BAE Systems has received multiple contracts totaling $38 million to provide thermal imagers for the U.S. Army's Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) II and Stryker programs. The TIM1500 thermal imagers used on remote weapon stations allow soldiers to detect and identify enemy targets while remaining protected inside their vehicles through remotely controlled, vehicle-mounted platforms for light- and medium-caliber weapons. The TIM1500 provides extended viewing range capability to detect vehicle targets at a significant range for target acquisition, long-rang surveillance and situational awareness. BAE Systems will provide the TIM1500 to Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS. The company recently shipped its 10,000th TIM1500 imager, and increased its production rate in support of Army requirements, including deployment of the units on mine-resistant, ambush protected combat vehicles.
The Navy/Marine Corps Intranet ultimately is facing relegation to the cyberspace garage, with the sea services revving up their new NGEN for launch in 43 months. By going the multivendor route, rather than using a single vendor, NMCI/NGEN architects must adjust to multiple changes and procedures. They see no risks, but the current vendor does. Will the NGEN changeover be smooth, or is the road ahead a rocky one? Share your views.
EDO Western Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a more than $10 million contract for the manufacture of TR-302 transducers for Navy submarines. Efforts will include manufacture, test, inspection, packaging, and delivery of TR-302 first article transducers, drawings, technical repair standards and up to a maximum of 50 production transducers per year for five years. An additional line item for engineering services is included in the award to perform design and trade-off studies, engineering change development, reliability studies, repair and refurbishment studies, failure analysis studies and logistic analyses. The government will request and award specific studies through individual task orders. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Rhode Island, is the contracting activity.
SeeByte Limited, Edinburgh, Scotland, is being awarded a nearly $9 million contract modification to exercise option two for Common Operator Interface command and control software for Navy explosive ordnance disposal teams. The software application is used for mission planning, equipment data transfer, mission execution tracking, post mission analysis, and data reporting by Navy explosive ordnance disposal mobile units, mobile diving and salvage units, and research and development activities. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $10 million contract modification, which will provide for the upgrade/retrofit of five gunship multi-spectral sensor systems. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Sunnyvale, California, was awarded a nearly $8 million contract modification, which will incorporate the dual operations capability into the existing engineering, manufacturing and development contract for the space-based infrared system high component. U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded a $9 million contract modification for continued post-delivery technical support for Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System (RAMICS) units. This contract will be used to modify and/or repair delivered hardware; modify or build new RAMICS system components to resolve producibility, obsolescence, and end-of-life issues and update the technical data package with respect to the changes implemented; provide maintenance of delivered hardware, as well as provide software maintenance, upgrades and modifications required to optimize RAMICS performance; and provide required engineering services consisting of systems engineering, configuration and data management, quality assurance, manufacturing and test and evaluation; generating of presentations, white papers, trade studies; and development, tracking and updating of metrics. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, Florida, is the contracting activity.
U.S. Information Technologies Corporation, Chantilly, Virginia, is being awarded a contract potentially valued at more than $63 million for information technology technical support services for the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., which is the contracting authority.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, is being awarded a more than $45 million contract for two cargo unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and pre-deployment readiness activities in support of cargo UAS services in Afghanistan and required modifications to the systems. Frontier Systems Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company, Irvine, California, is being awarded nearly $30 million for a similar contract. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.