Is the U.S. Defense Department moving back toward requiring cost and pricing data for commercial item purchases? A recent series of memoranda and experiences show a backward march toward the department requesting cost data as a means to justify fair and reasonable pricing for commercial item purchases.
L-3 KEO, Northampton, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $111,794,194 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-only and firm-fixed-price contract for the development, first article, production and support of the Low Profile Photonics Mast (LPPM). The LPPM is a modular non hull-penetrating imaging sensor sited in a telescoping universal modular mast bay that provides submarines with improvements in stealth and survivability. Features include short wave infrared and high definition visual imaging, laser range finding, special stealth features and a capable antenna suite with broad spectral coverage and direction finding. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $157 million. Work will be performed in Northampton, Massachusetts (92 percent); and Newington, Virginia (8 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2018. Fiscal 2015 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy), fiscal 2015 other procurement (Navy) and fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $48,693,558 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured on the basis of full and open competition via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-15-C-6250).
AAI Corp., doing business as Textron Systems, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $79,490,278 fixed-price-incentive, sole-source contract for fiscal 2014 Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system (full rate production VII) in support of the Army and Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of December 31, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $79,490,278 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-15-C-0047).
DataPath Inc., Duluth, Georgia, has been awarded a $6,791,930 firm-fixed-price contract. The contractor will provide five Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals with related equipment and training for the Danish Air Force and 29 WGS SATCOM terminals with related equipment and training for the Danish Army. Work will be performed in Duluth, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2016. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-15-C-0024).
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded a $146,690,370 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the design, development, fabrication, assembly, integration, furnishing, test and evaluation support, and documentation for the following systems in support of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft: Accelerated Mid-Term Interoperability Improvement Program; Secure Internet Protocol Router Chat; Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System; and Cooperative Engagement Capability. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Florida (84.58 percent); Ronkonkoma, New York (4.8 percent); Bethpage, New York (2.5 percent); St. Augustine, Florida (1.85 percent); Boulder, Colorado (1.79 percent); Norfolk, Virginia (0.96 percent); Fort Wayne, Indiana (0.69 percent); Woodland Hills, California (0.64 percent); Owego, New York (0.4 percent); Torrance, California (0.19 percent); Carlsbad, California (0.1 percent); and various other locations within the United States (1.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in June 2019. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $27,700,000 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 FAR.6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-0091).
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia was awarded a $38,712,496 cost-plus-incentive-fee, sole-source contract with options for continued software development, maintenance, and training on the Counter-Rocket Artillery Mortar Command and Control System. Work will be performed in Carson, California, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2020. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and research, development, testing and evaluation funds are being obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-15-C-0065).