Raytheon is helping the US Naval Oceanographic Office recover hydrographic educational materials lost in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. The office’s hydrographic training center located in south Mississippi was destroyed by the hurricane and 50% of the original hydrographic training curriculum was lost. Since then, about 25 percent of the materials have been recovered, leaving the remaining 25 percent, or about 222 hours, still missing, according to Kristin Patterson Jones with Raytheon Technical Services. Hydrographic information is used to draft nautical maps and enhance geospatial information.
A recent task order received by Raytheon directs the company to perform a gap analysis, develop the missing hours and fulfill the requirements of hydrographic recertification, she noted. The task order was issued under a $256.5 million contract vehicle awarded last year to 6 companies to provide education and training products and support services to the US Navy…
Arrowhead is an advanced electro-optical and fire control system that AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots use for combat targeting of their Hellfire missiles and other weapons, as well as safe flight in day, night, or bad weather missions. Arrowhead’s forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensors use advanced image processing techniques to give pilots the best possible resolution to avoid obstacles such as wires and tree limbs during low-level flight.
The 6 Arrowhead contract Lots awarded to Lockheed Martin include…
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors in Manassas, VA won a $92.8 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the engineering services and support of the AN/BVY-1 Integrated Submarine Imaging System (ISIS) and for the production of 10 AN/BVY-1(V)1 integrated control and display cabinets.
ISIS integrates visual and digital imagery into submarine periscopes. It provides all-weather, visual, and electronic search, digital image management, indication, warning, and platform architecture interface capabilities for the SSN 688 Los Angeles Class, SSN 21 Seawolf Class, the SSGN Ohio Class, and the SSN 774 Virginia Class submarines, with potential application to the SSBN Trident Class submarines and other submarines.
DID has more on the ISIS and the Lockheed Martin contract…
Sippican/GSM Submarine Antenna Joint Venture in Marion, MA received a $6.9 million cost-plus-incentive-fee/cost-plus-fixed fee contract (N00039-09-C-0038) for design and development of an Increment 2 capability for the multi-function mast (OE-538) antenna system for U.S. Navy submarines. The OE-538 [PDF] is mast-mounted, communication and navigation antenna intended for new construction or as a replacement upgrade for antennas on existing submarines.
This contract includes options for low-rate initial production and full-rate production quantities of OE-538 Increment 2 hardware, as well as options for engineering/depot repair services and provisioning item orders, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $57.6 million.
Sippican/GSM, which is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin Sippican and Granite State Manufacturing, will perform the work in Marion, MA (97%) and Manchester, NH (3%), and expects to complete it by December 2011. If all options are exercised, work could continue until September 2017. This contract was competitively procured with 1 offer received via the FedBizOpps website and the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego, CA (N00039-09-C-0038). SPAWAR awarded the contract on behalf of its organizational partner, the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence Systems (PEO C4ISR).
Apptis in Chantilly, VA won a $132.9 million time and material task order to provide management, engineering, integration and acquisition of U.S. Army command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems worldwide. Apptis will provide the systems to the Command Center Upgrades/Special Projects Office, which is part of Team Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (TEAM DCATS). Work is to be determined by mission requirements with an estimated completion date of June 30/11. For the contract, 16 bids were solicited and 3 bids received by Army Contracting Command in Alexandria, VA.
Located at Fort Monmouth, NJ, TEAM DCATS manages more than 100 projects that support soldiers, major commands and combatant commanders worldwide. Projects include strategic satellite communications and wideband control systems, long-haul terrestrial microwave and fiber optic communications systems, tech control facilities, Combat Service Support Communications systems, critical power infrastructure, command center upgrades, base radios and combat vehicle intercom systems.
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors of Moorestown, NJ received a $7 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-04-C-5144) for Japan Aegis Modernization Lifetime Support efforts for Kongo and Atago class ships under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program (100% for Japan).
Lockheed Martin received a task order to manage the Field Logistics Readiness Center (FLRC) at Fort Bragg, NC. The task order is valued at $203 million over a 5-year period of performance and was awarded under the multiple award indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity Field & Installation Readiness Support Team (FIRST) contract. There is a $9 billion ceiling for all task orders issued under the FIRST contract [PDF], according to the U.S. Army Contracting Agency.
DID has more on the work Lockheed Martin is performing at Fort Bragg as well as other FIRST work at Fort Stewart and Fort Benning in Georgia…
The Elbit Systems/Rockwell Collins joint venture Vision Systems International, LLC recently announced $54.1 million in contracts. These awards will begin production of their Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), which will equip all American and exported F-35 fighters. The contracts will cover low rate initial production (LRIP) Lots 1, 2 and 3, and run through 2012. They include Lockheed Martin’s purchase of 52 F-35 Gen II Helmet Mounted Displays, and 30 aircraft shipsets. VSI also received contracts for production tooling and initial funding for the Pilot Fit Facility Standup at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.
HMDS is a significant advance over its predecessors – which are themselves a significant advance over a technology that changed fighter pilots’ worlds in the 1960s and 1970s.
As video communications is integrated into robots, soldiers, and UAVs, and network-centric warfare becomes the organizing principle of American warfighting, front-line demands for bandwidth are rising faster than the US military can add it. The Transformation Communications Satellite (TSAT) System is part of a larger effort by the US military to address that need, and close the gap.
DID’s FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record – and TSAT is certainly significant. The final price tag on the entire program has been quoted at anywhere from $14-25 billion through 2016, including the satellites, the ground operations system, the satellite operations center and the cost of operations and maintenance. Lockheed Martin and Boeing each won over $600 million in risk reduction contracts to develop key TSAT SS satellite system technologies, and TSAT’s $2 billion TMOS ground-based network operations contract was already underway.
The TSAT constellation’s central role in next-generation US military infrastructure makes it worthy of in-depth treatment – but its survival was never assured. There was always a risk that outside events and incremental competitors could spell its end, just as they spelled the end of Motorola’s infamous Iridium project. This FOCUS article examines that possibility, even as it offers an overview of the US military’s vision for its communications infrastructure, how TSAT fits, the program’s challenges, and complete coverage of contracts and significant events.
The latest developments revolve around the end of the program. Despite a positive recent report from the GAO, TMOS/TSAT are being canceled outright as part of the program’s planned termination: