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29 Nov 18. KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today that its global government services business, KBRwyle, has been awarded two base operating support services (BOSS) contracts by Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. These contracts total almost $54m. Most recently, KBRwyle received a $23.5m cost-plus-award-fee task order to provide base operating support services at a Naval Support Facility in Poland. The period of performance covered by the award is a one year base period with three option years.
The Navy also awarded KBRwyle a $30m contract modification to provide base operating support services in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This is the fourth option year on the contract, which was originally awarded in June 2014. This contract modification brings the total cumulative contract value to $147m.
KBRwyle will perform a range of services to support the men and women at these military installations. They include facility management, galley services, base vehicle maintenance, as well as laundry services, pest control and fire emergency services.
“These contract awards speak to our role as a trusted provider of base operating services,” said Byron Bright, President, KBR Government Services U.S. “From keeping the power running to serving meals and treating water, KBRwyle understands the importance of providing top-notch services to armed forces and civilians at bases across the globe.”
As a leading base operations support provider, KBRwyle helps ensure mission success by serving U.S. and Allied military forces and diplomatic and civilian personnel deployed around the world. Our commitment to supporting and improving military readiness began in WWII when we proudly provided a home away from home to troops on the frontlines. Today, we are known for our theater-opening expertise and providing safe and vital base operations support anytime, anywhere, even in the most extreme or austere environments.
27 Nov 18. Savi Introduces Two New Sensors for IoT Asset Tracking for the Government and Military. Savi®, an innovator in big data/machine learning analytic solutions, supply chain management software and sensor technology, today announced it has added two new devices to its current suite of active RFID transponders and interrogators available for use by the US Department of Defense (DoD), NATO, and Federal Government agencies. The new devices are Savi Locate™, which is a GPS location sensor and Savi IoT™, which is a hybrid active RFID interrogator (reader) and transponder (transmitter). Savi Locate will deliver real-time, in-transit visibility data from the Savi Visibility solution to the DoD’s Radio Frequency In-Transit Visibility (RF-ITV) system. Both devices send data over a mobile network. Because the Savi IoT device is backward compatible, it can both transpond or interrogate active RFID data to and from the thousands of active RFID tags and readers the military has already deployed. Savi IoT can also send active RFID data over a mobile network without the use of fixed readers. When acting as an active RFID reader, data is sent over a mobile network to Savi Visibility and to the DoD’s RF-ITV system. Now, whenever a mobile network is available, the location of government assets in a yard, or in-transit, can be known in real-time.
“Today, military logisticians must provide a more mobile, agile fighting force with the equipment, materiel and supplies they need for a global mission. Sensors that can go anywhere, streaming real-time data on the count, location and condition of critical assets support always-ready, cost effective lethality,” said Rosemary Johnston, Senior Vice President of Operations, Savi Technology. “Savi Locate and Savi IoT both provide enhanced support to military supply chains, recognizing the need for more flexible implementation options. The new products we are offering demonstrate our commitment to continued innovation in the active RFID environment and provide a bridge to new IoT technologies.”
The Pentagon just completed a multi-year audit of $2.7trn worth of DoD inventory as part of its Department of Defense Agency Financial Report FY 2018. The audit identified major flaws in IT security processes and inaccuracies with its internal asset tracking databases. These findings reinforce how sensors that pinpoint the location of vehicles, weapons, heavy equipment, technical tools and supplies from moment to moment are crucial to tracking and managing that valuable inventory with the potential to save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Savi Locate and Savi IoT have recently received HERO certifications and will be ready for sale to government and military customers upon Notice to Proceed in Savi’s sole-provider active RFID-IV contract (#W52P1J-14-D-0014) with the U.S. Department of Defense. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
27 Nov 18. Philippine Air Force to buy spares for Cessna C-208B aircraft upgrade. The Philippine Air Force will procure new spare parts for the service’s Cessna C-208B Grand Caravan light attack aircraft. The new spares will be used by the airforce to carry out the upgrade of the Grand Caravan jet. For the procurement, the Philippine military has allocated PHP24.23m ($461,829) through the Philippine Air Force’s Bids and Awards Committee, reported Philippine News Agency (PNA). The Cessna C-208B aircraft is deployed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines in a range of missions to carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. PAF Bids and Awards chair brigadier general Fernyl Buca was cited by PNA as saying that the potential bidders for the spare parts delivery project need to have worked on a similar project in the last five years. Prospective competitors have been asked to submit their proposals for the project on 10 December at the Philippine Air Force Procurement Center, Conference Room at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. In July 2017, the US Government supplied two Cessna C-208B Grand Caravan light attack aircraft for the airforce. Capable of accommodating eight to nine passengers, including the pilot, the Grand Caravan platform has a range of more than 1,000nm. Manufactured in the US, Cessna 208 Caravan is a single-engine turboprop, fixed-tricycle landing gear, short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft that can operate at an altitude of 25,000ft. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
26 Nov 18. Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Announced. The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the 2018 winners of the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards. These awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements in weapon systems and military equipment maintenance. The depot-level award is named in recognition of Robert T. Mason, a former assistant deputy undersecretary of defense for maintenance policy, programs, and resources. Mason served as the champion of organic depot maintenance for three decades and was instrumental in transforming DOD organic depot-level operations. The recipient of the 2018 Robert T. Mason Depot Maintenance Excellence Award is the Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Maintenance and Emergent Repairs, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Among many significant accomplishments, this team produced the first early delivery since 2009 of an organic in-yard nuclear aircraft carrier availability and provided a significant carrier maintenance cost avoidance of $8.136m. A total of six field-level awards are presented in three categories – large, medium, and small. The recipients of this year’s Secretary of Defense Field-level Maintenance Awards in the large category are the 1st Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force and the 48th Maintenance Group. Winners in the medium category are the Headquarters and Headquarter Company, 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Oceana. The small category winners are Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWELVE and 31st Munitions Squadron. The Secretary of Defense Field-level Maintenance Awards are symbolized by the legendary Phoenix, a mythological bird which lived for some five centuries, died, was consumed by flames, and then reborn from its own ashes. Periodically, so states the myth, the Phoenix would again and again be reborn. This unique ability of the legendary Phoenix to rejuvenate and renew itself characterizes the role of weapon systems and maintenance in the DOD. The winner of the Phoenix Award, recognized as the best of the best field-level maintenance units, will be selected from the six field-level award winners. The department also recognized excellence in maintenance training, advice, and assistance of foreign security forces. This year’s operational category winner is Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Technical Assistance Field Team, United States Southern Command. The awards will be presented to the winners on December 18, 2018, in the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida at an awards ceremony as part of the 2018 DOD Maintenance Symposium. Continually updated Maintenance Symposium information is available at www.sae.org/dod
23 Nov 18. XTEK to deliver aerial systems spare parts for Australian Army. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has placed new purchase orders with local company XTEK for the delivery of drone spare parts under the Australian Army’s Land 129 Phase 4a contract. The purchase orders are valued at A$6.3m ($4.56m) and will cover the delivery of spare parts that will be used by the ADF to support its fleet of small unmanned aerial systems (SUASs). With an aim to support the production and delivery of the drones, the company has completed the development of new, advanced and comprehensive small unmanned aerial vehicle repair facility in Canberra. XTEK managing director Philippe Odouard said: “These purchase orders, coupled with the repair facilities in Canberra, represent another significant milestone in XTEK’s strategy to increase the amount of work done by the company in adding value for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products sold in Australia.
“We are excited to be providing this unique Australian Industry Capability to the ADF.”
The latest SUAS repair facility is installed with major maintenance equipment provided by US-based aircraft technology company AeroVironment. The new maintenance tools help carry out electronic repairs on the drones. Besides the repair facility, XTEK has also established a new composite repair facility, which has been established to offer a wide range of Australian industry capabilities (AICs) to repair and upgrade the existing SUAS fleet used by the Australian Army. The new AIC repair facilities are built to help reduce the overall support costs of the small autonomous systems in the future. These facilities will serve as the only maintenance site for the AeroVironment WASP AE SUAS outside the US. The SUAS system is being acquired by the ADF under the LAND 129 Phase 4 programme and will be deployed to provide an organic airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability for tactical land forces. (Source: army-technology.com)
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