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UNITED KINGDOM

AIR

27 Aug 19. Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission Systems, Owego, New York, was awarded a $42,734,799 hybrid (firm-fixed-price and fixed-price-incentive) domestic and Foreign Military Sales (United Kingdom) contract to procure Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometer kits and spares. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Owego, New York, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2022. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement, Army and foreign military sales funds in the combined amount of $42,734,199 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-19-F-0634).

EUROPE

LAND

28 Aug 19. The Government of Lithuania has requested to buy five hundred Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, M1278A1 Heavy Guns Carriers. Also included are Baseline Integration Kits; Ballistic Kits Armor; Explosive Formed Protection Kit; Shot Detection Boomerang Kits; Shot Detection, Boomerang III; GPS Stand Alone kits; Network Switch – 8 port; M153 Common Remote Weapon Stations (CROWS); CROWS Baseline v2 Integration Kit; MK-93 Weapons Mounts; M2 QCB .50 CAL Machine Guns; M230 TAC-FLIR Systems; Opaque Armor (windows); Basic Issue Item Kits; Winch Kits; Flat Tow Kits; Run-Flat Kits; Spare Tire Kits; Combat Bumper Kits; Duramax Turbo Engine with Allison 6 speed automatic transmission and 4×4 TAK-4i Independent suspension systems; 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 $170.8m. The principal contractor will be Oshkosh Defense LLC of Oshkosh, WI. There are no known offset agreements associated with this proposed sale. (Source: glstrade.com)

AIR

29 Aug 19. Airbus Helicopters has received a support contract to provide maintenance services for the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) NH90 multi-role military helicopter fleet. The ten-year contract was awarded by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). Airbus Helicopters will serve as the prime contractor for the programme. Elbe Flugzeugwerke, a subsidiary of Airbus and ST Aerospace, is the subcontractor. To deliver the contract, Airbus will work in coordination with Elbe Flugzeugwerke. (Source: army-technology.com)

29 Aug 19. The Government of Denmark has requested to buy nine (9) AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS) systems; six hundred (600) AN/SSQ-36/53/62 Sonobuoys; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communication 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 $200m. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems in Oswego, New York. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)

29 Aug 19. The Government of Hungary has requested to buy one hundred and eighty (180) AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), and four (4) spare AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance sections. Also included are four (4) spare AIM-120C-7 control sections, six (6) AMRAAM training missiles (CATM-120C), missile containers, classified software (for the AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel Radar requested by Hungary through Direct Commercial Sale), spare and repair parts, cryptographic and communication security devices, precision navigation equipment, other software, site surveys, weapons system equipment and computer software support, publications and technical documentation, common munitions and test equipment, repair and return services and equipment, personnel training and training equipment, integration support and test equipment, and 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 $500m. The prime contractor and integrator will be Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)

USA

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28 Aug 19. BAE, Kingsport, Tennessee, was awarded a $202,437,733 fixed-price-incentive contract for the production and delivery of explosives and components at Holston Army Ammunition Plant, Tennessee.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2020.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-19-D-0074).

23 Aug 19. Caterpillar Defense, Peoria, Illinois, is awarded a $54,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with firm-fixed-price task order for the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) supporting the Navy’s expeditionary force fleet of Caterpillar Heavy Construction Civil Engineering Support Equipment (CESE) at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, California.  The purpose of this contract is to provide a SLEP for the heavy construction CESE (motorized and non-motorized), special military construction and commercial support equipment, mineral products and plant facility equipment and power production equipment to support the Navy and other Department of Defense components worldwide.  This contract contains an option which, if exercised, will bring the contract value to $65,000,000.  Work will be performed in Port Hueneme, California; and Gulfport, Mississippi, installations, and is expected to be completed August 2020.  If the option is completed, work will continue through February 2025.  Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued.  Task orders will be funded by fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) funds.  Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, California, is the contracting activity (N39430-19-D-2123).

27 Aug 19. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $50,871,700 hybrid (cost-no-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for production, integration, fielding, and training of the Huntsman secure network radio. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone, Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-19-D-0041).

23 Aug 19. Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $534,000,000 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for Horizontal Technology Integration Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (2GF) Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer (CITV), azimuth drive assemblies, azimuth drive armor caps and rings, spares, and engineering services.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 23, 2026.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W909MY-19-D-0015).

SEA

26 Aug 19. General Dynamics Missions Systems Inc., McLeansville, North Carolina, is awarded a $44,595,146 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to previously-awarded contract N61331-11-C-0017 for low-rate initial production of the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (SMCM UUV), also known as Knifefish.  The Knifefish program is an ongoing effort to provide a UUV that detects and classifies undersea volume, bottom and buried mines in high-clutter environments.  The Knifefish system is part of the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package and can also be deployed from vessels of opportunity.  The low-rate initial production effort will provide the initial systems for the Navy to test and operate.  Work will be performed in Quincy, Massachusetts (35%); Taunton, Massachusetts (23%); Braintree, Massachusetts (19%); a location to be determined (15%); McLeansville, North Carolina (6%); Reston, Virginia (1%); and Ann Arbor, Michigan (1%), and is expected to be completed by August 2021.  Fiscal 2018 and 2019 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $44,595,146 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

23 Aug 19. General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California, is award)ed a $1,077,009,532 fixed-price-incentive modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-2235 for the procurement of detail design and construction of Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) 6 and ESB 7, as well as definitization of ESB 6 long lead time material, pre-production and engineering support. Work will be performed in, San Diego, California (57.9%); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (6.0%); Santa Fe, California (5.9%); Beloit, Wisconsin (4.8%); Crozet, Virginia (4.5%); Mexicali, Mexico (3.1%); and various other locations, each accounting for less than 2% (17.8%), and is expected to be complete by January 2025. This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $1,626,008,493, and be complete by January 2025. Fiscal 2019 and 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $1,004,317,973 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 U.S. Code 2304(c) (1) – only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. (Source: defense-aerospace.com)

28 Aug 19. Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $349,014,465 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for Phase 2 of the Maritime Strike Tomahawk Rapid Deployment Capability for completion of the Phase 1 design and integration efforts as well as test and evaluation.  Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (69.3%); Dallas, Texas (6.6%); Boulder, Colorado (5.8%); Walled Lake, Michigan (3.9%); Englewood, Colorado (2.7%); Bristol, Pennsylvania (2.5%); North Logan, Utah (1.9%); Suwanee, Georgia (0.6%); and various locations within the U.S. (6.7%), and is expected to be completed in February 2023.  Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $44,577,180 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  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 (N00019-19-C-0079).

AIR

26 Aug 19. Airborne Tactical Advantage Co. LLC, Newport News, Virginia, is awarded $13,495,999 for modification P00020 to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-15-D-0026.  This modification provides for contractor-owned and operated Type IV supersonic aircraft for airborne threat simulation capabilities in support of the Contracted Air Services Program.  Work will be performed in Newport News, Virginia (44%); Point Mugu, California (37%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (19%), and is expected to be completed in May 2020.  No funds will be obligated at time of award, funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

27 Aug 19. BAE Systems, Nashua, New Hampshire, has been awarded a maximum $83,934,598 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-no-fee contract for the AN/AAR-57A(V) Common Missile Warning System.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  This is a five-year contract with no option periods.  Location of performance is New Hampshire, with an Aug. 26, 2024, performance completion date.  Using military service is Army.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 Army working capital funds; and Army operations and maintenance funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland (SPRBL1-19-D-0075).

29 Aug 19. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) of Poway, California was awarded a maximum $78,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92403-18-D-0006) with firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line items with potential maximum estimated values of $93,000,000 for the integration and testing support for the Medium Altitude Long Endurance Tactical (MALET) MQ-9 and MQ-1C Special Operations Forces Peculiar (SOF-p) modifications; procurement of GA-ASI developed and produced aircraft modification kits; and analysis and studies to inform government decision on potential future MALET MQ-9 and MQ-1C SOF-p modifications.  Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation; procurement; or operation and maintenance funding may be used depending on the requirement.  The ordering period for this contract is valid for five years.  The majority of work will be performed in Poway and is expected to be completed by September 2023.  This contract was awarded in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation Authority 6.302-1, – only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements.  U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.

29 Aug 19. KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today it has been awarded a $41m contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to provide engineering, technical, operational, test and logistics services for its Surface/Aviation Interoperability Laboratory (SAIL).SAIL essentially functions as an operational U.S. Navy ship that serves as a critical military test asset. This shore-based lab is equipped with combat systems found on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, guided missile destroyers and littoral combat ships, and utilizes these systems to test and evaluate aircraft and shipboard systems and the associated interface between them. Under this cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, KBR’s services will support SAIL efforts related to the Navy and other U.S. military branches’ research and development (R&D) programs; systems integration; simulation and stimulation systems development, test planning and conduct; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems interoperability; and technology demonstration programs. KBR will primarily perform this work at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland. This indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract’s period of performance begins in August and runs through July 2024.

 

24 Aug 19. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $2,426,326,544 for modification P00002 to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-19-D-0015 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter initial spares for the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Spares to be procured include global spares packages, base spares packages, deployment spares packages, afloat spares packages and associated consumables. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.4%); El Segundo, California (9.1%); Owego, New York (8.6%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (7.2%); Cheltenham, United Kingdom (6.2%); Nashua, New Hampshire (5.8%); Torrance, California (5.5%); Orlando, Florida (4.9%); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3.7%); San Diego, California (3.6%); Phoenix, Arizona (3.1%); Melbourne, Florida (3.1%); Irvine, California (2.5%); North Amityville, New York (2.4%); Windsor Locks, Connecticut (2.2%); Baltimore, Maryland (2.2%); Papendrect, The Netherlands (1.9%); Rolling Meadows, Illinois (1.8%); and Alpharetta, Georgia (1.8%). All orders are expected to be placed no later than December 2020. No funds will be obligated at time of award, funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: defense-aerospace.com)

27 Aug 19. Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR), a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, today announced that it has been awarded a new, four-year contract with the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for the Global Enhanced GEOINT Delivery (Global EGD) program. The contract, which begins September 1, 2019, is valued at $44m for the base year and includes three option years at the same value that would extend the contract through August 2023. The new contract will allow Maxar to continue providing more than a quarter million U.S. Government users with online and offline, on-demand access to the world’s highest resolution commercial imagery. Since 2011, the Global EGD program has allowed warfighters, first responders, intelligence analysts and civil government users to tap into Maxar’s 100-petabyte historical imagery library and daily imagery collections for time sensitive, mission-critical planning and operations. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

29 Aug 19. Z Advanced Computing (ZAC) has received funding from the US Air Force (USAF) to develop 3D image recognition technology for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The company’s drone image recognition technology is based on explainable artificial intelligence (AI). ZAC will work on developing image recognition technology for drones to meet the USAF’s aerial image / object recognition requirements. The start-up demonstrated its explainable AI (XAI) capability, which allows recognition of details of 3D objects from any direction. ZAC’s technology has the ability to allow image search to be performed in several applications, including e-commerce, ad network, autonomous vehicles, medical imaging, satellite imaging, face recognition, video, and security. In May, the USAF signed an agreement with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to start an AI accelerator programme to improve airforce operations and deliver innovations in disaster response and medical readiness. (Source: airforce-technology.com)

TECHNOLOGY

28 Aug 19. Falkonry, Inc., the leading enabler of predictive operations for Global 2000 companies, today announced that it has been awarded the next phase AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). This award follows the completion of a successful Phase I evaluation of Falkonry’s machine learning system, Falkonry LRS. During Phase I, Falkonry explored critical operational data problems within the Air Force community and was selected by STRATCOM’s Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) to go forward into Phase II. Falkonry’s AI-enabled product will now enable JWAC to analyze massive amounts of operational data and discover patterns at unprecedented scale and provide real-time inferencing. To provide the highest level of security for government requirements, Falkonry has developed an “Air Gap” version of Falkonry LRS. Air gap is a network security measure employed on one or more computers to ensure that a secure computer network is physically isolated from unsecured networks, such as the public Internet or an unsecured local area network. Falkonry LRS integrates within existing Department of Defense (DoD) analysis platforms and can be securely deployed in both classified and unclassified environments. This, along with the fact that Falkonry LRS can be used by non-data scientists, has enabled Falkonry to obtain sole source justification for military contracts and greatly reduces the administrative burden for procurement. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

REST OF THE WORLD

SEA

28 Aug 19. US Department of State approves possible sale of 31 Mk 54 lightweight torpedoes to South Korea. The US Department of State has approved a possible USD72m Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Mk 54 All-Up-Round lightweight torpedoes along with related equipment and services to South Korea, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 27 August. Seoul had requested to buy 31 Mk 54 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedoes along with containers, “recoverable exercise torpedoes with containers, fleet exercise section and fuel tanks, air launch accessories for fixed wing”, and torpedo spare parts, according to the DSCA. Also included in the potential sale, which still needs to be approved by the US Congress, are training, publications, support and test equipment, US government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

27 Aug 19. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to seventy-three (73) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles. Also included are MK 29 Canisters with packing, handling, storage, and transportation (PHS&T) kits; up to ten (10) Special Assignment Airlift Mission (SAAM) flights; U.S. Government and contractor representatives’ technical assistance, engineering and logistical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $3.295bn. he prime contractor for the SM-3 Block IIA All Up Rounds will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona. The prime contractor for the MK 29 Canisters and PHS&T kits will be BAE Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

27 Aug 19. DSIT Solutions Ltd. – a pioneer and world leader in underwater defense and security solutions based on advanced fiber-optic sensing, sonar and acoustics technologies for naval, homeland security, energy, and transportation applications – signed a contract with a well-respected Navy for the supply of its Bow Mounted Sonar (BMS) protection system against submarines. DSIT’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) systems include a variety of solutions which are perfectly suited for installation on Frigates and OPVs as well as in ports and harbors.  The undisclosed Navy is a DSIT customer to whom the company has previously supplied other systems including the Hull Mounted Sonar (HMS) and an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Trainer. The newly purchased BMS systems as well as the company’s HMS are state-of-the-art ASW sonar systems for Frigates and OPVs. These sonar systems present exceptional reliability and increase the ship’s efficiency due to advanced ASW capabilities, extremely high detection and tracking ranges, reduced maintenance costs and operability at high capability levels. This order is one of many that were recently completed around the world. DSIT’s BMS is a medium frequency sonar system for use in ASW operations in both littoral and deep waters. The high-performance sonar system provides unmatched advanced acoustic signal processing and is focused on the detection and tracking of weak targets in highly cluttered acoustic environments. The sonar system requires only a single operator and provides wide coverage and protection against multiple underwater threats including incoming torpedoes.

AIR

28 Aug 19. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $500,000,000, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity single award contract for Qatar Emiri Air Force (QAEF) F-15QA aircrew and maintenance training.  This contract will provide F-15QA aircrew and maintenance training to support the QEAF.  Work will be performed at St. Louis, Missouri, and moving to Qatar in 2021 and is expected to be completed August 2026.  This is a sole-source requirement as the Boeing Co. has been country-designated as the sole-source provider for the F-15QA program, including F-15QA specific training, under the QEAF Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case QA-D-TAH.  FMS funds in the amount of $262,147,569 are being obligated at the time of award.  The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency/338th Specialized Contracting Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is the contracting activity (FA3002-19-D-A007).

25 Aug 19. Elbit Systems announces that it was selected by the Portuguese Ministry of Defense (MoD) to supply a complete Electronic Warfare (EW) suite for the Portuguese Air Forces’ (PtAF) new KC-390 multi-mission aircraft. Finalization of the contract is subject to completion of the Portuguese Government approval process. The complete EW suite to be supplied by Elbit Systems for the PtAF’s KC-390 aircraft will be comprised of a Radar and Laser Warning Systems, IR Missile Warning System, Countermeasures Dispensing System as well as the Directional IR Countermeasures (DIRCM) system and Active ECM (AECM) system. This complete EW suite will provide the platforms with advanced protection to achieve the customer’s operational requirements.

23 Aug 19. The Portuguese Government has awarded a contract to Embraer for the procurement of five KC-390 multi-mission airlifters. The contract was signed during a ceremony held at Embraer’s facility in Évora, Portugal. Under the contract, Embraer will also provide services, support and a flight simulator. The company will begin aircraft deliveries in 2023. The purchase of the KC-390 aircraft will boost the government’s efforts to modernise Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support operations and improve mission readiness. (Source: airforce-technology.com)

23 Aug 19. MD Helicopters Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $50,440,584 modification (P00024) to Foreign Military Sales (Afghanistan) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0038 for logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force MD-530F aircraft fleet.  Work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan; and Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020.  Fiscal 2019 and 2020 Afghanistan Security Forces, Army funds in the amount of $50,440,584 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

27 Aug 19. Egyptian Air Force has signed a military agreement to buy 50 MiG-35 warplanes from Russia the US’ National Interest reported on Saturday. The $2bn deal, the largest in the post-Soviet era, was signed between Cairo and Moscow in April 2015, under which Egypt will receive the warplanes by 2020. It comes following joint negotiations that took place between the two countries in November 2013 over Egypt’s purchase of 24 MiG-29M fighter jets from Russia. MiG-35 is a revision of the basic MiG-29. The aircraft features a more robust multi-role capability with enhanced use of air-to-air and air-to-ground high-precision weapons. Also, it has an increased combat range owing to an increase in its internal fuel capacity. (Source: News Now/https://www.middleeastmonitor.com)

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