General Dynamics Land Systems Inc. in Sterling Heights, MI received a $141.1 million firm-fixed-price contract to upgrade 60 M1A2 Abrams Tanks to the M1A2 System and Continuous Enhancement Program Configurations (M1A2 SEP) over the next two and a half years.
The fully digitized M1A2 SEP is the latest, most technologically advanced Abrams tank. It has the latest command-and-control system, second-generation thermal sights, and improved armor. This retrofit is part of an overall M1A2 upgrade program that integrates new information technologies to improve warfighting capability with enhanced command-and-control features like color maps and displays, high-density computer memory, increased microprocessing speed, and networked communications.
General Dynamics Land Systems Inc. in Sterling Heights, Mreceived a $14.4 modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Systems Technical Support for the M1 Abrams Tank Program. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, MI and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2006. This was a sole source contract initiated on Nov. 23, 2001. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI issued the contract (DAAE07-01-C-N075). DID has covered awards under this contract before.
Raytheon Company and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, Defence Logistics Organisation, have signed a series of contracts for Raytheon Partnering in Defence (RaPID). RaPID covers in-service support of Raytheon’s AMRAAM AIM-120B air-air missile; Maverick AGM-65 F2, G2 and JX precision attack missile variants; and Paveway II, Enhanced Paveway II, Paveway III and Enhanced Paveway III laser guided bombs.
The RaPID contracts are a culmination of efforts that began with a memorandum of understanding signed in 2003 between Raytheon and the Defence Logistics Organisation, and aim to reduce the cost of ownership of Raytheon munitions used in the Royal Air Force inventory over the next 13 years by utilizing economies of scale, best practices, and in-country support for the weapons systems.
The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI recently issued $27.1 million worth of modifications to a cost-plus-fixed-fee sole-source contract (DAAE07-01-C-M011) initiated on Dec. 28, 2000 with United Defense LP in Santa Clara, CA. The contracts cover systems technical support and logistics services in Support of the M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle and M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems and their derivative vehicles. All work will be performed in Santa Clara, CA, and all of these contract modifications are expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2006.
DID may also have figured out why the Army keeps issuing so many modifications to this contract, rather than settling on a predictable amount.
Small business qualifier James Talcott Construction Inc. in Great Falls, MT won a $27.3 million firm-fixed-price contract for replacement of family housing. Work will be performed in Great Falls, MT and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2007. There were an unknown number of bids solicited via the World Wide Web on Dec. 23, 2004, and three bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle, WA issued the contract (W912DW-05-C-0011).
Alloy Surfaces Co. Inc. in Chester Township, PA received a delivery order amount of $20.3 million as part of a $46 million firm-fixed-price contract for M211 Flares.
The M211 Advanced Infrared Countermeasure Munition (AIRCMM) is being developed for low flying, slow moving aircraft, and consists of using these three flares in a timing and sequence that has been optimized, through flight-testing and computer simulations, to decoy missile threats equipped with flare countermeasures.
General Corp. in Sacramento, CA received a $5 million cost-plus fixed-fee contract modification. The contract modification exercises the option contract line item number 0006 to continue the research Upper State Engine Technology (USET) effort re: turbopump preliminary design for a new rocket engine.
The USET program is laying the groundwork and creating software for the development of a larger, more efficient, and more economical regenerative cycle, upper stage engine. The Turbopump Assembly must be designed to work in perfect harmony with the Thrust Chamber Assembly, which in this case will result in a highly efficient engine capable of producing 40,000 pounds of thrust. Two turbopumps are used to deliver liquefied, cryogenic fuel and oxidizer to the combustion chamber. However, a portion of the fuel is vaporized and used to power the turbopumps. After exiting the turbopumps the vaporized fuel is then also delivered to the combustion chamber in a regenerative cycle. This complex configuration allows 100% of the launch vehicle’s fuel to be utilized for thrust.
On June 13, DID covered the global expansion of the tactical radio market, esp. in the USA. Analysts at Frost & Sullivan’s “Aerospace and Defense Group, U.S. Tactical Military Communications Markets” noted that U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) spending for tactical communications was $4.78 billion in 2004 and predicted $5.68 billion by 2010. Meanwhile, Harris Corp. was noting growth in the sector and orders from around the world.
Now Forecast International is projecting that defense departments worldwide will spend some $12.88 billion on 28 different surface communications development, acquisition, or maintenance programs over the next decade.
The Joint Robotics Program Working Group meeting at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA offered a window into current progress in robotics. EOD robots and reconnaissance robots such as the backpackable Dragon Runner “throwbot” are performing in Iraq, where they’re affecting the direction of future military robotics and saving soldiers’ lives.
The U.S. Marines deployed a dozen Dragon Runners to Iraq a year ago. The four-wheeled device is only a little more than a foot long and not quite a foot wide and weighs 9 pounds. It can be thrown over walls, out a three-story window or up a flight of stairs; the flat, 5-inch-high machine can operate whichever way it lands.
Representatives from a coalition of Defense unions delivered a letter of protest and a list of recommendations for the new National Security Personnel System to Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England during an hourlong meeting Thursday morning. The letter was signed by Byron Charlton of the United DoD Workers Coalition. American Federation of Government Employee officials said they plan legal action to block the new system as soon as the final regulations are sent to Congress.