The Air Force Chief of Staff had but three critical requirements for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM): "It should work; it should hit the target; and it should cost under $40,000 each." If only every requirements document could fit on a sticky note!
AeroVironment Incorporated, Monrovia, California, recently announced that it has received a firm fixed-price order for 12 hybrid small unmanned aircraft systems from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk) on behalf of the Swedish Army. The order consists of Puma AE and Wasp air vehicles, ground stations, training, and logistics support. Contract options could increase the procurement to a total of 30 systems. The Swedish Army will deploy the systems to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of a wide variety of missions.
Rockwell Collins Incorporated, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $12,437,659 firm-fixed-price and modification contract for the order of 4,592 Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) units and assorted accessories through the exercise of 30 corresponding options on the DAGR follow-on contract. Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.
L-3 Services Incorporated, Mount Laurel, NJ, is being awarded a $12,490,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services in support of the Joint Precision Approach and Landing Systems and the Navy unmanned combat aerial systems programs. Services to be provided include requirements definition and analysis; prototyping; test and evaluation; technical assistance; system analysis; engineering; software development, integration and maintenance; test data acquisition; reduction and analysis; technical logistic support; configuration management; training support; and program and project management. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Masters Competition is now open. Contestants in any one or all of this year's seven challenges must submit their concepts of best services, business cases and applications for GMES satellite data.