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29 Jun 20. Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $25,408,756 modification (P00353) to contract W31P4Q-04-C-0046 for support services for the Javelin weapon system. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2025. Fiscal 2020 Foreign Military Sales (United Kingdom) funds in the amount of $25,408,756 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

SEA

02 Jul 20. BAE and Royal Navy Provide 1st Look at Autonomous Sea Boats of the Future. During Armed Forces Week, BAE Systems and the Royal Navy announce a £3.2m autonomous boat contract that will increase Navy’s capabilities while protecting sailor’s lives. The autonomous capabilities of BAE Systems’ Pacific 24 (P24) Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB), a staple in the Royal Navy surface fleet, could significantly enhance the Royal Navy’s ability to protect its sailors at reach, as the upgraded sea boat is able to execute its own missions without crew and be run from a warship. (Source: ASD Network)

AIR

01 Jul 20. Horizon Technologies announced the award of an additional £100,000. Innovate UK Grant to help fund its AMBER™ CubeSat-based Intelligence Data Service.  APC needs to be fully tested and operational in order be able to provide terrestrial AMBER™ data for integration testing for our AMBER™ end-users in addressing their Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) requirements. Using Horizon Technologies’ unique IP, the APC processes AIS, Sat Phone, Maritime Radar, and GNSS Spoofer signals sent to it from the AMBER™ payload. AMBER™ is a Public/Private partnership with the UK Government. Despite the worldwide disruptions due to COVID-19, the legacy FlyingFish™ business is increasing, and our list of AMBER™ end-users continues to grow—2020 will be our most successful year yet. Horizon Technologies is the world leader in airborne satellite phone monitoring systems for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, equipping governments worldwide by enhancing their Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities. They are the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the FlyingFish™ which is in operation on numerous ISR aircraft worldwide, including NATO and FRONTEX. In 2021, Horizon Technologies, as part of a Public/Private partnership with the UK Government, will be launching the first of their AMBER™ commercial SIGINT CubeSats to provide customers with an enhanced Maritime Intelligence Data Service.

02 Jul 20. Marshall Advanced Composites has received an order worth £890,000 from Honeywell for 21 sonobuoy launch carousel assembly units.  The order was received from Honeywell in Yeovil, UK, at the end of May and will be delivered throughout 2021 and 2022.  The carousel assembly was originally designed for use on the Nimrod aircraft and is used to drop submarine – seeking sonobuoys. Each carousel holds 10 sonobuoys, which are dropped through apertures in the aircraft floor and can be reloaded in-flight.  Marshall has been supplying sonobuoy carousel units to Honeywell for a number of years and delivered its 100th unit to the company in December last year. During that time Marshall updated the design so they could be installed on the S-92 and Wildcat helicopters.

02 Jul 20. Serco, the international services company and defence specialist has been awarded a £20m contract to provide Aircraft Engineering Support and Airfield Services (AESAS) at Royal Naval Air Stations (RNAS) Yeovilton and Culdrose.  The contract will commence in January 2021 and is for four years and three months with a 12 month extension option. The contract will deliver aircraft engineering support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Helicopter Force and Wildcat Helicopter Force based out of RNAS Culdrose and RNAS Yeovilton respectively, enabling the Royal Navy’s operational capability and airworthiness of the rotary fleets. Additional services include maintaining the specialist ground support equipment for both aircraft types, providing refuelling services at both air stations and administrative support including operational planning support to 736 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose. The contract will also support flying training with simulator instructors.

EUROPE

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26 Jun 20. Spanish Army will acquire new sniper rifles. The Spanish Army is to procure 27 new semi-automatic sniper rifles, as it continues efforts to strengthen its small arms inventory. The service intends to spend around €318,00 ($360,000) to acquire the weapons and accessories. An army spokesperson told Shephard that it has not yet decided which units will receive the sniper rifles. The tender was published on 11 June and states that the rifles should be delivered by December 2020. The 7.62x51mm weapons should be compatible with NATO ammunition. Each rifle must be handed over with four magazines (two with ten cartridges and other two with 20).  (Source: Shephard)

02 Jul 20. Kongsberg to provide NATO Band IV radio link for Norway. Kongsberg is to provide the Norwegian Armed Forces with a new Flexible High Capacity Radio Link (FHCL) with deliveries to begin in May 2021, the company announced on 2 July. The contract from the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency is worth NOK128m ($13.56m). It will see Kongsberg provide a complete communications solution centred on the RL542A NATO Band IV radio link. The RL542A includes ECCM capabilities and high data rates that provide multiple waveforms for point-to-point as well as point-to-multipoint operations. (Source: Shephard)

AIR

01 Jul 20. Atlas, a global leader in autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operating in the U.S., U.K. and EU, announced it has been chosen as a UAS provider for the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPAID) Search and Rescue (SAR) Mid-Troms unit, due to its unique capabilities in extreme conditions. The NPAID Mid-Troms unit is a volunteer SAR unit operating in northern Norway specializing in first response and lifesaving operations in extreme Arctic environments. The unit covers a region of Arctic Norway famous for its sparsely populated mountain ranges and Fjords. The NPAID team ensures the safety of tourists in the region, especially as adventure tourism continues to increase. As a highly sophisticated and professional task force, NPAID Mid-Troms is an early adopter of new technologies and its project team is constantly seeking tools aimed at optimizing SAR operations. The team selected Atlas as its UAS provider and uses the AtlasPRO in its missions. Due to its unsurpassed capabilities and reliability, the AtlasPRO is transforming SAR operations in extreme Arctic conditions. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

01 Jul 20. GKN Aerospace has signed a follow-on Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract with the Swedish Armed Forces for the provision of comprehensive support for the GKN Aerospace RM12 engine. The RM12 engine powers the JAS 39 Gripen C/D fighter. This contract follows a series of multi-year RM12 PBL agreements and is expected to be worth approximately USD440M.  Under the agreement, GKN Aerospace will continue its support for the day-to-day operations of JAS 39 Gripen C/D users. The company will ensure engine availability for every Swedish Air Force mission as well as for Gripen C/D export customers: the Czech Republic, Hungary and Thailand. This will include the provisioning of technical product support as well as comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul including repair development and spare parts supply.

01 Jul 20. HENSOLDT has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space to develop and produce a new AESA (= Active Electronic Scanning Array) radar for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleets. The project is jointly financed by the Eurofighter partner nations Spain and Germany, who will also be the first users of the radar in their fleets. Following budget approval by the Spanish government and most recently by the German Bundestag in mid-June, the contracts worth over 1.5bn euros have now been signed. The contracts cover the German-Spanish new development of core components of the Eurofighter radar – including a digital multi-channel receiver and transmitter/receiver modules of the antenna – and the equipping of approximately 130 Eurofighter aircraft of tranches two and three. The development is being carried out by a Spanish-German industrial consortium under German leadership with the support of the Eurofighter nations Great Britain and Italy. HENSOLDT has already been involved in the development and production of the Eurofighter sensor technology currently in use. At its radar centre in Ulm, HENSOLDT currently employs 2,200 people, and in the Eurofighter radar sector alone, the company expects to create 400 highly qualified jobs over the entire programme period. The sensor specialist is also investing around 15m euros in the necessary capacity expansion, primarily at the Ulm site.

29 Jun 20. Lockheed Martin is to be contracted to build and deliver 44,000 of its air-to-surface missiles for United States and international customers over a four-year period. Lockheed Martin is to be contracted to deliver 44,000 Hellfire and JAGM missiles to US and international customers over a four-year period. (US Air Force) The US Army disclosed on 28 June that it is to award the manufacturer a sole-source contract to build and deliver its AIM-114 Hellfire and Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) weapon systems from fiscal year (FY) 2022 through to FY 2025. The US Army Contracting Command-Redstone has a (FY 2022–25) requirement for the acquisition of a total quantity of 44,000 (11,000 per year) air-to-ground missiles [AGMS] in support of the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, special customers and various foreign military sales customers,” the notification said. “Additionally, this requirement consists of Hellfire and JAGM guidance sections, air trainer missiles, AGMS quality assurance lot verification test flight testing, non-recurring engineering support, initial spares, and missile storage. (Source: Jane’s)

29 Jun 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $67,690,000 not-to-exceed modification (P00004) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target advance acquisition contract N00019-20-C-0009. This modification procures long lead materials, parts, components and support necessary to maintain on-time production and delivery of nine lot 16 F-35A Lightning II aircraft for the government of The Netherlands, as well as seven F-35A semiconductors and two F-35B Lightning II aircraft for the government of Italy. Work will be performed in Cameri, Italy (24%); Fort Worth, Texas (22%); El Segundo, California (11%); Warton, United Kingdom (7%); Baltimore, Maryland (4%); Nashua, New Hampshire (3%); San Diego, California (2%); various locations within the continental U.S. (21%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (6%). Work is expected to be completed by May 2025. Non-Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $67,690,000 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.

26 Jun 20. Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces to provide support and maintenance services for Gripen from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021. The total order value amounts to MSEK 687. The order is a nine month extension of a contract signed with FMV late May 2017, regarding performance-based support and maintenance of Gripen and cover the period 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021. The order includes support and maintenance services essential to aviation operations with Gripen. The order covers, for example, design and support, component maintenance, the provision of logistics, technical system support, publications, spare parts, repairs, ground support equipment and pilot equipment. (Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report)

29 Jun 20. Safran to Support Dutch Cougar Helicopter Engines. Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a multi-year contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to support its Makila-powered AS532U2 Cougar Mk.II helicopter fleet. Following a public tender, the contract formalizes a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement to support over 40 Makila 1A2 engines until their end-of-life. Under the contract, the customer can optimize its engine maintenance budget and benefit from guaranteed MRO turnaround times. It also secures access to a pool of replacement enquiries. Safran Helicopter Engines now supports all aspects of the RNLAF Makila 1A2 including provision of spare parts, ground-service equipment and engineering support. The contract will be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines Germany, which supports nearly 300 operators flying in Germany, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. (Source: ASD Network)

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01 Jul 20. DRS Advanced ISR LLC, Beavercreek, Ohio, was awarded a $250,000,000 hybrid (cost-no-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price) contract to replace aging Joint Tactical Terminals scheduled for end of life in fiscal 2025. 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 July 30, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W56KGY-20-F-0077).

30 Jun 20. DRS, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a production delivery order contract for the next-generation of U.S. Army mission command computing systems called the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS) II. This modular, scalable system supports the Army’s current modernization strategy for ground combat vehicles, combat service support vehicles and command posts. The contract value is worth $104m. The delivery order was awarded to the Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Office of the Defense Information Systems Agency on behalf of U.S. Army Program Manager, Mission Command, and U.S. Army Program Executive Office – Command, Control and Communications – Tactical.  Leonardo DRS is in the second year of a five-year contract supporting the U.S. Army Mounted Computing Environment requirements. The MFoCS II system is a family of common computing and display systems that consolidates a range of programs and military computing users. The system will support the continued fielding and upgrades of the Army’s Joint Battle Command – Platform and features critical system capability upgrades, cybersecurity improvements and multi-touch displays. Additionally there are significant performance enhancements of the platform computing server as the Army continues to improve the JBC-P systems used for tactical situational awareness and global Blue Force Tracking and In-Transit Visibility logistics tracking. Work on this contract will be performed in the Leonardo DRS Land Electronics facility in Melbourne, Florida.

26 Jun 20. GM Defense LLC, Detroit, Michigan, was awarded a $214,297,869 firm-fixed-price contract for acquisition of the Infantry Squad Vehicle, installation kits, ancillary hardware and logistical support. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 24, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-20-D-0066).

26 Jun 20. GM Defense LLC, Detroit, Michigan, was awarded an $8,580,666 firm-fixed-price contract for initial delivery of Infantry Squad Vehicles and integrated product support. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 24, 2021. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-20-D-0066).

26 Jun 20. JCB Inc., Pooler, Georgia, was awarded a $269,425,883 firm-fixed-price contract for electric over hydraulic High Mobility Engineer Excavators, related hardware and ancillary services. 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 23, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-20-D-0084).

01 Jul 20. The U.S. Army has selected Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace to provide a wireless fire control capability to support its future medium caliber lethality needs for its light and medium Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV). This decision creates a common architecture across all current robotic lethality fire control for crew-served, medium caliber and anti-tank weapons. In addition to the fire control architectures for both RCV-Light (RCV-L) and RCV-Medium (RCV-M), Kongsberg weapon stations – CROWS J and MCT-30 respectively – have been selected as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) for the Army’s RCV phase 2 experimentation. This latest contract for wireless fire-control architecture augments previous awards to Kongsberg for the wireless fire-control architecture for the U.S. Army RCV-L program and the Multi-User, Multi-Station (MUMS) distributed fire-control architecture. The MUMS architecture was developed against a U.S. Marine Corps requirement for “one over many, many over one” control of RWS. The MUMS architecture is currently being applied to all Marine RWS deliveries including systems for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV). Kongsberg demonstrated its wireless fire control capability for the RCV-L architecture, firing both a Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) as well as the weapon station’s 12.7 mm machine gun (.50 M2) from a legacy

30 Jun 20. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $226,254,087 modification (P00006) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0077 for a 44 M270A2 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas; New Boston, Texas; and Camden, Arkansas, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 30, 2023. Fiscal 2020 missile procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $226,254,087 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

29 Jun 20. Northrop Grumman has signed contracts to continue the production of Precision Guidance Kits (PGK) for 155mm artillery projectiles. The $137m modification contract is for additional PGKs for the US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC). The company has also achieved a milestone with the production and delivery of 50,000 artillery kits. With a combined guidance capability functioning in one device, the PGK transforms 155mm artillery projectiles by combining fuse functions and GPS guidance into one device that fits into standard fuse wells. This helps to reduce the number of artillery projectiles required to attack targets and lower collateral damage while delivering accuracy. Recently, the company expanded its PGK production capacity in Plymouth, Minnesota, US. The additional capacity will increase the daily, single shift production rate by 15% to meet the demand. (Source: army-technology.com)

01 Jul 20. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $14,434,397 modification (P00308) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 to retrofit mufflers, forward facing cameras, larger rear door transparent armor and muffler robustness into the baseline configuration of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle family of vehicles. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2021. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 other procurement (Army) funds; 2020 Army Office of the Chief of Army Reserve funds; and Navy procurement funds in the amount of $14,434,397 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

30 Jun 20. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $127,718,247 modification (P00355) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 to exercise available options to support the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020 other procurement (Army) funds; 2020 overseas contingency operations, defense funds; 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Army) funds; 2020 procurement, defense-wide funds; and 2020 research, development, test and evaluation, defense-wide funds in the amount of $127,718,247 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

30 Jun 20. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded an $8,006,398 modification (P00353) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 to perform the completion efforts under Work Directive 0095-R001, Revision 8 (Retrofit, Rev 8), for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle system. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2021. Fiscal 2019 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $8,006,398 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

01 Jul 20. Sierra Nevada Corp., Centennial, Colorado, was awarded a $700,000,000 fixed-price-award-fee, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, time-and-materials and cost-reimbursement-no-fee contract (H92408-20-C-0004) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for the development and procurement of Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM) systems. The systems will be integrated onto AC-130J Ghostrider and MC-130J Commando II aircraft operated by Air Force Special Operations Command to help protect aircrews from air- and land-based enemy radar and missile systems. The contract includes RFCM system engineering services, logistics support and spare parts. Funds in the amount of $87,929,352 are being obligated at the time of award. This contract is funded with research, development, test and evaluation appropriation for fiscal 2020; and procurement appropriation for fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020. The under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment determined requirements of Title 10, U.S. Code 2371b (d) were met and approved the use of the authority of Section 2371b as essential to meet critical national security objectives. USSOCOM, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.

SEA

29 Jun 20. Huntington Ingalls Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi, is awarded a $936,032,309 fixed-price-incentive-firm-target modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-2307 to exercise the fiscal 2020 option for the construction of a USS Arleigh Burke DDG-51 class ship (DDG 135). This modification also includes options for engineering change proposals, design budgeting requirements and post-delivery availabilities on the fiscal 2020 option ship. If exercised, the cumulative value of the fiscal 2020 option ship will increase to $947,695,871. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi (91%); Erie, Pennsylvania (1%); and other locations below 1% (collectively totaling 8%), and is expected to be completed by June 2027. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $926,032,309 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

30 Jun 20. KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today it has been awarded a $42.5m task order to support technical training product development for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). KBR was awarded this recompete task order under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract by the USAF Installation Contracting Center. As part of this cost-plus-fixed-fee task order, KBR will provide research and analysis to upgrade, modernize, and develop state-of-the-art training products associated with aircraft and other systems. KBR will work with NAVAIR, the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Training and Simulator Division (NAWCTSD) to support training needs in response to updated requirements and systems. This work is expected to be performed over 60 months and will include additional technical training and product development support for other government agencies and Foreign Military Sales. KBR will perform the work for this contract primarily in Orange Park and Orlando, Florida and Lexington Park, Maryland. (Source: PR Newswire)

26 Jun 20. Rolls-Royce secures US Navy contracts totalling $115.6m. Rolls-Royce has secured recent agreements with the U.S. Navy for ship engines, propulsion components and services valued at up to $115.6m. The engine contract, for $34.4m, is a follow-on production agreement for 16 new MT7 gas-turbine engines for Navy Ship-to-Shore Connector Landing Craft. Rolls-Royce is the exclusive provider of gas-turbine engines installed on the landing craft, which is produced by Textron. The MT7 engine is produced in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the U.S., and is a variant of the Rolls-Royce AE 1107C engine powering V-22 aircraft and a member of the proven and reliable Rolls-Royce AE family of engines. The propulsion components contract, valued at $10.9 m, will include production of main propulsion monobloc propellers, propeller hubs, blades and other components. The ship components will be produced at Rolls-Royce facilities in Walpole, Massachusetts. The services agreement, valued at up to $70.3m, covers maintenance and repair services of controllable pitch propeller (CPP) hubs and oil distribution boxes (OD Boxes) for multiple Navy ship classes including DDG 51 destroyers. The ship components will be serviced at Rolls-Royce facilities in Walpole and work is expected to be completed in 2026. Rolls-Royce is nearing completion of $400m in improvements in its advanced manufacturing capabilities in Indianapolis, where MT7 engines are produced, as part of a total $600m investment program announced in 2015. Rolls-Royce is also investing in upgrades in Walpole to enhance production and service facilities. (Source: ASD Network)

AIR

01 Jul 20. Cobham, the global market leader in military aircraft oxygen life support systems, announces it has received a $2.65m oxygen concentrator follow-on order from Northrop Grumman Corporation for the Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, an Airborne Command and Control Aircraft (ACC). The order is the second lot of a multi-year production contract for the delivery of oxygen concentrators for the platform. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

01 Jul 20. FLIR Systems has won a contract with the US Marine Corps (USMC) for the delivery of its R80D SkyRaider Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Under the $10m contract, the company will supply an undisclosed number of its advanced military UAS. FLIR R80D SkyRaider has been developed for the US defence and other federal government clients. Fitted with long-range and high-resolution EO/IR imaging sensors, the unmanned system is capable of offering situational awareness both during the day and at night. SkyRaider holds the capacity to carry up to 4.4lb external loads for specialised missions, such as forward resupply, asset extraction and more. The advanced small UAS (sUAS) also features cybersecurity measures, certain advanced embedded AI processing, and multi-mission capabilities. It can provide several Group 2-3 payload capabilities and can locate and identify objects and perform semi-autonomous flight. Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. (Source: naval-technology.com)

26 Jun 20. L3 Technologies Inc., Arlington, Texas, has been awarded a $900,000,000 ceiling, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for simulator common architecture requirements and standards (SCARS). This contract provides for the definition, design, delivery, deployment and sustainment of a simulator common architecture across the Air Force’s training portfolio, along with the creation of a security operations center and library and the execution of SCARS management services. The SCARS initiative will also incrementally implement a modular open systems approach, as well as a set of common standards for Air Force simulators. The primary location of performance is Orlando, Florida. SCARS has a 10-year ordering period through June 2030. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and six offers were received. Fiscal 2020 other procurement funds in the amount of $1,216,598; and fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $14,278,992 are being obligated under the first task order. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8621-20-D-0013).

29 Jun 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $360,800,000 not-to-exceed undefinitized contract modification (P00038) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract N00019-17-C-0001. This modification provides for the procurement of four F-35C Carrier Variant Lot 14 aircraft for the Navy. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (63%); El Segundo, California (14%); Warton, United Kingdom (9%); Orlando, Florida (4%); Nashua, New Hampshire (3%); Baltimore, Maryland (3%); San Diego, California (2%); various locations within the continental U.S. (1.3%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (0.7%). Work is expected to be completed by May 2023. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds for $170,000,000 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.

26 Jun 20. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Azusa, California, has been awarded a $222,507,873 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Defense Support Program (DSP) Operations, Mission Threat Analysis and Engineering Sustainment (DOMES). This contract provides on-orbit satellite and anomaly resolution support, root cause analysis, mission threat analysis, mission test bed and space awareness and global exploitation as key components of the lifetime extension of the DSP. Work will be performed in Azusa, California; Redondo Beach, California; Aurora, Colorado; and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed March 31, 2030. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $18,000,000 is being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (FA8823-20-C-0002).

01 Jul 20. Raytheon Missiles Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $495,058,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) program support and annual sustainment. The contractor will provide non-warranty repairs, program support, contractor logistics support and service life prediction program analysis supporting the AMRAAM weapon system. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed June 30, 2026. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated on the action at the time of award. Concurrently, the first task order will be awarded with $989,450 in fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds. The Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8675-20-D-0020).

TECHNOLOGY

01 Jul 20. BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT) announced today that its Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. subsidiary has been awarded a competitively bid contract by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to expand and upgrade its TRISO nuclear fuel manufacturing line. This $26m, 20-month contract award will both expand BWXT’s TRISO capacity for the manufacture of TRISO fuel compacts as well as upgrade existing systems for delivering production-scale quantities of TRISO fuel. At a later date, BWXT anticipates potential awards for additional contract options that would enable the fabrication and delivery of the fuel in support of future game-changing missions for both the Department of Defense and NASA. This project is an effort jointly funded by the Department of Defense’s Operational Energy Capabilities Improvement Fund (OECIF) Office and NASA, with overall program management provided by the Strategic Capabilities Office. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

02 Jul 20. Mercury Defense Systems Inc., Cypress, California, was awarded a $7,280,300 modification (P00006) to previously awarded contract HR0011-18-C-0133 for additional in-scope work on a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency research project.  Work will be performed in Cypress, California, with an expected completion date of October 2022.  Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,208,097 are being obligated at time of award.  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

01 Jul 20. Mercury Systems Receives $25m Integrated Subsystems Order for Electronic Support Application. Mercury Systems, Inc., a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, announced it received a $25m follow-on order from a leading defense prime contractor for integrated radio frequency (RF) and digital subsystems for an advanced naval electronic support application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2020 fourth quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters. (Source: ASD Network)

26 Jun 20. Mercury Systems Receives $3.9m Contract Award Based on New System-in-Package Capability. Mercury Systems, Inc., a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, announced it received a $3.9m multi-phase contract award from a leading defense prime contractor for the development of a high-density system-in-package solution for radar systems utilizing its novel 2.5D chip-scale integration technology. The award has an 18-month planned performance and shipment period. (Source: ASD Network)

REST OF THE WORLD

LAND

30 Jun 20. Ascent Vision Technologies Secures CUAS Contract with Key Thailand Defense Agency. Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) has received a contract from the Defence Technology Institute (DTI) of Thailand for its field-proven eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System (X-MADIS). The X-MADIS will protect critical assets against hostile small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS). The X-MADIS was selected by the DTI following a series of Counter small Unmanned Aerial System (C-sUAS) demonstrations and tests to showcase the capabilities of the system. Developed to achieve optimal performance in high-heat and humid conditions, the X-MADIS will provide reliable, fixed-site and full spectrum protection against commercial, off-the-shelf sUAS and state level adversaries.

03 Jul 20. EOS secures contract to provide remote weapon stations to Australian Army. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price have announced that the Australian Army will acquire 251 remote weapon stations to be equipped on the fleet of Bushmaster and Hawkei vehicles. The remote weapon stations, which allow a gunner to operate a weaponised system from a protected position, will be added to the Army’s Bushmaster and Hawkei protected mobility vehicles. (Source: Defence Connect)

29 Jun 20. Hanwha Defense awarded contract to mass-produce new SPAAG system for South Korean military. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has awarded Hanwha Defense a KRW250bn (USD207.6m) contract to mass-produce a recently developed 30 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) system based on the chassis of the Hyundai Rotem K808 8×8 armoured vehicle. South Korea’s DAPA has awarded Hanwha Defense a KRW250bn (USD207.6m) contract to mass-produce a new 30 mm SPAAG) system based on the chassis of the K808 8×8 armoured vehicle. (DAPA) In a 27 June statement DAPA said that the short-range air-defence system is intended to gradually replace the ageing 20 mm M167 Vulcan Air Defense Systems (VADSs) still in service with the South Korean military. No details were provided as to how many units were ordered but the new SPAAG system is expected to enter service from 2021. (Source: Jane’s)

26 Jun 20. Raytheon Technologies, Woburn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $9,223,822, firm-fixed-price modification (P00052) to contract FA8730-17-C-0010 for the Qatar Early Warning Radar (QEWR). This modification is for the construction of the communications infrastructure at the QEWR site. Work will be performed in Woburn, Massachusetts; and Qatar, and is expected to be completed by December 2020. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $1,117,574,971. This modification involves 100% Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the country of Qatar. FMS funds in the amount of $9,223,822 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

26 Jun 20. Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a sole-source contract in the amount of $2,271,181,543 under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The contract type will be a hybrid firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-award-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee contract. Under this production contract, the contractor will provide seven Army/Navy Transportable Surveillance and Control Model 2 radars, radar spares, obsolescence design, sustainment services and initial contractor logistics support for KSA. The work will be performed in Woburn, Massachusetts. The performance period is June 26, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2027. KSA FMS funds in the amount of $2,271,181,543 will be used to fund this effort. The Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ0862-20-C-0002).

SEA

01 Jul 20. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems” or “the Company”) announced today that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $53m to provide and integrate intelligence suites onboard vessels of the Navy of a country in Southeast Asia. The contract will be performed over a two-year period. Under the contract Elbit Systems will equip several vessels with suites that provide the capability to perform complex reconnaissance missions, generating an operational picture of the air, surface and underwater domains. Elbit Systems will supply and integrate comprehensive suites comprised of an array of systems from across the Company’s maritime portfolio, including: AES-212 electronic intelligence systems, NATACS naval tactical communication intelligence systems and jamming capabilities, SPECTRO XRTM electro-optical payloads, M670 hull mounted sonars, TRAPS towed reel-able active/passive sonars, underwater communication systems and combat management systems.  The program also includes maritime radars and satellite communication capabilities. In addition, the Company will provide training services.

25 Jun 20. Rohde & Schwarz has been awarded a contract by Thales Canada to deliver secure communications systems for two new Joint Support Ships (JSS), construction of which is currently underway at Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The JSS will be purpose-built, multi-role vessels, providing an important auxiliary function to the Royal Canadian Navy. In addition to replenishment at sea, they will support training and naval manoeuvres in addition to humanitarian operations, ensuring Canada’s continued safety and security at home and abroad. Some of the key factors that resulted in Rohde & Schwarz being awarded this contract include the independent company’s ability to engineer ship specific High Frequency (HF) broadband antenna designs. In addition, the company is known for reliability and high performance, as proven on the many vessels they have installed external communications systems on, including the German Navy’s auxiliary support ships. (Source: ESD Spotlight)

AIR

30 Jun 20. Korea Aerospace Wins 688bn Won Trainer Jet Deal. Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer, said Tuesday it has received a 688bn-won (US$575m) order to supply trainer jets for South Korea’s Air Force by 2024. KAI signed the deal with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration to manufacture a total of 20 TA-50 lead-in fighter aircraft for radar tactical and combat mission training, the company said in a statement. KAI has exported a total of 148 trainer jets worth US$3.1bn — 64 T-50 advanced trainer jets worth $2.4bn and 84 KT-1 basic trainer jets worth $700m — to countries such as Indonesia, Iraq, Thailand, Turkey, Peru and the Philippines since its foundation in 1999. KAI’s net profit jumped 87 percent to 79.5bn won in the January-March period from 42.5bn won a year earlier. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Yonhap news service)

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