Defense Industry Daily extends its deepest condolences to the United Kingdom over the recent bomb attacks in London. We salute the efforts of British defence firms and their employees to help Britain and its allies defend themselves in these trying times, and mete out justice to the perpetrators of such acts.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in Philadelphia, PA has issued three multiple award, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for habitability services on various Naval vessels, worth a total of $1.21 billion. The purpose of these contracts is to provide manpower and support to habitability and food service installations and repairs on U.S. Navy ships. This effort is required to accomplish habitability condition assessments, alterations, installations, modifications, repairs and upgrades to spaces, systems, components and furnishings.
The contract was competitively procured, and its requirements were synopsized on the Navy Electronic Commerce On-Line site. Five offers were received. The multiple contractors may compete for future delivery orders under these contracts.
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) of San Diego, Calif., was awarded July 5, 2005, an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a potential cumulative total of $255 million over a five-year ordering period for advisory and assistant services for the Army’s Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, a.k.a. Nunn-Lugar. Work will be performed at SAIC’s Alexandria and McLean, VA offices.
Through the CTR program, the Department of Defense provides equipment, services, and technical advice to Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine to assist them in eliminating (or in the case of Russia, reducing) the weapons of mass destruction remaining from the Soviet era, preventing proliferation, and dismantling the associated infrastructure or transforming portions of it to engage in peaceful civilian activities.
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products Inc. in Burlington, VT received a $37.8 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for Reactive Applique Armor Tiles for the M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle System. The Bradleys and AAV7 APCs, which played a central role in the armed operations in Iraq, have been fitted with armor by Rafael of Haifa, Israel in partial cooperation with the American General Dynamics company.
The armor is some of the most advanced in the world, and includes both passive protection of strong material that diverts the rocket, and reactive protection comprised of plates that contain explosives. The add-on armor consists of 105 tiles that attach to the sides, the turret and the front of each Bradley. The tiles, which look like small boxes, contain a very special, insensitive explosive that is detonated only when hit by a missile or rocket and does not react to other heat sources such as small arms or other fragments. The resulting explosion disrupts the incoming, armor-penetrating gas jet produced by a RPG’s shaped-charge warhead, for example, so the Bradley remains unharmed.
The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI recently issued a pair of sole-source contracts related to refurbishment and reset of BAE Systems Land and Armaments vehicles, mostly M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles.
KPMG LLP in Washington, DC won a $7.5 million time-and-materials contract for contractor advisory and assistance services for the Defense Logistics Agency. This is the base period, with three more option periods through Dec. 31, 2008. There were 19 proposals solicited and 6 responses. The Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR) in Richmond, VA issued the contract (SP0410-05-D-0002)
W. M. Schlosser Co. Inc. in Hyattsville, MD won a $7.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a water treatment plant at Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC. The work to be performed provides for construction of a new 3.5 million gallons per day water treatment plant and appurtenances, including but not limited to, cation and anion exchanges, raw water reservoir, treatment plant building, site work, Supervisory Control Data Acquisition System, demolition of existing facilities and incidental related work. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, NC and is expected to be complete by January 2007. This contract was competitively procured with 46 proposals solicited and two offers received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic in Norfolk, VA issued the contract (N62740-05-C-2039).
Applied Physical Electronics, LC of Austin, TX received a firm, fixed price contract estimated at $1.5 million for Small Business Innovation Research re: their Marx Generators. In the words of Russ Graham: “Imagine a device that charges up from a 35 KV supply and discharges 2.6 MV at over 10,000 Amps this all happens in less than 25 nS (billionths of a second).” Marx generators are mainly used to simulate the effect of lightning on technical high voltage components, though they can also serve as the power source for other systems such as EMP generators, electron/ion accelerators, and flash x-ray machines.
This was a sole-source contract initiated on Jan. 18, 2005. Work will be performed in Austin, TX and is expected to be complete July 1, 2008. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville, AL issued the contract (W9113M-05-C-0192).
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, CT received a $6.2 million modification to a cost-plus-award-fee contract for the new model Army Black Hawk helicopter UH-60M Integration and Qualification. Work will be performed in Stratford, CT and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2007. This was a sole source contract initiated on Oct. 4, 2000 by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal, AL (DAAH23-01-C-0053).