According to the Landmine Monitor Report, landmines and “explosive remnants of war” contaminate as many as 200,000 square kilometers of land in more than 90 countries around the world. Allied forces deal with that reality every day in Afghanistan, where Soviet-era relics create their own threat, but this is a problem in many other countries, and the civilian technologies used to address the problem have now fallen behind current military practice.
The systems they develop are intended to support mission planning, detection and clearance of landmines and UXO, and will be executed in 6 primary areas: landmine detection, UXO detection, intelligence systems, minefield management, humanitarian demining special initiatives, and system integration and logistics. Work is to be performed in Albuquerque, NM (89%); Long Beach, MI (4%); Durham, NC (3%); Etna, NH (2%); Gainesville, FL (2%); and Torrensville, South Australia (1%), with an estimated completion date of Oct 28/13. One bid was solicited with one bid received by the CECOM Contracting Center Washington in Fort Belvoir, VA (W909MY-11-C-0002).
If it moves on the battlefield, it needs power. Power often means batteries, in various sizes and shapes. Thermal weapon sights. Soldiers’ radios. Laser rangefinders. Missile targeting systems. Ground robots. On and on, and on. They’re frequently on the soldiers, which is creating weight problems due to the number of spares they have to carry. Until that problem is solved, however, batteries are required and will be carried, packed in vehicles and robots, and otherwise taken where they’re needed.
That’s why the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus, OH recently issued firm-fixed-price, indefinite quantity contracts for batteries, on behalf of the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. These were total set-aside contracts for small businesses, and the DLA solicited 5 proposals, receiving 3 responses. The contracts appear to be a multiple-award buy, with competition for each delivery order, running for a year until Sept 26/11.
Veteran-owned small business qualifier Bren-tronics Inc. in Commack, NY wins a maximum $84.2 million contract (SPM7LX-10-D-7153).
Woman-owned small business qualifier Mathews Associates in Sanford, FL wins a maximum $84.2 million contract (SPM7LX-10-D-7154).
Guild Associates in Dublin, OH, was awarded on Aug. 16 a $16.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for 43 “mobile integrated remains systems” (MIRCS). Which is to say, portable morgues. Not a pleasant subject, or something you think of when you think of “technology artisans,” but it comes with the nature of battle – and if it was your loved one, you’d want those remains seen to quickly, and with honor.
MIRCS is based off Guilds’ Expandable Shelter Platform (ESP) design, a modified shipping container with sides that lower and fabric soft walls. Guilds’ patent pending design allows for storage of 16 remains at between 34 and 36°F, to mortuary air quality standards, in addition to space for processing and administrative work. In transport mode, the MIRCS dimensions are nominally 20′ x 8′ x 8′ with corner fitting, to meet ISO standards for container shipment. It can also be mounted on a HEMTT heavy truck.
Sounds like an immediate delivery order – work is to be performed in Dublin, OH, with an estimated completion date of Aug 20/10. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web, with 6 bids received by U.S. Army Research Development & Engineering Contracting Center in Natick Contracting Division, Natick, MA (W911QY-05-C-0091).
ARTHUR on Bv206: Fading away? (click to view larger)
Fire location radars are valuable in high-end wars against heavy artillery and rocket salvos, and in counter-insurgency conflicts where incoming mortars and simpler rockets are a frequent hazard. While artillery tracking systems have existed for decades, tracking very small, fast-moving projectiles is no easy task. False positives can be a problem during a high-end war in Germany’s Fulda Gap, but they become a bigger problem during counter-insurgency campaigns.
Canada has some radars of this type already, but their limitations were starting to chafe, and a new contract for counter-battery radars could be the result. A recent DSCA request adds impetus to that search – but will it come in time to make a difference?
June 9/10: Finmeccanica subsidiary SELEX Sistemi Integrati announces [PDF] a 5-year, EUR 238 million contract from the Italian Ministry of Defence’s Land Armaments General Directorate, for a digitized system known as Forza NEC (Network Enabled Capability). The contract covers the manufacture and integration of command posts in shelters and vehicles; communication, command and control devices for soldiers under the Soldato Futuro program; unmanned vehicles equipped with sensors; and systems offering full interoperability between the Italian armed forces and the forces of other countries. A test laboratory consisting of numerous military centers connected in a network will also be delivered.
SELEX Sistemi Integrati is the main supplier and system integrator, but they will work with a very broad alliance of Italian firms. Other Finmeccanica companies such as SELEX Communications, SELEX Galileo, Elsag Datamat, Oto Melara, AgustaWestland, and MBDA Italia are included. So are independent firms like Elettronica, Iveco, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, the Iveco-Oto Melara consortium, and the Soldato Futuro consortium.
Battlefield command systems are becoming the backbone of any modern land force…
$85.7 million order for 492 ATLAS rough terrain forklifts. (April 6/10)
If you are looking for a forklift that can lift 10,000 pounds 17 feet in the air and travel at speeds up to 23 mph, then the All Terrain Lifter Army System (ATLAS) rough terrain forklifts might be just what you are looking for.
The ATLAS forklift can reach into trucks or shipping containers, lift loads over obstacles, and pick up loads from both above and below grade.
Manufactured by Oshkosh unit JLG Industries, the ATLAS comes in 2 varieties: the plain old ATLAS and the souped up ATLAS II, which includes cool multifunction attachments, high ground clearance, and lower emissions.
Once the counterweight is detached, ATLAS is good to go on a C-130, C-141, C-5A or C-17 transport aircraft…
Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Missile and Fires Control in Grand Prairie, TX received a $151.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to supply high mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) full rate production Lot 5 launchers for the US Army.
The contract includes 46 Army launchers; 1 Army launcher rebuild; launchers loader module trainer kit; product definition data package maintenance tack; new equipment training; and support equipment.
The HIMARS is the newest member of the multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) family.
NITEK in Sterling, VA received a $16.4 million firm-fixed-price contract to supply 2 Husky Mounted Detection Systems (HMDS), installation, new equipment training, initial spare parts, training manuals and 24 months of sustainment of these systems for the Canadian government.
The HMDS provides troops with enhanced capabilities to detect IEDs and antitank mines along heavily traveled roads…
Terex Corp. in Fredericksburg, VA received a $7 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract from the US Marine Corps (USMC) to provide maintenance logistics support for the company’s 50-ton military all-terrain cranes (MAC-50) in Afghanistan and Iraq. This contract contains an option, which if exercised, will bring the total contract value to $8.9 million.
Terex will provide maintenance and supply support for the cranes and technical assistance to units operating the crane outside the continental United States. The company will provide personnel, material, services and support documentation; field service representatives; maintenance and parts.
The USMC ordered up to 130 MAC-50 cranes from Terex in 2005.