In a recent DID article covering the ‘merger’ of Thales Naval France into DCN, DID noted Thales’ bid for Bremen-based naval electronics firm and sonar specialist Atlas Elecktronik. Thales took great pains to insist that this naval merger did not make Thales’ naval business a creature of the French government, as German domestic political considerations were hindering the firm in its efforts to acquire Atlas from BAE Systems. There were even rumors that Thales was trying to entice a joint bid from ThyssenKrupp, a defense systems integrator and Atlas Elektronik customer who is a globally important builder of surface warships and submarines.
If so, Thales failed. ThyssenKrupp Technologies and EADS signed an agreement with BAE Systems on Dec 30/05 for the joint acquisition of Atlas Elektronik. In accordance with the agreement, ThyssenKrupp Technologies will hold 60% of Atlas and EADS 40%, creating a new “Maritime Electronics House.” Financial details remain undisclosed, but Thales was rumored to be offering EUR 300 million, while EADS-ThyssenKrupp were rumored to be offering EUR 250 million.
Bloomberg reports that Lockheed Martin Corp. may receive $1.15 billion for 26 C-130J Hercules transport aircraft over the next two years under a December 14, 2005 memo approved by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England. The memo includes the plane purchase proposal in the Pentagon’s 2007-2011 budget plan, and proposes to authorize 13 Hercules transports in each of FY 2007 ($430 million) and FY 2008 ($718 million) – 18 USAF C-130J transports and 8 US Marine Corps KC-130J aerial refueling tankers. The USMC prefers Hercules aircraft for this role because they can fly slowly enough to refuel helicopters as well, and 6 USMC KC-130Js are currently flying missions in Iraq. According to the Bloomberg report…
Raytheon Co. in Tucson, AZ received a $235.7 million firm-fixed-price contract in for the production of the FY06 Standard Missile-2 Block IIIA and Block IIIB all up rounds (AURs) AN/DKT-71A telemetric data transmitting sets (TDTS), section level spares, and shipping containers for allied nations. Note that “all-up-rounds” include the missile, its launch container, and related equipment that allows for rapid installation of the naval missiles in vertical launch systems.
According to GlobalSecurity.org, RIM-66K-L/ SM-2 Standard Block IIIA missiles have greater capability at even lower altitudes, and include a more powerful fragmentation warhead. Block IIIB adds an infrared (IR) guidance mode capability developed in Missile Homing Improvement Program (MHIP) to the Block IIIA’s semi-active radar guidance system. These SM-2 versions are provided as medium range rounds that can be fired from AEGIS rail launchers, AEGIS vertical launch systems, and Tartar rail launchers. SM-2 and SM-3 Standard surface-air missiles work best when paired with the AEGIS radar and combat system, but can be employed independently. With respect to this specific contract…
IBM Corp. won an indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract with a 5 base year + 5 option years cycle, and a ceiling price of $370 million. IBM will provide IT support services for the Defense Commissary Agency’s Commercial Advanced Resale Transaction System (CARTS), supporting worldwide operations for nearly 275 stores and replace the existing point-of-sales system used at checkout. The contract was solicited on a full and open competition basis, and four proposals were received by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization at Scott Air Force Base, IL (HC1013-06-D-2005).
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Commissary shoppers save an average of 30% or more on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings DeCA officials estimate at about $2,700 annually for a family of four. The Army News Service has an article about the new system.