Lockheed Martin Corp. Space Systems Co. in Sunnyvale, CA received a $491.2 million cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract modification. This is a modification of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite contract to add satellite vehicle #3 (SV3) as envisioned and permitted by a clause in the contract. This action includes the procurement of SV3, and introduces the option for Launch and Operations support.
The UK Mininstry of Defence has placed a GBP 100 million contract (about $178 million at current conversion) with BAE Systems Insyte for “a very sophisticated system which can replicate the combat command systems used across most of our major surface warships, including the aircraft carriers, as well as the new Type 45 destroyers now under construction.” New facilities will be installed in Devonport Naval Base and the shore base HMS Collingwood near Portsmouth, in time to be ready to train Type 45 destroyer crews later this decade. The idea is that men and women who ‘fight the ship’ in computerized command centers will be better prepared for combat and emergencies. The simulation system will be specifically designed for easy upgrade and technology improvement, and is a long-term investment that is expected to remain in service past 2040.
Parsons Infrastructure & Technology Group in Pasadena, CA received a $197 million modification to a cost-plus-award-fee contract for continued chemical agent neutralization operations. Work will be performed in Newport, IN and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2009.
There were 32 bids solicited on March 9, 1998, and two bids were received by the U.S. Army Field Support Command in Rock Island, IL (DAAA09-99-C-0016). The core contract was for $295.5 million, and involved a cost-plus-award-fee contract for the design, construction, operation, and closure of the Newport Chemical Agent Disposal Facility at the Newport Chemical Depot in Newport, IN. That contract ended on December 16, 2005.
DID has covered the growing US interest in blimps for everything from low-altitude surveillance and communications relay, to air mega-transport, to near space operations. Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors in Akron, OH received a $149.2 million cost-reimbursable contract to build and demonstrate the technical feasibility and military utility of the High Altitude Airship (HAA). The Missile Defense Agency issued this contract (HQ0006-06-C-0001), and eventually plans to deploy approximately 10 blimps to provide overlapping coverage of U.S. coastal regions.