General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, recently received $195.5 million in funding from the U.S. Army toward an estimated $399 million contract to provide supplemental hardware and low-rate initial production of its Sky Warrior unmanned aerial system in support of the Army's Extended Range/Multi-Purpose unmanned aerial system program.
The Defense Information Systems Agency issued a bridge extension for three Joint Interoperability Test Command multiple-award Omnibus contracts-two held by Northrop Grumman, and another by Interop Joint Venture II. Set to expire August 31, the contracts will be extended six months with three two-month option periods. The extension will add up to $70 million to each contract, changing the total contract ceilings from $1.05 billion to $1.12 billion.
The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, recently awarded General Dynamics Information Technology, Intelligence Solutions Division, Fairfax, Virginia, a nearly $12 million contract to provide logistics support services in support of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence sustainment support (C4IS2) systems.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded advisory and assistance services contracts to Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia; Lockheed Martin Services Incorporated, Gaithersburg, Maryland; and QinetiQ North America, Fairfax, Virginia, to provide advisory and assistance services to the Security and Intelligence Operations Directorate. Each contract has a ceiling of about $365 million.
The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, San Diego, a $94 million contract modification.
The Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded a $4.4 million contract to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company for development, integration, verification, and validation of verification of simulator capabilities for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The work for this not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with completion planned for October 2014.
The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) has chosen Applied Research Associates (ARA), Inc., and its partners as one of nine indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts covering software, networks, information, and modeling and simulation. Under the terms of the contract, which has a maximum value of $2 billion over the next five years, ARA will help consolidate customer-funded efforts of three Defense Department information analysis centers, which are under DTIC direction.
BAE Systems Land and Armaments, Ground Systems Division, has been awarded an $8.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the scope line-replaceable units for the Paladin integrated management program. Awarded by the U.S. Tank-Armaments Command (TACOM), the company will perform the work with an estimated completion date of June 2012.
Iridium Communications Inc. has awarded a $492 million contract to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) for satellite space launch services. Under the terms of the contract, the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle will carry multiple Iridium NEXT satellites per vehicle, inserting the satellites into a low-Earth orbit as Iridium replaces its current satellite constellation. Efforts will take place over a two-year period starting in early 2015.
EADS Defence and Security and Thales have received a contract worth 26.1 million euros from the French defence procurement agency to produce and support two sets of deployable geographic modules (MGPs) for the French army's 28th Geographic Group. The program will develop a deployable system that can rapidly produce, maintain and distribute military geography information.
General Dynamics has been awarded a $20 million contract by The Boeing Company to produce composite components for the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in February 2011 and end by April 2012.
The European Space Agency has awarded Astrum, a subsidiary of EADS, a 105 million Euro contract to build the Sentinel 2-B optical satellite. When complete the Earth observation satellite will join the Sentinel 2-A spacecraft to cover all of the planet's land masses in five-day cycles, sending back data and images for at least 15 years.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply machinery automation systems for two mine countermeasures vessels being sold by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence to the Lithuanian Navy. The contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine unit by Thales U.K., the prime contractor for the refit and upgrade.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded an $18 million contract by General Dynamics Land Systems to supply LRS-2000 Rate Sensor Assembly units for the Stabilized Commander's Weapon Station on U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams Tanks. The LRS-2000 is a two-axis rate sensor developed to support gun and turret stabilization applications with low random drift and high reliability.
While many conferences suffer from waning interest as panel session after panel session present valuable information over two days, this year's AFCEA Homeland Security conference proved to be quite the opposite. Discussions about upcoming contracting opportunities was at least part of the reason.
The ITT Corporation has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to provide flight cryocoolers for the sensor payloads of two international satellites. The geostationary satellites will provide round-the-clock weather forecasts and sever weather alerts. The cryocoolers are used to reduce thermal noise in space-based sensors.
The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Defense Department has selected an engineering and contracting team composed of the OAK Group, L. Robert Kimball & Associates, and Henderson, Inc., to design and build a $22.8 million U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Training Faciltiy in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence has awarded the Raytheon Company-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture a $176 million contract for more than 1,300 Javelin missile rounds and associated engineering support. The joint venture will begin delivering missiles to the U.K. in 2010 and continue through 2012.
SMS Data Products Group, Inc., (SMS) has been awarded a multi-million dollar information technology infrastructure contract by the U.S. Army. A subcontractor to Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (DSA), SMS will expand existing fiber optic and copper wire infrastructure an additional 80 miles to meet key warfighter safety and communication training requirements.
The U.S. Navy has awarded CSC a five-year contract with a potential value of $169 million to support the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program Office. Under the contract, the company will provide program, business and financial management; systems and life-cycle engineering and support; and production planning for LCS seaframes and combat systems currently under construction by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.