09 June 22. Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $32,979,835 modification (P00034) to contract W31P4Q-19-C-0077 to recapitalize the Multiple Launch Rocket System into the M270A2 configuration. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas; New Boston, Texas; and Camden, Arkansas, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2026. Fiscal 2022 Foreign Military Sales (United Kingdom) funds in the amount of $32,979,835 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
03 June 22. The Armored Group, LLC. (the “Company” or “TAG”) today announced that it received an order for approximately $23.2m to provide multiple Armored Military Vehicles to support the mission of an Eastern European Country’s Armed Forces. These units will be delivered to support the nation, and to maximize the safety and combat effectiveness of their armed forces. The order includes 100 total vehicles, the first batch will be delivered to the customer during the month of June, 2022. TAG’s partnership with GRG ensures delivery of these vehicles to support the nation’s armed forces’ overarching mission. GRG is best known for working with multiple defense manufacturers to address operational capability gaps and is appointed as the team’s subject matter expert for equipment analysis and product management support. The effort applied by the team is the perfect illustration of companies coming together to do what they each do best to ensure the end-user will receive the best available capabilities, and continued dedicated customer support. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
08 June 22. GE Marine is under contract with Navantia to provide five LM2500 marine gas turbines that will power five new Spanish Navy F-110 frigates being built at its Ferrol Shipyard in Spain. These multipurpose, anti-submarine frigates are being co-developed by the Spanish Ministry of Defence and Navantia. Each F-110 frigate will be powered by one GE LM2500 gas turbine and four diesel engines in a Combined Diesel Electric and Gas (CODLAG) propulsion system to achieve a maximum speed of more than 25 knots. The new ships will be used in both blue and littoral waters for fleet protection, maritime security, joint and combined mission, and will replace Santa Maria class frigates. The F-110 frigate program will bring the total to 28 GE LM2500 marine gas turbines used to power Spanish Navy warships. (Source: ASD Network)
08 June 22. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) has selected iXblue to provide enhanced navigation capabilities to the newly built U212CD submarines intended for the Norwegian and German Navies. Built by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), the new U212CD will be equipped with iXblue Marins M8 inertial navigation systems (INS). The 6 U212CD, that will require highly performing systems for increased submerged navigation capability, will rely on iXblue Marins M8 INS, interfaced with KTA Naval Systems’ “ORCCA” Combat Management System. The Marins Series are the highest-grade inertial navigation systems (INS) produced by iXblue. Innovation has been uninterrupted on iXblue’s range to gradually extend the performances and propose the highest accuracies to the Navies and therefore answer their need for their most critical applications. Along the accuracy, the technology also combines decisive advantages such as an absolute discretion and unmatched reliability over time. (Source: PR Newswire)
03 June 22. The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has signed contracts worth €90m with Indra to modernise Spanish Army’s Tiger MKIII helicopters. Indra has been tasked with equipping 18 Tiger helicopters with next-generation mission and electronic defence systems. This will help the army personnel deal with any unexpected threat in complex operating situations. Combat-proven and agile, the Tiger copters are difficult to detect. The helicopters have displayed efficiency in war-like situations earlier. MKIII is the latest variant of the helicopter. As part of the contract, Indra will arm the MKIII Tiger with advanced technology for self-protection electronic warfare systems (EWS) along with tactical mission system (SPC2). The self-protection EWS will include an advanced radar warning receiver system, ALR-400FD Full Digital, which provides clear signal processing. The SPC2 feature will give the Spanish Army personnel a digitalised view of the battlefield in real time. (Source: army-technology.com)
08 June 22. Turkey selects Leonardo’s AW119T to train helo pilots. Turkey has chosen the AW119T helicopter built by Italian firm Leonardo to train pilots, a government procurement official has told Defense News. Turkish Land Forces Command will use the 15 helicopters purchased under the contract, the official said June 1, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the individual was not authorized to talk to the media. The source did not reveal the contract price. (Source: Defense News)
07 June 22. Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for further development of the new software version of the software defined radio based Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) system. The development work continues the performance enhancement of the waveform and radio platform software of the TAC WIN system based on the observations made during field testing and training and waveform research done by Bittium. The Bittium TAC WIN system provides broadband IP connectivity for the Finnish Defence Forces’ mobile communications stations and command posts. The system supports the Finnish Defence Forces’ combat doctrine where mobility, leading the troops on the move, and effective communications play a key role. The resilient and modular system is used by all three service branches of the Finnish Defence Forces. The purchase order applies to development work carried out during the year 2022. The value of the purchase order is approximately EUR 1.4 m (excl. VAT).
08 June 22. Sig Sauer Inc., Newington, New Hampshire, was awarded a $157,300,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the production of .300 Norma Magnum M1163 ball ammunition and .338 NM armor piercing M1162 cartridges. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 7, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Newark, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-22-D-0019).
07 June 22. US Navy Awards L3Harris $205m Contract for New Passive EO/IR Capability to Protect Fleet. A team led by L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been selected to provide the Shipboard Panoramic Electro-Optic/Infrared (SPEIR) system to the U.S. Navy that will provide improved fleet protection. The initial $205 m contract has a potential value of $593 m if all options are exercised through March 2031. The SPEIR program represents a generational leap forward in the use of 360-degree electro-optic and infrared (EO/IR) imagery and situational awareness, elevating EO/IR sensors – the eyes of the fleet – from a dedicated weapons support sensor to a full passive mission solution capability. L3Harris will serve as systems integrator and prime contractor, delivering capabilities for mission areas including anti-ship cruise missile defense, counter-unmanned aerial systems, counter-fast attack craft/fast in-shore attack craft, mobility, anti-terrorism/force protection and operational tasking visual information. This new system is targeted for installation on destroyers, carriers, frigates, amphibious and landing helicopter assault ships to provide a critical warfighting capability. The team includes Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems and will provide an L3Harris solution known as SPATIAL that provides a scalable 360-degree EO/IR passive automatic detection and tracking solution, enhancing combat systems and navigation capabilities to the U.S. Navy. The program was awarded by the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) 2.0. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
03 June 22. Serco has received a shipbuilding acquisition programme management (SHAPM) services contract from the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Team Submarine (TEAM SUB). The TEAM SUB includes Programme Executive Office (PEO) Attack Submarines, PEO Strategic Submarines and PEO Undersea Warfare Systems. The estimated value of the SHAPM services contract is approximately $334m, if all the options are exercised. This contract has a base period of one year, along with four additional one-year option periods. As the prime contractor for the SHAPM services contract, Serco will provide business, financial and programme management, logistics, foreign military support and other technical and engineering services. (Source: naval-technology.com)
08 June 22. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Garland, Texas, was awarded a $133,169,307 firm-fixed-price contract for MK80 series general purpose tritonal bomb components. 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 Dec. 31, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-22-F-0208).
07 June 22. Koa Lani, an Amentum joint venture with Kūpono, a mentor-protégé 8(a) company, has earned a position on Air Combat Command’s (ACC) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Squadron Operations Center Enterprise (RPASOC-E) support Multiple Award Contract. The joint venture, Koa Lani which is Hawaiian for “Sky Warrior,” will now compete for RPASOC-E task orders until May 2030. The indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a maximum ceiling of $785 m. The RPASOC sustains world-wide mission systems, conducts operations and maintenance of equipment designs and development systems in support of combat air patrols managed by ACC, Air Force Special Operations Command, the Air National Guard, and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Warner Robbins. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
08 June 22. Intellisense Systems has secured a contract to provide replacement multi-function controls and displays (RMCD) for the US Air Force’s (USAF) C-5M Super Galaxy transport aircraft. This contract has been awarded through the System of Systems Consortium (SOSSEC) Other Transaction Authority (OTA). Under the contract, Intellisense will provide a high-resolution version of the VDT-1209 video display terminal, which is also in use with the MC-130J Commando II aircraft. Being RMCD hardware systems’ prime contractor, the company will work with CMC Electronics. CMC will provide its multi-core avionics computer PU-3000, the graphics processing unit (GPU) to complete the cockpit display system replacement. The two companies will deliver an open, modular solution that can be adapted as per the user and aircraft requirements and has an easier customer software integration. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
08 June 22. Lockheed Martin has awarded a contract to MDA under the US Space Development Agency’s (SDA) Tranche 1 Transport Layer (T1TL) programme. Under the new contract, MDA will design and develop antennas and antenna control electronics for a total of 42 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. The 42 LEO satellites are being produced by Lockheed Martin for the SDA’s T1TL constellation programme. The work also includes steerable Ka-Band, along with Link-16 and GPS antennas, for the satellites. The work related to the new contract is expected to complete in the next two years and will be added to MDA’s backlog in the second quarter of the fiscal year 2022 (FY22). (Source: airforce-technology.com)
08 June 22. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a multi-year contract valued at more than $2 bn from United Launch Alliance (ULA) for increased production of its 63-inch-diameter Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM 63) solid rocket booster and the extended length variation (GEM 63XL). The award, which supports Amazon’s Project Kuiper and additional ULA customers, includes both an increased production rate and significant facility expansion. This will enable Northrop Grumman to increase capacity and allows for the modernization of current and new state-of-the-art facilities and tooling. The company began development of the fourth- and fifth-generation GEM strap-on boosters in 2015 under a cooperative agreement with ULA to provide additional lift capability for the Atlas V and Vulcan launch vehicles. Leveraging decades of flight-proven heritage while utilizing advanced technologies, teams successfully developed and tested innovative solutions to meet ULA design objectives. Both boosters use common materials and processes to offer a low cost, high-reliability, repeatable product.
09 June 22. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received a contract, with follow on options, for development of the Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW) missile. The period of performance for the contract is three months, with three competitive gates for three prime contractors to validate their missile capabilities under a digital acquisition approach that emphasizes agility and innovation. Northrop Grumman has invested to mature and test its missile design, which meets U.S. Air Force requirements for SiAW and other programs. Harnessing in-house digital engineering capabilities, Northrop Grumman is completing preparations to launch its missile this year. To address changing mission requirements, the solution features open architecture interfaces which will bridge current requirements with future upgrades. During Phase 1 of the SiAW competition, the U.S. Air Force intends to align the SiAW missile system technical capabilities to the Air Combat Command requirements and to the Air Force Weapon Government Reference Architecture. Tasks include the establishment of an integrated digital environment to design, develop, and test the initial increment of the SiAW missile system utilizing a digital engineering methodology and model-based systems engineering best practices. To date, Northrop Grumman has flown and successfully validated its capabilities against relevant, integrated air defense targets. The company will continue to assess its offering through the use of digital engineering and prove its capabilities with more stressing flight test scenarios culminating with a missile launch this year. The Northrop Grumman solution leverages the Navy’s AARGM-ER, engineering and manufacturing development, low-rate initial production and integration work on the F-35 aircraft. The capabilities demonstrated by Northrop Grumman are relevant and support rapid fielding across multiple missions and platforms.
07 June 22. Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) announced today it was awarded the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Cybersecurity and Privacy Enterprise Solutions and Services (CyPrESS) contract—a hybrid indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) single award contract with a total potential value of $622.5 m—to provide a complete range of cybersecurity and privacy enterprise solutions and services for NASA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). For the first time, this contract brings together all aspects of cybersecurity across the NASA enterprise under one contract to include IT systems, operational technology systems, and mission systems. Work will support all NASA centers and facilities from May 31, 2022 through September 30, 2023, with four option periods running through September 2030. As NASA seeks to centralize cybersecurity across the agency, Booz Allen will support key task areas including development and implementation of NASA’s cybersecurity standards, architecture, and engineering, as well as delivery, oversight, and program management of cybersecurity and privacy services. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
31 Mar 22. CalypsoAI Awarded Phase III SBIR with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has a vision for changing this paradigm by increasing security effectiveness from curb-to-gate while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. To achieve their vision, the S&T’s Screening at Speed (SaS) program is developing deep learning models into next-generation airport passenger and accessible property screening machines. CalypsoAI has been collaborating with the DHS to determine how to best verify and validate the performance of these machine learning models under a multitude of conditions, including sensor variability, adversarial attacks, and degraded environmental conditions. Testing machine learning models in real-world conditions like these enables algorithm developers to build more effective models and accelerates DHS’s certification and qualification processes. With the DHS S&T award of a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) CalypsoAI is excited to continue our work with DHS by expanding their efforts to test and validate third-party Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint screening algorithms. CalypsoAI will grow its library of machine learning tests within its VESPR Validate software to capture a wider range of environmental conditions that affect the passenger screening experience. Additionally, CalypsoAI will work with S&T to create a standardized set of performance thresholds and model standards for deep learning throughout the passenger screening process. This Phase III SBIR work leverages CalypsoAI’s expertise in machine learning validation to deploy next-generation machine learning capabilities, achieve SaS’s strategic vision, and meet TSA’s most challenging operational checkpoint requirements.
09 June 22. Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, announced it received a three-year basic ordering agreement (BOA) worth up to $50 m from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for engineering services and products relating to Mercury’s Advanced Data Transfer System (ADTS) for deployment across multiple rotary-wing and tilt-rotor platforms. The ADTS, a rugged data, video, and audio loader and recorder with cybersecurity capability, is used for moving mission data securely to and from the aircraft for pre- and post-mission analysis. The BOA was received in Mercury’s fiscal 2022 third quarter and has a period of performance of three years covering ADTS hardware such as data transfer units, data transfer devices, encryption modules, and other key components, with work to be performed at the Company’s Torrance, Calif. facility.
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01 June 22. South Korean military orders new command vehicles from Hyundai Rotem. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has signed a deal with Hyundai Rotem to acquire an unspecified number of wheeled command post vehicles (CPVs). DAPA said on 1 June that the contract – worth KRW55.3 bn (USD44.7 m) – enables Hyundai Rotem to start mass-producing the CPVs, with deliveries to battalion and higher-level units within the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) and Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC) to start from 2023. DAPA said the project to develop the CPVs, the design for which is based on the company’s 20-tonne K808 wheeled armoured vehicle (WAV), started in 2017 and ended in December 2020. It said the total CPV programme will be worth KRW1.5 trn, indicating additional future procurements. The agency added that the vehicle is intended for replacing “tent-type field command posts that take too long to install and dismantle, and cannot protect against enemy firearms, artillery, and chemical threats”. (Source: Janes)
31 May 22. South Korea plans to procure additional PAC-3 air-defence systems. South Korea has announced plans to procure additional Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor missiles and a new naval mine-countermeasures helicopter (MCH). The country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said on 30 May that the procurements – worth a combined KRW1.72trn (USD1.4bn) – are a direct response to intensified threats from North Korea. The PAC-3 acquisition features an unspecified number of systems that will be positioned to defend Seoul as well as “key national facilities” from missile attack, said DAPA. Under the project, DAPA also plans to upgrade its existing PAC-2 systems. The project has been allocated KRW750 bn, with the capability intended to be operational by 2027, said DAPA. The agency described the MCH programme as a “domestic project” to develop and procure a helicopter to conduct sweeping and clearing operations against enemy mines. The project will also support the national defence industry and create jobs, it said. (Source: Janes)
02 June 22. Rheinmetall wins multi-year service contract from an international customer – services in the higher double-digit million euro range Rheinmetall has received a significant service contract from an international customer. The contract is set to run for five years and is worth a high double-digit million euro amount. Between 2022 and 2027, Rheinmetall will supply the customer with spare parts for its air defence systems in use, carry out repairs and provide maintenance support. This contract continues a business relationship that has been successful for decades. As an international systems supplier, Rheinmetall not only has extensive expertise in the development and manufacture of modern products and systems. The company can also support and modernise them throughout their entire service life. In doing so, Rheinmetall can integrate the armed forces and industry of the customer countries in order to contribute to the preservation of key national capabilities.
08 June 22. Maritime intelligence firm Global Spatial Technology Solutions (GSTS) has received a contract to provide maritime situational awareness platform for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The contract has been awarded by the Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada. The contract is being funded under the ISED’s Innovative Solutions Canada programme. Under the contract, the company will provide its artificial intelligence (AI)-based maritime information management platform OCIANA to the RCN. Additionally, the contract allows the RCN to use and evaluate the advanced capabilities of the platform in an operational environment. (Source: naval-technology.com)