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BAE to Provide Friend or Foe Identification to Japan

April 16, 2014

BAE Systems Information & Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, N.Y., is being awarded a $6,715,693 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 16 AN/UPX-41 (C) Digital Interrogators for the U.S. Navy (14) and the government of Japan (2) and 45 Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe field change kits for the U.S. Navy (33) and the government of Japan (12). This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($5,399,417; 80.4 percent) and the government of Japan ($1,316,276; 19.6 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-14-D-0004).

RoboRoo: Leap-Ahead Technology

April 14, 2014
George I. Seffers

The BionicKangaroo mimics the unique way a kangaroo moves. Like its natural model, it can recover the energy when jumping, store it and efficiently use it for the next jump. The kangaroobot intelligently combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology to produce a highly dynamic system.

Northrop Grumman Provides Infrared Countermeasures for Multiple Nations

April 14, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., has been awarded a $234,134,172 modification (P00082) on an existing contract (FA8625-12-C-6598) for the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures (LAIRCM) calendar year 2014 base hardware buy and needed LAIRCM support. A majority of the acquisition supports U.S. Air Force aircraft needs using fiscal 2014, 2013, and 2012 funds as well as National Guard and overseas contingency operations funds with a total amount of $234,134,172 being obligated at time of award. Thirteen percent of the current action relates to unclassified foreign military sales including the following countries: Germany, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Strategic Airlift Capability-North Atlantic Treaty Organization Airlift Management Programme. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

White House Announces Steps to Support Entrepreneurs

April 8, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The Barack Obama administration has announced a series of efforts to promote successful entrepreneurship in the United States and around the world. The steps include the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, a group of successful American businesspeople who have committed to sharing their time, energy, ideas and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.

General Dynamics Supports Combat Theater Signal Brigade

April 1, 2014

General Dynamics Information Technology, Fairfax, Va., has been awarded a $12,414,345 modification (P00010) to exercise option year two on cost-plus-fixed-fee contract W91RUS-12-C-0011 to provide the 160th Signal Brigade and subordinate units staff support in the areas of administrative support, operations support and logistics support within the Central Command area of responsibility. Work will be performed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Qatar with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2015. Army Contracting Command–Netcom Branch, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is the contracting activity.

Exelis Provides Counter-IED Systems in Afghanistan

March 28, 2014

Exelis Inc., Information Systems Division, Herndon, Va., is being awarded a $17,789,717 modification to previously awarded contract (N00174-11-D-0002) for the continued procurement of post-production maintenance support of Navy crew fixed site systems and procurement and support of the transmitting set, counter measure AN/PLT-4 systems. This action fills a requirement for equipment, maintenance and support for the Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JSEOD CREW) program and for continued maintenance and support, including original equipment manufacturer field service representatives, for Legacy Navy CREW systems. The JSEOD CREW program provides all military explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) services with a new electronic warfare capability to counter the threat from improvised explosive devices. JSEOD protects EOD forces of all services, including those currently located in Operating Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Navy to Build BAMS Forward Operations Bay in Guam

March 28, 2014

Guam MACC Builders A Joint Venture, Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded $45,450,600 for firm-fixed-price task order 0003 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62742-10-D-1309) for the design and construction of a high bay maintenance hangar to support forward operations and maintenance functions for the unmanned aircraft system MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) platform at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The MQ-4C requires interior and enclosed maintenance space to accomplish scheduled inspections, airframe repairs, pre- and post-flight operations, as well as technical order compliance and aircraft modifications. The task order also contains two unexercised options, which if exercised would increase cumulative task order value to $46,719,102. Work will be performed in Yigo, Guam, and is expected to be completed by April 2016. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.

Qatar to Develop Optionally Piloted Aircraft

March 27, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Thales recently announced the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle-Aircraft (OPV-A), a high-performance intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance system.

Selex ES Signs Contracts for Italy’s Future Soldier Program

March 27, 2014

Selex ES recently announced it signed two contracts, together worth about 60 million euro, relating to the SWave Software Defined Radio (SDR) portable terminals and Tactical Mobility Night Vision Goggles (TM-NVG) for Italy’s Future Soldier program, which will modernize the systems and equipment of soldiers. The first supply consists of 2726 radio SDR Hand-Helds for the Italian Army’s light infantry troops. The company also will provide 2726 TM-NVG night vision goggles, a third-generation binocular device developed to provide state-of-the-art equipment for the nocturnal tactical mobility of the future soldier. 

Raytheon Supports Missile Defense in Poland

March 25, 2014

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Sudbury, Mass., is being awarded a $45,057,874 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5115) for the production of one AN/SPY-1D(V) Transmitter Group and select Missile Fire Control System MK 99 equipment to support Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Poland. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

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