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Austria Procures Thermal Imaging Systems

July 30, 2014

FLIR Systems Incorporated, Wilsonville, Oregon, was awarded a $7,171,955 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Austria) contract for seven Star Safire 380-High Definition Thermal Imaging Systems, with accessories, training and extended warranty. Work will be performed in Wilsonville, Oregon, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $7,151,174 are being obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W15P7T-14-C-D058).

U.S. Navy Modifies Information Technology Ashore Contract

July 30, 2014

SAIC, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $10,437,025 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00033-10-D-6506) with firm-fixed-price and/or firm, fixed-price, level-of-effort task orders for information technology ashore operations support services in support of the Military Sealift Command's Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems directorate. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. (74.7 percent); Norfolk, Virginia (16.9 percent); San Diego (5.9 percent); Pensacola, Florida (2.4 percent); Scott Air Force Base, Illinois (less than 1 percent); Yokohama, Japan (less than 1 percent); and Naples, Italy (less than 1 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2015. The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00033-10-D-6506).

Lockheed Martin to Produce Signal Processor Technology

July 28, 2014

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $40,662,000 not-to-exceed contract for the production of one multi-mission signal processor equipment set, ballistic missile defense 4.0.2 equipment and Aegis Weapon System upgraded equipment to support fielding Aegis modernization capabilities to the fleet. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-14-C-5106).

Benchmark Contracting to Build UAV Physical Protection System

July 28, 2014

Benchmark Contracting Incorporated (dba Cobblestone Construction), Las Vegas, was awarded a $10,643,419 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a remote piloted aircraft mission complex physical protection system, Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada. The Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, is the contracting activity (W912PL-14-C-0012).

Archer to Construct UAV Launch and Recovery Facility

July 28, 2014

Archer Western Federal JV, Chicago, was awarded a $30,197,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of an unmanned aerial vehicle launch and recovery complex within restricted airspace. Work will be performed at Ft. Bliss, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 21, 2015. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-14-C-0039).

Small Businesses Added to $7 Billion Solar Contract

July 28, 2014

Bay Electric Co. Incorporated, Newport News, Virginia (W912DY-14-D-0035); BITHENERGY Incorporated, Baltimore (W912DY-14-D-0064); Bright Light Federal LLC, Littleton, Colorado (W912DY-14-D-0065); Ecoplexus, San Francisco (W912DY-14-D-0066); Essex Construction LLC, Upper Marlboro, Maryland (W912DY-14-D-0067); Indian Energy LLC, Newport Beach, California (W912DY-14-D-0068); Infinity Development Partners LLC, New Braunfels, Texas (W912DY-14-D-0069); Legatus6 LLC, Chevy Chase, Maryland (W912DY-14-D-0070); Scatec Solar North America Incorporated, Sausalito, California (W912DY-14-D-0072); SunLight General Capital LLC, New York (W912DY-14-D-0073); and Third Sun Solar LLC, Athens, Ohio (W912DY-14-D-0074), are being added as awardees for the solar technology category of power awards under solicitation W912DY-11-R-0036. These companies, as well as those previously announced, will share a maximum $7 billion firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for use in competing and awarding power purchase agreements for solar technology. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Persistent Systems Awarded Army Contract

July 28, 2014

Persistent Systems LLC, New York, was awarded a $49 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, incrementally funded contract for the Program Manager for Special Programs office for analysis and support, research and development, procurement and production, sustainment and training. The Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-14-D-0016).

Technology Cost and Complexity Killing U.S.

July 23, 2014
By George I. Seffers

DARPA director describes a global shift in the technology environment that poses a national threat.

U.S. Navy's UCLASS System Comes Under Fire

July 18, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Navy's pet project for a carrier-launched unmanned aerial vehicle came under fire by experts this week, who told a congressional subcommittee that the sea service’s proposal is redundant, already obsolete and will leave naval forces with a vulnerable platform.

From Softball Question to Headline News Home Run

July 18, 2014
By George I. Seffers

It’s traditional for journalists to end an interview with some version of the question, “What would you like to add?” On the surface, it is the softest of softball questions, but for one interview, it led to headline news.

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