Meanwhile, Boeing Satellite Systems in Segundo, CA received a $19.5 million cost-plus fixed-fee/ completion contract. The goal is a proposal within the broad agency announcement (BAA) funding guidelines that defines requirements to provide for demonstration of “large structure deployment and control from space.”
The death of al-Qaeda leader Haitham al-Yemeni was not the result of a car bomb, as originally reported in a Pakistani newspaper, but the result of a Hellfire missile strike from an MQ-1 Predator UAV flying overhead. The Washington Post claims that strike capped over a week of surveillance by U.S. intelligence and military personnel working along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The U.S. team was reportedly hoping Haitham al-Yemeni would lead them to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but with the U.S. capture of senior al Qaeda leader Abu Faraj al-Libbi, CIA officials targeted Haitham al-Yemeni for killing rather than risk his going into hiding.
The Post’s sources said the Predator drone, operated from a secret base hundreds of miles from the target, located and fired on al-Yemeni late Saturday night in Toorikhel, Pakistan, a suburb of Mirali in the province of North Waziristan. A local newspaper noted a “car bomb” attack, with two people killed. It identified the second victim as Samiullah Khan.
Bechtel Plant Machinery Inc. in Pittsburgh PA is being awarded a $104.2 million cost-plus-fixed fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-02-C-2102) for naval nuclear propulsion components. Work will be performed in Pittsburgh, Pa. (70%) and Schenectady, N.Y. (30%). Work completion date or additional information is not provided on naval nuclear propulsion contracts. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C issued the contract.
On Tuesday, DID noted that Force Protection Industries Inc. in Ladson, SC had received a $45.7 contract for 71 Cougar Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Rapid Response Vehicles, with a maximum ordering quantity of 122 (M67854-05-D-5091). Now Force Protection Industries Inc. is being awarded a $16.5 million firm-fixed-price delivery order for 17 more Cougar Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicles (JERRV), associated manuals, and spares under that contract.
Work will be performed in Ladson, SC. (60%) and Charlotte, MI (40%), and is expected to be complete by May 2006. This contract is a sole source award to Force Protection Industries Inc. as they are the sole manufacturer of the Cougar JERRV. The Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA issued the contract.
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in Clearfield, UT received a $24 million cost-plus award-fee contract modification to provide for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Security Modernization Program Fast Rising B-Plug Low Rate Initial Production. Fifteen B-Plug Kits, and six B-Plug Kit Installations, will be produced under this contract modification.
B-Plugs are used to secure entry into missile silos. For more routine maintenance activities, workers entered the silo through the personnel access hatch in the northeast corner of the roof slab. The access hatch is a heavily reinforced, steel-and-concrete vault door, operated by two hydraulic cylinders. The door opens into a cylindrical shaft that descends to the lower level of the equipment room. Fitted into the shaft is the “B-plug,” a piston-like, steel security door operated by an electromechanical actuator. The silo cannot be entered until the B-plug is retracted.
ATK Tactical Systems Co. LLC in Rocket Center, WV received an estimated $11 million cost, no-fee contract for projects re: the Navy’s continuing environmental restoration program at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) in West Virginia. The facility began operations in 1942 as a government owned, Navy Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant whose mission was to research, develop, and produce solid propellant rocket motors for DoD and NASA.
Work on this contract will be performed in Farmington, Conn. (57%) and Rincon, Ga. (43%), and is expected to be completed by July 31, 2008. There were an unknown number of bids solicited via the Internet on Jan. 30, 2004, and one bid was received. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI issued the contract (W56HZV-05-D-0199).
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, CT received an $8.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter doors. Work will be performed in Stratford, CT, and is expected to be complete by March 30, 2008. This was a sole source contract initiated on May 11, 2004. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL issued the contract (W58RGZ-05-C-0182).