Raytheon Company Corp., El Segundo Calif., has been awarded a $19,351,087 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Military Imaging Surveillance Technology-Long Range (MIST-LR) Technical Area 2, to research advance computational imaging techniques in support of beyond-the-diffraction-limit imaging. Air Force Research Laboratory/RQKDB, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-13-C-7372).
Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, El Segundo, Calif., has been awarded a $28,608,128 modification (P00256) to previously awarded F19628-00-C-0100 for completion of maritime modes development for the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP). The total cumulative face value of the contract after this action is $1,514,521,395. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., has been awarded a $169,851,218 (estimated) cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (PZ0001) on a definitization of an undefinitized contract action (FA8528-13-C-0005) for contract logistics support for the RQ-4 Global Hawk. The contractor shall provide all logistics support activities, which includes fielded air vehicles, engines, payloads, ground segments and support segments. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity.
Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo., has been awarded a $550,355,001 modification (P00098) to indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (F04701-02-D-0006) to provide for system and maintenance engineering, network support integration, on-site and off-site depot level maintenance, and software maintenance of the Air Force Satellite Control Network. This modification is to exercise contract option period three, contract line item numbers (CLIN 301-311), cost-plus-award-fee, cost-reimbursable, firm-fixed-price in accordance with SMC-B3 option period three (August 2000) for fiscal 2014-2016. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Army no longer has the luxury of propping up program failures with extra money, causing big changes in the service’s decisions. “If a program doesn’t execute, it’s not going to be a program very long,” said Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, USA, deputy for acquisition and systems management, headquarters, Army, during TechNet Augusta. His repeated this main message throughout his presentation, emphasizing that programs must perform and meet budgets.
The general also addressed activities by the acquisition community related to modernizing the Army’s network. “If we’re going to get to one network, we’re really talking about enterprise,” Gen. Greene stated. Budget and world conditions are forcing the military branch to adjust how it carries out business.
Gen. Greene explained that under normal circumstances, acquisition officials would have the program objective memorandum for 2015-2019 complete and work on the 2016-2020 version would be underway. But because of issues with national budgets, personnel still are reworking the former version. “It’s going to be tough for my community,” Gen. Greene said. During the recent years of war, the Army has focused on immediate solutions, but now it will have to see further out to make decisions about where to place its bets for the future. One of the most important investment bets is the network.
Silvus Technologies Inc., Los Angeles, Calif. has been awarded a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract for the 100 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) Radio Frequency (RF) Backbone (100G) program. The total dollar value of this 20 month Phase I contract is approximately $3.7 million. As a final deliverable of this phase, Silvus is to demonstrate a multiple input, multiple output system capable of multiplexing eight independent streams, each carrying one Gb/s data over a line-of-sight wireless range above 50 kilometers. The goal of the 100G program is to design, build and test an airborne-based communications link with fiber-optic-equivalent capacity and long reach that can propagate through clouds and provide high availability. The system will provide 100 Gb/s capacity at ranges of 200 kilometers for air-to-air links and 100 kilometers for air-to-ground links from a high-altitude (e.g. 60,000 ft.) aerial platform. Additionally, the system will provide an all-weather, including cloud, rain, and fog, capability while maintaining tactically-relevant throughput and link ranges.
FLIR Systems Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., is being awarded a $49,900,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the repair and sustainment of the electro-optic sensors systems for the Ground Based Operational Surveillance System. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-13-D-JQ38).
Lockheed Martin has been selected to design the Active Network Infrastructure (ANWI) for NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. This contract, worth more than $100 million, includes options under which Lockheed Martin may also be contracted to maintain the NATO network for five years. Lockheed Martin’s team will develop an infrastructure to service more than 4,500 users at the alliance’s headquarters and support up to an additional 1,500 conference visitors. The team also will provide four integrated security networks interoperable with other NATO nations; cross domain information assurance solutions for secure, seamless interconnectivity; a robust, modern, high-availability data center; and comprehensive unified communication and collaboration services.
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Fairfax, Va., was awarded two contracts totaling $50 million to support the continued modernization of the AN/BYG-1 combat control system aboard U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines. The AN/BYG-1 modernization program integrates the tactical control, weapons control and tactical network subsystems to provide submarine fleet operators and commanders with a common operational picture that enhances real-time intelligence and improves situational awareness. General Dynamics will continue to upgrade the submarine electronics with commercial off-the-shelf software and hardware that integrates improved tactical and weapons control capabilities across multiple submarine classes.
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga., has been awarded a $7,956,371 delivery order (HC1047-05-D-4000-0244) for Army electronic protection to analyze the response of Army systems to advanced jamming and develop mitigation techniques and methods against this jamming. Enterprise Sourcing Group, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity.