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07 Nov 18. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded an $11,981,727 modification (P00137) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 for Revision One to Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Retrofit Work Directive. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 13, 2019. Fiscal 2018 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $11,981,727 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
08 Nov 18. Element Warwick successfully renews JOSCAR accreditation. Element Materials Technology (Element) has successfully completed the renewal process for the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register (JOSCAR), an accreditation system which enables prime contractors in the aerospace, defense and security sectors to identify qualified suppliers. The accreditation demonstrates that Element’s Product Qualification Laboratories (PQT) in the UK, located in Hitchin, Hull, Malvern, Skelmersdale, Warwick and Wimborne, have met JOSCAR standards of compliance on the full range of PQT and certification services that they provide. The highly valued accreditation is recognized by some of the largest purchasers in the defense community such as BAE, Babcock, QinetiQ, NATS, Leonardo MV, Meggitt and the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
Rick Sluiters, EVP Aerospace commented: “We are very pleased to have renewed our JOSCAR accreditation which demonstrates our commitment to our customers that the services we provide are of the highest quality and fully compliant with industry standards.”
Element is one of the largest, independent providers of product qualification testing services to the global aerospace sector. With more than 80 years of sector experience in both commercial and military aircraft and more than 3,000 technicians, engineers and scientists, located in the USA, UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden and China, the Group works in close partnership with all of the aerospace primes and their supply chain partners to help them to develop better components, products and systems to support their drive to produce lighter, more fuel efficient aircraft.
Element is one of the world’s leading independent providers of materials and product qualification testing, inspection and certification services to the global Aerospace; Transportation & Industrials; Fire & Building Products; and Oil & Gas and Infrastructure sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.
We exist to help our customers to make certain that the materials, products and systems that they make are safe, quality, compliant and ultimately fit for purpose, leveraging 200 years of testing experience and our global testing capabilities.
07 Nov 18. DRS Network & Imaging Systems LLC, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $129,209,418 cost-plus-fixed-fee Foreign Military Sales (Australia, Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq Morocco and Saudi Arabia) contract for system technical support services, system sustainment technical support services, and post production software support services for the Direct Support Electrical System Test Set, embedded diagnostics, software loader/verifier, combined application platform and power and diagnostics services. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 6, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-D-0009).
07 Nov 18. Philippine Navy frigate to receive upgrades. Philippine Navy (PN) frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) will undergo upgrades of its communication, weapon, and fire-control systems while undergoing repair for the damage sustained on 29 August when it ran aground near Half Moon (also known as Hasa-Hasa) Shoal during a routine patrol in the South China Sea. “Del Pilar is still undergoing bottom hull repairs and will be undocked as soon as repairs have been completed,” PN spokesperson Commander Jonathan Zata was quoted as saying on 5 November by the state-owned Philippines News Agency (PNA). “Propellers and related underwater appendages will be shipped to the United States for repairs. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
05 Nov 18. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), was awarded a performance-based logistics contract with a value of $717m. The contract will provide supply and logistics support to the entire fleet of in-service CH-53E Super Stallions and MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters. The H-53E is a battle proven heavy-lift helicopter continuing to support the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy in missions at home and around the world. The scope of the performance-based logistics contract includes repairs, overhauls, spares, obsolescence mitigation and asset management services over four years. Contract performance is based on material availability metrics with additional incentives added for demand reductions, maintainability enhancements and aircraft readiness contributions. The expanded comprehensive arrangement will cover additional readiness-critical components, including main and tail rotor blades, main gearbox, main rotor head, flight control components as well as accessories such as refueling probe and cargo system components.
“We expect the expanded performance-based logistics to measurably improve material availability and reduce support cost while increasing overall aircraft readiness,” said Pierre Garant, Sikorsky senior program manager, Marine Corps In-Service Programs. “Our support infrastructure and past performance-based logistics successes will result in Sikorsky continuing to reliably provide mission support critical to the warfighter.”
As the Marine Corps’ heavy lift-helicopter designed for the transportation of heavy material and supplies, the CH-53E Super Stallion is compatible with most amphibious class ships. With four-and-one-half hours’ endurance, the helicopter can move heavy equipment over rugged terrain in bad weather and at night. The MH-53E Sea Dragon fills the Navy’s need for long-range minesweeping missions, in addition to heavy-lift duties. The H-53E has consistently proven its worth to the fleet commanders with its versatility and range.
The contract will provide the vital and affordable support to the entire fleet – expanding a reliable base of long-term sustainment as the aircraft continue to fully operate until the introduction of the replacement aircraft, the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion.
05 Nov 18. US seeks to sustain Taiwanese F-5s alongside upgraded F-16s. The US is sourcing spare parts to sustain Taiwan’s ageing fleet of Northrop Grumman F-5 Tiger II fighter aircraft alongside the upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons that the Asian nation has begun to receive. In a sources sought solicitation issued on 1 November, the US Air Force (USAF) said that it was looking for industry to supply F-5 parts, beginning later this fiscal year. Responses are required by 1500 h Mountain Standard Time on 16 November. As noted in the request for information (RFI), the USAF is looking to source 45 items ranging from windshield panels through to circuit cards, as it looks to sustain the Republic of China Air Force’s (RoCAF’s) single-seat F-5E and twin-seat F-5F platforms that have been in service since 1974 and 1976 respectively. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
02 Nov 18. Saab receives FMV order for Gripen C/D technical support.
The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has placed an order with Saab to deliver technical support for the Gripen C/D multi-role fighter aircraft. With a total value of approximately Skr136m ($14.97m), the order includes goods and services required to sustain air operations with the Gripen aircraft such as amendment services and spares.
Saab aeronautics business area senior vice-president and head Jonas Hjelm said: “This order of support gives both us and FMV the possibility to ensure continued efficient air operations with Gripen for the coming year.”
The current deal exercises a contractual option within the framework of a previously signed agreement, which was signed by the company with FMV in May last year.
The original agreement included the provision of performance-based technical support and maintenance for the Saab-built Gripen C/D jet. manufacturing facilities in Linköping, Arboga, Gothenburg, Järfälla, Växjö and Östersund in Sweden. Delivery of the aircraft is slated to be carried out next year.
The production of the fighter aircraft will be performed by four of Saab’s business areas, which are support and services, aeronautics, industrial products, as well as services and surveillance.
Equipped with the latest technology and advanced weapon systems, Gripen C/D is a new-generation, multi-role fighter aircraft that is capable of conducting a wide range of air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance missions. Last month, the FMV submitted a proposal to offer a fleet of eight fully Nato-interoperable Gripen C/D aircraft integrated with advanced MS20 configuration to the Bulgarian Air Force. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For decades Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax™ unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance. Oshkosh Defense, LLC is an Oshkosh Corporation company [NYSE: OSK].
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