20 Dec 19. SSCL wins £300m contract to provide critical workforce services to Armed Forces personnel. Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL) has signed a major new contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide improved access to Armed Forces pay, pensions, military HR and administrative services. The £300m Future Service Delivery Contract (FSDC) will see SSCL deliver new platforms and more modern ways of working for MoD Defence Business Services. SSCL was awarded the contract following a comprehensive tender process, which determined that SSCL provided the best all-round quality solution in terms of quality of service and value for money. The new agreement aims to fundamentally transform services for military personnel, reservists and veterans, by introducing new digital technologies to improve their experience as service users. It includes smartphone accessible web pages, allowing users to connect to services more directly. Veterans in particular will benefit from an improved Veterans Portal. The seven-year agreement is part of the Modernising Defence Programme, which is committed to driving innovation, improving agility and driving efficiencies. The new contract is the biggest of its type in Europe, benefitting several million people in the UK.
16 Dec 19. Spanish MoD selects two rifle-shaped Aeronautica SDLE counter drone systems. The Spanish Ministry of Defense has awarded Aeronautica SDLE a contract to supply two anti-drone systems which will be used by the Guardia Civil. The devices are portable rifle-shaped systems which act by inhibiting the signal of drones identified as potential threats using directive antennas. The unit interrupts communications between the drone and its control station, jamming command and control transmissions, telemetry, video link and satellite signal. The counter drone system is designed to operate against multiple numbers of drones simultaneously and can be equipped with omnidirectional antennas in order to protect against sudden undetected threats. Available in different versions, it can be integrated into a vehicle or installed in fixed locations. (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
22 Dec 19. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that it was awarded an approximately $65m follow-on contract from the Dutch Ministry of Defence (“Dutch MOD”) to supply additional soldier systems to the Armed Forces of the Netherlands, as part of the VOSS program (the Dutch program for improved operational soldier systems). The contract will be performed over a two-year period. Under this follow-on contract, Elbit Systems will supply additional wearable equipment consisting of soldier Load Carriage and Protection (LCP) systems. Under the VOSS program, Elbit Systems is providing the Armed Forces of the Netherlands with man-pack E-LynX Software Defined Radio systems, RAPTOR wearable computing units, Command and Control capabilities as well as vehicle systems.
20 Dec 19. CAE awarded German NH90 training contract. CAE Elektronik has signed a contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency to provide the German Navy with a training solution for the incoming NH90 Sea Lion helicopter. The company will design and manufacture a suite of NH90 Sea Lion training devices for the German Navy, including an NH90 full-mission simulator capable of compliance to EASA Level D qualification; an NH90 cockpit procedures trainer; an NH90 operational tactics trainer for training rear-crew tactical coordinators and sensor operators, and capable of networking with the full-mission simulator to provide full-crew mission training; and an NH90 winch and hoist operator trainer, which will also be capable of networking to other NH90 training devices for full-crew training. The German Navy is procuring a fleet of 18 NH90 Sea Lion helicopters to support search and rescue operations as a replacement for its Sea King MK41 helicopter fleet. The new training solution will be based near German Naval Airbase Nordholz, which is the home of the German Naval Air Command.(Source: Shephard)
20 Dec 19. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $43,650,760 undefinitized contract action for France contractor logistics support MQ-9 Block 5 and Block 1 aircraft. This contract provides logistics support activities including depot repair, life cycle sustainment and software maintenance services for the French Air Force MQ-9 Block 5 and Block 1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Poway, California, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020. This contract involves 100% Foreign Military Sales to France. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $21,388,872 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-20-C-2009).
20 Dec 19. MBDA has received an order to build further Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missiles for the German Air Force. Meteor is the world’s most advanced air-to-air missile, and has a unique ramjet propulsion system that allows it to fly further and faster than any other air-to-air missile – allowing it to defeat manoeuvring targets even at extreme ranges. Signed on 16 December, the contract was awarded to MBDA by the Meteor Integrated Joint Programme Office (IJPO) on behalf of the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).
23 Dec 19. Piaggio Aerospace receives Italian MoD contract. Piaggio Aerospace will support Italian Army CH-47F helicopter engines under a €50m contract awarded by the Italian Ministry of Defence announced on 18 December. The company will provide technical-logistic support for the 55-L-714 engine – designed by Honeywell – that powers the Italian Army’s Chinook helicopters. The nine-year agreement will ensure spare parts and spare engines for fleet maintenance and efficiency. Piaggio Aerospace will also provide maintenance, repair and overhaul activities, together with technical-logistic support at the various Italian Army’s flight bases.(Source: Google/Shephard)
23 Dec 19. L3Harris Technologies Inc., Victor, New York, was awarded a $100,000,000 maximum, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm fixed price contract (H92401-20-D-0002) with a three-year base period and two one-year option periods for a maximum ordering period of five years, in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for the Satellite Deployable Node (SDN) Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). SLEP will upgrade the Special Operation Forces legacy satellite communication terminals, specifically, the SDN-Medium (1.2 meter aperture terminal operating in the X, Ku and Ka bands) terminals previously purchased and fielded under contract H92222-12-D-0020. Fiscal 2019 procurement funds in the amount of $5,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The work will be performed primarily at the contractor’s facility in Victor and is expected to be completed by December 2024 (including options). This contract was awarded through “other than full and open competition” under 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). USSOCOM Headquarters, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.
20 Dec 19. L3 Technologies Inc., Tempe, Arizona, has been awarded a $93,000,000 firm fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for High Figure of Merit (FOM) green and white image intensifier tubes (IITs). This contract provides the enduring capability IITs for fielding to Air Force following the combat Air Force urgent operational need for the HH-60 Night Vision goggles update for combat search and rescue crews. The Air Force has a known requirement for 15,424 IITs over the next five years. This contract also accommodate requests for the high FOM tubes from other Department of Defense customers. Work will be performed at Tempe, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 18, 2025. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 overseas contingency operations funds in the amount of $31,063, fiscal 2019 overseas contingency operations funds in the amount of $8,670,705 and fiscal 2020 overseas contingency operations funds in the amount of $9,951,570 are being obligated on the first delivery order, which will be awarded concurrently to the base contract. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Agile Combat Support Directorate, Human Systems Division, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8606-20-D-0002).
20 Dec 19. Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $1,022,573,692 sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification under previously awarded contract HQ0276-15-C-0003. The purpose of this modification is to: (1) definitize the previously awarded SM-3 Block IIA fiscal 2018 undefinitized contract action (UCA) under contract line item numbers (CLINs) 0014 and 0015 for U.S. and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) All-Up Rounds (AUR)s production with a total value of $650,638,397; (2) award the fiscal 2019 SM-3 Block IIA U.S. and FMS AURs under CLINs 0016 and 0017 for a total value of $590,322,857; and (3) establish option CLINs 0018 and 0019 for the fiscal 2020 SM-3 Block IIA U.S. and FMS AUR production for a total value of $435,978,438. Under this modification, the contractor will provide the management, material and services associated with the procurement, manufacture and assembly for a total of 62 SM-3 Block IIA AURs, inclusive of all options. This modification increases the total cumulative face value of the contract by $1,022,573,692 from $1,467,045,869 to $2,489,619,561. This work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona; and Huntsville, Alabama, with an expected period of performance from award through March 31, 2025. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 procurement, defense wide funds in the amount of $89,954,275, and $256,725,708, respectively, will be obligated at time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
20 Dec 19. General Dynamics NASSCO – Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, is awarded a $96,912,985, firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of the USS Mason (DDG-87) fiscal year 2020 depot modernization period. This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization and repair of the USS Mason (DDG-87). This is a Chief of Naval Operations scheduled depot modernization period. The purpose is to maintain, modernize and repair the USS Mason (DDG-87). This is a “long-term” availability and was solicited on a coast-wide (East and Gulf coasts) basis without limiting the place of performance to the vessel’s homeport. General Dynamics NASSCO will provide the facilities and human resources capable of completing, coordinating, and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair, and modernization for USS Mason (DDG-87). Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by May 2021. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $132,245,082 and be complete by May 2021. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $67,575,892; and fiscal 2020 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $29,337,093 will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $67,575,892 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured using full and open competition via the Federal Business Opportunities website with two offers were received in response to solicitation number N00024-19-R-4460. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-20-C-4460).
20 Dec 19. Huntington Ingalls Industries Wins Planning Yard Contract Worth A Potential $453.4m. Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) announced today that its Ingalls Shipbuilding division has been awarded a contract with a potential total value of $453.4m for planning yard services in support of in-service Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Spruance-class destroyers. The contract includes options over a five-year period. The planning yard design services contract will continue to provide the Ticonderoga-class cruiser and Spruance-class destroyer programs with post-delivery life-cycle support, which includes fleet modernization program planning, design engineering and modeling, logistics support, long-lead-time material support, and preventative and planned maintenance system item development and scheduling. Ingalls Shipbuilding is the sole awardee of this contract and the work will primarily take place in Pascagoula by designers, engineers, logisticians, planners, program managers and a variety of additional subject matter experts. (Source: ASD Network)
20 Dec 19. Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Massachusetts, is awarded a $249,938,973 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) modification to previously awarded contract N00024-14-C-5315 to exercise options for Air and Missile Defense Radar Program low rate initial production. This option exercise is for the production of two Air and Missile Defense Radar Program Low Rate Initial Production units (AMDR LRIP). The AMDR LRIP units will be deployed on DDG Flight III class ships. Work will be performed in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by June 2023. Fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $249,938,973 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.
20 Dec 19. Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $1,030,728,427 fixed-price-incentive and cost-plus-fixed fee multi-year contract for Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) full rate production requirements, spares, and round design agent. This contract provides for the multi-year procurement of fiscal 2019-2023 Standard Missile-6 to include all up rounds, flight test rounds, spares and round design agent. Work will be performed in East Camden, Arkansas (33.2%); Huntsville, Alabama (21.3%); Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (13.5%); Andover, Massachusetts (6.9%); Middletown, Ohio (3.5%); San Diego, California (2.8%); Tucson, Arizona (2.3%); Anniston, Alabama (1.6%); Middletown, Connecticut (1.4%); Dallas, Texas (1.3%); Camden, Arkansas (1.1%); and various places across the U.S. each less than 1% (22%), and is expected to be complete by October 2026. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $1,076,692,858 and be complete by October 2026. Fiscal 2019 weapons procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $269,681,221 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 the authority from 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c) (1) and Federal Acquisition Regulations 6.302-1 (a) (2). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-20-C-5405).
23 Dec 19. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded a U.S. Navy contract for the Miniature Air-Launched Decoy – Navy, as announced by the U.S. Department of Defense on Dec. 20, 2019. Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $112,267,649 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract. This modification provides non-recurring engineering support throughout the engineering and manufacturing development phase as well as through payload integration and transition to production for the MALD-N. Work will be performed in Tucson (65%); and Goleta, California (35%), and is expected to be completed in September 2022. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
20 Dec 19. Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, is awarded a $27,166,594 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-6412 to exercise options for the production of MK11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles. This action is to exercise option year one for the MK11 Shallow Water Combat Submersible production program. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, and is expected to be complete by December 2022. Fiscal 2020 procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $27,166,594 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 Dec 19. The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a $400,000,000 modification (P00008) to previously awarded contract FA8107-19-D-0001 for B-1 and B-52 bomber engineering services. This modification is for recurring and non-recurring engineering services to B-1 and B-52 aircraft. Work will be performed at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Edwards Air Force Base, California; Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020. The total cumulative value of the contract is $800,000,000. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $36,030,215 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity (FA8107-19-D-0001).
20 Dec 19. General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $327,192,501 cost-plus, fixed-fee contract for Reaper (MQ-9) contractor logistics support. This contract provides for program management, contractor filed service representative support, depot repair, depot maintenance, sustaining engineering support, supply and logistics support, configuration management, tech data maintenance, software maintenance and inventory control point/warehouse support for the MQ- 9 Reaper. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $59,663,916 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8577-20-C-0001).
20 Dec 19. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $7,000,000,000 modification (P00009) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract FA8205-18-D-0001 for F-22 air vehicle sustainment. This modification provides for the exercise of an option for additional five year ordering period for comprehensive F-22 air vehicle sustainment. Work will be performed at five operational bases: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; Tyndall AFB, Florida; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and at six support locations: Edwards AFB, California; Palmdale, California; Hill AFB, Utah; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; Sheppard AFB, Texas; and Warner Robins AFB, Georgia; as well as at other potential stateside and overseas locations, combat deployment and en-route support bases, potential locations through depot partnering agreements and system program office locations and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2032. This contract action is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill AFB, Utah, is the contracting activity.
20 Dec 19. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded a $251,552,634 modification (P00009) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-18-C-1028). This modification procures three low rate initial production lot 4 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, ground stations, trade studies, tooling and associated support equipment. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (30.5%); Red Oak, Texas (12%); Palmdale, California (10%); Baltimore, Maryland (9.7%); Salt Lake City, Utah (7.9%); Bridgeport, West Virginia (4.9%); Indianapolis, Indiana (3.8%); Moss Point, Mississippi (3.6%); Chantilly, Virginia (3.5%); Waco, Texas (1.7%); San Clemente, California (1.3%); various locations within the continental U.S. (9.7%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (1.4%), and is expected to be completed in February 2023. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $251,552,634 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
20 Dec 19. United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded a $455,524,124 modification (P00016) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-18-C-1021). This modification provides for non-recurring engineering and tooling in support of the lot 14 production and delivery of 32 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems and one F135-PW-600 propulsion system for F-35 Joint Program Office non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (97%); Indianapolis, Indiana (2%); and Bristol, United Kingdom (1%), and is expected to be completed in April 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, and Navy); fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force); and non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $413,030,550 are being obligated at time of award, $13,932,222 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for non-DoD participants ($385,166,106; 93%); Air Force ($13,932,222; 3%); Navy ($6,966,111; 2%); and the Marine Corps ($6,966,111; 2%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
20 Dec 19. Assurance Technology Corp., Carlisle, Massachusetts, is awarded a $193,664,088 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the research and development of transmitting energy for radio frequency systems. Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia (85%); and Carlisle, Massachusetts (15%) with an expected completion date of December 2024, if all options are exercised. The period of performance is sixty months including a twelve month base period, and four, twelve month option periods. Fiscal 2019 Navy working capital funds in the amount of $50,000 are obligated at time of award with a base value of $40,394,594 and options at $153,269,494, none of which will expire at end of current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under solicitation N00173-19-R-LN11, transmitting energy radio frequency systems. One proposal was received in response to the solicitation. The Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00173-20-C-2011).
REST OF THE WORLD
20 Dec 19. Australian Company (EOS) Awarded Multi-million Dollar Contract for Army’s Boxer Vehicles. An Australian company has been awarded a $45m contract for the supply of Remote Weapon Stations, as part of the Morrison Government’s multi-billion dollar upgrade to Army’s mounted close combat capability. Based in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Electro Optic Systems (EOS) will deliver 82 advanced Remote Weapon Stations for the Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles under LAND 400 Phase 2.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the signing of the contract brings Army a step closer to having world-class combat reconnaissance capability. Over the 30-year life of the vehicles, Australian industry will secure $10.2bn to acquire and maintain the fleet. The contract with Electro Optic Systems will support the company’s workforce of around 100 workers. (Source: ASD Network)
23 Dec 19. Lockheed Martin Rotary and Missions Systems, Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $39,645,726 definitive contract for a Long Range Radar 3. This contract provides for the necessary equipment, transportation, installation, test, training, spares, engineering services, hardware, software, program management and data as defined by the Special Operations Wing to deliver a Long Range Radar 3 and technical refreshes to other integrated systems. Work will be performed at Littleton, Colorado, and Syracuse, New York, and is expected to be completed by December 2022. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Iraq. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the amount of $39,645,726 are being obligated at the time for award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-20-C-0008).
23 Dec 19. iXblue systems for Argentine Navy OPVs. iXblue will supply navigation solutions to equip the three new OPV 87 offshore patrol vessels being built for the Argentine Navy, the company announced on 18 December. The company was selected by Kership, a joint venture founded by Naval Group and Piriou, to supply its Marins inertial navigation systems and Netans data distribution units (DDU). The Marins inertial navigation system is based on iXblue fiber optic gyroscope technology, providing very high performance and highly accurate position, heading, roll, pitch and speed information in any environment, including when GNSS signals are inaccessible or jammed. The Netans DDU interfaces directly with the ship’s sensors, acquiring, analysing, correlating and distributing data to all onboard systems. (Source: Shephard)
20 Dec 19. Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Maryland, is awarded a $1,955,776,266 fixed-price-incentive firm target modification to a previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-2301 for the detail design and construction of four Multi Mission Surface Combatant ships (MMSC). The awarded contract includes associated cost-plus-fixed-fee class design and related material and firm-fixed-price integrated data environment. The MMSC is based on the freedom variant of the Navy Littoral Combat Ship class, and is being procured by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) under the auspices of the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The detail design and construction of four Multi Mission Surface Combatant ships is part of the Foreign Military Sales agreement between the U.S. and the KSA. This sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the U.S. by helping to improve the security of a strategic regional partner. Only foreign military sales funds from the KSA will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work will be performed in Marinette, Wisconsin (50%); Washington, District of Columbia (17%); Baltimore, Maryland (9%); Moorestown, New Jersey (7%); Clearwater, Florida (2%); Beloit, Wisconsin (1%); Salt Lake City, Utah (1%); Pascagoula, Mississippi (1%); Fitchburg, Massachusetts (1%); Hampton, Virginia (1%); areas outside the U.S. (8%); and other areas in the U.S. (2%), and is expected to be complete by June 2026. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
23 Dec 19. The US Government has approved the potential sale of a support package for Argentina’s recently acquired P-3C Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft. The US State Department cleared the $78.03m transaction to be carried out as a foreign military sale. It includes the delivery of related equipment and services. In September, the Argentine Navy procured four P-3C aircraft from the US under the Excess defence articles (EDA) programme, a US Department of Defense initiative to transfer military equipment from its stockpiles to foreign allies. The sale is subject to approval from Congress. Under the deal, Argentina will receive four turboprop engines for the aircraft and an additional four turboprop engines. The package also covers communications and radar equipment; Infrared/Electro-optic equipment, and aviation life support systems. In addition, the US will provide spares and repairs, aircraft depot maintenance, and other logistical support. The procurement of the P-3C aircraft was intended to replace the country’s six ageing Ρ-3Β Orion aircraft and maintain its maritime security. The Ρ-3Βs are no longer in operational service with the navy. In a media release, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said: “These EDA aircraft need this refurbishment and equipment to be fully operational. The primary contractors in the support sale are Logistic Services International, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins and Eagle Systems. (Source: naval-technology.com)
23 Dec 19. AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $38,432,233 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Israel) contract for seven new AW119Kx aircraft, pilot and maintainer training, initial spares package, tools and ground support equipment, engine spares and the development of training aid devices. One bid was solicited via the internet with one bid received. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2020. Fiscal 2020 Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $38,432,233 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-20-C-0015).
20 Dec 19. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has received a contract from the Australian Department of Defence to provide improvements to CH-47F aviation trainers. The $4.8m ($3.3m) contract requires Kratos to support the modernisation of CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainer (CAT) and Kratos Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs). The contract covers upgrades to the software, hardware and technical data package of the trainers. The CH-47F CAT is a hands-on training system designed to simulate aircraft survivability equipment and avionics components in a ‘fully immersive physical environment’. The trainer enables the end-user to undertake full-task training. It allows hands-on training of avionics and intermediate-level maintenance tasks. Developed by Kratos, the MBRAT provides avionics maintenance procedures. It is also used to remove and install training for Chinook, Black Hawk and other platforms. The upgrades will increase the throughput of student training. They will allow for the introduction of new training activities using the upgraded trainers. (Source: army-technology.com)
20 Dec 19. Textron Aviation Inc., Wichita, Kansas, was awarded a $37,166,034 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Canada) contract to acquire three Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft, program management, pilot training and field maintenance training. One bid was solicited via the internet with one bid received. Work will be performed in Wichita, Kansas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2021. Fiscal 2020 Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $37,166,034 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-20-C-0012).