United Concordia Companies Inc. (UCCI) in Harrisburg, PA is being awarded a $1.42 billion fixed-price premium-based contract for the TRICARE Dental Program. UCCI is required to furnish worldwide, comprehensive dental coverage to include preventive, diagnostic, restorative and maintenance services to all eligible Uniformed Services active duty family members, members of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve and their eligible family members.
This fixed-price premium-based contract provides for an approximate 10-month base period for transition, and 5 one-year option periods for dental services. The base period is from April 6, 2005 through January 31, 2006. Dental services will begin February 1, 2006, and will end January 31, 2011, if all options are exercised. Proposals were solicited via the Web site and competitively procured with 3 offers received. The TRICARE Management Activity in Aurora, CO issued the contract (H94002-05-D-0001).
Raytheon/Lockheed Martin JAVELIN (Joint Venture) in Tucson, AZ received a $128 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for Javelin Weapon System Hardware Procurement. Work will be performed in Tucson, AZ (60%), and Orlando, FL (40%), and is expected to be complete by Feb. 28, 2008. This was a sole source contract initiated on May 22, 2003. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., issued the contract (W31P4Q-04-C-0136).
The Army’s plan to replace its existing Black Hawk helicopters with the latest version of the Sikorsky UH-60 cleared an important Pentagon hurdle, and Sikorsky Aircraft is moving forward with Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of 22 new UH-60Ms with authorization to build up to 40 new helicopters through fiscal year 2006. LRIP is the last phase in a defense procurement program before a full-rate production decision is made.
The “M” model is the latest version of the 25-year-old UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter program. Initially, the Army planned to remanufacture 1,217 UH-60A and L models, but the Army now plans to purchase new “M” model helicopters. The Black Hawk family of helicopters is expected to remain in service with U.S. forces until approximately 2025.
United Technologies subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, CT received a $17.7 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for conversion of four UH-60L Blackhawk Helicopters to HH-60L Medevac configuration. The HH-60L provides uprated cockpits, as well as a clinical cabin that allows for immediate treatment of multiple trauma patients during medevac operations. Aviation Today has a useful article about this aircraft’s performance in Afghanistan with the 126th Medical Co. (Air Ambulance) of the California Army National Guard.
Work will be performed in Stratford, CT and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2007. This was a sole source contract initiated on Oct. 4, 2000. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal, AL issued the contract modification (DAAH23-02-C-0006).
BAE subsidiary United Defense L.P. in York, PA was awarded the full delivery order amount of $71.5 million on its firm-fixed-price contract (W56HZV-05-G-0005) for remanufacture of M2A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles. It is not known whether these vehicles will be equipped with IBAS targeting upgrades or Survivability Enhancement Armor.
Work will be performed in York, Pa. (83%), Aiken, S.C. (5%), San Jose, Calif. (8%), and Fayette, Pa. (4%), and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2007. This was a sole source contract initiated on March 3, 2005 by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI.
Small business qualifier ITT Industries Night Vision of Roanoke, VA won a $10 million delivery order as part of a $562.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for Night Vision Goggles. Work will be performed in Roanoke, VA and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2010. There were an unknown number of bids solicited via the World Wide Web on Dec. 12, 2004, and two bids were received. The U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD issued the contract (W91CRB-05-D-0012).
RFD Beaufort Inc. in Sharon Center, Ohio, received a $19.9 million Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) contract for the manufacture of 25-person inflatable life rafts to equip U.S. Navy vessels. Work will be performed in Sharon Center, OH, and is expected to be complete April 2010. The contractual action is a BPA against Federal Supply Schedule GS-07F-0763N with RFD Beaufort, and the BPA will be in effect for five years or until the GSA contract expires. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Inventory Control Point in Mechanicsburg, PaA issued the contract (N00104-05-A-ZE01).
DRS Surveillance Support Systems Inc. in Largo, FL received a not-to-exceed $9.2 million firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-4003) for production of 15 V(5) back-fit kits for the AN/SPS-67 Radar System program. The AN/SPS-67 is a surface target search radar carried on the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers – see interactive Flash schematic. Work will be performed in Largo, FL and is expected to be complete by December 2008. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued the contract.