Broadband Discovery Systems, Scotts Valley, California, was awarded a $9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to build, test and assess multi-sensor stand-off person-borne improvised explosive device detection systems with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2019. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-14-D-0025).
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $33,280,877 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for integrated sensor suite theater evaluation and test effort to develop an innovative counter-improvised explosive device capability. U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
A-T Solutions Incorporated, Fredericksburg, Virginia, was awarded a $9,851,037 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the modification of an existing contract to provide counter-improvised explosive device training programs in support of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2014. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a $6,784,337 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for research and development in order to complete and deliver survivability and vulnerability reports including Weapons Materials Research Directorate Technology Information Report, Systems Integration Analysis and Scientific and Technology Roadmap for Warfighter Enterprise, and Experimental Tests and Test Planning and Reports.
Energetics Technology Center Incorporated, Waldorf, Maryland, is being awarded an approximate $23 million firm-fixed-price research and development for work in support of energetics concepts development for enhanced blast weapon technology demonstrations sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded an approximate $26 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification for Sand Dragon B. This effort is to develop and deploy an innovative airborne counter-IED capability unmanned aerial system. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Jorge Scientific Corporation, Arlington, Virginia, was awarded about $8 million for the research, development, and demonstration of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, munitions detection, and counter-improvised explosive device technological solutions to address deficiencies. Work will be performed in Afghanistan. There were 999 bids solicited, with 999 bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
R4 Incorporated, Eatontown, New Jersey, was awarded about $9 million for contractor logistic support on various improvised explosive device defeat/protect force equipment at approximately 60 locations. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
SRCTec Incorporated, Syracuse, New York, was recently awarded a $78 million contract modification to include primary Duke V3 system spares and increase the ordering ceiling to $278 million. Duke V3 is a counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device electronic warfare system. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Army National Guard is ramping up training opportunities for troops to fight back against the deadliest weapon in war zones-the improvised explosive device (IED).
More than 70 percent of U.S. casualties on the battlefield result from attacks with improvised explosive devices, frequently controlled by a radio link. The weapons likely will remain a persistent threat worldwide for years to come, but work is ongoing to counter them. Already, upgrades to current capabilities are entering battle zones, and development is underway on a complex system of systems to advance defeat tactics. During the next few years, military members can expect improved protection that includes the jamming of more frequency bands and a networked toolset connecting dismounted soldiers, vehicles and fixed installations, all focused on bringing troops home safe and sound.
The key to defeating improvised explosive devices may lie in attacking the network that procures, develops and emplaces the weaponry rather than focusing on the device itself. Eight years of combating both the devices and their effects has broadened the mission of those tasked with rendering these weapons null in the realm of asymmetric warfare.
The U.S. Army National Guard is continuing down a path blazed by other institutions to create counter-improvised explosive device training lanes around the country. Citizen soldiers will use the locations to improve their tactics against the oft-fatal threats, and partners also can take advantage of the ranges to upgrade their skills. The goal is to increase the number of rehearsals warfighters participate in while requiring less time away from home and less money outlay for travel.
The Marine Corps, through the Infantry Immersion Trainer virtual reality program, is giving Marines, soldiers and sailors one of the most successful, realistic battlefield training opportunities they can possibly experience--short of actually being in Afghanistan.
EDO Communication and Countermeasures Systems Incorporated, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a $29 million contract modification to exercise options for all material and services to support the system development and demonstration phase through engineering design model for the three capabilities-dismounted, mounted and fixed site-of the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare 3.3 system of systems. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Sierra Nevada Corporation, Sparks, Nevada, is being awarded a $91 million modification to a contract for the procurement and support of the transmitting set, countermeasures AN/PLT-5 to support Joint Services Explosive Ordnance Disposal (JSEOD) personnel. JSEOD forces have a requirement for man-portable equipment and support for the JSEOD counter radio controlled improvised explosive device electronic warfare (CREW) program. The JSEOD CREW program provides all military explosive ordnance disposal services with an electronic warfare capability to counter
ITT Advanced Engineering & Sciences, Annapolis Junction, Maryland, is being awarded a $455 million contract for the production of up to 5000 Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.2 mounted systems to meet urgent requirements of the Department of Defense in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Mounted JCREW systems are electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices and are critical to protecting U.S.