04 Feb 20. WFEL to manufacture armoured Boxer MIV Vehicles for UK Ministry of Defence’s £2.3bn contract. Under the recently signed £2.3bn contract between UK MoD and ARTEC – the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall consortium – a significant portion of the manufacture of the 500 Boxer Armoured Vehicles for the Army’s Strike Brigades will take place at KMW’s UK subsidiary, WFEL, creating a substantial number of jobs for both WFEL and its UK-wide supply chain.
05 Feb 20. Thales, as part of Babcock Team 31, has been selected to deliver the digital heart of the UK’s next generation frigates. Thales will be the mission systems integrator for the Type 31 programme, delivering the combat system, communications systems and the navigation and bridge system. The T31 general purpose frigate programme will provide the UK Government with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship. Following a comprehensive competitive process, T31, a capable, adaptable and technology-enabled global frigate will be the UK Royal Navy’s newest class of warships, with the first ship scheduled in the water in 2023.
04 Feb 20. Elbit Systems UK has been selected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to conduct maritime demonstration flights in the UK using a number of its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) including the Hermes 900. The demonstration flights are designed to demonstrate the advantages of using long-range unmanned capabilities in civilian airspace, with the ability to utilise multiple sensors on a single platform. Elbit Systems UK will collaborate closely with the UK Civil Aviation Authority, supported by additional UK companies, including Inzpire and Aviation Systems Group.
04 Feb 20. Czech MoD orders DPET radar systems. The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered two Deployable Passive Electronic Support Measures (ESM) Tracker (DPET) radar systems for the Czech Army from ERA Pardubice. The contract, worth CZK1.5bn (USD66.3m), was approved by the MoD on 14 January, but its cost drew criticism from Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, members of parliament, and some insiders. The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency ordered the DPET for CZK525m in 2014 for the NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS). The MoD, Czech Army, and ERA Pardubice explained in a public meeting on 30 January that the increased cost of the new systems was based on them being more advanced than those of NATO. (Source: Jane’s)
03 Feb 20. Rheinmetall to supply laser duel simulators for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle, making an important contribution to the combat readiness of German mechanized infantry units Rheinmetall will soon be supplying the German Bundeswehr with simulation technology that will enable highly realistic training of mechanized infantry units equipped with the Puma IFV. The total of the contract could be as high as €142m, including value added tax. At the end of 2019, Rheinmetall received order to this effect from the consortium responsible for the Puma for the AGDUS duel simulator, which had in turn been awarded the contract by the Bundeswehr on 20 December. To begin with, a pre-series of six systems will be developed and integrated. For Rheinmetall, the order value (booked in January 2020) comes to €54m with VAT. Once the system is ready for full-scale serial production, an option exists for equipping 252 infantry fighting vehicles. This would result in an additional order for Rheinmetall worth around €88m, including VAT, bringing the total value of the AGDUS contract to around €142m, once again including VAT. Each AGDUS set consists of laser detectors arrayed around the vehicle as well as eye-safe lasers capable of simulating the effects of the Puma’s principal weapon systems, i.e. the automatic cannon, machinegun and MELLS antitank guided missile. The laser algorithms are programmed to assure ballistically exact simulation of shots and hits. The AGDUS also enables simulation of the Puma IFV’s turret-independent secondary weapon system, or TSWA, as well as the vehicle’s self-defence systems. As a result, extremely realistic exercises can be conducted and evaluated at the German Army Combat Training Centre and other training facilities. Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems and Electronics Solutions divisions will bring their respective expertise to bear in completing this order, with most of the work being performed at Group locations in Bremen and Unterlüß. True to the motto “Train as you fight!”, the AGDUS-equipped Puma IFV will significantly enhance the combat readiness of Germany’s mechanized infantry corps.
03 Feb 20. Pilatus commits to deliver 24 PC-21 aircraft for Spanish Air Force. Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus has signed a contract with the Spanish Dirección General de Armamento y Material (DGAM) for the PC-21 aircraft. The signing comes after the deal was first announced on Plataforma de Contratacion del Sector Publico (PCSP) procurement website in November last year. With the signing of the €200m ($220m) contract, the Spanish Air Force, Ejército del Aire, has become the third in Europe to operate the PC-21 single-engine turboprop training aircraft. Under the contract, a total of 24 next-generation trainers will be purchased along with an integrated training system, simulators, spare parts and logistics support. The aircraft will replace the Casa C-101 jet trainers, which have been in use with the Spanish service since 1980. Following the delivery of the aircraft, pilots will undergo advanced training with a cost-effective platform in 2021. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
04 Feb 20. Australian technology company Kord Defence has secured a new innovation contract from the US Marine Corps. Kord, which develops programmable control systems for the military, will be able to complete the development of its Rifle Accessory Control Unit Technology with the $1.4m contract. The deal is also expected to position the Australian industry as a producer of world-leading technology in high-demand worldwide. Australia Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said that the deal serves as an example of how the Defence Innovation Hub is opening doors for companies in the country. Kord Defence managing director Dr Peter Moran said that the development of its technology has been possible with the support of the Defence Innovation Hub. Kord secured a $2.25m contract in April 2017 from the US Marine Corps for the design, programming, production, and trial of the Rifle Accessory Control Unit. The unit was planned to be fitted onto the M27 and M4 rifles, in addition to the infantry assault weapons used by the marines. Kord Defence produces push-button technology that enables soldiers to operate electronic devices without taking their eyes off the target. (Source: naval-technology.com)
05 Feb 20. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received an order from the U.S. Marine Corps for two additional AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) systems as part of the full-rate production Lot 2 award received in December 2019. This order completes the planned Lot 2 procurement for a total of eight systems for the Marine Corps. In June 2019, the Marine Corps awarded Northrop Grumman a $958m full-rate production contract for 30 of the Gallium Nitride-based (GaN) G/ATOR systems. The AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR is an advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) multi-mission radar that leverages GaN to provide comprehensive real time, full-sector, 360-degree situational awareness against a broad array of threats.
05 Feb 20. Advanced Acoustic Concepts LLC, Hauppauge, New York (N00024-20-D-6321); Aerostar Technical Solutions Inc.,* Arlington, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6322); Arete Associates,* Tucson, Arizona (N00024-20-D-6324); Austal USA LLC, Mobile, Alabama (N00024-20-D-6325); Azimuth Inc.,* Morgantown, West Virginia (N00024-20-D-6326); BAE Systems Electronic Systems, Nashua, New Hampshire (N00024-20-D-6327); BMT Designers & Planners Inc., Alexandria, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6328); Continental Tide Defense Systems Inc.,* Reading, Pennsylvania (N00024-20-D-6329); The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts (N00024-20-D-6330); General Dynamics Mission Systems Inc., Fairfax, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6331); Gibbs & Cox, Inc.,* Arlington, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6332); Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, doing business as Metal Shark,* Jeanerette, Louisiana (N00024-20-D-6333); HII Fleet Support Group LLC, Virginia Beach, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6334); Hydroid Inc., Pocasset, Massachusetts (N00024-20-D-6335); ICI Services Corp.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6361); L-3 Unidyne Inc., Norfolk, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6336); Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6337); Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey (N00024-20-D-6338); Maritime Applied Physics Corp.,* Baltimore, Maryland (N00024-20-D-6339); Micro Systems Inc., subsidiary Kratos-MSI, Fort Walton Beach, Florida (N00024-20-D-6340); Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, New York (N00024-20-D-6341); Oasis Systems LLC,* Rockville, Maryland (N00024-20-D-6342); Oceaneering International Inc., Hanover, Maryland (N00024-20-D-6343); Peraton Inc., Herndon, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6344); Q.E.D. Systems Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6345); Raytheon Co., Portsmouth, Rhode Island (N00024-20-D-6346); Reliable Systems Services Corp.,* Melbourne, Florida (N00024-20-D-6347); Rolls-Royce Marine North America Inc., Walpole, Massachusetts (N00024-20-D-6348); Science Applications International Corp., Reston, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6349); System Engineering Associates Corp.,* Middletown, Rhode Island (N00024-20-D-6350); Sedna Digital Solutions LLC,* Manassas, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6351); Serco Inc., New London, Connecticut (N00024-20-D-6323); Spatial Integrated Systems Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6352); Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (N00024-20-D-6353); AAI Corp., doing business as Textron Systems, Hunt Valley, Maryland (N00024-20-D-6354); The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri (N00024-20-D-6355); The Columbia Group Inc.,* Washington, District of Columbia (N00024-20-D-6356); Tridentis LLC,* Alexandria, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6357); Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems (UEOS), Braintree, Massachusetts (N00024-20-D-6358); and W R Systems Ltd.,* Norfolk, Virginia (N00024-20-D-6360), are awarded a firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost only indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract (IDIQ-MAC) to support the Unmanned Surface Vehicle Family of Systems. The IDIQ-MACs have a five-year base period and one five-year ordering period option, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $982,100,000. These businesses will have the opportunity to compete in the awarded functional area for individual delivery orders. Work will be performed in various locations in the contiguous U.S. in accordance with each delivery order and work is expected to be completed by February 2025, and if the one option is exercised, completed by February 2030. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $1,000 ($40,000 total) is being obligated under each contract’s initial delivery order and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. These contracts were competitively procured via Federal Business Opportunities with 42 offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
04 Feb 20. BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4416); Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4417); and General Dynamics, NASSCO, San Diego, California (N00024-16-D-4418), are being awarded a $275,110,745 firm-fixed-price modification to exercise Option Period Four to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts for complex, emergent and continuous maintenance and Chief of Naval Operations availabilities on surface combatants homeported in San Diego, California. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by March 2021. No funding will be obligated when the option is exercised. The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.
04 Feb 20. Lyon Shipyard Inc.,* Norfolk, Virginia (N50054-20-D-0001); BMFT JV,* Chesapeake, Virginia (N50054-20-D-0002); Colonna’s Shipyard Inc.,* Norfolk, Virginia (N50054-20-D-0003); Fairlead Boatworks,* Newport News, Virginia (N50054-20-D-0004); and East Coast Repair and Fabrication,* Norfolk, Virginia (N50054-20-D-0005), are each awarded a fixed-price, multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide messing and berthing barges support in support of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Virginia. Lyon Shipyard Inc.* is awarded $82,029,325; BMFT JV* is awarded $87,651,824; Colonna’s Shipyard Inc.* is awarded $96,692,648; Fairlead Boatworks* is awarded $97,020,569; and East Coast Repair and Fabrication* is awarded $109,260,981. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative ceiling value of this contract to $109,260,981. Work will be primarily performed in the Hampton Roads area, Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by January 2021; if options are exercised, work is expected to be completed by February 2025. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $60,000 ($12,000 minimum guarantee per contract) will be obligated at time of award, and funding in the amount of $60,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This multiple award contract was procured as a small business set-aide via Federal Business Opportunities with six offers received. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
03 Feb 20. The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) has awarded BAE Systems, Inc. a prime position on a $212m contract to integrate and sustain its critical communication systems. The company will design, acquire, integrate, and test radio systems for newly constructed Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG) and other U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships. Additionally, the company was awarded a separate $104.7m contract by NAWCAD to provide engineering and technical services to support production, lifetime-support, and in-service engineering for the radio communications C5ISR (command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) systems aboard U.S. Navy surface combatants and at associated shore sites. The work will be focused primarily on the CG 47 Class and DDG 51 Class AEGIS ships. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
04 Feb 20. Colonna Shipyards Inc., Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $10,536,728 firm-fixed-price contract for a 75-day shipyard availability for the regular post shakedown availability of USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10). Work will include Pump Room 1 and 2 renewal, tow modifications, Pump Room 7 and 8, ladder install, bilge preservation main engine rooms, line shaft bearing annual maintenance, freeze protection pipe heat trace instillation, freeze protection mission bay installation, perform annual stern ramp maintenance, install fuel sensors in diesel fuel service system, modify diesel fuel bunking piping, stern ramp upgrades, fire station isolation valves, adaptive force package temporary sensitive compartment information facility installations and temporary sensitive compartment information facility adaptive force package heating ventilation and an air condition upgrade install. This contract includes a 75-day base period and three options, which if exercised would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $10,711,518. Work will be performed at Colonna Shipyard Inc. and is expected to be completed by May 15, 2020. Navy working capital contract funds in the amount of $10,536,728 are obligated for fiscal 2020, and will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with proposals solicited via the beta.SAM.gov website and two offers received. The Military Sealift Command, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N32205-20-C-6712).
31 Jan 20. Lockheed Martin Space, Titusville, Florida, is awarded a $473,832,955 cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00030-20-C-0101) for TRIDENT II (D5) Life Extension 2 Strategic Systems Programs Alteration Advanced Development Program efforts. Work will be performed in Denver, Colorado (78.7%); Sunnyvale, California (5.6%); Beltsville, Maryland (1.9%); Titusville, Florida (1.5%); Cape Canaveral, Florida (1.3%); Palo Alto, California (1.3%); Folsom, California (1.1%); and other various locations (less than 1% each, 8.6% total). Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2026. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds for $2,800,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is being awarded to the contractor on a sole source basis under 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) and was previously synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities website. Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
30 Jan 20. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. was awarded a $127.4m contract to produce two C-37B aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon said Thursday. According to the Air Force, C-37 aircraft are low-wing business jets powered by twin turbofan engines, capable of all-weather, long-range, high-speed nonstop flights. The C-37B is a military counterpart to the Gulfstream 550 aircraft, which provide transportation for senior leadership. The deal is Gulfstream’s second contract this week to fund the C-37 program. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/UPI)
31 Jan 20. Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tennessee, has been awarded a $225,155,326 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Rocket and Propulsion Technology Research. This contract provides on-site research and development to the Air Force Research Laboratory across a wide spectrum of propulsion-related areas. Work will be performed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2028. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and with two offers received. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 research, development, test and engineering funds in the amount of $197,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA9300-20-F-9801).
31 Jan 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded $2,338,000,000 for a firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, upgrade or replacement, required availability, configuration management and inventory management for approximately 1,049 weapon replaceable assemblies and shop replaceable assemblies associated with both the MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. Work will be performed in various contractor supplier locations throughout the U.S. (48%) of which one percent of the supplier work will be performed by five organic depots via commercial service agreements; Stratford, Connecticut (38%); and Owego, New York (14%). This contract includes a five-year base period with one two-year option period. Work is expected to be completed by January 2025; if the option is exercised, work will be completed by January 2027. Annual working capital funds (Navy) for $182,462,250 will be issued for delivery order (N00383-20-F-0W00) that will be awarded concurrently with the contract and will initially be obligated at the time of award as an undefinitized contract action with a commitment of an additional $60,820,750 for period of performance through September 2020. Funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One company was solicited for this sole-source requirement under authority 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1) and Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1, with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command, Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity (N00383-20-D-W001).
06 Feb 20. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded a $172,424,000 modification (P00004) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-19-C-0008). This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of two MQ-4 Triton unmanned air systems for the Navy, one Navy main operating base, trade studies and associated technical and administrative data. 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%); Newton, North Dakota (.9%); various locations within the continental U.S. (8.8%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (1.4%), and is expected to be completed in January 2024. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $172,424,000 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.
05 Feb 20. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced today that it received an $85m production order from the U.S. Navy late last year for FMU-139D/B general purpose bomb fuzes in support of U.S. Air Force inventory objectives. The FMU-139D/B is an all-electronic bomb fuze offering increased performance at a reduced cost over other bomb fuzes. The FMU-139D/B joins three legacy bomb fuzes – FMU-139C/B, FMU-152 and most FMU-143s – which are used in many general purpose bombs. The FMU-139D/B relies on electronics to safe and arm the device and can be fully tested before the fuze is delivered to the customer. The FMU-139D/B will be produced at Northrop Grumman’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) facility in Rocket Center, West Virginia.
04 Feb 20. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) announced today, that during its second quarter of fiscal 2020, its New York-based subsidiary, Comtech PST Corp., which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, received a $3.1m contract for high-power amplifier systems from a major domestic prime contractor. These amplifiers, which utilize the latest in solid-state GaN transistor technology, are key transmit elements in a data communication system. They are in addition to an installed base of Comtech solid-state high-power RF amplifiers previously delivered to this major domestic prime contractor. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
06 Feb 20. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) announced today, that during its second quarter of fiscal 2020, its Santa Clara, California-based subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology, Inc., which is part of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment, received a contract valued at $1.3m for rack mounted Ku-band high-power traveling wave tube amplifier (“TWTA”) systems for a military satellite communications ground system. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
06 Feb 20. Fluree, provider of a blockchain-backed data platform, today announced it has won a contract from the United States Air Force (USAF) to bring commercial best-in-class technologies to the Air Force and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). As part of the Small Business Innovation Research AFWERX technology innovation program, Fluree’s data management platform was selected to provide the USAF with secure, worldwide command-and-control communications using an encrypted, distributed, blockchain-backed graph database shared between partners. Secure communications are at the heart of all successful operations, and especially critical for the Air Force and Department of Defense. Fluree ensures complete data integrity by combining transactions into immutable time-stamped “blocks” and locking each block in via advanced cryptography. Along with high levels of security, the USAF demands interoperability for its departments around the globe. Fluree will meet this demand by leveraging blockchain cryptography, semantic data standard formatting, and configurable rules written directly to the ledger to facilitate interoperable communication across the DoD network and its worldwide partners. The initial contract calls for Fluree to partner with a department within the USAF to develop a platform capable of facilitating Multi-domain Command and Control (MDC2) operations for the DoD and its global allied partners. Additionally, Fluree will conduct Voice of the Customer (VOC) events to identify specific customer needs and develop a plan for a prototype deployment of the Fluree data management platform to interoperate with the existing DoD systems. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
05 Feb 20. Fortem Technologies has won a contract from the Department of Defense (DoD) to help counter and deter improvised threat networks. Under the contract secured through the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the company will provide artificial intelligence (AI) powered detection and mitigation solutions that will support DIU’s charter to counter improvised threats. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
04 Feb 20. Google has secured a contract from the US Air Force (USAF) Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts to improve IT security. The $2m agreement awarded to Google is part of a broader airforce enterprise IT-as-a-service (EITaaS) risk reduction effort to test the technical feasibility of commercial solutions. Covering network-as-a-service, end-user services, and compute and store areas, the effort comprises technical assessments to determine if alternative solutions can cater to the unique requirements of the airforce. Under the experimental other transaction agreement, Google will be responsible for offering services that leverage its expertise in IT security, including scalable and secure networking. Additionally, the company will assess the existing enterprise IT landscape of the USAF and measure the digital experience of its airmen. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
05 Feb 20. Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, is awarded an estimated $7,729,639,286 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to include all options, if exercised, for the procurement of Department of Navy (DoN) service management, integration and transport used on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, the outside continental U.S. Naval Enterprise Network and the Marine Corps Enterprise Network. This acquisition will provide the DoN with base network services that are currently provided under the Next Generation Enterprise Networks contract such as electronic software delivery, end user core build, endpoint detection, logistics management, network operations, security operations, service desk, transport and virtualization services. Work will be performed across the DoN and is expected to be completed in February 2025. If all options are exercised, work could continue until August 2028. The first task order will be awarded with the basic contract and fulfills the minimum guarantee of $10 million with fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds. Contract funds for the initial task order will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This requirement was solicited using full and open competition via the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command E-Commerce Central website and the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N00039-20-D-0054) and awarded the contract on behalf of the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems.
05 Feb 20. Sentar Inc. (Sentar), specializing in advanced Cybersecurity and Intelligence services and technologies, announced today the award of the $164m task order from the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) to provide the Defense Health Agency (DHA) with Cybersecurity Risk Management Operations Support (RMOPS) services. If fully executed, this contract will extend Sentar’s support to the DHA through the next four years. Under the new contract, Sentar will continue to work closely with NIWC Atlantic in its support to the DHA in addressing various cyber security initiatives, processes, and compliance requirements. Geographically, Sentar will provide assistance to NIWC Atlantic in cybersecurity execution efforts across the Military Health System (MHS) to include Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs), Programs of Record (PORs), and medical devices within both Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) locations. Work under this contract will be conducted at NIWC Atlantic in Charleston, SC as well as DHA facilities in San Antonio, TX, the National Capital Region (NCR), and myriad MHS locations around the world. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
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31 Jan 20. Innovation Solutions Canada (ISC) has awarded a contract to Patriot One Technologies for the delivery of PATSCAN for the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND). Under the C$780,000 ($590,342) contract, the company is responsible for the delivery and deployment of PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection Platform. The PATSCAN platform will also be evaluated by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The RCN will get familiarised with the platform that will be used during missions to protect personnel and asset at intermediate stops across the globe. In December 2018, the pre-qualification of the contract was announced by Patriot One. PATSCAN platform was evaluated and pre-qualified under the Military Innovation Component. Following this, the ISC selected DND as the implementation and evaluation partner. The six priority areas of the Military Innovation Component include Arctic and maritime security, command and support, cyber-security, in-service support, protecting soldiers, and training systems. Patriot One’s platform qualified under the Arctic/maritime security and protecting soldiers areas. The delivery of the PATSCAN platform is expected to take place in February 2020, with the deployment and testing of the vehicle commencing the following month. Due to security reasons, the specific location of the PATSCAN platform remains undisclosed. (Source: naval-technology.com)
03 Feb 20. IDF chooses RAFAEL’s FIRE WEAVER networked Sensor-to-Shooter system for its digitized battlespace. The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) has announced the acquisition of ‘FIRE WEAVER’ – a networked sensor-to-shooter system. The game-changing system will serve the IDF’s ground forces divisions, and become operational in the coming year. FIRE WEAVER was developed jointly by the IDF’s ground forces, DDR&D (The IMOD’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development) and RAFAEL, as part of the IDF’s battlefield digitization process. The system connects all battle participants to enables closing rapid, precise, effective and secure sensor-to-shooter loops. As a result, FIRE WEAVER considerably maximizes the operational performance and decreases the battle duration. FIRE WEAVER provides the tactical forces with a GPS-independent geo-pixel-based tactical common language among all the sensors and shooters which grants optimal situational awareness and improved understanding of the battlefield. Targets, blue forces, sensitive locations and other points of interest, are shared immediately and accurately and are augmented on the system sights, based on 3D models using RAFAEL’s advanced computer vision technology. This enables fighters to perceive the precise location of the enemy from any vantage point and any distance regardless of their own position.
03 Feb 20. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) has awarded a contract to LIG Nex1 who is Thales’ local partner for the supply of IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) systems to replace Mode 4 with Mode 5 for enhancement capability. Short range TSA 1412 interrogators will be produced by local partners based on license production supported by Thales and will be Mode 5 compliant and certified to the latest NATO standard, which will soon be mandatory on coalition operations. The mid-range TSA 2522 interrogators will be upgraded. Thales IFF systems will be integrated by LIG Nex1 who has been selected by DAPA, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration, to supply TSA 1412 IFF (identification Friend or Foe) interrogators for integration with man-portable missile systems and TSA 2522 for air defence vehicles. For this contract, Thales has teamed with a South Korean partner, LIG Nex1 and will transfer production to local SMEs. This is the third major order for the TSA 1412, which is the most compact Mode 5 IFF interrogator on the market and has also been sold to the United States and Japan as well as several European countries including the United Kingdom and Sweden.
05 Feb 20. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that it was awarded a $43m contract from Hanwha Systems Co. Ltd. (272210:Korea SE) to equip the Next Generation Korean fighter jets in development, with embedded Terrain Following-Terrain Avoidance (TF/TA) systems. The contract will be performed over a six-year period. Embedding Elbit Systems’ TF/TA solution enables fighter jets to fly and maneuver safely at low-altitudes, in zero visibility and harsh weather conditions (Instrument Meteorological Conditions), thereby enhancing their capability to operate undetected in hostile territory. Interfacing with the autopilot system, the TF/TA system to be supplied fuses data from a range of onboard sensors and a digital terrain elevation data base, together with flight performance characteristics, enabling the aircraft to maintain optimal altitude throughout the mission.
31 Jan 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $185,874,486 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides program management, various levels of maintenance, training and logistics support to sustain the operational capability of 24 Royal Australian Navy MH-60 Romeo aircraft. Work will be performed at Yerriyong, Australia (79%); Owego, New York (18%); Edinburgh, Australia (1%); Stratford, Connecticut (1%) and Orlando, Florida (1%), and is expected to be completed in January 2024. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation 206.302-4. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-20-D-0001).
30 Jan 20. Rostec State Corporation subsidiary Rosoboronexport has signed a contract to export its Mi-38T helicopters. The helicopters will be supplied to a foreign customer and the delivery will mark the first export contract. The company has not revealed further details about the number of units to be exported nor the customer. Manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter Plant, a subsidiary of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters Company, the helicopter is a medium-range multipurpose air vehicle available in the military and civil versions. Mi-38T is an upgraded version of Mi-38, with a maximum take-off weight of 15,600kg and a cruising speed of 300km/h. It can airlift around 40 people and hold up to 5,000kg in its cargo compartment or on an external sling. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
06 Feb 20. Russia orders upgraded Forpost tactical UAV. Russia has ordered an upgraded version of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Searcher 2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufactured only from locally produced components. The contract with the Ural Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA) was revealed on 5 February by Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko, who oversees equipment procurement, during a visit to the company’s main UAV assembly plant at Ekaterinburg. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD), 10 new Forpost-R systems will be delivered over the next three years. Since 2011, UZGA has been assembling kits of basic Searcher 2s at its Ekaterinburg site, and the system has seen operational use over the Donbass and in Syria, where it has become the mainstay of Russian battlefield surveillance operations. (Source: Jane’s)
06 Feb 20. Underwater capability provider JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons, has supplied two sets of life-saving equipment to the Indian Navy. The equipment was delivered as part of a £1m contract aimed at further improving the safety of submariners. JFD supplied D-MAS HyperSat and hyperbaric ventilators that provide patient monitoring to the Indian Navy’s advanced submarine rescue system. The company will also provide maintenance support for a period of five years. The contract is part of a commercial agreement signed between JFD and the Indian Navy. The equipment provides medical monitoring solutions for saturation diving and hyperbaric chambers. Based on the data obtained with regard to the patients’ clinical vital signs, heart rhythm, blood pressure, SpO2 and core temperature, specialists will be able to assess and provide expert medical advice remotely. JFD’s delivery of the equipment comes two years after it provided two complete third-generation fly-away submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy in 2018. Designed, manufactured, integrated and tested by JFD, the systems included all the logistics and support equipment required to operate the service. JFD will also increase its in-country presence in India this year to support an all-inclusive maintenance support service agreement signed with the Indian Navy in March 2016 for 25 years. (Source: naval-technology.com)
05 Feb 20. Patriot One subsidiary Xtract Technologies (Xtract.ai) has secured a contract from Canada’s Department of National Defense (DND) for a project related to improving situational awareness for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Under the C$975,000 ($733,794) contract awarded through the Public Works and Government Services Canada Division, Xtract will also help improve situational awareness for security personnel using video analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality. Xtract.ai will advance AI for the CAF by designing, developing and deploying data sets, machine learning models, and visualisation software that will be used to increase situational awareness. (Source: army-technology.com)