Aeronautics Corp. of America in Milwaukee, WI received a $25 million firm-fixed price contract for 1,000 units of the Horizontal Situation Indicator and the Vertical Situation Indicator used in airplanes. Work will be performed by Aeronautics in Milwaukee, WI and will be completed by July 29, 2010. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J issued the contract (W15P7T-05-D-C027)
Rockwell Collins Inc. in Cedar Rapids, IA received a pair of cost-plus-fixed fee contracts for the modification, maintenance and enhancement for the avionics architecture, avionics equipment, and communications systems for the following helicopters: CH-47 & MH-47 Chinook, MH-6 “Little Bird”, MH/UH-60 Black Hawk and other variants. Note that helicopters with an “MH” designation are generally Special Forces helicopters. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL issued the contracts, and work will be performed at Rockwell Collins’ Cedar Rapids facilities.
Both the $5.6 million contract, which will be completed by Feb. 6, 2008; and the $477.1 million contract, which will be completed by Sept. 30, 2009, were issued under (DAAH23-03-D-0015).
Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, MO has been awarded almost $550 million in non-competitive contracts related to its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Electronic Warfare Aircraft. The EA-18G is still on the drawing board, and is slated to replace the USA’s aging EA-6B Prowler. Work on both contracts will be performed in St. Louis, MO. The contracts cover training and weapons systems.
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal, AL recently issued a pair of sole-source contracts to Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. in Mesa, AZ for electronics upgrades to the AH-64D Apache Longbow, including the first contract for the Block III models scheduled to debut in 2010. The Longbow is the most advanced attack helicopter in the U.S. arsenal, and is also in service with a number of other countries.
Enertec America in Alpharetta, GA received a $15.3 million firm-fixed-price modification to provide digital video and data recorders for the A-10 Thunderbolt II (aka. “Warthog”) close support aircraft. Total funds have been obligated. This work will be complete by November 2006. Negotiations were completed June 2005. The Headquarters Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, UT issued the contract (FA8202-04-C-0023, P00005).
Honeywell International Inc. in Redmond, WA received a $12.1 million firm-fixed-price contract for C-130 Hercules aircraft Terrain Collision Avoidance Systems. The contract covers 75 Terrain Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) TPS-81A processors, 131 TCAS Mode S/IFF Control Panels, 85 TCAS AN/APX-119/RT-1853 Mode S/IFF Digital Transponders without Crypto, 75 TCAS Displays and 100 TCAS Antenna. This equioment is especially valuable to special operations forces, who frequently have to fly their MC-130 Combat Talon II aircraft in nap-of-the-earth profiles in order to avoid radar detection.
More than a dozen countries have installed Link 16 terminals on 19 platforms, making it an interoperability success story.
Recently, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, CA issued another $93.6 million in firm-fixed-price delivery orders for MIDS-LVTs. The systems will be installed in U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army platforms, and are also destined for a number of foreign militaries.
The Government of Canada has requested a possible sale of 94 Link 16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS)/Low Volume Terminals (LVT), 1,000 MIDS batteries, plus testing, integration and other related elements of program and logistics support. The estimated cost is $34 million. The prime contractor will be the BAE/Rockwell Collins joint venture Data Link Solutions of Wayne, NJ.
Jam-resistant Link 16 radios automatically exchange battlefield information – particularly locations of friendly and enemy aircraft, ships and ground forces – among themselves in a long-range, line-of-sight network The operational advantages provided by at-a-glance portrayal of targets, threats and friendly forces, on an easy-to-understand, relative position display, are obvious. The MIDS LVT 1 was developed by a multinational consortium to provide Link 16 capability at a lower weight, volume and cost than the Joint Tactical Information Data System (JTIDS).
Boeing Co. in St Louis MO is being awarded an $82 million contract modification for full rate production of the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) for the USAF F-15, and F-16, the Navy F/A-18 platforms, and foreign military sales to Australia, Finland, Oman, Poland, and Switzerland.
The JHMCS system is provided to Boeing by Vision Systems International, LLC, a joint venture between Elbit Systems Ltd. Subsidiary EFW Inc. and Rockwell Collins. VSI is also working on the more advanced HMDS system for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Work will be performed in Stratford, CT, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2007. This was a sole source contract initiated on Dec. 10, 2004. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal, AL issued the contract (DAAH23-02-C-0006).