Sometimes, a contractor’s technical problem is really an opportunity. When the multinational Joint Strike Fighter’s F-35B STOVL (Short Take-Off, Vertical Landing) variant for the US Marines, Royal Navy, et. al. found itself 3,000 pounds overweight, the program faced a 1 year pause while a crash program of empowered teams and suppliers worked to solve the problem. The result was an F-35B design that ended up ahead of the other variants, even though it was considered to be the most complex. That’s reflected in the pattern of test aircraft being produced – and now, it’s reflected in a large subcontract as well.
Alcoa’s proprietary and advanced aluminum alloys, technical and engineering expertise, and collaborative design capabilities that support large and complex forgings proved very valuable to the F-35B’s Slimfast diet. Now Lockheed Martin has handed Alcoa’s Power and Propulsion business a 10-year, $360 million contract by Lockheed Martin to supply advanced patented 7085 alloy aluminum die forgings for the F-35 program.
Alcoa Forged and Cast Products in Cleveland, OH will design and manufacture all the large aluminum structural die forgings for more than 1,200 aircraft. Parts include 15 large bulkheads that weigh 1,800-6,000 pounds, range from 10-23 feet in length, and act as the primary structural support for the wing and engine. They will also work on 6 wing box parts which serve as an important component of the skeletal structure to the wing. Meanwhile, other Alcoa aerospace units will provide items like highly-engineered joining devices from Alcoa Fastening Systems, specialty alloy plate from Alcoa North American Mill Products, and high-pressure turbine blades for F-35 JSF engines and structural aluminum castings from Alcoa Power and Propulsion.
As part of the JSF contract, Alcoa plans to invest $24 million in Cleveland Works primarily for new machinery, equipment and infrastructure improvements. Alcoa Forged and Cast Products is being supported by the State of Ohio with a $400,000 Rapid Outreach Grant, and up to $450,000 for employee training.
In addition to its strategic location athwart the Persian Gulf shipping lanes, Bahrain is also the base for the US 5th fleet.
In May 2004, the U.S. Marine Corps awarded Lockheed Martin a $43.6 million contract to provide the AN/TPS-59(V)3B ballistic missile defense radar system, along with associated supplies, equipment and services, to the Kingdom of Bahrain as a foreign military sale. The production line was restarted, and a new radar was produced. Earlier in 2007, members of the Bahrain Defence Force were trained how to operate and maintain the system at Lockheed Martin’s Radar Systems facility in Syracuse, NY. An Oct 2/07 Lockheed Martin release noted that he Kingdom’s TPS-59 radar proceeded smoothly through a site acceptance test in August 2007, and is now being used by the Bahrain Defence Force for air surveillance.
Lockheed Martin has been selected by the U.S. Joint Forces Command to provide Information Technology services under the new Information Systems Support Services I.T. services umbrella contract, with a ceiling of $35.3 million for the first year and an estimated total of more than $186 million over 5 years if all 4 of the one-year options are exercised. Work is expected to begin on Oct. 5, 2007, and will occur primarily at the command’s Norfolk and Suffolk facilities as well as support at Joint Personnel Recovery Agency facilities at Ft. Belvoir, VA and Fairchild Air Force Base, WA and the command’s liaison officers at the Pentagon and in Washington, DC. Tasks include customer training and support, database development and administration, network operations and systems support, and video teleconferencing support. USJFCOM release | Lockheed Martin release.
Observers often note the spiraling price of aircraft and helicopters, without considering the rising cost of the equipment that goes into them. A recent contract offers an excellent illustration of that dynamic in action.
Aug 15/07: Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego in Owego, NY received a $951.7 million finalization modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-06-C-0098). This definitization effort will result in a firm-fixed-price multiyear contract for the procurement of 139 MH-60R Mission Avionics Systems, covering FY 2007 (Lot 5) through FY 2011 (Lot 9). When combined with advance procurement contracts from January and May 2006 totaling $113.6 million, the total value of this multi-year contract rises to $1.065 billion – $7.66 million per set. It could have been $8.58 million each…
Aug 14/07: IAP Worldwide Services, Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary Readiness Management Support, LC in Panama City, FL received a $63.7 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based contract for year one services, with a provision for firm-fixed-price task orders. RMS will provide aviation technical services, which is the combination of equipment maintenance of Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems (ATCALS) and flight operational services at US Central Command (CENTCOM) air bases/stations. CENTCOM covers the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Horn of Africa. As one might expect, air traffic patterns are rather busy these days. IAP/RMS had played a leading role in developing Afghanistan’s air traffic control system to support Operation Enduring Freedom, and also established the Kabul Area Control Center.
This procurement provides for electronic equipment maintenance services and air traffic management to support air traffic control operations and maintenance (O&M), airfield management, air to ground communications O&M, and aviation weather systems O&M at multiple locations in US CENTCOM. To that end, IAP has built a team of key providers: Midwest Air Traffic Control Service Inc. (air traffic management functions), Lockheed Martin Information Systems (ATCALS equipment maintenance) functions. Depending on the scope of additional work, AIR Inc. (Micro Earth Resources Technology Satellite programming) and/or Scientific Research Corporation (meteorology), may be called upon. The contract includes 4 one-year option periods which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $388.3 million.
Work will be performed in Southwest Asia, primarily Iraq and Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed August 2008. If all options are exercised, work could continue until August 2012. The contract was competitively procured under full and open competition, and the Request for Proposal was posted on the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center E-commerce website, with 2 offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston, SC, issued the contract (N65236-07-D-6872). IAP release.
On Aug 3/07, the US DSCA formally announced Israel’s request [PDF] for various US bombs and precision guidance kits. Requested items include 10,000 live MK-84 2,000-lb. bombs; 1,500 live MK-82 500-lb. bombs; 2,000 live BLU-109 2,000-lb. bombs with penetrator warheads; JDAM tail kits that add GPS/INS guidance to bombs (10,000); Paveway II laser-guidance kits for the 500-lb. MK-82 (2,500), the 1,000-lb. MK-83 (500), and the 2,000 pound MK-84 (1,000) bombs; 10,000 FMU-139 live fuze components; 10,000 FMU-152 live fuze components; and 50 GBU-28 Enhanced Paveway III 5,000-lb. ‘bunker buster’ laser/GPS guided live bombs. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $465 million.
Israel already has all of these munitions in its inventory, which was depleted during its 2006 war against Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran. It also produces many similar devices domestically, but can allocate American foreign assistance dollars to pay American firms and so Israel always finds itself balancing domestic capabilities and spending against American industry purchases. Amidst rumors of a planned attack by Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah in late 2007, rapid replenishment may also be a consideration. The principal contractors will be:
Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Corporation in St. Charles, MO (JDAM kits)
Alliant Techsystems Incorporated in Janesville, WI (ATK makes fuzes and explosives)
Alliant Techsystems Incorporated in Clearwater, FL
They’ve also just announced the selection of 29 firms for award under the maximum $50 billion Alliant Governmentwide Acquisition Contract. The Alliant umbrella contract provides all US federal government agencies, including the Pentagon, with a centralized source to acquire integrated Information Technology (IT) solutions worldwide. The contract has a 5-year base period with a 5-year option period, and replaces two similar contracts set to expire: Millenia, and ANSWER (Applications ‘N Support for Widely diverse End user Requirements)…
On June 8/07, the US DSCA announced Japan’s request for Ballistic Missile Defense upgrades to one AEGIS Weapon System (Lockheed-Martin Maritime System and Sensors in Moorestown, NJ), AEGIS BMD Vertical Launch System ORDALTs (BAE’s Mk41 modifications, Minneapolis, MN), 9 SM-3 Block IA STANDARD missiles (Raytheon in Tucson, AZ) with MK 21 Mod 2 canisters, containers, spare and repair parts, publications, documentation, supply support, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related elements of logistics support. The systems will be installed on Japan’s Kongo Class AEGIS destroyers, and the total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $475 million.
A subsequent Lockheed release strongly suggests that this is for the JDS Chokai [DDG-176], which is the last of the current Kongo Class destroyers; the 5th and 6th Improved Kongo Class ships currently under construction will reportedly have AEGIS BMD capability pre-installed. The JMSDF is working closely with the USA on missile defense activities, which includes modification and improvements to the SM-3 long-range anti-air/ABM missile as the outer layer of Japan’s ABM system, deployed from its Kongo Class AEGIS destroyers. Air Force cooperation has also improved by leaps and bounds, allowing for much closer coordination with the USA in all aspects including missile tracking. This article covers the elements of that request as they are fulfilled…
Lockheed Martin announced 2 U.S. Navy contracts worth $20.6 million to provide integration engineering and engineering support to Navy ship upgrades installing the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 undersea warfare system. Under the terms of the contracts, AEGIS-equipped cruisers and destroyers will be updated to the latest AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 configuration. The U.S. Navy’s goal is to achieve a single, common configuration to reduce system life cycle costs, while allowing for faster improvements. To that end, the latest version employs an open architecture approach using state-of-the-art commercial computing technology rather than custom-designed military-specific components, in order to achieve major performance gains over previous designs at reduced cost.
Lockheed Martin retains its teaming arrangement with Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Inc., a key developer and integrator of many of the functional performance improvements to the AN/SQQ-89 since 1999, and of the system’s test bed. Lockheed Martin’s Undersea Systems facility in Syracuse, NY and Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Inc. in Uniontown, PA, will manage the contracts,
In service for over 25 years, the AN/SQQ-89 is the undersea warfare combat system installed on all of the Navy’s CG-47 Ticonderoga Class cruisers and DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class destroyers. Using a variety of underwater sensors including a hull-mounted sonar, a towed array sonar, a sonobuoy processing system, et. al. the system detects, classifies and localizes submarines and other undersea threats. It is integrated with the Lockheed Martin-produced AEGIS Combat System, providing a fire-control system to launch weapons against undersea targets it finds. Lockheed Martin release.