Who’s the VOSS? Dual-Vendor Contract to Equip US Vehicles
In November 2011, USMC Systems Command issued a pair of contracts for advanced Vehicle Optic Sensor Systems (VOSS). Gyrocam Systems, which was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2009, has traditionally supplied these 15″ class gyro-stabilised surveillance turrets, which have generally been mounted on blast-resistant MRAP vehicles. They offer a combination of color, night vision and thermal sensors, and have been used for everything from force overwatch, to noting disturbed ground that might indicate land mines.
This new contract splits up to $755.6 million between Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems, LLC in Sarasota, FL (M67854-12-D-5504), and FLIR Systems, Inc. in North Billerica, MA (M67854-12-D-5503), over 1 base year and up to 4 option years. They’ll compete under the firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract for delivery orders, which could purchase up to 951 VOSS systems, plus spare parts, maintenance/sustainment, training, and provisional technical data in Afghanistan and the continental United States. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 3 proposals received.
To kick things off, each contract received an initial delivery order for 1 VOSS unit, and co-site integration, to be delivered within 30 days. FLIR Systems delivery order 0001 is worth $3 million, while Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems’ delivery order 0001 is worth $2.25 million. Totals were corrected by the Pentagon on Nov 23/11.