18 Jun 20. The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a £26.7m ($33.3m) contract to Oxfordshire-based EP Barrus for the delivery and maintenance of outboard and inboard motors fitted to the MOD’s small boats fleet. Under the seven-year contract, the company will maintain, update and supply engines fitted to more than 1,100 craft. The scope of the contract includes boats within the current MOD in-service fleet for craft under 25m. These boats include Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) and the Mexeflote landing-raft system powered by the Thrustmaster propulsion unit and workboats. EP Barrus will also support planned future MOD crafts. As per the contract, missions and operations in the UK and overseas that involve the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, MOD Police and Cadets will be supported. (Source: naval-technology.com)
17 Jun 20. Rheinmetall has won another major order for logistic vehicles. Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has entered a framework contract with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) for delivery of up to 4,000 swap body systems, many of which will feature armoured driver’s cabs. Running from 2021 to 2027 for Rheinmetall the framework contract represents around €2bn in total sales volume. To begin with, the Group will supply the Bundeswehr with an initial tranche of 540 vehicles. Worth around €348m including VAT, they have now been taken under contract. Of these 540 vehicles, 230 will be protected. Delivery will start early next year, making sure that the Bundeswehr has an adequate number of vehicles in 2023 when Germany takes over leadership of NATO’s spearhead: the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, or VJTF.
18 Jun 20. GMV to Supply Aurea Avionics Seeker to Spanish MoD. The technology multinational GMV has won a contract under the Spanish MoD’s RAPAZ program for the supply of four Class I Seeker RPAS, to be integrated into the intelligence units of the Paratrooper Brigade and the Tercio de Armada de Infantería de Marina (Marine Infantry Protection Force), thus providing them with the most advanced version of the unmanned aircraft Seeker. The UAS Seeker is an autonomous, rapid-deployment system developed by Aurea Avionics and supplied by GMV, providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities over a 15 kilometer range with a 90-minute endurance and a weight of 3.5 kg. This aircraft represents a qualitative leap forward for the armed forces, strengthening their intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to ensure better operational capability and tactical superiority of Spanish troops. Seeker constitutes the core of a situational awareness system providing real-time intelligence. It is designed for rapid-deployment and high-mobility military applications carrying out low-level intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks. (Source: UAS VISION)
10 Jun 20. GomSpace Signs to Build MILSATCOM Smallsats for Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. The satellite will demonstrate military tactical communications on the UHF band from a polar Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The primary mission objective is to demonstrate the military use and relevance of an Arctic satellite relay for tactical communication radios. Another objective is to demonstrate that such a capability can be made operational in within 2 years from project start and less than 18 months after signing this contract. Launch is planned to October 2021. (Source: Satnews)
15 Jun 20. NGC to Build Two C-band Satellites for Intelsat. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by Intelsat to build two C-band satellites that will operate in the upper portion of the C-band spectrum, a range of wireless radio frequencies that is used for critical telecommunications and data connectivity around the world. This award supports the Federal Communication Commission’s order to make the lower portion of the C-band spectrum available to mobile network operators to further the rollout of critical 5G services. These satellites, Galaxy 33 (G-33) and Galaxy 34 (G-34), will be based on Northrop Grumman’s flight proven GEOStar platform. Northrop Grumman has previously built 11 GEO communications satellites for Intelsat and more than 40 GEOStar spacecraft overall. (Source: ASD Network)
18 Jun 20. DRS Sustainment Systems Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, was awarded a $7,985,880 modification (P00069) to contract W56HZV-16-C-0028 for seven Joint Assault Bridge Systems. Work will be performed in West Plains, Missouri, with an estimated completion date of May 11, 2024. Fiscal 2019 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $7,985,880 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
17 Jun 20. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions unit has won a $46m other transaction for prototype agreement (pOTA). The contract has been awarded in support of the US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO). Under the three-year award, Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) Division will work on a prototype project. The project will seek to develop a Directed Energy (DE) Testbed to evaluate emerging, reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) High Energy Laser (HEL) and/or High-Power Microwave (HPM) systems. It will enhance the capacity to deploy HEL and HPM systems. Using HEL and/or HPM deployed on ground-based and airborne platforms, the Air and Missile Defense (AMD) military utility will be showcased to engage unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Work under the agreement will also include research and experimentation. (Source: army-technology.com)
16 Jun 20. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, was awarded an $89,551,256 hybrid (cost-no-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price) contract for Long Range Radar-Enhanced and Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar program efforts. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 15, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W56KGY-20-D-0012).
16 Jun 20. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $61,890,745 modification (P00282) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 to increase available options under the current Joint Light Tactical Vehicle trailer contract from 32 to 3,541. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2021. Fiscal 2020 procurement; defense-wide; and other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $61,890,745 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
12 Jun 20. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA), was awarded a 5-year task order under GSA Professional Services Schedule to support US Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO. The contract will provide technical, engineering, and executive staff support to the Director, US Space Command (USSPACECOM) Program Management Office (PMO). The PMO will manage the design, construction, and mission equipment integration for the USSPACECOM National Space Defense Center (NSDC), Joint Operations Center (JOC), and other related mission command centers. Under this task order, SPA will provide technical and engineering oversight of the design, construction, and mission equipment integration for these critical space command and control facilities. (Source: PR Newswire)
18 Jun 20. BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is awarded an $18,771,034 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00174-17-C-0022 to exercise Option Year Three for the fiscal 2017-2020 production of the MK 38 MOD 3 machine gun system (MGS) and associated spares. Work will be performed in Hafia, Israel (67%); and Louisville, Kentucky (33%). The production of the MGS is derived from the application of an ordnance alteration to the MK 38 MOD 1 25mm MGS. Once installed, this version will incorporate two-axis stabilizations, an improved electro-optical sight system, improved multi-function display, a modified main control panel, a new main computing unit, a 7.62mm machine gun and remote control operation. Work is expected to be complete by November 2021. Fiscal 2020 weapon procurement (Coast Guard) funds; 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds; and 2020 weapon procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $18,771,034 will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
18 Jun 20. BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is awarded an $85,912,640 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides for in-service engineering activity and production services for various Navy identification and data link systems in support of the Combat Integration and Identification Systems Division at the Naval Air Warfare Center Webster Outlying Field. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland (77%); and Rockville, Maryland (23%). Services will support integration and production efforts, including design and feasibility evaluation, component and system design, system integration, production, installation testing and evaluation, in-service engineering, logistics, repair and validation, training, lab maintenance, quality assurance and technical management on a worldwide range of naval ship and shore platforms. Work is expected to be complete by June 2025. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal, and one offer was received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00421-20-D-0117).
17 Jun 20. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi, is awarded $145,598,728 for a not-to-exceed, undefinitized contract action for long lead time material in support of one Amphibious Assault Ship (General Purpose) Replacement (LHA(R)) and Flight 1 Ship (LHA 9). Work will be performed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (42%); Baltimore, Maryland (24%); Pascagoula, Mississippi (17%); Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania (10%); Fairfield, Ohio (6%); and Warminster, Pennsylvania (1%). Work to be performed is the procurement of long lead-time material for LHA 9, the fourth (LHA(R)) America Class and the second LHA(R) Flight 1 variant. Work is expected to be complete by February 2024. Fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) advance procurement funding in the amount of $145,598,728 will be obligated at award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. In accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), this contract was not competitively procured with only one responsible source. No other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-20-C-2437).
02 Jun 20. SAIC Wins Contract for Heavyweight and Lightweight Torpedo Testing Services for US Navy. Company will continue testing torpedo system and component levels for the Naval Sea Systems Command. The U.S. Navy awarded Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) a prime contract worth approximately $60m to continue to provide mission engineering support by testing heavyweight and lightweight torpedoes for the Naval Sea Systems Command. In support of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, SAIC will handle testing and data collection for MK 48 Heavyweight Torpedoes, and MK 54 and MK 46 Lightweight torpedoes. As part of the single-award contract, SAIC will prepare the test facility and test torpedoes, interface the test torpedo, execute the test, and collect and process test data. Additionally, SAIC will support preparing torpedoes for testing at off-site test ranges and locations. SAIC will also provide maintenance, upgrades, and operational support for test torpedo assembly and turnaround, system and subsystem testing, data reduction, test equipment operation, and data and configuration management. The cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract has a one-year base period of performance with four option years. (Source: ASD Network)
18 Jun 20. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded a $12.1m contract to upgrade MQ-9 Block 1 and Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft and Block 25 Dual Control Module Ground Control Station (DCMGCS) and Block 30 Ground Control Station (GCS) for the Air National Guard (ANG). The procurement includes kits for High-Definition (HD) displays and Barrett Asymmetrical Digital Datalink Computers (BADDC), as well as Multi-Intelligence Smart Processing (MISP). The BADDC act as a payload data multiplexer, increasing the number of sensor data sources that the RPA can send over data links within its channel and bandwidth constraints. The BADDC interleaves data from the RPA’s onboard sensors and forwards the data into a single data link channel, enabling several sources of sensor data to be transmitted through the link. MISP is a bi-directional data architecture developed in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory and BAE Systems. MISP enables the GCS and Squadron Operations Center to share internal and external data in a secure manner. The MISP network establishes a baseline for quickly adding new Internet Protocol-enabled sensors to the system. These sensors can be operated locally or remotely as desired by the aircrew. Additionally MISP provides unit level intelligence capabilities to refine MQ-9 sensor data disseminated to the enterprise. Using MISP, MQ-9 data is disseminated to the right personnel, at the right time, to inform the best possible decision.
17 Jun 20. Northrop Grumman has won a $151.3m order for large aircraft infrared countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems and support. Under the award, the company will deliver infrared countermeasure systems to the US Air Force (USAF). The LAIRCM system is used to defend aircrews by detecting, tracking and jamming incoming infrared threats. By directing a high-intensity laser beam into the missile seeker, the system has the capability to automatically counter advanced infrared missile systems. Last year, Northrop Grumman secured a $200m indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by the USAF to provide LAIRCM systems and support. The latest order will support upgrades, modifications and production installations on C-17, HC/MC-130J, KC-46, P-8, CH-53K, C-37 and head of state aircraft. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
17 Jun 20. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded an $18,733,197 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00026) to contract FA8615-17-C-6047 for active electronically scanned array radars of Air Force F-16 aircraft. The contract modification is for definitization of the radio frequency target generator, additional support equipment and software development to support Phase Two. Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by April 2023. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $3,510,172; and fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $10,103,436 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $1,027,044,025. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
12 Jun 20. Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $202,600,272 definitive contract for F-15 sustainment. The estimated value of the options is $112,670,298. This contract provides support for the APG 82(V)1 radar modernization program depot activation in support of the Air Force. These services will include the engineering services required to support depot activation. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California; Forest, Mississippi; and McKinney, Texas. Work is expected to complete Dec. 11, 2024. This award is a result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $89,929,974 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8505-20-C-0001).
12 Jun 20. Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $37,442,009 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Blackjack program, Phase 2. This contract provides for the research, development, and demonstration of an Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) payload for Blackjack. Raytheon will complete design, fabricate, test, and deliver in quantity space-flight ready OPIR payloads capable of integrating with multiple Blackjack buses and Pit Boss subsystem supporting an on-orbit constellation level demonstration. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, with an estimated completion date of April 2023. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $24,934,144; and fiscal 2020 research and development funds in the amount of $8,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. This contract is a competitive acquisition in accordance with the original broad agency announcement, HR001118S0032. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HR001120C0096).
15 Jun 20. US-based defence contractor Alion Science and Technology has secured a new $75m contract to support all Navy Minotaur software platforms for key naval commands. Under the contract, the company will support research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) of all Navy Minotaur software platforms for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) an Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane. The agreement was awarded under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC) vehicle. (Source: naval-technology.com)
10 Jun 20. GSA, Defense Department’s Joint AI Center Select Booz Allen to Support Joint Warfighting National Mission Initiative. Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) today announced that the company has been awarded a five-year, $800m contract by the GSA’s Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) and the Department of Defense to provide artificial intelligence (AI) services to support the Joint AI Center (JAIC). Under this task order, awarded through the GSA Alliant 2 Governmentwide Acquisition Contract, Booz Allen will support the JAIC’s Joint Warfighting National Mission Initiative (JWNMI), serving as the prime systems integrator in the development of new artificial intelligence technologies and products to improve operational effectiveness in all domains. In this capacity, Booz Allen will coordinate and work hand-in-hand with industry to source and integrate the best technologies to meet JWNMI’s complex requirements and deliver world-class AI capabilities. The JAIC was established by the DoD in 2018 to seize upon the transformative potential of AI technology for the benefit of U.S. national security. In 2019, the JAIC announced intentions to expand its focus to include joint warfighting operations—increasing combat effectiveness by accelerating military decision-making and operations, guided by the Ethical Principles for AI adopted by the Department of Defense earlier this year. These efforts are in line with the White House’s Executive Order on AI and the release of DoD’s AI strategy, both of which set goals of bringing artificial intelligence to bear to help solve the government’s most challenging problems. (Source: ASD Network)
12 Jun 20. The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Program Executive Office – Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO-USC) has selected GMATEK Inc. to perform research and development in multi-sensor fusion and analytics to detect, mitigate and compensate for sensor degradation onboard unmanned surface and undersea vehicles (USV/UUV). A woman-owned small business established in 2007, this work is being performed at their facilities in Annapolis, Maryland. Participating as a subcontractor is FarSounder Inc. of Warwick, Rhode Island. GMATEK Inc. (www.gmatek.com) is applying machine learning and deep-learning artificial intelligence technology to ensure remotely operated and autonomous vehicles can operate reliably under adverse conditions and with increasing degrees of failure in sensor components and systems. Project goals include maintaining domain and situational awareness in the operating environment external to the vehicle while optimizing reduced capabilities of internal vehicle systems. Development of a prototype system for test and evaluation in relevant and operational conditions is accomplished for subsea, surface and airborne sensors. FarSounder Inc. is contributing their knowledge, expertise and experience in sonar and related systems to supplement GMATEK’s development efforts. (Source: PR Newswire)
16 Jun 20. Mercury Systems Receives $49m Order for Signal Processing and RF Technology. Mercury Systems, Inc., a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, announced today that it has received a $49m order from a leading defense prime contractor for high-performance signal processing and RF solutions for a missile defense program. The order was received in the Company’s fiscal 2020 fourth quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters. (Source: ASD Network)
10 Jun 20. NextFlex Secures Seven Years of Funding, Up to $154m, in Cost-Sharing Agreement with AFRL. Funding includes money from the Office of the Secretary of Defense to fuel electronics innovation for manufacturing and military purposes. NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Innovation Institute, announced today that it has secured seven years of government funding worth up to $154m in a cost-sharing agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The seven-year agreement also includes funding from the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s (OSD) Manufacturing Technology program, which focuses on cross-cutting defense manufacturing needs. The funds will be used to directly support NextFlex’s ongoing mission to drive manufacturing technology needs for OSD Research & Engineering modernization priorities and developing FHE innovations to accelerate its adoption in the US, with particular focus given to Department of Defense technology transitions that increase military capabilities, and on developing a robust FHE workforce. Under the new Cooperative Agreement, NextFlex will update and extend its project support and technology roadmaps into FHE manufacturing in partnership with DoD and other government agencies to achieve specific goals in support of these agencies’ missions. With the additional funding, the Institute will also be able to expand on the number of FHE projects with its member partners and continue building a more robust FHE ecosystem in the US. (Source: ASD Network/NextFlex)
15 Jun 20. Global aerospace and national security solutions provider Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been contracted by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The $8m valued contract will support SNC’s Phase I development of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Intent-Defined Adaptive Software (IDAS) programme. The IDAS programme aims to develop technologies that capture software engineering intentions. This will enable rapid and continual adaptation of the Department of Defense (DoD) software-enabled systems. The programme is divided into four technical areas (TAs), including Automated Software Generation, Problem Set Generation, Integrated Test & Evaluation and Experimental Control & Transition. The research and initial prototype phase has a duration of 18 months. SNC will evaluate the emerging auto-code-generating capabilities. Specifically, it will lead the Experimental Control & Transition TA to develop and implement problem sets and changes, exercises, prototype toolchains and execution guidance from other TAs. SNC will develop an example project of Cloud Agility Baseline with related agile process improvements. It will be used to compare prototype workflows and software. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
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11 Jun 20. Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) reports contracts worth over USD16m from a non-disclosed US DoD customer to deliver its ground-based imaging systems. The contracts were received over the last 60 days and include numerous units of the CM262 four sensor configuration imaging system and several units of the field proven CM202U optic. These multi-mission systems will provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and Counter small Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-sUAS) capabilities to combat forces. The CM262 was launched two years ago to provide customers with improved situational awareness. The system is a full-High Definition (HD) optic, combining four sensor configurations, a next-generation video processor and cutting-edge stabilization technologies. The CM262 is a compact, man-portable, 26 pound unit that features HD electro-optical, HD Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR), Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) and a laser range finder, designed to support accurate target detection, recognition and identification day and night. The CM202U, originally designed for portable counter UAS missions, is a 12-pound optic that offers target detection, recognition and identification with a HD electro-optical sensor and MWIR core. Since its introduction to the market three years ago, the CM202U has continued to be refined to offer a solution for ISR and C-sUAS. (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
18 Jun 20. Raytheon, Fort Wayne, Indiana, was awarded a $29,237,124 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for procurement of Jordan’s Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2020 Foreign Military Sales (Jordan) funds in the amount of $29,237,124 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91CRB-20-C-5016).
15 Jun 20. The Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) has bolstered and upgraded its fleet of Thales Bushmaster Protected Vehicles. The purchase of 6 additional Bushmasters, 3 troops carrier and 3 ambulance versions, brings its fleet to 18, significantly strengthening the JDF’s ability to fight crime while simultaneously keeping its soldiers protected and comfortable. This substantial purchase confirms the Bushmaster’s outstanding performance in JDF services over the past five years.
17 Jun 20. US State Dept. clears $600m deal with Ukraine for patrol boats, guns and sensors. The U.S. State Department has cleared a potential sale to Ukraine of 16 Mark VI patrol boats and other gear worth $600m, it was announced Wednesday. The pending sale to Ukraine is the first of its kind since U.S. President Donald Trump was acquitted in February in congressional impeachment proceedings that centered on his administration’s freeze on military aid to Ukraine. (Source: Defense News)
19 Jun 20. BAE Systems Portsmouth factory will supply Western Australia-based Austal with 24 rigid inflatable boats (RIB) to equip two Cape Class patrol boats currently under construction for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard. The P24 is a small and agile boat that can be deployed for a variety of tasks from counter-piracy and counter-narcotics missions, to force protection, rescue and logistics operations. It is used by a number of military customers, including the Royal Navy, but its versatility, fuel efficiency and high-tech construction also lends itself to use by civil customers too. (Source: Defence Connect)
12 Jun 20. The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a preamble contract that paves the way for the country to procure its first-ever frigate from Denmark. The contract was signed on 30 April in the presence of representatives from the MOD, state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, and PT Sinar Kokoh Persada, the Indonesian agent for Danish company Odense Maritime Technology (OMT). Among articles covered in the preamble contract include workshare arrangements that will be taken once an actual contract for the first vessel materialises, a defence industry source close to the matter has confirmed with Janes while providing documentary evidence of the occasion. As first reported by Janes in March 2019, Indonesia has grown increasingly keen on a variant of the Iver Huitfeldt -class frigate, three of which are in service with the Royal Danish Navy, for the country’s own two-ship surface combatant requirement. A piece of unclassified correspondence between the country’s then-defence minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, and the cabinet secretary of President Joko Widodo provided to Janes that month made the case for the Iver Huitfeldt class as one that features “reliable combat capabilities, and can operate in the extremities of Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone”. The Iver Huitfeldt class displaces 6,600 tonnes at full load, and is powered by four MTU 20V 8000 M70 diesel engines in a combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) configuration, giving it a top speed of about 28kt. (Source: Jane’s)
16 Jun 20. Canada – Hornet Extension Program Related FMS Acquisitions. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada of fifty (50) Sidewinder AIM-9X Block II Tactical missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $862.3m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on June 15, 2020. The Government of Canada has requested to buy
— fifty (50) Sidewinder AIM-9X Block II Tactical missiles;
— fifty (50) Sidewinder AIM-9X Block II Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs);
— ten (10) Sidewinder AIM-9X Block II Special Air Training Missiles (NATMs);
— ten (10) Sidewinder AIM-9X Block II Tactical Guidance Units;
— ten (10) Sidewinder AIM-9X Block II CATM Guidance Units;
— thirty-eight (38) APG-79(V)4 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar units;
— thirty-eight (38) APG-79(V)4 AESA Radar A1 kits;
— twenty (20) Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C, AGM-154C;
— forty-six (46) F/A-18A Wide Band RADOMEs.
Also included are additional technical and logistics support for the AESA radar; upgrades to the Advanced Distributed Combat Training System (ADCTS) to ensure flight trainers remain current with the new technologies; software development to integrate the systems listed into the F/A-18A airframe and install Automated Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS); thirty (30) Bomb Release Unit (BRU) – 42 Triple Ejector Racks (TER); thirty (30) Improved Tactical Air Launched Decoy (ITALD); one hundred four (104) Data Transfer Device/Data Transfer Units (DTD/DTU); twelve (12) Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS); one hundred twelve (112) AN/ARC-210 RT-2036 (Gen 6) radios and F/A-18 integration equipment; support equipment; tools and test equipment; technical data and publications; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $862.3m. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the military capability of Canada, a NATO ally that is an important force for ensuring political stability and economic progress and a contributor to military, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world. This sale will provide Canada a two-squadron bridge of enhanced F/A-18A aircraft to continue meeting NORAD and NATO commitments while it gradually introduces new advanced aircraft via the Future Fighter Capability Program between 2025 and 2035. The proposed sale of the capabilities, as listed, will improve Canada’s capability to meet current and future warfare threats and provide greater security for its critical infrastructure. This sale will provide Canada the ability to maximize the systems’ employment and sustainment, significantly enhancing the warfighting capability of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s F/A-18 aircraft. Canada will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The prime contractors will be Raytheon Corporation, El Segundo, CA; General Dynamics Mission Systems, Marion, VA; The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO; and Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids, IA. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor(s).
(defense-aerospace.com EDITOR’S NOTE: Canada plans to upgrade 36 Hornet fighters out of its 76 CF-18s and 18 secondhand Australian F-18s is has purchased so they can remain in service until the mid-2030s, when a new fighter will replace them. Canada has already earmarked C$3bn extend the service lives of the CF-18s and purchase 18 secondhand fighters from Australia.) (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Defense Security Cooperation Agency)
16 Jun 20. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $22,665,000 firm-fixed-price modification (PZ0011) to contract FA8621-17-C-6398 for F-15SA aircrew training devices (ATD). The contract modification provides for the purchase and installation of a full mission trainer (FMT), a visual database for the area of King Khalid Air Base, Saudi Arabia, and five years of contractor logistics support for existing ATDs. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri; King Faisal Air Base, Saudi Arabia; and King Khalid Air Base, Saudi Arabia. This modification involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Saudi Arabia, and work is expected to be completed by April 30, 2024. FMS funds in the amount of $27,040,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $93,740,000. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
12 Jun 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a not-to-exceed $375,488,269 undefinitized contract modification (P00014) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-19-C-0013). This modification provides non-recurring efforts to design and develop unique hardware and software for the Multi-Role Helicopter MH-60R development program for the government of India. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (81%); and Stratford, Connecticut (19%), and is expected to be complete by June 2025. Foreign Military Sales funds for $117,700,000 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.
12 Jun 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $183,815,073 modification (P00096) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0003). This modification incorporates additional operation, security and technical services in support of the F-35 Lightning II program for the Republic of Korea. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be complete by January 2021. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $183,815,073 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.