Global Hawk

May 25, 2017

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being awarded $64,526,366 for modification P00005 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0007) to exercise an option for operator, maintenance, logistic support and sustainment engineering services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) program.

May 4, 2017

Northrop Grumman, San Diego, California, has been awarded a $39,947,203 letter contract for Battle Field Airborne Communications Node (BACN) for EQ-4B Global Hawk. Contractor will provide BACN payload modification, integration, and installation onto the EQ-4B. Work will be performed at San Diego, California; and Palmdale, California, and is expected to be complete by May 2, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $10,759,076 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8726-17-C-0004).

 

August 26, 2016
By Benjamin K. Sharfi
An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line at Hurlburt Field, Florida, in 2014. The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft primarily used as an intelligence-collection asset.

Not surprisingly, as the technology behind unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has increased over the decades, so have their costs. But why do modern-day UAVs and their equipment cost so much? The simple answer: because they can. But that doesn’t mean the cost is justified.

June 3, 2016

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being awarded $62,406,998 for modification P00003 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0007) to exercise an option for operation and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) program. In addition, this option provides for logistics support, organization, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, and field services representatives to ensure the BAMS-D aircraft are mission-capable for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland (70 percent); Rancho Bernardo, California (5 perce

April 18, 2016
DISA has awarded UltiSat Inc. a task order valued at more than $9 million to provide Ku bandwidth capacity to support Global Hawk flight tests.

UltiSat Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland, has announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization recently awarded a COMSATCOM Transponded Capacity task order to UltiSat to provide Ku bandwidth capacity to the United States Global Vigilance Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base near Palmdale, California. Services will support Global Hawk Unmanned Air Vehicle to flight tests. UltiSat will support GH Ku-band earth terminals associated with the Global Hawk Mission Control Element which may be located at any of several locations in California. This task order falls under the Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition Schedule 70 contract vehicle.

March 28, 2016

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, has been awarded a $30,257,077 modification (P00013) to previously awarded contract FA8620-13-C-3018 for Global Hawk Block Lot 11 production. Contractor will provide for the retrofit of eight Block 30I aircraft to Block 30M capable aircraft. Work will be performed at San Diego, California, and is expected to be complete by December 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 and 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $29,827,733 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Global Hawk Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

 

October 9, 2015

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $16,969,350 modification (P00287) for radar software corrections under previously awarded contract F19628-00-C-0100. The contract modification is for Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program radar system development and demonstration alignment with the Global Hawk Block 40 program schedule. Work will be performed at El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed on November 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $200,000 are being obligated at time of award.

October 5, 2015
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $203,559,738 contract modification for Global Hawk logistic services and sustainment III.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, has been awarded a $203,559,738 modification (P00016) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8528-15-C-0003 for Global Hawk contractor logistic services and sustainment III. Contractor will provide additional material and services to include planning, operations support, and maintenance support.

October 1, 2015

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, has been awarded a $3.2 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Global Hawk development, modernization, retrofit and sustainment activities for all Air Force variants. Contractor will provide management, including program, business and technical areas; engineering efforts, including configuration management, data management, reliability, availability and maintainability; and related areas of concern such as technical refresh, diminishing manufacturing sources, etc. This contract’s ordering period ends on September 30, 2020.

September 28, 2015
Based on the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system designed for land surveillance, the BAMS-D system was modified to work in a maritime environment. Northrop Grumman is being awarded an $8,988,148 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to provide sustainment engineering services support to the BAMS-D program.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, is being awarded an $8,988,148 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0007) to provide sustainment engineering services support to the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) program. Services to be provided include the design, development, and installation of modifications to the BAMS-D communications system required to remain compliant with system and network performance requirements. Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, (50 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (25 percent); and San Diego (25 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2016. Fi

June 29, 2015
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $16,232,399 contract modification for engineering and manufacturing development for the Global Hawk system.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $16,232,399 modification (P00534) to previously awarded contract F33657-01-C-4600 for engineering and manufacturing development for the Global Hawk system. Contractor will provide the development and integration of software fixes and maintainer graphical user interface tasks into the Global Hawk ground station. This modification builds off of the existing ground station software and corrects reported deficiencies. Work will be performed in San Diego, and is expected to be complete by December 30, 2016.

December 17, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, has been awarded a $657,400,000 hybrid contract including firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized contract action for aircraft for the Republic of Korea. Contractor will provide four RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles, two spare engines and the applicable Ground Control Environment elements. Each will contain an Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite. Work will be performed at San Diego, and is expected to be complete by June 28, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

October 1, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, has been awarded a $33,872,569 modification (P00045) to previously awarded contract FA8620-10-C-4000 for International Maritime Satellite/Communication Security upgrade retrofit to the entire U.S. Air Force Global Hawk air vehicle fleet, ground systems and spares. Work will be performed at Palmdale, California, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2016. Fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $33,872,569 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

June 2, 2014

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, has been awarded a $13,039,369 modification (P00512) to F33657-01-C-4600 for the Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) Timing and Control (TAC) Module A-3 replacement effort. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $2,318,001,044. The contract modification is for the completion of flight tests necessary to ensure the EISS TAC module and associated software developments are compatible to the Global Hawk aircraft in form, fit and function. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

May 2, 2014

Northrop Grumman Corp., Aerospace Systems, El Segundo, Calif., has been awarded a $6,567,841 modification (P00264) to F19628-00-C-0100 for radar system development and demonstration schedule extension. The contract modification is for Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) radar system development and demonstration alignment with the Global Hawk Block 40 program schedule. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massacusetts, is the contracting activity.

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $7,902,648 delivery order (0001) to firm-fixed-price contract (F8620-13-G-0001) for Global Hawk spares. The contract award is for ground segment communications spares. This contract will provide spares for ground and communications systems to help ensure mission success. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

September 13, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
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.

September 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $9,981,663 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0117) for additional operations and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance - Demonstrator, Unmanned Aircraft System, also known as the Global Hawk Maritime - Demonstrator. The services include manpower to increase BAMS-D operational tempo from the current nine maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions per month to a sustained level of 15 missions per month. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
 

May 15, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a maximum ceiling $555,600,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Global Hawk modernization. The tasks on each delivery or task order will fall into, but are not limited to, the following categories:  management, including program, business and technical areas; engineering efforts, including configuration management, data management, reliability, availability& maintainability, and related areas of concern such as technical refresh, diminishing manufacturing sources, etc.; studies and analyses; design, development, integration, test and evaluation; retrofit requ

April 23, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $35,696,841 contract modification for Global Hawk engineering and manufacturing development. The total cumulative face value of the multi-year contract is $2,297,747,550. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIGK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity.

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