Back on June 13, 2005, while covering the “US101” EH-101 variant’s approval as the next US Presidential helicopter, DID noted that the rivals for this bid (Lockheed’s “US101” and Sikorsky’s H-92 Superhawk) would likely be squaring off again for an $11-12 billion contract to provide the USA’s next generation Combat Search And Rescue helicopter. Lockheed is firm on its European EH101 platform, while Sikorsky would eventually announce the HH-92 Superhawk as its contender in February 2006.
In September of 2005, Boeing entered the fray, on two fronts. Its choices left its rivals in a difficult competitive position, and even though one of those options was withdrawn before the end of the contest, Boeing’s HH-47 would eventually win it all and fly off with a contract estimated at $10 billion for 145 aircraft. The post below chronicles the CSAR-X competition, which had at least as many complications and happenings as the missions Boeing’s aircraft will execute.
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products Inc. in Burlington, VT received a $56 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for Reactive Applique Armor Tiles for the M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Work will be performed in Burlington, VT (31.4%), Lyndonville, VT (13.5%), Graham, KY (6.5%), Albany, OR (5.8%), and Haifa, Israel (42.8%), and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, 2006. This was a sole source contract initiated on April 21, 2005 by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (W15QKN-05-C-1166).
Small business qualifier US Foods International in Gardens, CA received a maximum $155 million firm fixed price contract for prime vendor full line food distribution for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and child development center in South Korea. The other location of performance is La Mirada, CA. This is an indefinite quantity contract exercising the first option, with a performance completion date of September 22, 2006. There were 15 proposals solicited and two responded. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA issued the contract (SPM300-05-D-3084).
C-5 Refuels from KC-135 Note KC-135 = 707 airliner!
The Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (ALC) is the first public sector entity to be awarded the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing (Gold Level). The C-5 Programmed Depot Maintenance workforce is receiving an award that BusinessWeek magazine referred to as the “Nobel prize of manufacturing,” awarded annually to companies that demonstrate world-class business results through the implementation of Lean Manufacturing principles and practices. The prize is administered by The College of Business at Utah State University, in cooperation with several nonprofit and corporate organizations.