Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. in Sunnyvale, CA received a $21.5 million cost-plus award-fee contract modification. This procurement will incorporate new launch schedules for Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Satellites F-17 and F-19, and additional work for Satellite F-18.
The DMSP has been collecting weather data for U.S. military operations for almost 40 years, and 2 operational satellites are in a 101 minute, sun-synchronous near-polar orbit at all times. The primary weather sensor on DMSP is the Operational Linescan System, which provides continuous visual and infrared imagery of cloud cover over an area 1,600 nautical miles wide. Additional satellite sensors based on microwaves, infrared, sounders, et. al. measure atmospheric vertical profiles of moisture and temperature, detect developing patterns of weather and track existing weather systems over remote areas (incl. severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, and typhoons), and measure local charged particles and electromagnetic fields to assess the impact of the ionosphere on ballistic-missile early warning radar systems and long-range communications. Additionally, these data are used to monitor global auroral activity and to predict the effects of the space environment on satellite operations.
The Rocky Mountain News reports that the U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin’s Colorado Springs operations a $24.7 million contract to keep developing the Web-Enabled Execution Management Capability system. The $24.7 million award follows an initial contract totaling $8.4 million.
This online system would link all of the current services, allowing their commanders to plan and carry out battlefield “strike missions” and search-and- rescue operations in real time. Military brass would be able to log on from ships, air operations centers or forward deployed command posts.
ITT Industries Inc. in Roanoke, VA received an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a firm, fixed price to purchase 138,506 helmet mounts for its Night Vision systems. The contract’s estimated total value is $29.9 million, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2007. The work is to be performed at ITT’s Roanoke, VA facility. The Communication Electronics Command Acquisition Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J issued the contract. (W15P7T-05-D-W013)
Boeing Co. subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Corp. in St. Louis, MO received a $2.65 million increment of a $175 million modification to a previously awarded other transaction for prototypes agreement to conduct a robust autonomous aerial refueling demonstration with the X-45C robot plane, and extend the current flight test effort by 18 months. In addition, the company will continue previously funded work to design, develop and demonstrate three full-scale, flight-worthy air vehicles and two mission control elements under the X-45C Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (UCAS) program.
Unlike current UAVs, which are mostly used for surveillance and perform unique functions, the UCAS program will develop a robotic aircraft that can perform strike missions at ordnance loadings and ranges that begin to approximate manned fighters.
A modernization plan for old machinery is being matched with a new procurement strategy, as the U.S. Army upgrades its manufacturing facilities and reaches out to more contractors to replenish its diminished supply of small-caliber ammunition.
Among the most debilitated munitions stocks are .50 caliber and 7.62 mm rounds, which have few reserves, a low production rate and some of the oldest assembly-line machines. Meanwhile, demand for direct fire ammunition remains high thanks to use in war zones and in live-fire exercises that precede deployments.
The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ recently issued a pair of contracts to Federal Prison Industries Inc. and UNICOR for the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) and associated items. Federal Prison Industries Inc. is also known as UNICOR, but different terms were used on each release. The contracts were worth a total of $113.9M.
Since the U.S. discovered during WWII that HF radio (3 – 30 MHz) can skip around the Earth allowing eavesdropping, the main military tactical radio band is the VHF Low band of 30 to 88 MHz. Another problem with conventional single channel radios is they can be located by direction finding. SINCGARS is the primary Combat Net Radio (CNR) for the US Army, designed primarily for voice command and control for the infantry, armor, and artillery units. It is a VHF-FM radio system that operates on any or all of the 2,320 frequencies between 30 and 87.975 MHz in 25 kHz increments. It provides the primary means of command, control and communications (C3) for Infantry, Armor and Artillery Units, solving the basic problems of tactical radios and providing a family of radios for soldiers, vehicles, and aircraft.
The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, MI recently issued a pair of modifications to firm-fixed-price contracts for M1117 “Guardian” Armored Security Vehicles and M1114 Up-Armored Humvee Chasis. Both of these “up-armored” vehicle options are in sustained demand in the Iraqi theater.
Michelin Aircraft Tire Corp. in Greenville, SC received $92.9 million to exercise an option for support of 23 separate naval aviation tires supporting requirements for the F-14 Tomcat, AV-8B Harrier II, P-3 Orion, S-3 Viking, F-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, T-2 Buckeye training aircraft, E-2 Hawkeye, C-2 Greyhound, V-22 Osprey, H-53 Super Stallion, H-60 Blackhawk family, H-46 Sea Knight, and H-3 Sea King aircraft.
This contract combines requirements for the U.S. Navy (90%) and the Governments of Spain (2%); Kuwait (2%); Japan (1%); Egypt (1%); Taiwan (1%); Malaysia (1%); Italy (1%); and New Zealand (1%) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in Greenville, S.C., and work is expected to be complete by January 2010. This contract was competitively procured, with 11 proposals solicited and two offers received. The Naval Inventory Control Point issued the contract.
For the second time now, U.S. Navy testers have recommended declaring the Marine Corps’ problem-plagued MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft “operationally suitable and effective for military use”, an important step for the $46 billion program before it can enter full production. DefenseTech.org has more.
Aviation Training Consulting LLC in Altus, OK received a $28 million ceiling-priced, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for the development of mission task lists and curricula for Marine aviation platforms in support of the U.S. Marine Corps aviation training transformation. Work will be performed in Altus, OK and is expected to be complete in July 2008. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla issued the contract (N00019-05-D-0024).