Mariners can obtain situational awareness of surface maritime traffic by looking out to sea and by using devices such as radars and automated identification system transponders on ships. These systems can identify vessels along with pertinent data about their voyage. But these methods have limitations. Master mariners with powerful binoculars can tell a lot just by looking at a ship far off in the distance; however, they can’t see beyond the horizon, in bad weather or at night. The horizon even limits radar and transponder data can be manipulated or deleted.
L-3 Chesapeake Sciences Corp., Millersville, Maryland, is awarded a $27,571,496 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-6251) to exercise options for the production of TB-29X towed arrays. Work will be performed in Liverpool, New York (46 percent); Millersville, Maryland (35 percent); and Ashaway, Rhode Island (19 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2019. Fiscal year 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $27,571,496 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $130,827,895 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost reimbursement contract for the procurement of Technical Insertion 18-20 Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI) engineering services. The A-RCI TI 18-20 engineering services provide engineering development to support modernization requirements. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (88 percent); and the governments of Canada (6 percent); Australia (4 percent); England (1 percent); and Japan (1 percent). This contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $1,168,676,654.
Oklahoma State University, University Multispectral Laboratories, Ponca City, Oklahoma, is being awarded a $44 million contract for research and development of electro-optical, radio frequency, and acoustic sensors, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles technologies. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey is the contracting activity.