09 Aug 22. Elbit Systems UK has been awarded a £13m initial contract by the Ministry of Defence to provide the British Armed Forces with ‘XACT’ Night Vision Goggles. The initial contract will be performed over an 18-month period with the potential for additional follow-on orders over a period of five years. (Source: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/)
05 Aug 22. UK seeks Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Unit. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on its website on 1 August that the Department of State had approved a possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of 513 Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Units (LWCLUs) to the UK, for an estimated value of USD300 m. Also included in the potential sale are LWCLU Basic Skill Trainers; Javelin Outdoor Trainers; Javelin Vehicle Launcher Electronics (JVL-Es); associated training packages, training documentation, and lifecycle support; and Systems Integration and Check Out. This order would make the UK the first export customer for the LWCLUs. A UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told Janes on 3 August, (Source: Janes)
08 Aug 22. UK awards contracts for UAS swarm project. Malloy Aeronautics and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) group have been awarded a contract as part of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Multi-Domain Integrated Swarm (MDIS) project, Brigadier Mark Totten, Deputy Director of Acquisition Commando Forces and MDIS told Janes on 27 July. The project will involve a series of trials with SNC, integrating and teaming approximately 10–20 Malloy Aeronautics unmanned aerial systems (UAS), James Gavin, head of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Future Capability Group (FCG) told Janes. As part of the project, the MDIS team are interested in understanding how the swarming systems exchange data and the bandwidth/information exchange rates that those behaviours require, Brig Totten said. He added that the project is expected to produce results within the current financial year.Brig Totten was unable to provide further details surrounding the project, although he did note that the Malloy Aeronautics T400 UAS was used during the trials. (Source: Janes)
10 Aug 22. The Belgian Navy has renewed licences to continue using SeeByte’s software solutions to assist the autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) fleet. The software also supports EGUERMIN, the Belgian-Netherlands Naval Mine Warfare school. As part of this licence renewal, the company will provide the latest version of its multi-domain command and control (C2) system, called SeeTrack v4, along with an automatic target recognition system. The contract also includes delivery of operational support and training to the Belgian Navy, allowing the students and operators to benefit from the SeeTrack v4’s capabilities. (Source: naval-technology.com)
10 Aug 22. Czech Republic to buy Heron UAVs from Israel. The Czech Republic is to buy three Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of the country’s wider Concept of Capability Construction of the Army of the Czech Republic plan. The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the plan on 8 August, saying that negotiations for the procurement are to begin with the Israeli government shortly as it plans to acquire equipment seen “as crucial in conducting aerial reconnaissance and performing other tasks for direct combat support and protection of Czech army units”. (Source: Janes)
09 Aug 22. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $524,100,000 undefinitized modification (P00015) to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive (firm target) advanced acquisition contract (N0001920C0009). This modification increases the ceiling to procure long-lead time materials, parts, components, and effort for the production of seven Lot 15 F-35A aircraft, two Lot 15 F-35B aircraft, seven Lot 16 F-35A, and two Lot 16 F-35B aircraft for the government of Italy. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (57%); El Segundo, California (14%); Warton, United Kingdom (9%); Cameri, Italy (4%); Orlando, Florida (4%); Nashua, New Hampshire (3%); Baltimore, Maryland (3%); San Diego, California (2%); Nagoya, Japan (2%); and various undisclosed locations outside the continental U.S. (2%), and is expected to be completed in June 2025. Non-U.S. Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $524,100,000 will be obligated at the 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.
10 Aug 22. General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $236,182,606 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-2125 for engineering, technical, design agent, and planning yard support for operational strategic and attack submarines. Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut (70%); Kings Bay, Georgia (13%); Bangor, Washington (10%); Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (3%); North Kingston, Rhode Island (2%); and Newport, Rhode Island (2%), and is expected to be completed by September 2023. Fiscal 2022 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $5,550,000 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.
05 Aug 22. Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $57,089,967 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-5432 to exercise options for the Over-the-Horizon (OTH) Weapon System Encanistered Missiles. Work will be performed in Kongsberg, Norway (73%); Tucson, Arizona (10%); Schrobenhausen, Germany (5%); Raufoss, Norway (4%); Louisville, Kentucky (4%); De Soto, Texas (2%); Huntsville, Arkansas (1%); and various other locations each less than 1% (1%), and is expected to be completed by September 2025. Fiscal 2022 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $57,089,967 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
10 Aug 22. Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), part of the Textron Systems segment of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has been awarded a five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. Navy to provide chase flight services for the F-35 program. ATAC will provide three Mirage F1 aircraft for approximately 600 flight hours per year from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) in Fort Worth, Texas. Flight operations are expected to commence late in 2022 or in early 2023. ATAC crews will support new F-35 aircraft during their first flights, along with product assurance flights. Mirage F1s will be used to fly specific profiles and provide airspace clearance and aircraft systems checks. (Source: ASD Network)
11 Aug 22. Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, today announced an expansion of its existing contract with the U.S. Air Force’s Agility Prime program that increases the contract’s potential value by more than $45m. Building on more than five years of engagement with defense agencies, the expanded contract leverages Joby’s years of research and technology development and will include new testing to evaluate Joby’s advanced technologies. It brings the potential value of the total contract to more than $75m. The contract also widens the Company’s defense partnerships to include the U.S. Marine Corps, which will participate in government-directed flight tests and use case exploration, including resupply, relocation of personnel, and emergency medical response applications. (Source: ASD Network)
09 Aug 22. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced that it has received an approximate $20m production contract for high performance, jet powered, unmanned aerial target drone systems. Kratos is an industry leader in the development, design and fielding of affordable, high-performance jet powered unmanned aerial drone systems. The unmanned aerial drone systems produced under this contract award will be manufactured in a Kratos production facility. Due to competitive, security-related, and other considerations, no additional information will be provided related to this award. (Source: UAS VISION)
09 Aug 22. Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR), provider of comprehensive space solutions and secure, precise, geospatial intelligence, today announced it has been selected by L3Harris Technologies for the design and production of 14 spacecraft platforms and associated support for its Tranche 1 Tracking Layer contract with the Space Development Agency (SDA). SDA selected L3Harris as a prime for its Tranche 1 Tracking Layer as part of the initial Missile Warning/Missile Tracking warfighting capability of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA). Tranche 1 Tracking Layer will provide limited global indications, warning and tracking of conventional and advanced missile threats, including hypersonic missile systems. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
10 Aug 22. Serco Inc., Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a $152,322,533 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides program management support in support of the full acquisition lifecycle of the F-35 program, to include development, production, and sustainment. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia (93.53%); Dayton, Ohio (2.99%); Fort Worth, Texas (1%), and various locations within the continental U.S. (2.48%), and is expected to be completed in August 2027. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal; nine offers were received. The Naval Air System Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001922D0026).
09 Aug 22. SpaceLink, the Washington DC-based subsidiary of Australian company Electro Optic Systems Holdings, has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center (USASMDC-TC) at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Under the agreement the organizations will work together to explore alternative space communications pathways that ensure resiliency and reduce sensor-to-shooter latency. SpaceLink is building a satellite relay system in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), with both optical and RF links to speed the flow of remote sensing data and augment the U.S. national security space architecture. SpaceLink provides secure, continuous, high-bandwidth communications between spacecraft and U.S. Earth Stations or tactically deployed ground terminals. The collaborative research and simulations will provide a baseline of interoperability between Government systems and the SpaceLink network. The cooperative agreement will help SpaceLink better understand the U.S. Army concept of operations and adjust its technology roadmap to meet customer needs. For the Army, it will provide the empirical modeling and simulations needed to support interagency requirements development for commercial remote sensing tactical downlink timeline requirements. Because of its location in MEO and optical/RF communications relay capabilities, the SpaceLink network has continuous line of sight to LEO, MEO and GEO satellites and high-altitude airborne assets. It also has continuous connectivity to its dedicated Gateway Earth Stations. It is designed to support real-time tasking and downlink of data needed for military operators to make tactical decisions. (Source: Rumour Control)
09 Aug 22. Vaya Space Awarded Multiple Patents for Vortex-Hybrid Engine Technology. Vaya Space, the vortex-hybrid engine rocket company and emerging leader in sustainable space access, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded two patents to the Company on its breakthrough vortex-hybrid propulsion technology. Privately held Vaya Space, with operations in both the US and Brazil, has recently emerged as one of the leaders in the space industry and small satellite launch sector. The Company took a technology-first and different approach than many of its well-funded competitors, and as such has recently gained credibility from numerous industry leaders through recent agreements with NASA and major satellite customers that have selected Vaya Space as their launch provider for their constellations. The Company’s first patent was awarded for its unique production process of its 3D printed fuel grain that enables higher performance through uniform burn throughout the entirety of the engine. The second patent protects Vaya’s vortex flow field injection system design. The vortex flow of liquid oxygen through the 3D lathe printed rocket engine combines with Vaya’s other technologies to deliver more than 110 kN of thrust per engine, up to 350 seconds of ISP, and eliminates the instability and other issues that have plagued hybrid engines of the past decades. (Source: ASD Network)
05 Aug 22. Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA), Albuquerque, New Mexico, is being awarded a $281,300,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, with a potential of $582,000,000, for research and development enabling capabilities operational support for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in support of the Research and Development Directorate. Offers were solicited and two received. Work will be performed primarily at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; and Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by August 2027. The contract may be extended to August 2032 if all options are exercised. The contracting activity is the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico (HDTRA2 -22-D-0002). (Awarded Aug. 4, 2022)
10 Aug 22. Dynetics Awarded Cyber and AI Training Contract for Fort Sill. Dynetics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leidos, was awarded a $29m contract by the Aviation & Missile Technology Consortium (AMTC) to continue its work in utilizing advanced techniques such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in their efforts to detect, track and respond to cyber electromagnetic activity (CEMA) threats. The effort is in partnership with the Fires Innovation Science and Technology Accelerator (FISTA). This training and innovation center supports the Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, as well as its two cross functional teams – Long Range Precision Fires and Air and Missile Defense. In 2020, the company was the first to join FISTA and support its efforts to combat CEMA attacks while training soldiers in a rapidly changing field. Since then, the Dynetics CEMA Task Force has been conducting annual exercises to assess the systems’ potential weaknesses and address them. The next part of the program will focus on having those real time innovations flow over into training for soldiers while at the FISTA center. (Source: ASD Network)
09 Aug 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 $12m order from a leading defense prime contractor to provide advanced trusted and secure manufacturing and packaging for their GPS modules. The GPS modules will enable precision munition capabilities for the U.S. Army. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2022 fourth quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several quarters. The Company has successfully developed and commercialized an entire portfolio of microelectronics solutions ruggedized for modern defense applications without sacrificing size, weight or power. This comprehensive portfolio includes ultra-compact memory devices, military-grade secure solid-state drives (SSD), GPS solutions and BuiltSECURE™ System in Package (SiP) devices integrating advanced security algorithms. All of Mercury’s digital microelectronics solutions are designed and manufactured in a Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)-accredited facility for design, packaging, test and broker services.
09 Aug 22. QinetiQ Group plc (“QinetiQ” or the “Company”) has won a contract to provide technical services to the US Army. The five year contract, worth up to $45m, will provide services for the Development Command (DEVCOM) Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) at the Fort Belvoir Prototyping Integration Facility (PIF). The contract, a 1-year base period followed by four 1-year option periods, will provide technical services for system development, fabrication, sensor and system integration, prototyping of multi-function sensor suites, and technology assessment efforts aimed at supporting current and future DEVCOM C5ISR PIF Belvoir customers.
11 Aug 22. Sealing Technologies Inc.,* Columbia, Maryland, is awarded a $168,479,616 firm-fixed-price, task order for Defense Cyber Weapons Systems (DCWS), which are self-contained, fly away suites for Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) teams to conduct vulnerability analysis, incident response, terrain mapping and other DCO functions. Work will be performed in Columbia, Maryland, and is expected to be complete by September 2027. Fiscal 2022 procurement (Marine Corps) funds; fiscal 2021 procurement (Marine Corps) funds; fiscal 2020 procurement (Marine Corps) funds; and fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $24,464,203 will be obligated on the task order immediately following contract award. Fiscal 2022 procurement (Marine Corps) funds will expire Sept. 30, 2025, and fiscal 2021 procurement (Marine Corps) funds will expire Sept. 30, 2024. Fiscal 2020 procurement (Marine Corps) funds will expire Sept. 30, 2023. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds will expire the end of the current fiscal year. This task order was competitively procured via the General Services Administration e-Buy website, with five offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-22-F-7700).
05 Aug 22. Utah State University, Space Dynamic Laboratory, Logan, Utah, has been awarded a ceiling $200,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-type contract for research and development services in support of the nuclear enterprise. They have also been awarded the first task order for research and development services for $7,733,757 to support the Sentinel-Ground Based Strategic Deterrent weapon system. Work will be performed in Logan, Utah, and is expected to be completed by Aug. 7, 2032. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,522,835 will be obligated to fund the first task order. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8204-22D-0001).
REST OF THE WORLD
09 Aug 22. Brazil – Javelin Missiles. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Brazil of Javelin Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of up to $74m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Brazil has requested to buy up to two hundred twenty-two (222) Javelin missiles, FGM-148; and thirty-three (33) Javelin Command Launch Units (CLU). Also included are Enhanced Producibility Basic Skills Trainers; missile simulation rounds; Security Assistance Management Directorate technical assistance; Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions Project Office technical assistance; other associated equipment and services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is up to $74m. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of an important regional partner that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in South America. The proposed sale will improve the Brazilian Army’s capability to meet future threats by increasing their antiarmor capacity. Brazil will have no difficulty absorbing these weapons into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The prime contractors will be Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture, Orlando, FL, and Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: ASD Network)
09 Aug 22. Australian R&D projects secure funding fillip. Grants have been awarded to eight defence research projects across Western Australia.
The West Australian government has awarded a combined $1.19m in grants to eight local defence research projects via the Collaborative Research Grant program and the Defence and Research Teaming initiative
The newly funded projects involve research across a range of subjects, including maritime surveillance, modelling for tracking misinformation, and diver communication systems.
The recipients, which were selected among a pool of 29 applicants seeking up to $150,000 each, include:
A compact non-cryogenic high-precision magnetic-field sensor for maritime surveillance
Senior lecturer Dilusha Silva
Led by UWA in collaboration with L3 Harris.
Advanced fabrication of cold atom traps for an Australian portable quantum optical clock
Dr William Rickard
Led by Curtin University in collaboration with UWA, University of Adelaide, and Australian National University.
Data-driven maintenance optimisation for the Collins Submarine Fleet
Professor Ryan Loxton
Led by Curtin University in collaboration with Australian Submarine Corporation.
Dynamic two-way communication using gestures for human-machine teaming
Dr Syed Zulqarnain Gilani
Led by Edith Cowan University in collaboration with UWA, Chironix, Agili8, and Motium.
Eliminating the need for adaptive optics in satellite optical communications
Dr David Gozzard
Led by UWA in collaboration with Curtin University and Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station.
Expendable energy absorbing tamper material for restricting the effects of a surface mounted explosive charge
Dr Gérrard Eddy Jai Poinern
Led by Murdoch University.
Psychologically informed mathematical modelling of misinformation spread
Dr Mengbin Ye
Led by Curtin University in collaboration with UWA.
Situational aware undersea acoustic diver communication system
Professor Yue Rong
Led by Curtin University in collaboration with ECU, O2 Metocean, and Precision Technic Defence
(Source: Defence Connect)