07 Apr 20. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $8,390,980 cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized modification (P00006) to contract FA8620-19-C-2003 for the United Kingdom (UK) MQ-9 contractor logistics support launch and recovery element (LRE). The UK-1 LRE aircrew, readiness spares package-out, and UK-2 logistics readiness support will be performed at multiple stateside and international locations and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and involves 100% Foreign Military Sales to the government of the United Kingdom. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $2,182,189 will be obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
30 Mar 20. United Kingdom-Bristol: Weapons, ammunition and associated parts – 2020/S 066-158378.
Voluntary ex ante transparency notice.
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Ministry of Defence, Weapons, International Guns, Missiles and Rockets (IGMR) Project Team
NUTS code: UKK11
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Hannah Hawkins
Telephone: +44 3067988111
Main address: www.contracts.mod.uk
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
In-service support of the Paveway IV Weapon System.
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 19 000 000.00 GBP
Negotiated procedure without publication of a contract notice
- The works, supplies or services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:
o absence of competition for technical reasons
The International Guns Missiles and Rockets Project Team (IGMR PT), which is part of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (UK MOD) is intending to place a contract with Raytheon Systems Ltd (RSL) for the in-service support of the Paveway IV (PWIV) Weapon System. The duration of the contract will be 5 years, with the option to extend by 5 years and then a further 3 years of Options. The contract will have an estimated value of GBP 19 m (VAT Inc) (not including option extensions).
It is considered that this contract can be placed using the negotiated procedure without prior publication pursuant to Article 28(1)(e) of Directive 2009/81/EC and Regulation 16(1)(a)(ii) of the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011. This is for technical reasons.
RSL are the Coordinated Design Organisation (CDO) for the PWIV system providing assurance that the PWIV design is fit for purpose, meets user requirements and is safely integrated onto air platforms (incl Typhoon, Lightning II and Protector) RSL are the only supplier able to approve the airworthiness certification for the PWIV All Up Round (AUR) Certificate of Design (CoD), a key safety obligation, and maintain configuration of the technical data and expertise to undertake fault diagnosis and repair for the Paveway IV Weapon System.
Therefore, for technical and airworthiness reasons relating to the design authority (DA) role, configuration control and safety case considerations, RSL are the only organisation able to meet the performance of these requirements of the PWIV support contract.
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Section V: Award of contract/concession
V.2)Award of contract/concession
V.2.1)Date of contract award decision:
(Source: Europa TED)
03 Apr 20. FFG wins upgrade work for German Wiesel 1 weapon carriers. The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) in December 2019 awarded Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) a contract to upgrade 181 deployed Wiesel 1 Armoured Weapon Carrier (AWC) vehicles to extend their operational life to at least 2025. The company declined to disclose the value of the contract and delivery schedule. In June 2017, following a competition, FFG was awarded a contract to build three prototypes of the upgraded Wiesel 1 AWC; these were completed in 2018 and handed over to the German Army for extensive troop trials. All three deployed versions of the Wiesel are to be upgraded by the company: one fitted with the E6-II-A1 turret armed with the Rheinmetall 20 mm MK 20 Rh 202 dual-feed cannon, with one becoming an anti-tank version and one becoming a reconnaissance version, according to FFG. The anti-tank version was originally fitted with a pedestal-mounted Raytheon TOW A1 anti-tank missile (ATM) launcher but this is to be replaced by the Eurospike MELLS ATM that is deployed by the German Army in several applications. MELLS is the German version of Rafael’s Spike-LR. (Source: Jane’s)
10 Apr 20. Leonardo has been awarded a contract by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd to provide airborne communications systems, cockpit control panels & associated electronics for install on-board PC-21 single-engine turboprop trainers being supplied to the Spanish Air Force. FNC IM; SIFI.MI• The company will provide airborne communications systems, cockpit control panels and associated electronics to Pilatus Aircraft Ltd;
- The multiband RT-700/A communications system is military ETSO (European Technical Standard Order)-certified and provides secure voice and data communications;
- Leonardo has also supplied electronics equipment for PC-21 aircraft operated by Switzerland, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
Leonardo has been awarded a contract by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd (pilatus-aircraft.com) to provide airborne communications systems, cockpit control panels and associated electronics for installation on-board PC-21 single-engine turboprop trainers being supplied to the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire). The aircraft were ordered by the Spanish Ministry of Defense through its Armament and Material Directorate (DGAM) to replace the Spanish Air Force’s Casa C-101 jet trainers, which have been in-use since 1980. Leonardo’s multiband V/UHF RT-700/A communications system is a compact and lightweight military ETSO (European Technical Standard Order)-certified product. It provides voice and data communications in the 30-470MHz range and can transmit and receive securely when connected to an external encryption unit. Notably, the product provides ETSO-certified communications in the VHF ATC band (25/8,33kHz). The contract further strengthens Leonardo’s long-established partnership with Pilatus Aircraft. The Swiss aerospace manufacturer previously selected Leonardo avionics and lights/panels for PC-21 aircraft ordered by customers in Switzerland, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Australia. The Spanish Air Force is the third European air force to choose the PC-21 Next Generation Trainer. (Source: Google/https://www.newswiretoday.com/)
08 Apr 20. Estonia to develop command platform for NATO Cyber Range. The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) has signed a contract with Guardtime OÜ and GT Cyber Technologies OÜ for the development of an automated command platform for the NATO Cyber Range. The contract is expected to be completed in 2024 and aims to improve the resources available for preparing and executing cyber training exercises. This is the first phase of development with the ECDI expected to announce the second phase at a later date. The implementation of the second phase will mean that the Cyber Range will be fully operational by summer 2021. Six applications were made to the programme: three from Estonian businesses and the remainder from Poland, Portugal and Spain. (Source: Shephard)
06 Apr 20. Alliant Techsystems Operations, Plymouth, Minnesota, was awarded a $32,167,259 modification (P00073) to contract W15QKN-13-C-0074 for Precision Guidance Kit M1156. Work will be performed in Plymouth, Minnesota, with an estimated completion date of June 3, 2024. Fiscal 2020 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $32,167,259 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
08 Apr 20. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) announced today, that during its third quarter of fiscal 2020, its Mission-Critical Technologies group, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, received an order for $1.1m from a major U.S. satellite communications manufacturer for SATCOM antenna feeds for its 1.3 Meter Fly-Away Terminal. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
02 Apr 20. FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced that the U.S. Marine Corps has ordered more than 140 of the company’s Centaur™ unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), plus spares. The $18.6m contract is sourced through the Dept. of Defense Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) program. Earlier this month FLIR announced the U.S Air Force has ordered almost 200 Centaurs through a $23m contract. Marine Corps Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams will use the FLIR Centaur to assist in disarming improvised explosive devices (IEDs), unexploded ordnance, and similar hazardous tasks. Different sensors and payloads can be added to support a range of missions.
07 Apr 20. Serco has secured a $57m contract from the US Space Force to support deep space surveillance. Under the contract, Serco will operate and maintain the Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) system, which detects and reports deep-space satellites in the Earth’s orbit. The system utilises powerful telescopes, equipped with highly sensitive digital camera technology, for space satellite surveillance and support the US Strategic Command and allied forces requirements. Serco noted that its operators will carry out space observation, apart from maintenance and support, and will be reporting the findings in support of the Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC), the National Space Defense Center (NSDC) and the 18th Space Control Squadron (SPCS). Additionally, they will also provide Space Object Identification tasks in support of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). (Source: airforce-technology.com)
09 Apr 20. DRS Laurel Technologies, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $62,556,567 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-only contract (N00024-20-C-5605) for consoles, displays, and peripherals (CDP) Technology Insertion 16, Modification 1 (MOD 1) production equipment, to support the Navy’s future surface ship combat systems. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (93%); the government of Australia (6%); and the government of Spain (1%). Work will be performed in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The CDP program consists of a suite of Technology Insertion (TI) 16 MOD 1 Common Display System (CDS) consoles, thin client displays (TCDs), multi-mission displays (MMDs), and peripheral equipment. The CDS consoles are a set of open-architecture watch station, three-eyed horizontal display consoles comprised of three different console variants: water cooled CDS and air cooled CDS. The CDP hardware provides the Human Machine Interface (HMI) between the sailor and the ship’s combat systems. Work is expected to be completed by August 2021. This contract includes options, which if exercised, will bring the cumulative value of this contract to $462,261,449 and work will continue through April 2025. Fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); fiscal 2020 other procurement (Navy); fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy); fiscal 2014 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); and Foreign Military Sales funding in the amount of $62,556,567 was obligated at time of award; $598,076 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. (Awarded April 6, 2020)
03 Apr 20. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi, is awarded a $1,508,730,501 fixed-price-incentive modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-2406 for the procurement of the detail design and construction of Landing Platform Dock (LPD) Class 31 and the LPD 17 Flight II ship. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi (82%); Crozet, Virginia (3%); Beloit, Wisconsin (2%); and New Orleans, Louisiana (2%), with other combined efforts performed at various sites throughout the U.S. (11%). Work to be performed is the detail design and construction of LPD-31, the 15th ship in the LPD-17 amphibious transport dock ship class and will meet all the capability and capacity requirements for the amphibious ship replacement. Work is expected to be complete by February 2027. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $532,100,000 will be obligated at 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.
07 Apr 20. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced its receipt of a $10,677,987 firm-fixed-price contract award for Puma™ 3 AE systems and spares on Feb. 18, 2020 for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) Program. Delivery is anticipated by April 2020. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
07 Apr 20. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) announced today that its Mission-Critical Technologies group, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, received an order consisting of additional funding of $9.1 m (of which $7.7m was in the third quarter), on the previously announced three-year $124.2m contract to provide ongoing sustainment services for the AN/TSC-198A SNAP (Secret Internet Protocol Router (“SIPR”) and Non-classified Internet Protocol Router (“NIPR”) Access Point), and baseband equipment. SNAP terminals provide quick and mobile satellite communications capabilities to personnel in the field. The contract has been funded $87.0m to date.
07 Apr 20. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $167,470,014, fixed-price-incentive-firm and firm-fixed-price contract for 48 long range anti-ship missiles and tooling and test equipment. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed April 6, 2023. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 Air Force missile procurement funds in the amount of $52,334,380; and fiscal 2019 Navy weapon procurement funds in the amount of $115,135,634 will be obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin, Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8682-20-C-0003).
08 Apr 20. Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI) recently announced that it received the third delivery order from the Defense Logistics Agency for enhanced digital electronic control units (EDECUs) for use in the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache fleets. The $17.3M order is part of a five-year contract to complete the upgrade of approximately 3,100 digital electronic control units on the two fleets. (Source: ASD Network)
09 Apr 20. BTF Solutions, Dallas, Texas (W912DY-16-D-0003, P00006); General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Virginia (W912DY-16-D-0004, P00005); V W International Inc., Alexandria, Virginia (W912DY-16-D-0006, P00005); Walsh Healthcare Logistics, Chicago, Illinois (W912DY-16-D-0007, P00005); Martek Global Services Inc.,* Bethesda, Maryland (W912DY-16-D-0008, P00005); Red Cedar Corp.,* Brentwood, Tennessee (W912DY-16-D-0010, P00006); and Strategic Initial Outfitting Transition,* Anchorage, Alaska (W912DY-16-D-0011, P00007), were awarded $5,000,000,000 in modifications in support of the presidential national emergency declaration concerning the novel coronavirus disease. The overall ceiling is now $5,495,000,000. Bids were solicited via the internet with 11 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2021. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
09 Apr 20. ColdQuanta, the quantum atomics company, has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a scalable, cold-atom-based quantum computing hardware and software platform that can demonstrate quantum advantage on real-world problems. The award is valued at up to $7.4m. The DARPA award is part of the ONISQ program—Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices—aimed at developing quantum systems that can scale to hundreds or thousands of qubits with high performance and reliability. The objective is to show quantum advantage of quantum-hybrid systems over classical systems for a range of difficult combinatorial optimization problems including resource allocation, logistics, and image recognition. ColdQuanta’s Quantum Core™ technology uses lasers to cool atoms to near absolute zero and can use individual atoms as qubits in a scalable manner, all without the need for cryogenic refrigeration. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
08 Apr 20. Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), developer of the Wave Relay® Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET), announced today that the U.S. Air Force awarded it a $25mi contract for the Wave Relay Tactical Assault Kit (WaRTAK) program. The refresh is expected to take four years. Ground vehicles, support aircraft and individuals using WaRTAK can see, communicate and coordinate with friendly units on TAK, a shared digital map for Android (ATAK) and Windows (WinTAK). They can also identify unknown or enemy vehicles that might prove a threat to strategic mobile Air Force assets via high-definition video or photos. The WaRTAK program began because of a critical need for Rapid Innovation through the Air Force Research Lab, which Persistent has been supporting for years. As part of the four-year contract with the Air Force, Persistent will provide the program with Android-loaded MPU5 smart networking devices and the Dual Push-to-Talk (PTT) system, which allow users to talk on two radio talk groups simultaneously and as an intercom system.
REST OF THE WORLD
06 Apr 20. An international customer has awarded Rheinmetall an order for artillery propelling charges. Booked at the end of March by Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Pty) Ltd., the order encompasses several hundred thousand Tactical Modular Charges. These are to be delivered in 2021. The order is worth over US$80m (more than €70m). Made by Rheinmetall Denel Munition, Tactical Modular Charges are designed to propel 155mm artillery shells. Finetuned to match the customer’s weapons systems and artillery projectiles, they assure maximum effectiveness. Moreover, their modular design simplifies logistics as well as handling procedures in self-propelled howitzer systems. Other positive characteristics of this advanced Rheinmetall Denel Munition product include reduced barrel wear (RDM’s Barrel Wear Reducer/BWR) and lower muzzle flash (RDM’s Muzzle Flash Reducer/MFR); the former results in longer barrel life, the latter makes the artillery system harder for the enemy to detect. Rheinmetall possesses comprehensive expertise in the world of advanced indirect fire systems – those that meet the criteria contained in the NATO Joint Ballistics Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU) as well as non-JBMoU systems. The Group demonstrated its technological superiority in this field at the end of 2019. During test firing at the Alkantpan proving ground in South Africa, three new maximum ranges were attained with different guns. A 52-calibre G6 howitzer hurled a shell 76 kilometres, the longest ranged ever attained by a conventional 155mm artillery projectile. The 52-calibre main gun of the PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer achieved a range of 67 kilometres, while a 39-calibre field howitzer reached 54 kilometres.
06 Apr 20. Japan’s largest Super Puma operator, Japan Coast Guard (JCG), has placed a new order of two H225 helicopters. This follow-on order brings JCG’s Super Puma fleet to 15, comprising two AS332s and 13 H225s. The new helicopters will be utilised for territorial coastal activities, security enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in Japan. The JCG’s H225s are covered by Airbus’ HCare Smart full-by-the-hour material support. This customised fleet availability programme allows JCG to focus on its flight operations whilst Airbus manages its assets. The 11-ton-category, twin-engine H225 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family. Equipped with state-of-the-art electronic instruments and renowned autopilot precision, the all-weather capable H225 offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed, and can be fitted with various equipment to suit any role. In Japan alone, a total of 28 helicopters from the Super Puma family are currently flown by civil, parapublic operators, and Japan’s Ministry of Defense for various search and rescue missions, offshore operations, VIP, fire-fighting, and passenger and goods transportation.
06 Apr 20. The Boeing Co., Defense, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $68,060,000 undefinitized contract action for the F-15 Qatar program. This contract action supports the Foreign Military Sales requirement for the Qatar Emiri Air Force and provides maintenance and logistics support for aircraft and training devices conducting pre-delivery training. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 21, 2021. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the state of Qatar and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the amount of $33,349,400 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8634-18-C-2701).