US SOCOM Orders ALQ-211 Helicopter Protection Systems
ITT’s AN/ALQ-211 SIFRC system [PDF] provides detection, analysis and protection against radar-guided threats, including triangulation and GPS geolocation of threats, advance warning that may enable a pilot to route around the threat, and cueing of countermeasures like chaff dispensers via integration with the CV-22’s entire self-protection suite. It’s a modular system with multiple sensors and electronic components installed all around a rotary-winged or fixed winged aircraft. Variants of the ALQ-211 SIFRC equip US AFSOCOM’s CV-22s (ALQ-211v2), as well helicopters like SOCOM MH-47s and MH-60s (ALQ-211v6/v7), some NH90s (ALQ-211v5), and AH-64D attack helicopters (ALQ-211v1). Foreign F-16 jet fighters also deploy the ALQ-211, most recently as the ALQ-211v4 AIDEWS integrated defensive system.
A 2005 contract from US Special Operations Command morphed into a much larger contract in 2008, and delivery orders continue…
Contracts & Key Events
Unless otherwise indicated, ITT Industries in Clifton, NJ is the contractor, and U.S. Special Operations Technology Applications Program Office in Fort Eustis, VA manages the contracts.
Jan 31/11: ITT announces a $37 million follow-on contract for full-rate production of 25 more AN/ALQ-211 SIRFC systems, along with spares and related components, to be installed on US SOCOM MH-47 Chinook and MH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters.
Dec 29/09: The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, TX received $11.9 million to provide recurring engineering for the Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Counter Measure (SIRFC) system on the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. This firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement will include replacement of LRU-2 (Line Replaceable Unit, aka. “black box”) with the upgraded LRU-2B, SIRFC cable changes, and antenna radome redesign. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, PA (98%), and Fort Worth, TX (2%), and is expected to be complete in August 2013 (N00019-07-G-0008).
Note that this work is under a different contract, but it’s critical to future CV-22 related orders under this contract.
April 18/08: US SOCOM’s ALQ-211 production contract is restructured to a firm-fixed-price and cost contract maximum of $312 million for SIRFC systems in support of the Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). Special Operations Command also issues a $57 million delivery order for 25 more AN/ALQ-211v6 systems (used on MH-47 Chinooks), along with spares and related components.
The work will be performed primarily at ITT in Clifton, N.J., and is expected to be completed by Oct 31/12. This contract restructure was awarded under Authority 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c) (1), only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The solicitation was posted electronically on FedBizOps and no other offers were received (H92241-06-D-0001). See also ITT release.
Nov 1/05: ITT Industries of Clifton, NJ received an indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity 3-year contract, and the 1st delivery order in the amount of $41.9 million, for the production of the AN/ALQ-211 Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasures (SIRFC) for SOCOM helicopters.
The award is in support of U.S. Special Operations Command, via its Technology Applications Contracting Office. Work will be performed at the following locations: Clifton, NJ; Norcross, GA; and Landsdale, PA. The work ordered under DO 0001 is expected to be complete in November 2008. The contract was “awarded through other than full and open competition” (H92241-06-D-0001). See also ITT release.