21 Sep 22. Funding boost for protection systems for the British Army. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) confirms new investment that will increase scalable protection options for the UK’s armoured land vehicles. New investment will exploit and build on the MIPS standard to demonstrate a modular, flexible Active Protection System Funded by the British Army, the investment of £15m over three years will enable Dstl to deliver the follow-on phase of the successful Icarus Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP). The Icarus TDP, through Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) funding, developed and demonstrated the Modular Integrated Protection System (MIPS) Open Architecture Standard (the MIPS standard) to Technology Readiness Level 5 (TRL 5). This new investment will exploit and build on the MIPS standard to demonstrate a modular, flexible Active Protection System (APS) at high maturity (TRL 7). (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
22 Sep 22. RBSL awards £8m subcontract to Atec for robust power management systems on Challenger 3. An £8m subcontract has been awarded to Atec Engineering Solutions, to supply power distribution boxes for the British Army’s upgraded Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank (MBT). The contract ensures the systems will be equipped with the latest in robust power management systems providing safe and reliable operation for the British Army’s Challenger 3 crews. Under the contract, Atec will supply RBSL with the Hull Contactor Panel, Hull Distribution Junction Box, and Battery Master Switch Box, in support of the UK MOD’s tank upgrade programme. The panels form part of an enhanced power management and distribution system, providing protected power sources to the wider vehicle. The work will be completed at Atec’s manufacturing facility in Manchester, which employs 37 people including 20 skilled engineers and technicians, plus three apprentices currently receiving training with the company. The contract will also support growth, including recruitment of seven additional roles and apprentices, with further recruitment planned over the next three years.
22 Sep 22. Elbit Systems UK selected to provide Laser Warning Systems for Challenger 3 Tank. Elbit Systems UK has been selected by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) to provide the Elbit Laser Warning System (ELAWS) as part of the Challenger 3 (CR3) Programme. Elbit Systems UK will supply 150 ELAWS providing UK MOD personnel with accurate warnings to support effective and timely responses to laser-guided threats. The ELAWS is a widely operational and proven system, with products in the family currently being delivered into other Armoured Fighting Vehicle programmes for UK MOD and also for other international customers.
22 Sep 22. Rheinmetall Electronics UK Ltd has awarded a contract, worth £4.1m, to G&H UK Ltd to supply the Embedded Image Periscope for the Trailblazer Driver Vision System as part of the Challenger 3 contract. Challenger 3 is the main battle tank being developed by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), a joint venture between BAE Systems and Rheinmetall. The programme will make significant enhancements to the vehicle and provide the British Army with a world-class capability, made in the UK. The contract awarded by Rheinmetall Electronics UK Ltd will see the delivery of an Embedded Image Periscope (EIP) which has a highly adapted user interface, specifically designed for the Challenger 3 driver compartment, by G&H.
22 Sep 22. Rheinmetall Electronics UK Ltd has been contracted by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) to supply the Driver Vision System for the Challenger 3 Programme for the British Army. The contract is Rheinmetall Electronics UK’s second UK contract to provide their TRAILBLAZER Driver Vision Aid for the UK Ministry of Defence, following the announcement of their Boxer contract award last year. The scope of the programme will be delivered over the next seven years and will create and sustain jobs the local community and beyond, with sub-contract awards located throughout the UK. Trailblazer is designed, built and tested at Rheinmetall Electronics UK’s headquarters on the Isle of Wight where the company opened a dedicated production facility in 2019, specifically to enable in-house development, production and testing of all products.
21 Sep 22. TT Electronics Expands RBSL Relationship with 10-year, £10m Contract, TT Electronics to provide cable assemblies for RBSL’s Boxer programme; major contract award prompts local hiring effort by TT, Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) has awarded a contract worth £10m to TT Electronics to supply cable assemblies for the British Army’s new Boxer vehicles prompting significant recruitment. The contract ensures the Boxer vehicles will be equipped with electronic modules and cable harness assemblies, enabling mission critical functionality and providing safe and reliable operation for British Army Boxer crews.
12 Sep 22. ESCRIBANO Mechanical & Engineering (EM&E), a leading Spanish company in innovation and technologies for Defence and Security, has been awarded a contract for most of the maintenance of the permanent deployments of the Integrated External Surveillance System (SIVE) of the GUARDIA CIVIL throughout Spain. ESCRIBANO has been awarded lots 2, 3, 4 and 5 of maintenance, in competition with large companies such as INDRA, which have been in charge of the maintenance of the SIVE for more than 20 years. More specifically, ESCRIBANO has been awarded Lot 2: Deployment of Las Palmas, Lot 3: Strait of Gibraltar Area, Lot 4: Southeast Area, and Lot 5: Levante Area, totalling more than 19 m Euros, which could double in the coming years with the awarding of the corresponding extensions. ESCRIBANO did not apply for the lots Lot 1: Deployment in Tenerife and Lot 6: Galicia Area, which have been awarded to INDRA amounting to approx. 3.4 m Euros. The other Spanish company that was awarded the contract, and which participated in Lot 7 for the contract’s logistic management support services, is TRC, for a total of about 800,000 Euros. (Source: www.joint-forces.com)
19 Sep 22. Rolling filling stations: Rheinmetall wins Bundeswehr order for airfield fuel tank trucks. Rheinmetall has won an important order for special vehicles for the Bundeswehr. The German Armed Forces have contracted with the Düsseldorf-based technology group to supply a total of 48 fuel tank trucks for use at numerous German Army and Air Force airfields. Moreover, an option exists for procurement of five more vehicles of this type. Booked in June 2022, the order is worth a figure in the mid-two-digit m-euro range. In winning this order, Rheinmetall continues to strengthen its strong ties with the Bundeswehr, especially with the company in charge of supporting and maintaining its fleet of vehicles. Now, two years after the Bundeswehr ordered 342 roll-off tippers from Rheinmetall, the utilization spectrum continues to expand. Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) succeeded in overcoming the competition in a public request for tenders. Delivery starts in July 2023; per customer specification, the last vehicles will ship before the end of 2024. The order encompasses not only the vehicles but also the supply of fuelling components for the tank build-on as well as special tools. Furthermore, a service contract was concluded for a period of twelve years beyond the delivery period.
20 Sep 22. PGZ Stocznia Wojenna (SW) has signed a contract to deliver naval armament systems for the Polish Navy’s Kormoran II-class vessels. The estimated value of this contract, signed with PIT-RADWAR, is approximately $21.170m (PLN100m). It is valid for a period of five years and is expected to conclude in 2026. Both the companies are a part of the Polish Armament Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa – PGZ). The contract will see delivery of three units of OSU-35K weapon system, which will be installed onto the Kormoran II-class mine countermeasure vessels (MCMV). The vessels of this class have been designed to enhance Poland’s maritime security and to perform mine hunting operations in Polish exclusive economic zone. Built by Remontowa Shipbuilding-led consortium, the Kormoran MCMVs also support tactical operations in the Baltic and North Sea region. Once equipped, the new OSU-35K will enhance the capability of MCMVs to detect and counter enemy airborne threats, including aircraft, helicopters, missiles and drones. The OSU-35K is a remotely controlled, modular, stabilised naval artillery system that can be equipped with various types of vessels. (Source: naval-technology.com)
22 Sep 22. Embraer and GMV, from Portugal, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a cooperation in the field of systems development and integration for defense products and services, mainly regarding the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft program. The MoU also includes a potential joint research, technology development, and innovation process, intending to extend and increase long-term business relations between the companies during the concept, design, development, production, and support phases. New businesses, development and integration of navigation systems, Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) development, and software development are also under discussion between the two companies, which intend to exchange and disclose certain information regarding their experiences, capabilities, products, systems, and services. In the specific area of R&D focused on IMA, the relationship has been ongoing for more than 15 years, including projects under the scope of the European Union’s research framework. Embraer has a long-term strategic commitment with Portugal in the development of its aerospace and defense ecosystem. It remains the country where the company continues its most significant industrial capacity investment outside of Brazil.
19 Sep 22. The sensor specialist HENSOLDT is modernising the air traffic control systems of the Austrian air traffic control company Austro Control GmbH, Vienna. A combined primary and secondary radar of the type ASR-NG was successfully accepted at Schwechat Airport, Vienna, after thorough on-site tests. In addition, a secondary radar of type MSSR 2000 I was upgraded to the latest technology at the air traffic control facility at Feichtberg in Upper Austria. The project, which includes the delivery of these two air traffic control radars, is thus entering the final phase, which will be concluded with the final acceptance and commissioning. The primary radar of the ASR-NG has special signal processing technology for long-range airspace surveillance and the suppression of false signals from wind turbines. The 3D-capable radar thus enables the safe guidance of all aircraft within a radius of 120 NM and up to altitudes of 50,000 feet. The MSSR 2000 I secondary radar integrated in the ASR-NG ensures automatic identification of aircraft identified by transponder signals. It operates in accordance with the “Mode S” air traffic control standard, which entails a further improvement in interrogations for aircraft identification and is currently being rolled out in Central European airspace. HENSOLDT supplies primary and secondary radars for civil and military air traffic control and is a leading supplier of radars for military airspace surveillance, air defence and identification. The company has already supplied secondary radars for the air traffic control facilities at Vienna-Schwechat and Koralpe in Carinthia under previous contracts.
16 Sep 22. Poland signs for FA-50 combat aircraft. Poland has signed for Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 Fighting Eagle aircraft to supplement its existing combat aviation forces. Signed on 16 September, the deal comes about one-and-a-half months after Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak approved the plan in July as part of a wider bilateral defence procurement agreement with South Korea. The first 12 FA-50 aircraft, to be designated FA-50PL in Polish service, will be delivered in mid-2023, with the remainder to follow according to an undisclosed timeline. Once in service, the 48 FA-50PLs will augment the Polish Air Force’s existing 48 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 50+ Fighting Falcons. With the FA-50PLs augmenting the F-16s, the service’s 21 MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ and nearly 30 Sukhoi Su-22 ‘Fitter’ Warsaw Pact-era aircraft are scheduled to be replaced by 32 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters under Poland’s Harpia programme. Separately, Błaszczak has also touted the possibility of acquiring other advanced Western combat aircraft types, such as the Boeing F-15 Eagle and the KAI KF-21 Boramae. (Source: Janes)
19 Sep 22. CAES, a leader in advanced mission-critical electronics for aerospace and defense, has signed a multi-year contract with Jena-Optronik to deliver flight grade GR740 quad-core LEON4FT SPARC V8 Microprocessor devices for its next-generation sensor products. The CAES GR740 microprocessor was chosen for its software reuse, lower power, and increased processing power. The standard interfaces, scalable performance and ease of design enable the addition of even more capability to future missions while maintaining the same basic infrastructure for other designs/products. Jena-Optronik, based in Thuringia, Germany, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of opto-electronic sensors for the Attitude and Orbit Control Systems (AOCS) of satellites and spacecraft. Jena-Optronik’s current generation of star sensors as well as LiDAR sensors utilize CAES’s GR712RC, a dual-core LEON3FT SPARC V8 microprocessor. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
20 Sep 22. VINCORION Takes German Armed Forces to the Next Energy Level by Equipping Them with Extremely Sustainable Power Systems. A significant achievement for the technology company from Wedel: VINCORION has been awarded a contract by Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support for power supply systems for the German Armed Forces, and will deliver the corresponding prototypes and preproduction systems between now and the end of 2024. The framework agreement with a total value of around 16 m euros encompasses both the development of state-of-the-art diesel generators that meet EU Stage V emissions standards and the supply of innovative power storage systems for a hybrid and particularly environmentally friendly energy supply. Thanks to the new generation of military gensets from VINCORION, the German Armed Forces will reach the next level in electrical power supply, both in terms of tactical operational scope and environmental protection. What makes this contract notable is, on the one hand, the use of modern Stage V engines in the core military duty of providing a reliable power supply for the German Armed Forces’ worldwide missions. On the other hand, the deployment of power storage systems for hybrid or battery operation is new.
19 Sep 22. General Dynamics Land Systems Inc., Sterling Heights, Michigan, has been awarded a maximum $414,770,340 modification (P00005) to a five-year base contract (SPE7LX-21-D-0110) with one four-year option period for multiple items used in the Abrams Main Battle Tank, Stryker Family of Vehicles, Light Armored Vehicle Family of Vehicles, Cougar, Buffalo and RG-31. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/definite-quantity contract. The delivery order end date is Sept. 28, 2029. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2022 through 2027 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio.
22 Sep 22. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $263,231,668 firm-fixed-price contract for the enhanced Heavy Equipment Transporter System trailer. 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 Sept. 22, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-22-D-0092).
22 Sep 22. Ricardo Awarded US$20.2m Contract to Deliver Additional ABS/ESC Retrofit Kits to US Army. The United States Army has awarded Ricardo’s Defense business unit, located in Michigan, US$20.2m to continue delivering Antilock Brake System/Electronic Stability Control (ABS/ESC) retrofit kits to improve the safety of operation of the US Army’s High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). Prior to this award, Ricardo has previously delivered over 11,000 ABS/ESC systems for application to US Army HMMWVs. This award of this contract will ensure improved safety on fielded vehicles in the US Army’s enduring HMMWV fleet. In 2019, the Army provisioned Ricardo’s ABS/ESC retrofit kit into the national stock system for application of vehicles produced prior to 2019 that are slated to remain in the Army’s enduring fleet through 2040. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
21 Sep 22. DRS Systems Inc., Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $69,235,545 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N6523622D1010) with provisions for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost orders. The contract will provide for the delivery of the Next Generation Integrated Voice Communication System (NG-IVCS) on board DDG-51 and CG-47 class ships, as well as other platforms. This contract will also provide for the delivery of a design information package, as well as incidental services for the NG-IVCS. The contract includes a five-year base ordering period with a potential value of $69,235,545 and a five-year option-ordering period which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative potential value of this contract to $171,167,769. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $164,893 will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Florida (50%); Norfolk, Virginia (35%); and San Diego, California (15%). Work is expected to be completed by September 2027. If the option is exercised, work could continue until September 2032. The contract was competitively procured by full and open competition via the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command – Electronic Commerce Central and System for Award Management websites, with two offers received. Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.
20 Sep 22. FLIR Systems Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, is awarded a $48,728,953 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of Maritime Forward Looking Infrared (MARFLIR) II and SeaFLIR 280HD Electro-Optic Sensor System configurations. Work will be performed in North Billerica, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by March 2027. Working capital (Department of Defense) funds will be obligated at time of award in amount of $2,906,968 and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract action was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c) (1) — only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N0016422DJQ06).
20 Sep 22. General Dynamics Mission Systems announced it was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to design, fabricate, test, and deliver Containerized Tethered Elevated Mast (C-TEM) prototypes to the U.S. Navy. C-TEM was competitively procured via the Unmanned Surface Vehicle Family of Systems multiple award contract and provides line-of-sight communication extension for surface ships. A delivery order for the first C-TEM mast has been exercised with $10.1m of funding obligated at the time of award. Work will be performed in Essington, Pennsylvania (48%); Pittsfield, Massachusetts (35%); Taunton, Massachusetts (14%); and Fair Lakes, Virginia (3%), and is expected to be completed by December 2023. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this delivery order to $39.4m. If all options are exercised, work will continue through June 2027. (Source: ASD Network)
21 Sep 22. Raytheon Co., Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is awarded a $160,171,318 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-only contract for Dual Band Radar (DBR) design agent and technical engineering efforts. Engineering efforts and supplies are required to support the DBR systems installed aboard CVN-78 and DDG-1000 class ships. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $440,640,174. Work will be performed in Tewksbury, Massachusetts (40%); Marlborough, Massachusetts (20%); San Diego, California (15%); Norfolk, Virginia (10%); Andover, Massachusetts (5%); Portsmouth, Rhode Island (5%); and Chesapeake, Virginia (5%), and is expected to be completed by September 2023. If all options are exercised, work will continue through September 2027. Fiscal 2022 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $6,897,084 (96%); fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $175,000 (2%); and fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $135,397 (2%) will be obligated at time of award, of which $135,397 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) — only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-22-C-5501).
19 Sep 22. USAF picks 5 companies to take on battle management challenges. The U.S. Air Force said it selected five companies to help accelerate the development of its Advanced Battle Management System, as the service’s secretary, Frank Kendall, acknowledged that efforts to modernize command and control systems have proved more challenging than expected. L3Harris Technologies, Leidos, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies and Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC, were picked for the venture, dubbed the ABMS Digital Infrastructure Consortium, according to announcements on Sept. 19. Together, they will work on secure processing, resilient communications, open-ended designs and other digital challenges inherent to the Air Force’s next-generation command and control methods, according to L3Harris. Northrop Grumman similarly said the bloc would construct “technical and business roadmaps” to speed up schedules. (Source: Defense News)
22 Sep 22. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today announced it received a $20,602,464 firm-fixed-price contract award on Aug. 18, 2022 from the U.S. Army Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions (TAGM) project office for the procurement of Switchblade® 300 tactical missile systems (TMS). The contract will be managed by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal and is scheduled to be delivered by July 2023. AeroVironment’s combat-proven Switchblade 300 is back-packable and rapidly deployable from ground platforms, including a multipack launcher, providing warfighters with rapid-response force protection and precision strike capabilities up to six miles (10 kilometers) from its launch location.
16 Sep 22. Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $228,168,591 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides the H-1 Light/Attack helicopter with new and modified capabilities through System Configuration Sets, which is a combination of software and/or hardware configuration item changes integrated into a previously deployed baseline configuration. These efforts include work on the airframe, aircraft wiring interface terminals, flight controls, and weapon systems interfaces, as well as research alternatives, investigation, and documentation of new capabilities and anomalies related to flight controls, wiring harnesses, and weapons, and developing, integrating, verifying, validating, and testing these systems. Additionally, this contract provides for identification of maintenance activities required to support the systems; research, development, and support of studies and analysis related to configuration items, new subsystems, weapons integration, engineering, and logistics; and all efforts required to accomplish analysis of alternatives, system design, integration, testing, rapid response activities, and system capability improvements for Foreign Military Sales customers and fleet support. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (99%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (1%), and is expected to be completed in September 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 not competitively procured pursuant to Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity (N6893622D0039).
19 Sep 22. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $51,700,000 firm-fixed-price contract to procure the final 51 Advanced Capabilities Mission Computers retrofit kits (49 kits for EA-18G aircraft and two kits for software integration labs) in support of meeting the Navy’s mission requirements for the EA-18G aircraft. Work will be performed in Bloomington, Minnesota (68.3%); St. Louis, Missouri (21.8%); and Linthicum Heights, Maryland (9.9%), and is expected to be completed in September 2025. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,150,980; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $17,233,333; and fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $23,315,686 will be obligated at the time of award, $23,315,686 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2)(ii)(B). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001922C0013)
20 Sep 22. L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) won a $91.5m contract from Boeing to supply mission-management processors for the T-7A Red Hawk, the newest U.S. Air Force jet trainer in 60 years. The mission-management processors, developed specifically for the Red Hawk, collate multiple data streams, making the information a pilot has to process in-flight easier to decipher. The sensors and communication capabilities maximize battlespace awareness by connecting internal and external data networks and link video feeds to flight displays. The processors also host specific simulations for pilots undergoing training. The T-7A Red Hawk, slated to be operational by 2024, pays tribute to the famed African American Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, known as the Red Tails. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
20 Sep 22. Mayman Aerospace announced confirmation of US$1.25m funding from the AFWERX Agility Prime initiative to continue development of the Speeder Air Utility Vehicle, AUV. The funding demonstrates that AFWERX, a Technology Directorate of the U.S Air Force Research Laboratory under which Agility Prime sits, considers Speeder an exceptional solution that can meet increasing military requirements for contested logistics support. Agility Prime partners the U.S. Air Force with companies developing new-generation vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platforms, working with them to field new classes of air mobility systems. The new funding highlights that the ultra-compact VTOL Speeder, which offers diverse configurations to support multiple mission requirements, is a critical fit for air forces and related military branches. Capable of moving 600lb+ of payload at 500mph, Speeder is uniquely suited to contested logistics missions, delivering essential materiel and support in active military theatres. Additionally, missions aimed at extending survivability that require a combination of speed, accuracy and immediacy can be supported by the AUV. Simple to operate in autonomous, remote, or piloted modes, Speeder flight operations can be easily handled in the field and the aircraft rapidly deployed to meet immediate mission needs. The platform is scalable – from as small as a suitcase to the size of a small car – transportable in a pick-up truck, and requires minimal field support, all of which makes it attractive to special forces operators. Mayman Aerospace, a venture-backed company founded by namesake David Mayman, is a world leader in high-speed, compact VTOL aircraft and vectored thrust control.
19 Sep 22. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded a $26,448,240 firm-fixed-price modification (P00072) to previously awarded contract FA8615-17-C-6047 for Active Electronically Scanned Array radars of Air Force F-16 aircraft. This modification is for the exercise of an option to include 13 production radars. Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, and is expected to be completed July 31, 2025. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $1,244,428,218. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $26,448,240 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
22 Sep 22. Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, is awarded a $36,466,911 firm-fixed-price delivery order (N00383-22-F-UX07) under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-19-G-UX01 for the procurement of six Active Electronically Scanned Array radar system APG-79 weapon repairable assemblies (WRAs), for a total quantity of 60 WRAs, in support of the F/A-18 aircraft. All work will be performed in Forest, Mississippi. This contract contains no options and work is expected to begin October 2022 and be completed by May 2026. Annual working capital (Navy) funds in the full amount of $36,466,911 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One company was solicited for this sole-source requirement under authority 10 U.S. Code 3204 (a)(1), with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.
22 Sep 22. Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $985,348,124 cost-plus-fixed-fee, with performance incentives, task order for the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM). The task order provides for the HACM weapon system design, development and initial delivery through the performance of model-based critical design review, qualification, integration, manufacturing and testing. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by March 2027. This award is the result of a limited sources competition with three sources. Fiscal 2022 research and development funds in the amount of $100,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Armament Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8656-22-F-A071).
09 Sep 22. Space Systems Command‘s (SSC) Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution (FORGE) program has awarded a Cost-Plus Incentive Fee contract for $272m to SciTec Inc. for Mission Data Processing Application Provider (MDPAP). MDPAP will deliver critical applications for the nation’s missile warning mission in direct support of the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) and the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (Next-Gen OPIR) program. MDPAP creates applications critical to the OPIR mission, consisting of Missile Warning (MW), Missile Defense (MD), Battlespace Awareness (BA), Technical Intelligence (TI), and Civil/Environmental (C/E). MDPAP applications are integrated with the modular, scalable and extensible Mission Data Processing Applications Framework (MDPAF) which provides a modern and cyber-secure platform to develop, manage, and host MDP applications. The MDPAF is being developed by Raytheon Intelligence & Space, Aurora, Colorado. (Source: Satnews)
22 Sep 22. BAE Systems to develop filter technology to improve radar, communications, and electronic warfare capabilities. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems’ FAST LabsTM research and development organization a $6.5m contract for the COmpact Front-end Filters at the ElEment-level (COFFEE) program. COFFEE aims to provide filter technology to improve performance of critical Department of Defense (DoD) Radio Frequency (RF) and microwave systems with stringent power and size constraints such as digital Active Electronically Scanned Arrays. Highly integrated and high channel-count RF systems are pervasive for DoD applications. The COFFEE program aims to provide elemental-level protection for these systems against interferers that could adversely impact the operation in congested environments. BAE Systems will develop filter technology that can address a broad microwave frequency range that DoD radio systems generally operate in, with element-level integration and without sacrificing performance. The company will ensure the filters are manufacturable with reproducible performance. BAE Systems’ work on the COFFEE program is a part of DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative, a five-year, upwards of $1.5bn investment in the advancement of the U.S. semiconductor industry. The work is part of the company’s advanced electronics portfolio, which includes collaboration with Purdue University. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
19 Sep 22. Carahsoft Technology Corp., Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a hybrid firm-fixed-price/labor hour call order in the amount of $138,077,939 under Carahsoft’s Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative blanket purchase agreement N6600119A0120 for the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). The call order, HS0021-21-F-0073, provides DCSA ServiceNow licenses, learning credits, and implementation and tailoring services. One quotation was received for this call order. Work will be performed in Reston, Virginia, with an estimated completion of Sept. 16, 2027 (with options). Fiscal 2022 DCSA defense working capital funds in the amount of $19,392,903; and operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $5,878,162 were obligated at the time of award. The cumulative face value of the contract to date is $138,077,939. DCSA Acquisition and Contracting, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
19 Sep 22. Ideas, Commitment, Results Inc., Aurora, Colorado, has been awarded a $532,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support accelerated special programs for emergent needs. This contract provides unique solutions in the areas of data analytics, data science, machine learning, and visualization techniques. Work will be performed in Aurora, Colorado, and is expected to be completed in September 2032. This award is a sole source Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract. Fiscal 2022 research, development, technology and evaluation funds in the amount of $500,000 are being obligated on the initial delivery order at the time of the contract award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8726-22-D-B001).
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19 Sep 22. Allen-Vanguard to provide more life-saving ECM equipment to Somalia. Allen-Vanguard, a global leader in providing customized solutions for defeating Radio Frequency (RF) based terrorist and extremist threats, has received multi-million Canadian dollar funding from an undisclosed customer to provide more life-saving ECM equipment to protect those at risk working in Somalia. This announcement coincides with the Africa Aerospace and Defence Show (AADS) in Tishwane, South Africa (21-25 September 2022) where Allen-Vanguard’s C-RCIED and C-UAS systems will be on display at Booth #4CE10, in partnership with ECM Technologies. The new multi-m Canadian dollar funding will be used to provide a range of ECM equipment, such as, the 3XXX ECM suite which is a static and vehicle mounted capability based on Allen-Vanguard’s versatile, fully programmable and extensively operationally proven core technology. In addition to providing the SCORPION manpack ECM capability and the ANCILE anti drone system. The funding not only provides the necessary hardware and software, but also the essential back-up and support from the Allen-Vanguard in-theatre team to maintain maximum protection from new threats, ensure operational effectiveness and enhance equipment availability.
12 Sep 22. Comtech has been awarded a strategic order for the firm’s newest Comtech ELEVATE™ VSAT platform — the network will connect as many as 600 remotes sites, which belong to a large provider of critical infrastructure services in one of the major economies in Asia. The connectivity service combines both SCADA/telemetry and high-speed video connectivity as well as other types of enterprise data. This is made possible by the Comtech Dynamic Return Access (D-RAM) protocol that combines highly efficient MF-TDMA with Heights Dynamic Network Access (H-DNA) supporting high-speed video links that features dynamic seamless switching between H-DNA and MF-TDMA waveforms using the same pool of bandwidth and throughput in both Forward and Return channels. Comtech and its partners designed the network such that maximizes the network availability by employing two Hubs in a geographically redundant configuration. Beside D-RAM, the network design makes use of several other innovative features of the Comtech ELEVATE™ architecture, such as AES-256 encryption, X.509 authentication and spectrum spreading, all of which ensure network security and robustness. The Comtech ELEVATE™ solution is designed to enable private or shared VSAT networks of any size and topology, has unlimited potential for future development and can be deployed for every application imaginable. (Source: Satnews)
22 Sep 22. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that it was awarded a contract valued at $80m to supply unmanned turrets for Armoured Fighting Vehicles (“AFVs”) of an Asian-Pacific country. The contract will be performed over a three-year period. Under the contract, Elbit Systems will supply 30mm-gun unmanned light turrets that integrate sensors and display systems for enhanced situational awareness, target acquisition capabilities, fire control systems and weapon systems of various types, enabling significant mission performance upgrade for the AFVs.
19 Sep 22. Lockheed Martin Australia wins billion-dollar SouthPAN contract. Lockheed Martin Australia has announced it will work with Geoscience Australia and the New Zealand government to improve the accuracy of GPS signals across Australasia. The company has won a $1.18bn contract to support and improve the operation and accuracy of the Southern Positioning Augmentation Network (SouthPAN). The deal is set to last 19 years and aims to deliver “instant, accurate and reliable positioning” to industry and community users across both Australia and New Zealand. Specifically, the SouthPAN initiative involves delivery of a signal augmenting GPS and Galileo, designed to improve accuracy from 5-10 metres, to within as little as 10 centimetres. Lockheed Martin will work with the Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) department and Geoscience Australia under the Australia New Zealand Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation agreement to facilitate the delivery of the project. The enhanced position capability being delivered by the project is expected to be leveraged by a range of users across various industries, including civil aviation, general vehicle guidance, maritime shipping tracking, drone and UAV navigation, as well as numerous uses in the agricultural industry. As part of its work, LMA is expected to work with the SouthPAN project team to establish a network of Global Navigation Satellite System reference stations and satellite uplink facilities. This is tipped to enable communications and transmissions with the SouthPAN space infrastructure. (Source: Defence Connect)
20 Sep 22. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today announced it received two firm-fixed-price US Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract awards totaling $20,868,105 to provide Puma™ 3 AE small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS), initial spares packages, training and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) to two allied nations.
22 Sep 22. Indian Defence Min, BrahMos Aerospace sign deal for acquisition of dual-role surface-to-surface missiles. In a further impetus to self-reliance in defence production, the Defence Ministry on Thursday signed a contract with BrahMos Aerospace for acquisition of additional dual-role capable surface-to-surface BrahMos missiles at an approximate cost of Rs 1,700 crore under ‘Buy-Indian’ category. In a statement, the ministry said the induction of these dual-role capable missiles is going to “significantly enhance” the operational capability of Indian Navy fleet assets. (Source: Google/https://theprint.in/india/)
22 Sep 22. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has signed a contract with Israel-based company Elbit Systems to procure Hermes 900 uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAV). According to RTN Facebook post, the deal was inked between RTN commander admiral Somprasong Nilsamai and Elbit Systems Business Development and Marketing director Nissim Assaf Cohen. It was signed during a ceremony at the RTN Naval Headquarters, Thailand on 21 September. In a report, Reuters claimed that the estimated value of this contract is approximately $107.67m (THB$4bn) and the associated work will be carried out between 2022 to 2025. (Source: naval-technology.com)
20 Sep 22. Australia has formalised its planned acquisition of an additional tranche of the multi-mission helicopters. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has placed a second order for MH-60R Seahawk/Romeo helicopters, requesting an additional 12 platforms via a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the US Navy, tipped to be worth over $2.5bn. The US Navy has contracted Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky to produce the additional helicopters over the coming years, with delivery expected between mid-2025 and mid-2026. The deal, which forms part of the Commonwealth government’s Project SEA 9100 Phase 1 (Improved Embarked Logistics Support Helicopter Capability) — is expected to provide the RAN’s Fleet Air Arm with a third Romeo squadron. (Source: Defence Connect)
19 Sep 22. Saab has received a support contract for the service, repairs and maintenance of the South African Air Force´s Gripen C/D jet fighters. The order value is MSEK333 (MZAR532) over a three-year period. The contract runs for three years from 2022 until 2025 and covers service, repairs and maintenance as well as minor updates of the support and training systems of the South African Air Forces Gripen system. South Africa is operating Gripen C/D since 2008 and is Saab´s first export customer on Gripen. (Source: ASD Network)