27 Apr 21. KMW and WFEL announce a further sub-contract has been awarded for the UK Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Programme. Horstman UK will supply over 250 angular gear boxes and control units for the British Army’s Boxer Mechanised Infantry Vehicle programme. Following rigorous supply chain evaluation, Horstman was selected to ensure best value and lowest risk to the Boxer programme. This £12m contract award means that another significant transfer of technology to the UK will be undertaken from Horstman’s parent company, RENK, which has made all production Angle Drive Gearboxes for the Boxer vehicles to date. In close collaboration with KMW and WFEL, RENK will ensure all required technical support and investment into Horstman, to ensure that identical Boxer gearbox products are built in the UK at Horstman’s premises in Bath, following identical processes and procedures. The gearboxes will then be supplied to WFEL’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for assembly into the new Boxer vehicles being produced in Stockport. Based in Bath, UK, Horstman is already well known for its armoured vehicle suspension systems and this Boxer contract re-kindles a significant history in producing gearboxes for battle tank turrets, tactical 4×4’s and combat engineering vehicles.
28 Apr 21. Babcock International, the Aerospace, Defence and Security Company has been awarded a ten-year contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to continue delivering the Marine Rotating Electrical Machinery (MREM) Asset Availability Service (AAS) to the Royal Navy. The agreement, worth c £45m will see Babcock deliver the in-service provision of equipment availability, alongside support, maintenance and refit stores, technical services and post design services across the surface ship and submarine fleet. The equipment comprises of generators and motor generators which provide all low voltage electrical power to the platform, the associated control equipment to maintain the quality of the power supply, motors for critical equipment such as pumps, air conditioning, and steering and submarine propulsion motors. Support of MREM is important in maintaining the safety and availability of multiple major Royal Navy assets including the Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD).
27 Apr 21. SEA, the UK maritime defence system specialist and part of the Cohort Group, has been awarded a new contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to manage and update in-service sonar equipment. The contract, with a value of £25m over the next 10 years, was won through competitive tender. It underpins SEA’s sonar equipment and systems capability and strong relationship with the UK MoD. Under the new contract, SEA will expand its innovative Anti-Submarine Warfare solutions, through the design and development of a part of the MoD’s next generation sonar equipment. Additionally, having successfully delivered this service as part of a previous contract, SEA will continue to maintain a range of the Royal Navy’s existing sonars and deliver the equipment on an availability basis, ensuring that it is consistently ready for operations.
28 Apr 21. Northrop Grumman UK has received a contract on phase two of the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Project MOSQUITO. The contract will see the company serve as a systems engineering partner. Phase two focuses on the design maturing and development of a working technology demonstrator. Intrepid Minds joins Northrop Grumman to assist the design and produce the UK’s first uncrewed fighter aircraft prototype. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
28 Apr 21. HENSOLDT has received an order from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) worth nearly 75m euros to equip the Royal Netherlands Army’s “Fennek” armoured reconnaissance vehicles with visual systems. The scope of the order includes 188 BAA II NL observation and reconnaissance systems as well as a number of spare parts. The scope of the contract also includes adjustments to the YellowKite camera, which will be optimised to become a day-vision/near-infrared (NIR) camera with colour vision and will receive a near-infrared cut filter. In addition, HENSOLDT provides a digital outlet. HENSOLDT will deliver the observation and reconnaissance systems to Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), which will handle the integration of the BAA II NL and its command and control system into the Fennek reconnaissance vehicles. Deliveries to KMW will begin in autumn 2022 with the qualification systems. Series delivery will start in 2023 and is scheduled to be completed by 2027.
27 Apr 21. Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $175,936,936 modification (P00037) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0076 for the Javelin Weapon System. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2023. Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Lithuania and Taiwan) funds; and 2021 missile procurement, Army funds in the amount of $175,936,936 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
23 Apr 21. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded an $11,615,782 modification (P00011) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0003 for integrating air defense systems in Poland. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2025. Fiscal 2020 Foreign Military Sales (Poland) funds in the amount of $11,615,782 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
29 Apr 21. Cobham Mission Systems, a leading supplier in military aircraft countermeasure components, announced today it has won subcontracts to provide chaff and flare dispenser equipment for the German Air Force’s Quadriga Tranche 4 Eurofighter Typhoon fleet. Chaff and flares are fundamental components of an effective, integrated self-defence suite, helping pilots to fulfill their missions and return safely to base. The Cobham Mission Systems’ Chaff and Flare Defensive Aid Systems include flare dispensers for off-board infrared-seeking missile countermeasures and chaff dispensers that deploy particles to neutralise threats from radar guided missiles. Cobham Mission Systems has more than 50 years of experience designing and developing military aircraft countermeasure equipment and is the design authority for the Eurofighter Typhoon’s defensive chaff and flare systems.
29 Apr 21. Leonardo, on behalf of the EuroDASS Consortium, has signed a contract to supply the Praetorian Defensive Aids Sub-System (DASS) for the new Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft being supplied under the German Quadriga programme. This will see 38 of the latest standard Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft delivered to the German Luftwaffe to replace their Tranche 1 Typhoon aircraft. The Typhoon’s Praetorian DASS equips the aircraft with advanced protection from threats including Infra-Red (IR or heat-seeking) and radar-guided missiles. The system is well-regarded by users and has been battle-tested on peace-keeping operations in Libya and Syria. It integrates sensors and electronic warfare jamming to provide exceptional situational awareness, platform protection and advanced electronic deception techniques. Critically, Praetorian is an open and programmable electronic warfare system. This means that Germany is in complete control of its mission data and can boost the survivability of its Typhoons by fine-tuning the system to the actual situation on the battlefield on a mission-by-mission basis. Mission data can be fed into the Praetorian system in an extremely short time, often just hours. In comparison, some other aircraft are equipped with defensive aids systems that include a generic mission data set and that feedback loop can take several months. Quadriga is a vote of confidence in the Eurofighter Typhoon that says that the platform will be the backbone of the Luftwaffe out to the 2060s. This sends a strong message to potential future partners, in the near term Finland and Switzerland, who will be able to rely on long-term commitment to Typhoon. Further opportunities for Typhoon and Praetorian include additional orders from Spain and Germany as well as future export orders. Looking towards the future, EuroDASS are keen to support technology de-risk for the next generation of fighters. Praetorian presents a stable platform to spiral develop future technology, which will not only provide future capability gain for Typhoon, but also provide valuable knowledge and technology transfer into the next generation of future combat air systems. Through the Eurofighter Long Term Evolution (LTE) study, EuroDASS are working with the Eurofighter Partner Companies and Nations to consider national requirements and how they can be delivered in an agile, cost effective manner, providing capability longevity to the Typhoon’s out of service date, whilst remaining supportive to future air combat development work.
27 Apr 21. NHIndustries has chosen the new-generation TopOwl Digital Display helmet from Thales for the special forces variant of the NH90 helicopter. This variant has been developed at the request of the French defence procurement agency (DGA) to meet the requirements of France’s special forces, and is also available to partner countries and other NH90 customers. This digital generation of Thales’s TopOwl helmet system uses augmented reality to enhance the operational capabilities of combat helicopter pilots, especially when flying in highly degraded visual environments. TopOwl has also been selected for the Standard 3 upgrade of the Tiger combat helicopter being developed jointly by France, Germany and Spain.
27 Apr 21. Thales selected by Lockheed Martin to deliver airborne anti-submarine warfare sonars to the U.S., Indian, Greek and Danish navies Thales has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin as a tier-one supplier for the delivery of up to 55 airborne anti-submarine warfare sonars. The ALFS (Airborne Low Frequency Sonar)* dipping sonars will be installed on the MH-60R platform for the U.S. Navy and three additional navies. Delivery of the first 42 systems will occur over the next five years with a delivery of 13 optional systems to occur in year six.
27 Apr 21. Germany contracts Top Aces to deliver advanced airborne training. Germany has contracted Top Aces to deliver fast jet adversary air training services to its armed forces from 1 January 2022. Announced by the Canadian-based contractor owned and contractor operated (COCO) company on 26 April, the contract is a follow-on award for Top Aces, which has been providing its services to the German armed forces over the previous six years. (Source: Jane’s)
27 Apr 21. KBR (NYSE: KBR) won a $49.5m contract from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to sustain and maintain critical automated hydrant fueling systems at Department of Defense facilities worldwide. KBR will provide program management, preventative and corrective maintenance, testing, design support, training, as well as equipment and site support for these fueling systems, which use digital industrial control systems to safely and efficiently operate. The company’s efforts will fortify DLA’s Hydrant Fueling Automation Maintenance program, an ongoing initiative to standardize maintenance to increase system reliability and maintainability, reduce long-term maintenance costs, and improve performance and safety. This contract will help boost fuel inventory accountability, improve fuel monitoring, and prevent spills, aligning with KBR’s commitment to create a better, safer and more sustainable world. The five-year contract includes one base year and four option years. This single award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a maximum value of $49.5m. Work is expected to be performed at 90 locations around the world, and supports the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Air National Guard.
29 Apr 21. Lightforce USA Inc., doing business as Nightforce Optics,* Orofino, Idaho, is awarded a $34,050,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Ranging Variable Power Scopes spare parts and training aids. Funding will be obligated at time of award in amount of $1,377,432 and does not expire this fiscal year. Work will be performed in Orofino, Idaho, and is expected to be completed by April 2031. This is a fiscal 2021 defense procurement. This contract action was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, and three offers were received. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N0016421DJQ74).
27 Apr 21. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $214,708,838 modification (P00016) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0077 for the M270A2 Multiple Launch Rocket System. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas; Camden, Texas; and New Boston, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2024. Fiscal 2021 missile procurement, Army funds in the amount of $214,708,838 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
29 Apr 21. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $96,744,706 firm-fixed-price contract for the M983A4 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 29, 2022. Fiscal 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $96,744,706 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (56HZV-21-F-0192).
29 Apr 21. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $33,807,288 firm-fixed-price contract for the M1977A4 Common Bridge Transporter. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $33,807,288 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-21-F-0194).
29 Apr 21. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $13,205,440 firm-fixed-price contract for the M1075A1 Palletized Load System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $13,205,440 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-21-F-0193).
27 Apr 21. The global leader in LiFi technology, pureLiFi has announced a new deal to supply the US Army with Kitefin™, a next generation optical wireless communication system using LiFi for secure data transmission without radio frequencies. The cutting-edge deployment, by United States Army Europe and Africa is based on pureLiFi’s wireless technology that uses light rather than radio frequencies to transmit data. By harnessing the light spectrum, LiFi can unleash more reliable wireless communications with unparalleled security, compared to conventional technologies, such as cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth. The deal with USAREUR-AF is the world’s first large scale deployment of LiFi. The deployment consists of thousands of certified office and field-deployable LiFi units in real tactical and strategic environments. Kitefin™ is a newly developed system with unique features for defense use cases. The first units of Kitefin™ will ship in spring 2021, offering unprecedented security to Defense and setting the scene for connecting everything and everyone with LiFi. (Source: PR Newswire)
26 Apr 21. Saab Inc., East Syracuse, New York, is awarded a $31,711,146 modification (P00004) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N0001920C0072). This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of three AN/SPN-50(V) 1 shipboard air traffic radars, and one installation and checkout kit for the Navy. Work will be performed in Syracuse, New York, and is expected to be completed in December 2022. Fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $21,398,996; and fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,312,150 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.
27 Apr 21. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced it was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract on March 31, 2021 by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for $26,120,810 with $7,159,036 funded upon receipt. The contract includes delivery and integration of Switchblade® 600 tactical missile systems into specialized maritime platforms, scheduled to be completed by January 2023. The AeroVironment Switchblade 600 is an all-in-one, man portable solution equipped with a high-performance EO/IR gimbaled sensor suite, precision flight control and more than 40 minutes of flight time to deliver unprecedented tactical reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition (RSTA). Its anti-armor warhead enables engagement and prosecution of hardened static and moving light armored vehicles from multiple angles – without external ISR or fires assets – for precise, localized effects and minimal collateral damage.
28 Apr 21. Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that it was selected by Scientific Research Corporation (SRC) to provide its industry-leading Fortress flight recorder system to upgrade the T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force and Navy. This important military aircraft contract builds on Curtiss-Wright’s recent success in the Commercial Aerospace market, highlighted by our partnership with Honeywell to use real-time connectivity to reinvent the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) – commonly referred to as “black boxes” – for the commercial airline, cargo transport, and business jet markets.
26 Apr 21. KBR (NYSE: KBR) won a $48.5m recompete to support optoelectronic technology research for the U.S Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate’s Optoelectronic Technology Branch (RYDH). KBR will perform analyses of military and commercial developmental devices with emphasis on emerging electronic, plasmonic, electro-optic, and photonic technology. These devices will include lasers, waveguides, detectors, and focal plane array. KBR will also perform analyses on materials, such as semiconductors, nonlinear crystals, and laser gain media; and more broadly, applications of the subject devices and materials. Applications for this research exist for nearly every airborne platform, including the F-35 Lightning II, spacecraft such as Wideband Global SATCOM and Global Positioning System satellites, as well as ground based and modular sensing packages. KBR will perform this work over a five-year period in Dayton, Ohio. The Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron awarded the cost-plus, fixed fee task order under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s Multiple Award Contract.
28 Apr 21. Peraton has received an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Air Force to continue its work performing software analysis and testing for the Minuteman III ICBM System. The contract is worth up to $360m over an 18-year period. Under the follow-on contract, Peraton will continue to provide independent verification of safety criteria for the Minuteman III operational software. Peraton will continue to leverage digital simulators and emulators it has developed to allow for testing of Minuteman III software as it is delivered without disrupting the readiness of the system that is vital to national security. Contract work will primarily be performed in Layton, Utah and El Segundo, California. (Source: PR Newswire)
27 Apr 21. Alion Science and Technology announces that it has been awarded a $292m task order with a 60-month period of performance for the Advancement of Integrated Persistent Expeditionary Surveillance (AIPES) and Force Protection Systems (FPS) for Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Force Protection Division (HBU) and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane). This task order includes RDT&E of emerging technologies, materials, and manufacturing processes to significantly enhance the functionality and capability of existing and future Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and FP systems for AFLCMC Force Protection Division, NSWC Crane, and their strategic partners. Alion was awarded this contract under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC) vehicle. These DoD IAC MAC task orders (TOs) are awarded by the U.S. Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron to develop and create new knowledge for the enhancement of the DTIC repository and the Research and Development (R&D) and Science & Technology (S&T) community. (Source: PR Newswire)
23 Apr 21. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Beavercreek, Ohio, has been awarded a $91,020,870 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Trusted and Elastic Military Platforms and Electronic Warfare (EW) System Technologies (TEMPEST) Resilient and Agile Mission Systems (RAMS). This contract provides for the leveraging of current advances in open system architecture standards and approaches, commercial high-speed networking technologies, heterogeneous processing, precision timing, cybersecurity and cyber-resiliency, modeling and simulation, and advanced computing paradigms such as cloud infrastructure to enable advanced mission system capability. Work will be performed in Beavercreek, Ohio; and Boulder Colorado, and is expected to be completed April 5, 2026. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-21-C-1959).
27 Apr 21. The Boeing Co., Layton, Utah, has been awarded a $106,821,546 change-order-definitization, cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00176) to contract FA8214-15-C-0001 for the Flight Test Telemetry Termination Rapid Fielding Initiative (FT3 RFI). This contract allows the implementation of initiatives to meet the FT3 flight schedule. Work will be performed in Layton, Utah, and is expected to be completed June 28, 2024. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity.
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30 Apr 21. The Government of Australia has requested to buy one hundred sixty (160) M1A1 Tank structures/hulls provided from stock in order to produce the following end items and spares: seventy-five (75) M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams Main Battle Tanks; twenty-nine (29) M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicles; eighteen (18) M1074 Joint Assault Bridges; six (6) M88A2 Hercules Combat Recovery Vehicles; and one hundred twenty-two (122) AGT1500 gas turbine engines. Also included is the development of a unique armor package, Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station Low Profile (CROWS-LP), Driver’s Vision Enhancer, mission equipment, special tools and test equipment, ground support equipment, system and engine spare parts, technical data, publications, Modification Work Orders/Engineering Change Proposals (MWO/ECPs), U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics assistance, quality assurance teams, transportation services, program management, New Equipment Training (NET); and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated value is $1.685bn. The principal contractors will be General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, MI; BAE Systems, York, PA; Leonardo DRS, Arlington, VA; and Honeywell Aerospace, Phoenix, AZ. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor(s). (Source: glstrade.com)
28 Apr 21. L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) has been awarded contracts from a country in Asia totaling nearly $50m for a fully integrated suite of soldier radios and SATCOM terminals as part of the country’s software-defined radio modernization program. L3Harris has begun delivering the Falcon III® HF, multiband and soldier radios, as well as SATCOM terminals, with completion expected in 2022. The company is expecting additional orders from this customer later this year as part of a new software-defined radio program. The Falcon III® product family’s fully integrated networking capability will enable seamless and highly secure video, data and voice transfer from dismount soldiers up to headquarters for real-time decision-making to combat evolving threats on the battlefield.
28 Apr 21. BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota, is awarded a $19,395,557 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only contract (N00024-21-C-5393) for MK 41 Vertical Launching System mechanical design agent services to provide design and system engineering support, logistics, and ship/missile integration services. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $164,527,911. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (86%); and the governments of Japan (11%); Finland (1%); Germany (1%); and the Republic of Korea (1%) under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in Minneapolis, Minnesota (42%); Norfolk, Virginia (18%); San Diego, California (18%); Aberdeen, South Dakota (9%); Bath, Maine (6%); Pascagoula, Mississippi (6%); and Redzikowo, Poland (1%), and is expected to be completed by April 2022. If all options are exercised, work will continue through April 2026. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,088,275 (39%); fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,000,000 (37%); Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Japan funds in the amount $773,665 (14%); and fiscal 2021 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $500,000 (10%), will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities beta.sam.gov website, with two offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
23 Apr 21. Leonardo has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin Canada to supply its OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano medium-calibre naval gun for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) next-generation surface combatant. The company’s initial contract covers the supply of four gun systems for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme. Leonardo was selected ahead of BAE Systems, which was offering the rival MK 45 Mod 4 gun. The 15-ship CSC programme will recapitalise the RCN’s surface fleet by replacing the modernised Halifax-class multirole frigates and now-retired Iroquois class destroyers with a single class of globally deployable, multirole warship. All 15 CSC ships are to be built by prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding at its yard in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems – bidding a BAE Systems’ Global Combat Ship (GCS) design derived from the UK Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigate – was selected as CSC ship design and combat system partner in October 2018. According to Leonardo, the contract with Lockheed Martin Canada covers systems for the first three ships of the class, with the fourth to be used as a training/reference set. A contract option additionally provides for an automatic ammunition handling system to be brought into the scope of supply. The 127/64 LW Vulcano gun will confer the CSC ships with the ability to fire extended-range, precision-guided Vulcano munitions – both in guided long-range and the ballistic extended-range versions – and conventional ammunition. (Source: Jane’s)
24 Apr 21. DoD/DSCA Notifies Congress of Possible FMS of MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft to Australia. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress that the Government of Australia has requested to buy up to twelve (12) Weapons-Ready MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft; fifteen (15) Raytheon Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems-D (MTS-D) EO/IR sensors; sixteen (16) Lynx AN/APY-8 Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR) with Ground Moving Target Indicator (GTMI); fifteen (15) RIOTM Communication Intelligence Systems; thirty-six (36) Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigations Systems (EGI) with Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Modules (SAASMs); six (6) KMU-572 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) tail kits for 500lb bombs; four (4) MXU-650 Airfoil Groups for 500lb Paveway II GBU-12; seven (7) MXU-1006 Airfoil Groups for 250lb Paveway II GBU-58; four (4) MAU-169 or MAU-209 Computer Control Groups (CCGs) for 250lb/500lb Paveway II GBU-58/GBU-12; six (6) FMU-139 Fuse Systems; twelve (12) MK-82 General Purpose 500lb inert bombs; five (5) High Bandwidth Compact Telemetry Modules (HCTMs). Also included are Honeywell aircraft engines; Certifiable Ground Control Stations (CGCSs); mobile Satellite Communication Ground Data Terminals (SGDTs); Leonardo SAGE 750 Electronic Surveillance Measures System (ESM); GATES/RSO/GRMA; Automatic Information System (AIS); ARC-210 radios; AN/DPX-7 IFF transponders; General Dynamics Satellite Communication (SATCOM) antennas and Hughes modems with USG encryption; Leonardo/Selex SeaSpray 7500 maritime radars; KY-100M security voice terminals; KIV-77 Mode 4/5 IFF cryptographic appliques; AN/PYQ-10C Simple Key Loaders; U.S. Government Certified Encryption Solution; KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal Link-16; Sierra Nevada Electronic Intelligence System; additional secure communications and cryptographic equipment; MQ-9B training simulator; Hellfire Training Missiles, missile rail kits and integration; M-299 Hellfire Rail Launchers; DSU-38 Laser Illuminated Target Detector for GBU-54; MK-81 General Purpose Bombs 250lb Inert Bombs; aircraft and weapons integration, test, and test equipment; additional ground support and test equipment; initial spare repair parts; repair & return; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The overall total estimated value is $1.651bn. The principal contractors will be General Atomic Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, CA; Lockheed Martin Inc., Bethesda, MD; Raytheon Inc., Waltham MA; and Leonardo SpA, Rome, Italy. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor(s). (Source: glstrade.com)
26 Apr 21. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $138,000,000 modification (P00079) to contract FA8615‐12‐C‐6016 for the Peace Phoenix Rising 2 (PPR2) program. The contract modification is for the development and fielding of capabilities for the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System and AGM-88 High Speed Anti-radiation Missile; improvements in radar software maturity; an update to the Data Acquisition System; and Advanced Identification Friend or Foe for the Taiwan Retrofit Program F-16 Block 20 fleet. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Taiwan, and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2022. This modification involves 100% Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the amount of $67,620,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright‐Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
27 Apr 21. Systematic delivers online training software to Army. The Australian Army has procured e-learning software from the firm, designed to support C2 systems training.
Systematic has delivered an e-learning software package to the Australian Army for the SitaWare Headquarters, in a bid to support “best-in-class” command-and-control (C2) system training.
The online training course — now in service with the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (DJFHQ) — was selected by Army’s Land Network Integration Centre in 2019 to support its interim Track Management Capability (TMC). (Source: Defence Connect)