A number of different U.S. military organizations have recently issued recruiting-related contracts, including a $250 million advertising & publicity contract for the U.S. Army, up to $200 million for various National Guard related services, and up to $35.1 million in materials for Navy Recruiting Command.
The U.S. Army and especially the National Guard have recently had issues meeting recruiting goals as the regular force size rises, and the prime cohort for National Guard enlistment sees more of a stark choice between re-enlistment in the regular force and service abroad vs. exit from the service.
Elbit Systems Ltd. of Haifa, Israel reported today that it signed an agreement with Koor Industries Ltd. to acquire all of Koor’s 70% holdings in Elisra Electronic Systems Ltd., in consideration for USD $70 million in cash.
Concurrently with the signing of the agreement to acquire Koor’s holdings in Elisra, Elbit Systems and Koor agreed to amend their agreements regarding the purchase of Koor’s holdings of Tadiran Communications Ltd., accelerating the process of joint control.
L-3 Communications Government Services Inc. in Chantilly, VA received a time and materials contract amounting to an estimated face value of $179.6 million, and a potential cumulative value if all options were exercised of $426.6 million for intelligence support services in Iraq.
As DID has noted in a previous article, prior to its acquisition by L-3, Titan was the U.S. Government’s leading supplier of linguists under U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command’s (INSCOM) Worldwide Linguist Support Contract. The estimated completion date for this contract is June 30, 2009. The Weisbaden Contracting Center in Germany issued the contract (W912CM-05-D-0011).
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Redstone Arsenal, AL recently issued a pair of sole-source contracts to Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. in Mesa, AZ for electronics upgrades to the AH-64D Apache Longbow, including the first contract for the Block III models scheduled to debut in 2010. The Longbow is the most advanced attack helicopter in the U.S. arsenal, and is also in service with a number of other countries.
General Electric Aircraft Engines in Lynn, MA won a $15.5 million firm-fixed price (with one cost reimbursable line item) contract for the Special Operations Directorate’s (AMCOM) UH-60M Alternate Engine Program. This contract is under the warrant authority issued by the Special Operations Command, and in support of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) or “Night Stalkers”. The current UH-60M standard is the General Electric T700 engine.
Lightforce USA Inc. subsidiary Nightforce Optics in Orofino, ID received a maximum $10.8 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for Family of Rifle Day scope sizes 1-4×24, 2.5-10×24, 3.5-15×50, and 5.5-22×56, to support the United States Special Operations Command over the next 5 years. Note that Lightforce USA is in turn a subsidiary of Lightforce AUS.
The contract is for a minimum 40/ maximum 7,700 Day scopes and associated data. Work will be performed in Orofino, ID and is expected to be complete by July 2010. This contract was competitively procured and advertised via the Internet, with one offer received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in Crane, IN issued the contract (N00164-05-D-8558).
BAE Systems Land and Armaments received an $8.9 million firm-fixed price contract for seven M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) Vehicles and associated spare parts for the Government of Australia. Work will be performed at BAE’s United Defense facility in York, PA, and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2006. The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI issued the contract. (W56HZV-04-C-0105)
Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Corp. in Long Beach, CA received a $31.2 million firm-fixed-price contract modification. This negotiation definitizes P00042, an undefinitized contractual action (UCA) for the incorporation of the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures (LAIRCM) on 15 C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft. The contract also included additional changes.
The Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system includes detectors and crew warning systems, and automatically uses a modulated laser beam to jam incoming threats without crew intervention. These units are furnished to the C-17 manufacturer Boeing Co. as government furnished equipment.