The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is modifying contract USZA22-98-D-0001 with the Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office in Patuxent River MD to increase the value by approximately $35 million to complete requirements for correcting deficiencies and fulfilling capability gaps identified in the baseline Block 0/10 for the CV-22.
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in San Diego, CA received a $27 million firm-fixed price indefinite-delivery/ indefinite quantity contract for maintenance and technical services, spare parts and training manuals for the Mobile Vehicle and Cargo Inspection Systems (Mobile VACIS).
SAIC’s VACIS is a gamma ray based inspection system designed to non-intrusively inspect the contents of trucks, containers, and cargo for contraband. The gamma source offers greater reliability and a lower cost of ownership than X-rays because it uses a constant source and shutter system rather than a complicated, high-voltage electrical system to create the radiation. There are various types of VACIS systems; Mobile VACIS is mounted on a truck, per the accompanying illustration.
General Dynamics Land Systems in Warren, MI received a $15.6 million letter contract (a firm-fixed-price contract will be awarded) for 92 vehicle material sets. These sets are part of the Abrams Integrated Management (AIM) program. Initial funding of $31.3 million was awarded in April and a second, $15.6 million increment was authorized in July under the contract. With the award of the final $15.6 million increment on July 28,/05, the U.S. Army increased the total tank material sets purchased under the contract to 92 sets, 17 more than the original estimate of 75. See also all related DID coverage of this contract.
Work will be performed at General Dynamics’ plans in Lima, OH; Scranton, PA; and Muskegon, MI, and will be complete by June 30, 2007. The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI issued the contract (DAAE07-01-G-N001).
Sunflower Redevelopment LLC in Kansas City, MO received a $109 million requirements-type contract with delivery orders for the environmental remediation and explosives decontamination of 9,065 acres of land formally known as Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in Johnson County, Kansas, USA.
DID has covered DARPA research into higher-power Gallium Nitride electronics as a future source of American military advantage. Now Raytheon Co., Tewksbury, MA has won a $10 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop and demonstrate a proof of concept of the next generation Transmit/Receive Integrated Multi Channel Module using 28V Gallium Nitride power amplifiers, high efficiency power supplies, and advanced thermal management techniques to implement affordable advanced capability radars.
Work will be performed in Tewksbury, MA (50%) and Andover, MA (50%), and work is expected to be completed August 2008. The contract was competitively procured under a Naval Research Laboratory Broad Agency Announcement (Number 53-05-02). The Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC issued the contract (N00173-05-C-2040).
AM General LLC in Mishawaka, IN received a $13.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for wheel assembly kits used for wheel replacements on the High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). Aside from the normal wear and tear one expects, it’s worth noting that one of the downsides of the up-armored HMMWV jeeps is the extra wear all that weight puts on the tires and other systems. See all DID HMMWV-related coverage.
Bids were solicited April 7, 2005 on the Worldwide Web and two bids were received. The work will be performed at AM General’s facility in Toledo, OH, and will be complete by Aug. 1, 2008. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI issued the contract (W56HZV-05-D-0264).
MedImmune Vaccines Inc. in Gaithersburg, MD received a maximum $8.1 million firm fixed price, indefinite quantity (base year only) contract for Influenza Virus Vaccine Nasal Spray for Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Performance completion date is December 31, 2005. There were two proposals submitted and one responded. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA issued the contract (SP0200-05-D-0011). This contract complements a $25 million contract for flu vaccines and syringes issued to Sanofi Pasteur in May.
Alliant Techsystems in Anoka, MN received a $5.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for 97,020 High Explosive Dual Purpose LW30mm cartridges. This ammunition is used in Alliant’s M230 30mm chain gun, which equips the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. The work will be completed at Alliant’s Radford, VA facilities by Feb. 28, 2006. Army Field Support Command in Rock Island, IL issued the contract.