Defense Operations

December 20, 2013

NOVA Corp., Chambersburg, Pa., is being awarded a one-year modification on firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0034-12-C-0011) for $6,942,234 to provide information technology support for the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD). Washington Headquarters Services, Washington, D.C. is the contracting activity.

December 20, 2013

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Mass., is being awarded a $27,230,781 modification (P00017), sole source, firm-fixed-price to contract (HQ0147-12-C-0005), under a foreign military sales (FMS) case to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide initial spares for the AN/TPY-2 radars being delivered as part of a whole FMS case as an element of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System. The contract modification increases the total contract value from $624,603,783 to $651,834,564. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (HQ0147).

December 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronic, Woodland Hills, Calif., is being awarded a $10,551,915 firm-fixed-price contract for the fabrication, test, and delivery of 45 low-rate initial production technical refresh AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters mission computers in support of Marine Corps helicopters. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-14-C-0020).

December 20, 2013

Teledyne Microwave Solutions, Rancho Cordova, Calif., is being awarded a $49,152,320 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for the repair of 1,600 10 KT traveling wave tubes for the AN-SPY-1 radar program within the AEGIS weapon system. NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity (N00104-14-D-D002).

December 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Support and Training, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $103,865,047 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, system design and development contract (N68335-10-C-0225) to exercise two options for the procurement of 36 electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) low rate initial production units.

December 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman, Huntsville, Ala. was awarded a $10,270,794 modification (P00098) to contract W31P4Q-08-C-0418 for Research and Development for Advance Electronic Protect, Integrated Air and Missile Defense System of Systems capability, IAMD Battle Command System (IBCS System Development and Demonstration).  Fiscal 2014 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $9,900,000 and fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $370,794 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Sept. 30, 2015.

December 20, 2013

King Aerospace Inc., Addison, Texas, was awarded a $32,353,000 modification (P00213) to contract W58RGZ-05-C-0302 for life cycle support for the airborne reconnaissance low DeHaveilland Dash 7 aircraft fleet. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

December 20, 2013

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, Kongsberg, Norway, was awarded a $37,872,000 modification (P00048) to contract W15QKN-12-C-0103 for maintenance of the M153 common remotely operated weapon station. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity.

December 20, 2013

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va., was awarded a $49,916,668 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the dematerialization-centric intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance effort to perform analyses, assessments, studies, and operational exercises of technologies and systems. Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Md., is the contracting activity (W911QX-14-D-0001).

December 20, 2013

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va., was awarded a $49,916,668 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the dematerialization-centric intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance effort to perform analyses, assessments, studies, and operational exercises of technologies and systems. Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Md., is the contracting activity (W911QX-14-D-0001).

December 20, 2013

General Dynamics C4 Systems Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz., was awarded a $107,309,000 modification (P00402) to contract W15P7T-04-C-E405 to procure 1500 Manpack radio kits and 500 dismount kits. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Md., is the contracting activity.

December 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded an $8,808,979 (not-to-exceed) firm-fixed-price modification (P00004) on an existing contract (FA8540-12-C-0012) for sniper advanced targeting pods (ATP) for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The contractor will provide compact multiband data link software and firmware configuration support on the RSAF's F-15SA aircraft and provide resources required for the management, fabrication, repair, support, testing and shipping of its non-developmental item sniper ATP system.

December 20, 2013

Raytheon Network Centric Systems, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., has been awarded a $12,878,000, firm-fixed-price contract (FA8540-14-C-0002) for identification friend or foe (IFF) AN/APX-114 Interrogators. The contractor will provide 94 IFFs for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The company also was awarded an $11,662,862 firm-fixed-price contract (FA8540-14-003) for identification friend or foe AN/APX-119 transponders. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.  

December 20, 2013

Northrop Grumman, Woodland Hills, Calif., has been awarded a maximum $7,784,925 un-definitized contract for the manufacture and delivery of computers for Navy support services. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pa. (SPRPA1-09-G-001Z-5011).

December 20, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

When the U.S. Marines needed to set up an emergency communications system on site in the wake of the devastating typhoon that ravaged the Philippines in November, they used an existing rapid deployment networking suite, which allowed nearly instant links with the two governments and with nongovernmental organizations as well. And, it all began with equipment carried into theater as if it were checked baggage.

January 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
Heavy machinery from the 864th Engineer Battalion, U.S. Central Command Materiel Recovery Element, grade and pack the Afghan dirt as the engineer soldiers reconfigure an old retro sort yard into a material overflow yard.

The retrograde of equipment from Afghanistan requires a monumental effort after almost 13 years of war and an influx of billions of dollars’ worth of materiel to the country. To return the necessary pieces along with personnel from the landlocked location, logisticians around the military are developing creative solutions that offer redundancy. Plans are progressing more smoothly than in Iraq, as experts apply lessons learned and a hub-and-spoke model that allows for a controlled collapsing of installations.

January 1, 2014
By Paul A. Strassmann

The U.S. Defense Department now is advancing into the third generation of information technologies. This progress is characterized by migration from an emphasis on server-based computing to a concentration on the management of huge amounts of data. It calls for technical innovation and the abandonment of primary dependence on a multiplicity of contractors.

January 1, 2014
By Henry S. Kenyon
Shrinking defense budgets are forcing many Wester European nations, such as the United Kingdom, to cut back on major weapons platforms such as this Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet and Type 45 Destroyer.

As European military acquisitions are decreasing, the market in Asia and the Middle East is growing. This transition masks underlying complexities in the international defense market. European nations are shifting from buying tanks and fighter jets to purchasing cyberwarfare and networking equipment while Asian militaries consider maritime surveillance platforms, missile defense systems and power projection capabilities, such as submarines and aircraft carriers.

January 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
A 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division Soldier stands before a Stryker vehicle integrated with Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 mobile network equipment and receives data from his handheld Nett Warrior device during last fall’s Network Integration Evaluation 14.1.

The U.S. Army is adjusting its Network Integration Evaluations to facilitate acquisitions more rapidly. Calls from industry and soldiers themselves have precipitated the moves. As companies face reduced funding streams, and technology advances in increasingly shorter intervals, implementing briefer time frames between testing and deployment is imperative to remaining viable on and off the field.

January 1, 2014
By Henry S. Kenyon
The goal of the Army's Robotics Limited Demonstration, held by the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, was to get a snapshot of the state of the art in unmanned ground systems (UGVs), such as this Irobot 710 Warrior UGV.

The U.S. Army is looking at the current state of the art in ground robots to revise its requirements for a future unmanned squad support platform. A number of robots were recently evaluated by the service to collect data on their ability to carry supplies, follow infantry over rough terrain and fire weapons in a tactical environment. Army officials say the results of this demonstration will help refine the service’s operational needs and goals before the Army considers launching a procurement program.

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