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Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station Contract Modified

December 20, 2013

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, Kongsberg, Norway, was awarded a $37,872,000 modification (P00048) to contract W15QKN-12-C-0103 for maintenance of the M153 common remotely operated weapon station. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed to Provide Sniper Pods to Saudi Arabia

December 20, 2013

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded an $8,808,979 (not-to-exceed) firm-fixed-price modification (P00004) on an existing contract (FA8540-12-C-0012) for sniper advanced targeting pods (ATP) for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The contractor will provide compact multiband data link software and firmware configuration support on the RSAF's F-15SA aircraft and provide resources required for the management, fabrication, repair, support, testing and shipping of its non-developmental item sniper ATP system. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Deliver Friend or Foe Interrogator to Saudi Arabia

December 20, 2013

Raytheon Network Centric Systems, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., has been awarded a $12,878,000, firm-fixed-price contract (FA8540-14-C-0002) for identification friend or foe (IFF) AN/APX-114 Interrogators. The contractor will provide 94 IFFs for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The company also was awarded an $11,662,862 firm-fixed-price contract (FA8540-14-003) for identification friend or foe AN/APX-119 transponders. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.  

Scalable Communications Key to Marine Typhoon Response

December 20, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

When the U.S. Marines needed to set up an emergency communications system on site in the wake of the devastating typhoon that ravaged the Philippines in November, they used an existing rapid deployment networking suite, which allowed nearly instant links with the two governments and with nongovernmental organizations as well. And, it all began with equipment carried into theater as if it were checked baggage.

Lessons From Iraq Guide Afghanistan Exit

January 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

The retrograde of equipment from Afghanistan requires a monumental effort after almost 13 years of war and an influx of billions of dollars’ worth of materiel to the country. To return the necessary pieces along with personnel from the landlocked location, logisticians around the military are developing creative solutions that offer redundancy. Plans are progressing more smoothly than in Iraq, as experts apply lessons learned and a hub-and-spoke model that allows for a controlled collapsing of installations.

Government, Agencies, Industry Come Together at TechNet International 2013

January 1, 2014

AFCEA Europe’s TechNet International 2013, held at the Lisbon Congress Center, Portugal, on October 23 and 24, was organized under the patronage of the minister of national defense, Portugal, in cooperation with the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency and with the support of the AFCEA Portugal Chapter. This event, which was run under the theme “Go Connected + Go Smart = Zero Distance,” brought together more than 300 experts from NATO, government, academia and industry.

The welcome keynote address was delivered by the secretary of state and assistant to the minister of national defense Portugal (SEADN), Dr. Berta Cabral. After words of welcome from Rear Adm. Carlos Rodolfo, PON (Ret.), president, AFCEA Portugal Chapter, and vice president, AFCEA Euro-Atlantic Region, and Maj. Gen. Klaus-Peter Treche, GEAF (Ret.), general manager of AFCEA Europe, the SEADN and keynote speakers, Vice Adm. Pereira da Cunha, PON, chief of the Joint Staff Portugal (CHOD PO), and Chuck Shawcross, director of service strategy for the NCI Agency, gave their keynote addresses. There was also a video presentation from Maj. Gen. Koen Gijsbers, RNLA (Ret.), general manager of the NCI Agency.

Highlights of the scene-setting presentations on day one of the event were those of Lt. Gen. Erich Pfeffer, GEA, vice chief of staff of the German Joint Support Service, on “Rapid Situational Assessment of Land-based Operations,” and of CALM Rear Adm. Silva Ribeiro, PON, director of the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute, on “Rapid Environmental Assessment of the Maritime Battlespace.” The speeches and discussions that followed reflected two special theme tracks: “Enterprise Mobility” and “Secure Networks.”

Raytheon Supports Taiwan Surveillance Radar Upgrade

December 16, 2013

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Sudbury, Mass., has been awarded a $6,896,385 modification (P0005) on an existing cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement contract (FA8730-13-C-0003) for the Taiwan Surveillance Radar program follow-on support string upgrade engineering change proposal. The contract modification provides a continental United States sustainment string upgrade that creates a controlled site-like testing environment for build deployment and system troubleshooting at the continental United States development facility. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Continues Radar Support in Afghanistan

December 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., was awarded a $65,288,028 contract modification (P00037) to contract W15P7T-11-C-H267 for continued operations and sustainment of the vehicle and dismount exploitation radar (VADER) currently deployed in theater. Work will be performed at Linthicum Heights, Md., Hagerstown, Md., and Afghanistan. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Ala., is the contracting activity.

General Atomics Supports Warrior Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Afghanistan

December 16, 2013

General Atomics Aeronautical, Poway, Calif., was awarded an $110,453,269 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for continuing logistic services to the Warrior unmanned aircraft system. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $8,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Afghanistan and Poway, Calif.  Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-C-0008).

Boeing to Upgrade Aircraft for Multiple Nations

December 13, 2013

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with an estimated ceiling-price of $872,766,714 for system upgrades for F/A-18 A/B, C/D, E/F and EA-18G aircraft for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia, Finland, Switzerland, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Canada. This contract provides for deliverables and services based on system configuration set life cycle phases for the aircraft. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia, Finland, Switzerland, Kuwait, Malaysia and Canada. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-14-D-0008).

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