General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a nearly $27 million contract modification for the production of the Navy's Common Display System (CDS), a commercial, off-the-shelf-based, grade A shock-qualified, display system in support of various Navy platforms. The CDS equipment procurement provides a family of display systems that support the Navy's implementation of open architecture for Navy combat systems. The CDS is designed around commercially available hardware and software and will provide computer displays to support combat systems on various Navy ships, submarines, and aircraft, with potential for U.S. Marine Corps and allied use. The CDS will meet the computer display requirements of other programs of record, including Aegis modernization. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Raytheon, McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $48 million contract to provide lifecycle contractor support for sustainment of the Forward Looking Infrared Radar System (FLIR) and Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command, Technology Applications Program Office. The resulting contract will provide life cycle contractor support to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) as well as the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine components, for FLIR and EOSS systems, and subsystems for ancillary equipment.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) recently announced the award of a sole-source contract modification to The Boeing Company, Huntsville, Alabama, with a total award value of nearly $110 million. Boeing will continue performing operation and sustainment services for two MDA programs: ground missile defense and sensors. The GMD portion of the award is $72 million and the sensors portion is for nearly $38 million.
In this month's Incoming column, Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.), discusses the difficulties of change, whether it involves renovating his home or upgrading government information technology. He asks, "What is the proverbial air conditioner in our government and business systems that we are not willing to move, even though it would make everything work? Did we invest in a technology a few years ago that now doesn't scale, but we are not willing to move from our previous decision and continue to throw good money at a wrong decision?"
All Native Service Company, Bellevue, Nebraska, is being awarded a potential $44 million research and development contract for technology advancement support services to enhance sensor technologies in areas such as infrared, laser, thermal imaging and other related sensor technologies. The Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate currently has a Cerberus Lite system, which requires a trailer-mounted vehicle for transport. Contractor support services are required to promote research and development, which will result in a prototype of a Cerberus Lite system, capable of becoming a four-person, hand-carried portable unit. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Lafayette Group Incorporated, Vienna, Virginia, has been awarded a contract potentially valued at nearly $31 million for technical support to federal, state, and local government agencies engaged in a wide range of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence activities supporting communications interoperability for public safety. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.
L-3 Communication Systems, Salt Lake City, Utah, recently received a $32 million contract modification for the procurement of hardware for the common data link Hawklink system for the MH-60R helicopter, including the manufacture, test, and delivery of six AN/SRQ-4(Ku) radio terminal sets for ship small surface combatants and 52 AN/ARQ-59 RTS systems. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman System Corporation, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded a nearly $35 million contract action for non-recurring engineering efforts to design, integrate, and test all hardware, firmware, and software changes required to incorporate advanced threat warning into the U.S. Navy's Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures AN/AAQ-24(V) 25 Missile Warning Sensor. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory, State College, has been awarded a $150 million contract modification to increase the contract ceiling, providing up to 1,560,000 additional staff hours to provide research, development, engineering, test and evaluation. The core areas include guidance, navigation and control of undersea systems, advanced thermal propulsion, materials and manufacturing technology, atmosphere and defense communications and other related technologies. Research and development areas include, but are not limited to, missiles, radar, sonar, space, undersea warfare, anti-air warfare, command, control and communications, and other related technologies. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.