A new robotic hand, developed by Sandia National Laboratories, mimics the capabilities of a human hand and could help disarm improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The Sandia Hand project aimed to create a cost-effective product for wide distribution to the troops with the flexibility and durability necessary to save lives in the field.
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Chemlmage Bio Threat LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was awarded a $9,890,534 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to procure the LightGuard on-the-move device for the detection of homemade explosives and precursor materials. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded a $6,784,337 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for research and development in order to complete and deliver survivability and vulnerability reports including Weapons Materials Research Directorate Technology Information Report, Systems Integration Analysis and Scientific and Technology Roadmap for Warfighter Enterprise, and Experimental Tests and Test Planning and Reports. These deliverables provide assessments of emerging technology needed to defeat specific threats such as improvised explosive devices and rocket propelled grenades. ESG/PKS, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.
R4 Incorporated, Eatontown, New Jersey, was awarded about $9 million for contractor logistic support on various improvised explosive device defeat/protect force equipment at approximately 60 locations. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Army National Guard is ramping up training opportunities for troops to fight back against the deadliest weapon in war zones-the improvised explosive device (IED). With an ultimate goal of increasing practice while decreasing travel costs, the guard is funding dedicated training lanes across the United States to give soldiers the skills they need to stay safe in any situation.
ITT Corporation, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a more than $8 million basic ordering agreement for engineering service support for Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Vehicle Receiver Jammer (CVRJ) systems, fielded in theater. The CREW CVRJ systems are electronic jammers that are mounted in vehicles and at fixed-site compounds that prevent the detonation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane Indiana, is the contracting activity.
EDO Communications & Countermeasures Systems, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a $17 million contract modification for the production and support of 265 JCREW 2.1 radio-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) electronic warfare (CREW) systems to Australia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Vehicle mounted CREW systems are one element of the U.S. Defense Department's Joint Counter RCIED Electronic Warfare program. Spiral 2.1 CREW systems are vehicle mounted electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. This contract is for the urgent procurement and support of CREW systems, to be used by Australian forces.
Sierra Nevada Corporation, Sparks, Nevada, is being awarded a $91 million modification to a contract for the procurement and support of the transmitting set, countermeasures AN/PLT-5 to support Joint Services Explosive Ordnance Disposal (JSEOD) personnel. JSEOD forces have a requirement for man-portable equipment and support for the JSEOD counter radio controlled improvised explosive device electronic warfare (CREW) program. The JSEOD CREW program provides all military explosive ordnance disposal services with an electronic warfare capability to counter the threat from improvised explosive devices.
Foster-Miller Incorporated, Waltham, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $71 million contract modification for the procurement of Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) production systems, depot-level repair parts, spare kits, depot repair services, parts supply, training, engineering enhancements, configuration management and approved accessories. The MTRS is a small robotic vehicle used by explosive ordnance disposal technicians to conduct remote reconnaissance, render safe, and/or dispose of explosive devices. The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
SRI International, Menlo Park, California, was awarded a $49 million contract, in which the government requires SRI International, under the direction of engineering research and development center and with assistance from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to provide necessary support, material and equipment, including training center and mobile ground station, to continue operations in Iraq of Desert Owl-1, an existing advanced airborne penetrating radar system. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center Contracting Office, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.