Jul 26, 2010 12:16 UTC
In July 2010, Odyssey International in Lancaster, PA received a $7 million firm-fixed-price contract for an addition to the existing Criminal Investigation Division lab at Fort Gillem, GA. Work will be performed in Fort Gillem, GA, with an estimated completed date of Jan 27/12. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web, with 6 bids received by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Savannah, GA (W912HN-10-C-0044).
New construction will include additional space for the latent prints lab, trace evidence testing lab, serology/DNA lab, and other facilities to support their expanded future mission. Odyssey will also provide modernize energy monitoring and control systems connection and building information systems, including a mass notification system, fire protection system, and an intrusion detection system. Supporting facilities will include self-contained heating and cooling units; electrical, water, sewer, and gas services; along with other basics like paving, curb and gutter, storm drainage, accessibility for people with disabilities, site improvement and landscaping. “Anti-terrorist measures” will include laminated glass that doesn’t become a lethal hazard in explosions, a lesson from the Oklahoma City bombing.
Fort Gillem currently houses the 3rd MP Group (CID) Headquarters of the US Army Criminal Investigation Command, and will apparently continue to do so. Per the USA’s clever Base Realignment And Closure process, nearby Fort McPherson will close, and Fort Gillem will be downgraded to a military enclave near Atlanta by Sept 15/11.
Jul 26, 2010 11:21 UTC
QinetiQ’s Zephyr is a very high-flying, ultra-light solar powered UAV designed to break existing flight length records. It’s one of the contenders in DARPA’s Vulture program, which eventually expects to field an aircraft whose flight length will be measured in years.
The platform also attracted the independent interest of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, NJ. In May 2009, they issued a $44.9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to QinetiQ North America in Arlington, VA for 7 Zephyr UAVs and 1 ground station. Work will be performed in Farnborough Hampshire, United Kingdom, and is expected to be complete in May 2014. This contract was competitively procured via a Broad Agency Announcement (N68335-09-C-0194).
The DefenseLINK release cited “up to 3 months continuous operation” as the performance goal, which matched DARPA’s Phase 2 goals. On the other hand…
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Jul 25, 2010 19:45 UTC
Guest Article by Ian Cookson
If 2008 can be characterized as a year in which private equity buyers battled to acquire aircraft component manufacturers, then 2009 was a time of strategic acquirers fighting to secure defense technologies.
2009 was a relatively strong year for mergers and acquisitions. Defense technology saw a 6% increase in M&A activity in 2009 with a particularly strong second half of the year. This contrasts with M&A activity as a whole, which showed a 9% decline in the number of U.S. transactions across all sectors. M&A activity is likely to continue as the DoD, shaped by the 2010 QDR, shifts away from “big iron” and focuses on high-demand, low density assets such as unmanned aircraft, cyber security, and Command, Control, Communication, intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C3ISR) technology. Defense contractors and government IT providers, mirroring these shifts in spending priorities, are actively looking to acquisitions to enhance their capabilities. Earnings for our defense IT company index rose 8% (EBITDA) during the year, and defense electronics company earnings rose 5%…
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Jul 22, 2010 19:44 UTC
M270 firing M30 GMLRS
Recent wars have brought a new technology to the fore: precision artillery fire offers an alternative to air support that has a shorter reach, with very considerable throw-weight and repeatable fire, plus 100% persistence and availability in any weather. GMLRS is a highly accurate GPS-guided rocket that can be fired by ground forces 35 miles away and arrive on target, in under a minute, under any conditions, with a 200 pound unitary warhead that will take out a fortified house. That’s very useful. When integrated into a battlefield surveillance/strike setup like Task Force ODIN, their effectiveness is kicked up several more notches.
In July 2010, Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, TX received a $469.9 million firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Full Rate Production Lot V procurement for 4,770 total unitary rocket pods (with 6 227mm rockets each), and 530 reduced range rocket pods (RRPR, used for training). Work will be performed in Dallas, TX (15%), and Camden, AR (85%), with an estimated completion date of June 30/13. One bid was solicited with one bid received by US AMCOM Contracting Center at Redstone Arsenal, AL (W31P4Q-10-C-0270).
This Lot 5 buy covers hardware, support, spares, and “obsolescence support” for the USA, foreign partners, and Foreign Military Sales customers, as follows:
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