Defense Operations

October 9, 2013

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Pacific Command, and personnel aboard the USS Lake Erie successfully conducted an operational flight test of the latest version of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System. The test demonstrated the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System and a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB guided missile. At approximately 7:33 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time, a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, and flew northwest toward a broad ocean area. Following target launch, the USS Lake Erie detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar.

October 4, 2013
By George I. Seffers

Boston Dynamics has used its YouTube channel to unveil its latest creation, WildCat, which is capable of walking, running and bounding. The company describes its latest cat bot as “A four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat's best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA's M3 program. Not sure they named it right, though. Looks more like a hyperactive dog than a cat.

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp. (MARCO), Durham, N.C., has been awarded a $15,549,979 transaction for the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research Network (STARnet). STARnet is a nationwide network of multi-university research centers that seeks to keep the U. S. Department of Defense and U.S. semiconductor and defense systems firms at the forefront of the global microelectronics revolution. These centers are focused on discovering solutions to the intractable problems that are forecast to lie in the future of integrated circuit progress and to lay the foundations for microsystems innovations once the improvements associated with Moore's Law are exhausted.

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

The Raytheon Co., Woburn, Mass., is being awarded a $230 million modification under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract HQ0006-08-D-0003. This modification exercises an option under the existing contract for operation and sustainment efforts of the X-Band radar in support of the Missile Defense Agency's Sensors Program. The Missile Defense Agency, in Huntsville, Ala. is the contracting activity.

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., has been awarded a $6,765,425 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for developmental software. The purpose of this acquisition is to design, develop, test and demonstrate advanced net-centric, multi-intelligence exploitation and fusion capabilities capable of exploiting real-time operational signals intelligence and imagery intelligence to improve situational awareness and enable event recognition. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-13-C-0220).

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

BAE Systems, Nashua, N.H., was awarded a $39,058,362 firm-fixed-price, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract for acquisition of AN/AAR-57(V) Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) and associated spare parts and systems engineering, technical, and logistics support services for both CMWS and OT-255/ALQ-212(V) Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures.

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $13,675,190 cost-plus-incentive-fee, option-eligible, multi-year contract modification (P00022) of contract (W31P4Q-12-C-0029) for the requirement to procure and integrate rocket, artillery and mortar warning equipment to partially replace sense and warn assets in Operation Enduring Freedom. This is in support of foreign military sales to Afghanistan. Performance locations will be Huntsville, Ala., and Afghanistan with funding from fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance Army funds. The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal (Missile), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Johns Hopkins University Applied Research Laboratory (JHU/APL) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), Laurel, Md., is being awarded a $9,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide technologies for the interdiction of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive material. This effort will support the nation’s weapons of mass destruction-related counterforce, consequence assessment, defeat, and arms control objectives.

October 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $49,813,377 undefinitized contract action (DO 0112) under a previously existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8620-10-G-3038) for France's MQ-9 Reaper urgent request program. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity.

October 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Syracuse, N.Y., is being awarded a $95,727,501 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-5201) for definitization of the Navy's fiscal 2012 AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship Undersea Warfare System production requirements and exercise of fiscal 2013 production options. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is a surface ship combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts; and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects, and torpedo threats. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

October 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Liverpool, N.Y., was awarded a potential $199,123,412 fixed-price-incentive, firm-fixed-price, and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract on Sept. 26, 2013, for the production and support of TB-37/U Multi Function Towed Arrays (MFTA) for the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Antisubmarine Warfare Combat Systems. The TB-37/U MFTA is the next generation passive and active sonar receiver. It affords several enhancements to the AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array System allowing greater coverage, increased capability/reliability, and reduced obsolescence.

October 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $12,575,953 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of weapon instrumentation that will integrate into the Instrumented - Tactical Engagement Simulation System, Increment II (I-TESS II) baseline capabilities. The I-TESS II system is used in military operations in urban terrain facilities and non-live fire maneuver ranges located at various Marine Corps bases and installations. This effort will support the design, development, integration, ruggedized prototype, testing and effectiveness evaluation of squad immersive training environment specific capability enhancements to the I-TESS II training system.

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army has awarded an Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract for the first mid-tier networking vehicular radios (MNVR), which will provide a link between forces at the company and platoon echelons and their higher headquarters for rapid distribution of data, imagery and other information. The Army awarded a $8.4 million delivery order to Harris Corporation for up to 232 of the multi-channel radios. These radios will be used for test, certification and integration with current and future Army vehicle platforms.

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

MAS Zengrange Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand, was awarded a $9,387,200 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00174-12-D-0009) on Sept. 19, 2013 for transmitters, receivers and expendable XrX receivers for the mini-demolition remote firing device. The mini-demolition remote firing device is an ultra-high frequency digital radio controlled initiation system designed for the remote initiation of munitions and explosives. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity.

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Conscious Security Inc., Stafford, Va., is being awarded an $8,903,818 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity for the procurement of Axway brand name software licenses and maintenance through 2018. The licenses and maintenance must be compatible and interoperable with existing Department of Navy hardware and technology equipment. Work will be performed in Stafford, Va., and is expected to be completed by March 2018. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated against individual delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website with two offers received.

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

QinetiQ North America, Reston, Va., announced today it was awarded a three-year, $10 million contract with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic to provide engineering and testing subject matter expertise in the areas of service-oriented architecture (SOA) engineering, development, system validation, certification, and testing over the duration of multiple net-centric programs. The work will support the SPAWAR SSC Atlantic mission of enabling net-centric capability superiority to naval and joint warfighters through their work on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) ENCORE II contract.

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Rolls-Royce Engine Services-Oakland Inc., Oakland, Calif., is being awarded a $17,010,320 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the depot repair of T56-A-427 engines in support of the E-2 advanced Hawkeye aircraft, including the repair of 20 power sections, 10 torque meters, and 20 gearboxes, and accessories. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-13-D-0019).

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $12,871,280 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0164 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the procurement of 114 advanced navigation system retrofit kits for F/A-18E and F/A-18F aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in May 2017. Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement contract funds in the amount $2,752,243 will be obligated at the time of award; none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $98,399,462 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the manufacture and delivery of up to 50 AN/APS-153(V)1 automatic radar periscope detect and discrimination multi-mode radar kits to upgrade the MH-60R fleet aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-13-D-4000).

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $67,290,982 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 4085 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0005) for mission avionics and common cockpit; to include Danish specific equipment, non-recurring engineering, program support and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of nine MH-60R aircraft for the Government of Denmark under the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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