EDO-Darlington Inc. in Wando, SC has won a $240 million value indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, time and material contract from the U.S. Marine Corps – for the second time. The contract covers procurement and support of telecom transition switch modules.
Transition switch modules provide a flexible unit level switch capability to transition between legacy tri-service tactical switches and current commercial technology. Another key element of this transition is the Joint Enhanced Core Communication System, or JECCS, which EDO is also producing for the Marine Corps. JECCS provides a mobile telecommunications “central office” mounted on a Humvee jeep, which connects with Transition Switch Modules to give individual Marines full access to the communications network.
United Defense Industries, Inc. (now BAE Systems Land and Armaments) has received a $12.8 Million contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command to upgrade 56 AAVP7 Assault Amphibious Vehicles (a.k.a. Amtracs or “hogs”) to the AAVP7 RAM/RS configuration. The AAVP7A1 Amtrac currently provides armored transport for up to 18 combat-loaded Marines from ship to shore, and through all types of terrain. Many Amtracs were driven all the way to Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The AAVP7 RAM/RS adds a more powerful 525hp turbocharged diesel engine and power train and a M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle suspension, providing superior mobility, durability and maintainability. The ground clearance will return to 16 inches and the horsepower to ton ratio will change from 13 to 1 back to 17 to 1. AAV RAM/RS also plans for the rebuild of all AAV systems and components in order to ensure acceptable Fleet Marine Force (FMF) readiness ratings for the remaining life of the AAVs through the year 2013. Introduction of the Bradley components and the rebuild to standard effort is also expected to reduce maintenance costs, with projected savings are in the range of $400-500 million (FY95 dollars).
Canadian Commercial Corp. of Ottawa, Canada received a $5,074,949 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously awarded contract (M67854-01-D-3053) to provide 91,403 pairs of gloves for the Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) program. This works out to USD $55.53 per pair.
JSLIST is a joint service chemical protective ensemble development based on a 1993 Memorandum of Understanding between all four services, but the Marine Corps is the lead service for the JSLIST program. When combined with the Chemical Protective Mask, the JSLIST provides protection against chemical and biological agents, radioactive fallout particles, and battlefield contaminants.
Small business qualifier Jahn Corp. in Lexington Park, MD received a $6.9 million ceiling-priced modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-03-D-0045). The modification exercises an option for approximately 146,100 man-hours of advisory and assistance services to the V-22 Osprey program, including management/administrative and resource/operations support; development/ production analysis and technical services; and independent analyses, technical studies and management services. The V-22 Osprey is currently undergoing operational evaluation to clear it for full production and use.
Work will be performed in Patuxent River MD (90%); Edwards Air Force Base, CA (3%); Lakehurst, NJ (3%); Indianapolis, IN (2%); Fort Worth, TX (1%); and Lomita, CA (1%), and is expected to be completed in June 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract.
Responding to an urgent request from warfighters, Lockheed Martin expanded the capabilities of its Predator anti-tank weapon and delivered 400 rounds to the U.S. Marine Corps in less than six months, prompting praise from, SRAW project officer Michael Woodson at the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA.
The U.S. Marine Corps recently asked Lockheed Martin to modify the shoulder-fired, short-range Predator anti-tank weapon into a direct-attack urban assault weapon for use in Iraq. Renamed the Short-Range Assault Weapon-Multiple Purpose Variant (SRAW-MPV), the new urban assault missile has a multiple-purpose blast warhead instead of a top-attack anti-armor warhead, enabling it to defeat a variety of targets such as buildings and bunkers as well as light-armored vehicles, “technicals,” et. al.
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. in Fort Worth, TX received a $17.6 million not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0001) for initial spare parts in support of FY 2005 Lot II UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft. Work will be performed in Amarillo, TX and is expected to be complete in September 2007. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract.
Recording knowledge learned through battle-tested situations is more important than ever. To improve Marines combat effectiveness the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned (MCCLL) has created an online Lessons Management System to ensure this information will be readily available. This web-based system contains documented experiences from before Operation Desert Storm, including some from Vietnam.
“One of the things we are finding new with the current MCCLL is we are relearning lessons again and again,” said Maj. Kevin Mooney, liaison officer, II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) and reservist from Hercules, CA “If we go back to World War II and look at an after action report, you can see the repetition over the years. We’re doing the same things wrong now that we were doing back then. We are also doing the same things right that we were doing back then, but the lessons learned usually come hard.”
In the wake of the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s FY 2006 budget requests for $419 billion after making a number of significant program cuts, the U.S. House of Representatives (Congress) passed H.R.1815, a $441 billion defense budget for FY 2006. The legislation passed on a 390-39 vote, but the budget will not be final until the U.S. Senate passes its own bill after June 6; the two bills must then be reconciled in committee before the U.S. President can sign a final budget.
Highlights of the Congressional Pentagon budget include: