Lockheed Martin Corp. in Orlando, FL is being awarded a $10.3 million firm fixed price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to provide eight Advanced Targeting Pods, containers, pylon, warranty, spares and associated support. The mission involves the Air Force (Air Combat Command) and the Air National Guard, and the major objective is to acquire state-of-the-art targeting pods to support F-16 and F-15 aircraft. Solicitation for this contract began March 2001, negotiations were completed July 2001, and work will be complete by April 2007. The Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH issued the contract (F33657-01-D-2029).
The nozzles of a jet engine take a lot of punishment during normal operation. So the Headquarters Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base, OK has issued a pair of contracts designed to support the nozzles on the high-performance F100-PW-220 series jet engines that power many of America’s F-15 and F-16 fighters.
BAE subsidiary United Defense Limited Partnership Armament Systems Division in Minneapolis, MN received a $17 million fixed-price-plus-award-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-04-C-5454 for multinational procurement of vertical air defense missile launching cannisters and associated hardware. The cannisters are designed to launch the SM-2 Standard and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles.
As a concrete example, Alliant Techsystems of Independence, MO just received a delivery order amount of $6.4 million as part of a $405.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for .50 Caliber cartridges. Work will be performed in Independence, MO and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2007. This was a sole source contract initiated on May 19, 2005 by the U.S. Army Field Support Command at Rock Island, IL (DAAA09-99-D-0016).
Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, MO has been awarded almost $550 million in non-competitive contracts related to its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Electronic Warfare Aircraft. The EA-18G is still on the drawing board, and is slated to replace the USA’s aging EA-6B Prowler. Work on both contracts will be performed in St. Louis, MO. The contracts cover training and weapons systems.
The Korea Times reports that state auditors caught the Defense Procurement Agency using certificates from civilian brokers that falsely claimed to have made millions of dollars worth of exports, allowing the DPA to go ahead with corresponding imports of goods such as small helicopters. South Korea (aka. the Republic of Korea) generally requires foreign countries or firms buy some of Korea’s own defense goods as part of procurement deals. Korea mandates that these offsets exceed 30% of any procurement purchase or include technology transfers.
Donga reports that the imports included helicopters and naval weapons purchased between 2000 and 2003 for roughly $43 million. A former DPA official and another civilian produced certificates for $13 million of goods sold to foreign arms maker that Korea’s Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) alleges never changed hands. In return, the two brokers are alleged to have pocketed $190,000 from foreign companies.
Hurricane Ivan was no gentlemen, yet it managed to both enter and exit the Pensacola Naval Facilities’ Officer’s Club. That’s why Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root was signed on last week for a $5.7 million task order to put the Officer’s Club to rights, along with two buildings assigned to Serial Task 18-1 at the Naval Air Station (N62467-05-D-0062).
Work won’t be completely finished until February 2006, making the officers’ dry spell last about a year and a half by the time the reopening rolls around. 28 bids came in for the general Ivan clean-up contract that was awarded back in January for an amount not to exceed $350 million. Four bids came in for this particular task order, managed by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southern Division in North Charleston, SC.
Science Applications International Corp. in San Diego, CA is partnering with Computer Associates International Inc. in Islandia, NY on a $6.9 million contract that will install ca’s eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware software on 4 million computers used by Defense employees, including home computers of employees who work from home.
The Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland, Air Force Base, NM recently issued a pair of contract modifications to Raytheon and Northrop-Grumman, in order to develop all-electronic steering systems for laser access communication beams.
Steering extends the laser’s field of view, and hence its coverage and ability to serve as a terminal for multiple systems. The concept plays a major role in the Multi-Access Laser Space Terminal concept and programs like the TSAT network, allowing significant weight savings over a system that required point-to-point nodes. This is particularly important for satellite-based equipment, given the enormous cost per pound of putting objects into orbit.
Microwave and millimeter wave units for defense satellites have been extremely expensive in the past – sometimes totaling more than 20% of the cost of a satellite. Typical applications use these units in high quantities and they are quite expensive individually – as much as $50,000 per pound. Yet new defense satellite systems like AEHF and TSAT require more microwave hardware than ever before, thanks to phased arrays et. al.
In an attempt to keep some of these satellite systems affordable, the Affordable Millimeter Wave Units (AMU) program applies new forms of automated packaging to radio frequency modules and millimeter wave units, driving down cost while also decreasing the size and weight of each unit. It’s managed by the Manufacturing Technology Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, under a cost-sharing contract with Northrop Grumman.