Small business qualifier LDV Inc. of Cleveland, OH won an $18.1 million firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of an Army Reserve Center. Work will be performed in Twinsburg, OH and is expected to be complete by Aug. 15, 2007. There were 229 bids solicited on Dec. 22, 2004, and seven bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Louisville, KY issued the contract (W912QR-05-C-0018).
The Raytheon/ Lockheed Martin JAVELIN Joint Venture in Tucson, AZ received a $67.7 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for Javelin CLU (901) / EPBST (101) Supplemental Hardware Quantities. Javelin is a portable anti-armor weapon supplied by the Raytheon/ Lockheed Martin JAVELIN Joint Venture. It is shoulder-fired and can also be installed on tracked, wheeled or amphibious vehicles.
The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, FL has issued a pair of contracts to Jardon & Howard Technologies Inc. in Orlando, FL worth a total of $14.6 million. These programs cover assistance to military families in meeting the challenges they face, services for victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault, and services and internships for seriously disabled veterans as a result of their service in the Global War on Terror. Both contracts will be performed in Orlando, FL and are expected to be complete in March 2006. Neither contract was competitively procured.
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products in Burlington, VT received a $10 million ceiling-priced, firm-fixed-price letter contract for the procurement of 42 M61A2 Vulcan 20 mm Automatic Gun Systems, which will be mounted in F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. Work will be performed in Burlington, VT and is expected to be complete in January 2007. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Systems Command Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract (N00421-05-C-0110).
The 20mm M61 Vulcan is a hydraulically driven, six-barreled, air-cooled, electrically fired Gatling gun with an extremely high rate of fire. It has been the principal cannon armament of United States military aircraft for five decades. The M61A2 is mechanically the same as the M61A1, but with thinner barrels to reduce overall mass to 202 lb (91.6 kg).
US Joint Forces Command’s (USJFCOM) Joint Requirements and Integration Directorate (J8) partners with combatant commanders, joint staff, services, departments and agencies to plan, program and budget new systems, decide which legacy systems to upgrade and which to retire, and prioritize the assessment of these systems by DoD committees.
As J8’s deputy director, Air Force Brig. Gen. William Rajczak acts as an integration advocate for all the uniformed components of the Department of Defense. He recently discussed USJFCOM’s role in identifying shortfalls in warfighting capabilities, and developing and executing near and long term solutions to enhance future joint combat capabilities. Note that USFJCOM is hosting a joint urban operations information-sharing event at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, VA on July 13, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Lockheed Martin and Dutch company Stork Aerospace signed a contract extending the existing order for the design, prototype production, and development of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter‘s wiring, including the mission systems. The contract extension includes extra design work and represents a value of USD $25 million, small earlier contract changes included.
This brings the total value of the wiring systems order to USD $82 million, which means the potential JSF order value for Stork and its subsidiary Fokker Elmo now amounts to USD $315 million. The added work will be carried out over the next two and a half years.
“According to Inside Defense, a 90-day Air Force study has concluded that there would be “military utility” in putting blimps, balloons, and drones in near space — between 65,000 and 350,000 above sea level. Up there, they could serve as cheap substitutes for satellites, relaying communications and snooping on foes. They might be able to carry equipment, effectively becoming giant U-Hauls in the sky. And this could be done, at least in the balloons’ case, without “significantly strain[ing] existing infrastructure or requir[ing] large amounts of equipment or personnel to operate the balloons,” Inside Defense says.”
Kiewit Construction Co. in Anchorage, AK won a $29.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for Design and Construction of a Large Airframe Maintenance Hangar and C-17 Support Utilities. Work will be performed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2007. There were 42 bids solicited on Nov. 29, 2004, and six bids were received. The U.S. Army Engineer District, Elmendorf, AK issued the contract (W911KB-05-C-0014).
Finmeccanica subsidiary SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems received a GBP 850 million order (EUR $1.25 billion, USD $1.52 billion) to manufacture the EuroDASS Electronic Warfare suite for the second production batch of the Eurofighter Typhoon programme. Work will extend to the last quarter of 2012.
The EuroDASS consists of Electronic Support Measures (ESM), a laser threat and missile approach warning system, an Electronic Countermeasures System (ECM), decoys, towed decoys, jammers and other sensors and avionics. The EuroDASS will display situational awareness information to the pilot.