With $30,000 up for grabs and more than 50 entries, the U.S. Army's app-development challenge will be a fight to the finish when the winners are announced next week at the LandWarNet Conference in Tampa, Florida.
ViaSat, Inc., Carlsbad, California, was recently awarded a $37.6 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide blue force tracking 2 (BFT-2) for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2). BFT-2 is the next generation of the BFT transceiver/network. With BFT-2, FBCB2 will have the capability to upgrade position reports in seconds rather than minutes, thousands of platforms will share a single satellites channel, resulting in reduced recurring cost, and icons on a computer screen will more accurately represent a vehicle's location. U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command Acquisition Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Technical Services, Inc., Sierra Vista, Arizona, was recently awarded a $47 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide capability-based rotations support for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom and revitalization for the Hunter unmanned aircraft system. Aviation & Missile Command Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Corp., Bethpage, New York, is being awarded an undefinitized modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for the procurement of one additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye low-rate initial production Lot 2 aircraft. The not-to-exceed price for the additional aircraft is $136 million. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
iRobot Corp., Bedford, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $20 million firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Man Transportable Robotic System production systems, depot level repair parts, spare kits, and depot repair services. Explosive ordnance disposal technicians use the small robotic vehicle to conduct remote reconnaissance, render safe and/or dispose of explosive devices. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
WestWind Technologies Inc., has been awarded a multi-year contract valued at $376 million to supply Digital Backbone Kits to the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Life Cycle Management Command for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program. WestWind will supply the command, control, communications and computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance digital backbone B-kits in production quantities and package them for integration onto the vehicles.
PlantCML, an EADS North America company, recently received a five-year contract from NASA to provide the Communicator!NXT emergency notification system, which alerts employees, contractors and visitors via multiple communications devices, including landline telephones, cell phones, smartphones, pagers and emails of an emergency, such as fire, inclement weather, evacuations, security threats and building lockdowns.
For the Navy and other services, advantages of biofuels are obvious and desirable. Top Agriculture Department and Navy leaders emphasize the benefits of renewable energy sources not only to the military but also to the entire United States. How can industry help the Navy reach its timetable goals, and how do all participants in the alternative energy theater collaborate to share resources and implement them?