In a recent DID post, we covered the US Army’s upcoming Light Utility Helicopter competition, which aims to replace the old UH-1H Hueys and OH-58 Kiowa aircraft in the U.S. Army and National Guard with approximately 320 new LUH helicopters between 2006-2015. These commercial, Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) Type Standard Certified helicopters will fill the niche missions in which the Army’s standard UH-60 Black Hawk‘s size, capability, and operating expenses may be unnecessary, performing a wide range of general support missions in the United States and overseas. Transport of personnel and supplies, disaster relief operations, medical evacuation, reconnaissance, drug interdiction, and homeland security will all be likely tasks.
Yesterday, DID covered an offer by the Kuwaiti government to purchase up to $295 million in support for the nation’s 40 F/A-18C&D fighters. Now Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. in Mesa, AZ has received a $27 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for training device suites for the Government of Kuwait.
Work will be performed in Palm Bay, FL (90%), and Dallas, TX (10%), and is expected to be completed by Aug. 30, 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were two bids solicited on Jan. 22, 2004, and one bid was received. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL issued the contract (W31P4Q-05-D-0026).
C-5 Refuels from KC-135 Note KC-135 = 707 airliner!
Clark Construction Group L.L.C. in Bethesda, MD won a $64.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for an Airlift Wing Base Conversion from C-130 Hercules to C-5 Galaxy Aircraft. Work will be performed in Martinsburg, WV and is expected to be complete by Aug. 19, 2007. There were an unknown number of bids solicited via the World Wide Web on March 11, 2005, and four bids were received. The U.S. Property and Fiscal Office in Buckhannon, WV issued the contract (W912L8-05-C-0005).
Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, CA is being awarded a $38.8 million firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-04-D-0070) for the procurement of 83 AN/AAQ-29A night vision system kits. These are turreted FLIR units (Forward Looking Infra-Red, feeds images to a display screen inside) and system electronics to be installed on and in CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters.
This contract contains options that will bring the total cumulative value of the contract to $7 million if exercised. Work will be performed in Santa Rita, Guam, and is expected to be complete by November 2005. This contract was a sole source procurement by the U.S. Navy’s Sealift Logistics Command Far East (N62404-05-C-0014).
Yesterday, DID described how a sims-style video game was training attack sub sailors to be prepared for security threats while in port. Apparently, the US Navy isn’t stopping there. Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems in Annapolis, MD received a $6 million firm-fixed-price/cost type contract for the Shipboard Protection System (SPS). The purpose of the SPS system is to enhance the ability of surface naval vessels to defeat terrorist attempts or counter other threats while moored to a pier, at anchor, or during restricted maneuvering like canals, narrow littoral channels, etc.
Capabilities for Increment I include: Integrated Surface Surveillance System, and Non-lethal weapons/devices. The surface surveillance system integrates EO/IR sensors, radar, and stabilized guns into a common tactical surveillance system. Non-lethal weaponry will also be included.