ARINC Engineering Services in Annapolis, MD (FA7046-05-D-0010); Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corp. in Fairfax, VA (FA7046-05-D-0020); SAIC in San Diego, CA (FA7046-05-D-0030); and Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, AL (FA7046-05-D-0040) are participating in a $500 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for engineering and technical services to support Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Centers (AFOTEC).
The Air Force can issue delivery orders totaling up to maximum amount indicated above, although actual requirements may necessitate less than this amount. The locations of performances are various AFOTEC locations. Solicitation began September 2004, negotiations were completed March 2005, and work will be complete by January 2011. The Headquarters Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM issued the contracts.
The Malaysian government has put its “high-priority” C-130 Hercules modernization program on hold, following intense lobbying by France to consider the purchase of new Airbus A400M military transports instead.
Boeing Co. subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Corp. in St. Louis, MO received a $39.9 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for FY 2005 ancillary mission equipment (AME) to support the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet production aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (55%) and Mesa, AZ (45%) and is expected to be complete in September 2007. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., issued the contract (N00019-04-C-0014).
Small business qualifier Ideal Innovations Inc. in Arlington, VA received an $8.2 million time-and-materials contract for Biometric Support and Multi-Purpose Access Card Support.
It appears to be part of a $75 million biometric identification system that the U.S. Defense Department has been fine-tuning of late, in order to improve force protection at U.S. military bases in Iraq. At a recent system demonstration, DoD officials said the state-of-the-art system will use biographical data, facial photographs, fingerprints and iris scans collected from Iraqis and other non-U.S. citizens who want to work on U.S. bases in Iraq to develop ID cards that can’t be counterfeited as easily.
BAE acquisition United Defense, LP’s Armament Systems Division in Minneapolis, MN is being awarded a $44.2 million contract modification to previously awarded contract for three MK 45 MOD 4 Gun Mounts.
The new 5-inch (127mm), 62-caliber Mk45 Mod 4 gun replaces the older Mk45 Mod 2 version that has been the only naval gunfire support system in service since the retirement of the U.S. Navy’s battleships more than a decade ago. The Mk 45 Mod 4 will improve naval fire support range from 13 nautical miles to over 21 nautical miles using the Navy’s new 5-inch Cargo projectile, the Improved Conventional Munition, and an improved propelling charge for all-weather and day/night mission support. The new Mk 45 Mod 4 will also provide over-the-horizon range of more than 60 nautical miles with the near-term integration of the 5-inch Extended Range Guided Munition (ERGM) and propelling charge.
Small business qualifier Structural Associates Inc. of Watertown, NY, is being awarded an $19 million firm-fixed price contract for replacement of the Hydrant Fuel System at the Marine Corp Air Base in Cherry Point, NC. Work will be performed in Cherry Point, N.C. and is expected to be complete by June 2007. This contract was competitively procured via the NAVFAC e-solicitation website with eighty-seven (87) offers solicited and three proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic Division in Norfolk, VA issued the contract (N62470-05-C-3026).