L-3 Communications Applied Technologies Inc., San Leandro, California, is being awarded an $8,415,923 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-07-C-4223 to fabricate and assemble long procurement lead time materials associated with the pulse-power power supplies for the electromagnetic railgun capacitor charger. Work will be performed in Neptune, New Jersey (98 percent); and San Leandro, California (2 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2016. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount $8,362,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The technological lead the U.S military has over its adversaries could be a fleeting one as repeated budgetary cuts have bled funding from research and development coffers while rivals grew their technology prowess, said the U.S. Navy’s top military officer.
Adversaries rapidly grew near-matching technology “and we’re not—not as quickly as I would like,” Adm. Jonathan Greenert, USN, the chief of naval operations, warned attendees at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington, D.C.
General Atomics, San Diego, is being awarded a $36,468,962 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-12-C-4222) for research and development activities associated with integrated power system power load modules to be used for electromagnetic railgun pulse power containers and for the fabricating and testing of prototypes. Work will be performed in Tupelo, Mississippi (70 percent), and San Diego (30 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2016. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $6,216,229 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
K2 Energy Solutions Incorporated, Henderson, Nevada, is being awarded a ceiling-priced $81,400,000 firm-fixed price/cost-plus fixed-fee, basic ordering agreement for the fully self-contained battery intermediate energy store system required to power a large modular capacitor bank for the electromagnetic railgun. Work will be performed in Henderson, Nevada, and is expected to be completed by December 2016. No funding will be obligated at time of award. The contract was sole sourced in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-5.