Even before this modification, contracts from the US military had already exceeded 1,000 M1117s at aproximately $700,000 per vehicle. Bell Textron subsidiary Cadillac Gage was working hard to ramp production back up and cope with this flood of orders, after pre-war budget cuts in 2002 had put a large crimp in the program. Unfortunately, this flood of orders has now been followed by a flood of a different kind. Work on all M1117 contracts is performed at Textron Marine & Land Systems sole location… New Orleans, LA.
Convoy lead, Tikrit
The corporate recovery status page states, however, that “At this time, no TM&L employee should attempt to travel to the facilities, until they are deemed safe.” That could take quite a while, and may push this and other M1117-related contracts past the target end date. This particular contract was originally intended to be complete on June 30, 2007, and was a sole source contract initiated on June 14, 2005 by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI (W56HZV-05-C-0470).
An Espanol-only release from the Spanish government that was translated by defense-aerospace.com appears to indicate that Germany will transfer full ownership of 108 Leopard 2A4 tanks to Spain. Contract issues have apparently been pending since 1995 re: the transfer of the 108 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks, which now serve with Spanish Army units.
DID has done additional research and discovered that the saga of these tanks is wrapped up in a broader buy. It also connects to some important trends in the German army that are helping to drive The Leopard 2’s proliferation across the European defense stage.
Meanwhile, the competition for the overall USAF/DARPA Small Launch Vehicle program has narrowed to three companies: Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), AirLaunch LLC, and Lockheed Martin Corp. A fourth Phase 2 competitor, Microcosm of El Segundo, CA, recently broke up its subcontractor team, terminated arrangements with consultants working on the Falcon effort, and laid off about 15 of its 50 employees based on its assumption that it has lost out in the competition. Next phase awards are expected in the near future, and the program continues to evolve in other ways. At present…
The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, MI has issued a slew of orders for various configurations of the HMMWV (“Hummer”) armored jeep. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2007, and will be performed by AM General LLC in South Bend, IN. All fall under a sole source, firm-fixed-price contract initiated on July 17, 2000 (DAAE07-01-C-S001).
Together, these contracts for various HMMWV types destined for U.S. and Iraqi forces are worth a total of $296.5 million, and cover over 3,000 vehicles.
Engineered Support Systems (ESSI) subsidiary Systems and Electronics Inc. in St. Louis, MO received the full delivery order amount of $62.8 million as part of a firm-fixed-price contract for the Heavy Expanded Mobility Ammunition Trailer (HEMAT). This interesting article covering SEI and its various products can be found here. It includes information about the HEMAT, which can carry MLRS rocket pods, general, ammunition and even fuel for attack helicopter battalions. SEI also makes the trailer launch platform for the Patriot anti-air missile system.
Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO and is expected to be complete by Sept. 2, 2010. This was a sole source contract initiated on July 6, 2005 by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, MI (W56HZV-05-D-0332).
FN Manufacturing LLC in Columbia, SC received a $52.1 million firm-fixed-price contract for M240B Machine Guns. The M240 was adopted by the U.S. following a world-wide search for a reliable 7.62 mm coaxial NATO machinegun for tanks and armored vehicles. Because all M240/MAG58 variants have interchangeable components and are interoperable, an M240B buttstock, bipod, and infantry trigger frame assembly can be carried in an armored vehicle or helicopter so the crew can convert it to an M240B infantry weapon if the need arises. No doubt this versatility helped lead to the M240B’s selection as the new medium machine gun for the U.S. Army.
Work will be performed in Columbia, SC and is expected to be complete by July 30, 2007. This was a sole source contract initiated on Aug. 1, 2005 by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Rock Island, IL (W52H09-05-C-0283).
DynCorp International in Fort Worth, TX received a $9.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for Access Control Badge System Services in Iraq. The announcement did not mention whether this is connected to the $75+ million biometric access card project under way to improve force protection at U.S. bases in Iraq. Work on this sole source contract will be performed in Iraq, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 1, 2006. The Joint Contracting Command at Camp Victory, Iraq issued the contract (W27P4A-05-C-0013).