, Maryland, and is expected to be completed in March 2021. Naval fiscal year 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds for the contract amount were provided at the time of award, and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division based in Lakehurst, New Jersey is the contracting activity for the contract. (Source: Shephard)

28 Jun 19. General Atomics Aeronautical, Poway, California, was awarded a $7,639,948 modification (P00031) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0035 for engineering change proposal to upgrade the Warrior Alpha Unmanned Aircraft System fleet to a Gray Eagle Block 0 UAS deployable configuration. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 28, 2020. Fiscal 2019 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $7,639,948 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

28 Jun 19. Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is awarded a $390,390,785 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for up to 63 RQ-21A attrition air vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. In addition, this contract provides for up to six RQ-21A unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and up to 17 RQ-21A air vehicles for foreign military sales (FMS) customers, including the governments of Canada, Poland and Oman. The contractor will also provide up to 93 ScanEagle UASs in various configurations. In addition, this contract provides for associated services, including training, test and engineering, development of engineering change proposals, operations support, organizational level maintenance, field service representatives, land and ship surveys, hardware site activations, hardware installs, repairs and data. Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington (83%) and various locations inside the continental United States (CONUS) (5%) and outside CONUS (12%), and is expected to be completed in June 2022. Fiscal 2019 operation and maintenance (Navy), fiscal 2019 building partnership capacity, and FMS funds in the amount of $9,919,160 will be obligated at time of award, $9,519,160 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 Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-19-D-0033).

02 Jul 19. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $348,223,161 for modification P00019 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0001).  This modification is for production non-recurring, special tooling and special test equipment in support of low-rate initial production Lot 12 F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) partners and foreign military sales (FMS) customers.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (23.80%); El Segundo, California (23.86%); San Diego, California (17.03%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.65%); Orlando, Florida (6.63%); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.44%); Nashua, New Hampshire (2.71%); Clearfield, Utah (2.15%); Marietta, Georgia (1.77%); East Aurora, New York (1.59%); Palmdale, California (1.40%); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (0.96%); Turin, Italy (0.81%); Clearwater, Florida (0.79%); Melbourne, Florida (0.60%); Irvine, California (0.58%); Kongsberg, Norway (0.53%); Arlington, Texas (0.48%); Rolling Meadows, Illinois (0.46%); Tempe, Arizona (0.38%); Inglewood, California (0.33%); Papendrecht, Netherlands (0.28); Garden Grove, California (0.21%); Montmorency, Australia (0.20%); Marion, Virginia (0.17%); Independence, Ohio (0.14%); Amesbury, Massachusetts (0.13%); Rome, New York (0.13%); Los Angeles, California (0.10%); Hot Springs, Arkansas (0.10%); Lystrup, Denmark (0.09%); Grand Rapids, Michigan (0.09%); Owego, New York (0.07%); Sharon, Massachusetts (0.06%); Wichita, Kansas (0.06%); Boulder, Colorado (0.05%); Carlsbad, California (0.04%); Ontario, California (0.04%); Delta, British Columbia, Canada (0.03%); Long Beach, California (0.01%); Lindenhurst, New York (0.01%); Eskisehr, Turkey (0.01%); Saint Peters, Missouri (0.01%); Santa Fe Springs, California (0.01%); and Rancho Cucamonga, California (0.01%).  Work is expected to be completed in August 2022. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy and Marine Corps); fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD partner and FMS funds in the amount of $348,223,161 are being obligated at time of award, $17,899,115 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($129,642,270; 38%); Navy ($69,738,685; 20%); Marine Corps ($61,001,500; 17%); non-U.S. DoD partners ($60,840,706; 17%) and FMS customers ($27,000,000; 8%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

01 Jul 19. NGC Receives $104m Contract for UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V Aircraft Mission Computers. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received a $104m indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) award for the technical refresh of UH-1Y, AH-1Z and UH-60V mission computers. The IDIQ contract covers delivery of 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. This contract brings together multiple mission computer customers, driving greater value, cost efficiency and a reduced logistics footprint. Under the IDIQ, the Navy may issue task or delivery order awards up to the ceiling amount specified in the contract. Work under the contract is set to conclude in 2023. (Source: ASD Network)

TECHNOLOGY

01 Jul 19. KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today that it has been awarded a $45.9m task order to provide logistics information technology services to the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Logistics and Maintenance Information Systems and Technology Division. KBR was awarded this cost-plus-fixed-fee task order under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC). The task order is part of the DoD IAC’s Cyber Security and Information Systems Technical Area Task (CSTAT). This task order was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Installation Contracting Center (AFICC). KBR won a seat on the CSTAT contract in December 2015. The company’s technical experts will perform various engineering and sustainment services as part of this task order, including research, analysis, design, development, unit testing, verification and validation (V&V) integration testing, training, deployment, operations, and maintenance of IT solutions. KBR will perform this work primarily at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. The task order’s period of performance is 56 months.

REST OF THE WORLD

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04 Jul 19. Belarus signs contract with Russia for additional T-72B3s. Belarus has signed a contract with Uralvagonzavod for the modernisation of 11 T-72B main battle tanks (MBTs) to the T-72B3 standard, according to a 25 June statement released from the Belarusian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The press statement says the contract was signed as a result of a meeting at the Army 2019 exhibition held in Kubinka, Russia, from 25-30 June, and that the vehicles will be delivered between now and next year. The press release adds that a contract was also signed with Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut, covering the installation of Talisman self-protection systems onto Belarusian Yak-130 aircraft. The T-72B3 is an economical upgrade designed to turn older T-72 MBTs into a viable platform for the modern battlespace. It provides the vehicle with a Sosna-U sight that includes a thermal imaging channel as well as improved armour and a modestly improved 125 mm main gun. Belarus has already received at least 24 T-72B3 obr.2016 vehicles, which have a more powerful engine and further improved armour over the T-72B3. It is unclear whether the vehicles referred to in the latest press release will be at this standard. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

SEA

28 Jun 19. Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $36,700,000 firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal 2019 U.S. Navy and foreign military sales (FMS) to Japan for the procurement of Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Guided Missile Launching System (GMLS) requirements. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (91%) and the government of Japan (9%) under the FMS Program. This contract is to procure material, fabricate parts, assemble, test and deliver RAM Mk 49 Mod 3 GMLSs. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms. The RAM guided-missile weapon system is co-developed and co-produced under an international cooperative program between the governments of the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (43%); Ottobrunn, Germany (27%); Louisville, Kentucky (8%); Huntsville, Alabama (5%); San Diego, California (5%); Tulsa, Oklahoma (2%); Berryville, Arkansas (2%); and other U.S. locations below one percent (8%), and is expected to be completed by June 2021. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy), foreign military sales (Japan), fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) and non-FMS German funding in the amount of $36,700,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured, in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4) (international agreement). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-19-C-5404).

AIR

03 Jul 19. AAR Supply Chain Inc., doing business as AAR Defense Systems & Logistics, Wood Dale, Illinois, has been awarded a $209,986,676 ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for C-130H contractor logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force.  This contract will provide the Afghanistan Air Force with full C-130H contractor logistics support to include maintenance and repair, as well as on the job training for local Afghan nationals.  Work will be performed Kabul, Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 29, 2025.  This contract involves foreign military sales to Afghanistan.  Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $12,011 are being obligated at the time of award.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8553-19-D-0006).

27 Jun 19. Morocco – Sustainment for F-16 Fleet. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of continuation of sustainment support to its current F-16 fleet for an estimated cost of $250.4m.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Morocco has requested a continuation of sustainment support to its current F-16 fleet to include the following non-MDE components:  F-16 support equipment, spares and repair parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; munitions support equipment (for AMRAAM, CMBRE, JDAM, PAVEWAY), support and test equipment; integration and test; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.  The total estimated program cost is $250.4m. (Source: ASD Network)

01 Jul 19. Indian Air Force orders Russian-made anti-tank missiles for USD29m. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed a INR2bn (USD29m) deal with Russia for the acquisition of an undisclosed number of 9M120 Ataka (AT-9 ‘Spiral-2’) anti-tank missiles to arm its fleet of Mil Mi-25/35 ‘Hind’ twin-engined attack helicopters. Official sources told Jane’s on 1 July that the IAF signed a contract in late June with Russia’s state-owned export agency, Rosoboronexport, to acquire the precision-guided weapons, deliveries of which are scheduled to begin later this year. They said the Ataka missiles are expected to equip two IAF squadrons comprising 20-odd Mi-25/35s, most of which are deployed along India’s northern and western borders with Pakistan. Each of these platforms is capable of carrying up to eight Ataka missiles with a strike range of up to 6km. No details were provided about the Ataka variant(s) that were ordered.  (Source: IHS Jane’s)

01 Jul 19. Russian MoD places orders worth over USD15bn. The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 27 June that it had signed contracts for the acquisition of defence equipment worth over RUB1trn (USD15.8n). Sukhoi, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation, will deliver 76 Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multirole combat aircraft armed with advanced internally mounted air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles acquired from the Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) under new contracts signed at the 2019 Army defence exhibition, which was held in Kubinka near Moscow from 25 to 30 June. The MoD also ordered 98 Mil Mi-28NM combat helicopters to be delivered through 2028 and 10 Mil Mi-8AMTSh-VN special utility rotorcraft to be delivered in 2021-22. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

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