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Rockwell Collins to Provide E-6B Modification Kits

November 18, 2013

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $46,582,848 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0004) to exercise an option for the manufacture and installation of two Block I modification aircraft kits including Internet Protocol Bandwidth Expansion Phase III and very low frequency transmit terminals (VTT) for the E-6B aircraft. In addition, this contract includes the manufacture and installation of four VTT retrofit modification kits in support of the low rate initial production E-6B aircraft, field support, differences training, software licenses and agreements, and updates to an operational flight trainer. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Receives Missile Targeting System Contract Modification

November 18, 2013

Raytheon Company Missile Systems Division, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded an $18,795,695 firm-fixed-price modification (P00008) on an existing contract (FA8675-12-C-0001) for High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Targeting System (HTS) contractor logistics support (CLS) services. The contract modification provides for the final HTS CLS option to repair HTS pods beginning Dec. 1, 2013. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.

Phacil to Modernize Range Communications

November 18, 2013

Phacil Inc., Arlington, Va., has been awarded a $28,827,647 order (FA8806-13-F-0001) under GSA’s Alliant Small Business Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GS-06F-0651Z) for the Modernization Eastern Range Network program. This primarily fixed-price-incentive (firm target) effort upgrades the mission communications core at the Eastern Range from asynchronous transfer mode to internet protocol v4 (IPv4) (IPv6 capable). Work will be performed at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Melbourne Beach Optical Tracking Annex, Fla., Jonathan Dickinson Missile Tracking Annex, Fla., Wallops Flight Facility, Va., New Boston Tracking Station, N.H., and British territories Antigua Air Station and Ascension Auxiliary Airfield, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2019. The Range and Network Division, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity.

L-3 Supports Surveillance Aircraft

November 18, 2013

L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Waco, Texas, is being awarded a $96,370,902 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-11-D-0017) to exercise an option for services in support of the P-3, EP-3 and NP-3 Sustainment Modification and Installation program. This effort includes planned maintenance interval, structural replacement and fabrication efforts pertaining to special structural inspection kits, center wing assemblies, zone five kits, and outer wing installations and refurbishments. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Lockheed Martin to Support Rocket Launcher Fire Control Systems

November 18, 2013

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded $17,658,738 firm-fixed-price contract for life cycle launcher support for Multiple Launch Rocket System High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Launcher Module and HIMARS/m270a1 launcher fire control systems. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2014. Army Contracting Command-Redstone Arsenal (Missile) Ala., is the contracting agency (W31P4Q-14-C-0057).

Senator Charles Schumer: U.S. Army to Adjust Radio Acquisition

November 18, 2013

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced that the U.S. Army has committed to a multivendor, multiaward acquisition process that will allow multiple companies to compete for the Joint Tactical Radio System Manpack and Handheld Rifleman Radio contracts.

Nanomaterial Fabrication Moving to Desktop

December 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers

A new printing technology could move the production of nano-sized electronic components from multibillion-dollar facilities into the hands of users, including military users in the field. The device, which is about the size of a desktop printer, will allow rapid prototyping of nanomaterials, contribute to stem cell and other medical research, offer a range of commercial uses and save potentially billions of dollars. Furthermore, because the product builds upon already widely available technology, it could be fielded within two years, researchers say.

New Challenges Emerge to NGEN Transition

December 1, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network, freed from the challenge to its contract award, now enters a phase of uncertainty as the government and the winning bidder confront the aftermath of a 108-day delay. This delay has affected both the Navy’s and the contractor’s plans for the transition from the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet.

On October 31, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) dismissed the challenge to the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract that had been awarded on July 15. The original deadline for resolving the challenge was October 23, but the federal government shutdown pushed that date back. This required the Navy’s original milestone dates to be rescheduled, and the winning HP consortium faces the challenge of beginning the network transition from a cold start instead of from the ongoing continuity of services contract (COSC).

Bill Toti, vice president and account executive, HP Navy and Marine Corps Accounts, explains that key Navy personnel have transitioned, and the company had to divert resources to keep people fully employed. Bringing them back into the program and recalibrating the effort back to the July cutoff point is a challenge. “It’s not efficient to shut down and start up like this,” Toti states. “Any time you play with efficiencies of processes, you lose something. This [hiatus] has been a bad thing for us and the Navy.”

Honeywell Receives Fiber Optic Gyro Contract Modification

November 14, 2013

Honeywell International Inc., Aerospace-Clearwater (Space), Clearwater, Fla., has been awarded a $7,279,938 modification (P00048) to an existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA9453-08-C-0263) for the Strategic Systems and Launch Technologies (SSLT) program. The contract modification is for an in-scope add work to Option III for additional work required to identify, test, and modify the design to develop a radiation hardened loop closure Application Specific Integration Circuit for the Strategic Fiber Optic Gyro. Detachment 8, Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Contracting Division, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is the contracting activity.

ManTech to Provide Modeling and Simulation

November 14, 2013

ManTech Systems Engineering Corp., Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $24,248,855 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-13-D-0002) to exercise an option for the procurement of warfare analysis and assessments, modeling and simulation, advanced concept development and acquisition analysis support for the Naval Air Systems Command's Warfare Analysis and Integration Department. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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