aerostat

October 28, 2015
By George I. Seffers
A JLENS aerostat is seen here on White Sands Missile Range. Earlier today, a JLENS aerostat detached from its mooring and has since been grounded.

Earlier today, a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) surveillance system aerostat detached from its mooring station in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and apparently explored the fall foliage northeast of Washington, D.C., over Pennsylvania.

The hot-headed hooligan has since been grounded. It is likely deflated and in the vicinity of Moreland Township, Pennsylvania.

June 5, 2015

Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems, Andover, Maryland, was awarded a $16,999,000 modification (P00004) to contract (W9113M-15-C-0001) for a requirement to exercise option one for services to provide continued field and sustainment level maintenance supporting one Joint Land Elevated Netted System (JLENS) orbit deployed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Services provided are in support of satisfying the JLENS orbit employment in an operational exercise in support of homeland defense and as part of Operation Noble Eagle. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $16,999,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2015.

March 9, 2015

TCOM L.P., Columbia, Maryland, was awarded an $11,236,214 modification to definitize a previously awarded letter contract (M67854-14-C-2400) on March 4, 2015, for contractor engineering technical support for the Kuwait Low Altitude Surveillance System (KLASS), to perform operation and maintenance of the KLASS aerostat. Work will be performed in Kuwait City, Kuwait (90 percent); Elizabeth City, North Carolina (5 percent); and Columbia, Maryland (5 percent); and is expected to be completed in June 2016. This is a Foreign Military Sales contract which is 100 percent funded by the government of Kuwait. The funds do not expire.

December 8, 2014

Raytheon Integrated Systems Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $12,001,675 firm-fixed-price contract for field and sustainment-level maintenance aiding one Joint Land Elevated Netted System (JLENS) orbit in support of an operational exercise. Work will be performed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, with an estimated completion date of June 4, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with one received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) funds in the amount of $9,001,256 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W9113M-15-C-0001).

 

October 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin will continue to support a tethered aerostat-based system that provides real-time, around-the-clock reconnaissance and surveillance for warfighters in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $345 million contract to operate and sustain the Persistent Threat Detection Systems (PTDS). The Army's Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, Product Manager, Meteorological and Target Identification Capabilities, based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., will provide program and acquisition management.

September 20, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
TCOM L.P., Columbia, Md., is being awarded $14,926,978 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-13-G-0011) for 22M aerostat parts and spares in support of the Army's Persistent Ground Surveillance System Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
FLIR Systems Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., was awarded a $14,361,776 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract for the procurement of repairs and refurbishments and logistical support for sensor components of the Legacy Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Base, Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Systems – combined, Cerebus and Cerebus Lite systems that are fielded in Iraq, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $43,268,391. The Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.

June 7, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
TCOM Limited Partnership, Columbia, Md., is being awarded an $11,800,672 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for 22M and 28M aerostat parts and spares in support of the Army’s Persistent Ground Surveillance System Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity. 

January 4, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Raytheon Co., Andover, Mass., was awarded a $30,293,284 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Surveillance System Supply and Support for the Rapid Aerostat Deployment Configurations. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity. 

July 16, 2012
By George Seffers

Information Systems Laboratories, San Diego, California, was awarded a $15,063,350 firm-fixed-price contract for rapidly elevated aerostat platforms and associated spares. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

March 23, 2012
By George Seffers

TCOM LLP, Columbia, Maryland, is being awarded a $13,445,124 contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for the procurement of seven TCOM 22M aerostat systems, site and tether-up spares, and line replaceable units in support of Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems being fielded by the Army. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

January 19, 2012
By George Seffers

TCOM L.P., Columbia, Maryland, is being awarded a $12,204,993 firm-fixed-price order for the procurement of three 28M aerostat systems and three site spares in support of Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems for the Army. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

September 29, 2011
By George Seffers

TCOM L.P., Columbia, Maryland, is being awarded a $12,354,993 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of hardware in support of phase three of the Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (PGSS) for the Navy. Hardware to be provided includes three 28M+ aerostat systems and three site spares to outfit and enhance the capabilities of the existing PGSS currently fielded. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey is the contracting activity.

September 7, 2011
By George Seffers

TCOM L.P., Columbia, Maryland, is being awarded a $38,614,787 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 15 TCOM 22M+ aerostats, tether-up spares, line replaceable units, component kits, and field service representative services in support of Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems being fielded by the Army. Work will be performed in Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Columbia, Maryland; and Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed in September 2014. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

July 8, 2011
By George Seffers

TCOM LP, Columbia, Maryland, is being awarded an approximate $10 million contract modification for hardware in support of phase three of the Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (PGSS) for the Army. Hardware to be procured includes five 22M+ aerostat systems, six tether-up spares kits, and two line replaceable units/site spares to outfit and enhance the capabilities of the existing PGSS currently fielded. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

June 24, 2011
By George Seffers

FLIR Systems Incorporated, Wilsonville, Oregon, was awarded about $10 million for the procurement of repairs and refurbishments, and logistics support for sensor components of the Legacy Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) and RAID Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Systems-Combined, Cerberus, and Cerberus Lite systems that are fielded in Iraq, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. U.S. Army Space and Missile Command, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

May 20, 2011
By George Seffers

TCOM Limited Partnership, Columbia, Maryland, is being awarded a nearly $15 million contract for the procurement of hardware in support of Phase III of the Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems for the Army. Hardware to be procured includes 22M+ aerostat systems, tether-up spares kits, and line replaceable units/site spares. Quantity is for a total of five aerostat systems; five tether-up kits; and various spares, including five tether up spares. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

February 4, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon Company, Andover, Massachusetts, was recently awarded a nearly $60 million contract for the support and sustainment, in all aspects, for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Legacy and Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Systems. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Contracting Acquisition Management Office, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

January 19, 2011
By George Seffers

Logos Technologies Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded a $10 million order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for a Phase III small business innovation research project that supports Topic SB072-019 "Wide Area Video Image Storage Techniques" and Topic SB072-017 "False Alarm Mitigation." This order provides services in support of: wide area persistent surveillance aerostat payloads and ground stations, integration and maintenance in-theater; integration onto persistent ground surveillance systems platforms; lightweight expeditionary airborne persistent surveillance; and the Army global civil military emergency preparedness and persistent threat detection system. The work will be perfor

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