Oct 02, 2012 15:25 UTC
At the end of August 2012, Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, NV received a $65.8 million contract modification for AN/PLT-5 jamming transmitters, to support the US military’s explosive ordnance (EOD) disposal teams under the EOD Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) program. Most of this contract will supply the US Army (92.3%), though some will go to the Navy (7.1%), and Marines (0.6%). The US Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Indian Head Division in Indian Head, MD manages the contract (N00174-09-D-0003).
Discussions with SNC pinpointed the jammers’ type and fit. SNC’s AN/PLT-5 (Thor II) is a small and relatively light weight electronic countermeasure system against remotely triggered mines. It fits to vehicles, and is based on SNC’s successful baseline Thor technology. The Navy’s NAVEODTECHDIV buys the gear and manages the program for all EOD forces in the US military. Thor II is not considered one of the JCREW jamming systems, which are managed by the Navy’s PMS-408. Do not confuse it with the AN/PLQ-9 (Thor III) JCREW 3.1 system for dismounted infantry.
Aug 28, 2012 16:33 UTC
Latest updates: FY 2012 order.
The MK7 MOD 2 Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS) is used to clear mines or wire obstacles, and create a safe footpath for troops. APOBS can be carried by 2 people, takes 30 to 120 seconds to be set up, and fires a rocket from a 25-meter standoff position, sending a line charge with fragmentation grenades over the minefields or wire obstacles. The grenades clear the mines, and sever the wires. Developed by the US Army Armaments Engineering and Technology Center in Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, APOBS won a US Army top military inventions of the year award in 2004. It replaces the Bangalore Torpedo, which was heavier, took longer to set up, and required 4 times the number of people to carry.
In 2006, small business qualifier Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Co. in Simsbury, CT received a maximum $150.8 million, 5-year contract for up to 3,000 units. In 2011, however, the Army/USMC contract shifted to Chemring Ordnance, Inc. in Perry, FL…
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Dec 27, 2011 16:38 UTC
In December 2011, Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense in Simsbury, CT received a $10.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for 3,000 Man Portable Line Charge Systems that can fire rope-shaped plastic explosives for remote detonation, and 206 Inert Training Systems. Work will be performed in Graham, KY; Simsbury, CT; and Sterling, CT, with an estimated completion date of April 8/12. One bid was solicited, with 1 bid received by US Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (W91CRB-12-C-0012).
In August 2011, an FBO.gov RFI explained the rationale behind the MPLC: US forces needed a system for quickly clearing paths through land mines, which was lighter and easier to carry than existing gear. To be specific…
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Sep 20, 2011 14:56 UTC
W.M. Robots, LLC in Colmar, PA already supplies their Vallon GmbH subsidiary’s hand-held mine detectors to the US military, and in September 2011 they added a $9.6 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract from the government of Afghanistan, plus options that could bring the cumulative value to $12.4 million. Afghanistan is clearly moving to beef up their mine-detection and removal capabilities; September also saw a buy of MMP-30 robots for these roles.
Work will be performed in Colmar, PA, and is expected to be complete by September 2012. $7.9 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year, on Sept 30/11. As this is a Foreign Military Sales program buy, the US military is acting as Afghanistan’s agent. This contract was synopsized as a sole-source buy, therefore, and is managed by the US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division in Indian Head, MD (N00174-11-D-0015).