04 May 21. WFEL and KMW commission David Brown Santasalo to assemble power packs for UK BOXER MIV programme. WFEL and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) are delighted to announce their agreement with one of the world’s leading power transmission companies, Huddersfield-based David Brown Santasalo (DBS), for the supply of Powerpack blocks for the UK BOXER Mechanised Infantry Vehicles. On behalf of WFEL and KMW, David Brown Santasalo will assemble around 250 Powerpack blocks (transmission, engine and cooling systems), beginning delivery in Autumn 2022 and covering a 10-year period of supply. As part of KMW’s extensive UK Boxer Technology Transfer Programme, this particular contract will sustain and create at least 20 jobs in the North of England at David Brown Santasalo and its wider supply chain, whilst further contributing to the UK’s sovereign industrial defence capabilities. DBS is internationally recognised as one of the most innovative suppliers of bespoke land and marine power transmission systems. The £30m order will ensure that the fully assembled and tested Powerpack units are delivered to WFEL’s new, dedicated, state-of-the-art BOXER MIV production facility in Stockport, where they will be integrated into the BOXER vehicles.
10 May 21. tpgroup awarded MOD contract award to support next generation military communications. tpgroup announced a new order for Consulting and Digital Services from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) worth £1.1m. tpgroup will be working on the MOD’s £3.2bn MORPHEUS Programme to scope the next generation of applications that will be used by military personnel deployed around the world to exploit information faster and enable better decision making. This contract sits within the broader LE TacCIS (Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information Systems) Programme where the Army is transforming its global military communications and information management. Supporting this programme since 2016, tpgroup is providing guidance on requirements capture, and matching these with emerging technologies to remain future proof and avoid being locked into a single approach, equipment type or technical solution.
05 May 21. IMENCO UK Ltd, a supplier of marine and naval visual surveillance systems based in Aberdeen and Wick, is delighted to announce a major contract win from Babcock International Group for the supply of CCTV systems for the Royal Navy’s Type 31 programme. The contract covers five Type 31 general purpose frigates being constructed at Babcock’s Rosyth facilities. (Source: News Now/https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/)
06 May 21. Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE:PLTR) announced today the renewal of its contracts with the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy for its Palantir Foundry platform. Palantir’s software is used by the Royal Navy across a broad spectrum of areas from strategic workforce planning to supply chain management to the COVID-19 response. Palantir is enabling naval personnel, as well as civilians and contractors, most without programming expertise, to access and engage with a curated, single source of truth. Users are empowered to run complex models to test scenarios to make better decisions, faster. The Royal Navy has developed its own digital skills and data expertise through its adoption of Foundry – a growing number of naval personnel are programming and building directly in Foundry, showcasing their growing self-sufficiency and new technical competence. The renewed agreements will allow the Royal Navy to continue reaping the benefits of a more empowered workforce, whilst keeping tight control of security and privacy of its data, and full ownership of the logic behind its data model. The investment the Royal Navy made in Foundry meant it was able to react quickly to the COVID-19 crisis early last year. It took the Royal Navy less than 48 hours to stand up a Recognised People Picture in Foundry using self-reported updates to inform leadership of the impact of the pandemic on its force. The Royal Navy is applying this new data-driven approach to ensure readiness of its strength, proactive alerting on equipment health and inventory risk, fully transparent and informed maintenance delivery, all combined to increase the availability of its forces. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
05 May 21. Airbus has been awarded a series of contracts during the first quarter of 2021 from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) both as part of its continuing programme of upgrading and enhancing services for the Skynet 5 military satcom services contract, and continued work with the MOD’s Defence Digital organisation. Activities in the Maritime domain include introducing further quality of service improvements for Maritime Network Evolution (MNE) services to enable continued Wi-Fi access for deployed personnel while on operations. Airbus has also completed a series of baseband upgrades and improvements for eight SCOT5 FMT ships. Focusing on the land domain, Airbus has recently had a significant order placed for its Bracer service from the UK MOD. Designed by Airbus partner QinetiQ, the Bracer device and service can operate in the planet’s harshest environments to provide end-to-end encrypted beyond line of sight (BLOS) capabilities. Together with innovative provider Ovzon, Airbus has achieved a first type of sale to deliver the T5 terminal, a compact laptop sized on-the-pause terminal and satellite services to the MOD. Airbus has also recently unveiled team ICELUS, which will focus on the upcoming System Integrator (SI) opportunity for the British Army’s future tactical communication programme, LE TacCIS. Airbus is also providing fibre broadband and infrastructure services to the MOD’s Abbey Wood headquarters. Airbus has agreed a contract to provide Ku-band airtime for the Poseidon P8 maritime patrol aircraft as they enter service, as well as also agreeing renewals to provide continued Ku-band airtime support for the UK Reaper UAV – highlighting Airbus’ continued support to the RAF for future missions.
30 Apr 21. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $57,364,337 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N0001919C0010). This modification adds scope to provide for the integration, testing and initial certification of the Norwegian Joint Strike Missile on the F-35A aircraft. Additionally, this modification provides early software development efforts to implement universal armament interface revision-five architecture in support of the United Kingdom’s Select Precision Effects At-Range Capability Three on the F-35B aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2024. Non-U.S. Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $57,364,337 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.
06 May 21. Serco, the international services company, has been awarded a contract extension to continue supporting the Royal Air Force with its specialist Surface Finish aircraft painting expertise for another three years. The contract started on 1 April 2021 and is valued at £15m. To coincide with the contract award, Serco’s Surface Finish teams based at RAF Odiham and RAF Marham have recently prepared and re-painted the tail of one of the RAF’s Chinook helicopters to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Chinook entering service with the RAF. This helicopter will be part of the national celebration during the 2021 display season. The special livery was designed by a Chinook pilot from RAF Odiham. The Serco team based at RAF Marham used specialist software to produce a masking outline of the final design which was then applied to the Chinook helicopter’s tail. Over several weeks, the team at RAF Odiham took approximately 300 hours to prepare the tail surface of the helicopter, apply the masking, and spray paint on the design.
04 May 21. Sweden signs $200m contract with BAE Systems to buy 127 BvS10 armored vehicles. Swedish military procurement agency has signed a $200m contract with BAE Systems for 127 BvS10 Viking (local name Bandvagn 410) tracked armored amphibious vehicles. Deliveries of the 127 vehicles are planned to begin in 2022 and complete in 2024. (Source: News Now/https://defence-blog.com/)
30 Apr 21. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has been commissioned by IVECO Defence Vehicles S.p.A. to produce the driver’s cabs of GTF2 protected transport vehicles on the IVECO Trakker basis. In total, the order involves a production volume of 224 protected cabs from KMW with an option for a further 824 truck cabs. KMW is responsible for the design and the welding of the cabs as well as their assembly, which also includes the electrical equipment. The first 224 cabins will be completed by 2024. The integration of all 1048 systems will be finalized in 2029.
05 May 21. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $51,000,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract in support of the French Air Force for long-term sustainment of C-130 aircraft. This contract provides for the program management, field service representatives, travel and per diem, data, replenishment of spares and other sustainment tasks. Work will be performed in Bae Aerienne, France; and Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be completed Jan. 1, 2023. This contract involves unclassified Foreign Military Sales for the French Air Force. This award is the result of a source directed acquisition. Foreign Military Sales funding will be used on this contract. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8553-20-C-0001). (Awarded April 30, 2021)
03 May 21. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) was awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space for the design, development and production of 24 ship sets of solar arrays to support the OneSat satellite product line. The solar arrays will power the OneSat communication satellites in geosynchronous orbit. The solar array technology features the Northrop Grumman Compact Telescoping Array (CTA) design that utilizes a telescoping boom system to deploy an accordion-folded flexible solar array blanket. The solar arrays are a 20kW-class system that deploys over 18 meters in order to provide energy to OneSat. Northrop Grumman’s CTA system was developed for missions like OneSat that require extremely compact stowage volume for spacecraft launch while remaining lightweight. Northrop Grumman’s CTA creates enough space to allow for three full spacecraft to be launched aboard a single rocket. The use of Northrop Grumman’s solar arrays to support the OneSat product line builds on the company’s history of mission-enabling capability through solar technology. These technologies are used to support various commercial and civil space programs, including the commercial resupply of the International Space Station through the company’s Cygnus spacecraft, several of its commercial satellites and NASA’s Insight and Phoenix Mars Landers. In addition to the solar arrays, Northrop Grumman will also provide heat pipes that are an essential element for payload thermal management as well as propellant tanks in support of a mono-propellant propulsion system for OneSat.
07 May 21. Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, to provide future development support for Gripen from April 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022. The total order value is SEK 998m. The order is an extension of an existing contract and enables the future development of Gripen for the Swedish Air Force and other Gripen users around the world. The contract includes the operating and support of test aircraft and advanced tools such as testing rigs and simulators. Test aircraft together with these advanced tools are used in the verification and validation of Gripen C/D and Gripen E fighter systems as Saab develops future new capabilities or enhancements. (Source: ASD Network)
06 May 21. The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Estonia has recently signed a framework agreement whereby the Spanish company SCR will supply aerial targets and provide services with them. It is a seven-year contract, awarded by the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments, that includes the acquisition of aerial targets and the provision of operation and training services by the SCR team in collaboration with the local company Bristol Trust OÜ. The European country’s Armed Forces will start using SCR’s target drones in May, when the first service within this framework contract is scheduled. (Source: UAS VISION)
07 May 21. Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Plymouth, Minnesota, was awarded a $105,688,911 modification (PZ0005) to contract W56HZV-20-D-0108 to produce, deliver and maintain the new production configuration build of 30×173 mm XM813 cannons. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 24, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
06 May 21. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a maximum $325,533,853 firm-fixed-price contract for Global Positioning Systems receiver parts and vendor-managed inventory services. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a one-year one-time procurement with nine one-year option periods. The first option is being exercised at the time of award. Locations of performance are Iowa, New Hampshire and Virginia, with a May 5, 2022, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2021 procurement funds, and operations and maintenance funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio (SPE7MX-21-C-0002).
04 May 21. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL), a world leader in secure wireless communications technologies, announced today, that during its third quarter of fiscal 2021, its Government Solutions segment was awarded $9.2m of additional funding on the Army’s previously announced award to provide ongoing system refurbishments, sustainment services and baseband equipment. To-date, the U.S. Army has funded $20.7m of the $57.9m base year ceiling. This most recent funding continues to support the sustainment of the Army’s AN/TSC-198 Secret Internet Protocol Router (“SIPR”) and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router (“NIPR”) Access Point (“SNAP”) family of ground satellite terminals, to include spare parts, repairs, upgrades, refurbishments, logistics and engineering services, and training. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
06 May 21. Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) business, will provide signals intelligence field services for the U.S. Air Force’s Distributed Common Ground System, which collects, processes and analyzes intelligence. RI&S will support seven different intelligence applications the Air Force uses to collect and correlate data under the new program, DCGS-Signals Intelligence Field Support (DSFS). The five-year contract, valued up to $175m, will combine information from airborne, ground and other systems. Under the contract, RI&S will leverage its mission domain knowledge to provide high mission availability in support of end-to-end operations – from creating a mission plan for an airborne sensor to receiving data, processing that data, and then either producing a report, storing it or enhancing it by fusing it with other data.
06 May 21. Raytheon Co., Dulles, Virginia, is awarded a $495,000,000 hybrid firm-fixed-price and cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, single award contract to provide logistics consulting services to coordinate the complex repair process for the supply chain management center logistics integration support secondary repairable program. The contract has a five-year ordering period and a six-month option to extend services with a maximum value of $495,000,000. Work will be performed in Albany, Georgia (46%); Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (19%); Camp Pendleton, California (15%); Okinawa, Japan (13%); Barstow, California (6%); and Kaneohe, Hawaii (1%). Performance is expected to be complete in November 2026. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $5,000 is being obligated under the contract’s initial task order to fund the minimum guarantee and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively solicited via beta.sam.gov, with six proposals received. The Marine Corps Logistics Command, Albany, Georgia, is the contracting activity (M67004-21-D-0002).
05 May 21. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) awarded Regulus Global a shared $516,953,713 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for its Foreign Military Sales Medical and Surgical Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) program. The contract supports DoD and foreign military services worldwide with specialized and commercial medical equipment, meeting stringent product requirements and detailed fulfillment schedules. The FMS Medical and Surgical TLS contracts are one-year base contracts with four one-year option periods. The contract will provide medical surge ordering capabilities for brand name and generic commercial off the shelf (COTS) medical and surgical products throughout the world. (Source: PR Newswire)
30 Apr 21. Systima Technologies Inc., Kirkland, Washington, has been awarded a $45,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Standoff Precision Guided Munitions and Precision Strike Capability products and support. This contract provides for Precision Strike Capability products and services in support of integration, test, training, and operational efforts for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force units through USSOCOM Detachment-1. Work will be performed in Kirkland, Washington, and is expected to be completed April 30, 2026. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $841,981 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8656-21-D-0001).
06 May 21. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Mission Systems Sector, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is awarded a $74,829,628 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-20-C-5519 to exercise an option for production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 3 Hemisphere systems. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland (55%); Tampa, Florida (6%); Andover, Massachusetts (5%); Chelmsford, Massachusetts (4%); Rochester, New York (3%); San Diego, California (3%); Los Angeles, California (2%); Winona, Minnesota (2%); Stafford Springs, Connecticut (2%); Glendale, Arizona (1%); Nashua, New Hampshire (1%); Elk Grove Village, Illinois (1%); White Marsh, Maryland (1%); Tucson, Arizona (1%); Chandler, Arizona (1%); Washington, North Carolina (1%); Woodridge, Illinois (1%); Richardson, Texas (1%); Minneapolis, Minnesota (1%); El Cajon, California (1%); Hiawatha, Iowa (1%); Littleton, Colorado (1%); Glendale, California (1%); and miscellaneous locations each less than 1% (4%), and is expected to be completed by October 2023. Fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $74,829,628 will be obligated at 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.
03 May 21. Serco – IPS Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a $37,644,745 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00174-18-C-0015 for professional support services in the areas of program management, administrative support, surface ship modernization, inactive ships, surface ships readiness, surface training systems, business and financial management, records management, and information technology support for Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Warfare (SEA 21). Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. (55%); Norfolk, Virginia (19%); San Diego, California (18%); Mayport, Florida (2%); Yokosuka, Japan (2%); Sasebo, Japan (1%); Manama, Bahrain (1%); Pascagoula, Mississippi (1%); and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (1%), and is expected to be complete by April 2021. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $80,128; fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,457,333; and fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $21,380,463 will be obligated at time of award, of which $21,460,591 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
07 May 21. Swiftships LLC,* Morgan City, Louisiana, is awarded a $59,283,807 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-2401 to exercise an option for the construction of five Landing Craft, Utility 1700 class (1707-1711). Work will be performed in Morgan City, Louisiana, and is expected to be completed by November 2023. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion, (Navy) funding in the amount of $59,283,807 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
06 May 21. CACI Inc. – Federal, Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded an estimated maximum $496,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Automated Test System Sustainment Initiative II (ATSSI II). This contract provides support to the Ogden Air Logistics Complex’s (OO-ALC) ATSSI II program for the continued development and sustainment of a depot technology infrastructure supportive of the OO-ALC mission to perform critical test functions important to the ongoing operational safety, suitability, and effectiveness of multiple Air Force weapon systems/subsystems. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and is expected to be completed May 5, 2030. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2021 working capital funds in the amount of $266,679 are being obligated on the first task order. Air Force Sustainment Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8227-21-D-0004).
04 May 21. FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced it has won an additional $15.4m contract to deliver its FLIR Black Hornet® 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to the U.S. Army. The advanced nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used to augment squad and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program. In late 2018, the U.S. Army began acquiring Black Hornet 3’s to support the SBS effort. Since then, it has placed orders totaling more than $85m for the FLIR nano-UAV.
30 Apr 21. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $663,728,183 modification (P00062) to contract W31P4Q-18-C-0130 for Hellfire II missile production. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2024. Fiscal 2020 missile procurement, Army funds; and fiscal 2019, 2020 and 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $663,728,183 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
30 Apr 21. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, was awarded a $959,104,178 firm-fixed-price contract for production of common infrared countermeasures. 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 April 29, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-21-D-0028).
30 Apr 21. Raytheon Intelligence and Space, Aurora, Colorado, has been awarded a $234,012,036 cost-plus-incentive-fee/award-fee contract for Next Generation Operational Control System Block III follow-on. This contract will provide updates to the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) Block 1 and 2 ground system to incorporate Global Positioning System Block III Follow-on (GPS IIIF) satellite capabilities. Work will be performed in Aurora, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 30, 2025. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $20,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8807-21-C-0002).
05 May 21. Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, is awarded a $20,040,000 modification (P00006) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N0001920C0001). This modification exercises an option to procure six AN/APG-79(V)4 radar systems. Additionally, this modification provides software, obsolescence management, engineering support and associated technical, financial, and administrative data necessary for AN/APG-79(V)4 replacement radar retrofit integration into the F/A-18C/D aircraft for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Forest, Mississippi (41.1%); El Segundo, California (32.6%); Andover, Massachusetts (18.3%); and Dallas, Texas (8%), and is expected to be completed in November 2022. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $20,040,000 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.
06 May 21. Reliable Robotics announced today it was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to determine how the company’s remotely operated aircraft system can support the United States Air Force (USAF). The company was chosen to participate in the program based on the technical merit and innovation of their approach to autonomous flight, as well as the qualifications of their team. Their automation technology is aircraft agnostic, allowing dual application on civil and USAF platforms, increasing mission readiness use and reducing potential loss of life in harsh environments. Reliable Robotics currently operates a large Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) that has flown over populated regions in the U.S. with experimental airworthiness approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. During this Phase 1 contract, Reliable Robotics will further examine with the USAF, key areas of impact and opportunity for its dual-use flight technology, including:
* Logistics support for facilitating greater aircraft utilization, global reach and readiness with faster aircraft availability.
* Increased mission frequency and efficiency in more operating environments with fewer crew, weather and maintenance limitations.
* Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) providing robust mission generation, dwell and collection opportunities.
The USAF can realize the benefits of this technology at reduced acquisition costs and commercially competitive operating costs due to the level of maturity and flexibility of the Reliable Robotics system.
(Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
04 May 21. SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, today announced it was awarded a new USD 35m geostationary (GEO) satellite communications program contract in support of a major Department of Defense combatant command. To provide reachback capabilities from forward-stationed units in remote locations to Europe, the solution includes a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) network which has the performance to support emerging mission needs and is capable of handling smaller, sub-meter, antennas. The VSAT network provides over 100 Mbps of throughput using multiple access methods, from time division multiple access (TDMA) that is shared sequentially and frequency division multiple access (FDMA) allowing simultaneous transmission, to various types of remote deployments and end-users. The satellite service provides expansive coverage of countries from Turkey to Pakistan, with reachback to Europe, enabling collaborative tools and enhanced situational awareness in a distributed way. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
05 May 21. Perspecta Inc. (NYSE: PRSP), a leading U.S. government services provider, announced today that it was selected to develop cyber tools and solutions for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER). Awarded by the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, the single award task order represents new work for the company and has a two-year period of performance with a ceiling value of $17.9m. Perspecta will enhance MARFORCYBER’s cyber capability with software development, testing, integration and maintenance in support of the command’s mission to execute full spectrum cyberspace operations. (Source: PR Newswire)
03 May 21. SimX continues to expand its partnership with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force to develop innovative training solutions for special operations forces, with four new contracts totaling over $1.5m. These contracts, part of the $2.5M Virtual Advancement of Learning and Operational Readiness (VALOR) research and development program, seek to further develop fielded capabilities for training the USAF’s elite medical personnel with the SimX Virtual Reality Medical Simulation System. Special Operations Wing at Pelham Range Complex in Anniston, Alabama. (Source: PR Newswire)
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06 May 21. HIFraser selected to supply Hanwha with fire safety systems for its vehicle fleets. HIFraser, a local provider of safety critical and habitability systems, has been tapped by Defense Australia to deliver automated fire suppression systems (AFSS) for armoured vehicle crew safety. The contract includes the provision of AFSS for Hanwha’s Huntsman vehicles — comprising the AS9 self-propelled howitzer and AS10 armoured resupply vehicles — proposed for the LAND 8116 Phase 1 program. The Sydney-based SME, which supplies the current fire suppression systems for the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine fleet, secured the current following a competitive tender process undertaken in 2020. (Source: Defence Connect)
06 May 21. Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles has awarded a $30m contract to bulk liquid storage manufacturer Holmwood Highgate, which has been tasked with supplying fuel and water modules fitted to the Australian Army’s fleet of logistics trucks, including new vehicles to be supplied under LAND 121 Phase 5B. This is in addition to the over $108m in funding previously awarded to the Queensland-based firm under LAND 121 Phase 3. (Source: Defence Connect)
04 May 21. IDF orders Z-Mag off-roader. Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI’s) Elta group is preparing for large-scale production of the new Z-Mag all-terrain vehicle at its Land Division in Beersheba after the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced an initial order of nine vehicles on 22 April. IAI and the ministry’s Production and Procurement Directorate said the contract includes an option to purchase 21 additional vehicles for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). “Following an assessment period, the IDF will consider buying more vehicles in the coming years,” IAI said. In expectation of these orders, IAI-Elta has invested ILS100m (USD30.8m) toward the new production line. (Source: Jane’s)
05 May 21. Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) Australia has been selected to supply its advanced CM234 Spitfire camera gimbal for incorporation into the Australian Army’s future tactical unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as part of the Tactical UAS Replacement and Enhancement Project (LAND 129 Phase 3). The sensor technology aims to enhance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability by leveraging an imaging system that uses electro-optical, short wave and medium wave infrared cameras, along with laser range finding and target designation technology. (Source: Defence Connect)
02 May 21. The Government of India has requested to buy six (6) P-8I Patrol aircraft; eight (8) Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Joint Tactical Radio Systems 5 (MIDS-JTRS 5) (6 installed, 2 spares); forty-two (42) AN/AAR-54 Missile Warning Sensors (36 installed, 6 spares); and fourteen (14) LN-251 with Embedded Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/Inertial Navigations Systems (EGIs) (12 installed, 2 spares). Also included are CFM56-7 commercial engines; Tactical Open Mission Software (ITOMS) variant for P-8I; Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IR) MX-20HD; AN/AAQ-2(V)l Acoustic System; ARES-1000 commercial variant Electronic Support Measures; AN/APR-39D Radar Warning Receiver; AN/ALE-47 Counter-Measures Dispensing System; support equipment and spares; publications; repair and return; transportation; aircraft ferry; training; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, software, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $2.42bn. The prime contractor will be The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the prime contractor. (Source: glstrade.com)
02 May 21. The Government of Australia has requested to buy four (4) CH-47F cargo helicopters with customer-unique modifications; eight (8) T55-GA-714A aircraft turbine engines, five (5) AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS); eight (8) Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS)/Inertial Navigation Systems (INS/EGI) +429; and two (2) EAGLE+429 Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS)/Inertial Navigation Systems (INS/EGI). Also included are mission equipment; communication and navigation equipment; spare parts and components; special tools and test equipment; publications and technical manuals; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, maintenance, technical, and logistical support services, and other related elements of the program and logistical support. The total estimated value is $259m. These aircraft will be provided from U.S. Army stock. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor(s). (Source: glstrade.com)
04 May 21. Egypt orders 30 additional Rafale fighters. Cairo has ordered 30 additional Dassault Rafale fighters, in a follow up to a previous acquisition of 24 examples. The 30 new Rafales will be funded through a loan with a tenure of ten years, discloses Egypt’s defence ministry. The ministry lauds the type’s capabilities, noting that it can conduct “long-range tasks” and advanced weapons. In 2020, the Egyptian air force received the final examples from the original 2015 order for 24 jets. Cirium fleets data shows that Egypt operates 304 combat jets including Mirage 5s, Lockheed Martin F-16s, RAC Mig-29s, Mirage 2000s, Sukhoi Su-35s, as well as the Rafales. The fresh Egyptian order comes after a decent 2020 for Dassault, when it delivered 13 Rafales to export customers India and Qatar, following 26 deliveries in 2019. Cirium fleets data suggests there are 212 Rafales in service globally. (Source: News Now/Flight Global)
29 Apr 21. Northrop Grumman Defense Services, Sierra Vista, Arizona, has been awarded a $58,546,016 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the Japan Global Hawk program. This contract provides for contractor logistics support services to include, but not limited to, in-country personnel, mission planning, contractor field teams, contractor inventory control, reach back support and software maintenance. Work will be performed in Misawa Air Base, Japan, and is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2022. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Japan and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8690-21-C-1000).
30 Apr 21. Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $212,701,232 fixed-price-incentive-firm contract for StormBreaker® (SDBII, GBU-53/B) production Lot 7. This contract provides for all up rounds and containers. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed Feb. 28, 2025. This contract involves classified Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2021 Air Force missile procurement funds in the amount of $129,698,826; fiscal 2021 Navy weapons procurement funds in the amount of $43,508,956; and FMS funding in the amount of $39,493,450 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8672-21-C-0005).