14 Oct 19. Atos will provide support to the Ministry of Defence in the United Kingdom through a contract worth an estimated total value of £25m GBP to ensure digital transformation in the delivery of healthcare within the UK’s Defence services. The primary objective of the CORTISONE Programme is to deliver a suite of Medical Information Services (Med IS) through the exploitation of Commercial off the Shelf products. Through the CORTISONE programme, Atos as a delivery partner under 3D, will execute a sustainable, integrated, cohesive and enduring information capability that will fully and effectively support the delivery of evidence-based medical, dental and healthcare outputs, to achieve the aim of the Defence Medical Services. Atos will maintain and develop the overall solution architecture, artefacts and component integration, providing technical advice and product evaluation, with Atos working closely with ISS design throughout the process. It will set up and maintain environments, install and configure Commercial off the Shelf products, build and evaluate interfaces and support data management.
14 Oct 19. Safran’s JIM Compact™ infrared binoculars selected by Denmark. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency selected Safran Electronics & Defense to deliver several dozens of long range multifunctional thermal imagers to the Danish Armed Forces. The selection of Electronics & Defense confirms its position as a world’s leading portable optronics equipment manufacturer. Weighing less than two kilos including the battery, the latest generation JIM Compact stands out by its compactness, robustness, autonomy and intuitive ergonomics designed for day and night contact operations. This SWaP+ -Size, Weight and Power with more functions- system is equipped with wireless communication capabilities such as WiFi and Bluetooth. This multi-function binocular portable optronic equipment combines a high-resolution cooled infrared channel, a TV channel, an integrated “see-spot” capability, a laser pointer, a laser range finder, a low-level light channel (LLL), a digital magnetic compass as well as an integrated GPS receiver. JIM Compact will provide the Danish Armed Forces with unprecedented operational capabilities and fulfill a broad range of operational needs, including day and night observation, target acquisition, artillery and fire correction, forward observer and Joint Tactical Air Controller, in all-weather environments. This handheld optronics system also features the “Long Range Sniper” (TELD) function unveiled at the SOFINS 2019 exhibition. Being recognized as the best of its class by several major international customers, JIM Compact JIM Compact is in service in more than 9 NATO forces and is serially manufactured. All the JIM Compact of the Danish contract will be delivered before the end of 2019 to the Danish forces.
15 Oct 19. Leonardo DRS, Inc. received a contract to produce advanced infrared weapon sights for the U.S. Army. The follow-on delivery order, worth more than $89m, is part of an existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract to supply soldiers with the Family of Weapon Sight-Individual (FWS-I) technology. The Leonardo DRS Electro-Optical Infrared Systems business is currently in production of the advanced, uncooled, FWS-I technology. FWS-I is a stand-alone, clip-on weapon sight that connects wirelessly to helmet-mounted vision systems including ENVG III, ENVG-B and the next-gen IVAS, and provides rapid target acquisition capabilities to the soldier. It gives users the ability to acquire targets day or night and in smoke or fog, significantly increasing survivability and lethality margins on the battlefield. Production of the Family of Weapon Sight-Individual will be in the company’s Electro-Optical Infrared Systems facility Melbourne, Florida. Work is expected to continue through 2023.
14 Oct 19. Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it received a contract award from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) to provide advanced thermal imagery technology for the KONGSBERG Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) in support of the U.S. Army’s crew served weapon programs. The contract value is worth $9.4m. Under the full-rate production contract, the Leonardo DRS Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems business will produce the Thermal Sight 3rd Generation, also known as TS III. TS III is installed on KONGSBERG’s CROWS on armored vehicles and allows weapon operators to engage targets without leaving the protection of their vehicle. The TS III gives users vastly improved thermal imagery in both clear and difficult battlefield conditions compared to previous versions. The three field of view Long Range-Thermal Imaging Module provides high-performance and reliability. Three separate apertures allow the gunner to engage targets at maximum range while retaining situational awareness.
08 Oct 19. Meggitt Awarded $48m Contract for Supply of Aerial Weapons Scoring Systems to the US Army. Meggitt PLC, a leading international company specializing in high performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets, has secured an IDIQ contract valued at $48m for the supply of Aerial Weapons Scoring Systems (AWSS) to the US Army. This full-service contract will be supplied by Meggitt’s specialist defence division in Irvine, California, and includes product development, training, installation, field and cyber support, maintenance and repairs. AWSS provides essential gunnery training for defence customers worldwide, ensuring safe, efficient operation of targeting systems. (Source: ASD Network)
10 Oct 19. Orolia, the world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), announced today that it nearly tripled new U.S. military orders for specialized resilient PNT solutions in the third quarter of 2019, in time to meet the growing military demand for assured operations in Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) and GPS-denied environments. In the third quarter, Orolia unveiled its new Simulation and Interference, Detection & Mitigation (IDM) suite, announced the acquisition of industry leader Talen-X and introduced new advanced GNSS jamming and spoofing countermeasures. The new U.S. military orders include the full range of Resilient PNT solutions.
17 Oct 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been selected to provide the US Army with their next generation, 360-degree capable radar – the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS). Raytheon will receive more than $384m to deliver six production representative units of the advanced LTAMDS radar under an Other Transactional Authority U.S. Army agreement. LTAMDS is a new radar that will ultimately replace the current U.S. Army’s Patriot radars. It will operate on the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense network. Raytheon’s winning LTAMDS solution is a 360-degree, Active Electronically Scanned Array radar powered by Raytheon-manufactured Gallium Nitride, a substance that strengthens the radar signal and enhances its sensitivity. Over the past two decades, Raytheon has invested significantly in AESA GaN technology and advanced manufacturing capability, positioning the company as the global leader in advanced GaN technology and product development.
11 Oct 19. Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $434,370,635 contract for lead yard support and development studies and design efforts related to Virginia class submarines. Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut (94.1%); Newport News, Virginia (4.8%); and Newport and Quonset, Rhode Island (combined 1.1%), and is expected to be complete by September 2020. The contract provides lead yard support for Virginia class submarines that will maintain, update and support the Virginia class design and related drawings and data for each Virginia class submarine, including technology insertion, throughout its construction and post-shakedown availability period. The contractor will also provide all engineering and related lead yard support necessary for direct maintenance and support of Virginia class ship specifications. In addition, the contract provides development studies and design efforts related to the Virginia class submarine design and design improvements; preliminary and detail component and system design; integration of system engineering, design engineering, test engineering, logistics engineering and production engineering. The contractor will continue development studies and design efforts related to components and systems to accomplish research and development tasks, and prototypes and engineering development models required to fully evaluate new technologies to be inserted in succeeding Virginia class submarines. Fiscal 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (SCN) (Navy); and fiscal 2019 research, development, test and engineering (RDT&E) (Navy) funding in the amount of $68,321,021 will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2014 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,050,000; and fiscal 2019 research, development, test and engineering (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,341,250 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year — fiscal 2018 SCN (38.8%); fiscal 2017 SCN (34.9%); fiscal 2019 RDT&E (10.7%); fiscal 2014 SCN (7.1%); fiscal 2019 SCN (5%); fiscal 2016 SCN (3.4%). This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2)(iii) — 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 (N00024-20-C-2120).
16 Oct 19. The US Navy has awarded a contract to Serco to deliver system engineering technical services for the Submarine High Data Rate (SubHDR) programme. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract was awarded by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. Under the five-year follow-on contract, which is valued at around $49m, Serco will continue providing repair and overhauls to the SubHDR Antenna Pedestal Group (APG). The scope will also include providing evaluation and repair services to related sub-components. The contract work will be delivered in support of a mission-critical system that enables the US Navy submarine fleet to send and receive key information. The system supports the exchange of voice and data traffic, wide-band communications, imagery and video teleconferencing. (Source: naval-technology.com)
18 Oct 19. BWX Technologies’ (BWXT) subsidiary BWXT Nuclear Operations Group (BWXT NOG) has secured a contract to procure long-lead materials for the manufacture of naval reactor components. The contract was awarded by the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and has a total value of around $806m, including options. BWXT NOG and another subsidiary, Nuclear Fuel Services, reached a price agreement with the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program in February. The agreement relates to new contracts totalling around $2.1bn, including future-year options, for naval nuclear reactor components and fuel. The material procurement and component manufacturing activities in the contract are intended to support the construction of the navy’s Virginia-class and Columbia-class submarines. The latest contract will provide material required for fabrication of components for the submarines of the two classes, and for Ford-class carrier options. BWX Technologies stated that the base material procurement contract has seven annual options available through 2025. The first option for the fiscal year 2019 has a value of $75m. The average annual value of the remaining six options in the contract is $122m. The company provides reactors for the Virginia, Ohio, Seawolf and Los Angeles-class submarines. (Source: naval-technology.com)
14 Oct 19. The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has increased the ceiling on its contract to support modifications and capability enhancements to its Medium-altitude, Long-endurance Tactical (MALET) aircraft. The funding increase from $15m to $93m is in response to the significantly expanded payload capacity of the newly fielded MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Gray Eagle ER is designed and manufactured by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). The increased funding ceiling ensures that SOCOM has the ability to rapidly develop, procure and field new capabilities, as well as conduct studies, modifications and test events with their fleet of Gray Eagle ERs.
16 Oct 19. General Atomics Awarded Contract for Manufacture of Hypersonic Glide Body Prototypes. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Dynetics Technical Solutions (DTS) for the manufacture and production of subassemblies for the Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB). GA-EMS will provide cable, electrical, and mechanical manufacturing to support DTS’ three year contract award from the U.S. Army Hypersonic Project Office, part of the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, to produce 20 prototype glide bodies with an option for additional quantities. (Source: ASD Network)
10 Oct 19. ImSAR LLC,* Springville, Utah, is awarded a $7,287,309 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N68335-20-F-0008) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-18-G-0015). This order is in support of a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort (AF112-144) titled, “Advanced Radar Concepts for Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft.” This order provides for the research, development, procurement and sustainment of the AN/DPY-2 split aces payload systems and communications relay package for the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial system. Work will be performed in Springville, Utah, and is expected to be completed in October 2020. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement; and research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,287,309 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
14 Oct 19. The U.S. Army has ordered electro-optical sensor suites from L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) to provide high-precision situational awareness for its unmanned air systems. The order is part of a $454m, multi-year IDIQ contract awarded to L3Harris WESCAM in 2018. L3Harris will provide 65 WESCAM MX™-10D electro-optical, infrared and laser designator sensor suites as part of a production order to support the Army’s Tactical Unmanned Air Systems Shadow UAV (RQ7Bv2) program. The order follows the successful on-time delivery of eight MX-10D’s for the program’s First Article Testing/qualification milestone, which successfully transitioned to an approved Limited Rate in Production (LRIP) order. The MX-10D is the most airworthy, robust and reliable electro-optical sensor suite available. The sensor suite provides high-precision situational awareness with extended standoff target identification, precision geolocation and laser designation to the Army’s air-ground maneuver team. It delivers an advanced capability to collect critical mission information and prosecute targets at extended ranges to assist in overcoming emerging regional and global threats.
10 Oct 19. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Hawthorne, California (FA8818-20-D-0001); Xbow Launch Systems Inc., Auburn, California (FA8818-20-D-0002); Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Chandler, Arizona (FA8818-20-D-0003); Firefly Black LLC, Cedar Park, Texas (FA8818-20-D-0004); United Launch Alliance, Centennial, Colorado (FA8818-20-D-0005); Aevum Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8818-20-D-0006); VOX Space LLC., El Segundo, California (FA8818-20-D-0007); and Rocket Lab USA Inc., Huntington Beach, California (FA8818-20-D-0008), have been awarded a combined ceiling $986,000,000 multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract with a nine year ordering period. The contract seeks to capitalize on the emerging small launch providers while providing dedicated and primary launch services to the Department of Defense and other government agencies. The program allows for the rapid acquisition of launch services to meet mission requirements for payloads greater than 400 pounds, enabling launch to any orbit within 12-24 months from task order award. Work will be performed at the contractor facilities and a variety of government launch sites, depending on mission requirements. This award is the result of a competitive source acquisition and nine offers were received. Fiscal 2019 space procurement funds in the amount of $50,000 are being obligated at time of award. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity.
16 Oct 19. Lockheed Martin Corp., King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $108,322,296 contract for the Mk21A Reentry Vehicle (RV) program. This contract is to conduct technology maturation and risk reduction to provide a low technical risk and affordable RV capable of delivering the W87-1 warhead from the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Weapon System. Work will be performed at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and other various locations as needed, and is expected to be completed by October 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $8,033,916 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8219-20-C-0001).
16 Oct 19. BAE Systems will provide intelligence support to the U.S. Army in a $437m task order, the company announced. BAE Systems will deliver open source capabilities to the Army from publicly available sources, and will provide the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command with training, policy and governance recommendations, assessments and implementation of emerging capabilities. A secure cloud hosting environment will also be established by the company to accomplish the work. The task order, announced on Tuesday, is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract awarded under the U.S. General Services Administration’s One Acquisition Solution program. The acquisition was managed by GSA’s Federal Systems Integration and Management Center on behalf of the Army. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/UPI)
15 Oct 19. Booz Allen Hamilton has received a potential five-year task order to improve human performance within the army and other federal agencies. The task order has a potential value of $561m and was awarded by the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Aviation & Missile Center’s Systems Simulation, Software and Integration Directorate (AvMC S3I). CCDC AvMC is responsible for providing research, engineering and analytical expertise to the Army. The S3I is involved in software engineering, modelling and simulation, and systems development. The task order requires Booz Allen to deploy an athlete management system to provide soldiers with access to holistic fitness guidance. The artificial intelligence-based performance platform will use cognitive services to improve understanding of the training provided to personnel. (Source: army-technology.com)
10 Oct 19. The US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) has awarded a task order to Decisive Analytics to support Reagan Test Site technology development. The task order was awarded under the Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration (D3I) of Enhanced Warfighter Capabilities (Domain 3) indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ). With a potential value of around $36.6m, the award includes a two-year performance period and three one-year optional ordering periods. Under the award, Decisive Analytics will support the RTS Data Analysis Center (RDAC) with data analysis/reduction and mission planning support services. The company will also support another RTS technology development function. The effort will see Decisive Analytics deliver design, development, testing, and operational integration support of RTS instrumentation. nou Systems has been selected as a subcontractor to support the RTS effort. (Source: army-technology.com)
09 Oct 19. US Navy awards $1.4bn hardware contract. The Navy awarded the hardware portion of its NGEN-R contract to HPI Federal on Oct. 8. The award is the first of two big awards made on contracts that divided the Navy’s massive Next Generation Enterprise Network vehicle into hardware and services portions. HPI Federal, a subsidiary of HP Inc., beat out two other bidders on the nine-year, $1.4bn ceiling contract to supply computers and other devices to at least 400,000 Navy and Marine Corps users. The initial three-year base period is valued at $358m, followed by six one-year options. The Navy expects to award the second NGEN-R contract covering services, integration and transport in early 2020. That contract is expected to be far larger than the hardware contract, with an estimated ceiling of $3bn. Perspecta, the incumbent on the unified NGEN vehicle, is bidding for the services portion of the new contract. Leidos and General Dynamics are also reportedly seeking the services contract. Perspecta’s overall deal on the current iteration of NGEN expires at the close of fiscal year 2020, but it could be extended to the end of calendar year 2020. (Source: Defense Systems)
10 Oct 19. The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded a contract to Intelligent Waves to provide crowd-sourced flight data collection support and big data analytics. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is valued at $89.2m. Intelligent Waves president and CEO Jared Shepard said: “As a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, we are honoured to support such a high-valued USAF weapon system programme.” The company will deliver the contract in support of the 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron (TES) located at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Assigned to the Air Combat Command 53rd Wing, 53rd Test Management Group, the 59th TES manages weapon system testing of several air platforms, including A-10, HH-60, HC-130J, F-16, F-15C/E, F-22, F-35, and Guardian Angel. The squadron looks after force development evaluations, tactics development and evaluations, and software evaluations. Functions performed by the 59th TES personnel include directing operational test planning and execution, as well as data gathering, analysing, and reporting. In addition, the squadron is responsible for managing operational test and evaluation of weapons and support systems meant for the USAF. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
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14 Oct 19. Kuwait requests M88A2 HERCULES vehicles. The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lifting Extraction System (HERCULES) recovery vehicles. Announced on 10 October, the package includes 19 M88A2 HERCULES vehicles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $281m. Supporting equipment includes .50 caliber machine guns, M239 smoke grenade launchers; AN/PVS-7D night vision goggles; Driver Vision Enhancer DVE-CV (platform-mounted night vision device) for vehicles; vehicle intercom set (VIC-3); commander’s Cupola gun shield assembly for vehicle crew chief; remote thermal sights/kits (vehicle-mounted sights); SINCGARS AN-VRC92E export radio system and support; and logistics and training support. The M88A2 HERCULES is a full tracked armoured vehicle used to perform battlefield rescue and recovery missions. If the sale goes ahead the prime contractor will be BAE Systems. (Source: Shephard)
18 Oct 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $159,138,000 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Israel) contract for production of Israel modified variant of family of medium tactical vehicles, including initial parts provisioning and training support. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 17, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-20-D-0009).
14 Oct 19. Finland-based Boomeranger Boats has announced it has been awarded a contract by Australia to supply the sea boats for the Royal Australian Navy’s Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels. The contract will see Boomeranger deliver two davit-launched fast rescue boats and one ramp-launched special operations boat for the OPVs. Both vessels are rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) with inboard engines, with the fast rescue boats measuring 8.5 metres long and the special operations boat measuring 10.5 meters. The contract will see Boomeranger supply 41 RHIBs over a period of 10 years, with the first delivery of sea boats arriving for the first OPV in 2021. (Source: Defence Connect)
11 Oct 19. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., a major shipbuilder in South Korea, said Friday it has signed a deal worth 1.1trn won (US$924m) to design and build an upgraded submarine for the country’s Navy. Under the deal with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), Daewoo Shipbuilding will deliver a 3,000-ton grade submarine to the South Korean Navy by 2026. In 2016, Daewoo Shipbuilding won the design contract for the latest submarine under the Changbogo III-class Batch II project and completed it last year. It is currently building two submarines for the Navy following the order it secured in 2012 under the first project. Daewoo Shipbuilding said the latest submarine will allow longer underwater operations and be faster than the previous version. It plans to use locally developed submarine parts to boost localization. (Source: (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Yonhap News)
17 Oct 19. Elbit Systems was selected by the Prime Contractor, Rheinmetall Canada, to supply Off board Electronic Counter Measure (ECM) Payload for the Hammerhead Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as part of its Naval Off-Board Anti-Missile Active Decoy (NOMAD) Program. With more than 40 years of experience, Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT-Elisra is one of the world’s leading providers of battle-proven Electronic Warfare (EW) solutions for naval, airborne and land applications. The company is the EW house of the Israeli Navy and is constantly perfecting the systems capabilities to meet the new challenges of the modern battlefield.
14 Oct 19. US approves sale of 12 T-6C Texan trainer aircraft to Tunisia. The Trump administration has approved Tunisia’s request to purchase 12 Beechcraft T-6C Texan trainer aircraft and related equipment. To be implemented under the foreign military sale programme, the potential sale is estimated to be worth around $234m. As is the case with other foreign military sales, it is subject to the approval of Congress. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the sale on 10 October. In addition to T-6C Texan turboprop trainer aircraft, the sale will include spare engines, cartridge actuated devices/propellant actuated devices operational flight trainer, and spare parts. Under the proposed sale, Tunisia will also procure ground handling and support equipment. The deal also includes training equipment, engineering, technical and logistics support services. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
11 Oct 19. South Korea cleared to buy extended-range AMRAAM. South Korea has been cleared to buy the extended-range Raytheon AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) as part of a wider package that includes the AIM-120C-7 it already fields. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 17 October that the State Department had approved the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Republic of Korea of 120 AIM-120C-7/C-8 AMRAAMs valued at USD253m. The DSCA did not break down the numbers of AIM-120C-7 and AIM-120C-8 missiles to be delivered. The approval, which includes ancillary equipment and support, is geared towards equipping the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) Boeing F-15K Slam Eagle, Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon, and Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) fleets. (Source: IHS Jane’s)