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Telecommunications Leaves Mark on Afghanistan

September 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers

A massive telecommunications infrastructure modernization effort in Afghanistan is designed to contribute to socioeconomic development; provide entry into the global information society; and support national prosperity, sustainability and stability. A key part of that effort is coming to fruition: officials with a telecommunications advisory group in that country expect the completion very soon—possibly this month—of a fiber-optic ring around the nation’s perimeter.

NATO Seeks 
Umbrella
 Communications

September 1, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

NATO is adopting an enterprise approach to networking so it can take advantage of new defense information system capabilities as well as recent developments gleaned from Southwest Asia operations. This approach would allow different countries participating in alliance operations to network their own command, control and communications systems at the onset of an operation.

Working Toward
 Worldwide Interoperability

September 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers

The working group that helped solve the coalition interoperability puzzle in Afghanistan is working across the U.S. Defense Department and with other nations to ensure that the lessons learned will be applied to future operations around the globe. Experience in creating the Afghan Mission Network may benefit warfighters worldwide, such as those in the Asia Pacific, and may even be applied to other missions, including homeland security and humanitarian assistance.

Elbit Systems to Support Australian Federal Police

August 19, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Elbit Systems has, announced that its Australian subsidiary, Elbit Systems of Australia Pty Ltd (ELSA), was awarded a contract in the amount of  approximately $32 million U.S. dollars ($35 million Australian dollars) to supply the Australian Federal Police with an Investigation, Intelligence and Incident Management (IIIM) Solution to be supplied over a four-year period.

Kongsberg Receives Remotely Operated Weapon Contract Modification

August 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, Kongsberg, Norway was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year, contract award modification of $14,786,467 with a cumulative maximum value of $51,094,647 for the M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station system and system spares. This is an award contract modification to exercise options CLIN. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, Picatinny, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-12-C-0103).

Raytheon Supports Missile Defense for Multiple Nations

August 13, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $200,504,841 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-11-C-0001) for the procurement of 354 each AIM-9X Block II All Up Round Tactical Low Rate Initial Production Lot 13 Missiles and Block II Active Optical Target Detectors for the U.S. Navy (92), U.S. Air Force (92), and the governments of Morocco (20), Malaysia (20), Kuwait (80); and Oman (50). In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of 178 Block II Captive Air Training Missiles for the U.S. Navy (58), U.S. Air Force (58), and the governments of Morocco (10), Malaysia (8), Kuwait (20), and Oman (24); nine Special Air Training Missiles for the U.S. Navy (7) and the government of Saudi Arabia (2); 147 All Up Round Containers for the U.S. Navy (43), U.S. Air Force (39), and the governments of Saudi Arabia (1), Morocco (9), Malaysia (8), Kuwait (28), and Oman (19); 19 Guidance Unit Containers for the governments of Malaysia (6), Kuwait (6) and Oman (7); three Spare Propulsion Steering Sections for the U.S. Navy (1), U.S. Air Force (1) and the government of Morocco (1); one Spare Missile Tube Assembly for the government of Morocco; three Spare Advanced Optical Target Detectors for the U.S. Navy (1) and U.S. Air Force (2); 20 Spare Tactical Guidance Units for the U.S. Navy (4), U.S. Air Force (4), and the governments of Morocco (2), Malaysia (2), Kuwait (2) and Oman (6); one Spare Inertial Measuring Unit for the government of Switzerland; and 26 Spare Captive Air Training Missile Guidance Units for the U.S. Navy (4), U.S. Air Force (8), and the governments of Morocco (4), Malaysia (4), Kuwait (2) and Oman (4). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Progeny to Provide Combat Control System to Australia

August 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $7,050,538 cost-plus-fixed fee contract with firm-fixed-price line items for continued support of the multi-tube weapon simulator (MTWS) and common weapon launcher (CWL) products and services.This procurement will provide the necessary technical services and associated products to support technology improvements and enhanced capabilities for in-service CWL and MTWS systems in support of the AN/BYG-1 combat control system.This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $19,165,448.This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program.The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-13-C-6259).

Rockwell Collins to Provide Advanced GPS Receiver to Saudi Arabia

August 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

Rockwell Collins Industries, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-filled, multi-year, foreign military sales contract with a maximum value of $29,601,551 for the testing and delivery of the Multi-Lingual Vehicular MicroDAGR systems and related services. This FMS contract is in support of Saudi Arabia. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-13-C-D018).

Lockheed Wins $223 Million Korea Night Vision Contract

August 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin–Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract with a maximum value of $223,310,000 for the procurement of Modernized-Target Acquisition Designations Sight pilot night vision sensors and related services in support of Korea. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-13-C-0104). 

SAIC to continues Angel Fire and Blue Devil Support in Afghanistan

August 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $30 million modification (P00038) to an undefinitized contractual action (FA8650-10-C-1887) for operations and maintenance (O&M) of Angel Fire Spiral 2+ Blue Devil Block I. Work will be performed in Afghanistan. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $243,484,412. The contract modification is for the Blue Devil Block 1 outside the continental United States O&M program, which will provide operational mission support of deployed warfighters with an advanced multi-intelligence, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sensor system. This additional work reflects the extension of the program up to six months. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.  

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