International

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United States must be the key player in the Asia-Pacific region without having a regional NATO-type alliance, says the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific. Speaking at the opening breakfast for TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held in Honolulu December 9-11, Gen. Vincent Brooks, USA, described how any coalition in the region must be ad hoc and the United States must be at its nexus.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

As many as four factors may determine the degree of interoperability achieved in an ad hoc international coalition, according to the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific. Speaking at the opening breakfast at TechNet Asia-Pacific 2014, being held December 9-11 in Honolulu, Gen. Vincent Brooks, USA, outlined what he described as the four facets of interoperability.

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region are faced with the daunting challenge of upgrading their technologies at the risk of losing interoperability with small but vital potential coalition allies. Potential adversaries are closing the military technology gap with the United States, so the nation must push ahead with efforts to maintain a cutting-edge technology advantage over countries that might challenge the United States and its allies.

December 8, 2014
 

Sonatech Inc., doing business as Channel Technologies Group, Santa Barbara, California, is being awarded a $34,384,013 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of TR-343 sonar transducer ship sets. The TR-343 transducer is part of the AN/SQS-53 hull-mounted sonar array assembly, which is a component of the AN/SQQ-89(V) acoustic sonar weapons system.

November 20, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., today announced the consolidated screening list (CSL), a streamlined collection of nine different screening lists from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury that contains names of individuals and companies with whom a U.S. company may not be allowed to do business due to U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other restrictions. The CSL is designed to make it easier for U.S. companies to comply with export laws.

November 19, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman officials say they are developing a new kind of cyber system—a disposable system tailored for a single mission. The concept, they say, will make it more difficult for adversaries to penetrate or maneuver inside user networks.

November 17, 2014
 

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded an $8,480,150 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00024-14-C-5404) to exercise option year one for major production and in-service efforts such as the Evolved Seasparrow missile, NATO Seasparrow surface missile system, Stalker long-range electro-optical sensor s

November 14, 2014
 

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada recently announced the Canadian Government has awarded the company a CDN $287 million ($252, 295,000 U.S.) contract to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada for the provision and integration of an enhanced surveillance suite on to Canadian LAV III Upgrade vehicles, known as LAV 6.0.

October 31, 2014
 

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, has been awarded a $16,064,628 modification to exercise an option on a delivery order (0113) for an existing basic ordering agreement (FA8620-10-G-3038) for France's MQ-9 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) Phase 2. Contractor will provide an additional period of CLS for the French Air Force. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and Niamey, Niger, and is expected to be completed by October 31, 2015. This modification is 100 percent foreign military sales for France. Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

October 29, 2014
 

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded an $82,215,853 modification (P00020) to foreign military sales, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract W58RGZ-14-C-0001 to acquire Shadow unmanned aircraft systems performance-based logistics and sustainment/operations. Fiscal year 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and other procurement funds in the amount of $15,599,124 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this modification, the total cumulative contract value will be $215,842,143. Estimated completion date is Oct. 31, 2015. Work will be performed at Hunt Valley, Maryland (50 percent); Afghanistan (30 percent); Australia (5 percent); and Iraq 15 percent).

October 29, 2014
 

Boeing Company, Defense Space and Security division, Kent, Washington, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $25,640,000 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee for the Japan Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) mission control unit design and production program to upgrade four E-767 aircraft and three ground support facilities. Contractor will provide procurement of mission computing, electronic support measures, traffic alert and collision avoidance system, interrogator friend or foe transponder, next generation IFF, automatic identification system and data link upgrades. Work will be performed at Kent, Washington, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2015.

October 29, 2014
 

Rockwell Collins Incorporated Government Systems, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $101,069,955 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of AN/ARC-210 electronic protection radio equipment in support of domestic and foreign military sales (FMS) aircraft. This contract consists of a maximum of 1,160 radios inclusive of potential FMS sales: 920 associated ancillary equipment; five training sessions; 15 FMS Have Quick software media downloads; 140 associated FMS license and royalty fees; 500 FMS standard commercial warranties; 250 receiver-transmitter conversions; 10 failure analyses; and one lot for data.

October 24, 2014
 

Cobham, Wimborne, United Kingdom, recently announced it has secured the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contract to provide an airborne search and rescue capability in Australia for 12 years from 2016, with aircraft modification and mobilization activity to commence later this year. AMSA utilizes aircraft based in strategic locations across Australia to perform search and rescue tasks such as searching for missing people, locating activated distress beacons, providing communications support at an incident and dropping survival equipment to people in distress.

October 15, 2014
 

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, has been awarded a maximum $8,618,751 firm-fixed-price contract for transmitter receivers. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a three-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is New York, with a Jan. 22, 2017, performance completion date. Using service is Denmark. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 foreign military sales funding. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia (SPRWA1-13-D-2000-THBM). (Awarded Oct. 13, 2014.)

October 15, 2014
 

L-3 Communications Integrated Systems LP, Waco, Texas, has been awarded an undefinitized contract action not to exceed $68,874,672 for standardization, removal of obsolescence and upgrade program for the Argentine Air Force. Contractor will modify five C-130s to upgrade and enhance their communication, navigation, airworthiness and air traffic management systems. Work will be performed at Waco, Texas, and Cordoba, Argentina, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2019. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8553-15-C-0003).

October 15, 2014
 

Atlas North America LLC, Virginia Beach, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,022,044 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity requirements contract for depot-level repair, maintenance, modifications, engineering services and spare parts for the AN/ASQ-232 Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) to support the Navy for the currently deployed Airborne Mine Countermeasures legacy systems. The AMNS provides neutralization of shallow and deep-water mines located by the AN/AQS-24A Mine Detecting Set and/or other mine countermeasures assets. The system is used by Navy ships and helicopters.

October 10, 2014
 

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $12,086,117 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N61340-12-G-0001) for the procurement of two EA-18G Tactical Operational Flight Trainers, one brief/debrief Station, two F/A-18 retrofit kits, spares and associated technical documentation for the government of Australia under the foreign military sales program. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, and is expected to be completed in November 2015. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $12,086,117 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

October 10, 2014
 

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $37,129,230 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of training spares for Israel and Japan and two full mission simulators in support of Japan’s F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) Air System for pilot training.

October 2, 2014
By George I. Seffers
NATO deploys unmanned systems to gather data in support of counter-mine operations.

Multiple autonomous underwater vehicles equipped with modern sensors relevant to NATO minehunting missions are being employed at sea during the Multinational AutoNomy Experiment (MANEX ‘14), held September 22 to October 13, 2014, along the Italian coast, between Framura and Bonassola, in the Ligurian Sea.

October 1, 2014
 

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $53,595,257 modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5111) for development and test of the Japan Aegis Modernization baseline computer programs and equipment. This modification provides for efforts to support the upgrade of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Atago Class Ships (DDGs 177 and 178) from Baseline 7 Phase 1R to Advanced Capability Build 12 with Technology Insertion 12 technology and capability. This contract supports foreign military sales to Japan (100 percent).

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