06 May 22. MoD awards £155m contract to provide crucial services to UK Armed Forces in Gibraltar. The first of a new suite of contracts to provide key services for the UK Armed Forces on overseas Ministry of Defence (MOD) bases has been awarded. The £155m contract, which will provide maintenance work, repairs, servicing, and hard facilities management to the MOD’s estate in Gibraltar, has been awarded to Mitie by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). It is expected to directly sustain around 200 jobs in Gibraltar. This is the first contract to be awarded under DIO’s new Overseas Prime Contracts (OPC) programme, which will also see further contracts come into force at Defence sites including Cyprus, Germany, the Falkland Islands and Ascension Island. The contract is for an initial period of seven years and will come into service in the autumn. The new contracts have been developed taking into account recommendations for improvements to the current arrangements and will mean a better service for military personnel based overseas. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
06 May 22. Nato Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded two separate contracts to US-based company Leidos. The total value of the two single-award, firm-fixed price contracts is approximately $90m. In addition, each contract has a four-year base performance period along with additional maintenance services options of up to four years. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
12 May 22. BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce are major beneficiaries of contracts awarded this week by the Ministry of Defence worth in excess of £2bn. The contract awards to BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce are in relation to Delivery Stage 3 (DP3) of the Dreadnought nuclear deterrent submarine build programme. Separately, an important and very timely £160 m contract has been awarded to Raytheon UK for Dreadnought class crew training at HM Naval Base Clyde. The four Dreadnought class submarines will begin replacing existing Vanguard class SSBN’s that continue to operate the UK’s vital CASD ‘Continuous at Sea’ Nuclear Submarine Deterrence capability from the early 2030’s. When commissioned, into Royal Navy service the four boats will be the largest, most technologically advanced and powerful submarines ever built for the Royal Navy, Dreadnought class construction is the largest defence project underway in the UK today. The programme involves new levels of innovation, technology and collaboration and may well be the largest and most complex engineering project in the world. Work on the first two vessels, HMS Dreadnought and HMS Valiant is already well underway. The boats will measure 153.6 metres long. (Source: Howard Wheeldon, FRAeS, Wheeldon Strategic Advisory Ltd.)
09 May 22. Elbit Systems UK has been selected to support in the definition and provision of an integrated training solution of shore-based simulators and training aids for the Royal Navy’s Dreadnought Crew Training (DCT) programme. Elbit Systems UK has been selected as part of the Team led by Raytheon UK, who will act as the prime contractor and systems integrator responsible for defining and delivering an integrated training solution into the new Future Submarine School (FSS) in HMNB Faslane, as well as several other Royal Navy training establishments. This will include the delivery and oversight of a new test and reference facility which will allow for all integration and testing.
12 May 22. Raytheon UK, a major UK based supplier of weapons, Airborne ISR, sensors, cyber and intel and UK training and that has major facilities in Harlow, Glenrothes, RAF Waddington and Broughton in North Wales has been awarded a contract worth £160m by the MOD to be the prime contractor and systems integrator for the Dreadnought Crew Training (DCT) programme. The timing of this award demonstrates that the MOD is ensuring that it has properly prepared the ground required for the training of Royal Navy submariners who will be working on a new generation of submarines that bear little resemblance to the currently in-service Vanguard class boats. Working in collaboration with the MOD, Raytheon UK will be responsible for defining and delivering an integrated training solution into the new Future Submarine School (FSS) at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde, as well as several other Royal Navy training establishments. This will be provided to all Royal Navy personnel who will serve onboard the new Dreadnought Class submarines as over a period of years these replace Vanguard Class submarines and that has been designed to enable safe and competent operation of the boat in delivering the UK’s Continuous At-Sea Deterrent. The Raytheon UK team involved includes training transformation partners Vertex Professional Services, Elbit Systems UK and Frazer-Nash Consultancy. These companies will work alongside Raytheon UK in order to deliver a modern innovative crew training solution. The collaboration has been built on a joint understanding of existing Royal Navy training and the wider transformation and modernisation objectives currently underway as part of the Royal Navy’s Selborne training contract and has been designed in order to establish a technology roadmap in order to deliver a learner centric training experience for the crews of the Dreadnought Class submarine. (Source: Howard Wheeldon, FRAeS, Wheeldon Strategic Advisory Ltd.)
10 May 22. The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded the order for conditional tranche 4 (TC4) of the SCORPION programme to Nexter, Arquus and Thales, operating through the EBMR* consortium. Tranche TC4 corresponds to an additional 88 JAGUAR armoured reconnaissance and fighting vehicles and 302 GRIFFON multirole armoured vehicles. This new order will bring the number of JAGUAR and GRIFFON vehicles ordered to 150 and 909 respectively, in line with the target laid out in France’s 2019–25 Military Programming Law. This represents half of the French government’s total commitment for JAGUARs and GRIFFONs (excluding the MEPAC variant) to be acquired under the SCORPION programme to renew the medium-tonnage segment of the French Army’s armoured vehicle fleet. The TC4 award comes shortly after an order was placed for 54 GRIFFON MEPAC versions, which are equipped with a 120-mm mortar, with deliveries scheduled from 2024.
12 May 22. Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $71,412,090 modification (P00066) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0076 for the Javelin Missile System. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2025. Fiscal 2022 missile procurement, Army funds; and Foreign Military Sales (Thailand, Norway, Albania and Latvia) funds in the amount of $71,412,090 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
12 May 22. Lockheed Martin Corp., Liverpool, New York, was awarded a $129,040,507 modification (PZ0003) to contract W56KGY-21-C-0010 for the purchase of six radar systems, spares, tool kits, remote computer display units, integrated computer systems, training, contractor technical assistance, field service representatives, software support and program management. Work will be performed in Syracuse, New York, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 11, 2026. Fiscal 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Romania) funds in the amount of $129,040,507 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
11 May 22. MilDef signs a seven-year framework agreement with Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) and the Swedish Armed Forces. This new agreement with FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces is MilDef’s most comprehensive framework agreement with FMV to date. The agreement comprises MilDef’s full range of products in both hardware and software as well as services. The expected order volume is estimated to approximately SEK 870 m over the contract period. MilDef’s commitment to FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces includes MilDef’s entire portfolio of tactical IT and associated system deliveries. In addition to product deliveries the agreement enables the opportunity for FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces to call off, for example, training and service. This contract underpins the in-depth collaboration between MilDef and the Swedish defense customer, where security of supply plays a vital role.
10 May 22. Rheinmetall awards major contracts worth €60m to Slovak defence industry – RayService and its subsuppliers to deliver electronical & electrical systems for Lynx IFV On 10 May 2022 RayService and Rheinmetall signed two major contracts worth over €60 M for the deliveries of electronical and electrical systems for the Lynx IFV. The contracts covers control systems, cable harnesses and lighting systems for the second phase of the Hungarian Lynx KF41 program of the Hungarian Army, worth more than €30 M. Another package of around €30 M is a fix pre-contract for the deliveries of Lynx IFV to the Slovak Army once Rheinmetall will be awarded in ongoing tender.
05 May 22. Saab has received an order from the Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) for the multi-role, man-portable Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon, making Denmark the 15th customer for the M4 version. Deliveries will take place in 2022. The recoilless Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon increases tactical flexibility. Built to satisfy future requirements, it is compatible with advanced fire control devices and prepared for specialised ammunition, putting advanced technology at forces’ fingertips. (Source: www.joint-forces.com)
11 May 22. Poland Signs $450m UAS Contract. On May 6, 2022, Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak approved a contract for the purchase by the Armament Agency (Agencję Uzbrojenia) from the Polish company WB Electronics S.A. (as part of the WB Group) of the first four battery sets (modules) of the new Gladius unmanned reconnaissance and strike complex for the artillery of the Polish Army. These kits should be delivered already in 2022 to the artillery regiments of the Polish army stationed in the eastern part of Poland. The contract includes an option for an undisclosed number of additional complexes. In total, within the framework of this program (including options), it is planned to purchase “several hundred” unmanned aerial vehicles of the Gladius complex developed and manufactured by WB Electronics, and the total cost of the program is estimated at 2 bn zlotys ($ 450m), including training equipment and a technical support package. (Source: UAS VISION)
09 May 22. BAE Systems Land & Armaments L.P., Sterling Heights, Michigan, is awarded an $89,467,675 firm-fixed-price modification (P00148) to previously awarded contract M67854-16-0006 for Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV). The total cumulative face value of the contract is $1,825,427,258. This contract modification provides for the exercise of options for the procurement of 14 full-rate production ACV Command variants and associated production, and fielding and support costs. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania (60%); Aiken, South Carolina (15%); San Jose, California (15%); Sterling Heights, Michigan (5%); and Stafford, Virginia (5%), with an expected completion date of July 2024. Fiscal 2022 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $89,467,675 will be obligated at the time of award, and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-16-C-0006).
11 May 22. BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $24,120,717 modification (P00111) to contract W56HZV-17-C-0001 for the production and delivery of M109A7 and M992A3 vehicles. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2025. Fiscal 2022 weapons and tracked combat vehicle procurement, Army funds in the amount of $24,120,717 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
06 May 22. OSI Federal Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price order (H92404-22-F-0085) with a value of $10,649,998 for GETAC rugged laptops and upgrades for all U.S. Special Operations Command components and Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs) with a delivery of 60 days after the date of the order. The majority of this work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia. Fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,649,998 were obligated at time of the award. The blanket purchasing agreement was solicited and issued using a competitive 100% Small Business Set-Aside, Brand Name or Equal Acquisition Strategy in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 8.405-3. U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
06 May 22. Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $237,892,096 modification (P00064) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0076 for the Javelin Missile System. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2025. Fiscal 2022 missile procurement, Army funds in the amount of $237,892,096 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
12 May 22. Saab Awarded Contract from US Army for Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifles. The U.S. Army MAAWS Program Office has awarded Saab a contract for Carl-Gustaf® M4 recoilless rifles. The Carl-Gustaf rifles are also known as Multi-purpose Anti-Armor Anti-personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) and M3A1 in the U.S. Army. The order will include deliveries of weapons for both the Army and the US Marine Corps. The contract has a total value of USD16m and is awarded under a current ID/IQ agreement. Saab will provide Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifles to continue supporting the ongoing fielding effort in both the Army and the Marine Corps. Carl-Gustaf M4 increases tactical flexibility, enabling soldiers to deal with any situation. Built to satisfy future requirements, it is compatible with advanced fire control devices and prepared for specialised ammunition, putting advanced technology at forces’ fingertips. The wide range of ammunition provides extreme tactical flexibility ready for any combat situation, delivering faster engagement, increased hit probability and greater effectiveness.
09 May 22. SCDUSA announced that Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) in Apopka, Florida has selected SCDUSA to provide the InfraRed (IR) solution to support its Next Generation Handheld Targeting System (NGHTS) for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The SCDUSA’s high performance and small Size, low Weight and Power (SWAP) infrared imaging solution, part of SCDUSA’s “Sparrow” product family, selected by Northrop Grumman, demonstrated compelling features which enabled the NGHTS system to meet the USMC’s demanding imaging and SWAP requirements.
10 May 22. General Dynamics Mission Systems announced today that it was awarded a $49.9m contract modification under an existing U.S. Navy contract for the continued procurement, manufacturing, testing and delivery of AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMR), High Frequency Distribution Amplifier Group components and engineering services. This modification allows for the execution of emergent requirements that were not anticipated at the onset of the contract and allows the government to continue procuring hardware and services within the scope of the contract while exceeding the originally estimated quantities. This contract modification increases the ceiling value of existing firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee line items to $235,976,708. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona and is expected to be completed in April 2024. The DMR, AN/USC-61(C), is the first software defined radio to have become a communications system standard for the U.S. military. As one of the military’s most versatile tactical radios, one four-channel DMR can simultaneously support voice and data satellite communication networks, Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveforms, Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems, HAVEQUICK, and other tactical, HF/VHF/UHF radios. It supports multiple independent levels of security and is NSA certified to carry classified information at the Type 1 – top secret level and below. (Source: ASD Network)
03 May 22. Astrobotic has won two NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contracts worth $1.5m to further advance novel Laser Imaging, Detection, and Ranging (LiDAR) software solutions. When space qualified, these software packages will support in-space satellite servicing as well as safe landing on celestial objects such as the Moon or asteroids through accurate hazard detection. The first contract, valued at $750,000, is for Astrobotic’s HazNet system, which leverages hardware acceleration and machine learning to produce real-time hazard maps of potential celestial landing sites. This program will result in a prototype sensor package for HazNet, building upon previously developed hazard detection models and techniques. The prototype sensor will be run through a series of demonstrations to evaluate overall performance.
11 May 22. BAE Systems Australia has secured a $50m export contract to deliver critical hardware and software sub-assemblies into the global Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) program. BAE Systems and an expanded network of Australian industry partners will deliver critical sub-assemblies into Block 2 of the ESSM program under a new three-year full rate production contract with Raytheon Missiles & Defense in the United States. (Source: Defence Connect)
06 May 22. Goodrich Corp., Westford, Massachusetts, was awarded an $805,740,847 modification (P00016) to previously awarded contract FA8620-18-D-3014 to raise the price ceiling for the Tactical Reconnaissance Pod program. Work will be performed in Westford, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 17, 2027. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $1,021,000,000. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
03 May 22. NIC4, a subsidiary of Network Innovations, has been awarded a Service Provider Registry (SPR) prototype, a component of the Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Enterprise Management and Control (EM&C). This software development effort is for the U.S. Space Force(USSF), Space Systems Command (SSC), through the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) as an Other Transactional Authority (OTA) Agreement Award. (Source: Satnews)
10 May 22. Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a $272,672,545 firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract to provide logistics, repair, and upgrade support for 15 Multi-Spectral Targeting System Forward-Looking Infrared components in support of MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. The contract will include a five-year base period with one two-year option period which if exercised, will bring the total estimated value to $376,414,525. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida (70%); and McKinney, Texas (30%). Work is expected to be completed by May 2027; if the option is exercised, work is expected to be completed by May 2029. Working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $58,241,030 will be issued for delivery order N00383-22-F-0TH1 that will be awarded concurrently with the contract, and funds will not expire. One company was solicited for this non-competitive requirement pursuant to the authority set forth in 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity (N00383-22-D-TH01).
06 May 22. Skydweller U.S. Inc., a subsidiary of Skydweller Aero Inc., a U.S.-Spanish aerospace company developing solar-powered aircraft for defense and commercial industries, announced it has been awarded a $14m contract with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), in conjunction with U.S. Navy, to advance and integrate technologies in support of Skydweller’s development of its extreme-endurance, solar-powered aircraft. This effort will increase the aircraft’s operational envelope, enabling broad, global use, while improving mission reliability and system flexibility. (Source: UAS VISION)
11 May 22. Thales has received an initial order to equip U.S. Air National Guard F-16 pilots with Scorpion Helmet Mounted Displays (HMD) as part of a deal that will make the combat-proven system available to NATO forces. The contract will provide the Air National Guard with Scorpion retrofit kits to replace the current Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) for its fleet of F-16 block 40 and 50 aircraft. When complete, Scorpion will become the common HMD solution for the Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserve’s entire fleet of F-16 block 30, 40 and 50 aircraft. Scorpion is already the HMD of choice for the A-10 in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. Scorpion offers a modern, digital platform that equips pilots with enhanced situational awareness. It features full-color symbology, zero-perceived latency and a single display for both day and night operations at reduced life-cycle costs. Motion-tracking accuracy is significantly improved over JHMCS by Scorpion’s precision Hybrid Optically-based Inertial Tracker (HObIT). The Scorpion HMD is also ejection safety certified on all F-16 configurations. (Source: ASD Network)
11 May 22. Israeli firm Xtend will supply hundreds of new Wolverine Gen2 unmanned systems to the U.S. Defense Department as part of a joint government-to-government program with Israel’s Defense Ministry, the company announced Tuesday. The small drone, which is made in the U.S., “enables operators — even those with no flight experience — to perform extremely precise remote tasks, maneuvers, and actions in complex environments (indoor or outdoor), with minimal training and maintenance,” the company said in a statement. The new contract is part of a joint research and development program led by the Israeli Directorate of Defense Research and Development at the MoD, in collaboration with the Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate at the Pentagon. Delivery is expected to take place this year. Xtend previously delivered several dozen Skylord counter-drone systems to the U.S. as part of a pilot program in 2020, and the program saw further success in 2021 with the Skylord Xtender, which was delivered as part of a partnership between the two directorates. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)
09 May 22. BAE Systems has received a $24m contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop software that autonomously configures tactical networks for mission-critical communications as part of the Mission-Integrated Network Control (MINC) program. Reliable data and communications networks are critical in modern warfare. Currently, no capability exists to dynamically control interconnected networks and ensure that warfighters can communicate across domains in contested environments. The MINC program seeks to build and demonstrate an integrated, advanced capability that creates a secure communications network to support multi-domain operations. Under the terms of the contract, BAE Systems’ FAST Labs™ research and development organization will develop the algorithms and software to anticipate, configure, and control available resources to optimize the flow of information. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
09 May 22. Forcepoint Federal LLC, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a competitive, firm-fixed-price contract with a total cumulative face value of $89,145,587 for a user activity monitoring enterprise solution for the Department of Defense combatant commands and Fourth Estate agencies. The base period value of this action is $13,360,360 and will be funded by fiscal 2022 operations and management funds. Performance will be at Fort Meade, Maryland. Proposals were solicited via sam.gov and two proposals were received from this full and open competition. The period of performance is from May 10, 2022, to May 9, 2023, with three one-year options. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity (HC1084-22-C-0002).
10 May 22. Palantir USG Inc., Palo Alto, California, was awarded a $30,000,000 firm-fixed-price modification (P00009) to previously awarded contract FA8806-21-C-0010 for a Data-as-a-Service Platform. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for additional term software licenses, cloud hosting, enablement services, support and training for each platform solution under the basic contract. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California; Palo Alto, California; Washington, D.C.; and New York, New York, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2022. Fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $16,895,000; and fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $121,500,000. Space Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.
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09 May 22. Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $67,850,964 fixed-price incentive and firm-fixed-priced modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-18-C-5218 to exercise the options for additional Technical Insertion-20 (TI-20) AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship undersea warfare combat systems, AN/SQS-53C transmitter infrastructure shipsets, and spares in support of the continued AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 development, integration, manufacture, production, and testing efforts. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (60%); Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania (33%); Syracuse, New York (4%); Clearwater, Florida (2%); and Hauppauge, New York (1%), and is expected to be completed by August 2024. Fiscal 2022 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $35,362,594 (52%); fiscal 2022 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $27,007,759 (40%); Foreign Military Sales (Australia) funds in the amount of $4,637,360 (6%); fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $481,333 (1%); and fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $361,918 (1%) 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.
11 May 22. QinetiQ Australia has confirmed that they have received a five-year extension for the Mine Warfare Maintenance Facility support contract, ensuring continued maintenance, sustainment and engineering of mine warfare training aids. The services are expected to enhance the training capabilities of the Maritime Explosive Ordnance System Program Office. The company has partnered with the RAN since being awarded the contract in 2017 to develop a sovereign mine warfare training solution and has worked intimately with the RAN Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving (MCD) team and Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving System Program Office (MCDSPO) since 2018 to enhance the RAN’s mine warfare training capabilities. (Source: Defence Connect)
12 May 22. BAE Systems Australia has subcontracted Raytheon Anschütz for the initial design and manufacture of a warship integrated navigation and bridge system (WINBS) for the Royal Australian Navy’s Hunter Class frigate program. The contracted work, which has the potential to be expanded overtime, involves systems design engineering and requirements verification for the WINBS. Raytheon Anschütz is expected to leverage its experience delivering the integration of the WINBS into the United Kingdom’s Type 26 frigates, which inspired the Hunter Class design. The company has also supported the radar replacement program for the RAN’s existing Anzac Class fleet. (Source: Defence Connect)
06 May 22. AeroVironment Inc.,* Simi Valley, California, was awarded a $17,898,403 modification (P00016) to contract W31P4Q-20-C-0024 for Switchblade hardware production. Work will be performed in Simi Valley, California, with an estimated completion date of May 4, 2023. Fiscal 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Ukraine) funds in the amount of $17,898,403 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
10 May 22. Hypersonix Launch Systems has won $8m from the Australian government to develop and launch its zero-emissions spaceplane technology demonstrator. The Australian company has recently won a slew of government funding and now has successfully bagged this grant from the Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) Defence Translation stream. Set to launch in 2023, the 3D-printed DART AE (additive engineering) is a prototype spaceplane the company is building to validate its technology. (Source: Space Connect)
10 May 22. Lockheed Martin has awarded a contract to Marshall Aerospace to support the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft fleet. Under the 12-year contract, Marshall Aerospace will conduct in-depth maintenance inspections on the entire fleet. The IAF received its first C-130J aircraft via the US Government’s foreign military sale (FMS) deal in 2008. The IAF currently operates a fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft, which were procured under an additional $328.8m contract with Lockheed Martin in 2021. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
29 Apr 22. ARABSAT Contracts Thales Alenia Space To Build A Software-Defined Satellite. ARABSAT and Thales Alenia Space have signed a contract for the latter to build ARABSAT-7A, a fully flexible, Software-Defined Satellite (SDS) based on the Space Inspire (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration) platform by Thales Alenia Space. With this contract, ARABSAT joins geostationary satellite operators who have selected this technology to empower their business and transition from traditional, bent-pipe, GEO satellites, to the highly agile and adaptable SDSs, which are expected to change the face of the geostationary SATCOM industry. The Space Inspire platform will enable seamless, telecom mission and services reconfiguration of the ARABSAT-7A satellite, instant on-orbit adjustment to broadband connectivity demand as well as superior video broadcasting performance, all the while maximizing the effective use of satellite resources. (Source: Satnews)
09 May 22. The Australian Department of Defence has awarded Leidos Australia the JP2060 Phase 4 contract, tasking the company with the delivery of a health knowledge management system for the Australian Defence Force. According to Leidos, work has already commenced on the project with initial operating capability planned for November 2023 and final operating capability in 2025. The health knowledge management system is set to replace the ADF’s legacy electronic health record product with a modern, patient-centric health solution. The new system will record, store, aggregate and analyse health data and information for the ADF population, unifying multidisciplinary primary and occupational care with emergency and hospital care to enable better clinical decision-making. For the first time, an electronic health solution will be delivered into the deployed environment to record the delivery of healthcare by ADF clinicians from point of injury throughout the evacuation chain into rehabilitation and recovery. This will ensure all relevant clinical information can be recorded and included in a member’s health record to facilitate appropriate, ongoing care. The contract value is $299m (ex GST) and JP 2060 Phase 4 will create approximately 187 full-time-equivalent jobs, predominantly in Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. As prime systems integrator, Leidos Australia will lead a multidisciplinary team of primarily Australian companies experienced in health knowledge management systems and clinical management software. More than 95 per cent of the work will be delivered by Australian industry. (Source: Defence Connect)