Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems’ Electronic Warfare Systems in Goleta, CA received a $10 million contract for an advanced concept technology demonstration of Advanced Tactical Targeting Technology (AT3). This Phase one effort calls for the demonstration of rapid and accurate location of RF (radio frequency, incl. radar) emitters associated with enemy air defenses.
Three F-16 Block 30 aircraft will be networked to share precise signal measurements in a timely manner, providing 360-degree coverage to rapidly and accurately locate RF emitters from any angle of arrival without use of external hardware. Raytheon’s digital radar warning receiver, the ALR-69A(V), will be demonstrated in 2007…
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Suffolk, VA received a $47.1 million cost-plus-fixed-fee task order contract for services in support of the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Joint Experimentation Program and Joint Futures Lab (N00140-04-D-0195-0028), and a $10.1 million cost-plus-fixed-fee task order contract for services in support of the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Standing Joint Forces Headquarters (N00140-04-D-0195-0029).
Work will be performed in Suffolk, VA and is expected to be complete by July 2006. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. These contracts were competitively procured, with 30 proposals solicited and one offer received. The Fleet and Industrial Center Norfolk Philadelphia Division issued the contract.
Radian Inc. in Alexandria, VA received a $5.6 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for Add-on Armor Crew Protection Kits with Air Conditioning for the M915A0/A1 Series of Heavy Tactical Vehicles. Work will be performed in Alexandria, VA and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2005. This was a sole source contract initiated on Dec. 7, 2004 by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI (W56HZV-05-C-0172).
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. of Fort Worth, TX received a $210.7 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the system development and demonstration (SDD) of the U.S. Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) program, including sub-system integration and testing as well as training-device development (W58RGZ-05-C-0234). Work on the Bell LRH SDD contract will be performed at Fort Worth, TX and is estimated to be complete on Sept. 30, 2008. There were 11 bids solicited on Dec. 8, 2004, and two bids were received. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL issued the contract.
The ARH-70 Armed Reconaissance Helicopter is a program by the United States Army to replace around 375 Bell Textron OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters (first fielded in 1985), and fill the role initially proposed for the RAH-66 Comanche (cancelled in 2004). Bell Helicopter Textron won the competition, and the contract calls for 368 ARH aircraft during FY 2006 through FY 2013, at a unit cost of approximately $6 million per vs. the much more advanced Comanche’s estimated $36 million unit cost…
The Senate’s recent decision Tuesday to indefinitely delay consideration of the FY 2006 defense authorization bill will create a tight timeline after the summer recess, in order to meet the September 30, 2005 deadline without requiring ‘continuing resolutions’ to fund wartime military operations.
If the bill is not considered until after the August recess, GovExec.com reports that it might also change the makeup and resolve of lawmakers supporting Sen. John Thune’s (R-SD) language to push back BRAC base closures until the Pentagon completes several sweeping reviews and most troops return from Iraq.
AAI Corporation, the defense subsidiary of United Industrial Corporation, has received a $129 million award from the U.S. Army for 12 additional Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) systems. Each system includes 4 advanced RQ-7B air vehicles, 2 ground control stations, and associated components and support equipment, and will be delivered over the next 18 months.
Meridian Medical Technologies Inc. in Columbia, MD received a maximum $50.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for nerve agent antidotes services and supplies for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. This is a base year indefinite-quantity contract. Work will be performed in Columbia, MD and St. Louis, MO, and the base year will end on July 31, 2006. There was 1 proposal solicited and one responded. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA issued the contract (SP0200-05-D-0010).
The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC recently issued 3 estimated ceiling cost $25 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, fixed price award-fee contracts for the dismantling and recycling of inactive ships stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. Work will include environmental remediation, dismantling and metals recycling, and is expected to be complete in August 2009.
Each vessel is bid individually and awarded under a delivery order to the successful bidder, and performance incentives are also included for superior environmental and safety performance. Details of each awarded contract and retired ship follow…
Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. in Redlands, CA received the full delivery order amount of $7 million as part of a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Geospatial Intelligence Support to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). Geospatial intelligence is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activity on the earth. NGA is a national intelligence and combat support agency whose mission is to provide timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security. Recent projects, for example, have included the creation of all-digital nautical charts for U.S. Navy warships [PDF release].
As background to this contract, it should be noted that NGA announced a Joint Operations Integration Office (JOIO) as of July 28, 2005…
General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems in San Diego, CA received a $13.9 million firm-fixed-price/ cost-plus fixed-fee contract to provide for 9 Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR) for the MQ-1 Predator UAV, Ground Support Equipment and Spares, and a option for training manuals.
The Lynx radar, designed and developed by Sandia National Laboratories for General Atomics, provides unmatched performance for reconnaissance and surveillance in adverse weather conditions…