29 Nov 21. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has recently awarded three new contracts to support infrastructure upgrades at UK armed forces bases used by the United States Visiting Forces (USVF). The Delivery Partner Technical Support contracts have been awarded to AECOM, Tetra Tech and Mace, which is a consortium of Mace, Turner Townsend and Atkins. They have been brought in to maintain oversight of project performance and to provide information to DIO that enables appropriate and timely intervention to keep the programmes on track to meet their objectives. They will also be responsible for project management technical services including technical design and managing construction. DIO’s Air Programme Director, Steve Rix, said: “I am pleased to welcome our Delivery Partners to the DIO USVF Infrastructure Programme team and look forward to working with them to ensure we continue to support our USVF customers’ needs, enabling them to execute missions from their bases in the UK.” The contracts will initially run for five years as the USVF continue to increase their investment in the UK estate. (Source: Joint Forces)
07 Dec 21. Cwmbran-based GuS Periscopes will supply WFEL with Periscope and Window Systems for the Boxer vehicles, to be incorporated into both the Boxer Drive Module chassis and also the Mission Modules which WFEL will ultimately supply to the UK MoD. The systems from GuS were chosen for this programme because of their mission-proven safety, durability and quality and ensuring minimal technical and commercial risk to the Boxer Programme.
09 Dec 21. Rheinmetall and Adelaide-based manufacturer Supashock have announced the signing of a European export contract, expected to support the delivery of locally-produced running gear components and technology into overseas markets. The components, designed and manufactured by Supashock and its qualified local supply chain, can now be integrated in Rheinmetall-built tracked infantry fighting vehicles developed for customers in Europe. This is expected to increase Supashock’s export activities from 65 per cent of total sales to 75 per cent over the next four to five years. (Source: Defence Connect)
07 Dec 21. Active sonar suite and bottom navigation technology from Kongsberg Maritime (KONGSBERG) has been selected for installation on Type 212CD class submarines for both the Norwegian and German navies. The contract was awarded through a comparative and thorough process governed by Kongsberg Thyssen Atlas JV (kta naval systems) and tkMS (thyssenKrupp marine systems) with other vendor(s). The KONGSBERG technology package consists of SA9510S MKII Mine Avoidance and Navigation Sonars (MANS) plus a Bottom Navigation System (BNS) containing EM2040 MIL multibeam echo sounders and an EA640 echo sounder suite. These sensors provide valuable input to kta naval systems’ ORCCA™ Navigation system to enable safe, indigenous submerged operation of the submarines. ORCCA, the most modern combat system for non-nuclear submarines on the market, is the first of its kind in combining maximum adaptability with the highest level of IT security. It enables operators to conduct an integrated data analysis from a wide range of systems on board via one multifunctional console – and this in results in rapid, well-informed decision-making processes.
07 Dec 21. The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Airbus to build the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey (Ariel) mission. Ariel is the fourth medium-class mission in ESA’s Cosmic Vision programme. Ariel will study the composition of exoplanets, how they formed and how they evolve, by surveying a diverse sample of about 1000 extrasolar planets in visible and infrared wavelengths. It is the first mission dedicated to measuring precisely the chemical composition and thermal structures of transiting exoplanets. The contract is valued at around € 200m. Airbus will lead the European industrial consortium with more than 60 contractors for building the satellite and provide expertise and support to ESA for the development of the payload module.
10 Dec 21. Finland Selects F-35 Lightning II as Its Next Fighter. F-35 ranked as the most capable, survivable and affordable solution in Finland’s HX fighter program The Finnish Government has announced Lockheed Martin’s 5th Generation F-35 Lightning II is the aircraft selected from its HX Fighter Program. By selecting the F-35, Finland gains a significant capability to ensure stability in the region. The Finnish Air Force will receive 64 F-35A multirole stealth fighters, a robust weapons package, a sustainment solution tailored to Finland’s unique security of supply requirements, as well as a comprehensive training program.
07 Dec 21. Solvay and Avio SpA have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of composite and adhesive materials to be used across a range of programs including the Vega space programs, the European Space Agency’s satellite launch vehicles designed to send payloads into low Earth orbit (LEO). Solvay will supply Avio with ablative material, RTM resins and adhesives. Solvay has a strong legacy in the space market and has long been a leader in ablative materials for space applications, such as nozzles and exit cones. Solvay’s products have been used across many space launch programs over the years, thanks to their ability to withstand the extremely high temperatures produced by the rocket motor exhaust.
06 Dec 21. Winchester, the largest manufacturer of small caliber ammunition for the U.S. military, announced that the U.S. Army has awarded the company a $13m contract for the development of manufacturing processes for the 7.62mm cartridge. Work will be performed at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) in Independence, Missouri, the United States’ only government-owned, contractor-operated small caliber ammunition production facility. This project was awarded under Winchester’s $8bn contract to operate LCAAP.
06 Dec 21. Leonardo DRS Inc., announced today that it has again been awarded a contract by Eastern Shipbuilding Group to provide the Auxiliary Propulsion System for the fourth shipset in the U.S. Coast Guard’s new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters. This platform is the first combined diesel electric or diesel propulsion system application for the Coast Guard. Eastern Shipbuilding Group is the prime contractor and builder of these next-generation Offshore Patrol Cutters. Under the contract, Leonardo DRS will provide its high-performance, permanent magnet motor-based Auxiliary Propulsion System. This integrated hybrid electric drive system has been optimized to meet the Coast Guard’s operational tempo and provides capability for the ship to operate much more efficiently at slower speeds, increases mission duration capability, reduces emissions, and provides emergency take-home capability in the event of a failure of the main propulsion diesel engines. When coupled to the main propulsion gearbox, the system allows the ship to operate quietly and efficiently during loitering operations while providing superior fuel economy for increased on-station operations and capability. Maximizing use of the electric drive increases the platform’s green credentials and reduces operational time on the main propulsion engines, providing additional multiple benefits. Because electric motors are virtually maintenance free, life cycle costs over the planned 40-year vessel life are minimized by reducing maintenance hours needed on the engines. Using propulsion diesel engines at slow speeds adds significant wear and tear on the engines and increases the potential for coking/wet stacking. By adding this electric Auxiliary Propulsion System, the Coast Guard can expect to have a built-in advantage of reducing not only fuel and maintenance requirements, but total lifecycle costs and increased safety for the fleet. The main engine overhaul cycle, typically planned at 15 years, can be extended to 25 years.
06 Dec 21. Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) has been awarded a $1.1bn contract to produce, assemble, test and deliver the U.S. Navy’s MK 48 MOD 7 Torpedo Afterbody Tailcones (AB/TC) and MK29 Mod 0 Warshot Fuel Tanks. The AB/TC is the section of the torpedo containing propulsion and navigations systems, with 26 major sub-assemblies requiring the integration of greater than 500 pieces and parts in each. SAIC has extensive history in supporting the Navy’s torpedo systems. This award builds on a previous contract from September 2016, which initiated production restart of the Afterbody Tailcone for the MK 48 Heavyweight Torpedo. In October 2020, SAIC was awarded a U.S. Navy contract for mission engineering and integration support to produce, test and deliver MK 29 Warshot and MK 28 Exercise Torpedo Fuel Tanks for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport. Additionally, in May 2020, the U.S. Navy awarded SAIC a contract for testing and data collection of MK 48 Heavyweight Torpedoes, and MK 54 and MK 46 Lightweight Torpedoes in support of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
08 Dec 21. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $366,464,275 modification (P00035) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0001918D0001). This modification increases the ceiling to extend the service life for up to 32 F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft. Work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas (80%); and St. Louis, Missouri (20%), and is expected to be completed in May 2024. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
07 Dec 21. L3Harris Technologies Inc., Rochester, New York, was awarded a $45,840,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and firm-fixed-price contract (H9224122D0003) for development to integrate the AN/PRC-160 high frequency manpack radio in the MH-47 and MH-60 aircraft. Fiscal 2021 procurement funds in the amount of $6,250,000 for Aircraft Interface Backplane production and software modifications are being obligated at the time of award. The majority of the work will be performed in Rochester, New York. This contract is a non-competitive award in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302.1. U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.
06 Dec 21. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $35,288,184 firm-fixed-price contract to procure long lead items for full-rate production, Lot 7, CH-53K aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in December 2022. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $35,288,184 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001922C0004).
08 Dec 21. Stratolaunch, LLC announced a research contract with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The company plans to augment existing Department of Defense flight test resources through affordable, commercially contracted, rapid-turnaround hypersonic flight testing for the Department of Defense and its prime contractor partners. The Stratolaunch team is eagerly preparing to complete its next set of Roc carrier aircraft test flights. The team also continues to make tremendous strides in building its first two Talon-A test vehicles: TA-0 and TA-1. TA-1 will start its power-on testing by the end of year, keeping the company on track to begin hypersonic flight testing in 2022 and to deliver services to government and commercial customers in 2023. Launched from Stratolaunch’s Roc carrier aircraft, the Talon-A vehicles are rocket-powered, autonomous, reusable testbeds carrying customized payloads at speeds above Mach 5. This capability enables routine access to the hypersonic flight environment, which is critical for scientific research, technological development, and component demonstration. (Source: PR Newswire)
06 Dec 21. BAE Systems has been selected by the Department of Defense (DoD) to qualify a new generation of integrated circuit technology for use in the harsh environment of space. The new 12 nanometer technology uses a smaller feature size that provides a dramatic leap forward in space-based computing compared to current 45 nanometer technology. Space missions require high-performance but low-power integrated circuits with special design features to mitigate the effects of radiation. The 12 nanometer, radiation-hardened, or RH12™ technology, will be tested to Qualified Manufacturer’s Listing (QML) Class V and Q standards, key industry certifications for reliable parts. BAE Systems will offer RH12 integrated circuit development and production services to the industry with a flexible engagement model. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
09 Dec 21. Department of Defense Awards C3 AI $500m Agreement. C3.ai, Inc. (NYSE:AI), the leading Enterprise AI software company, has established a new five-year Production-Other Transaction Agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The agreement allows for an accelerated timeline to acquire C3 AI’s suite of Enterprise AI products and allows any DoD agency to acquire C3 AI products and services for modelling and simulation. Accelerating the DoD’s enterprise AI capabilities is vital to developing and deploying systems to counter increasingly capable threats. C3 AI’s software enables the DoD to rapidly address additional use cases and scale AI applications across all branches of the U.S. DoD. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE))
30 Nov 21. Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq: GILT, TASE: GILT) has received a follow-on order for subsidiary company Wavestream of more than $5m from a Tier-1, US global military terminal provider for Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs) for satellite communication (SATCOM) terminals sold to militaries throughout the world. Additional contract expansion for Wavestream MicroStream SSPAs is expected in the near future. Gilat’s fully-owned subsidiary, Wavestream, will provide tightly integrated MicroStream frequency conversion/amplifier units. Wavestream’s MicroStream Ka-band SSPAs were selected as they efficiently meet the exacting SWaP requirements most essential for tactical and expeditionary military users. (Source: Satnews)
07 Dec 21. Global leader in LiFi technology, pureLiFi has secured another multi-m-dollar deal to supply the US Army with thousands of additional units of the LiFi Defence system, Kitefin™. Technologies such as WiFi, 4G and 5G use radio frequencies to transmit data, which produce large areas of radio frequency emissions that are easy to detect, intercept, and can cause overcrowding resulting in slow speeds and unreliable communications due to increased RF congestion. LiFi uses light rather than radio frequencies resulting in wireless communications that is more reliable, significantly more secure, and simpler to deploy. The US Army Europe is expanding their use of this cutting-edge technology as LiFi has proven to be reliable for the most critical communications. LiFi not only enhances the US Army’s wireless connectivity toolset, but has demonstrated in action, that LiFi solves real problems faced by defence and national security.
09 Dec 21. Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) was awarded a contract valued at $99m by the U.S. Air Force. The Weapon Engagement Simulation Technology for Advanced Research (WESTAR) program, within the Air Force Research Laboratory, will continue developing modeling capabilities to assist in the research, development and transition of Air Force weapon systems. Under the five-year, single-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, SAIC will help the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory develop multi-spectral and multi-modal phenomenology modeling capabilities, advance the state-of-the-art of software/hardware-in-the-loop test technology, and perform a critical role in the research, development and transition of Air Force munitions. Use of simulation at all levels of munition development will serve as a key component of this research. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE))
08 Dec 21. Teledyne FLIR announced it has won a development contract worth up to $15.7m with the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Joint Science and Technology Office (DTRA JSTO) to develop novel battlefield threat mapping and visualization tools. The technology will allow the capability to digitally map hazardous material threats from sensor data and to ‘see’ their exact location via mixed reality on mobile phones, tablets, and Heads-Up Displays (HUDs). Teledyne FLIR will work with partners to develop software that allows Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) hazards to be precisely located, measured and mapped for viewing within the Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) suite of tools. The threat map will be visualized in a ‘see-through’ augmented reality (AR) display by those running TAK on their electronics, as well as by futuristic HUD devices like the Integrated Visualization Augmentation System (IVAS). Funded out of DTRA’s Digital Battlespace Management office, the program’s goal is to provide improved real-time CBRN situational awareness and enable TAK users to see and avoid chemical and biological hazards. The project also will allow future individuals equipped with IVAS to visualize chem-bio threats and receive real-time decision support when performing reconnaissance and decontamination missions. In addition, the program further lays the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AR groundwork for the Army’s autonomous decontamination efforts. (Source: ASD Network)
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06 Dec 21. Babcock International, the aerospace and defence company, has been selected by the Australian Government as the preferred tenderer to upgrade and sustain the Defence High Frequency Communication System (DHFCS) to support the Australian armed forces over the next 10 years, with a further four extension options, each of two years. Babcock Australasia will collaborate with Lockheed Martin Australia, and the Australian Defence Force (ADF), to deliver an upgraded system which provides effective long-range communications capability for Australia’s land sea and air assets. The result is a robust sovereign solution that provides the ADF with a performance edge across its operations.
08 Dec 21. The Brazilian Army has selected the Raytheon Technologies’ unit Collins Aerospace to provide its high frequency (HF) cellular communications system. The procurement is part of the Brazilian Army’s border surveillance and monitoring strategic program (SISFRON). The programme is aimed at improving communications in more remote areas such as the Amazon. It provides a ‘point-to-point call connection rate’ for mobile HF users by linking Collins’ URG-IV HF fixed site radio stations with its HF Cellular server and merging it with existing communications infrastructure. The call connection rate is estimated to be above 95%. The HF communication system enhances call reliability and transmission quality, reaching distances of over 2,400km. It allows the Brazilian Army to gain real-time position reporting through HF. The system also enables HF interoperability for naval, ground and airborne assets. (Source: Google/army-technology.com)
02 Dec 21. Spain’s EM&E to supply weapon stations to Egypt. Spanish company Escribano Mechanical and Engineering (EM&E) says it recently signed an agreement covering remotely operated weapon stations (ROWS) for the Egyptian army and navy. Elena Delgado, EM&E’s business development manager for Egypt, told DefenceWeb TV during the EDEX defence show held in Cairo that the company will “supply and co-operate” with Egypt’s Arab International Optronics on 12.7 mm weapon stations for both services, and that it expects to receive additional contracts. She said EM&E has integrated its Guardian ROWS with Egypt’s Temsah family of armoured vehicles, as well as the Sinai 200, which she said has now entered production. Unveiled in February 2020, the Sinai 200 appears to be a heavily modified BMP-1. One labelled as a Sena 200 was displayed at EDEX fitted with a ROWS called the Eagle 1 that was presented as a joint product of EM&E and Egypt’s Arab Organisation for Industrialisation, which includes Arab International Optronics. It was armed with a .50 cal machine gun. The Eagle 1 was also displayed at EDEX on Temsah 3 and 4 armoured vehicles and an 11.5 m patrol boat. It did not look like any member of the Guardian family advertised by EM&E, which includes the Guardian 2.0 for weapons up to 12.7 mm and the Guardian 30 for larger calibres. A lightweight Guardian ASPIS with a 7.62 mm machine gun was fitted to the new Temsah 5. Delgado said that EM&E is also looking to develop co-operation with Egypt on larger calibre weapons, both for its army and navy. (Source: Janes)
13 Dec 21. Hanwha Defense Australia has signed a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia for the supply of its Huntsman AS9 self-propelled artillery system to the Australian Army. The contract signature was announced earlier today by the Prime Minister of Australia The Hon Scott Morrison and the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra. This is the first major defence acquisition by Australia from an Asian defence prime contractor.The procurement is part of Defence project Land 8116 phase 1 which will see the acquisition of 30 AS9 Huntsman self-propelled howitzers and 15 AS10 armoured resupply vehicles. This highly advanced new equipment will bring a genuine transformation to the Australian Army’s artillery capability. The vehicles will be manufactured in Australia at a new Hanwha facility to be constructed in the Greater Geelong area of Victoria.
07 Dec 21. RADA teases new exMHR radar for mobile Iron Dome variants. On 14 November 2021 RADA announced the receipt of USD5m for an initial pre-order of its extended multimission hemispheric radar (exMHR), with a computer-generated image of the radar mounted on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in a quad configuration, suggesting that the exMHR could be employed for a forthcoming mobile Iron Dome variant (I-Dome). (Source: Janes)
08 Dec 21. Australian has awarded a $140m in maintenance and supply-chain support for the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II fighter jets. A five-year Air Vehicle Support Services (AVSS) contract worth $80mhas been awarded to BAE Systems Australia, and an additional $60m has been invested in the F-35A Industry Support Program. The AWS contract aims to bolster sovereign maintenance and supply-chain support for the F-35A fleet at RAAF Bases Williamtown in the Hunter region of NSW and RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory. The deal is tipped to support the employment of approximately 46 BAE Systems Australia staff, tasked with providing direct, on-the-ground support to RAAF personnel sustaining the F-35.,In collaboration with Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems delivers up to 15 per cent of each F-35 aircraft globally, including the provision of advanced manufacture of the aft fuselage, empennage and crucial components from its facilities in the UK and Australia. (Source: Defence Connect)
08 Dec 21. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $93,393,287 bilateral requirements contract modification (P00021) to previously awarded contract FA3002-13-D-0012 for the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA Original Equipment Manufacturer Training Program. This modification adds an 18-month ordering period to the multi-year basic contract and involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales to Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed at King Khalid Air Base, Khamis Mushayt; King Faisal Air Base, Tabuk; and King Abdul Aziz Air Base, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2023. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $88,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award, and the cumulative face value of the contract is not to exceed $554,400,000. The contracting activity is the 338th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio Randolph, Texas. (Awarded Dec. 6, 2021)
07 Dec 21. Insitu Pacific has been awarded a three-year contract extension by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for the sustainment of its ScanEagle Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). The extension allows the RAN to continue to experiment and develop knowledge using the ScanEagle Maritime Unmanned Aircraft System (MUAS), leveraging the foundation capability developed during embarked operations on HMAS Newcastle in the Gulf of Oman in 2017. ScanEagle has been in service with the RAN for experimentation and testing since 2014. The RAN operates several ScanEagle systems at 822X Squadron in Nowra, and the contract extension enables continuation of MUAS training, tactics development and payload evaluation activities. Insitu Pacific has supported and developed local capability for the RAN over the last seven years, including multiple training programs and the provision of deeper maintenance and support out of its Brisbane headquarters. The comprehensive pilot and maintenance training courses delivered for defence personnel continue to be key success factors in delivering effective RPAS support. The most recent of these courses trialled virtual training, with RAN operators at Nowra being instructed by Insitu Pacific Instructors in Brisbane. (Source: ASD Network)
03 Dec 21. Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $77,847,256 modification (P00002) to a previously awarded, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N0001921C0040). This modification adds scope to provide for the integration of indigenous weapons into an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter air system for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2025. FMS customer funds in the amount of $77,847,256 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.