Australia

October 1, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
An Australian signalman communicates during Exercise Talisman Saber 17. The joint exercise with the United States is a vital part of Australia’s efforts to improve communications and information systems interoperability as it modernizes its force.

Australia is drawing on relationships with its closest allies to improve the interoperability of communications and information systems with nontraditional partners. Large-scale programs among allies as well as formal alliances are creating the basis of efforts to ensure bilateral collaboration in contingency operations. These efforts come amid Australian programs to modernize the country’s communications and networking technologies across the spectrum of military operations.

June 16, 2017

L3 Technologies, Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $90,700,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hardware, sustainment, and training of video data link devices. Work will be performed at Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be complete by May 16, 2022. This contract involves foreign military sales to Australia with the potential for other approved countries to join the contract. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $12,560,947 are being obligated at the time of award on the first delivery order.

May 25, 2017

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded $13,935,792 for modification (P00003) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-16-C-0026) for procurement of additional hardware to integrate Navy large aircraft infrared countermeasures on combat aircraft for the Navy and the governments of the United Kingdom and Australia. Hardware for this procurement includes weapon replaceable assemblies and support equipment: two 2103 signal processors, 23 Guardian Laser Transmitter Assemblies (GLTAs), 23 GLTA shipping containers for the Navy, and 18 Multi-role Electro-optical End-to-End Test Sets for the Navy (14) and the governments of the Un

March 8, 2017

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, New York, is being awarded $91,034,997 for modification P00010 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68936-14-D-0018). This modification provides for the design, development and implementation of the airborne electronic attack requirements for software configuration set upgrades to software and ancillary hardware in support of the EA-18G aircraft for the Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Pt.

November 1, 2016

AAI Corp., a Textron company, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $206,561,704 cost-plus-fixed-fee foreign military sales (Australia) contract for contractor logistics sustainment services for Shadow RQ-7B unmanned aerial systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of October 31, 2017. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $3,705,107 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-17-C-0013).

October 19, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
DARPA transitioned its space surveillance telescope (SST) from an agency-led design and construction program to ownership and operation by U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), which has announced plans to operate the telescope in Australia jointly with the Australian government. SST, imaged here on its mountaintop perch at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, is redefining what telescopes can do and could revolutionize space situational awareness.

The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday inherited a next-generation telescope capable of detecting and tracking space debris with unprecedented fidelity. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, transferred to the U.S. Air Force Space Command its space surveillance telescope (SST), a revolutionary device designed to track objects in Earth’s orbit.

October 6, 2016

Harris Corp., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $21,960,386 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0001) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement N00016-16-G-0003 for the development and qualification of 12 each new digital receivers and technique generator (DRTG) shop replacement assemblies (SRA) for the ALQ-214(V)4/5 on-board jammer system for the government of Australia. The DRTGs and SRAs will be used for an engineering change proposal involving both a hardware and software/firmware change to address diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages issues of the ALQ-214(V)4/F on-board jammer system. Work will be performed in Clifton, New Jersey (99 percent); and San Diego, Ca

July 29, 2016

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $41,420,991 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0026 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-00001), to procure 80 advanced capability mission computers and associated non-recurring engineering in support of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft for the Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed at St.

November 30, 2015

The U.S. military and the Australian Defense Force noted improved connectivity while testing an advanced Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) waveform technology during the Talisman Sabre 2015 joint training exercise, according to news statements.

The militaries tested a high-performance IP satellite broadband system developed by Hughes Network Systems LLC. The HX System is designed for carrier-grade IP broadband for maritime, air and ground-based mobile networks and video, voice and data trunking for mesh networks.

November 13, 2015

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a $101,585,021 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0067) for the integrated logistics support and site activation for full-rate production II and III (Lots 6 and 7) of the P-8A aircraft for the Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington (50 percent); St.

August 31, 2015
The P-8A Poseidon launches an exercise torpedo. The Boeing Company is being awarded a $1,489,387,310 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for nine Navy Lot II P-8A aircraft and four Royal Australian Air Force Lot II P-8A aircraft.

The Boeing Co., Seattle, is being awarded a $1,489,387,310 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0067) for the manufacture and delivery of nine Navy full-rate production (FRP) Lot II P-8A aircraft, and four Royal Australian Air Force FRP Lot II P-8A aircraft. In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of long-lead parts associated with the manufacture of 20 P-8A FRP Lot III aircraft for the Navy (16) and the government of Australia (4). This modification also provides for FRP Lot II segregable efforts including unknown obsolescence, class I change assessment, obsolescence monitoring, integrated baseline/program management reviews, two advance airbo

July 31, 2015

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, is being awarded a $20,517,876 delivery order (0061) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-10-G-0012) for peculiar support equipment for the initial outfitting of the Navy emerging squadron stand-ups of the EA-18G aircraft and intermediate level (I-Level) support for the Royal Australian Air Force. The Navy-related peculiar support equipment is required to perform both organizational level and I-level maintenance on the Navy aircraft. The Royal Australian Air Force-related peculiar support equipment will support an additional 12 EA-18G aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected to be completed in July 2017.

July 30, 2015

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Inc., Fairfax, Virginia is being awarded a $32,721,919 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-6250) for AN/BYG-1 Tactical Control Systems (TCS) Technology Insertion (TI-14) Advanced Processing Build (APB-15) software for delivery to multiple submarine platforms. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will complete AN/BYG-1 Tactical Control Systems (TCS) Technology Insertion (TI-14) Advanced Processing Build (APB-15) software for delivery to multiple submarine platforms. They will commence migration of TCS from TI-14 baseline to TI-16 and integrate APB-15 to support the lead variant test readiness review (TRR) during FY16.

July 24, 2015

General Dynamics received a $20 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue modernizing the AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System (WCS) technology insertion and advanced processing build software for U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines. The AN/BYG-1 software analyzes and tracks submarine and surface-ship contact information, providing tactical, situational awareness for submarine crews including the capability to target and employ torpedoes and missiles. Work will take place at the General Dynamics facility in Pittsfield, Massacusetts.

July 20, 2015

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $14,689,239 for cost-plus-incentive-fee delivery order 0387 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the multi-module redesign of the array drive and beam steering controller for the AN/APG-79 active electronically scanned array radio detection and ranging to mitigate obsolescence for the Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Andover, Massachusetts (40 percent); Forest, Mississippi (30 percent); El Segundo, California (20 percent); and St. Louis, Missouri (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2018.

July 1, 2015

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Inc., Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $20,804,762 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00024-09-C-6246) to complete AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System (WCS) Technology Insertion (TI-14) Advanced Processing Build (APB-15) software for delivery to multiple submarine platforms. The company will also continue migration of WCS from TI-14 baseline to TI-16 and integrate APB-15 to support the lead variant test readiness review during fiscal 2016 and will continue maintenance activities for TI-14 APB-13 and earlier baselines. This contract combines purchases for the U.S.

July 1, 2015

J.F. Taylor Inc., Lexington Park, Maryland, is being awarded a $32,559,234 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for mission essential engineering services in support of identification friend or foe equipment, systems and subsystems, and advanced technologies development for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Taiwan, Australia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and Poland. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Maryland and is expected to be completed in June 2020. No funding will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via electronic announcement; two offers were received.

July 1, 2015

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $358,938,513 modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-14-C-0067) for the procurement of long-lead items for the manufacture and delivery of nine United States Navy Full-Rate Production Lot II P-8A aircraft, 16 USN FRP Lot III P-8A aircraft, and four Royal Australian Air Force FRP Lot III P-8A aircraft. This contract combines purchase for the U.S. Navy ($219,407,863; 61 percent) and the government of Australia ($139,530,650; 39 percent) under a cooperative agreement.

June 29, 2015

PoleZero Corp., West Chester, Ohio, is being awarded a $72,088,652 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum of 118 ultra high-frequency antenna interface units and 177 very/ultra high-frequency units and their associated communication tray assemblies for Lots 6, 7 and 8 in support of the Navy and the government of Australia P-8A program. Work will be performed in West Chester, Ohio, and is expected to be completed in June 2018. This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($57,670,921; 80 percent); and the government of Australia ($14,417,731; 20 percent), under a memorandum of agreement.

May 29, 2015

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded an $8,463,768 modification to delivery order 4001 issued against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring efforts for integration of software modifications of Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast into Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Guidance units in support of the MH-60 R/S aircraft. These services are in support of the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia and Denmark. Work will be performed in Woodland Hills, California (80 percent); and Owego, New York (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2017.

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