Defense Operations

October 10, 2014

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., San Diego, has announced that it has received an option award valued at $2.2 million to supply AN/ARA-63 Tactical Instrument Landing Systems (TILS) for both the F/A-18E/F/G and E-2D Naval aircraft. The award is an extension to a two-year requirements contract issued by the U.S. Navy. The AN/ARA-63 TILS is a microwave landing system that provides precise elevation and azimuth guidance information necessary for critical aircraft carrier landings.

October 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $37,129,230 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of training spares for Israel and Japan and two full mission simulators in support of Japan’s F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) Air System for pilot training.

October 9, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Department's premier research agency put a call out for technology that can detect and identify from great distances dangerous biological and chemical substances. 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) issued a broad agency announcement for the development of the small devices for the new Spectral Combs from UV to THz (SCOUT) program, according to the agency.

October 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Calling all mathematicians: The Defense Department’s main research arm seeks help in developing a program that essentially would lead to unhackable computer software programs.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a broad agency announcement looking for innovative research proposals in the area of program obfuscation, according to the published solicitation. “Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices or systems.”

October 8, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
A U.S. soldier with the 65th Engineer Battalion installs culvert denial systems in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The system can detect disturbances from vibrations to heat and initiate a camera to record attempts of tampering.

Military experts and defense contractors are testing technologies to thwart the preponderance of roadside bombs that hamper U.S. military and coalition forces' combat and resupply missions. Participating defense contractors are competing for an existing $49.5 million contract.

The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) has partnered with the U.S. Army Research Lab and the Maneuver Battle Lab to host at Fort Benning, Georgia, a 10-day “Culvert Denial Challenge” that ends October 10.

October 6, 2014

Radiance Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8604-15-D-7976); Integrity Applications Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (FA8604-15-D- 7975); and Invertix Corp., McLean, Virginia (FA8604-15-D- 7977), have been awarded a combined $960,000,000 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for services in support of the Advanced Technical Exploitation Program II. Contractors will perform research, development, system sustainment, and intelligence production activities utilizing geospatial-intelligence and non-nuclear measurement and signature intelligence data at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

October 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
 Luis Bravo, mechanical engineer specialized in computational and thermal sciences at the U.S. Army Research Lab.

How many days equal a billion hours? Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL) are about to find out. This week, they began modeling the engine spray mixture of turbulent fuel atomization and mixing in engines, a formation process at never-before-seen complexities that could lead to lighter and more fuel-efficient planes and combat vehicles.

October 1, 2014

Raytheon Technical Services Company, Indianapolis, was awarded a $48,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for technical and system integration and software maintenance in support of PM Air Warrior. Work and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 28, 2019. Bids were solicited, with one received. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-D-0158).

October 2, 2014
By George I. Seffers
NATO deploys unmanned systems to gather data in support of counter-mine operations.

Multiple autonomous underwater vehicles equipped with modern sensors relevant to NATO minehunting missions are being employed at sea during the Multinational AutoNomy Experiment (MANEX ‘14), held September 22 to October 13, 2014, along the Italian coast, between Framura and Bonassola, in the Ligurian Sea.

October 1, 2014

Exelis Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $10,460,027 modification (P00535) to previously awarded contract F19628-02-C-0010 for the Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (System) Modular Precision Absolute Control System Project. Contractor will provide a Modular Precision Angular Control System prototype, three refurbished mounts and spare motors. Work will be performed at Yoder, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by December 21, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,460,027 are being obligated at the time of award.

October 1, 2014

Boeing Aerospace Operations, Oklahoma City, has been awarded a $9,774,956 modification (P00204) to previously awarded contract FA8106-07-C-0001 for design and development of an E-4B low frequency transmit system through system requirements review. Contractor will provide engineering services to finalize defined and derived system requirements. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $4,724,124 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.

October 1, 2014

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Atlanta, has been awarded a $25,000,000 delivery order (0277) to previously awarded contract HC1047-05-D-4000 for Communications Electronics Command, Software Engineering Center, Army Reprogramming Analysis Team multispectral sensor research and development. Contractor will establish a framework to conduct threat analysis, mission software development, modeling and simulations, validating and support of electronic warfare systems across multiple sensor spectrums. Work will be performed in Atlanta, and is expected to be completed by December 6, 2015.

October 1, 2014

The McKenna Principals Incorporated, Woodbridge, Virginia, has been awarded a $9,448,830 cost-plus fixed-fee contract for software development. This contract provides for development, testing and demonstration of software and architecture for the Department of Homeland Security. Work will be performed at Woodbridge, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., with an expected completion date of September 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,295,750 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-14-C-0210).

October 1, 2014

Leidos Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, has been awarded an $18,999,757 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for sensor analysis, integration and test (SAIT). Contractor will provide the operational and technical analysis to Air Force Research Laboratories to aide in determining which sensor technology concepts offer the optimal performance in realistic Air Force missions. The SAIT program will assess and understand requirements, perform operational analysis, perform technical analysis, assess advanced technologies, collaborate on-ground and flight demonstrations/tests and explore sensor system integration.

October 1, 2014

Alion Science and Technology Corporation, McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $15,214,159 delivery order (0074) to previously awarded contract FA4600-06-D-0003 for advanced processes for persistent communications. Contractor will develop solutions to help protect the systems from environmental, chemical and biological hazards in theater. Work will be performed at Warner Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and is expected to be completed by December 29, 2016. Fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $904,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity (FA4600-06-D-0003).

October 1, 2014

Telephonics Corporation, Farmingdale, New York, has been awarded a $14,845,476 firm-fixed price, cost-reimbursement contract for Mark XII/A All-Mode Interrogator Systems. Contractor will provide all materials and labor in order to manufacture and install 13 Mark XII/A All-Mode Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Interrogator Systems for Sweden's Long Range Air Defense Chain. It also includes seven Mark XII/A All-Mode IFF Interrogator Systems for Swedish Navy's Visby Class Corvettes in accordance with Department of Defense Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/XIIA System (AIMS) Standards.

October 1, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, has been awarded a $33,872,569 modification (P00045) to previously awarded contract FA8620-10-C-4000 for International Maritime Satellite/Communication Security upgrade retrofit to the entire U.S. Air Force Global Hawk air vehicle fleet, ground systems and spares. Work will be performed at Palmdale, California, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2016. Fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $33,872,569 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

October 1, 2014

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $12,244,245 cost-plus-fixed fee contract for Mine Warfare and Environmental Decision Aids Library (MEDAL) in support of the Mine Warfare Program Office, under Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships. The MEDAL system provides mine warfare situational awareness, mission planning/evaluation, and asset management software to support existing and emerging mine warfare missions, users, and systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $49,209,613. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia (80 percent); San Diego, California (14 percent); Bay St.

October 1, 2014

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $6,861,233 for delivery order 4007 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring engineering efforts for the integration of the Digital Rocket Launcher capabilities updates into the MH-60R and MH-60S avionics software. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (95 percent), and Patuxent River, Maryland (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2016. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,600,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

October 1, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $38,907,316 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (00057) under basic ordering agreement contract FA8620-10-G-3038 for 62 ground data terminals, 50 MQ-9 C-Bands diplexer kits, spares and support equipment. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be completed by May 30, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

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