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Two Firms Awarded Night Vision Contracts

May 9, 2014

BAE Systems Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, was awarded a $444,812,310 firm-fixed-price contract (W91CRB-14-D-0010) for Individual and Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III weapons sights. DRS RSTA Inc., Dallas, Texas was awarded a $367,035,238 firm-fixed-price contract (W91CRB-14-D-0011). Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity. 

Northrop Grumman to Support MV-22 Technology Upgrade

May 9, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded $17,969,104 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0506 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0004) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic warfare controller and the MV-22 mission computer. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Global Technical Systems to Produce Common Processing System

May 9, 2014

Global Technical Systems Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded an $84,900,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for production of the Common Processing System (CPS), spares and associated engineering services. The CPS is a computer processing system based on an open architecture design. CPS consists of the CPS enclosure assembly and three subsystems: the processing subsystem, the storage/extraction subsystem, and the input/output subsystem. It is intended to support the computer requirements of various Navy combat systems. This contract will provide for production, testing and delivery of CPS (both water cooled and air cooled), spares, and associated engineering services. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-14-D-5213).

General Atomics Supports Gray Eagle in Afghanistan

May 9, 2014

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Poway, California, was awarded a $296,941,937 modification (P00073) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0075 for Gray Eagle overall logistics support and fleet sustainment operations, including spares and repairs. Work will be performed in Poway, California, and Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of May 7, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Redstone, Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
 

L-3 to Upgrade Canadian Combat Training Systems

May 9, 2014

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $19,018,574 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-11-C-0017) for the upgrade of six CF-18C/D Advanced Distributed Combat Training Systems for the government of Canada under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity.

Georgia Tech to Support Electronic Warfare Systems Foreign Sales

May 9, 2014

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia, has been awarded a $20,545,422 delivery order (0265) on the SENSIAC indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, sole-source contract (HC1047-05-D-4000) for Foreign Military Sales Electronic Warfare Sensor Systems. SENSIAC will support FMS and their customers in centralizing technical, engineering, and analytical support of all EW sensor systems, improving the hardware and software capabilities of EW sensor systems, and improving expendable countermeasures technologies. Air Force Installation Contracting Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

Sikorsky to Provide Aircraft Mine Countermeasure Kits

May 9, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $7,920,664 firm-fixed-price delivery order (#4007) against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for Aircraft Mine Counter Measure Removable Mission Equipment B Kits in support of the MH-60S aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade P-3C Aircraft for Taiwan

May 9, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $15,590,000 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-C-0031) for the upgrade and overhaul of 12 P-3C aircraft for the government of Taiwan under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

House Committee Passes $600 Billion in 2015 DOD Spending

May 8, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The House Armed Services Committee unanimously approved in the early morning hours Thursday its version of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill, authorizing nearly $601 billion overall.

The powerful committee’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) consists of $521.3 for spending on national defense, and an additional $79.4 billion placeholder for overseas contingency operations—a number that could fluctuate as war-funding requirements still have yet to be finalized.

Among many other programs and expenditures, of the total, the Defense Department sought $63.5 billion for overall research, development, test and evaluation costs, and $7.2 billion for space systems, including $1.4 billion for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, $1 billion for GPS satellites, $600 million for military communications satellites and $700 million for infrared detection satellites. Another $6.8 billion was sought for ballistic missile defense system. The committee approved in its legislation $52 billion for cybersecurity operations.

During deliberations, Congress asked the Defense Department to submit an unfunded priorities list, which outlines programs Pentagon officials would like to fund but which did not make the final budget cut. Those unfunded requests total $36 billion.

The United States spends roughly three times more on defense than its nearest competitor, and about as much as the next nine largest countries in the world combined, many of which are allies.

Military Satellites Send New Civilian GPS Signals

May 6, 2014
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Air Force is continuously broadcasting L2C and L5 civilian GPS signals. Though the changes make little immediate difference to the general population, the makers of GPS devices will use them to develop next-generation devices.

 

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