Given adversarial threats in the Indo-Pacific region and Europe, especially from Russia and China, the Arctic region’s strategic importance is increasing. As such, over the last several years, the U.S. military has focused on growing its cold weather operation capabilities. Beginning in 2016, the U.S. Marine Corps in particular, through host and NATO ally Norway, has maintained a presence in the Kingdom of Norway to train and develop the skills necessary to operate in extreme conditions.
Even in the summer, Norway offers challenging, rugged terrain that helps hone the cold-weather survival and mountain warfare skills of the U.S. Marines. In May, Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, along with the Marine Forces Europe and Africa, deployed to northern Norway above the Arctic Circle as part of Marine Rotational Force-Europe (MRF-E) 20.2. The warfighters worked directly with the Norwegian Army to advance their skills and improve allied interoperability, says Lt. Col. Brian Donlon, USMC, commander of 3rd Battalion, who leads the MRF-E contingent.
Over the past several years, the U.S. military has focused on growing its cold-weather operation capabilities. The U.S. Marine Corps, through host and NATO ally Norway, has maintained a presence in the region to train and develop the skills necessary to operate in extreme conditions.
The strategic importance of NATO’s military forces in Europe remains high, especially in the rear area of Europe, as NATO works to strengthen the alliance and improve deterrence measures against adversaries, including Russia. Because deterrence relies on situational awareness, data and information that feed a clear operational picture are critical components, say Leendert Van Bochoven, global lead for National Security and NATO, IBM, in The Netherlands; and René Kleint, director, Business Development Logistics & Medical Service, Elektroniksystem-und Logistik (ESG) GmbH, in Germany.
Lockheed Martin Corp., a Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $18,670,070 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-20-C-0052) for the procurement of maintenance and sustainment operations support for the Norway Italy Reprogramming Laboratory systems and consumables in support of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the governments of Norway and Italy. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and is expected to be complete by December 2022. Non-Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $13,648,950 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 41 U.S. Code 253(c)(4).
Under a $2,458,707,154 contract modification, the U.S. Navy, the United Kingdom and Norway are purchasing 19 P-8A lot 10 aircraft from The Boeing Co. of Seattle. The P-8A aircraft, also known as the Poseidon, has long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities across a broad area of maritime and littoral operations, according to the company. The award comes under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-14-C-0067). Boeing will produce and deliver 10 Poseidons to the U.S. Navy, 4 for the United Kingdom and 5 to Norway.
Between October 25 and November 7, 50,000 military participants from 31 nations will conduct a defensive live exercise in the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea. One of the largest exercises ever, the NATO event, Trident Juncture 18, is meant to ensure that NATO forces “are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction,” according to a statement from the alliance.
J.F. Taylor Inc., Lexington Park, Maryland, is being awarded a $32,559,234 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for mission essential engineering services in support of identification friend or foe equipment, systems and subsystems, and advanced technologies development for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Taiwan, Australia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and Poland. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Maryland and is expected to be completed in June 2020. No funding will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via electronic announcement; two offers were received.
Canadian Commercial Corp., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, is being awarded a $9,839,099 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for services and supplies for land and sea-based modeling, testing and risk reduction flights for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia, Spain, Japan, South Korea and Norway. In support of these efforts, the contractor will utilize a Vindicator II System comprised of contractor-owned unmanned air vehicles and high-speed maneuvering unmanned surface vehicles, as well as a contractor-owned helicopter radar signature simulator. The Naval Air Systems Command, Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $37,532,907 firm-fixed-price contract, with performance and delivery incentives requirements, for logistics support of the Aegis AN/Spy-1 Radar Weapon System. The logistics support includes managing the systems by furnishing repaired and new units for 1,649 line items under prescribed performance metrics in response to fleet requisitions. This contract combines the effort between the U.S. Navy, and, under the Foreign Military Sale Program, the governments of Spain, Japan, Korea, and Norway. The Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.
The Norwegian Defense Ministry has decided to purchase NORMANS digitized soldier system based on the concept that has been designed and tested at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment. NORMANS digitized soldier system will provide Norwegian soldiers with improved situational awareness, improved ability to navigate and effective mission planning. As the prime contractor, Thales Norway will be responsible for delivering information systems to Norwegian soldiers over a five-year period.
Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS, Kongsberg, Norway, was awarded a $9,620,730 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 52 spare parts in support of the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station II. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
AeroVironment Incorporated recently announced it received an order valued at nearly $5 million under a contract with the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organization. The order comprises new Raven small, unmanned aircraft systems, spares, training services and logistics support. Delivery of the systems is scheduled for early calendar 2011.