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Thales to Provide United Kingdom with Sonar Systems

February 10, 2014

Thales has signed a five-year contract with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence to provide support for the Sonar 2050 anti-submarine sensor used on the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate fleet. Sonar 2050 is a medium-range bow sonar currently fitted to thirteen Type 23 frigates and is the Royal Navy’s primary hull-mounted anti- submarine warfare sensor. It also provides the ship with passive detection capabilities at lower frequencies. Thales will provide physical support of Sonar 2050 for operational defect rectifications, a worldwide 24/7 helpdesk support service, dry dock and afloat support, and test equipment and handling.

Raytheon to Provide Target Acquisition Systems to Saudi Arabia

February 7, 2014

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $16,286,396 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract for 22 modified improved target acquisition systems for the Royal Saudi Land Forces SWORD program and three for the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-C-0066).

Lockheed Martin Modernizes Radar Systems

February 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missions Systems and Training, Liverpool, N.Y., has been awarded an $8,534,310 modification (P00017) on an existing firm-fixed-price contract (FA8217-11-C-0005) for the modernization of AN/FPS-117 Long Range Radars via the Essential Parts Replacement Program. This contract modification provides for the exercise of unpriced options for a quantity of 13 field maintenance equipment kits to provide spare single point failure items in support of the radar site modernizations in Canada, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity.

Irish Navy Purchases Hand-Held Sonar System

January 27, 2014

The Irish Naval Service has acquired a NAVIGATOR Diver Held Sonar and Navigation System manufactured by Shark Marine Technologies Inc., of Ontario, Canada. The Irish Naval Service is the state’s principal seagoing agency. The Naval Service Diving Section (NSDS) is the primary state diving team, carrying out varied tasks for a number of state agencies. Members of the NSDS used the NAVIGATOR system whilst training with the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet diving unit. The NAVIGATOR system is equipped with forward-looking multi-beam sonar to assist diving operations, including search and recovery operations and underwater security.

Iraq, Thailand Procure Inertial Navigation Systems

January 27, 2014

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Company Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif., has been awarded a $200 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to perform acquisition and sustainment for the Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation System (EGI). The acquisition and sustainment will consist of platform integration, modernization, diminishing manufacturing sources, flight test support, technical support following integration efforts, training, engineering support/studies, contractor depot repair, spares, and data for the standard EGI. The first order placed against this IDIQ contract will obligate $2,027,004 of foreign military sales (FMS) funding in support of unclassified Iraq EGI sales and $722,192 of FMS funding in support of unclassified Thailand EGI sales. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8540-14-D-0001).

Rockwell Collins to Provide Cueing System Parts to Six Nations

January 24, 2013

Rockwell Collins-ESA Vision Systems (formerly Vision Systems International LLC), Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $14,666,736 firm-fixed-price contract for replenishment spare parts in support of the A/24A-56 joint helmet mounted cueing system. This contract is a sole-source acquisition. Using military services are the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Air National Guard. A portion of this contract is in support of foreign military sales for Canada, Chile, Pakistan, Portugal, Thailand and Iraq. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., (SPRWA1-11-D-0007-0009). 

Rockwell Collins to Provide Cueing System Parts to Six Nations

January 24, 2013

Rockwell Collins-ESA Vision Systems (formerly Vision Systems International LLC), Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $14,666,736 firm-fixed-price contract for replenishment spare parts in support of the A/24A-56 joint helmet mounted cueing system. This contract is a sole-source acquisition. Using military services are the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Air National Guard. A portion of this contract is in support of foreign military sales for Canada, Chile, Pakistan, Portugal, Thailand and Iraq. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., (SPRWA1-11-D-0007-0009). 

Goodrich Awarded Saudi Arabia Reconnaissance Systems Funds

January 21, 2014

Goodrich Corp., Westford, Mass., has been awarded a $183 million firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract action (P00013) for an existing contract (FA8620-12-C-4020) for the Royal Saudi Air Force DB110 Reconnaissance System program. This modification changes the requirements to include in-country setup and installation, ground stations, and pod survey study being produced under the basic contract. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Supports Communications Node in Afghanistan

January 17, 2013

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Herndon, Va., has been awarded a $52,298,661 firm-fixed-price cost-reimbursement modification (P00013) to exercise option contract line items on an existing contract (FA8726-13-C-0001) to continue performance of comprehensive tasks and provide personnel, facilities, aircraft subsystems and support equipment for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node E-11A platform. Work will be performed at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, as well as Wichita, Kan., and is expected to be completed by Jan. 23, 2015. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity.

Defense Challenges Converge in Asia-Pacific

February 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

All the challenges vexing a modern military—budgetary limitations; information technologies; cyber; and joint and coalition interoperability—are defining operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Covering more than half the Earth’s surface and comprising dozens of nations, the vast area is rife with geopolitical rivalries that complicate efforts at regional security. And, the one domain that knows no geographic bounds—cyberspace—weighs heavily on the success of potential warfighting operations in that region.

Three days of government, military and industry speakers and panelists from around the Pacific Rim examined these issues at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2013, held December 3-5 in Honolulu. The theme of “Building Coalitions Through Cyber” launched discussions that extended far beyond the digital realm.

Cyber was the dominant topic, with dialogues ranging from its advantages to its pitfalls. Lt. Gen. Thomas L. Conant, USMC, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), quoted his commander, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, USN, as saying, “We have built cyber on a house of cards.” Gen. Conant stated PACOM is beholden on what cyber has promised, but its full capabilities may not be available during a conflict. “We’re going to be on a denied battlespace; they won’t let us have all the comms,” Gen. Conant said of cyber activities by adversaries. “We’ll have to learn how to do task forces again.”

Scott Dewar, the Australian consulate general in Honolulu, called for domestic and international coalitions to generate approaches for cybersecurity. Effective cybersecurity ultimately will depend on the ability of nations with shared interests forming coalitions that influence the development of international rules and regulations, Dewar said, calling for “a global approach to cybersecurity and common rules of operation.”

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