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ThalesRaytheonSystems to Upgrade NATO Missile Defense Capabilities

June 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
The NATO Communications and Information Agency signed with ThalesRaytheonSystems a 136 million Euro ($177,969,630 U.S.) contract for a significant upgrade to NATO’s current theatre missile defense command and control capability. By bringing new capabilities to NATO’s Air Command and Control System (ACCS), the upgrade will strengthen and expand NATO’s existing theatre missile defence command and control system, which allows the alliance to link national sensors and interceptors to defend against short and medium range ballistic missile threats. The upgrade also improves the capacity of NATO’s Air Command in Ramstein to plan and execute a missile defence battle. The contract, called ACCS Theatre Missile Defence 1, will bring new capabilities to NATO’s Air Command and Control System for receiving and processing ballistic missile tracks, including integration of additional radar and satellite feeds, major enhancement to data communication capacity and improved correlation features. The upgrade is expected to be completed by 2015.

Lockheed Supports Aegis Radar for Six Nations

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $6,872,082 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide technical engineering, configuration management, associated equipment/supplies, quality assurance, information assurance and other operation and maintenance efforts required for the Aegis development and test sites, including the Combat Systems Engineering Development Site, SPY-1A Test Facility and the Naval Systems Computing Center. This contract contains options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $304,402,466. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Japan, Korea, Spain, Norway and Australia under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

Smartronix to Support Cyber Operations in Four Countries

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Smartronix Inc., Hollywood, Md., is being awarded a $17,009,473 firm-fixed-price contract with cost reimbursable, contract line items, for cyber operations support. This contract provides for program management, knowledge and information assurance management, network operations and maintenance, help desk and engineering support services at Quantico, Va., Camp Pendleton, Calif., and various Marine Corps detachments inside and outside the continental United States. This contract contains two option periods, which if exercised, would bring the maximum dollar value to $39,989,046.  Work will be performed primarily within Quantico, Va.; Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Okinawa, Japan; Stuttgart, Germany; New Orleans, La.; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Kansas City, Mo.; and Seoul, Korea, with an expected completion date of June 29, 2014. The Regional Contracting Office, National Capital Region, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Alliant to Support Aircraft for U.S. and Denmark

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $20,017,724 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to procure various AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System Weapons Replaceable Assemblies. These newly manufactured assemblies include 92 A(V)2 and 328 B(V)2 Integrated Optical Sensor Convertors; 18 A(V)2 and 99 B(V)2 Computer Processors. Additionally, this effort will procure 240 A(V)2 to B(V)2 Integrated Optical Sensor Convertor retrofits, and 60 A(V)2 to B(V)2 Computer Processor retrofits for the U. S. Navy and Air Force assets will repair hardware to ready for issue condition and will cover technical and cost data submissions. These systems are for installation on U. S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force helicopters, rotorcraft and low/slow flying, fixed wing aircraft. Additionally, these systems are for installation on aircraft platforms operated by the government of Denmark. Work will be performed in Clearwater, Fla.; Austin, Texas; Netanya, Israel; Iwata City, Japan; Loveland, Colo.; Northvale, N.J., and various locations throughout the U.S. and should to be completed in December 2015. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

FLIR Supports Aerostat Surveillance in Iraq, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
FLIR Systems Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., was awarded a $14,361,776 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract for the procurement of repairs and refurbishments and logistical support for sensor components of the Legacy Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Base, Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Systems – combined, Cerebus and Cerebus Lite systems that are fielded in Iraq, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $43,268,391. The Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Streamlining Coalition Mission Network Participation

June 17, 2013
By George I. Seffers

NATO and eight coalition nations participating in the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation and eXamination, eXercise (CWIX) are working to reduce the amount of time it takes to join coalition networks in the future. On average, it took a year or more for a nation to join the Afghan Mission Network, but officials hope to trim that down to a matter of weeks, says Lt. Col, Jenniffer Romero, USAF, the CWIX Future Mission Network focus area lead.

“On average, it was taking a year, maybe 18 months, for a nation to join the Afghan Mission Network, and usually we don’t have that much time,” says Col. Romero, who also serves as the chief, cyber assessments for the U.S. Joint Staff J6 Command, Control, Communications and Computers Assessments Division.

The network for future operations will be a federated network modeled after the Afghan Mission Network, for which NATO offered the core infrastructure that participating nations could connect with using their own networks. Col. Romero explains that the goal is to have core services up and running on “day zero,” which she defines as the day pre-deployment orders drop. “Our goal is for the lead nation or lead organization to have the core up and running on that day and for people to be able to join within weeks as opposed to months and months,” she says.

To streamline the process, officials are creating templates of instructions for joining future coalition networks, which NATO officials refer to as the Future Mission Network and U.S. officials dub the Mission Partner Environment. For the CWIX exercise, which runs from June 3-20, they have built a mission network that includes core services such as voice, chat, email and document handling. “We’re assessing those core enterprise services on a future mission network that was built for CWIX 13 specifically for that purpose,” the colonel states.

`Lockheed Martin to Support Joint Standoff Missile for Finland and Australia

June 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., has been awarded a $9,899,914 delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) Common Unique Planning Component software. Foreign Military Sales contract funds in the amount of $9,899,914 are being obligated at time of award for Finland and Australia. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. 

Cyber, Security Focuses for Marine Forces Pacific

June 12, 2013
By Rita Boland

Cyberwarfare is a primary concern for the U.S. Marine Corps as it continues its rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region. With the growing involvement of cyber in every operation along with specific concerns of virtual attacks from large nations in the region, emphasis on the new domain is becoming increasingly important.

Northrop Grumman to Deliver Radar Technology to Five Countries

June 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Electronic Business Segment, Linthicum Heights, Md., has been awarded a maximum $115 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide 16 AN/APG-68 (V)9 radar systems for the Royal Thai Air Force and 22 AN/APG-68 (V)9 radar systems for the Republic of Iraq for a total of 38 radar systems. This foreign military sale also includes spares for the Egyptian Air Force, Royal Moroccan Air Force and Pakistan Air Force. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Rockwell Collins to Support French Air Traffic Control Upgrade

June 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a $44,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract to install the KC-135 Global Air Traffic Management Block 40 Upgrade into three KC-135R French Air Force aircraft. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity. 

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