The Aerospace Integration Corp., and E.J. Mlynarczyk and Co. of Crestview, FL, are being awarded a $97 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a basic year and four option years. The agreement covers contractor support for all tasks required for the Integrated Modification Support for Special Operation Forces/Combat Search and rescue (SOF/CSAR) aircraft. Work shall encompass, but is not limited to, the following aircraft: MC-130E/H/P, AC-130H/U, HC-130N/P, EC-130J, MH-53J/M, HH-60G, and UH-1N/H. Support shall include non-recurring engineering, technical documentation, trial installation labor and support, ground and flight-testing and test support, kit-proof labor and technical support, and kit manufacture and production installation on the SOF/CSAR aircraft as directed by the LU Program Office in Warner Robins Air Logistic Center, at Robins Air Force Base, GA.
Solicitation began October 2004, negotiations were completed February 2005, and work will be complete by February 2006. The Headquarters Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, GA issued the contract (FA8509-05-D-0002, 0004).
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, MI and Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine, are each being awarded cost-plus-award-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple-award contracts (MAC), for a not-to exceed task order ceiling of $200 million. Each MAC holder will compete for task order and delivery order awards for the accomplishment of Post Shakedown Availabilities (PSA) for DDG 51 Class AEGIS Destroyers homeported in Norfolk, VA. Contract funds will be obligated at the time of delivery order award, and as such, multiple funding types (with varying expiration dates) may be used, consistent with the purpose for which the funds were appropriated.
Specific efforts will include: engineering and management in support of PSA; labor and procurement of material to correct Government-responsible deficiencies and accomplish system upgrades; perform specified PSA work items inclusive of tests and post repair sea trials; task additional man-hours and material in order to complete emergent repairs. Work will be performed in Norfolk, VA, and is expected to be completed by March 2010. This contract was competitively procured via Navy Electronic Commerce Online (NECO), with two proposals received. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued the contracts. (Northrop Grumman Ship Systems: N00024-05-D-2300; Bath Iron Works: N00024-05-D-2301).
Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract to develop electronic components made from gallium nitride, a next-generation semiconductor material. The three-year, $16.5 million contract for the Wide Band Gap Semiconductors for Radio Frequency Applications initiative is potentially valued at $53.4 million if all program options are exercised. Northrop Grumman began developing this technology in 2002 under a $5.1 million Wide Band Gap Semiconductors Phase 1 contract. Work for the DARPA program will be performed at the Northrop Grumman Space Technology facility in Manhattan Beach, CA and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Baltimore, MD. Corporate News Release
Older versions of Talley Defense Systems’ M-72 light antitank weapon (LAW) were used extensively during the Vietnam War, where their performance showed that only larger, shoulder-fired rockets would stop a Soviet tank. Post war, the bigger and longer-range AT-4 missile and the Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) became the Marine Corps’ rockets of choice. Now a modernized M-72A7 LAW is making a comeback, to positive reviews from Marines headed for urban combat in Iraq.
Four factors account for the LAW’s renewed popularity:
Northrop Grumman/PRB Services Inc. in Hollywood, Md., won a $7 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed fee, performance-based contract (N65236-01-D-6813) to provide software development, systems engineering and configuration management for various Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. Systems covered include:
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) in Pascagoula, MS is received a $5.7 million cost-plus-award-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-02-C-2302) to effect changes in the testing of DD (X) test articles. NGSS had recently received $10M to sharpen the Life Cycle Cost Estimates for the DD(X) ships, and this appears to be related. This contract will modify testing required to demonstrate Engineering Development Model design performance with respect to material characterization, corrosion resistance, static and dynamic seaway structural loading, structure and outfitting resistance to underwater shock, lightning protection, electromagnetic shielding, and radiation hazards. Work will be performed in Pascagoula, MS (52%) and Tewksbury, MA (48%), and is expected to be completed by September 2005. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., issued the contract.
Northrop Grumman in Carson, CA received a placeholder delivery order as part of a $48 million firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support simulation and training of land forces using PM Force XXI Battle Command Brigade And Below Systems. This system is known colloquially as “Blue Force Tracker,” which is the part of the system that shows the positions of all friendly units on a screen and also highlights identified enemy units.
This sole source contract for v4 installation kits and cables was initiated on June 21, 2004, and is expected to be completed by Feb. 3, 2008. Work will be performed in Carson, CA. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, NJ issued the contract (W15P7T-05-D-J208).
Northrop Grumman in Linthicum, MD received a placeholder delivery order as part of a $70 million firm-fixed-price contract for Vehicular Intercom Systems, 9,500 Master Control Station/Light, and 19,000 Full Function Crew Station/Lights. Work will be performed in Reston, Va., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated in Sept., 2000. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J., issued the contract (DAAB07-00-D-D902).
Small business qualifier Datapath Inc. of Norcross, GA received a $17.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for 14 Joint Network Node Satellite Communication Trailers and 38 Satellite Communication Battalion Command Post Node Trailers. Work will be performed in Norcross, GA and completion is expected by Dec. 31, 2005. This was a sole source contract initiated on Feb. 28, 2005, and Datapath has won other contracts from USAC-EC before for support and advanced network research. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, NJ issued the contract (W15P7T-05-C-G204).
Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co. LLC if Independence, MO received a delivery order amount of $8.2 million as part of a $372.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and .50 caliber ammunition cartridges. Work will be performed in Independence, MO, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2006. This was a sole source contract (DAAA09-99-D-0016) initiated on Oct. 5, 2004 by the U.S. Army Field Support Command at Rock Island, IL.