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18 Jan 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded an $8,048,749 modification (P00150) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 for test and field service support for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2019. Fiscal 2019 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $8,048,749 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
24 Jan 19. Babcock opens facility to assist UK MOD marine systems support contract. UK-based infrastructure firm Babcock has opened a facility in Portsmouth to assist the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) marine systems support partner (MSSP) contract. The new office is located close to the home of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet. The opening coincides with the first anniversary of the five-year MSSP contract.
Royal Navy Naval Support director Matt Harrison said: “This dedicated MSSP facility offers a collaborative environment where the critical delivery aspects of MSSP can be brought to life. The opening is the culmination of the team’s work over the past year and marks how far we have come.”
Marine systems support contracts are part of a £1bn Common Support Model (CSM) of the UK MOD. The scope of the CSM involves providing a framework for comprehensive support across the entire Navy fleet of warships.
Babcock Defence Systems Technology business support director Alex Brown added: “By bringing together the best of industry in this new approach to supporting the Royal Navy, and putting the Royal Navy maintainers at the heart of the solution, we are already delivering effective results and I am confident about the future.”
In 2017, Babcock was selected as the MSSP for two Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and six Type 45 destroyers.
Under the MSSP, four contracts valued at £320m were awarded to the company for spares, repairs and technical services for the aforementioned vessels. Recently, HMS Queen Elizabeth completed fixed-wing flying trials in the US with the new F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft. (Source: naval-technology.com)
23 Jan 19. India to increase overhauling capacity of Sukhoi-30 fighter jets. The Indian Government is reportedly planning to increase the overhauling capacity of Sukhoi-30 fighter jets to 25 per year from the existing 12 aircraft. State-owned aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) manufactures and overhauls the fighter jets at its Nashik facility in the state of Maharashtra. Indian Minister of State for Defence Subash Bhamre was quoted by The Times of India as saying: “The Ministry of Defence has plans to increase the overhauling capacity of Sukhoi 30 up to 25 aircraft a year in the future.”
Citing sources at HAL, the publication reported that overhauling increases the lifespan of Sukhoi-30 aircraft by an additional ten years from the original ten years or 1,000 flying hours. The sources added: “The first batch of aircraft manufactured in 2004 completed ten years in 2014. Currently, HAL has been overhauling 12 Su-30 aircraft a year at its Ozar division.”
HAL has been manufacturing and overhauling Su-30 aircraft at its Ozar unit in India since 2004. To date, the company has manufactured 260 Su-30 aircraft. HAL is expected to manufacture two additional aircraft from the facility by the end of this year. In October, the Indian Air Force (IAF) received its first overhauled Sukhoi Su-30MKI jet. The Su-30MK series fighter jets are used by Algeria, India, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Uganda, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Sources told news agency ANI that the IAF is planning to procure eight new Sukhoi Su-30MKI from HAL. The total cost of the order is estimated to be more than Rs30bn ($421.03m). The Su-30MKI aircraft is developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation and built under licence by HAL in India. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
22 Jan 19. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $542,225,679 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for ancillary mission equipment (AME) and associated AME initial spares in support of Lot 13 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 Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in May 2023. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force,); non-U.S. DoD participant, and FMS funds in the amount of $437,333,989 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N0001919D0015).
22 Jan 19. BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $474,084,062 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for system technical support, sustainment system technical support, depot maintenance support, field service representatives, systems engineering, program management, engineering management, quality management, configuration management, logistics support, and software management and maintenance for the M109 Family of Vehicles. One bid was solicited via the internet with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 21, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-D-0040).
21 Jan 19. AAR wins engine MRO contract for Danish Air Force’s F-16 aircraft. AAR has secured a contract to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Pratt & Whitney F100-220 engine components for the Royal Danish Air Force’s (RDAF) F-16 aircraft. The seven-year contract was awarded by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO), which is the logistics authority of the Danish Defence.
AAR MRO services component repair Amsterdam general manager Eric Bron said: “We are proud to continue our trusted long-term partnership with the Royal Danish Air Force. This contract reflects our strong relationship, continued focus on exceeding customer expectations and shared core values with the RDAF. AAR delivers tailored services and capabilities based on commercial best practices that result in quality work and cost savings for the customer.”
The company’s MRO services component repair facility at Amsterdam has been providing repair management, component maintenance, supply chain and depot services to European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) for over three decades.
F-16 – Ballerup branch chief Peter Laustsen said: “This contract is part of our strategy to sustain the F-100 engine components for the remaining lifetime of the F-16 within the Danish Air Force. We are looking forward to continuing our good relationship with AAR for the years to come.”
The General Dynamics-built F-16 is a fourth-generation multi-role fighter capable of reaching speeds of approximately 1,500mph. It is equipped with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, and a modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem. AAR operates under two segments, aviation services and expeditionary services, serving commercial and government customers.
The aviation services division offers a range of services, including parts supply, integrated solutions, and engineering, while the expeditionary services segment deals with mobility systems and composite manufacturing operations. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
21 Jan 19. L3 MAPPS to supply platform management for Royal Canadian Navy’s JSS. L3 MAPPS has secured a contract from Seaspan Shipyards for work on the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Joint Support Ships (JSS). The contract has been awarded to support Seaspan’s work on naval supply ships under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).
Seaspan Shipyards CEO Mark Lamarre said: “The NSS is drawing on the expertise of Canadian suppliers from across Canada. L3 MAPPS’ innovative work on the Joint Support Ship programme demonstrates the capabilities of the domestic supply chain that Seaspan Shipyards is building while creating highly-skilled, middle-class jobs for Canadians.”
Under the contract, L3 MAPPS is required to provide the integrated platform management system (IPMS) for JSS. Using advanced computer-based technology, the IPMS will control and monitor platform machinery and systems on board JSS. These systems include advanced functionality, such as the battle damage control system, onboard training system, equipment health monitoring, and other new IPMS capabilities.
L3 MAPPS president Rangesh Kasturi said: “L3 MAPPS’ technology will enhance the operational effectiveness of JSS and make it a safer vessel for its crew, other Royal Canadian Navy sailors, and the environment. L3 MAPPS pioneered the development and evolution of the modern IPMS and is a world leader in the supply of automation and control systems, as well as turnkey training solutions for naval vessels.”
So far, Seaspan has awarded more than $690m in contracts to Canadian companies under the NSS. The Royal Canadian Navy’s JSS, known as Protecteur-class ships, are currently under construction at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards.
Construction on the ships started in June last year and the first vessel, the future HMCS Protecteur, is expected to be delivered in 2022/23. The JSS will be deployed to provide underway support to naval task groups, transporting and delivering cargo to support task group operations and operations ashore, as well as support to combat, humanitarian and disaster relief operations. L3 MAPPS, which has been serving Royal Canadian Navy for over 35 years, is a Tier 1 supplier in the service’s Halifax-class frigate upgrade programme. (Source: naval-technology.com)
21 Jan 19. KBRwyle Continues to Help U.S. Marines Maintain Combat Readiness Worldwide. KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today that its global government services business, KBRwyle, has been awarded a $52m, six-month contract extension by the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) to continue to provide prepositioning and logistics support services for the USMC Blount Island Command. KBRwyle has operated under this contract for almost 10 years, demonstrating the Marine Corps’ trust in KBRwyle to help maintain combat readiness for U.S. troops.
Under this contract, KBRwyle acquires, maintains, and prepositions mission-critical supplies and equipment, such as combat vehicles, rations, water, fuel, medical supplies, and artillery and ammunition for troops deployed worldwide. KBRwyle provides logistics services that include supply support, inventory management, IT support, preservation and packaging, shipping and receiving, and maintenance in and outside of the U.S.
A majority of this work is performed in Jacksonville, Florida, but KBRwyle also supports prepositioned stock in Kuwait and Norway, as well as aboard 12 Navy ships in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
“We are proud of the trust the Marine Corps has placed in KBRwyle to provide them with the best combat ready equipment and supplies wherever they are in the world,” said Byron Bright, KBR President Government Services U.S.
18 Jan 19. Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded an estimated $143,863,184 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for performance based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is an 11-month base contract with four one-year option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and Pennsylvania, with a Nov. 30, 2019, performance completion date. Using military services are Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 various Air Force, SOCOM and Navy appropriated funding. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE4AX-19-D-9410).
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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