01 Dec 22. MilDef has received an extension to the previous order from Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) to provide Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) compliant Crewstation PCs, Servers and Ethernet Switches for the British Army Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme. Deliveries will take place 2023-2030. In 2020 MilDef received an original order for the Army programme, worth approx. £24m, with a potential for equipping an additional 100 vehicles. This new order has now been signed and entails MilDef’s broad range of technology for Tactical IT, customized to align with the MIV requirements. In total MilDef will deliver over 5 000 units over the lifetime of the programme. The programme encompasses Boxer vehicles with a service life of over 30 years and will play a major role in the British Army’s Future Soldier modernization programme as well as ensuring compatibility with NATO allies.
01 Dec 22. A £15.4m contract for a cutting-edge crewless submarine has been awarded to Plymouth firm MSubs by the Royal Navy. The vessel will be delivered to the Navy in two years’ time and will further advance the UK’s ability to protect our critical national infrastructure and monitor sub-sea activity. Project Cetus – named after a mythological sea monster – enhances the Royal Navy’s experimentation with autonomous underwater systems. It is the first step in developing an operational autonomous submarine that will work side-by-side with crewed submarines – including the Astute-class hunter-killers and their successors – or independently. Its maximum operational depth will exceed that of the current submarine fleet, meaning Cetus will equip the Royal Navy with even greater reach into the oceans in support of UK defence. It will be able to cover up to 1,000 miles in a single mission. Cetus will be 12 metres long – the length of a double decker bus – 2.2 metres in diameter and weigh 17 tonnes. It will be the largest and most complex crewless submersible operated by a European navy. The bespoke vessel is being designed and built for the Royal Navy by Plymouth-based tech firm MSubs. This contract will create 10 and support 70 specialist jobs in the city. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
28 Nov 22. Lockheed Martin Space, Titusville, Florida, is awarded a $49,942,303 cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00002) to exercise options under a previously awarded contract (N0003022C0100) for Trident II (D5) missile production and deployed systems support. This contract award also benefits a foreign military sale to the United Kingdom. Work will be performed in Camden, Arkansas (35.4%); El Segundo, California (20.6%); Pittsfield, Massachusetts (11.3%); Cape Canaveral, Florida (11%); Morris Plains, New Jersey (3.1%); Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (2.2%); Milpitas, California (2%); Denver, Colorado (1.5%); Vista, California (1%); Silver Spring, Maryland (1%); and locations less than 1% each, with 10.9% total. Work is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2027. Fiscal 2023 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $49,942,303 will be obligated. No funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is being awarded on a sole source basis under 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) and was previously synopsized on the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one proposal received. Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
30 Nov 22. Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites has recently received a further contract from Thales UK to manufacture complex composite Optronic Mast structures that provide operational advantage and exceptional performance for an important overseas customer. Marshall Slingsby Advanced Composites originally conducted the design of the composite structures on behalf of Thales UK, whose system provides an unrivalled blend of operational capability and reliability. The composite structures provides a reduction in the load on the Optronic Mast, while also contributing to reduced acoustic, visual, radar and thermal signature that decrease the counter detection risk. Marshall’s capability in the design and test of such composites structures has been a core aspect of their services for many years and they continue to update their capabilities for next generation requirements.
30 Nov 22. Hadean, is set to broaden the scope of an ongoing contract with the British Army. The MoD has activated the option for Hadean to continue developing the capabilities of cloud distributed simulation for the Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP). Following the successful showcase of a Concept Demo at the I/ITSEC 2022 Innovation Showcase, Hadean will work in lockstep with the British Army to exploit the findings of the first phase and feed data from military training exercises taking place in a remote location in Africa, to the planning and execution dashboards of commanders based in the UK. While the Concept Demo at I/ITSEC visualised a synthetic environment of increased scale, complexity and fidelity based on recorded data, the new activity will focus on generating 3D elements in the Defence Virtual Simulation (DVS) and streaming outcomes in near real-time, for the first time. The exercise will test the cloud simulation’s ability to operate in a challenging environment, where infrastructure and connectivity are limited, and to generate meaningful feedback for users at all levels of command, capturing and integrating different systems to enable swift training validation and data reuse and/or review.
29 Nov 22. The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) has commissioned KMW (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann) to supply a further cabin for the Swedish Army’s vehicle egress trainer. The contract signing took place at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando/Florida. Components of the contract include the development, manufacture, and integration of an interchangeable ARCHER artillery system cabin for the existing system and an option for additional vehicle cabins. The ARCHER interchangeable cabin will be manufactured by Swedish partner W5 Solutions and is expected to be delivered by the end of 2024.
01 Dec 22. Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $430,930,711 fixed-price incentive contract for full-rate production of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and support services to satisfy an urgent need to support the Army and various Foreign Military Sales partners. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Brownsboro, Alabama; Camden, Arkansas; Boca Raton, Clearwater and Palm Bay, Florida; Whippany, New Jersey; Archbald and York, Pennsylvania; and Dallas and Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2025. Fiscal 2023 missile procurement, Army funds in the amount of $209,348,720 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-23-C-0006).
25 Nov 22. The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the purchase of 57mm naval gun systems for the Finnish Navy’s future Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. The estimated value of this deal is approximately $13.12m (€12.6m), excluding the value added tax. BAE Systems Bofors in Sweden has been selected as the preferred contractor for this deal. (Source: naval-technology.com)
25 Nov 22. Saab has today signed a contract with the Polish State Treasury Armament Agency for design, production and support of two ships for Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) for Poland. The total order value corresponds to approximately EUR 620m with deliveries planned during 2027. The order is expected to be booked by Saab before year end. A SIGINT ship is used to support the acquisition of intelligence data across the full spectrum of naval intelligence capabilities. Saab will serve as prime contractor, designing and producing the two ships including the integration of advanced mission systems. The ships will be built by subcontractor Remontowa Shipbuilding SA in Poland. (Source: ASD Network)
28 Nov 22. DoD/DSCA Notifies Congress of Possible FMS to AIM 9X Block II Tactical Missiles and AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapons to Finland. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the Congress that the Government of Finland has requested to buy forty (40) AIM 9X Block II tactical missiles; four (4) AIM 9X Block II tactical guidance units; and forty-eight (48) AGM-154 Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOW). Also included are Dummy Air Training Missiles (DATM); Captive Air Training Missile (CATM); Captive Flight Vehicles (CFVs); Free Flight Vehicles (FFVs); containers; mission planning; integration support and testing; munitions storage security and training; weapon operational flight program software development; transportation; tools and test equipment; support equipment; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services; books and other publications; training; training aids and devices; space parts; support equipment; weapon system software support; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; studies and surveys; missile technical assistance; other technical assistance; and other related elements of program and logistics support. The total estimated cost is $323.3m. The principal contractors will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
29 Nov 22. Safran Electronics & Defense has signed a contract with Leonardo to develop and supply the Euroflir 610 high-performance airborne electro-optical (optronic) system for the Eurodrone program. Derived from the Euroflir 410 architecture, the Euroflir 610 is a 25-inch airborne optronic system that is vital for the European MALE UAV’s ISTAR missions (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance). The Euroflir 610 will provide unparalleled observation and target designation performance at any time of day or night and in severely degraded weather conditions, thanks to its multispectral telescope, line-of-sight stabilization and precise target geolocation. The program led by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) will provide 20 systems representing over 60 MALE RPAS aircraft for France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Developed as a European collaboration and ITAR** free, the Euroflir 610 further strengthens Europe’s defense technological and industrial base and European sovereignty in this technological segment. The start of the first Eurodrone prototype manufacturing with the Euroflir 610 is planned for 2024. Safran Electronics & Defense’s plants are all fully mobilized to rise to the challenge of the program, by leveraging their operational excellence to deliver this system on time. With this development, Safran confirms its European technological leadership in the highly demanding market for airborne optronics. The Euroflir family has already been selected for the HIL and Tiger Mk3 helicopters.
01 Dec 22. Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) has selected Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67 % and Leonardo 33 %) to build a next-generation highly flexible, software-defined satellite (SDS). The Flexsat (for flexible satellite) will be based on Thales Alenia Space’s cutting-edge ‘Space Inspire’ (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration) product line, enabling seamless reconfiguration and instant in-orbit adjustment to offer an optimum level of customer service, maximising the effective use of the satellite resources. The new satellite will expand Eutelsat’s in-orbit assets providing more than 100 Gbps of incremental capacity over the Americas to support the surging Connectivity market. Its performances combined with the high level of flexibility in terms of coverage, bandwidth allocation, and power levels, will offer an unparalleled quality of service to Eutelsat’s B2B customers for its ADVANCE backhauling, enterprise, government, aero, and maritime solutions. It will also be able to accommodate joint GEO-LEO services, specifically in zones where demand is highly concentrated. The Flexsat is expected to be delivered in 2026. The capital expenditure associated with the programme is embedded in Eutelsat’s standalone capital expenditure and adjusted discretionary free cash flow estimates for FY2022-23 and FY2023-24. It is also included in the financial trajectory of the proposed combination of Eutelsat and OneWeb. (Source: ASD Network)
29 Nov 22. BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $13,253,941 modification (P00145) to contract W56HZV-15-C-A001 for adjustment to the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, to include an additional work station in all mission-command vehicles and dual-path communications in all vehicles. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020 weapons and tracked combat vehicle procurement, Army funds; fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020 European Reassurance Initiative funds; and 2022 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $13,253,941 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
01 Dec 22. Galvion, a world leader in the design and manufacture of military power and data management solutions is pleased to announce that it has received a major order from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) for its Squad Power Manager™ (SPM). The order, valued at USD $11m, placed by the Power Team within Marine Corps System Command’s Logistics Combat Element Systems will supply SPM™ systems to each Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) within the Marine Corps, including Reserve Forces. The Squad Power Manager (SPM) is a core element of Galvion’s Nerv Centr® Active Systems range, which provides scalable power and data solutions to the dismounted operator. Deliveries will start in January 2023. Named P2S2 (Portable Power Scavenger System) by the Marine Corps, the Galvion SPM kit provides a lightweight and compact multifunctional system to enable the harvesting of energy from multiple sources. Using a selection of cables, connectors and accessories, the system provides the ability to scavenge, distribute, and manage power from multiple power sources to include solar, Alternating Current (AC), Direct Current (DC), military batteries, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) plugs, and vehicle cigarette lighter/alternator attachments. The SPM kit contains adapters to power USB-powered equipment; radios, including the AN/PRC-148, AN/PRC-152 and AN/PRC-117; the Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR); and portable computing devices and peripheral equipment. The SPM kit can scavenge power from partially discharged batteries, vehicles, and standard electrical outlets and convert that power into a usable format for powering devices and recharging batteries. The SPM system requires no special configuration or programming, converting and managing power as efficiently as possible depending on power sources and equipment needs. This allows teams to minimize weight and logistic burden by carrying fewer batteries, while increasing operational efficiency through active monitoring and management of power usage.
29 Nov 22. Gecko Robotics, a leader in helping the world’s most important institutions operate and maintain their physical assets, today announced that it has been awarded an 18-month $1.5m contract by the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. The award comes through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and is part of the Air Force’s efforts to modernize the legs of the U.S. nuclear triad. Under the new contract, Gecko Robotics will integrate state-of-the-art concrete evaluation technology into their fleet of crawling robots. The hardware and software components together will provide the capability to rapidly assess concrete and steel liners in Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch facilities. The ability to rapidly assess the current infrastructure of launch facilities is paramount to ensure a smooth transition to the Sentinel program and transition to a modernized sustainment program. The award comes after a competitive process where companies were invited to submit proposals for initial peer review. After a review by key stakeholders, Gecko Robotics was invited to participate in the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center’s 2nd Pitch Day. At the conclusion of the process, Gecko Robotics was awarded a Phase 2 contract under the SBIR program. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
30 Nov 22. L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) will provide an advanced infrared sensor that will enhance the Javelin Weapon System’s Command Launch Unit, which is broadly used in U.S. and foreign military operations, by helping to reduce the time needed to engage targets. The CLU, developed by Raytheon Missiles & Defense, is a shoulder-held launcher that provides situational awareness, surveillance and target identification and initial guidance capability for the Javelin missile. The new infrared sensor technology is lighter, higher performing and more cost effective than existing solutions and meets or exceeds the engineered system requirements. The L3Harris sensor updates the weapon system’s command launch unit with long-range, high-definition midwave infrared technology. The midwave infrared technologies were developed as part of the Vital Infrared Sensor Technology Acceleration program sponsored by the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy. The L3Harris camera cores are key components in a U.S. Army Javelin Command Launch Unit upgrade led by the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture, makers of the Javelin weapon system. L3Harris plans to begin production in the fourth quarter of 2022. The production award resulted from the company’s work under VISTA and is scheduled to continue through 2036. (Source: ASD Network)
29 Nov 22. Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded an $84,087,924 modification (P00025) to contract W15QKN-19-C-0017 for procurement of 155mm Excalibur Increment Ib projectiles. Work will be performed in Healdsburg, California; Karlskoga, Sweden; East Camden, Arizona; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Plymouth, United Kingdom; Cincinnati, Ohio; Glenrothes, Scotland; Salt Lake, City Utah; Joplin, Missouri; Gilbert, Arizona; Lansdale, Pennsylvania; Santa Clara, California; Santa Ana, California; Trenton, Texas; Valencia, California; Cookstown, New Jersey; Tucson, Arizona; Phoenix, Arizona; Anniston, Alabama; Chino, California; Inglewood, California; McAlester, Oklahoma; and Farmington, New Mexico, with an estimated completion date of April 29, 2024. Fiscal 2022 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $84,087,924 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Newark, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
01 Dec 22. Sarcos Defense, a subsidiary of Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corporation (“Sarcos”) (NASDAQ: STRC and STRCW), a leader in the design, development, and manufacture of advanced robotic systems that redefine human possibilities, today announced the company has been awarded a $1m contract by the Army Applications Laboratory, U.S. Army Futures Command for the testing of a robotic solution that Sarcos developed for ammunition handling and maneuvering. The Sarcos robotic ammunition handling solution leverages a dexterous robotic arm that was designed to be integrated into the U.S. Army’s fleet of Self-Propelled Howitzer Systems, specifically the Extended Range Cannon Artillery system. Sarcos will perform extensive testing of this robotic system to ensure it meets requirements for Army use, including shock and vibration absorption and withstanding extreme temperatures, humidity, and sand and dust incursion. The robotic system was designed to address fatigue and injuries among Soldiers caused by the prolonged lifting and placing of 100-pound rounds of ammunition from a rack to the cannon loader. Sarcos devised its solution to reduce Soldiers’ injuries. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
01 Dec 22. The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is awarded a $202,511,235 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, level-of-effort, and cost-plus-fixed-fee completion modification to a previously awarded contract (N0003022C6002). This modification exercises fiscal 2023 options to provide technical and engineering services necessary to maintain and sustain the Trident II Strategic Weapon System MK 6 Guidance subsystem. The effort also includes a requirement for strategic guidance, navigation, and control subject matter expertise to research and develop current and maturing concepts and technologies that will enable follow-on, full-scale development of the second life extension of the Navy’s Trident II (D5) Strategic Weapons Systems. Additional scope includes research and development of new and alternate strategic guidance, navigation, and control technologies to support alternate and developing Strategic Systems Programs missions, integration support for Columbia/Dreadnought ship construction, reentry subsystem support and support for the Conventional Prompt Strike/Hypersonic development. Work will be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts (81%); and El Segundo, California (19%). Work is expected to be completed Nov. 30, 2024. Fiscal 2022 research and development test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $50,000; fiscal 2023 research and development test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $8,963,521; fiscal 2023 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,990,989; and fiscal 2023 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $18,546,768 will be obligated at the time of modification. Funds in the amount of $18,596,768 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was awarded as a sole-source acquisition pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
29 Nov 22. Loughmiller Machine Tool and Design was awarded the contract to build radar arrays for the Navy. The arrays are part of a three-dimensional radar system that detects both high altitude missiles and low flying aircraft. Getting a second contract for the radar work will still be positive for the business and the people who work there. The small company has five people who work solely on the radar project and the contract runs through 2027. Loughmiller says that the second contract for the radar work means that the business is meeting the demands of the Navy. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/https://www.stripes.com/)
28 Nov 22. Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $397,679,384 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-21-C-5408 to exercise options for fiscal 2023 guided missile assemblies, shipping containers, and spare parts in support of the fiscal 2021-2023 Evolved Seasparrow Missile Block 2 full-rate production requirements. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (46%); Edinburgh, Australia (8%); San Jose, California (7%); Raufoss, Norway (7%); Mississauga, Canada (6%); Ottobrunn, Germany (4%); Cambridge, Canada (3%); Nashua, New Hampshire (3%); Hengelo, Netherlands (2%); Koropi Attica, Greece (2%); Torrance, California (2%); Canton, New York (2%); Ankara Turkey (1%), Grenaa, Denmark (1%); West Lake Village, California (1%); and various other locations each less than 1%, with 5% total, and is expected to be completed by March 2027. Fiscal 2023 other customer funds in the amount of $214,454,970 (53%); fiscal 2023 weapon procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $163,315,684 (41%); fiscal 2020 other customer funds in the amount of $8,748,958 (1%); fiscal 2021 other customer funds in the amount of $7,233,386 (1%); fiscal 2019 other customer funds in the amount of $1,311,323 (1%); fiscal 2022 other customer funds in the amount of $1,252,150 (1%); fiscal 2022 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $824,917 (1%); and fiscal 2021 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $537,996 (1%), will be obligated at time of award and $537,996 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-21-C-5408).
30 Nov 22. The US Department of Defense has awarded a contract to SeeByte to support the US Navy’s MK18 Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Family of Systems (FoS) programme. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a performance period of up to ten years and is valued at $87m. SeeByte is a developer of smart software solutions for uncrewed maritime systems (UMS). Through the contract, the US Navy will receive support to extend its autonomous systems and machine learning capabilities. The company will be responsible for delivering services such as engineering, technical support, training, and simulation. As per the terms of the contract, SeeByte will provide updates to its Mission-Level Autonomy system, Neptune . The system is designed to provide ‘optimal mission execution and goal-based planning’ for UMS squads. The contract also requires the company to support Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) modules development, and a bespoke training and simulation toolkit. According to SeeByte, ATR detects mine-like objects from the sidescan sonar data, and the Neptune uncrewed systems simulator allows the user to practice skills and train for missions. (Source: naval-technology.com)
30 Nov 22. Aerojet Rocketdyne, Coleman Aerospace Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., Orlando, Florida, is being awarded a $239,683,096 modification (P00167) to a previously awarded contract (HQ1047-14-C-0001) to exercise an option and award Medium Range Ballistic Missile Type 1/Type 2 Lot 3. The value of this contract is increased from $839,085,423 to $1,078,768,519. Under this modification, the contractor will provide Option CLIN 0082 program management office support for calendar year 2023 and six launch vehicles and 6 Enhanced Solid Rocket-19 motors. The work will be performed in Orlando and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The performance period is from Nov. 30, 2022, through Oct. 31, 2029. Fiscal 2023 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $7,900,000 are being obligated on this award. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
29 Nov 22. GE Aviation Systems LLC, Sterling, Virginia, is awarded a $157,183,240 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides for propeller engineering reliability and logistics support for the KC-130J R391 propeller system utilized by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Sterling, Virginia (31.18%); Iwakuni, Japan (13.95%); Cherry Point, North Carolina (13.95%); Miramar, California (13.95%); Gloucester, United Kingdom (8.85%); Fort Worth, Texas (8.63%); Kaneohe, Hawaii (5.18%); Kuwait City, Kuwait (2.59%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (1.72%), and is expected to be completed in November 2026. 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 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001923D0013).
28 Nov 22. KBR (NYSE: KBR) has been awarded a $69.2 m task order to deliver total life cycle management of critical airborne manned reconnaissance aircraft systems for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane) and the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) E-2/C-2 Airborne Command and Control Program Office (PMA 231). Under the task order, KBR will modify and upgrade legacy technology, while developing and integrating new technology, for aircraft intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) systems. The E-2 is the foremost carrier-born aircraft capable of providing early detection of enemy threats and enemy response to carrier operations conducted in accordance with America’s declared defense strategy. The work will focus primarily on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, with additional support for the E-2C Hawkeye and C-2A Greyhound aircraft. KBR was awarded the contract under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC) vehicle. DoD IAC MAC task orders are awarded by the U.S. Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron with the goal of enhancing the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) repository and the research and development (R&D) and science and technology (S&T) community.
25 Nov 22. L-3 Communication Integrated Systems L.P., Greenville, Texas, has been awarded a $42,748,575 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of a Joint Airborne Multi-Mission Multi-Sensor System Integration Lab, Ground, and Training System. Work will be performed in Greenville, Texas, and is expected to be completed March 31, 2025. This contract involved 100% Foreign Military Sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Foreign Military Sales funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award. The 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-23-F-4867).
25 Nov 22. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded an $99,365,970 firm-fixed-price modification (P00076) to contract FA8615-17-C-6047 for Active Electronically Scanned Array radars of Air Force F-16 aircraft. This modification is for the exercise of options to include 42 production radars, one initial spare kit, and two readiness spare kits. This modification does not involve Foreign Military Sales. 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 $1,346,043,651. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $93,738,340; and fiscal 2023 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $5,627,630 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Awarded Nov. 18, 2022)
29 Nov 22. Raytheon Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $511,589,719 modification (P00025) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, and fixed-price incentive (firm target) undefinitized contract (N0001921C0011). This modification provides for F135 propulsion system annual sustainment including recurring sustainment support, program management, financial and administrative activities, propulsion integration, replenishment spare part buys, engineering support, material management, configuration management, product management support, software sustainment, security management, joint technical data updates, support equipment management, depot level maintenance and repair for all fielded propulsion systems at the F-35 production sites and operational locations, as well as training. These efforts are in support of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (40%); Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (21%); Indianapolis, Indiana (12%); Windsor Locks, Connecticut (6%); West Palm Beach, Florida (6%); Brekstad, Norway (4%); Leeuwarden, Netherlands (3%); Iwakuni, Japan (3%); Williamtown, Australia (2%); Cameri, Italy (1%); Marham, United Kingdom (1%); and Fort Worth, Texas (1%), and is expected to be completed in May 2023. Fiscal 2023 operation and maintenance (Air Force) funds in the amount of $38,863,770; fiscal 2023 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $25,890,796; fiscal 2023 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $8,315,050; non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the amount of $23,125,291; and FMS funds in the amount of $12,102,937 will be obligated at time of award, $73,069,616 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
29 Nov 22. Raytheon Technologies Corp., Pratt Whitney Military Engine, East Hartford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $114,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized order (N0001923F0019) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0005). This order provides supplies or services for design engineering, program management support, technology maturation, risk reduction, long lead material and hardware, and weapons system integration to support F135 engine enhancement efforts for the F-35 Lightning II program. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (85%); and Indianapolis, Indiana (15%), and is expected to be completed in September 2024. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force) funds in the amount of $56,000,000 will be obligated at the time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
29 Nov 22. Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $228,092,989 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides for sustaining engineering and logistics support services for the KC-130J aircraft propulsion system for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana (92.8%); Iwakuni, Japan (1.6%); Kuwait City, Kuwait (1.6%); Cherry Point, North Carolina (1%); Miramar, California (1%); Kaneohe, Hawaii (1%); and Fort Worth, Texas (1%), and is expected to be completed in November 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 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001923D0014).
29 Nov 22. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $28,841,002 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides for integrated logistics support, sustaining engineering, spares procurement, material management, component overhaul, and training activities in support of VH Presidential Helicopter sustainment for the Navy. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut (53%); Shelton, Connecticut (18%); Quantico, Virginia (11%); Peachtree City, Georgia (2%); Baltimore, Maryland (2%); Fort Worth, Texas (1.5%); Akron, Ohio (1.5%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (11%), and is expected to be completed in November 2025. 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 Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001923D0011).
29 Nov 22. Mercury Mission Systems LLC, Torrance, California, is awarded an $18,391,509 firm-fixed-price modification (P0001) to a previously awarded contract N0001922C0038. This modification exercises an option to procure 35 data transfer units, 15 Secret Serial Advanced Technology Attachment Encryption Module cables, 157 High Definition Video Recorders (HDVR), and 72 HDVR data transfer devices for retrofit on F/A-18C-F aircraft in support of Small Business Innovation Research Phase III topic N102-0129 titled, “Automatic Real-Time, Reconfigurable Interface Generalization Hardware Multiprotocol Data Recorder.” Work will be performed in Torrance, California, and is expected to be completed in March 2025. Fiscal 2023 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,691,669; fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,996,712; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $3,703,128 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.
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29 Nov 22. Qatar – Fixed Site-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aircraft System Integrated Defeat System (FS-LIDS). The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar of the Fixed Site-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aircraft System Integrated Defeat System (FS-LIDS) System of Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1bn. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Qatar has requested to buy ten (10) Fixed Site-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aircraft System Integrated Defeat System (FS-LIDS) System of Systems, to include: two hundred (200) Coyote Block 2 interceptors. Also included is the Counter Unmanned Electronic Warfare System (CUAEWS); Coyote launchers; Ku Band Multi-function Radio Frequency System (KuMRFS) radars; Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2); Counter Unmanned Electronic Warfare Systems (CUAEWS); EO/IR cameras; support and test equipment; integration and test support; spare and repair parts; communications equipment; software delivery and support; facilities and construction support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; studies and surveys; maintenance services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $1bn. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. The proposed sale will improve Qatar’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing electronic and kinetic defeat capabilities against Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Qatar will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and/or services into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractors will be Raytheon, Huntsville AL; SRC, Huntsville, AL; and Northrop Grumman, Huntsville, AL. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of five (5) additional U.S. Government and fifteen (15) U.S. contractor representatives to Qatar for a duration of five (5) years to support fielding, training, and sustainment activities. (Source: ASD Network)
25 Nov 22. Leonardo, Iveco win Brazil order worth up to 2bn euros, Italy’s defence minister says. A consortium of defence group Leonardo (LDOF.MI) and commercial vehicle maker Iveco (IVG.MI) has won an order to supply Brazil’s army with 220 armoured vehicles worth up to 2bn euros ($2.08bn), Italy’s defence minister said on Friday. CIO, the 50-50 consortium between Leonardo and Iveco, later on Friday said in a separate statement that it had won the contract to supply 8-wheel drive Centauro II armoured vehicles fitted with a 120 mm armament. It did not say how many vehicles it would supply nor give the value of the deal. ($1 = 0.9614 euros) (Source: Reuters)
02 Dec 22. Colombia buys four Hunter TR-12 MRAP vehicles. The Colombian Ministry of Defense has bought four new Hunter TR-12 – 22 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles, designed and built by local company Armor International, a source told Janes. The TR-12s are to deploy special forces units for counter-terrorist and counter-insurgent operations and will be able to transport 12 people while also storing systems and media in the cabin. The process will be financed by the United States, with an approximate cost of USD1.56m (USD390,000 per vehicle). This TR-12-22 version uses an International CV series 4×4 chassis, on which a monocoque hull with a new v-shaped keel design is mounted and the engine is in its own protected compartment. (Source: Reuters)
29 Nov 22. Milrem Robotics to deliver 14 THeMIS UGVs to Ukraine in cooperation with KMW. The leading European robotics and autonomous systems developer, Milrem Robotics, and the German defence company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) have signed a contract to deliver 14 THeMIS unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) to Ukraine. Of the 14 vehicles, seven will be configured for casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) and are scheduled to be delivered by the end of this year. The other seven, to be delivered in the second quarter of 2023, will be configured for route clearance with payloads from the French defence manufacturer CNIM Systèmes Industriels.
30 Nov 22. Raytheon Co., Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was awarded a $1,216,207,829 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, associated equipment, services and spares in support of the efforts in Ukraine. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 28, 2025. Fiscal 2023 Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funds in the amount of $1,216,207,829 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-23-C-0002). (ED: Ukraine)
01 Dec 22. Colombian Navy awards contract to COTECMAR for first PES frigate, ocean patrol vessel, and logistic support ship. The Colombian Navy (Armada de la República de Colombia: ARC) awarded a contract to COTECMAR to build the service’s first frigate under the Strategic Surface Platform (Plataforma estratégica de superficie: PES) project on 22 November. The contract includes the construction of an ocean patrol vessel (Patrullera Oceánica Colombiana: POC) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) 93 and a logistic support vessel (LSV) (Buque de Apoyo logístico: BAL). Vice Admiral Francisco Hernando Cubides Granados, commander of the ARC, said the new vessels will help to protect the country’s maritime interests on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The government announced a total of USD440 m for the construction, integration, testing, commissioning, and operation of afloat naval units, and also for improving their protection capabilities. The project is expected to be completed in 10 years, and will be fulfilled under different phases. (Source: Reuters)
28 Nov 22. Ocius Technology has secured a contract with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to deliver five of its locally built Bluebottle uncrewed surface vessel (USV) over the 2023 financial year (FY23). This contract comes after five Bluebottle USVs completed nearly 23,000 nautical miles over the past 15 months as part of a Defence Innovation Hub contract — equivalent to a trip around the equator. Earlier this year, Ocius Technology signed a teaming agreement with Thales Australia, aimed at advancing the development of a scalable USV capability, designed to perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and surveillance operations. This involves leveraging Ocius Technology’s Blue Sentry autonomous system, made up of a team of Ocius Bluebottle USVs. The platforms would be integrated with Thales Australia’s new thin line fibre optic towed array capability, supporting long-endurance intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions in challenging weather conditions. The towed array capability — designed, developed, and manufactured at Thales Australia’s Acoustics Centre of Excellence in NSW — was first deployed on the Collins Class submarine fleet to enable advanced threat detection and classification at sea. The USV variant of the technology is billed as a miniaturised version of a submarine fibre optic towed array, enabling autonomous detection, classification, and localisation of craft on the surface or below the water, generating acoustic noise or producing acoustic reflections. The Blue Sentry system’s autonomous detection capabilities are also expected to enable covert communication to allies below the surface using long-range low frequency underwater communications. (Source: Defence Connect)
29 Nov 22. 6 local Auatralian firms secure ESSM support contracts. Local firms have been tapped to deliver critical components in support of the global ESSM program. BAE Systems Australia has awarded contracts to six Australian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as part of the delivery of critical hardware and software sub-assemblies into Block 2 of the global Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) program. The contracts form part of a new three-year full rate production contract with a customer in the United States. The ESSM is billed as a medium-range surface-to-air missile developed to protect warships from advanced anti-ship cruise missiles.
Australian recipients of the support contracts include:
- Ronson Gears
- Calm Aluminium
- Rosebank Engineering
- Toolcraft Australia
- Russell Symes and Co
BAE Systems Australia managing director for defence delivery Andrew Gresham welcomed the companies to the prime’s supply chain.
(Source: Defence Connect)
29 Nov 22. The Boeing Co., Tukwila, Washington, has been awarded a $398,244,094 firm-fixed-price modification (P00022) to delivery order FA8609-18-F-0006 for KC-46A Japan aircraft under the FA8609-18-G-0002 basic ordering agreement contract vehicle. The contract modification is for the procurement of two aircraft for the Japan fleet. Work will be performed in Everett, Washington, and is expected to be completed June 30, 2025. This is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This modification involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Japan and FMS funds are being obligated at the time of award. The total overall face value of the contract, including the new modification, is $1,305,430,206. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
30 Nov 22. Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $139,690,707 modification (P00029) to previously awarded contract HQ085121C0001 under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Case JA-P-NCO. This modification includes cost-plus-incentive-fee and firm-fixed-price contract line items. The total value of the contract is increased from $415,501,443 to $555,192,150. Under this modification, the contractor will purchase required end items and associated materials, and continue performance on development, program management, engineering, logistics, and radar integration. Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey. The period of performance for this action is from Dec. 1, 2022, through Feb. 28, 2023. Case JA-P-NCO funds in the amount of $139,579,319 using fiscal 2023 funds are being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity.