Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (Avondale Operations), New Orleans, La., is being awarded a $50.7 million modification to previously awarded contract N00024-01-C-2224, for additional long lead-time materials in support of two Amphibious Transport Dock Ships, LPD 22 (USS San Diego) and LPD 23 (USS Anchorage). This brings the total value of long lead time contracts awarded to date for these two ships to $536.6 million.
Both ships are LPD-17 San Antonio Class amphibious assault support vessels, a new class of ship which is just entering service. The ships’ mission is to embark, transport, land, and support elements of a US Marine Corps Landing Force. This class of ship has had its share of teething problems, however, and so has the New Orleans shipyard to which most of this contract has been assigned.
Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution in Wendell, NC received a $50.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for electrical equipment necessary for the expansion/ rehabilitation of several Basrah Cluster Pump Stations. Basrah sits on the Tigris river in Iraq’s southern, Shia-domainated provinces, and is a focal point for the British zone of operations.
Work on this contract will be performed in Iraq, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 30, 2006. There were an unknown number of bids solicited via the World Wide Web on June 8, 2005, and ten bids were received. The Joint Contracting Command in Baghdad, Iraq, issued the contract (W91GXY-06-C-0002).
EADS reports that the Spanish SENER company, acting as the prime contractor for Spain’s Taurus program, has contracted for 43 operational Taurus KEPD 350 medium-range precision attack cruise missiles, plus mission planning and support for weapons integration with Spain’s EA-18A
Hornets and Eurofighter aircraft. The contract award was based on the decision taken by the Spanish Council of Ministers in June 2005.
Costs for this finalized deal were not mentioned – but DID can provide some guidance in this area, as well as insights into the Taurus missiles themselves, their key competitors on the international market, and the new export opportunities this contract may create for EADS/LFK.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. in Fort Worth, TX received a $30.2 million ceiling-priced order under previously awarded contract to repair of the US Marines’ AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters and UH-1N Huey utility helicopters. These in-service versions of the Marines’ tactical helicopter mainstays will eventually be replaced by new-build AH-1Z and UH-1Y versions.
Work on these repairs will be performed in Fort Worth, TX, and is expected to be complete by December 2006. This contract was not competitively procured (Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. is the helicopters’ manufacturer). The Naval Inventory Control Point issued the order (Order 7004, contract # N00383-04-G-025N).
Small business qualifier Croman Corp. in White City, OR received an estimated $12.2 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for airlift and recovery functions in support of all Hawaiian military ranges. In addition, this contract provides for utility/ transport missions to carry passengers/cargo, and range clearing operations in the Hawaiian operating area. Work will be performed in Barking Sands in Kauai, HI, and is expected to be complete in October 2006. This contract was competitively procured by electronic solicitation, with six offers received. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract (N00019-06-D-0005).