ITT Industries in Alexandria, VA received a $25 million indefinite-delivery /indefinite-quantity contract to provide for research & development under a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) entitled “wideband antennas and sources research.” The basic contract covers high power microwave (HPM) wideband antennas and sources, analysis of new materials, development of impulse radar technology for target detection and identification, and theoretic analysis on advanced HPM concepts. A task order will be awarded at the same time as the basic contract and it will provide more specific R&D requirements.
Work will be performed at ITT Industries, Albuquerque, NM, and will be complete by August 2011. Solicitation began December 2004 and negotiations were completed August 2005. Detachment 8 Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM issued the contract (FA9451-05-D-0233).
South Africa’s purchase of Airbus A400M aircraft is becoming a source of political controversy – and so are its recent expenditures to keep its existing C-130B Hercules transports flying until A400M deliveries begin in 2010-2014.
The controversy is a good illustration of some of the issues future systems and platform transitions are presenting to many militaries around the world.
Small business qualifier InnovaSystems International of El Cajon, CA is being awarded an $8.8 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract with a cost-plus-fixed-fee pricing arrangement contract for the setup, installation, testing, training, software engineering, software integration, and maintenance of the Navy’s Readiness Reporting Systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $47.6 million.
Work will be performed in San Diego, CA and is expected to be completed by August 2006 (August 2010 with options). This contract was competitively procured via the SPAWAR E-commerce web site with proposals solicited on a small business set-aside basis. Three offers were received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego, CA issued the contract (N66001-05-D-5012).
Contract modifications for the ENCORE multiple award, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contracts will increase the maximum amount (ceiling) of all orders against these contracts from $2 billion to $2.5 billion. The ENCORE contracts provide I.T. solutions to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. This increase in ceiling provides continuing support until the ENCORE II suite of contracts are awarded (estimated Q2 FY06).
The ENCORE contracts were awarded competitively in March 2002 to:
Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, CA has received a pair of cost-plus award-fee contract modifications related to the SBIRS satellite programs from the Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. In related news, the spacecraft core structure and propulasion system for the SBIRS-HIgh satellite has just been delivered.
Insight Technology in Londonderry, NH received a sole-source $10 million firm-fixed-price contract for small tactical optical rifle-mounted microlaser range finders. Insight also makes a wide range of rifle and pistol mounted illuminators and laser aiming devices, and is a leading supplier of tactical lights and lasers to U.S. Special Operations Forces.
Work on this contract will be performed in Billerica, MA and is expected to be complete by Jan. 15, 2007. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on May 10, 2005. The U.S. Army Contracting Agency, White Sands Missile Range, N.M. issued the contract (W9124Q-05-C-0311).
Lockheed Martin has completed two aggressive cost reduction workshops for the NetFires Non Line-of-Sight – Launch System (NLOS-LS) Loitering Attack Missile (LAM), reducing manufacturing time by more than 90% and Laser Radar (LADAR) seeker cost by 22%. The LAM is among several products awarded in 2003 to NetFires LLC, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Other products under development by the LLC include a Precision Attack Missile (PAM) and an autonomous Container Launch Unit (CLU).
The basic concept of NETFIRES (a Future Combat Systems program) is to develop a family of artillery-like precision attack missiles based upon a vertical launcher design. Yet the idea goes far beyond that simple description…
ITT Federal Services in Colorado Springs, CO received the full delivery order amount of $39 million on a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the repair of the M800 and M900 series 5-ton trucks. Work will be performed in Amman, Jordan, and is expected to be complete by May 30, 2006. There were three bids solicited on June 23, 2005, and three bids were received. The U.S. Army Field Support Command in Rock Island, IL issued the contract (W52P1J-05-D-0003).
Lockheed Martin Corp. in Marietta, GA received a $5.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to procure 22 square window paratroop doors and negator spring installation kits in support of the HC-130P/N Kingbird aircraft. The HC-130P/N is the only dedicated fixed-wing combat search and rescue platform in the Air Force inventory. This extended-range, combat search and rescue version of the C-130 Hercules transport extends the range of combat search and rescue helicopters by providing air refueling, but it can also be used for airdrops, vehicle delivery, extended visual and electronic searches, and delivering para-rescue teams. A team of three para-rescue specialists trained in emergency trauma medicine, harsh environment survival, and assisted evasion techniques is part of the basic mission crew complement.
Solicitation began May 2005, negotiations were completed August 2005, and work will be complete by April 2008. The Headquarters Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, GA issued the contract (FA-8509-05-C-0022).
ITT Avionics in Clifton, NJ received a $6.4 million firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials contract modification for the Foreign Military Sale of ALQ-211 (V)4 Advanced Integrated Defense Electronic Warfare System spares to the Countries of Chile and Oman. This Electronic Warfare System is used on F-16 aircraft. Solicitation began November 2003, negotiations were completed December 2003, and work will be complete by June 2008. The Headquarters Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, GA issued the contract (FA8523-02-C-0282-P00010).