22 Aug 19. General Dynamics Mission Systems, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is awarded a $64,838,526 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the Strategic Weapon System Fire Control Subsystem hardware, associated deliverables, and spares for production efforts supporting the second hull of the United Kingdom (U.K.) Dreadnought Class ballistic missile submarines, nuclear, recently named as HMS Valiant, and the U.K. Software Facility. Work will be performed in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed Aug. 22, 2025. United Kingdom funds in the amount of $7,570,000 will be obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is being awarded on a sole-source basis to General Dynamics Mission Systems in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(4) and was previously synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunity website. Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
16 Aug 19. Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $199,591,538 firm-fixed-price contract for MK 15 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) upgrades and conversions, system overhauls, and associated hardware. CIWS is a fast-reaction terminal defense against low- and high-flying, high-speed maneuvering anti-ship missile threats that have penetrated all other defenses. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $367,195,456. Work will be performed in Louisville, Kentucky (29%); Tucson, Arizona (20%); El Segundo, California (9%); Melbourne, Florida (5%); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (3%); Andover, Massachusetts (2%); Ottobrunn, Germany (2%); Williston, Vermont (2%); Tempe, Arizona (1%); Grand Rapids, Michigan (1%); Hauppauge, New York (1%); Ashburn, Virginia (1%); East Syracuse, New York (1%); Camarillo, California (1%); Phoenix, Arizona (1%); Joplin, Missouri (1%); Murray, Utah (1%); Dallas, Texas (1%); Corona, California (1%); Huntsville, Alabama (1%); Minneapolis, Minnesota (1%); Valencia, California (1%); Palo Alto, California (1%); and various locations with less than 1% each (13%). Work is expected to be completed by October 2023. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. government (85%); Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (8%); and the United Kingdom (7%) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy); 2019 other procurement (Army); 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); FMS Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; FMS United Kingdom; and 2019 weapons procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $199,591,538 will be obligated at time of award. Funds in the amount of $59,964,768 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c) (1). Raytheon is the only source that can provide the MK 15 CIWS to fulfill Navy, Army, Coast Guard, and FMS requirements without unacceptable delays and substantial duplication of costs that cannot be recovered through competition. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-19-C-5406).
16 Aug 19. Poland orders support vehicles for Rak mortars. The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed a PLN129m (USD32.8m) contract with Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) on 13 August for the delivery of 24 Artyleryjski Wóz Amunicyjny (AWA) ammunition supply vehicles for Rak M120 self-propelled mortar companies in 2019–20. The AWA vehicle is based on the Jelcz 882.52 8×8 chassis, featuring a STANAG 4569 level-1 two-man armoured cabin and platform-equipped with six pallets for 120 mm mortar ammunition. A Rak company comprises eight M120 Rak mortars, four Artyleryjski Wóz Dowodzenia (AWD) artillery command vehicles, two Artyleryjski Wóz Rozpoznania (AWR) artillery reconnaissance vehicles, three ammunition supply vehicles, one Artyleryjski Wóz Remontu Uzbrojenia (AWRU) artillery repair vehicle, and one Ciężki Kołowy Pojazd Ewakuacji I Ratownictwa Technicznego (CKPEiRT) recovery vehicle. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
22 Aug 19. Belgian Army contracts Saab for Gamer mobile combat training centre. The Belgian Army has awarded Saab an SEK160m (USD17m) contract for live training systems, the company announced on 19 August. The equipment is to be delivered in 2021. Under the contract Saab will provide its Gamer mobile combat training centre (CTC) with a laser-based tactical engagement simulation system (TESS). This will include personal detector devices and BT47 small-arms laser projectors for infantry use, and the BT46 Mk III vehicle system that includes wireless-networked detectors and the compact ballistic laser (CBL) for remote weapon stations. The CBL will also be supplied for shoulder-held anti-tank weapons. The BT46 Mk III supports simultaneous detection of dual SISO and MILES laser codes. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Aug 19. The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $145,892,870 modification (P00037) to Foreign Military Sales (Netherlands) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for the remanufacture of 11 aircraft and new build Longbow Crew Trainer and spares. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 29, 2024. Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $145,892,870 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
20 Aug 19. Applied Research Associates Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico, is being awarded a maximum ceiling $240,000,000, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five-year base ordering period and an additional five-year option period. Competitive proposals were solicited and two offers were received. The contract provides for 24/7/365 technical reachback operational and decision support analysis, as well as research and development, to develop and advance the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA’s) weapons of mass destruction operational support capabilities. The work will be performed at multiple DTRA locations, primarily at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $150,000 (the guaranteed minimum) are being obligated at time of award. DTRA, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HDTRA1-19-D-0007).
21 Aug 19. BAE Systems Land and Armaments, San Jose, California, was awarded a $13,688,402 modification (P00108) to contract W56HZV15-C-0099 for active protection system integration and urgent material release in support of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Work will be performed in San Jose, California, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2020. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $13,688,402 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
15 Aug 19. GDMS awarded WIN-T work. General Dynamics Mission Systems has been awarded a contract with a ceiling of $12.97m to support the US Army’s Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 system programme. This is a one-time procurement contract with no option periods, and work will be performed in Arizona, with a 9 February 2021 performance completion date. Funds will be allocated from the army’s fiscal year 2019 working capital allocation, and the contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency, Land and Maritime, based at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. (Source: Shephard)
11 Aug 19. Kymeta Products Now on Contract with United States Special Operations Command. Kymeta has announced that their products were placed on an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). This contract places Kymeta on USSOCOM Special Operations Forces Deployable Node (SDN) Lite and is designed to support the procurement of modular, portable SATCOM terminal variants that will handle secure and non-secure voice, video, and data communications at several classification levels. Being placed on this IDIQ contract significantly reduces the number of steps required by DoD units and commands to receive Kymeta equipment and services. USSOCOM and other Department of Defense (DoD) entities use the SDN Lite contract to non-competitively procure tactically deployed Special Operations Forces users with worldwide communications and connectivity hardware. Kymeta continues to use its flat-panel satellite antennas and terminals and KÄ€LO™ connectivity services to provide mobile connectivity on both satellite and satellite-cellular hybrid networks to customers around the world. Kymeta terminals offer ease of operation and network access speed, which makes Kymeta solutions valuable in a range of government field operations where deployment and high mobility are critical factors. (Source: Satnews)
21 Aug 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will deliver additional tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided missiles for the TOW® weapon system under a $101m U.S. Army contract announced by the U.S. Department of Defense on May 10, 2019. The weapon system transitioned to wireless guidance in 2010 and is being produced for the Army, U.S. Marines and international customers. The TOW weapon system, with the multi-mission TOW 2A, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster missiles, is a long-range, heavy assault-precision anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used throughout the world.
22 Aug 19. Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is awarded a $44,454,546 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for UHF/VHF standard rack mounted receiver/transmitter radios and accessories to replace out-of-date, non-upgradable radios currently deployed at tactical training ranges worldwide in support of the Systems Replacement and Modernization Program. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is expected to be completed by August 2024. Fiscal 2019 working capital funds (Navy); and fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $2,689,585 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, Corona, California, is the contracting activity (N64267-19-D-0006).
16 Aug 19. Lockheed Martin wins US Navy Ship Self Defense System contract. The US Navy (USN) has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD56m cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-only, firm-fixed-price contract on 15 August for combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS). Under the contract, the SSDS combat system engineering agent and software design agent primary deliverables will be SSDS tactical computer programmes, programme updates and associated engineering, development and logistics products. The contract will manage the in-service SSDS configurations as well as adapt and integrate new or upgraded war-fighting capabilities, according to the USN contract award. In effect, the contract makes Lockheed Martin the Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) for SSDS, which is the combat management system for USN aircraft carrier and large-deck amphibious ships and provides capability to defend against anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) attacks. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 Aug 19. Teledyne Instruments has received a contract from the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center to provide autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract also includes the supply of related monitoring and communications acoustic systems. The contract has a ceiling value of $22.2m including options, with the performance period to run until December 2024. The initial contract is valued at around $5.4m. According to the US Department of Defence (DoD), the contract includes services and supplies to support the ongoing development of AUVs. Around 90% of the work will be performed in North Falmouth, Massachusetts, while the remaining work will take place in Keyport, Washington. The DoD said that the contract was procured as a Small Business Innovation Research Phase III award. AUVs can be used to perform complex survey missions for commercial, scientific, and defence applications. Teledyne AUVs features a modular design that allows for easier integration of sensors and exchange of battery packs in the field. (Source: naval-technology.com)
19 Aug 19. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it received a firm fixed-price contract award on July 25, 2019 valued at $45,190,881 for RQ-11B Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages. AeroVironment received the contract award from the United States Army for its Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB). Delivery is anticipated by January 2020. The SFAB are specialized units with the core mission to conduct training, advising, assisting, enabling and accompanying operations with allied and partner nations.
20 Aug 19. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems, Nashua, New Hampshire, is awarded a $74,990,530 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to procure 1,440 Radio Frequency Countermeasures and the maintenance and repair of multi-function test stations in support of the F-35 aircraft. Work will be performed in Nashua, New Hampshire (74%); Landenberg, Pennsylvania (7%); Topsfield, Massachusetts (2.5%); Industry, California (1.6%); Hamilton, New Jersey (1.5%); Carson, California (1.3%); Dover, New Hampshire (1.1%); Londonderry, New Hampshire (1%); Chartley, Massachusetts (1%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (9%), and is expected to be completed in March 2022. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force); fiscal 2019 procurement ammunition (Navy, Marine Corps); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $74,990,530 will be obligated at time of award, $2,394,867 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($37,068,372; 49%); Navy and Marine Corps ($13,556,992; 18%); and FMS countries ($24,365,166; 33%). 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-C-0001).
21 Aug 19. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $999,000,000 (ceiling) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for A-10 wing replacements. This contract provides for up to 112 new A-10 wing assemblies and up to 15 wing kits. Work will be performed at multiple subcontractor locations in the U.S. and one subcontractor location in South Korea and is expected to be complete by Aug. 23, 2030. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 procurement funds in the amount of $239,578,025 and are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8202-19-D-0004).
20 Aug 19. The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $154,890,000 modification (P00026) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 to procure new-build Apache AH 64E helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $154,890,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
19 Aug 19. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received a $200m order for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems and support from the U.S. Air Force. This order was received under an existing indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.
21 Aug 19. AppGuard has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to provide advanced cyber stack services to the US Department of Defense (DoD). Under the collaboration, AppGuard will provide its technologies, including the AppGuard Enterprise for servers, to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Integrated Processor Capacity Services x86 (IPCS-X). Led by HPE, the IPCS-X is intended to provide the DoD with an integrated hardware and software stack. The company’s inheritance and isolation technology is capable of preventing malware from operating. The benefit is that it can remove the need for continuous monitoring or Cloud connection for updates. AppGuard’s cybersecurity technology offers protection against attacks through automatic isolation of system processes from dynamic code injection. The technology can block malicious actions without impacting the flow of normal application or utility operation. (Source: army-technology.com)
20 Aug 19. ECS, a leader in advanced technology, science, and engineering solutions, has been awarded a three-year, firm-fixed-price (FFP), $19m contract to support the Marine Sierra Hotel Aviation Readiness Program (M-SHARP). Managed by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Training and Education Command (TECOM) Aviation Standards Branch, M-SHARP is a web-based training management program that supports all Marine Aviation Operational and Headquarters units with real-time forecasting, scheduling, execution, and reporting to achieve and maintain combat readiness. ECS will implement new and enhanced functionality to M-SHARP, enabling more simulator and ground-unit utilization, implementing a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for software development, increasing functionality on multiplatform-based systems, and creating more comprehensive security through redundant data storage and secure help-desk functionality. In this work, ECS will draw on more than 16 years of experience as a systems integrator (SI) for the Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS), which supports Marines around the globe. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
19 Aug 19. Perspecta has secured a contract from the US Air Force (USAF) to modernise the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) to improve management operations. Worth up to $162m, the five-year contract was awarded by the USAF Enterprise Information Technology and Cyber Infrastructure Division of the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks (C3I&N) Program Executive Office (PEO). The SIPRNet Enterprise Modernization programme is intended to streamline the network’s infrastructure to improve management operations and achieve security compliance. Under the contract, Perspecta will develop, install and integrate a new single infrastructure and active directory domain for the USAF. Work also includes operating, managing and sustaining the full capability and functionality of the system over the programme lifecycle. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
21 Aug 19. Serco has secured a position on a $44.4m US Navy multiple-award contract to deliver sustainment and technical services. The Special Projects and Electronic Systems Engineering Support indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract was awarded by the US Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific. The contract consists of a three-year base performance period and two options of two years each. Serco will compete for task orders to deliver services in support of experimental and developmental work of electronic systems technologies for the US Navy and other agencies. The company will provide hardware and software engineering, configuration management, and logistics to support primary systems such as advanced wireless, microwave communication, and submarine electronic surveillance. The contract will also support other technology, including ancillary sub-systems and C4I system upgrades and sustainment services. (Source: naval-technology.com)
REST OF THE WORLD
15 Aug 19. Australian government announces $28m worth of contracts for small businesses. The federal government has awarded 15 contracts, valued at more than $28m, to Australian small businesses to develop “cutting-edge technologies aimed at providing the Australian Defence Force with a capability edge”. One such technology is the development of the world’s first lightweight carbon fibre wheels for the Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopter, which aims to improve the efficiency and performance of the rotorcraft.
Victorian-based company Carbon Revolution was awarded the $2.4m contract to develop the technology, which is all part of the Defence Innovation Hub’s $640m overall investment to develop innovative technologies.
“This tranche of investments includes initial concept exploration and technology demonstration, through to prototyping and integrated capability demonstration and evaluation,” Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said.
“Every time the Defence Innovation Hub invests in a local company, it supports local jobs and gives Australian companies the opportunity to develop world-class capabilities.”
One of the other major investments is the $5.8m contract awarded to Brisbane-based company EM Solutions to develop and test a satellite communications system for maritime vessels, while a $5.7m contract has also been awarded to Adelaide-based company Inovor Technologies to deliver a prototype nanosatellite that will enhance space situational awareness. Below is the full list of the Defence Innovation Hub contracts announced:
Organisation Contract value (GST inclusive)Description of innovation
EM Solutions $5.8m
To continue the development of a satellite communications systems for potential deployment in current and future Royal Australian Navy vessels. This projects aims to deliver a prototype communications antenna for testing and demonstration on Navy vessels.
Inovor Technologies $5.7m
To deliver a prototype nanosatellite that will enhance space situational awareness. This investment will continue to expand Australia’s growing space capability and has potential to contribute to supporting the global space surveillance network.
To develop a prototype Joint Terminal Attack Controller training solution that seeks to enhance the training capability of the Royal Australian Air Force. The training solution aims to improve operational agility by enhancing communications across multiple aircraft.
To develop a software defined radio system with applications across electronic warfare, communications and sensing domains. This technology has the potential to replace multiple pieces of equipment with one lightweight, portable solution.
Carbon Revolution $2.4m
To develop the world’s first lightweight carbon fibre wheels for the Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopter. If successful, this technology could improve the efficiency and performance of the CH-47F Chinook.
TAE Gas Turbines $2.1m
To develop an autonomous software system capable of monitoring the health and performance of M1 Abrams Tank engines. This technology has the potential to deliver efficiencies in vehicle maintenance and availability.
EM Solutions $1.9m
To develop a low-profile, flat panel antenna system. If successful, this system could increase communication capacity from land, air or sea platforms to satellites.
GPSAT Systems Australia $1.1m
To develop GPS jamming and spoofing countermeasures. This technology seeks to deliver rapid threat detection and geolocation capabilities.
Clearbox Systems $831,000
To develop a standalone software tool for the generation and management of cryptographic keys. This technology could deliver significant operational efficiencies across Defence.
To explore the development of an automated object detection system with the capacity to operate in a range of light-based conditions. This technology offers the potential to improve threat detection and surveillance capabilities.
To develop an alternative electrical power micro-grid solution for deployed forces. If successful, this technology will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of in-field power generation systems and could be adapted to other power systems, such as those on vehicles, ships and aircraft.
Macquarie University $264,000
To conduct a program definition study examining laser technology that seeks to show how to overcome performance problems of existing lasers and to optimise applications.
J3 Seven $257,000
To explore the development of an unmanned aerial system prototype capable of detecting, sampling and analysing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear substances. If successful, this technology could be used to reduce risks by enhancing the capacity to identify and analyse environmental threats from a safe distance.
To develop an alternative small and light arm projectile system that seeks to provide the Australian Army with ammunition that is more accurate and more lethal with a longer effective range.
To develop a software capability to enable electromagnetic battle management that integrates existing technologies. (Source: Defence Connect)
20 Aug 19. Elbit Systems announces that following a competitive bid, the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) selected Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD), the Company’s Active Protection System (APS), for the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) Eitan new eight-wheeled Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) and the D-9 Bulldozer. The award of the contract for the program is subject to completion of negotiations between the parties. The selection of the IFLD for the IDF’s Eitan AFV comes on the heels of the decision by the U.S. Army to proceed with the IFLD for the Bradley AFV. IFLD uses independent optical sensors, tracking radar, launchers and countermeasure munitions to defeat threats at a safe distance from the defended combat vehicles. The system provides 360-degree protection coverage for close-range scenarios in both open terrain and urban environments. Its low size and weight, versatile high-performance, negligible residual penetration and ease of integration position IFLD as an optimal active protection solution for any fighting vehicle.
20 Aug 19. The Canadian Government has unveiled plans to buy 360 combat support Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) from General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C). Talks between the government and GDLS-C over securing a contract are in the final stages. The LAV deal is intended to offer enhanced protection to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) against a range of threats. The deal is expected to cost up to C$3bn ($2.26bn), including expenses for new infrastructure to store and maintain the vehicles. The government is considering a repayable loan worth up to C$650m ($489.7m) for GDLS-C. If the contract is finalised, the supplier will have to reinvest an amount equal to the value of the contract into the Canadian economy. (Source: army-technology.com)
15 Aug 19. AMETEK SCP, a world leader in underwater cable and connector solutions for military and commercial applications, has recently been awarded $7m in contracts from International partners to provide equipment for nuclear and diesel electric attack submarines. The orders have been split between European and Asian partners. AMETEK SCP will supply hull penetrators, cable assemblies and associated equipment for new construction and deep maintenance spares. AMETEK SCP will manufacture the equipment in 2019 in Westerly, RI, USA and Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK. Installations, repair services, and training will be supported by the International Field Support team.
20 Aug 19. Austal has announced it has signed a $126m contract with Trinidad and Tobago to construct two Cape Class patrol boats (CCPB). The vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2020. The vessels have a 4,000 nautical mile range and a 28-day patrol cycle with a crew of up to 22 people, and is fitted with two high speed rigid hull inflatable boats used for intercepting other vessels. The Trinidad and Tobago government has requested that the purchase be supported by a financing package through Export Finance Australia, with the Commonwealth announcing in December last year that the Defence Export Facility would be available to support the program. (Source: Defence Connect)
21 Aug 19. The Indonesian Navy has selected BAE Systems’ Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the country’s KCR-60 fast-attack vessel program. The initial contracts with government-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia include four 57 Mk3 gun systems. The Bofors 57mm naval gun is designed to address surface, air, and land threats in the littoral environment, and is already in service with a wide range of navies and coast guards, including those of the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland and Mexico. With a length of 60 meters, the KCR-60 was designed to quickly deploy guided anti-ship missiles against surface combatants and then rapidly and safely withdraw into the region’s archipelagos. Three KCR-60 vessels are currently in service with the Indonesian Navy, Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL, with a fourth ship scheduled to be operational in 2021. Two of the new 57 Mk3 systems will be for two KCR-60 vessels currently under construction, while the remaining two guns will be integrated onto two existing KCR-60 ships. The gun systems will be produced at BAE Systems facilities in Karlskoga, Sweden. The first unit is scheduled for delivery in 2020 and the final unit in 2021. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
21 Aug 19. DoD/DSCA Notifies Congress of Possible FMS F-16C/D Block 70 Aircraft and Related Equipment and Support to Taiwan. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the Congress that the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) has requested to purchase sixty-six (66) F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft; seventy-five (75) F110 General Electric Engines (includes 9 spares); seventy-five (75) Link-16 Systems (includes 9 spares); seventy-five (75) Improved Programmable Display Generators (iPDG) (includes 9 spares); seventy-five (75) APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars (includes 9 spares); seventy-five (75) Modular Mission Computers 7000AH (includes 9 spares); seventy-five (75) LN-260 Embedded GPS/INS (includes 9 spares); seventy-five (75) M61 Vulcan 20mm Guns (includes 9 spares); one-hundred thirty-eight (138) LAU-129 Multipurpose Launchers; six (6) FMU-139D/B Fuze for Guided Bombs; six (6) FMU-139D/B Inert Fuze for Guided Bombs; six (6) FMU 152 Fuze for Guided Bombs: six (6) MK-82 Filled Inert Bombs for Guided Bombs; and three (3) KMU-572 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Tail Kits, GBU-38/54. Also included are seventy-five (75) AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispensers (includes 9 spares); one-hundred twenty (120) ALE-50 towed decoy or equivalent; seventy-five (75) APX-126 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (includes 9 spares); seventy five (75) AN/ALQ-211 A(V)4 Airborne Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) or equivalent (includes 9 spares); EW Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) and Standard Electronic Module (SEM) spares; one hundred fifty (150) ARC-238 radios (includes 18 spares); Secure Communications and Cryptographic Appliques including seventy-three (73) KIV-78 cryptographic COMSEC devices, and ten (10) AN/PYQ-10 Simple Key Loaders (SKLs) for COMSEC; three (3) Joint Mission Planning Systems (JMPS); twenty-seven (27) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) II with Night Vision Device (NVD) compatibility or Scorpion Hybrid Optical-based Inertial Tracker (HOblT) helmet mounted cueing system with NVD compatibility; seventy (70) NVDs; six (6) NVD spare image intensifier tubes; Cartridge Actuated Devices/Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PAD); cartridges; chaff; flares; three (3) each DSU-38A/B Precision Laser Guidance Sensor (PLGS) for GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) integration; PGU-28A/B 20mm ammunition; telemetry units for integration and test; bomb components; twenty (20) ground debriefing stations; Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program (ECISAP) support including EW database and Mission Data File (MDF) development (classified/unclassified); communications equipment; classified/unclassified spares, repair, support equipment, test equipment, software delivery/support, personnel training, training equipment, flight/tactics manuals, publications and technical documentation; bomb racks; Organizational, Intermediate and Depot level tooling; Pilot Life Support Equipment (PLSE); Alternate Mission Equipment (AME); ground training devices (including flight and maintenance simulators); containers; development, integration, test and engineering, technical and logistical support of munitions; aircraft ferry; studies and surveys; construction services; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics, program and sustainment support. The total estimated program cost is $8bn. The principle contractor will be Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, MD. There are no known offset agreements proposed. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement would be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor(s). (Source: glstrade.com)