The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is harnessing advanced satellite communication technology from the private sector through the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) 11+ platform and its Pathfinder effort. The WGS-11+ effort is centered on capabilities that will provide more coverage beams, beam-formed bandwidth and frequency re-use than existing legacy systems, according to a release from the center known as SMC, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base.
DOD issued to The Boeing Co. of Huntsville, Alabama, a $15,800,000 contract modification, increasing the value of the effort from $62,361,210 to $78,161,210. Under the modification, the contractor will demonstrate a successful transition of fiber combined laser technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology–Lincoln Laboratory. The work will be performed in Huntington Beach, California. The period of performance is extended from March 31, 2020, until March 31, 2021. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $3,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the contracting activity.
El Segundo, California-based Raytheon announced on July 11 that The Boeing Company chose it to be the radar supplier for the B-52 bomber radar modernization program.
Under the contract, Raytheon will design, develop, produce and sustain active electronically scanned array radar systems for the entire U.S. Air Force B-52 fleet, Raytheon stated. Raytheon's B-52 radar is based on active electronically scanned array (AESA) systems developed from the APG-79/APG-82 radar system. The new systems will improve the navigation reliability of nuclear and conventional missions. It also offers improved mapping and detection ranges, and an increase in the number of targets that can simultaneously be engaged.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $40,974,754 firm-fixed-price modification (P00026) to previously awarded contract FA8621-16-C-6397 for F-15C and F-15E Mission Training Center Services contractor-furnished, high-fidelity simulation equipment to provide simulation capability to train pilots and weapons system operators. This modification provides four additional pilot/weapon systems officer crew stations devices and their associated equipment in support of aircrew training requirements. Work will be performed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and is expected to be complete by February 15, 2021.This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $229,428,492.
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded $23,108,547 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order N00383-19-F-0AY1 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-18-G-AY01 for the repair of various avionics equipment used on the F/A-18 aircraft. Work will be performed in Lemoore, California (99 percent); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1 percent). Work is expected to be completed by December 2021. Working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $23,108,547 will be obligated at the time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One source was solicited for this non-competitive requirement pursuant to the authority set forth in 10 U.S.
This summer, the U.S. Marine Corps accepted delivery of five compact laser weapon systems, and is now considering many aspects of the weapon’s functionality. The service is looking for reliable, cost effective protection against the growing threat of unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a maximum $264,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering support services for the MH-47 helicopter in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. This requirement will furnish all labor, services, personnel, data, transportation, equipment, facilities and materials required to accomplish the work and perform engineering tasks. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The first task order of the contract in the amount of $120,497 is funded with fiscal year 2017 procurement funds and is multiyear. All subsequent task orders shall be funded with appropriate funding. The contract has a five-year ordering period.
The Boeing Co., Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been awarded a $12,353,134 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the acquisition of the geostationary imaging with a ground-based rotating sparse aperture array of telescopes. This contract provides for the development and demonstration of a new ground-based space situational awareness platform for obtaining resolved images of geosynchronous satellites. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be complete by April 23, 2021. Fiscal year 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $504,810 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-18-C-9100).
The Army awarded the Boeing Company of Mesa, Arizona $202,200,000 modification (P00009) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for 22 Apache AH-64E helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa and completed by December 31, 2021. Fiscal year 2017 other procurement (Army); and other procurement (Army) advanced procurement funds in the combined amount of $200,200,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Scientists are on the verge of breakthroughs in developing technology for controlling robots with brain waves. Advances might one day allow intuitive and instantaneous collaboration between man and machine, which could benefit a wide array of fields, including the military, medicine and manufacturing.
The possibilities for brain-controlled robotic systems are practically limitless. Experts suggest the capability could allow users to operate unmanned vehicles, wheelchairs or prosthetic devices. It could permit robots to lift hospital patients or carry wounded warriors to safety. Factory robots could more efficiently crank out jet fighters or virtually any other product.
Boeing – Defense Space & Security, Huntington Beach, California, was awarded an $18,405,995 firm-fixed-price contract with options for DO-160G Tri-band radomes and mounting rings, and installation and integration on C-17A aircraft. One bid was solicited with one received. Work will be performed in Huntington Beach, California, with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2017. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $18,405,995 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-16-C-0020).
The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, has been awarded a $127,080,205 firmed-fixed-price contract for B-1 integrated battle station for the B-1 weapon system. Contractor will provide the establishment of product orders, completion of the various kit installations, completion of the system level physical configuration audit, modifications to existing support equipment and the delivery of technical order changes to support the various aircraft modifications. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $52,634,635 are being obligated at the time of award.