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Meggitt Training Wins Marksmanship Simulator Contract

November 12, 2014

Meggitt Training Systems, Suwanee, Georgia, was awarded a $30,575,466 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 670 indoor simulated marksmanship trainers (ISMT), a three-dimensional, simulation-based system for indoor use capable of instructing in basic and advanced marksmanship, shoot/no-shoot judgment, combat marksmanship, supporting arms and weapons employment tactics. The ISMT system will consist of an instructor/operator station, audiovisual system, host computer, input/output network system and weapons. The ISMT systems will be used both within and outside the continental United States. The ISMT will be capable of being deployed on Navy ships and at U.S. embassies. This contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $32,732,081. Work will be performed in Suwanee, Georgia (90 percent) and at multiple Marine Corps Reserve sites (10 percent). Work is expected to be completed November 2019. No funding will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively solicited through the Federal Business Opportunities website, with three offers received. Marine Corps Systems Command Supporting Program Manager for Training Systems, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (M67854-15-D-7801). (Awarded Nov. 5, 2014)


Marine Corps Procures Four G/ATORs

October 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is being awarded a $207,291,682 modification to a previously awarded contract (M67854-07-C-2072) for procurement of four Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) low-rate initial production systems, including operating spares, contractor engineering services and support, developmental and operational test support, and transition to production. G/ATOR is an expeditionary, three-dimensional, short-to-medium-range multi-role radar system designed to detect low-observable, low-radar cross section targets such as rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles, and unmanned aircraft systems. G/ATOR is being developed and fielded in three blocks and will be employed by the Marine Air Ground Task Force across the range of military operations.

Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Maryland (55 percent); East Syracuse, New York (24 percent); Stafford Springs, Connecticut (5 percent); San Diego, California (5 percent); Big Lake, Minnesota (3 percent); Londonderry, New Hampshire (2 percent); High Point, North Carolina (2 percent); Wallingford Center, Connecticut (2 percent); Camarillo, California (1 percent); and Woodbridge, Illinois (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2017. Fiscal 2013 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $81,934,362; fiscal 2014 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $80,869,885; and fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $12,735,865, will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds in the amount of $94,670,227 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

High-Tech Toys for Expeditionary Forces Showcased at Modern Day Marine Expo

September 25, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Massive tents housed booths with roughly 400 companies pitching the up-and-coming technology to approximately 8,000 attendees at the 2014 Modern Day Marine event held at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. Much of the technology focused on equipping expeditionary forces.

Interoperability Cornerstone Defines Marine Corps Intelligence

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Because it operates in the same realms as all the other military services, the U.S. Marine Corps counts interoperability as its  intelligence.

Dunford Nominated to Lead Marine Corps

July 17, 2014

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., USMC, has been nominated for assignment as commandant of the Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.  

Force 3 to Provide Routers

May 30, 2014

Force 3 Inc., Crofton, Maryland, is being awarded a $10,518,147 five-year, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the upgrade and maintenance support of Marine Corps outer routers. This contract contains four one-year options, which if exercised, would being the maximum dollar value to $13,760,881. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-14-D-4400).

Self-Healing Paint Might Keep Tactical Vehicles on the Road Longer

April 29, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A new primer additive developed for military tactical vehicles lets paint “heal itself” and could revolutionize maintenance timelines while saving billions of dollars, defense experts say.

Polyfibroblast, developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in partnership with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), can be added to zinc-enriched paint primers used on tactical vehicles, which then can “heal like human skin,” says Capt. Frank Furman, USMC, who manages the logistics research programs for ONR’s Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department.

“Corrosion costs the Department of the Navy billions of dollars each year,” Capt. Furman says. “This technology could cut maintenance costs, and, more importantly, it could increase the time vehicles are out in the field with our Marines.”

The powder is made up of microscopic polymer spheres filled with an oily liquid. When the vehicle’s paint is scratched or marred, resin from the broken capsules form a waxy, water-repellant coating across exposed steel to protect against corrosion, he says. Corrosion costs the Navy an estimated $7 billion a year, roughly half of that from damaged Marine Corps vehicles.

The primer additive recently was tested on tactical ground vehicles at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. “It hasn’t been implemented on a wide scale, but we think we are at the point to do that,” Capt. Furman says.

PPG Industries, a coatings and specialty products company headquartered in Pennsylvania, has the contract to add the product to the zinc-rich primers for bulk distribution.

The Dog Ate My Interview!

April 29, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea, USMC, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, is a busy man. He travels a lot. He meets with a lot of high-ranking, important people. So what happened when the dog literally ate Technology Editor George I. Seffers' interview with the general?

CDW to Provide Laptops for Technology Refresh

April 25, 2014

CDW Government, Vernon Hills, Ill., is being awarded $22,982,965 for delivery order 0024, under a previously awarded requirements contract (M67854-12-D-4153) for a quantity of 19,073 general purpose laptops to support the next-generation enterprise network computer refresh. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Two Firms to Support Dismounted Counter-IED Systems

February 19, 2014

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev. (M67854-14-D-2521) and Northrop Grumman Corp., Herndon, Va. (M67854-14-D-2522) are each being awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for the counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) electronic warfare Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operation capable (CREW MEU (SOC), dismounted systems. The CREW MEU (SOC) program addresses an urgent and compelling need for a capability to counter the threat posed by IEDs. The maximum ceiling for both contracts is $90,000,000, with the two contractors having an opportunity to compete for individual orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts throughout the 60-month ordering period of the contracts. The contractors will deliver five initial production systems each for testing under the first delivery orders and the remaining 360 production systems and contract requirements will be competed for each subsequent delivery order. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.


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