Raytheon Co. in Tucson, AZ received a $235.7 million firm-fixed-price contract in for the production of the FY06 Standard Missile-2 Block IIIA and Block IIIB all up rounds (AURs) AN/DKT-71A telemetric data transmitting sets (TDTS), section level spares, and shipping containers for allied nations. Note that “all-up-rounds” include the missile, its launch container, and related equipment that allows for rapid installation of the naval missiles in vertical launch systems.
According to GlobalSecurity.org, RIM-66K-L/ SM-2 Standard Block IIIA missiles have greater capability at even lower altitudes, and include a more powerful fragmentation warhead. Block IIIB adds an infrared (IR) guidance mode capability developed in Missile Homing Improvement Program (MHIP) to the Block IIIA’s semi-active radar guidance system. These SM-2 versions are provided as medium range rounds that can be fired from AEGIS rail launchers, AEGIS vertical launch systems, and Tartar rail launchers. SM-2 and SM-3 Standard surface-air missiles work best when paired with the AEGIS radar and combat system, but can be employed independently. With respect to this specific contract…
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $152,454,637 firm fixed price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-05-C-5482, to procure 198 (ea) RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM), 59 (ea) shipping containers and spares for the NATO Sea Sparrow Consortium. This modification procures ESSMs for Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain, The Netherlands, Norway, and the United States. The NATO Sea Sparrow consortium, which includes the United States and 9 other countries, will fund the effort. DID covered a similar, $162.8 million contract in May 2005.
Work will be performed in Tucson, AZ (38%); Andover, MA (10%); Camden, AR (5%); Minneapolis, MN (1%); Australia (13%); Canada (7%); Germany (7%); Norway (7%); The Netherlands (6%); Spain (3%); Denmark (1%); Greece (1%); and Turkey (1%), and is expected to be completed by October 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued the contract.
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors in Moorestown, NJ received $125.8 million to provide for AEGIS Combat System baseline upgrades. The AEGIS system on the USA’s CG-47 Ticonderoga Class cruisers and DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class destroyers (plus frigate and destroyer classes in Australia, Japan, Korea, Norway, and Spain) is both a very advanced radar, and a combat control system that integrates the ship’s array of sensors and weapons.
Services will include providing material, equipment, supplies and technical engineering required to define, design, develop, integrate, test and deliver AEGIS baseline computer programs for combat system upgrades, which may be further clarified by written technical instructions. Work on this cost-plus-award-fee modification under previously awarded contract N00024-98-C-5197 will be performed in Moorestown, N.J., and is expected to be completed by September 2007. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued this contract.
Anteon Technologies and BAE Systems are together developing a new anti-torpedo technology for DARPA. The system is an effort to create an array of speakers along the side of a hull arranged so that they can collectively shoot out (and aim) shockwaves at incoming threats. New Scientist published a summary of the technology. It notes that the technology may run afoul of increasing concerns that underwater sound systems are hurting marine wildlife.
A Lockheed Aegis SPY-1D radar on board the USS Russell (DDG 59) Arleigh Burke Class destroyer successfully found and tracked a target missile needle from among a haystack of countermeasures, according to the contractor. The test, conducted just off of Hawaii, was part of the Critical Measurement and Counter-Measurements Program, an effort to introduce more stressful environment and battle conditions to equipment tests.
The AEGIS radar and combat system is now in its seventh generation, with the latest version arriving in February 2005. The most recent version of the AEGIS system is currently in use on 10 American vessels, with 8 more slated to be upgraded in the near term. Lockheed Martin’s AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense system, easily the most sophisticated ship-borne BMD yet deployed, extends the radar’s range, adds key functions like Cooperative Engagement Capability, and includes other enhancements. It is designed to work with the extended range SM-3 Standard missile.
Alloy Surfaces Co. Inc., Aston, Pa., is being awarded $6.8 million for delivery order (0002) under previously awarded definite-delivery/ definite-quantity contract (N00104-05-G-0726) to exercise an option for an additional year, FY 2006. The FY 2006, 150% Option Provision, has firm-fixed unit prices which can be exercised up to one year from date of definitization.
The contract will provide for the production of 72,448 MJU-64/B Decoy Devices. The MJU-64/B Decoy Device is an air launched electronically reflective material used to confuse enemy radar. Work will be performed in Aston, PA and will be complete by March 2007. This contract was not competitovely procured by the Naval Inventory Control Point in Mechanicsburg, PA (N00104-05-G-0726).
Northrop Grumman Defense Mission Systems Inc. in Reston, VA received a $9.4 million modification to previously awarded contract N00178-04-C-2006, exercising an option for continuing engineering support for the development, installation, integration, maintenance and testing of Combat System Simulation and Stimulation Equipment for the AEGIS Program. This modification combines efforts for the U.S. Navy (92%) and the Governments of Japan (4%); Spain (2%); Korea (1.5%) and Norway (.5%). As DID has noted in the past, AEGIS is both a naval radar system and a battle management software combat system. As such, simulations are a key aspect of effective training.
Work on this contract will be performed in Dahlgren, VA (60%); Mount Laurel, NJ (20%); Arlington, VA (10%); San Diego, CA (5%); and New Church, VA (5%), and is expected to be complete by September 2006. The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA issued the contract modification.
Yesterday, DID described how a sims-style video game was training attack sub sailors to be prepared for security threats while in port. Apparently, the US Navy isn’t stopping there. Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems in Annapolis, MD received a $6 million firm-fixed-price/cost type contract for the Shipboard Protection System (SPS). The purpose of the SPS system is to enhance the ability of surface naval vessels to defeat terrorist attempts or counter other threats while moored to a pier, at anchor, or during restricted maneuvering like canals, narrow littoral channels, etc.
Capabilities for Increment I include: Integrated Surface Surveillance System, and Non-lethal weapons/devices. The surface surveillance system integrates EO/IR sensors, radar, and stabilized guns into a common tactical surveillance system. Non-lethal weaponry will also be included.
The Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland began her journey back to Devonport on Aug 11/05, following a year-long, GBP 20 million (USD $36.1 million) refit at Babcock’s dockyard in Rosyth. That refit added a number of combat enhancements, and also made the frigate the first Royal Navy ship to have a revolutionary silicone paint called Intersleek 700 applied to its hull.
BAE subsidiary United Defense Limited Partnership Armament Systems Division in Minneapolis, MN received a $17 million fixed-price-plus-award-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-04-C-5454 for multinational procurement of vertical air defense missile launching cannisters and associated hardware. The cannisters are designed to launch the SM-2 Standard and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles.