Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Sudbury, MA received a $752 million cost-plus award-fee, firm fixed price contract to provide Taiwan with elements of a missile and air defense capability. Specifically, this system includes a Ultra High Frequency phased array radar integrated with Taiwan-furnished Identification Friend-or-Foe beacons, two Missile Warning Centers, and communications and interface architecture and protocols connecting the systems to specified Taiwan mission elements via the Taiwan military communications infrastructure.
This effort is consistent with United States government restrictions. Solicitation began December 2004, and work will be complete by September 2009. The Headquarters Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA issued the contract (FA8722-05-C-0001).
On June 24/05, the U.S. Department of Justice granted termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period with respect to the proposed acquisition of United Defense Industries, Inc. (NYSE:UDI) by BAE Systems, Inc., the North American subsidiary of BAE Systems plc. The Carlyle Group had owned 49.5% of United Defense.
With that obstacle removed, the $4.2 billion deal, which was reported here on DID back in March 2005, formally closed on June 24, 2005. London-based BAE Systems says it will merge its existing land systems divisions in the U.K, Sweden (Bofors Defence), and South Africa with UDI. The newly formed BAE Systems Land and Armaments will be headquartered in Arlington, VA and will be led by CEO Thomas W. Rabaut.
United Defense Industries, Inc. (now BAE Systems Land and Armaments) has received a $12.8 Million contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command to upgrade 56 AAVP7 Assault Amphibious Vehicles (a.k.a. Amtracs or “hogs”) to the AAVP7 RAM/RS configuration. The AAVP7A1 Amtrac currently provides armored transport for up to 18 combat-loaded Marines from ship to shore, and through all types of terrain. Many Amtracs were driven all the way to Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The AAVP7 RAM/RS adds a more powerful 525hp turbocharged diesel engine and power train and a M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle suspension, providing superior mobility, durability and maintainability. The ground clearance will return to 16 inches and the horsepower to ton ratio will change from 13 to 1 back to 17 to 1. AAV RAM/RS also plans for the rebuild of all AAV systems and components in order to ensure acceptable Fleet Marine Force (FMF) readiness ratings for the remaining life of the AAVs through the year 2013. Introduction of the Bradley components and the rebuild to standard effort is also expected to reduce maintenance costs, with projected savings are in the range of $400-500 million (FY95 dollars).
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, NY received a $49,.8 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0113) for 6 Low Rate Initial Production III MH-60R helicopters. Work will be performed in Owego, NY, and is expected to be complete in June 2008. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD. issued the contract.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in Crane, IN recently issued three firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contracts for production of “machine shop-type items.” They are used in various shipboard physical security installations and hull perimeter lighting efforts, in support of Navy and Military Sealift Command ships. Contracts were competitively procured and advertised via the Internet with 11 offers received. Work is expected to be complete by June 2010.
Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Corp., Long Beach, CA received a $20.1 million cost-plus incentive-fee contract modification. This contract provides for the new C-17 Automatic Test Equipment distribution plan approved by HQ Air Mobility Command, which requires a reallocation to two C-17 Automatic Test Equipment stations each from McChord Air Force Base, and Charleston Air Force Base to be distributed between March ARB, Hickam Air Force Base, Dover Air Force Base, and Elmendorf Air Force Base.
The C-17 intermediate-level automatic test system (ATS) consists of: