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Advanced Technology to Provide Radio Systems to Lebanon

August 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Advanced Technology Systems Co., McLean, Va., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, multi-year, foreign military sales (FMS) contract with a maximum value of $26,666,806 for the procurement of tetra trunked radio communication systems for the Lebanese Armed Forces. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-13-C-D082). 

China’s Navy Deploys
 Three-Tier Defensive Weapons

July 1, 2013
By James C. Bussert

 

China is adopting a multitier shipborne weapon system approach that flies in the face of the approach usually taken by modern navies. Instead of building a single design for weapons systems that is adapted for different ships, the Chinese Navy has developed specialized systems that perform similar functions on different-sized vessels.

Traditionally, nations that sell naval weapon systems field a given design applicable to a wide variety of ships. For the U.S. Navy, the Mk 41 vertical launching system (VLS) has been the standard missile launcher for U.S. surface combatants and for foreign military sales. Originally, three sizes of Mk 41 modules were developed: the large “strike” size—commonly referred to by the overall designation Mk 41—that holds Tomahawk cruise missiles installed on cruisers and destroyers; a middle “tactical” size; and a “self-defense” quad pack for foreign customers with smaller ships.

In addition to these three types, four variants of the topside shorter-celled Mk 48 VLS have been exported to six foreign navies but are not used by the U.S. Navy. The six-barrel 20-millimeter Phalanx Gatling gun close-in weapon system (CIWS) is fitted to a majority of U.S. Navy ships and is exported widely to allied nations. A third defensive system is the multinational Mk 116 rolling airframe missile (RAM) design, which is deployed in the Mk 49 21-cell launchers used by six nations, including the U.S. Navy. A smaller SeaRAM with an 11-cell launcher in a Phalanx frame is replacing the 20-millimeter Gatling gun.

Booz Allen Hamilton Supports C4 and Electronic Warfare for Saudi Arabia

July 31, 2013
George I. Seffers

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $21,743,595 modification (P00009) under previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00189-12-C-Z064) to provide support services in the areas of training and education; engineering; program and financial management; plans and programs; communications, command, control, computers and intelligence and electronic warfare; naval operation; manpower and personnel management; technical support; logistic and supply; English language training; special studies and management support services for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces associated with the Saudi Naval Support Program requirements in the United States and Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia, and McLean, Va. The Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk, Philadelphia Office, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. 

Raytheon to Support Saudi Arabia Missile Defense Radars

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Mass. is being awarded a sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee, and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to HQ0147-12-C-0005 under a foreign military sales (FMS) case to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide software updates, contractor logistic support, radar repair and return and technical services on the AN/TPY-2 radars being delivered as part of a whole FMS case as an element of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The value of this effort is $83,785,417. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (HQ0147). 

Lockheed Martin to Support Vehicle Surveillance System in Afghanistan

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems LLC, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded $14,623,204 for delivery order #0003 to previously awarded firm- fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-12-D-5504) for field service representatives (FSRs) in support of the vehicle optic surveillance system program, program manager, Marine Air Ground Task Force command, control and communications. Work includes FSRs to provide parts, stock support, maintenance and training support for legacy systems. Work will be performed in Afghanistan and Orlando, Fla., and is expected to be completed by July 2014. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity. 

SAIC Supports Ashore Operations in U.S., Japan and Italy

July 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $10,196,609 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to exercise an option for services supporting Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) information technology (IT) ashore operations. These services assist MSC’s command, control communications and computer systems in merging the physical, financial, contractual, and performance attributes of its IT investments to enable cost-efficient, timely business decisions.  Work will be performed in Washington, D.C.; Norfolk, Va.; San Diego, Calif.; Pensacola, Fla.; Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Yokohama, Japan; and Naples, Italy, and is expected to be completed by July 2014. The Military Sealift Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

Rockwell Collins to Provide Portable Black Hawk Simulator to Saudi Arabia

July 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract with a maximum value of $22,240,000 for the procurement of transportable Black Hawk operations simulator devices in support of Saudi Arabia. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

DRS to Provide Information Systems in Afghanistan

July 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
DRS Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $25,511,888 modification to a previously awarded time-and-materials, option-filled contract for the development, deployment and maintenance of tactical and management information technology systems and products. Work will be performed in Afghanistan. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity.

Spectrum Management System Deploying to Afghanistan

July 11, 2013
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army is currently delivering a new and improved Coalition Joint Spectrum Management and Planning Tool (CJSMPT) to divisions scheduled for deployment in Afghanistan. The software automates the spectrum management process, dramatically reducing the amount of time and paperwork associated with spectrum allocation and mission planning in a tactical environment.

For operational security reasons, Army officials cannot reveal exactly which divisions will be receiving the systems or when, but for the next few months, they will be working to get the system out to Afghanistan.

Warfighters are continually confronted with an increasingly crowded radio spectrum—too many devices transmitting on a limited range of frequencies and interfering with one another. Poor spectrum availability can have a devastating effect on operations, and spectrum management normally is a complex and time-consuming process involving frequency access requests that must be approved at multiple levels. “There’s a lot of paperwork associated with the spectrum management process. There are thousands of these [requests] that have to be prepared, submitted, received and reconciled down at the brigade level. Normally, this could take days or even weeks in preparation for a mission or deployment, and CJSMPT can do this in a matter of hours. It provides automation to the spectrum manager to reduce the complexity of his tasks,” says Bob Shields, chief of the Spectrum Analysis and Frequency Management Branch, Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate, U.S. Army Communications-Electronic Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

EDO Supports Unmanned Maritime Systems

July 8, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
EDO Professional Services Inc., Alexandria, Va., is being awarded a $22,120,993 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for continued technical services in support of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) unmanned maritime systems performing fleet mine countermeasures and force protection. Services will include engineering, logistics, configuration management, research, depot maintenance, system administration and tactical and strategic management. Work will be performed in Manama, Bahrain and San Diego, Calif., and work is expected to be completed by July 22, 2014. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

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