Qioptiq logo LINCAD logo

LOGISTICS AND THROUGH LIFE UPDATE

Sponsored by Oshkosh

 

www.oshkoshdefense.com

————————————————————————-

08 Aug 19. Kratos to support US Army logistics transformation. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions will support the US Army Logistics Transformation (ALT) programme under a $14.9m contract from Vista Technical Services announced on 7 August. Kratos will provide support to the Army Enterprise System Integration Program, General Funds Enterprise Business Systems, Global Combat Support System-Army, the Logistics Information Warehouse (previously known as the Logistics Modernization Program), the Virtual Contracting Enterprise and the Commander’s Risk Reduction Dashboard.

David Carter, president of the Kratos defense and rocket support services division, said: ‘This award allows us to expand and continue our support to the ALT initiatives. We are very excited to work with our new partner Vista Technical Services and continue supporting Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems.’ (Source: Shephard)

08 Aug 19. Michael Baker wins US Navy civil engineering services contract. Michael Baker International has secured a five-year contract worth up to $99m from the US Navy to provide civil engineering services to help improve the readiness of Navy and Marine Corps. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract will support projects at various government installations located in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC SW) Area of Responsibility.

Michael Baker will facilitate infrastructure at the installations in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The company may also be required to support additional projects across the world.

As per the terms of the contract, Michael Baker will support large projects under the Military Construction (MILCON) Programme.

The company will provide services in support of improvement projects such as new construction, repair and renovation of wet utility systems, airfield pavement such as runways, taxiways and aprons, roads and paving, as well as bridges.

The contract will also cover other projects such as entry gates/control points, outdoor recreational fields, combat training ranges, erosion control, stormwater management, and low impact development design.

Michael Baker San Diego office executive and NAVFAC SW programme manager Trudi Lim said: “This contract builds on Michael Baker’s more than 25-year track record of delivering exceptional service to NAVFAC SW.

“We are proud to leverage our engineering experience and expertise to continue to strengthen Navy and Marine Corps readiness and to support them in achieving their facilities and infrastructure goals.”

The company will handle the preparation of requests for proposals for design-build projects, as well as design-bid-build construction contract packages.

It will also include site investigations and studies, cost estimating and post-construction services. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command received five proposals for the contract. (Source: naval-technology.com)

08 Aug 19. US Army awards SAIC a prime contractor position on RS3 contract. The US Army has awarded a prime contractor spot on its $37bn Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) contract to Science Applications International Corp (SAIC).

SAIC will compete for task orders under the multi-award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

The order will cover multiple areas, including specialty engineering, research and development, test and evaluation, logistics, acquisition, and strategic planning, as well as education and training services.

The contract includes a five-year base ordering period and an option for an additional five years.

SAIC Defense Systems Group executive vice-president and general manager Jim Scanlon said: “We are very pleased to continue SAIC’s decades-long support of the army around the world.

“Our expertise in systems engineering, deep analytics, cyber operations, and soldier training, to name a few, will help the army and other customers meet and defeat the threats of tomorrow.”

In October last year, the Army awarded RS3 contract spots to 198 companies to provide knowledge-based professional engineering support services. The US Army Contracting Command received a total of 388 bids.

Large business awardees included Abacus Technology, IBM, Accenture, CACI International, Dynetics, Cubic, KBRwyle, L3 Technologies, Leidos, and Northrop Grumman.

The RS3 contract will provide services to several federal and state agencies with C4ISR mission requirements. Earlier this year, NextGen Federal Systems and homeland security consultant IEM won positions on the contract. In August last year, SAIC received a task order from the US Army and the General Services Administrationto support the Maneuver Center of Excellence at the Maneuver Battle Lab in Fort Benning, Georgia. (Source: army-technology.com)

07 Aug 19. Russia’s D-14 parachute to enter trials. Russia is to begin trials of its D-14 Shelest (Rustle) parachute designed to provide airborne forces with the ability to fire personal weapons during a parachute landing, Vladimir Kachalov, chief designer from Russia’s Research Institute of Parachute Making (RIPM), told the state-owned TASS on 2 August.

The D-14 is designed around the Ratnik soldier system, which consists of Alutex fibre aramid overalls that are fireproof and provide some protection from fragmentation. Body armour is included in the Ratnik ensemble and it can be extended to include hip and shoulder protection, as well as a helmet, for a total weight of 20 kg.

“In addition to body armour, a paratrooper has small arms on his chest, which are accessible to him and are in his hands. Previously, [they] were unavailable because a spare parachute was located in front and, naturally, an assault rifle was fastened from below and was beyond reach so the paratrooper could not instantly get hold of it,” Kachalov told TASS. The D-14 enables troopers to use their personal weapons the moment that they deploy the parachute, he said.

The development is likely linked to the recently redefined role of the Russian airborne forces, the Vozdushno-Desantnye Voiska (VDV). The VDV are required to be capable of defensive and offensive roles, and regularly practise parachute landings in the Arctic and into water. The latter is especially useful if the force is required to capture a Baltic island, explained Igor Sutyagin and Justin Bronk, in their paper titled Russia’s New Ground Forces: Capabilities, Limitations, and Implications for International Security. The parachute itself is built from a range of fabrics, each of which is air permeable to a different extent, and this is designed to improve the ease with which the parachute can be controlled, according to Rostec, the parent company for RIPM. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

05 Aug 19. £350m Typhoon engine support contract. The MoD has signed a contract worth almost £350m to support the engines that power the UK’s fleet of Typhoon fighter jets. The £346.7m contract, signed with Rolls-Royce, will provide maintenance support for the EJ200 engine up to 2024 as the Typhoon continues to form the backbone of the RAF’s fighter jet fleet. Already this year, RAF Typhoon jets have led the fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Shader and undertaken Baltic Air Policing mission with NATO partners, with further NATO policing missions planned in Iceland later this year.

Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: Not only will this contract help to maintain our world-class jets, it secures 175 jobs across the UK and boosts the skills base our world-leading defence industry relies upon. Together with our multi-million-pound upgrade programme, this contract will ensure our Typhoon fleet continues to dominate the skies in the decades to come.

Approximately 175 Rolls-Royce jobs in Bristol, RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray will be supported as part of the contract.

Rolls-Royce will repair and maintain the Typhoon engines as required by the RAF over the five-year period. They will also be responsible for the provision of modules, spares and accessories to support the aircraft fleet, including the transportation of the equipment between RAF bases and the Rolls Royce manufacturing facility in Bristol.

Air Marshal Julian Young, Chief of Materiel (Air), Defence Equipment & Support, said: Typhoon is a formidable, battle-winning aircraft and the backbone of UK Combat Airpower. This new deal on EJ200 engine is demonstrable evidence that we remain committed to working with our industrial partners to drive down support costs and at the same time pursue excellence and deliver great equipment to the Front Line.

The Typhoon force is operationally based at RAF Coningsby, RAF Lossiemouth, the Falkland Islands and Amari Air Base in Estonia, where the aircraft respond to potential threats to UK air space in Quick Reaction Alerts. Since arriving in Estonia on 3rd May this year, the fleet have already scrambled 14 times in response to Russian activity over the Baltic Sea.

The Typhoon fleet has benefited from a £425m upgrade programme over the last three years. The fighter jets now have deep strike cruise missile Storm Shadow, air-to-air missile Meteor and the precision attack missile Brimstone at their disposal. The RAF have also commenced trials on Typhoon of BriteCloud, a drinks-can sized missile decoy system to protect combat jets from the latest radar-guided missiles.(Source: U.K. MoD)

05 Aug 19. US Navy awards C4I support services contract to Serco. The US Navy has awarded a contract to Serco to provide Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Testing, Integration and Installation (CTII) services. The CTII indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity multiple award contract was awarded by the US Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWARSYSCOM). With a potential value of $608m, the contract has a base ordering period of five years and an option for an additional three years. Task orders will include delivering shipboard services to the Program Executive Office (PEO) C4I, Carrier and Air Integration Program Office (PMW 750) at the Test and Integration Facility Complex in Charleston, SC.

These services will also be delivered aboard ships primarily at Pascagoula, Newport News and Norfolk shipyards.

The contract is intended to support US Navy shipbuilding programmes that require integrated C4I capabilities.

Besides providing communications for maritime operations and flight safety, the integrated capabilities will also ensure extended tactical horizon for a command or ship.

In addition, the capabilities can provide threat warnings and tactical threat analysis, while also providing the capability to target the indicated threat entities.

Serco chairman and CEO Dave Dacquino said: “We are excited that the Navy selected Serco to support the integration of C4I Systems of Systems aboard new ships. We are proud of the maritime services Serco has been providing the Navy for nearly three decades.”

Pursuant to the contract terms, Serco will perform activities such as systems and design engineering, configuration management, platform C4I testing, production/integration, quality assurance and platform logistics support. (Source: naval-technology.com)

05 Aug 19. US Navy awards contract modification to HII for CVN 74 RCOH planning. The US Navy has awarded a contract modification to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division to continue planning for mid-life maintenance work on the USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) aircraft carrier. Under the $290m contract, Newport News will plan for the refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier. An RCOH is an engineering and construction project that involves procuring material and services for the overhaul work from several suppliers.

The modification contract adds a second year to a contract awarded to HII in August last year to prepare for the RCOH.

It will fund planning, long-lead-time material procurement, shop fabrication, shipboard inspections, and facilities readiness for the RCOH for the fiscal year 2019-2020.

The navy can exercise options for the third year of planning. The total value of the contract, including the options, could reach $476.94m.

Newport News is also required to perform shipboard work in Norfolk.

HII Newport News division in-service aircraft carriers vice-president Chris Miner said: “The second and third year of planning is important to the overall success of a project of the magnitude of an RCOH.

“This contract allows us to continue our critical planning for each step of the process so we’re ready to begin execution when the ship arrives in the first quarter of 2021.”

Work is anticipated to be completed by July next year, with the RCOH expected to commence in January 2021.

USS John C Stennis, which was delivered to the Navy in 1995, is set to become the seventh Nimitz-class carrier to receive an RCOH at Newport News. (Source: naval-technology.com)

05 Aug 19. Raytheon develops virtual software factory. New facilities and tools will speed development of military software. To help military and government agencies keep pace with rapidly evolving threats, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has developed a virtual software factory — a mix of physical coding spaces, cloud-based tools and software experts — to quickly deliver new capabilities to the military.

“In a world where threats evolve fast, software must evolve faster,” said Todd Probert, vice president for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “The average consumer can expect to get new apps every day; why can’t soldiers expect the same?”

Historically, government agencies — particularly the military — would develop software the same way they developed hardware, a process that could take years and sometimes decades. But, military leaders are asking industry to change how they develop software, by taking a page from the consumer technology world.

Raytheon is doing just that. Raytheon’s virtual software factory provides engineers with automated tools, services and standards, kick-starting the adoption of modern software development methods like Agile and DevOps across the company’s programs.

These tools include what the company is calling a “pipeline-in-a-box,” a cloud-based toolset that automates all the steps in the software delivery process. It can start integrating code, run automated tests, check for cyber vulnerabilities and deploy software to production. Because it is virtual, the toolset can easily be used at any of the company’s facilities without special equipment or new construction.

The company is also building training rooms, called dojos, in many of its facilities to maximize collaboration. The first, in Raytheon’s Cityline facility outside Dallas, is dedicated to speeding development of some of the company’s space programs. Raytheon’s Aurora, Colorado, facility outside Denver also has a dojo for local programs.

Expanding on the dojo concept, the company has started developing more advanced coding hubs called foundries. The first is being built in Raytheon’s Indianapolis factory.

“Our Indianapolis foundry will feature a modern coding space, with paired-programming stations, game areas and small huddle rooms,” said Dave Broadbent, Raytheon IIS vice president for contracts and supply chain. “It’s not what people might expect from a traditional defense contractor, but this facility and the ones that will follow are going to help us recruit and retain the best software talent.”

Raytheon plans to build new foundries around the country, both in existing company locations and new ones.

“Our customers expect us to deliver capabilities faster than ever before,” said John DeSimone, Raytheon IIS vice president for Cybersecurity and Special Missions. “Our virtual software factory is what’s allowing us to do that.”

02 Aug 19. US Navy awards contract modification to HII for CVN 74 RCOH planning. The US Navy has awarded a contract modification to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division to continue planning for mid-life maintenance work on the USS John C Stennis (CVN 74) aircraft carrier. Under the $290m contract, Newport News will plan for the refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier. An RCOH is an engineering and construction project that involves procuring material and services for the overhaul work from several suppliers.

The modification contract adds a second year to a contract awarded to HII in August last year to prepare for the RCOH.

It will fund planning, long-lead-time material procurement, shop fabrication, shipboard inspections, and facilities readiness for the RCOH for the fiscal year 2019-2020.

The navy can exercise options for the third year of planning. The total value of the contract, including the options, could reach $476.94m.

Newport News is also required to perform shipboard work in Norfolk.

HII Newport News division in-service aircraft carriers vice-president Chris Miner said: “The second and third year of planning is important to the overall success of a project of the magnitude of an RCOH.

“This contract allows us to continue our critical planning for each step of the process so we’re ready to begin execution when the ship arrives in the first quarter of 2021.”

Work is anticipated to be completed by July next year, with the RCOH expected to commence in January 2021. USS John C Stennis, which was delivered to the Navy in 1995, is set to become the seventh Nimitz-class carrier to receive an RCOH at Newport News. (Source: naval-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].

To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.com.

————————————————————————

Back to article list