UNITED KINGDOM AND NATO
27 Aug 20. British Army’s construction vehicles boosted by £240m contract. The military’s fleet of bulldozers, cranes and forklifts will soon be refreshed thanks to a £240m maintenance contract. The fleet – known as MITER – is a valuable asset in peace time activities and operations around the world. In recent years the equipment has been used to help with recovery following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Dorian in the Caribbean, during major flooding incidents in the UK and supporting the military response to COVID-19 by loading and off-loading vital medical supplies from distribution centres. Now a new seven-year contract has been awarded to AmeyBriggs to maintain, manage and support the MOD’s fleet of construction and mechanical vehicles. Vehicles in the MITER fleet include excavators, bulldozers, cranes and forklift trucks and meet the MOD’s need for earth-moving, engineer construction and mechanical handling capabilities. Offering MOD £136m in savings over the next 10 years, the contract will also sustain jobs across the UK. (Source: U.K. MoD)
02 Sep 20. L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to deliver two Low-Frequency Active Towed Sonar (LFATS) systems to a NATO member. The LFATS system is used on ships to detect, track and engage all types of submarines. L3Harris specifically designed the system to perform at a lower operating frequency against modern diesel-electric submarine threats. The United States Department of Defense recently awarded this 26-month delivery order under VSE Corporation’s Foreign Military Sales contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command International Fleet Support Program Office. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
03 Sep 20. £317m Typhoon radar contract to develop next generation radar for the Royal Air Force Typhoon. A £317m contract to develop the next generation of radar for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons will sustain hundreds of jobs and develop technologies for the UK’s Future Combat Air System. BAE Systems and Leonardo have been awarded a contract to develop the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA), the European Common Radar System Mark 2(ECRS Mk2) radar, to a standard ready to be integrated on to RAF Typhoons. It will sustain more than 600 highly skilled jobs across the country, including more than 300 at Leonardo’s site in Edinburgh, over 100 electronic warfare specialists at the company’s site in Luton, and 120 engineers at BAE Systems’ site in Lancashire. The ECRS2 is a multi-functional array (MFA) that will give UK Typhoons a world-leading Electronic Warfare capability, in addition to traditional radar functions, including wide band Electronic Attack.
02 Sep 20. Flare Bright wins Rapid Innovation DASA contract. UK start-up, Flare Bright Ltd, today can announce winning a UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) contract to rapidly innovate their SnapShot product. SnapShot SnapShot is a tiny, stealthy and fully autonomous nanodrone. It can fly in almost any weather or atmospheric conditions, and it isn’t affected by other electromagnetic signals or needs GPS to guide it. It can take high-quality aerial images with its hand-portable and extremely robust equipment. It is ballistically launched to a height of 100 metres then uses sophisticated and patent pending software to control a glide path and home to the user. Customer interest has been shown from law enforcement, emergency services, industrial inspection companies, urban mapping and the defence sector. The contract is for £226,200 and will develop a soldier-ready robust prototype for testing with the Army.
02 Sep 20. L3Harris Technologies Selects Kinaxis to Enhance Real-Time Decision-Making. Kinaxis® Inc. (TSX:KXS), the authority in driving agility for fast, confident decision-making in an unpredictable world, announced that L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX), an agile global aerospace and defence technology innovator, has selected Kinaxis RapidResponse® to support strategic and tactical decision-making across its supply chains. Kinaxis will help L3Harris enable collaboration with internal stakeholders as well as customers and suppliers on sales and operation trade-offs, engineering changes and supply chain disruptions – all critical to meeting targets. Leveraging the power of Kinaxis RapidResponse and its unique concurrent planning technique, L3Harris gains a single, scalable SaaS planning platform that synchronises the company’s supply chain.
31 Aug 20. Lockheed Martin Missile Fire Controls, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded an $183,182,541 modification (P00016) to contract W31P4Q1-9-C-0101 for M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers. Work will be performed in Camden, Arizona; and Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 20, 2023. Fiscal 2020 U.S. Marine Corps and Foreign Military Sales (Romania) funds in the amount of $183,182,541 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
02 Sep 20. Sectra (STO: SECT B) received several orders from the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) during the first quarter. The orders cover the further development of existing systems and solutions for secure communication. The military and civil defense agencies are thus further strengthening their ability to communicate securely and efficiently. Sectra has been working together with the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration since 1987, and during this partnership has developed and delivered products for secure communication. The continued collaboration will strengthen communications protection capacity of the Swedish military and civil defense agencies. The order value is approximately SEK 63m.
02 Sep 20. The Government of France has requested to buy four (4) AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and two (2) Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2). Also included are AN/ARC-210 radios; AN/ARC-164 radios; L-3 CSW Multiband Receiver/Transmitters; AN/ARN-153 Navigation Systems; AN/ARN-147 Receivers; AN/APN-241 Radar Receiver-Transmitter Processor; ARC-190 High-Frequency Receivers; AAR-60 Missile Launch Warning Systems; MTS-A Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system; AN/APX-119 Identification Friend or Foe Systems; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS); encryption devices; spare and repair parts; software delivery and support; publications and technical documentation; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $350m. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, Marietta, GA; Rolls Royce Cooperation, Indianapolis, IN; General Electric Aviation System, LTD/Dowty, Sterling, VA; Raytheon, Cedar Rapids, IA; and ViaSat, Carlsbad, CA. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
02 Sep 20. The Government of Spain has requested to buy one hundred (100) AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one (1) AMRAAM Guidance Section (spare). Also included are KGV-135A encryption devices; containers; weapon support and support equipment; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $248.5m. The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset arrangements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
01 Sep 20. The U.S. Government and Department of Defense has awarded Citadel Defense a $12.2m contract to defeat enemy drones on the battlefield and at covered locations in the United States. The decision to purchase Titan systems was made after extensive U.S. Government evaluation that assessed more than a dozen other counter drone solutions. Selection of Titan addresses immediate challenges caused by rapidly evolving drones domestically and overseas. Titan operates as a standalone system that is equally effective in fixed, mobile and dismounted operations which simplifies lifecycle and sustainment challenges burdening troops and budgets today. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
28 Aug 20. The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded DynCorp International (DI) position on a $14bn Aircraft Maintenance Enterprise Solution (ACES) indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. ACES is a sourcing vehicle for contracted aircraft maintenance across the US Air Force. DI is one of the eight companies that won a seat on the multi-award contract. The Air Force Installation Contracting Center in Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, which is the contracting activity, received 19 offers. The other companies are AECOM Management Services, AKIMA Logistics Services, Jacobs Technology, Leidos, M1 Support Services, PAE Services and Vertex Aerospace. Work under the contract is slated to complete by September 2031 and the DoD is not obliged to provide any funds at the time of award of contract. As per the IDIQ, the companies will be responsible to provide maintenance services on an organisational-level basis for all the aircraft mentioned in the individual task order performance work statement. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
31 Aug 20. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (“Elbit Systems of America”), was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (“ID/IQ”) contract by the Defense Logistics Agency Land to supply the U.S. Army with gunner hand stations, commander hand stations and circuit cards for the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (“IFV”). The contract, with a maximum value of up to approximately $79m, will be performed over a 5-year period. An initial purchase order of approximately $26m under the ID/IQ contract followed by a second purchase order of approximately $12m have been issued to be executed over a three-year period. The gunner hand stations enable crew members to target and fire accurately and work in collaboration with the commander hand stations that drive the IFV’s turret and initiate signals to the turret fire control systems. The circuit cards provide processing and power supply to the hand station units.
03 Sep 20. US ARMY 2nd SFAB expands capability with new portable Intercom system from INVISIO. The US Army 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) will add the new lightweight and portable Intercom system from INVISIO to their capabilities to enable instant deployment into any military or commercial passenger vehicle or platform. Following testing the SFAB has now placed an initial order for delivery in the second half of 2020. The order value does not exceed SEK 5m. INVISIO’s Intercom system will provide the US Army 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade with seamless integration of all communication sources such as radios or devices, as well as a unique inter-team chat feature that allows operatives in vehicles to remain in constant coordination and uninterrupted contact during all kinds of operations. The newly developed Intercom system meets a variety of communication needs and increases user safety, operational capacity and bridges the gap between mounted and dismounted communication. (Source: PR Newswire)
01 Sep 20. Army to get two new ground station prototypes in 2022. Along with the U.S. Army’s Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities office, the Defense Innovation Unit has tapped Northrop Grumman to build two new prototype ground stations that will help the Army use satellite imagery for deep sensing. The two prototypes will demonstrate some of the capabilities the Army wants to deliver with the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN), a new scalable, portable ground station being developed to help narrow the sensor to shooter timeline. With TITAN, the Army wants a system that can bring down data from space-based sensors, fuse it with sensor data from other domains, apply artificial intelligence to create targeting data that can be delivered to the appropriate shooter. According to a March solicitation, the Pentagon expects delivery of the two prototypes in January 2022. They will then be used in a series of demonstrations exercised in 2022 and 2023. (Source: Defense News)
31 Aug 20. Raytheon Co., Fullerton, California, has been awarded a maximum $92,500,000 five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for weapons datalink radios and support. This contract provides for the procurement of standoff precision guided munition situational awareness datalink radios under a firm-fixed-price contract line item number (CLIN) along with integration, test, qualification and operational support under a cost-plus-fixed-fee CLIN. Work will be performed in Fullerton, California, and is expected to be completed Aug. 31, 2021. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 Special Operations Command funds in the amount of $1,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8656-20-D-0004).
03 Sep 20. DRS Laurel Technologies Inc. (DRS), Johnstown, Pennsylvania (N63394-20-D-0005); Management Services Group Inc. doing business as Global Technology Systems (GTS),* Virginia Beach, Virginia (N63394-20-D-0004); and Gryphon Technologies LC (Gryphon), Washington, D.C., (N63394-20-D-0003), are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price order provisions to sustain the AN/UYQ-70 Advanced Display System. DRS is awarded a not-to-exceed $37,476,913; GTS is awarded a not-to-exceed $33,769,484; and Gryphon is awarded a not-to-exceed $29,233,479. The awards are not to exceed a program value and combined total of $37,476,913. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (94%); and the governments of Korea and Australia (6%), under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in ship ports (35%); contractors’ facilities in Chesapeake, Virginia; Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. (50%); and Moorestown, New Jersey (15%). All work is expected to be completed by September 2025. Fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $15,000 ($5,000 for each contractor) will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, California, is the contracting activity.
01 Sep 20. L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been selected by Airbus Defence and Space to build a space reflector antenna for a next-generation satellite which will provide mobile telecommunication services throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central Asia. The geostationary satellite, owned and operated by Yahsat/Thuraya, will carry an L-band payload that will enable high-speed services for all customer segments, including defense, government and enterprise throughout multiple continents. The satellite, equipped with L3Harris technology, is scheduled for operation in 2024. Since the company began space reflector antenna operations nearly 50 years ago, L3Harris has designed and built large-aperture reflectors and deployable mesh reflector-feed antenna systems ranging from one meter to the world’s largest commercially available 22-meter reflector. L3Harris has nearly 100 reflectors on orbit. The reflector antenna for the Thuraya 4-NGS satellite will be manufactured and tested at L3Harris facilities in Palm Bay, Fla. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
01 Sep 20. Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification (P00377) under previously awarded Aegis combat weapon system development contract HQ0276-10-C-0001. The total value of this contract modification is $8,157,793. The total value of the contract increases from $3,293,067,205 to $3,301,224,998. This modification provides for scope supporting Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD), including additional Aegis BMD modeling and simulation and Aegis BMD 5.1.1 capability insertions. The following contract line item numbers (CLIN) shall have ceiling and funding added as result of this modification: CLIN 0160, Aegis BMD 5.1.1 capability insertion; and CLIN 0045, Aegis BMD modeling and simulation. The work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey, with an expected completion date of Oct. 31, 2020. The Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HQ0276-10-C-0001).
31 Aug 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Littleton, Colorado, is awarded a $187,542,461 firm-fixed-price contract for the Space Development Agency Transport Layer Tranche 0. The proposal was received and evaluated under request for proposal HQ0850-20-R-0001. The work to be performed under this contract will include on-time delivery of space vehicles and paths to optical intersatellite link interoperability success. Work will be performed in Littleton, Colorado (54.2%); Irvine, California (24.4%); Backnang, Germany (10.6%); Centennial, Colorado (5.9%); Camarillo, California (1.3%); San Diego, California (1.3%); Tempe, Arizona (0.7%); Quebec, Canada (0.5%); Madrid, Spain (0.4%); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (0.3%); Annapolis Junction, Maryland (0.2%); Bedford, New Hampshire. (0.2%); and Ottawa, Canada (0.1%). Fiscal 2020 defense wide research, development, test and evaluation funds will be obligated at the time of award. The Space Development Agency, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (HQ0850-20-C-0009).
28 Aug 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded a $911,765,000 modification (P00049) for existing sole source, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract HQ0147-12-D-0001 for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense element development and support services. This modification brings the total maximum ceiling value of this contract from $2,335,000,000 to $3,246,765,000. This modification provides for the extension of the period of performance for additional incremental development, support to flight and ground test programs and responsive support to warfighter requirements to sustain the Ballistic Missile Defense System throughout the acquisition life cycle. Expected completion dates will be established under subsequent task order awards. The work will be performed at Sunnyvale, California; and Huntsville, Alabama. No funding is being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
03 Sep 20. Longbow Limited, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $164,606,754 firm-fixed-price contract for AH-64E helicopter mast mounted assembly/radar electronics units. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Army); and 2019 Foreign Military Sales (India, Morocco, Netherlands, and United Arab Emirates) funds in the amount of $164,606,754 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-20-F-0464).
02 Sep 20. Northrop Grumman System Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $135,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for remanufacturing efforts in support of the air launch cruise missile inertial navigation element. Work encompasses the disassembly, cleaning, inspection, maintenance, re-assembly, testing and finishing actions as required to return the end item to a like-new condition. Work will be predominantly performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be completed Sept. 3, 2034. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $21,493,987 are being obligated for the first task order at the time of award. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity (FA8128-20-D-0003).
02 Sep 20. Parrot, the leading European drone group, is pleased to announce its selection in the Blue sUAS program by the U.S. Army and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The DIU is a Department of Defense organization that accelerates commercial technology for national defense. The Blue sUAS program is a spin-off of the Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) program launched by the Army and DIU in April 2019. The Blue sUAS drone development effort was organized in response to increased government-wide demand for secure and ultraportable drones that could be used for a variety of military and federal applications. Parrot is currently one of two finalists of the SRR project, with delivery of a production-ready SRR drone scheduled by the end of 2020. Parrot’s work for the SRR project confirmed to the DIU that the company is capable of meeting the outstanding and proven security, performance, scalability and ease-of-use requirements in its initial solutions designed for the U.S. Army. (Source: PR Newswire)
31 Aug 20. York Space Systems,* Denver, Colorado, is awarded a $94,036,666 firm-fixed-price contract for the Space Development Agency Transport Layer Tranche 0. The proposal was received and evaluated under request for proposal HQ0850-20-R-0001. The work to be performed under this contract will include on-time delivery of space vehicles and paths to optical intersatellite link interoperability success. Work will be performed in Denver, Colorado (45.5%); San Diego, California (13.4%); Los Gatos, California (11.0%); Carlsbad, California (9.0%); Los Angeles, California (6.5%); Scottsdale, Arizona (4.4%); Longmont, Colorado (4.1%); Bothell, Washington (3.3%); and Colorado Springs, Colorado (2.8%). Fiscal 2020 defense wide research, development, test and evaluation funds will be obligated at the time of award. The Space Development Agency, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (HQ0850-20-C-0008).
02 Sep 20. Vertex Aerospace has received a $111.4m task order for the RESET of the US Marine Corps’ (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion fleet. The contracted maintenance, modification, aircrew, and related services (CMMARS) task order comes with one base year and four option years. The task order has been awarded by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). In June, four CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft completed an extensive maintenance process, called RESET. (Source: naval-technology.com)
03 Sep 20. The U.S. Army has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $65m task order with a 60-month period of performance to provide Counter Explosive Hazard Research for the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). NVESD researches and develops sensor and sensor suite technologies for air and ground intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition under adverse battlefield conditions in day and night-time environments. Alion will perform advanced technical, scientific research and analysis, and provide recommendations for NVESD’s Countermine Division. This includes the development of technologies, systems, sensors, components, algorithms, methods, and approaches to detect, identify, and defeat the wide variety of explosive hazards and battlefield obstacles threatening U.S. forces, their platforms, systems, infrastructure, and ability to conduct operations.This task order was awarded under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center (DoD IAC), Multiple Award Contract (MAC) issued by the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency. This material is based upon work supported by the DoD Information Analysis Center Program Management Office (DoD IAC PMO), sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) under Contract No. FA807518D0002. (Source: PR Newswire)
28 Aug 20. The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $20m task order with a 60-month period of performance to provide Autonomy and Navigation Technology (ANT) Development. The ANT Center is a forward-looking research center within the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) seeking to identify and solve tomorrow’s most challenging autonomy and navigation problems. The ANT Center’s goal is to develop navigation technology that ensures the Department of Defense (DoD) can navigate anywhere, anytime, using anything, and to improve the DoD’s ability to conduct autonomous operations. Alion will research, assess, analyze, and develop the ANT Center’s research in autonomous and cooperative systems, non-Global Positioning System (GPS) precision navigation, and robust Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) navigation/Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR). This effort supports the AFIT’s mission to advance air, space, and cyberspace power for the nation, its partners, and our armed forces by conducting relevant defense-focused research to enhance technical graduate and continuing education, while supporting the development and evolution of navigation and autonomy technologies, impacting weapon systems across the DoD. This task was awarded under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center Multiple Award Contract (IAC MAC) issued by the Air Force Installation Contracting Center. This material is based upon work supported by the DoD Information Analysis Center Program Management Office (DoD IAC PMO), sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) under Contract No. FA807518D0002.
02 Sep 20. Geospark Analytics Inc., Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $95,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a five year ordering period for the Phase Three commercialization of their Small Business Innovation Research Phase One technology of Hyperion Artificial Intelligence. This enterprise-level contract provides near real time situational awareness capabilities to the entire U.S. federal government, enabling users to make better decisions faster. This is accomplished by identifying and forecasting emerging events on a global scale to mitigate risk, recognize threats, greatly enhance indications and warnings and provide predictive analytics capabilities. Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, and is expected to be completed Sept. 1, 2025. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $200,000 will be obligated at the time of award. Headquarters U.S. Space Force, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (FA2544-20-D-0001).
28 Aug 20. The U.S. Navy’s top research office is partnering with industry on a project designed to allow Navy operators to take full advantage of a ship’s electrical system to meet mission-critical needs. Under a new $9.2m contract awarded by the Office of Naval Research in late July to a partnership between Navatek and the University of South Carolina, the collaboration will research power and energy systems, as well as develop digital twins of Navy ships. Those digital twins will give the Navy insight into all the smaller systems aboard the ship and how they will react if an action is taken. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
31 Aug 20. Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $32,493,889 modification (P00022) to contract HR0011-15-C-0081, adding Phase 3 tasks to the previously-awarded procurement contract for the Multi- Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) program. During the 27-month Phase 3 baseline program, the Raytheon team will focus on seeker development and performance. Raytheon proposes to make performance enhancements to the successful Phase 2 projectile and develop a functional demonstration illuminator and engagement manager to engage and defeat a representative surrogate target. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $100,325,347 from $67,831,458. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (95%); Chelmsford, Massachusetts (2%); and McKinney, Texas (3%), with an expected completion date of November 2022. Fiscal 2020 research and development funds in the amount of $29,435,306 are being obligated at time of award. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
02 Sep 20. Science Applications International (SAIC) has won an order to support the US Air Force’s (USAF) 414th Supply Chain Management Squadron. Under the $79m task order, the company will provide mission engineering services for the squadron’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) LGM-30 Minuteman III missile system. The squadron offers lifecycle support services, including the development/execution of enterprise demand/supply plans, sourcing strategies, delivery plans, and engineering authority. These services will comply with customer requirements for Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and associated launcher systems, peacekeepers and future global missile systems. It will also meet the needs of weapons trainers, auxiliary equipment, command and control support and other weapons systems. The five-year order has been awarded as part of the Information Analysis Center Multiple Award Contract (IAC MAC). In addition, the company will investigate and propose solutions for the missile system to be reliable, easy to maintain and interoperable with other systems. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
03 Sep 20. Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of Smart Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products for the consumer and enterprise markets, is pleased to announce that the Company has signed an agreement with a new major international defense contractor to build a customized waveguide solution. Under the terms of the first phase of the development agreement, Vuzix and this new customer have agreed upon an upfront payment and phase-gated development milestones and payments. Phase 1 is expected to generate non-recurring engineering (NRE) revenue over the next 3 months for Vuzix with potentially greater NREs in subsequent phases, of which at least two are currently contemplated, before an accepted final product design could be expected to lead to a volume production order. This represents the third active defense engineering program for Vuzix thus far in 2020. (Source: PR Newswire)
REST OF THE WORLD
01 Sep 20. BEML has bagged a order from Indian Ministry of Defence for supply of 330 High Mobility Vehicles, for Pinaka project at a value of Rs 842 crore. Pinaka is a multi-barrel rocket launcher developed indigenously for the Indian Army and produced in India by involving Public Sector and Private Sector Defence Industries. The equipment will be manufactured by BEML at its Palakkad Plant in Kerala and would supply the vehicle platform to MoD in a span of 3 years. The multi-barrel launcher system is mounted on the highly rugged BEML truck, much acclaimed for its off-road mobility and would provide the Indian Army with vital manoeuvrability on the battlefield. (Source: Google/https://www.business-standard.com/)
03 Sep 20. Hanwha Defense shortlisted for Australian SPH project. The K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH), developed by South Korea’s Hanwha Defense, has been selected as the preferred solution for the Australian Army’s Protected Mobile Fires project. On September 3, the Australian Government announced it will release a request for tender to preferred supplier Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) to build and maintain 30 K9 SPHs and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles (AARVs), along with their supporting systems. The K10 AARV is an enhanced version of the existing K10 ARV in terms of armour protection. HDA is set to submit a tender in response to the SPH procurement program, codenamed Land 8116, which has a budget of up to AUD $1.3bn. As part of efforts to help expand the Australian defense industrial base, Hanwha Defense is committed to building the vehicles in the Geelong region and growing local skills, Cho said, adding the envisioned Geelong facility is expected to serve as an alternative sustainment and supply chain base for the global K9 family of vehicles.
31 Aug 20. KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today it has been awarded a $75m recompete contract by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Central to enhance infrastructure at multiple bases in Djibouti, Africa. Under this five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, KBR will provide engineering, design, construction, renovations, repairs, maintenance, demolition and other services at both Camp Lemonnier, and its associated Chabelley Airfield. This work complements KBR’s premier base operating support throughout Africa. Notably, the company has provided base operating support services at Camp Lemonnier since 2013, with work in the region dating back to 2002. While performing key services in Africa, the KBR team has achieved more than 25 million hours without a lost-time safety incident, a salute to KBR’s commitment to sustainability and safety.
28 Aug 20. Japan has concluded its first export sale of major defense equipment, with the Philippines signing a contract for fixed and mobile air surveillance radars to cover potential flashpoints around the country, including the South China Sea. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed the contract agreement Aug. 28 in the capital Manila, which will see Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corp. supply three fixed, long-range air surveillance radars and a mobile air surveillance radar to the Philippines. An announcement made earlier that day by the Philippine Department of National Defense did not specify the radar type, but it had previously been reported that an improved version of the Mitsubishi Electric J/FPS-3 active electronically scanned array radar would be supplied for the fixed sites, along with the J/TPS-P14 mobile radar. (Source: Defense News)
31 Aug 20. Viasat Inc., Carlsbad, California is awarded a $13,965,530 modification to an existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum potential value of $17,822,995 for the production of KOR 24A multi-channel small tactical terminals. The KOR 24A is interoperable with the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) family of radios. This contract supports Foreign Military Sales (FMS) cases for international partner nations. No contract funds will be obligated on the contract modification. Non-appropriated contract funds for FMS in the amount of $649,672 will be obligated on the second delivery order and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work will be performed in Carlsbad, California. The ordering period is through September 2021. This sole-source contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4) – International Agreement (Federal Acquisition Regulation subpart 6.302-4). Naval Information Warfare System Command San Diego, California, is the contracting authority and awarded the contract on behalf of the MIDS Program Office (N00039-19-D-0036).
01 Sep 20. ASC Shipbuilding has signed a contract with professional services company GHD Group to aid the prototyping of the Hunter Class Frigate at the Osborne South Shipyard. This marks another milestone in the Australian Government Hunter Class Frigate Program. It is expected to create 40 additional job opportunities. (Source: naval-technology.com)
28 Aug 20. India is procuring two Phalcon airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) for the Indian Air Force from Israel at a cost of around USD 1bn. According to a report, the government is in the final stage of approving the acquisition. Notably, the negotiations with Israeli authorities for procurement of the two Phalcon AWACS come in the midst of India’s border dispute with China in high-altitude eastern Ladakh. (Source: Google/https://www.india.com/)
31 Aug 20. RUAG Australia has become the first Australian company to receive an award under the ADAC initiative covering the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of selected components for the F/A-18 Hornet fleet. RUAG Australia is now a designated and approved source of repair for Navy Supply (NAVSUP) within the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region under this program. ADAC is a senior bilateral forum for co-operation between the US and Australian military aiming to facilitate closer defence and industry collaboration related to the acquisition, logistics and follow-on support of defence equipment. (Source: Defence Connect)
10 Sep 20. Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, California, has been awarded a $193,300,000 single-award, firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable-no-fee contract for the P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) contractor logistic support. This contract provides continuous depot-level contractor services by replacing the previous contract that expired on July 20, 2020. Work will be performed in San Diego, and is expected to be completed September 2027. This is a mix of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and non-FMS requirements. FMS customers comprise an estimated 56% of the value of the contract and include Australia, Egypt, Morocco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and United Kingdom. Fiscal 2020 through 2025 operations and maintenance; research, development, test and evaluation; aircraft procurement; and FMS funds are expected to be placed against the contract. FMS funding in the amount of $236,134 are being obligated at time of award. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity.