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U.S. Navy Awards Common Sensor Payload Contract

December 23, 2013

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded an $8,977,748 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for common sensor payload (CSP) AN/AAS-53 high-definition retrofits. CSP AN/AAS-53 high- definition retrofits, while functioning on manned or unmanned aircraft, provide battlefield commanders with a day/night imaging sensor and laser designator for reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and target designation. The payload must operate day and night, detect and recognize operationally-meaningful targets at survivable standoff ranges, determine range-to-target, auto track and designate targets for precision-guided standoff weapons, provide target-location coordinates, and display continuous high-resolution imagery to the battlefield commander. The ability to provide such a capability to the supported commander will greatly increase battlefield effectiveness. The CSP high-definition will have adequate on-board processing to perform auto tracking, designation, and to support the transmission of near-real-time motion imagery. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., 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).

Bell to Support MQ-8C

November 18, 2013

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,266,644 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacturing and delivery of three Bell 407 analog helicopters in support of the endurance upgrade of the vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-8C Fire Scout. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0022).

AAI Supports Shadow in Afghanistan

October 30, 2013
George I. Seffers

AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Md., was awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee, option-included contract with a maximum value of $126,262,568 to provide logistics and operational support services to the Army and Marine Corps for Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft systems. A portion of this contract includes foreign military sales in support of Australia. Work will performed in Afghanistan. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-C-0001).

General Atomics to Fill Urgent Reaper Requirement for France

October 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $49,813,377 undefinitized contract action (DO 0112) under a previously existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA8620-10-G-3038) for France's MQ-9 Reaper urgent request program. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity.

Insitu Awarded Two ScanEagle Support Contracts

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded $7,264,250 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #0016 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0008) for hardware repairs and modifications to previously procured ScanEagle Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) for the government of Poland under the foreign military sales program. This effort procures spares, operations and maintenance training, and technical UAS publications. The hardware includes air vehicles, their components, and improvements to the systems ancillary equipment, including ground control stations and launch and recovery equipment. The company also was awarded a $300 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-13-D-0016) for hardware and operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems operated by the U.S. Special Operations Command. The hardware and services to be provided include replacement air vehicles, spare and consumable parts, and in-theatre field service representatives to supplement naval special warfare operators. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity for both awards.

Northrop Supports E-2D Hawkeye

September 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded $11,655,626 for firm-fixed-price delivery order #0009 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-10-G-0021) for the design, development, first article, and production units for ten pieces of peculiar support equipment (PSE); and the procurement of 29 additional pieces of previously developed PSE for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

General Atomics Receives Gray Eagle Funds

September 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded a $199,746,895 firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year contract to provide MQ-1C Gray Eagle fiscal year 2013 full rate production and fiscal 2012 hardware backfill requirements applicable to the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System. The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-13-C-0109).

Silvus Technologies to Research Beamforming Antenna Technology

September 16, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Silvus Technologies Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., has been awarded an small business incentive research Phase II contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to design and build a digital beamforming antenna array for airborne applications. This contract award is a result of a successful Phase I feasibility study that Silvus Technologies conducted under small business incentive research topic # AF131-038. The total dollar amount of the award including Phase I and Phase II is $900,000. Under this two-year contract, Silvus Technologies will build a digital beamforming antenna array for airborne and ground applications and demonstrate electronic tracking of multiple simultaneous transmit and receive beams to and from airborne assets and the ability to adaptively null out interferers. This program lays the foundation for a low size, weight, power and cooling directional antenna technology that can be mounted on small, unmanned aerial vehicles.

General Atomics to Develop Lynx Radar for Reaper

September 13, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a $12,844,738 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the MQ-9 stationary targeting improvements. This contract action is for the development and delivery of an improved targeting capability with the Lynx synthetic aperture radar (SAR) on the MQ-9 platform to allow for a more streamlined approach to targeting and quicker decision making by the crew. This effort also builds a certifiable Lynx SAR community sensor model (CSM) in order to allow for future implementation in the full MQ-9 CSM effort as well as a trade study to identify a format for encoding SAR imagery and moving target indicator data within the MQ-9 architecture that enables a common digital video format. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-10-G-3038 DO 0054).


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