The U.S. Navy is awarding indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts to 503 contractors for support services for all phases of weapon systems acquisition and life-cycle support including research & development support, prototyping, acquisition logistics, modeling, test & evaluation trials, and engineering support for the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Strategic Systems Programs, and the United States Marine Corps.
These contracts are in addition to the existing 150 contracts already awarded under the SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) acquisition program for services procurements. The Government estimates a maximum of $5.3 billion of services will be procured per year via orders issued under the SeaPort-e multiple award contracts. The awards have a 4-year base period with one 5-year award term and one additional 1-year award term.
According to a recent report in the Virginian Pilot, commanding officer Cmdr. Norm Weakland, of the “Gunslingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 says that using the pods has saved untold American lives. The targeting pods’ steadiness, surveillance range, and versatility are allowing Navy and Marine Corps pilots to become involved in close-quarters urban combat without killing friendly troops. Sometimes, F/A-18 aircraft are even being deployed in explicit surveillance roles, with attack as a secondary mission.
International Oil Trading Co. in Boca Raton, FL won a maximum $214 million fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for U.S. Marine Corps for jet and diesel fuel. This is an indefinite-quantity/ indefinite-delivery one-year contract, with two six-month options. The location of the performance is Jordan, and the contract will expire June 30, 2006. Proposals were Web-solicited and four firms responded. The Defense Energy Support Center in Fort Belvoir, VA issued the contract (SP0600-05-D-0497).
Lockheed Martin received a contract valued at approximately $40 million from the Air Material Command (AMC) of the Royal Danish Air Force for two long-range AN/TPS-77 transportable radar systems and a four-year logistic support package. The new radars will enhance air surveillance within Denmark and over surrounding seas.
Although the radars will be stationed at fixed sites within radomes, the ability of the AN/TPS-77 to be moved in a C-130 Hercules or equivalent aircraft allows the systems to be quickly redeployed as needed.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Maritime Systems and Sensors, St. Paul, Minn., is being awarded a ceiling amount $56 million modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-04-D-0082) to exercise an option for the procurement and installation of P-3C Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP) Kits required to convert P-3C UII.5 aircraft to the P-3 AIP configuration.
The P-3C Orion fleet, which is due to be replaced by the P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft beginning around 2010, is receiving a wide range of upgrades and special maintenance in order to keep the planes effective and flying. Nevertheless, this particular upgrade may have special relevance to the war on terror.
The Dick Corp. in Large, PA received a $79 million firm-fixed-price contract for construction of two multi-story buildings at Naval Air Station Pensacola. These facilities will include visitor’s quarters, construction of an Aviation Rescue Swimmer School training facility, a physical fitness center to serve officer and enlisted personnel, plus option items for collateral equipment and intrusion detection equipment.
Work will be performed in Pensacola, FL and is expected to be completed by May 2007. The contract was competitively procured as a two-phase design/build solicitation via the NAVFAC e-solicitation website with 10 offers received. Four offerors were requested to provide proposals in Phase II, and two offers were received at closing. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southern Division in North Charleston, SC, issued the contract (N62467-05-C-0099).
The Bell Textron-Boeing Joint Program Office in Patuxent River, MD has received a pair of ceiling priced order contracts from The Naval Inventory Control Point for additional spare items for the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. These contracts were not competitively procured, and are expected to be complete by September 2007. Work on an $11.2 million order will be performed in Ridley Park, PA (N00383-03-G-001B) (Order 0045). Work on the $13.5 million order (no contract # given) will be performed in Fort Worth, TX.