The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has awarded Thales Norway a contract to supply the Swedish Armed Forces with a new command and control (C2) system for helicopter units. Under the contract, Thales will be responsible for system design, integration and supply of C2 systems for Swedish helicopter units. The system will provide improved command and control capability for helicopter units deployed in national or international operations. It will be an integrated part of the armed force's overall C2 systems, and will be interoperable with existing mobile C2 systems in the Swedish air force and Nordic Battle Group.
EADS Defence and Security and Thales have received a contract worth 26.1 million euros from the French defence procurement agency to produce and support two sets of deployable geographic modules (MGPs) for the French army's 28th Geographic Group. The program will develop a deployable system that can rapidly produce, maintain and distribute military geography information. The MGP modules will supply geographic data updated in the field to operational land forces via a single cartographic access point.
Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has been awarded a three-year contract worth $4.5 million Australian dollars to provide the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with support for F/A-18 Hornet aircraft technical publications. Boeing Defence Australia has provided F/A-18 technical publication services including management, production of amendments and additional RAAF support tasks for the past five years.
General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a contract to provide information management support services to the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Minerals Management Service (MMS). The task order is valued at $10.5 million over five years if all options are exercised. Under the task order, General Dynamics will support MMS' Office of Information Management Services (OIMS) and regional program offices by coordinating and planning of the Gulf of Mexico Region's information management activities. The company will provide data collection, analysis, imaging and data retrieval/delivery services, as well as Geological Interpretive Tools (GIT) support and seismic data archiving. Additionally, the company will establish and administer quality assurance standards and policies, perform comparative analysis on oil and gas data, maintain records and assist in editing and publication support. The work will be performed in New Orleans, La.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center has awarded Northrop Grumman a one-year $50 million contract extension to provide operation, maintenance and engineering support for the Combined Tactical Training Range (CTTR). The contract is valued at $217 million over five years. CTTR provides both live and virtual training environments for U.S. Navy's tactical aviation training.
Raytheon Company was awarded a NASA Goddard contract to maintain and manage large volumes of sensing data and imagery from space instruments. The Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) evolution and development contract will give climate researchers access to data about the earth's atmospheres, oceans, lands and their interactions. The evolution and development program, an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity cost plus award fee contract, will have a $250 million ceiling for the five-year base period of performance and an initial value of $75 million.
Lockheed Martin has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, with initial funding of $25.7 million, to support the U.S. Army's fielding of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system. The IDIQ contract consists of a four-year basic contract with five additional one-year options. The total maximum contract value is $435 million through 2019.
Serco Inc., has won an $84 million contract with the U.S. Navy's Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers to assist with the Consolidated Hazardous Material Reutilization and Inventory Management Program. The company will provide logistical support for procurement, management, issuance and disposal of HAZMAT products and chemicals for the Hazardous Material Control and Management Program.
The U.S. Navy has awarded Engineering Service Network Inc. (ESN) a SeaPort Task Order valued at $8.8 million to support integrated voice communications at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Virginia. Under the contract, the company will provide acquisition management and technical support for the Navy's Integrated Voice Communications System (IVCS) Program Office. The IVCS is a shipboard voice distribution system providing tactical communications throughout a variety of Navy ships.
The mostly static federal bureaucracy can use an entrepreneurial FCSA shot to the arm-but will this new acquisition process just add more layers of red tape to a system trying to streamline? Will it work smoothly, or does the FCSA have too many kinks? How about other potential methods? Please share your ideas.