Electric Boat Corp. of Groton, CT is being awarded a $36.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-04-C-2100) for engineering and technical support for active nuclear submarines. The modification includes design changes for the subs and their support facilities, operational support, and R&D support of designated submarine research vehicles. Work will be performed in Groton, CT (84%); Kings Bay, GA (6%); Newport, RI (4%); Quonset, RI (3%); and Bangor, WA (3%), and is expected to be completed by March 2008. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued the contract modification.
Tadiran Spectralink Ltd. of Cholon, Israel, who make the communications systems for the battle-proven Pioneer UAV, have developed a new way for the soldier in the field to receive UAV pictures and data: the wrist-mounted Video Receiver And Monitor for Battlefield Operations (V-RAMBO), also known as a Personal Video Receiver. The system is a miniaturized version of the TVL-II system in Israeli attack helicopters and tanks. The 3-inch color video display attaches to the soldier’s wrist via an adjustable velcro strap, and the video receiver unit can be mounted on the soldier’s vest. Like the TVL-II, V-RAMBO broadcasts real-time video from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) directly to the wrists of individual Israeli Army infantry soldiers on the ground. TVL-II has been credited with helping to reduce the time it takes to identify and strike a target from minutes to seconds, an important consideration in urban environments and situations involving the targeting of terrorist leaders. AP Article: Wrist Video Gives Israeli Army an Edge. DefenseReview.com: V-RAMBO ‘Wrist Video’ System Puts Real-Time Video Right on Soldiers’ Wrists
Small business qualifier Cox Construction Co. of Vista, CA won an $18.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for Construction of a new Command and Control Facility at Fort Irwin, CA. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2006. Bids were solicited on Jan. 12, 2005, and four bids were received. The U.S. Army Engineer District, Los Angeles, CA issued the contract (W912PL-05-C-0003).
Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems in St. Petersburg, FL is being awarded a $10 million modification under previously awarded contract N00024-05-C-5101 for an additional four USG-2 Planar Array Antenna Assemblies (PAAA). The PAAA is a component of the Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) System, which extracts and sharing sensor-derived information among multiple sites in order to coordinate and extend the range of naval air defenses. When fully deployed, the CEC is also intended to allow U.S. naval forces to act as ballistic missile defense networks using SM-3 Standard missiles as well as future weapons systems. Work on the PAAA will be performed in Largo, FL (55%); St. Petersburg, FL (31%); Dallas, TX (9%); McKinney, TX (4%); and El Segundo, CA (1%), and is expected to be completed by January 2007. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued the contract modification. See also PDF file: Navy Floats Network-Centric Warfare in COTS-based CEC
SafeNet Inc.’s Mykotronx subsidiary won a $7.7 million contract to develop an encryption card for the Department of Defense that can be plugged into the U.S. Government’s secure telephones for classified communication. The Enhanced Crypto Card will be based on the Forteeza Plus (KOV-14) Crypto Card previously developed for the Department of Defense. To date, SafeNet said, the U.S. Government has ordered 200,000 Forteeza cards. Baltimore Business Journal
Oshkosh Truck Corp. of Oshkosh, WI received a sole-source $14.7 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract initiated on Dec. 7, 2004 for Crew Protection and Air Conditioning Kits. Work will be performed in Jahra, Kuwait, and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2005. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI issued the contract (W56HZV-05-C-0167).
Small business qualifier Chickasaw Nation Industries of Ada, OK won a $6.1 million firm-fixed-price contract for Construction of Mobile Barracks and Administration Units, an Arms Vault, and Associated Site Utilities at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Bids were solicited via the web on Feb. 17, 2005, and one bid was received. CNI has previously completed 20 government construction contracts, and this contract is expected to be complete in August 2005. The U.S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, MO issued the contract (W912DQ-05-C-0005).
The Washington Business Journal reports that United Technologies subsidiary General Dynamics is ordering add-on armor kits for the Army’s Stryker combat vehicle from fellow defense contractor United Defense Industries. The contract is initially worth $30 million but has a potential value of as much as $90.6 million. UDI says production of the initial lot of 289 kits will start this fall and be completed by October 2006.
Military officials turned on a new command center in Cheyenne Mountain, CO this month, complete with new hardware, software and big-screen displays. The event marks the second major milestone for the Air Forces $1.5 billion Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) program for NORAD. The renovation of the command center inside the granite-hardened facility occurred in two phases. Phase 1, completed by John Bowman Inc., involved construction of the center and “battle cab”. Phase 2, performed by Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems business unit, consisted of the design, purchase and installation of the hardware, software and big-screen displays. Federal Computer Weekly: Cheyenne center upgrade complete. See also NORAD’s March 4, 2005 news release.
Problems with key IT projects in the Veteran’s Administration may be about to lead to conditional budget cuts. The House Veterans Affairs Committee is recommending a $400 million cut in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposed FY 2006 IT budget until a review of the VA’s programs by PriceWaterhouseCoopers is completed. In addition, Committee Chair Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) told the Budget Committee that he is considering legislation that would give the VA chief information officer direct line and budget authority over tech spending and associated personnel within the entire department. Federal Computer Weekly: Committee Calls for VA Tech Cut