TCOM L.P., Columbia, Maryland, is being awarded a $38,614,787 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 15 TCOM 22M+ aerostats, tether-up spares, line replaceable units, component kits, and field service representative services in support of Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems being fielded by the Army. Work will be performed in Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Columbia, Maryland; and Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed in September 2014. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
American Science and Engineering Incorporated, Billerica, Massachusetts, was awarded a firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract valued at about $32 million. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to provide on-site maintenance and sustainment on Non-Intrusive Vehicle Inspection Systems Z backscatter vans. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Billerica, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2012. The U.S.
Special Operations Technology Incorporated, Annapolis Junction, Maryland, was awarded a more than $79 million contract modification to install, operate, and maintain the lawful intercept equipment and support equipment at various locations around Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 3, 2013. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Command, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Jorge Scientific Corporation, Arlington, Virginia, was awarded about $8 million for the research, development, and demonstration of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, munitions detection, and counter-improvised explosive device technological solutions to address deficiencies. Work will be performed in Afghanistan. There were 999 bids solicited, with 999 bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a more than $11 million contract modification for the installation or reconfiguration of sense and warn capabilities at nine sites. Work will be performed in Bagram, Afghanistan; Baghdad, Iraq; and Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2011. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Smiths Detection Incorporated, Edgewood, Maryland, is being awarded a nearly $70 million firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of Rugged Mobile Non-Intrusive Inspection Systems (RMNIIS). The RMNIIS will be used in military and police security operations at checkpoints and entry control points to identify concealed weapons, contraband, ordnance and bulk explosives.
NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a nearly $75 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research project for the development and use of the Persistent Surveillance Unmanned Aerial Systems. This effort includes field service representative support; delivery, installation, operation, and maintenance of hardware; continued testing; engineering services; modeling, simulation, analysis; systems engineering and integration. Some work will be performed in Afghanistan.
NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a nearly $74 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research project for the development and use of the Helios unmanned air systems (UAS). This contract includes field service representative support; delivery, installation, operation, and maintenance of hardware; engineering, integration, and test and evaluation efforts needed to fabricate and deliver UAS systems and advanced sensors with the UAS systems; continued testing; engineerin
Raytheon Company of Marlborough, Massachusetts, is being awarded about $21 million for: a wide-area, multilateration, en-route airway surveillance system for the Republic of Kyrgyzstan in support of the U.S. combatant forces in Afghanistan and the Kyrgyzstan Republic; air traffic control tower construction at Manas International Airport; and relocation of existing Kyrgyz Aero Navigatzia equipment to the new tower. The contracting activity is Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.
FLIR Systems Incorporated, Wilsonville, Oregon, was awarded about $10 million for the procurement of repairs and refurbishments, and logistics support for sensor components of the Legacy Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) and RAID Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Systems-Combined, Cerberus, and Cerberus Lite systems that are fielded in Iraq, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. U.S. Army Space and Missile Command, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Military use of unmanned systems has increased substantially during the years of war in the Middle East, and even the service branch usually at home on the water is taking to the skies to support ground operations. The U.S. Navy is using ScanEagle platforms to support special operations forces in battle, helping to save lives as well as to complete missions successfully.
Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS)Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being awarded nearly $50 million for Web-enabled Temporal Analysis Systems tool kit on-site technical support and enhancements at the following sites: Regional Command-West, Heart, Afghanistan; Regional Command-North, Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan; and International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.
Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded a nearly $46 million contract to provide deployment services and flight hours in support of the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). These services will provide electro-optical/infra red and mid-wave infrared imagery in support of Marine Corps operations in Operation Enduring Freedom, and will encompass both the operations and maintenance of the ScanEagle UAS to provide real-time imagery and data to U.S. Marine Corps personnel. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
During a year spent in the harsh environs of Helmand Province, communications Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) engaged in a range of projects that helped protect their fellow warfighters and changed the face of technology in the area. From enlarging existing networks to introducing capabilities new to the Corps, systems in that territory will never be the same. And neither will the lives of the local residents, who are taking advantage of the increased stability in the region.
Contrack International Incorporated, McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $34 million contract for the design and construction of an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance complex in Shindand, Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District, Winchester, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
Integrated Systems, Ellicott City, Maryland, was recently awarded a $49 million contract to provide operational support services for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, with an estimated completion date of May 10, 2013. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
EOIR Technologies Incorporated, Fredericksburg, Virginia, was awarded a $46 million contract modification to continue operations and maintenance of four Constant Hawk air platforms in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Members of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) recently spent a year in what is arguably the most dangerous place on the planet for a U.S. service member—Helmand Province, Afghanistan. During the deployment, combat communicators were tasked with the normal duties of equipment operations and data transmission security. But by the time they came home, they had celebrated other noteworthy accomplishments, employed technology new to the Corps and identified several challenges as well as ways industry could help overcome them.
A forest of antennas is making life even trickier than usual for military signalers at Regional Command–South in Afghanistan. In addition to dealing with a harsh environment, deadly enemies, battle-zone operations and the regular hiccups inherent in systems and networks, communicators in the combat area are fighting against the very tools designed to help them. Personnel in the information-sharing realm have discovered that international signal towers set up in the area are proving to be one of the most time-consuming problems of their deployment.
The road to stability in Afghanistan is being paved with telecommunications systems. Through the strategic use of technology, the country already is experiencing improvements in connectivity that will continue to progress until the governance, industrial and the socio-economic state of the country all reap the benefits. If plans, activities and cooperation continue as they have for the past few months, Afghanistan will be poised by the middle of this decade to take its place among the most economically stable and technologically savvy countries in the world.