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Iraq

New Ships Sail in the Persian Gulf

December 1, 2012
By Rita Boland

Through a foreign military
 sales program that sends ocean vessels to Iraq, officials hope to facilitate stability in the area.

Though operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn officially have come to an end, U.S. military support to the nation that contained the conflicts has not. The U.S. Navy has completed its transfer of platforms to its counterpart in the Middle East via a program to arm the developing sea service for its maritime challenges. Training and other support activities will continue in this effort designed to shore up maritime security in the region as well as to improve relations between the recent partners.

By the end of this year, the U.S. Navy plans to have delivered all 14 of the purchased ships for a total of 12 35-meter coastal patrol boats and two 60-meter offshore support vessels (OSVs) to the Iraqi navy through an approved Foreign Military Sales program. The patrol boats are fast-attack vessels that can reach speeds of 30 knots and are armed with a 30-millimeter gun weapon system built to operate in littoral waters. They are designed to accommodate a crew of 25 members. Since 2010, these coastal craft have been delivered incrementally, with one delivered that year, five delivered in 2011, and three provided this year in March.

The two OSVs were delivered late in 2012. These multifunctional ships support oil production platforms through command and control functions associated with the security of those platforms and other afloat forces. Sailors also can transport platform crews and supplies on the OSVs and assist other patrol boat crews with provisions, repairs and refueling. Each vessel is equipped with guns and fast-attack boats as well as a vertical replenishment deck to facilitate the transfer of people and supplies.

Iraq Purchases Goodrich Surveillance Pods for F-16s

July 16, 2012
By George Seffers

Goodrich Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, Westford, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $71,450,000 firm fixed price, time and materials, and cost reimbursable, undefinitized contract action/letter contract for the procurement and deployment of four DB-110 reconnaissance pod systems for use on the F-16 C/D Block 50/52 being purchased by the government of Iraq. The contracting activity is Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

DRS to Support Internet Cafés for Deployed Troops

April 20, 2012
By George Seffers

DRS Technical Services Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a potential $269 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for systems engineering, analysis, design development, acquisition, integration, installation, testing, maintenance, and integrated logistic support for satellite and communication systems to adequately support the requirements of the Department of Defense and other United States government sponsors for continued morale, welfare and recreation internet cafe support. Work will be performed in Iraq; Afghanistan; and Stuttgart, Germany. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

Harris to Provide Radios to Iraqi Security Forces

March 9, 2012
By George Seffers

Harris Corporation, Melbourne, Florida, has received a $51 million order from the government of Iraq to provide high-performance tactical communication solutions for a range of security missions. Iraq is acquiring radios and accessories from both the Harris Falcon II and Falcon III families for its security forces. As part of the order, Harris will provide Falcon III RF-7800S wideband Secure Personal Radios, Falcon II RF-5800M multiband handheld radios and RF-5800H high-frequency manpack radios, along with accessories and training services.

Northrop Grumman to Provide Sense-and-Warn in Afghanistan and Iraq

November 2, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $7,185,927 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to procure sense-and-warn capabilities in support of ongoing theater of operation efforts. Work will be performed in Bagram, Afghanistan; Baghdad, Iraq; and Huntsville, Alabama. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

SAIC Supports Night Eagle Surveillance in Iraq and Afghanistan

October 7, 2011
By George Seffers

Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $16,004,292 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the Night Eagle System services in support of fielded systems. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia, Iraq and Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2012. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

SRI Operates Advanced Penetrating Radar in Iraq

October 5, 2011
By George Seffers

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, was awarded an $18,987,583 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the necessary support, material and equipment to continue operations of an existing advanced penetrating radar system. Work will be performed in Iraq, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.

EDO Jammers to Counter Emerging Threats in Iraq and Afghanistan

September 30, 2011
By George Seffers

EDO Communications and Countermeasures Systems Incorporated, also known as ITT Force Protection Systems, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a $103,000,905 firm-fixed-price contract to procure 3,351 Band-C upgrade kits, initial spares and consumables, engineering support services hours, and data to upgrade fielded Counter Radio-Controlled Electronic Warfare Vehicle Receiver/Jammer (CVRJ) Systems. CVRJ systems are vehicle-mounted electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of radio controlled improvised explosive devices. This contract was not competitively procured as no other source can meet the required schedule for fielding a unit to counter new, emerging threats against military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

AFN Radio Station Signs Off as Part of Iraq Drawdown

September 29, 2011

One more sign that the American military presence in Iraq is winding down: an Armed Forces Network(AFN) radio station is now off the air. After 8 years broadcasting in Baghdad, AFN-Iraq--better known as Freedom Radio--presented its final morning program on September 23 and now relays a satellite feed of AFN Europe.

CACI-WGI to Support Counter-IED Operations in Iraq

August 24, 2011
By George Seffers

CACI-WGI Incorporated, Chantilly, Virginia, was awarded a nearly, $9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the support services to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization's Operations and Training Division. Work will be performed in Iraq, and Arlington, Virginia. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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