Northrop Grumman Corp., Bethpage, New York, is being awarded $9,272,555 for ceiling-priced delivery order 7492 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-12-G-034G for eight line items of repair for the Advanced Electronic Attack System used in support of the EA-18G aircraft. Work will be performed in Baltimore (58 percent); Crane, Indiana (25 percent); and Bethpage, New York (17 percent). Work is expected to be completed by February 2017. Working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $4,543,552 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was a sole-source pursuant to the authority set forth in 10
Slide over cyber commands, the Defense Department could bear a new warfighting domain. The DOD is tinkering with the notion of recognizing the electromagnetic spectrum as a new warfare domain.
Such a policy change would come on the heels of the paramount decision in 2006 when the DOD added a fifth domain—cyberspace—to its arsenal. Though it has been a decade, cyber warfare is an area in which operators still wrestle with daunting guidelines to carry out warfare in the manmade field.
Given that, is the Pentagon ready for a sixth domain?
MacAulay-Brown Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $40 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Spectrum Warfare Evaluation Assessment Technology Engineering Research. Contractor will provide research and development in the areas of radio frequency sensor assessment for electronic support, electronic attack and electronic protection with a primary focus on active countermeasures evaluation and assessment for threat radar and communication systems in a free space radiation environment. Work will be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by December 29, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with five offers received.
Northrop Grumman Systems, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded a $32,859,422 C-type contract for AC/MC-130J radio frequency countermeasures. Contractor will improve AC-130J and MC-130J aircraft system survivability, and the capability to detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt and defeat threat systems in operational environments applicable to the AC- and MC-130J missions. Work will be performed at Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and expected to be complete by November 30, 2016. BAE, Nashua, New Hampshire, has been awarded a $22,391,886 contract (FA8540-16-C-0003).
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, is being awarded an $897,530,175 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-14-C-0032) for the procurement of 15 Lot 38 full-rate production EA-18G aircraft and associated airborne electronic attack kits. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (40.3 percent); St.
BAE Systems, Nashua, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $10,959,664 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for science and technology research concerning full-spectrum staring electronic support receiver (FSSR) with instantaneous direction finding (IDF). The focus of this effort is to design, develop, integrate and demonstrate a FSSR with IDF that leverages emerging and highly innovative electronic and photonic component technologies into an end-to-end electronic warfare demonstration system. The resulting FSSR will be subjected to a realistic, multi-threat electromagnetic environment, including interfering emitters, to demonstrate its operational impact under terminal engagement scenarios of interest
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is being awarded a $91,735,291 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-15-C-5319 for Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 program engineering, manufacturing and development. SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program which upgrades existing out-of-production AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare systems by providing improved electronic support receivers and combat system interface. SEWIP Block 3 will provide select Navy surface ships a scalable electronic warfare enterprise suite with improved electronic attack capabilities. Work will be performed in Lint
Systems & Technology Research, Woburn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $7,247,502 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development. Contractor will work to dramatically improve the ability to detect and geolocate high frequency emitters. The previous phase, Phase 1 of the program, addressed technical innovations to accomplish this objective, including the ability to accurately resolve multiple angles-of-arrival and polarization states through novel antenna concepts; the ability to enhance signal-to-noise ratio and signal detection through the use of multi-dimensional adaptive signal processing; and the ability to accurately determine the dynamic state of the ionosphere.
Metova Federal LLC, Cabot, Arkansas, was awarded a $45 million firm-fixed-price contract for cyberspace and electronic warfare support. Bids were solicited via the Internet with nine received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Fort Gordon, Georgia, is the contracting activity (W91249-15-D-0006).
Exelis Inc., Clifton New Jersey, is being awarded a $53,529,747 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost only contract for engineering and technical support to the Naval Research Laboratory Tactical Electronic Warfare Division. The areas of support include: research engineering services in support of Advanced Decoy Architecture Payloads (ADAP) program; and fabricate, test and deliver 99 ADAP payloads. Work will be performed in Clifton, New Jersey, and is expected to be completed by Sept.
It is not easy to find a lot of current material on electronic warfare (EW), but I have always believed it can be reduced to two basic elements.
First, the military force must own the EW frequency spectrum upon which both it and its adversary operate while maintaining the capability to operate freely in it. Alan Shaffer, who was the Defense Department research and engineering chief, a year ago told an audience at the Press Club, “We have lost the electromagnetic spectrum. That’s a huge deal when you think about fielding advanced systems that can be countered by a very, very cheap digital jammer.”
Amherst Systems Inc., Buffalo, New York, has been awarded a $9,100,822 indefinite-delivery, requirements type contract for engineering services to support the Electronic Warfare Avionics Integrated Support Facility Simulation Network. Contractor provides for on-site engineering support, off-site engineering support, over and above repairs, simulator upgrades and cost reimbursable material and travel to support the engineering services. Work will be performed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, or as cited on individual task orders for off-site support and is expected to be complete by September 10, 2020.
BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration, Greenlawn, New York, has been awarded an estimated $248,200,000 requirements contract for various electronic warfare, automatic test and support equipment systems including but not limited to F-16, C-130, B-1B ATE, APX 113, ALQ-161 and ALM -288.
General Dynamics C4S, Orlando, Florida was awarded an $8,730,370 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with options for the Intelligence & Electronic Warfare Tactical Proficiency Trainer. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and engineering funds in the amount of $4,668,383 were obligated at the time of the award. Army PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida is the contracting activity (W900KK-15-C-0019).
DOK-ING, Zagreb, Croatia, was awarded an $8,670,000 firm-fixed-price contract with options for 45 Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) compatible radio retrofit kits. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Oct. 24, 2016. One bid was solicited with one received. The Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-15-C-0057).
Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, has been awarded an $8,473,777 indefinite-delivery, requirements-type contract for the repair of various national stock numbers applicable to the AN/ALQ-172 electronic warfare countermeasures system that is on the B-52(H), A/C-130 and M/C-130 aircraft. Work will be performed at Clifton, New Jersey, and is expected to be complete by June 23, 2016. This contract includes four one-year unexercised options. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The contracting activity is Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia (FA8522-15-D-0002).
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $7,967,150 firm-fixed-price contract for fiscal 2015-2019 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 1B3 systems. SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system through a modular, open-system approach. SEWIP provides enhanced shipboard electronic warfare for early detection, analysis, threat warning and protection from anti-ship missiles. SEWIP Block 1 focuses on obsolescence mitigation and special signal intercept. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $58,928,991.
Avarint LLC, Buffalo, New York, has been awarded an $83,740,389 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost reimbursement contract for Virtual Integrated Electronic Warfare Simulations (VIEWS) II. Contractor will provide an integrated, multi-spectral, virtual battlespace environment suitable for the test and evaluation of advanced sensor, fused system performance. Continuous advancements in survivability technologies necessitate improvements to ground and open-air test capabilities, with particular focus on the areas of sensors and avionics architectures that fuse information from multiple sources including the F-22 and F-35.
The United States is falling behind potential adversaries, such as China and Russia, in key technological areas, including electronic warfare, warned Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, while testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, January 28.
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Atlanta, has been awarded a $25,000,000 delivery order (0277) to previously awarded contract HC1047-05-D-4000 for Communications Electronics Command, Software Engineering Center, Army Reprogramming Analysis Team multispectral sensor research and development. Contractor will establish a framework to conduct threat analysis, mission software development, modeling and simulations, validating and support of electronic warfare systems across multiple sensor spectrums. Work will be performed in Atlanta, and is expected to be completed by December 6, 2015.