ST Production Systems, Inc. in Smithfield, PA received a $20.5 firm-fixed-price modification to exercise an option under previously awarded contract N00024-98-C-6111 for supplies, services, and production of the AN/SLQ-25A NIXIE torpedo countermeasure system. This modification will provide for production, test and delivery of an additional 3 AN/SLQ-25A torpedo counter-measure transmitting sets and upgrade kits.
Modern torpedoes still use acoustic homing, bearing in on the noise created by their target ship’s propellers and machinery. Nixie is trailed underwater by coaxial signal/tow cables. An operator aboard the ship controls the device via that coaxial cable. The streamlined main body (‘fish’) houses the acoustic projector. The Nixie acts as a decoy by generating a more attractive acoustic signal, producing more noise than its tow vessel in order to defeat a torpedo’s passive acoustic homing. But, active acoustic homing is also used by many torpedoes. To deceive the active acoustic sensors, Nixie must intercept their ‘pings’, amplify them, and then return these signals to the homing torpedo in a way that confuses it.
Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems in St. Petersburg, FL received an $8.4 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-5118) for investigation and study of the radio waveform used by the Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Program. Work on this radio waveform research contract will be performed in St. Petersburg, FL (65%); and Largo, FL (35%), and is expected to be complete by February 2006. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C issued the contract.
CEC is a sensor netting system that allows many ships to pool their radar and sensor information together, creating a very powerful and detailed picture that is much finer, more wide-ranging, and more consistent than any one ship could generate on its own. The data is then shared among all ships via secure frequencies. DID has covered one element of this system, the UGS-2 planar arrays.
Yet CEC is far more than a mere data-sharing program, or even a sensor fusion effort. Indeed, it may well be the most revolutionary capability available to the modern US Navy…
The U.S. Defense Department notified Congress on June 6, 2005 of a proposed sale to Japan of Raytheon’s SM-2 Block IIIB surface-to-air missiles. The sale includes 40 SM-2 Block IIIB missiles with MK 13 MOD 0 canisters; 24 SM-2 Block IIIB Telemetry Standard missiles with MK 13 MOD 0 canisters, and associated equipment. It would be worth up to $104 million if all options are exercised, with contracts going to Raytheon and United Defense LP.
The Pentagon’s Defense Security and Cooperation Agency said Japan requested the missiles for use on ships of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force fleet and said it would enhance Japan’s defense of critical sea-lanes. Reuters: U.S. Moves To Sell Japan SM-2 Missiles
In late 2004, Portuguese aircraft refitter OGMA was chosen by Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA to refit Pakistan’s 2 P-3C Update II.5 Orion maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft for service. In addition, Pakistan was preparing to buy 8 US Navy surplus P-3C aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales program (DSCA release, up to $970 million) and six 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems for point defense on its ships (DSCA release, up to $155 million). In May 2005, they added 60 Harpoon anti-ship Missiles (DSCA release, up to $180 million) and 300 AIM-9L Sidewinder air-air missiles (see DSCA release, up to $46 million). The total orders would reportedly be worth a total of $1.3 billion.
The government of Australia has requested a possible sale of up to 175 SM-2 Block IIIA Standard anti-air missiles, up to 30 Telemetry missiles, up to 2 SM-2 Block IIIA inert operational missiles, canisters, containers, spare and repair parts; plus supply support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, US government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $315 million, and the principal contractors will be Raytheon (Tucson, AZ) and General Dynamics (Scottsdale, AZ). There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Raytheon Co. in Tucson, AZ is being awarded a $45 million not-to-exceed, firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-04-C-5460 for Block 1B Upgrade and Conversion performance enhancement equipment for United States and Portuguese Navy Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS). This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (31%) and the government of Portugal (69%) under the Foreign Military Sales program.
Three upgrade and conversions for the U.S. Navy and three Phalanx MK-15 CIWS and ancillary hardware are planned in support of Portuguese requirements.
Raytheon Co. in Tucson, AZ is being awarded an $11.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide Full Service Support (FSS) for the Standard Missile-1 (SM-1) program of U.S. Allied Nations. The SM-1 was phased out of the U.S. Navy in 2003; it is an earlier version of the Standard Missile-2 currently used on AEGIS-equipped ships for anti-air defense. An even newer variant, the SM-3 Standard, is currently being tested as part of the USA’s ballistic missile defense plans.
In preparation for the U.S. Navy’s withdrawal of its SM-1 compatible ships, support has transitioned to Raytheon who leads a team of companies that provides users with continued access to spares and repair services.
Raytheon Co. in Tucson, AZ received a $162.8 million firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-05-C-5482) to procure 251 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM), 38 shipping containers and spares for the NATO Sea Sparrow consortium. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. (38%); Andover, Mass. (10%); Camden, Ark. (5%); Minneapolis, Minn. (1%); and the countries of Australia (13%); Canada (7%); Norway (7%); Germany (7%); The Netherlands (6%); Spain (3%); Denmark (1%); Greece (1%); and Turkey (1%), and is expected to be completed by October 2007. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C. issued the contract.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Sudbury, MA is being awarded a $6.5 million modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-5117), to exercise an option for engineering technical services relative to production of the SPY-1D (V) AEGIS Weapon System (AWS) Transmitter Group and MK99 Fire Control System.