Raytheon Co. in Marlborough, MA won a $48 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract modification to acquire additional engineering and technical support (labor hours) for the procurement and installation of Digital Airport Surveillance Radar production systems at Hanscom Air Force Base. Required contractor services include site implementation services (site surveys and site designs), engineering/technical support (including integration, test support and certification support) and engineering analysis and labor related to dismantling of existing radars. This work will be complete by September 2009. The Headquarters Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA issued the contract (F19628-96-D-0038, P00058).
Defense Mission Systems Div. of Reston, VA is being awarded a $7.5 million firm-fixed-price contract modification. The OC-135 Open Skies Integrated Data Annotation Recording Mapping System is being modified to update both the hardware and software. Solicitation began August 2004 and negotiations were completed February 2005. Work will be performed in San Pedro, CA and completion is expected by February 2010. The Headquarters Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center for Tinker Air Force Base, OK issued the contract (FA8105-05-C-0001).
Small business qualifier Hui O Hawaii Hale, LLC of Honolulu, HI is being awarded a $17.7 million firm-fixed price, estimated indefinite quantity contract for family housing maintenance at various areas in Oahu, HI. Work will include management and performance of maintenance and repair services to approximately 2,500 individual housing units, associated playgrounds/tot lots and facilities on common grounds, community centers, and other related real property and facilities at various housing areas. This contract contains one six-month option period, which if exercised, will bring the total contract amount to $26.8 million. Work will be performed at various military family housing areas in Pearl Harbor, HI (57%) and Central Oahu, HI (43%), and work on the base contract is expected to be completed March 2006. This contract (N62742-05-D-2234) was a sole source negotiated procurement under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program, issued by the Resident Officer in Charge of Construction at Pearl Harbor, HI.
The Navy and marine wildlife experts are investigating whether the beaching of dozens of dolphins on Marathon in the Florida Keys is related to possible sonar use by the Los Angeles class attack sub USS Philadelphia during a training exercise with Navy SEALs near Key West. More than 20 of the 70 rough-toothed dolphins have died since the beaching last Wednesday. “This is absolutely high priority,” said Lt. Cdr. Jensin Sommer, spokeswoman for Norfolk, Va.-based Naval Submarine Forces.
Some scientists surmise that loud bursts of sonar, which can be heard for miles in the water, may disorient or scare marine mammals, leading to decompression sickness or disruption of their biological sonar navigation systems. Associated Press: Dolphin Beaching Came After Sub Exercise
British defense contractor BAE Systems PLC has agreed to buy U.S. rival United Defense Industries (UDI), subject to approval. The transaction was conducted through its subsidiary BAE Systems North America Inc., which entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire the net debt and fully diluted share capital of United Defense for $75 per share in cash, or some $3.97 billion total. The acquisition is subject to both regulatory and shareholder approval.
Just two days after having its ban from the U.S. Air Force launch market lifted, Boeing has fired CEO Harry Stonecipher after an affair with a female executive came to the board’s attention. While the employee was not a direct report of Stonecipher’s and the affair did not itself violate the company’s code of conduct, the board concluded the facts reflected poorly on Stonecipher’s judgment, and would impair his ability to lead the company.
NAVISTAR International Transportation of Knoxville, TN received a delivery order amount of $61.8 million as part of a $311.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for 374 Afghanistan Medium Tactical Vehicles (AMTV). The AMTV contract is designed to provide the new Afghan National Army with a family of trucks to conduct operations in support of rebuilding and providing stability to Afghanistan. The family consists predominantly of 6X6 general transport trucks but also includes 5 other variants in lesser quantities: Recovery truck; Truck mounted Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL) pod; Truck mounted Water Carrier Pod; Hazardous material carrier; and Ambulances.
The contract includes a requirement for freight-on-board delivery. TACOM’s AMTV page details the entire process and defines other conditions of this contract, and explains how the contract was expedited. Work will be performed in Garland, TX and is expected to be completed by March 3, 2008. Five bids were received for this contract, following a solicitation on the web. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI issued the contract (W56HZV-05-D-0144).
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products of Charlotte, N.C., was awarded a $15.9 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract to Support the Joint Biological Point Detection System (JBPDS). JBPDS is an automatic air sampling device which provides visual and audible alarms in the presence of biological agents. This sole source contract was initiated on Jan. 14, 2004, with completion expected by Dec. 30, 2006. Work will be performed in Charlotte, NC (40%) and Columbus, OH (60%). The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD issued the contract (W911SR-04-C-0017).
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. in Bethpage, NY, received a $14 million firm-fixed-priced delivery order for the manufacture of engineering change proposal kits for the E-2C Group O Hawkeye for the Government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program (ECP-422-R1, Kit 9, 15-ton Enhanced Vapor Cycle and ECP-411-R1 200 Export Configuration Upgrade). The contract announcement, and the recent ESSM modification contract, come in the context of debate In Japan about its future military role, a state visit by Secretary of State Rice and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and joint concern from Japan and the USA about the EU’s plan to lift restrictions on military sales to China. Other foreign customers of the E-2 airborne early warning and control aircraft include Egypt, France, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand; India has reportedly expressed interest.
Work on this order will be performed in Bethpage, NY and is expected to be completed in December 2007. The Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, MD issued the order against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-04-G-0003).
The National Guard Bureau in Arlington, VA has retained PBS&J Inc. of Nashville, TN as part of a $50M firm-fixed-price contract for investigation, architecture and engineering services. The contract is expected to be completed by Aug. 18, 2009, with locations to be defined by delivery orders. There were 64 bids solicited on March 25, 2004, and 7 bids were received. The National Guard Bureau in Arlington, VA issued the contract (W9133L-05-D-0003).