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Cobham Awarded Australian Maritime Safety Contract

October 24, 2014

Cobham, Wimborne, United Kingdom, recently announced it has secured the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contract to provide an airborne search and rescue capability in Australia for 12 years from 2016, with aircraft modification and mobilization activity to commence later this year. AMSA utilizes aircraft based in strategic locations across Australia to perform search and rescue tasks such as searching for missing people, locating activated distress beacons, providing communications support at an incident and dropping survival equipment to people in distress.

The contract, secured through open industry competition, has a value including estimated flying charges of AUD $640 million ($563,283,200 U.S.) over 12 years.  If three additional optional years are exercised by AMSA, the full value would exceed AUD $700 million ($616, 091, 000 U.S.).

Cobham will acquire, modify, commission and then operate and maintain four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 special mission jet aircraft to provide a search and rescue capability over land and at sea. The aircraft will be specially modified to Australian requirements and fitted with new generation sensors, high-vision windows and air operable doors for aerial delivery of life saving equipment. Much of the modification work will be undertaken at Cobham’s facilities in Adelaide, South Australia. The aircraft will be based in Cairns, Melbourne and Perth.

L-3 to Upgrade Argentine C-130 Communications

October 15, 2014

L-3 Communications Integrated Systems LP, Waco, Texas, has been awarded an undefinitized contract action not to exceed $68,874,672 for standardization, removal of obsolescence and upgrade program for the Argentine Air Force. Contractor will modify five C-130s to upgrade and enhance their communication, navigation, airworthiness and air traffic management systems. Work will be performed at Waco, Texas, and Cordoba, Argentina, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8553-15-C-0003).

 

Denmark Procures Transmitter Receivers

October 15, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, has been awarded a maximum $8,618,751 firm-fixed-price contract for transmitter receivers. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a three-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is New York, with a Jan. 22, 2017, performance completion date. Using service is Denmark. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 foreign military sales funding. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia (SPRWA1-13-D-2000-THBM). (Awarded Oct. 13, 2014.)

Atlas to Support Airborne Mine Neutralization System

October 15, 2014

Atlas North America LLC, Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,022,044 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract for depot-level repair, maintenance, modifications, engineering services and spare parts for the AN/ASQ-232 Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) to support the Navy for the currently deployed Airborne Mine Countermeasures legacy systems. The AMNS provides neutralization of shallow and deep-water mines located by the AN/AQS-24A Mine Detecting Set and/or other mine countermeasures assets. The system is used by Navy ships and helicopters. This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $43,294,929. Work will be performed in Panama City Beach, Florida (60 percent); Bahrain (25 percent); Virginia Beach, Virginia (10 percent); South Korea (2.5 percent); and Japan (2.5 percent); and is expected to be completed by October 2015. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Florida, is the contracting activity (N61331-15-D-0002).

Army Rapid Equipping Force Opening Office in Kuwait

October 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF), which quickly fields technologies to meet urgent warfighter needs, intends by the end of November to open an office in Kuwait that will serve warfighters in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

Australia Procures EA-18G Flight Trainers

October 10, 2014

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $12,086,117 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N61340-12-G-0001) for the procurement of two EA-18G Tactical Operational Flight Trainers, one brief/debrief Station, two F/A-18 retrofit kits, spares and associated technical documentation for the government of Australia under the foreign military sales program. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, and is expected to be completed in November 2015. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $12,086,117 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

 

Israel and Japan to Receive F-35 Flight Simulators

October 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $37,129,230 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of training spares for Israel and Japan and two full mission simulators in support of Japan’s F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) Air System for pilot training.

The company also was awarded a $30,927,881 modification to the same contract for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of two full mission simulators in support of Israel's F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing Air System for pilot training. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

 

NATO Fishes for Data with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

October 2, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Multiple autonomous underwater vehicles equipped with modern sensors relevant to NATO minehunting missions are being employed at sea during the Multinational AutoNomy Experiment (MANEX ‘14), held September 22 to October 13, 2014, along the Italian coast, between Framura and Bonassola, in the Ligurian Sea.

Lockheed Martin Supports Japan's Aegis Modernization

October 1, 2014

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $53,595,257 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5111) for development and test of the Japan Aegis Modernization baseline computer programs and equipment. This modification provides for efforts to support the upgrade of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Atago Class Ships (DDGs 177 and 178) from Baseline 7 Phase 1R to Advanced Capability Build 12 with Technology Insertion 12 technology and capability. This contract supports foreign military sales to Japan (100 percent). Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey (65 percent), and Chelmsford, Massachusetts (35 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2017. Foreign military sales contract funds in the amount of $53,595,257 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Insitu to Provide ScanEagle to Czech Republic and Yemen

September 30, 2014

Insitu Incorporated, Bingen, Washington, is being awarded $10,976,866 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0007 against a previously issued basic rrdering agreement (N68335-11-G-0009) for the procurement of one ScanEagle System that consists of nine ScanEagle Electro-Optics and three ScanEagle Infra-red Unmanned Air Vehicles for the government of Yemen under the Foreign Military Sales program. This order also provides for one 12-month/3,600 flight-hour sustainment package with acceptance testing, spares, technical manuals, and training; a site activation team; field service representative; and force protection.

Additionally, the company has been awarded $6,757,764 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0006 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-11-G-0009) for the procurement of one ScanEagle System for the government of the Czech Republic under the Foreign Military Sales program. The system consists of seven ScanEagle electro-optics and three ScanEagle infra-red unmanned air systems. Work will be performed at Bingen, Washington (50 percent), and Afghanistan (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2015. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

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