20 Sep 22. G3 Systems Limited has – working with QinetiQ – delivered four systems (deployable containerised solutions) to support the Royal Navy Persistent Operational Deployable Systems (NavyPODS) required to transport and control the new heavy-lift drone capability in a record time of 12 weeks. G3 Systems will be available at DVD 22 to discuss this project, and all their capabilities, at UTAC Millbrook, Bedfordshire 21/22 September 2022. (Source: joint-forces.com)
26 Sep 22. Collins Aerospace has been awarded a multi-million-pound programme as part of the United Kingdom’s Weapons Sector Research Framework (WSRF) to develop a navigation grade Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for use in future complex weapons platforms. In conjunction with the Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Collins will use its industry-leading expertise to develop a tactical grade or “Class A” IMU using Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology to advance the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) initiatives. Used for guidance and navigation on a wide range of multi-domain platforms, the new MEMS-based IMU will ensure required performance whilst targeting a lower cost and smaller form factor than current RLG (Ring Laser Gyro) and FOG (Fibre Optic Gyro) solutions. Recognised as the world leader in MEMS technology and the only UK supplier with a demonstrated capability of developing and manufacturing this technology for the military market, Collins Aerospace will conduct development work at its Engineering and Manufacturing facility in Plymouth and with its Advanced Technology Team in Bristol. (Source: ASD Network)
13 Sep 22. Estonia orders Piorun MANPADS. The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment has signed a contract with Poland’s Mesko to supply Estonia with the Piorun short-range manportable air-defence system (MANPADS). Estonia will receive 300 missiles and 100 launchers, with the first lot scheduled to arrive in mid-2023. The deal will give Estonia an additional short-range air defense (SHORAD) system and will complement its Mistrals already in service. The Piorun MANPADS is an evolution of the older Grom, itself based on the Soviet-designed Igla system of the late Cold War era. The Piorun has a range of 6.5 km and can reach an altitude of 6 km, compared with a range of 5.5 km and altitude of 4 km for the Grom-2. The grip stock has a keypad enabling the user to select the missile’s targets, ranging from slow-moving unmanned aerial vehicles to fast jets. The timing of the proximity fuze can be selected to increase the likelihood of a first-hit kill. (Source: Janes)
27 Sep 22. ERAPSCO, Joint Venture of Sparton and USSI, Columbia City, Indiana, is awarded an $181,878,811 firm-fixed-price modification (P00027) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0001919D0032). This modification adds scope and increases the contract ceiling for the production of an additional 100,000 AN/SSQ-53, 16,000 AN/SSQ-101, and 10,000 AN/SSQ-62 production sonobuoys in support of annual training, peacetime operations and testing expenditures, and maintaining sufficient inventory to support the execution of major combat operations determined by the Naval Munitions Requirements Process for the Navy and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in De Leon Spring, Florida (54%); and Columbia City, Indiana (46%), and is expected to be completed in September 2025. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
28 Sep 22. Thales Alenia Space Signs Contract With ArianeGroup to Start Production of the Ariane 6 Range Safeguard System. Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has signed a contract with ArianeGroup to produce the range safeguard system for the new Ariane 6 launch vehicle. Europe’s new launcher will combine proven and innovative solutions to meet changing market requirements, while maintaining the Ariane family’s track record of reliability. Thales Alenia Space in Belgium has contributed to this family since the outset. Ariane 6 is a European Space Agency (ESA) program, designed to maintain Europe’s leading position in a fast-evolving commercial market, while also meeting the needs of European government missions. The launcher will be available in two versions: Ariane 6.2, with two strap-on boosters, intended mainly for government satellites, and Ariane 6.4, with four strap-on boosters to offer dual launch capability (two satellites at once), primarily designed for commercial payloads. The first launch of Ariane 6 is expected in 2023. The purpose of the range safeguard system is to neutralize the launcher if an errant trajectory would endanger people or property. The electronics at the heart of this system are wholly designed and built by Thales Alenia Space in Belgium. This contract follows the previous development contracts for Ariane 6. It provides for a ramp-up until the 15th launcher, with the delivery of 112 components and subassemblies from now to the summer of 2024. It also lays the groundwork for the operating phase, which should stretch out over 30 years. The market outlook for the operating phase is positive, provided that the partners meet the competitiveness challenge, one of the main objectives for the ramp-up. (Source: ASD Network)
23 Sep 22. Siemens, 29 others added to Air Force’s $950m JADC2 contract. Another batch of companies, including a division of Germany’s Siemens, are entering a Department of Defense competition meant to bring to fruition a vision of seamless military communications as part of a deal worth up to $950m. The U.S. Air Force on Sept. 22 selected 30 more vendors to compete for work associated with Joint All-Domain Command and Control, a multibillion-dollar endeavor that aims to better connect the military services and provide critical information to forces across land, air, sea, space and cyber.
The latest awardees include:
- Agile Defense of Virginia
- Altagrove of Virginia
- Autonodyne of Massachusetts
- BMC Software Federal of Texas
- Clear Creek Applied Technologies of Ohio
- Colossal Contracting of Maryland
- Confluent of California
- The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory of Massachusetts
- EpiSys Science of California
- Epoch Concepts of Colorado
- FGS of Maryland
- ICR of Colorado
- InfoSciTex of Ohio
- Innoflight of California
- Intrinsic Enterprises of Washington
- Jasper Solutions of New York
- Memcomputing of California
- Nteligen of Maryland
- Oceus Networks of Virginia
- Orbital Insight of California
- Patrocinium Systems of Virginia
- Radiance Technologies of Alabama
- RKF Engineering Solutions of Maryland
- RUAG Space USA of Alabama
- Siemens Government Technologies of Virginia
- SRIInternational of California
- Sterling Computers of South Dakota
- Sigma Defense Systems of Georgia
- Terbine of Nevada
- Vannevar Labs of California
The Air Force in July added 27 companies to the growing list of eligible bidders for work on the contract, including AT&T Corp., a unit of AT&T. C4ISRNET in November 2020 reported the service made similar awards to 93 total companies. While the Defense Department on Thursday did not specify what the contractors would produce, a contract announcement said the players would be tasked with maturation, demonstration and proliferation “of capabilities across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable” JADC2. (Source: Defense News)
27 Sep 22. DRS Network & Imaging Systems, Melbourne, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $224,571,276 firm-fixed-price requirements delivery order (SPRRA2-22-F-0068) against a nine-year basic ordering agreement (SPRRA2-20-D-0012) under solicitation SPRRA2-21-R-0027 for the improved Bradley Acquisition System. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1 (a)(2). This is a three-year contract with no option periods. The performance completion date is Dec. 31, 2026. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2022 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Redstone
29 Sep 22. Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a leading developer and provider of high-resolution microdisplays and display subassemblies for defense, enterprise, consumer and medical products, today announced it has received an initial $3m production order for a new weapon sight module. This weapon sight module offers a sophisticated video “see through” augmented reality capability. It incorporates our proprietary CyberDisplay® product and our custom-designed optics, which have been proven as the reliable and high-performing core in more than 250,000 weapon sight systems. The order calls for deliveries in 2023. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
26 Sep 22. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $77,420,000 modification (P00019) to contract W 31P4Q-21-C-0042 for procurement of 54 missiles for the Precision Strike Missile. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2025. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $77,420,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
26 Sep 22. Oceus, a global technology innovator providing 5G network solutions to government and enterprise customers, has been awarded a $950,000,000 ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite- quantity contract for the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). This multiple award contract provides awardees the opportunity to compete for efforts within seven different competitive pools that support the development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) in an open architecture family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms. Future work under this multiple-award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract will be competed via the Fair Opportunity process. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
29 Sep 22. Oshkosh Defense LLC, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is awarded a $23,709,168 hybrid firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of Remotely Operated Ground Unit for Expeditionary Fires (ROGUE-Fires) carriers for use in the Navy/Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System (NMESIS). NMESIS is a land-based missile launcher platform that provides the Marine Corps High Mobility Artillery Rocket System battalions and operating forces with anti-ship capabilities. NMESIS integrates a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) launcher unit, capable of launching two NSMs, onto a ROGUE-Fires carrier. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia (18%); Gaithersburg, Maryland (15%); and Oshkosh, Wisconsin (67%). Work is expected to be completed in November 2023. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $15,989,908 will be obligated and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This action is a follow-on production contract in accordance with 10 U.S. Code § 4022(f). Marine Corps Systems Command, Program Manager Long Range Fires, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-22-D-1002).
29 Sep 22. CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI) announced today it has been awarded a $174m contract to provide the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) with mission expertise and innovative solutions for enhancing naval ship machinery, systems, equipment, and structural performance while reducing costs. MSC is responsible for operating and maintaining ships for the Armed Forces and other agencies. Under this task order, CACI will conduct research, analysis, and development to optimize MSC’s machinery and structural maintenance program with the goal of reducing ownership costs and technical risks while improving fleet safety, reliability, availability, and readiness. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
28 Sep 22. MIND Technology, Inc. (“MIND” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: MIND) announced today that its Klein Marine Systems subsidiary has received additional orders for its high-speed multibeam side scan sonar systems for delivery to the U.S. Navy. These orders have an aggregate value of approximately $1.3m and are expected to be delivered in this fiscal year. (Source: PR Newswire)
29 Sep 22. Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $35,991,238 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-21-C-5408) for test and evaluation equipment in support of the fiscal year 2021-2023 Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 full rate production requirements. Work will be performed in Toronto, Canada (23%); Colorado Springs, Colorado (19%); Tucson, Arizona (11%); San Diego, California (8%); Edinburgh, Australia (7%); Ottobrunn, Germany (5%); Grenaa, Denmark (5%); San Jose, California (5%); Hengelo Ov, Netherlands (5%); Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane, Australia (3%); Wallingford, Connecticut (2%); Gilbert, Arizona (2%); Phoenix, Arizona (2%); North Reading, Massachusetts (2%); and Clearwater, Florida (1%). Work is expected to be completed by March 2025. Fiscal 2022 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $35,991,238 (100%) 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, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
26 Sep 22. Vigor Marine LLC, Portland, Oregon, is awarded a $131,151,747 firm-fixed-price contract action to accomplish the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) 2C1 dry-docking selected restricted availability (DSRA). This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $131,826,808. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington (77%); and Everett, Washington (23%), and is expected to be completed by February 2024. Fiscal 2022 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $126,832,707 (97%); fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $3,021,507 (2%); fiscal 2023 working capital (Navy) funds in the amount of $857,944 (less than 1%); fiscal 2024 working capital (Navy) funds in the amount of $47,238 (less than 1%); and fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $392,349 (less than 1%), will be obligated at the time of award and $392,349 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)(3). Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington, is the contracting activity (N4523A-22-C-0552).
28 Sep 22. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $47,468,000 firm-fixed-price advance acquisition contract for the production and delivery of MQ-25 Stingray low-rate initial production lot 1 for the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed in Torrance, California (36%); McKinney, Texas (19%); St. Louis, Missouri (15%); Longueuil, Quebec, Canada (10%); Palm Bay, Florida (8%); Indianapolis, Indiana (4%); Ajax, Ontario, Canada (3%); Wayne, New Jersey (2%); Burbank, California (1%); Chatsworth, California (1%); and Farmingdale, New York (1%), and is expected to be completed in September 2026. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $47,468,000 will be obligated at the time of award, none 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. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001922C0048).
23 Sep 22. Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is awarded a $164,374,426 performance-based logistics requirements contract for supply chain management for 226 weapon replaceable assemblies/shop replaceable assemblies in support of the F/A-18 A-F and E/A-18 G heads up displays units as well as the tactical air navigation system common to the EA-6, KC-130, S-3B, MH-60, SH-60 and the V-22 and the control display unit, supporting the C-2A, E-2C, TE-2/C, P-3C, and the EP-3E aircraft. The contract will include a five-year base period with no options. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (45%); Jacksonville, Florida (30%); and San Diego, California (25%). Work is expected to be completed by September 2027. Annual working capital (Navy) funds in the amount of $21,368,675 will be issued for delivery order (N00383-22-F-0SS0) that will be awarded concurrently with the contract and will initially be obligated at the time of award as an undefinitized contract action. Funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One company was solicited for this sole-source 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-SS01).
28 Sep 22. NASA has selected GHGSat, Inc., of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to provide commercial small constellation satellite products for evaluation to determine the utility for advancing NASA’s science and application goals. GHGSat will provide a comprehensive catalogue of Earth Observation data High Resolution Gas Detection Commercial Earth Observation Data products. This is a fixed-price blanket purchase agreement and each call issued is not to exceed $7m over a five-year period. The work will be performed at the contractor’s facilities in Montreal, Quebec. The contractor shall be responsible for delivery of a comprehensive catalogue of its commercial Earth Observation data High Resolution Gas Detection Commercial Earth Observation Data products indicating at a minimum: the data sets, associated metadata and ancillary information; data cadence; data latency; area coverage; and data usage policy. NASA will assess and evaluate these small constellation satellite data products with the purpose of augmenting and/or complementing NASA-collected data in the future. To facilitate standard scientific collaborations, NASA requires End User License Agreements to enable broad levels of dissemination and shareability of the commercial data with the U.S. government agencies and partners. (Source: PR Newswire)
23 Sep 22. L3 Technologies Inc. Communication Systems, West, Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded an $886,533,675 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for sustainment of the Common Data Link satellite communications program. 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, 2032. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W56JSR-22-D-0001).
29 Sep 22. Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a not-to-exceed $152,329,105 fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides for the production of the F-35 Logistics Information Systems to include Autonomic Logistics Information System and Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN), and Mission Planning Environment (MPE) hardware, as well as associated contract management, planning and readiness reviews and non-recurring introduction to service activities necessary to field the F-35 ODIN, MPE, and components of any future ODIN and MPE retrofits for the F-35A, F-35B and F-35C aircraft. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (95%) and Fort Worth, Texas (5%), and is expected to be completed in December 2024. 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 10 USC 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001922D0004).
28 Sep 22. Raytheon Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $277,919,144 modification (P00007) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target undefinitized contract (N0001920C0011). This modification adds scope for the production and delivery of F-35 spares, to include four Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing spare engines for the U.S. Marine Corps and 20 power modules for the U.S. Air Force. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (17%); Indianapolis, Indiana (10%); Middletown, Connecticut (8%); Kent, Washington (7%); North Berwick, Maine (4%); El Cajon, California (3%); Cromwell, Connecticut (3%); Whitehall, Michigan (3%); Portland, Oregon (2%); San Diego, California (2%); South Bend, Indiana (2%); Columbus, Georgia (1%); Hampton, Virginia (1%); Manchester, Connecticut (1%); Cheshire, Connecticut (1%); Elmwood Park, New Jersey (1%); various locations within the Continental United States (27%), and various locations outside the Continental United States (7%), and is expected to be completed in October 2025. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $171,681,855 and fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $106,237,289 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
23 Sep 22. Raytheon Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded a $769,866,520 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00006) to a previously awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0001920D0013). This modification increases the contract ceiling to procure propulsion system spare parts, modules, support equipment/packaging handling shipping and transportation material, and depot lay-in material in support of the F-135 propulsion system requirements for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Foreign Military Sales customers and non-Department of Defense participants. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (56%); North Berwick, Maine (13%); Indianapolis, Indiana (10%); Jupiter, Florida (7%); Windsor Locks, Connecticut (5%); Bristol, United Kingdom (4%); Rockford, Illinois (2%); Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico (2%); and Phoenix, Arizona (1%), and is expected to be completed in December 2025. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
28 Sep 22. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration, San Diego, California, has been awarded an $8,909,932 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for artificial intelligence and machine learning analytics platform. This contract provides for the research, analysis, design, development, implementation, testing, deployment, and integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to demonstrate 3D modeling and training set development services. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 29, 2025. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition, offers were solicited electronically via an open Broad Agency Announcement and two offers were received. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $100,000 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York is the contracting activity (FA8750-22-C-1524).
29 Sep 22. BigBear.ai (NYSE: BBAI), a leader in AI-powered analytics and cyber engineering solutions, today announced that the United States Army has selected the Company as the sole source prime contractor for implementing the Global Force Information Management (GFIM) system in a 9-month contract valued at $14.8m. The award builds on BigBear.ai’s previous work and successful delivery of the prototype platform developed during Phase 1 of the GFIM project. Under the terms of the sole-source contract, Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) will join the BigBear.ai team as a leading partner in implementing an enterprise-wide intelligent automation platform that provides the Army with a holistic view of its global force structure. The system empowers senior leaders and combatant commanders to man, equip, train, ready, and resource the Army more effectively. The end-state solution will transition 14 legacy systems into a single solution to provide real-time holistic data for up to 160,000 Army users, enabling risk-informed decision-making capabilities to support training and mission operations. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
28 Sep 22. HawkEye 360 Inc., the world’s leading commercial provider of space-based radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, announced today it has been awarded a contract from the NRO’s Commercial Systems Program Office (CSPO). The contract will assess, mature, integrate, and operationalize commercial RF intelligence into the NRO’s integrated overhead architecture to support warfighters, the intelligence community, and policymakers. The program represents a partnership between the NRO and HawkEye 360 to explore near- and long-term high-impact capabilities commercial RF can deliver. HawkEye 360 will initially model and simulate current and future RF-sensing capabilities, engage in live end-to-end demonstrations, conduct accuracy and quality assessments, and demonstrate overhead delivery of RF data to government fixed, transportable, and mobile ground stations around the world. The outcome is to deliver trusted and resilient results that provide high mission impact to the NRO and its mission partners. (Source: PR Newswire)
29 Sep 22. Palantir USG Inc., Palo Alto, California, was awarded a $59,104,092 firm-fixed-price contract for the Intel Apps acquisition program. 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 Sept. 29, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W56KGY-22-D-0005).
28 Sep 22. Palantir USG Inc., Palo Alto, California, was awarded a $42,917,975 firm-fixed-price contract to conduct research and development services in the area of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Bids were solicited via the internet with 999 received. Work will be performed in Palo Alto, California, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 28, 2023. Fiscal 2023 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $22,573,580 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QX-22-C-0031).
22 Sep 22. On 15 September 2022, SEACORP, LLC. (SEACORP) of Middletown was awarded a $79m, five-year contract by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Under this contract, SEACORP will design, develop, and integrate the Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW) Modular Suite (EMWMS) as a configurable, experimental, and operational unit. SEACORP is tasked with designing, developing, and integrating the EMWMS geared towards EMW specific capabilities and missions as defined by the government. Along with their team of subcontractors, SEACORP will support the design, assembly, integration, and testing of a complete EMWMS system using a certified CONEX box; Inorganic Receiver Units (IRUs); Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); Counter ISR Capabilities; Communications Links; Signal/Data Processing; Remote Operator Sites; Information Assurance (IA); and Laboratory/At Sea Demonstrations. (Source: PR Newswire)
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28 Sep 22. Kuwait – M1A2K Tank Operational and Training Ammunition. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of M1A2K tank operational and training ammunition and related equipment for an estimated cost of $250m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy Cartridge M80 Ball/M62 Tracer 7.62mm 4/1 linked; Cartridge MK211 4 Armor Piercing Incendiary (APIT) .50 Cal 4/1 linked; Cartridge M903/M962 Saboted Light Armor Penetrator-Tracer (SLAP-T) .50 Cal 4/1 linked; Cartridge KE-W A1 Armor-Piercing, Fin-Stabilized, Discarding Sabot-Tracer (APFSDS-T) 120mm; Cartridge, Insensitive Munition High Explosive Tracer (IM-HET) 120mm; Grenade, Screening-Smoke; containers; munitions; support and test equipment; integration and test support; spare and repair parts; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is$250m. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO ally that has been an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. The proposed sale will improve Kuwait’s ability to meet current and future regional threats by enabling continued employment of the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank and supporting modernization of the country’s tank fleet. This sale will provide an effective ability to deter and defend against land-based threats, enhancing Kuwait’s ability to protect border regions and key land-based infrastructure. Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. (Source: ASD Network)
26 Sep 22. INVISIO receives order for SEK 58m from a new customer. INVISIO has received an order worth SEK 58m from a new customer in a European NATO country. The order is for advanced communication and hearing protection systems under the INVISIO brand. Delivery is planned for the first half of 2023.
29 Sep 22. Lockheed Martin Corporation, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $272,984,000 modification (P00060) to contract W31P4Q-20-C-0023 for services, hardware, facilities, equipment, and all technical, planning, management, manufacturing, and testing efforts to produce Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target Advanced Capability-3 missiles. Work will be performed in Lake Mary, Florida; Huntsville, Alabama; Lincoln, Nebraska; Rocket Center, West Virginia; Foothill Ranch, California; Joplin, Missouri; Clearwater, Florida; Pinellas Park, Florida; Kirkland, Washington; Camden, Arkansas; Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Grand Prairie, Texas; Lufkin, Texas; and Ocala, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2027. Fiscal 2022 missile procurement, Army and fiscal 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Bahrain, Germany, Kuwait, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia and South Korea) funds in the amount of $133,762,160 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
29 Sep 22. SkySafe, an airspace security and management technology company, today announced that it has once again been selected as the preferred vendor for counter-drone technology by a major U.S. military ally in Asia. This is the fifth competitive contract win in the region for SkySafe. SkySafe has been testing and deploying counter drone capabilities to domestic and foreign military customers since 2015. SkySafe offers comprehensive defense against the threat of drones by applying advanced radio frequency (RF) technology, reverse engineering, and deep threat analysis. (Source: PR Newswire)
29 Sep 22. Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $49,046,788 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-21-C-5406) for the procurement of four MK-15 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS) Block 0 to Block 1B Baseline 2 Upgrade and Conversion and related equipment for the Republic of Korea. Work will be performed in Louisville, Kentucky (19%); Williston, Vermont (14%); Tucson, Arizona (11%); Tempe, Arizona (8%); Andover, Massachusetts (4%); Mason, Ohio ( 4%); Melbourne, Florida (3%); Joplin, Missouri (2%); Hauppauge, New York (2%); Grand Rapids, Michigan (2%); Dayton, Ohio (1%); Anaheim, California (1%); Palo Alto, California (1%); Norcross, Georgia (1%); Phoenix, Arizona (1%), and various locations with less than 1% each (total 26%). Work is expected to be completed by May 2025. Foreign military sales (Korea) funding in the amount of $49,046,788 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, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
27 Sep 22. Australian defence industry secures innovation contracts. Australia has awarded multimillion-dollar contracts to 10 local firms from across the country. The Commonwealth government has awarded a combined $27m in contracts to 10 local businesses via the Defence Innovation Hub, in a bid to support the development of next-generation capabilities. NSW-based Mission Systems has secured the largest contract ($5.5m), expected to fund the development of a radar system for small and medium uncrewed aerial systems (UAS). The capability is tipped to deliver enhanced radar imagery in support of Australia Army operations. Canberra-based cyber security company Penten landed the second largest contract, receiving $4.1m to develop an innovative method for active cyber defence, leveraging artificial intelligence to bolster protections across Defence applications. Three Queensland-based firms, including Athena Artificial Intelligence, are also among the recipients. Athena has secured funding to develop an automated decision support tool, which could leverage AI to provide rapid guidance to end users when making tactical decisions.
Other recipients include:
Organisation State Contract Value (GST incl.)
Description of innovation
CUBIC Defence Australia Pty Ltd QLD $3.72m
To develop a deployable waste-to-energy system using microwave energy to convert waste into sanitised biofuel that could provide additional power to bases and improve waste management for the deployed Land Force.
BAE Systems Australia Limited SA $3.17m
To develop a long-range passive surveillance sensor system that could provide an early warning capability for incoming threats, reduce data bandwidth and power consumption.
BIA5 Pty Ltd QLD $2.63m
To continue the development of an innovative electronic trip flare device, allowing soldiers to more effectively secure and guard areas on the modern battlefield.
AMC Search Limited TAS $2.07m
To develop a set of sovereign sensor modules for autonomous underwater vehicles. If successful, this technology could extend the capabilities of existing and future autonomous underwater vehicle platforms in the maritime domain.
Tectonica Australia Pty Ltd VIC $874,000
To develop a sophisticated rifle mounted sensor using thermal weapon sight that could improve shot accuracy for soldiers during day or night operations.
Outlander Solutions Pty Ltd ACT $698,000
To develop a battlefield command, control and situational awareness software system using artificial intelligence to graphically represent the common operational picture using modern gaming technology. If successful, this could reduce cognitive burden and visualise real world operational scenarios for Defence capability.
Acacia Systems Pty Ltd SA $437,000
To develop an immersive platform using maritime command team tactical data and recordings of operator stress, fatigue and actions. If successful, this innovation offers to significantly enhance decision-maker capability for Defence. (Source: Defence Connect)