Defense Operations

June 30, 2014

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada is being awarded a maximum $10,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a four-year ordering period in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. The results of this contract will allow ground-based forces to digitally provide overhead aircraft with Personal Location Information and designate targets digitally to on-board aircraft computer systems allowing pilots to see where friendly forces are located on the aircraft Common Operating Picture as well as the GPS location of the target. U.S. SOCOM/Directorate of Procurement, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (H92222-14-D-0023).

June 30, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Warner Robins, Georgia, has been awarded a $15,212,790 firm-fixed-price contract for the repair of the AN/ALQ-135 Electronic Countermeasures System’s Band 3 and Bands 1&2 Traveling Wave Tubes. Work will be performed at Warner Robins, Georgia, and is expected to be completed by June 25, 2015. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and is 100 percent foreign military sales for Saudi Arabia. FMS funds in the amount of $15,212,790 will be obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8540-14-C-0009).

June 30, 2014

Smiths Detection, Edgewood, Maryland, was awarded a $21,867,004 modification (P00040) to firm-fixed-fee contract (W911SR-07-C-0080) to exercise the option to purchase 3,353 M4A1 joint chemical agent detectors, 580 communication adapter kits, one platform interface kit, 2,713 Stryker communication adaptors, 137 sieve packs and 25 nozzles. Army Contracting Command Edgewood Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland is the contracting activity.

June 30, 2014

Northrop Grumman, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $15 million modification (P00106) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (W31P4Q-08-C-0418) for research and development for Advance Electronic Protect, Integrated Air and Missile Defense system of systems capability, and IAMD Battle Command System development and demonstration. Army Contracting Command Redstone Arsenal Missile, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

June 30, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $63,070,969 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-07-C-0055) for the Phase II continuation of post-demonstration activities in support of the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program. These activities include continued X-47B aircraft systems, test bed and flight test support at both shore-based locations and associated carrier detachments, continued development of Fleet Concepts of Operations, X-47B maintenance support, lab and test bed operational support and continued flight test opportunities. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contract

June 30, 2014

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded a $10,737,652 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the design, development, integration, test and evaluation, installation, fielding, certification, maintenance and logistics support of the cooperative identification, non-cooperative target recognition, air traffic c

June 30, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,465,734 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0126) for the extension of engineering and software sustainment services in support of the Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Fire Scout MQ-8B. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

June 30, 2014

Maersk Line Ltd., Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,103,568 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-13-C-2505) to exercise a 92-day option for the operation and maintenance of five U.S. Navy ocean surveillance ships and one U.S. Navy missile range instrumentation ship. The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

June 30, 2014

Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, Kongsberg, Norway, was awarded a $7,898,000 modification (P00103) to contract (W15QKN-12-C-0103) to exercise contract line number 0100 on the base contract for depot support for the Common Remotely Operated Weapon System. Army Contracting Command Picatinny Arsenal, Pennsylvania is the contracting activity.

June 30, 2014

Raytheon Co. Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded an $80,768,012 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Lot 7 Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) missile (200 each) to include: data, mission planning, process verification program, and operational flight software. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8682-14-C-0004).

June 30, 2014

Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $15,262,451 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the design, engineering analysis, program, manufacture and test of the universal exciter upgrade (shop replaceable assembly redesign) to support the AN/ALQ 99 tactical jamming system used on the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G aircraft. This procurement is to design and manufacture three components of the universal exciter: the modulation direct digital synthesizer, the direct digital synthesizer and the oscillator switch to eliminate the use of obsolete parts. This contract combines purchases for the U.S.

June 30, 2014

Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $33,176,807 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00024-12-C-4223 for research and development activities associated with integrated power systems power load modules to be used for electromagnetic railgun pulse power containers design, and for the fabrication and testing of prototypes. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

June 26, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Four companies have been tapped to design the next generation of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). They are Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, The Boeing Company, Karem Aircraft Incorporated and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.

Current designs of VTOL aircraft have not been able to increase top speeds without sacrificing range, according to the agency. The VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) “seeks to overcome these challenges through innovative cross-pollination between the fixed-wing and the rotary-wing worlds, to enable radical improvements in vertical and cruise flight capabilities,” the agency states.

June 26, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Army now has a modified radar system that can detect roadside bombs, day or night and in any weather, from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories developed a modified miniature synthetic aperture radar (MiniSAR) system mounted on UAVs. While they have been demonstrating the technology, also called the Copperhead system, for troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2009, it was not until recently that Sandia Labs transferred it to the Army, according to a company news release.

June 25, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The acting chief information officer (CIO) for the U.S. Defense Department is promoting a diversity movement for information technology. He wants to see a younger work force that includes people who have come of age in the digital era.

Terry Halvorsen, acting department CIO, told the Wednesday luncheon audience at the AFCEA International Cyber Symposium, being held June 24-25 in Baltimore, that the department is striving to recruit the right skill sets it needs for information technology. But, having skill sets alone is not enough.

“We need to attract a younger work force,” he said. “We’re filling jobs, but we’re not getting the right mix. Diversity is needed.”

June 25, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

U.S. Defense Department data will be invading the commercial world as the department moves its unclassified information out of its own hands. Terry Halvorsen, acting Defense Department chief information officer, described the upcoming move at the Wednesday luncheon of the AFCEA International Cyber Symposium, being held June 24-25 in Baltimore.

June 25, 2014

Lockheed Martin, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $12,171,921 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-2300 CLIN 0012) to provide procurement and engineering efforts in support of the TRS-3D Radar installation for the Port Hueneme Test Ship. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair, Bath, Maine, is the contracting activity.

June 25, 2014

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, is being awarded $14,899,999 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0054 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) to complete an engineering change proposal to retrofit an infrared marker into the existing Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared pods for the F/A-18 E/F aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

June 25, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a $1.86 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., for production of the fifth and sixth Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous missile-warning satellites. SBIRS is the next-generation strategic missile-warning system replacing the 1970s Defense Support Program constellation.

June 25, 2014

NIITEK, Dulles, Virginia, was awarded a $26,122,231 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with options in support of the Husky Mounted Detection System, which will provide ground penetrating radar, deep buried detection, and marking capabilities, installed on the Husky, thereby enabling the detection of underbelly-attack explosive hazards during route clearance missions. The contract includes a 21 -month engineering and manufacturing development base period with a 15-month low rate initial production option. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Virginia, is the contracting activity (W909MY-14-C-0025).

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