Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in Clearfield, UT received a $225.2 million cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-award-fee contract modification re: the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) propulsion replacement program. Full Rate Production (FRP) options FRP5, FRP6, and FRP7 restructure modification for two-hundred and twelve (212) stage 1, 2 and 3 rocket motors, production quality assurance, ordnance production, and contractor cost data reports. Since this is the USA, the motors will be placed on its Minuteman III missiles as part of the overall modernization program to keep them in service. See all DID coverage related to the Minuteman III.
Negotiations were complete in May 2005, and work will be complete in March 2008. The Headquarters 528th ICBM Systems Wing at Hill Air Force Base, UT, issued the contract (F42610-98-C-0001, no modification number assigned yet).
The US Military Sealift Command in Washington, DC has just spent $210 million to purchase 3 maritime prepositioning ships from Braintree Maritime Corp. in Quincy, MA. These Ro-Ro (roll-on, roll-off) ships have been prepositioning Marine Corps cargo at sea around the world since 1985 under long-term charter to the Military Sealift Command, making that equipment readily available to warfighters who are flown into a theatre of operations. The ships are named after servicemen who have earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Each ship represents a $70 million option under a previously awarded contract – and see a round-up of past charter contracts to Braintree for additional perspective. The ships transfer to government ownership on Jan. 17, 2006, and will continue to operate worldwide.:
Now the PTI news service reports that Army Chief General J J Singh has ordered a fourth round of extensive trials for the guns, in which only the Bofors and Soltam guns will be taking part. He said the two contending 155mm/52 caliber guns would be evaluated through summer and winter trials, with the winner inducted by 2007. Meanwhile, a new scandal is swirling around re-opened allegations of kick-backs involving Bofors, and complicity by the current government in covering them up. That 2007 date could be somewhat optimistic…
At the time of CASA and Navantia’s EUR 1.7 billion deal, DID noted that “technology transfer restrictions – and their accompanying restrictions – may play a role in this sale as well.” This has proven to be exactly the case.
EOD Technology Inc. in Lenoir City, TN received a $5.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for Internal Security Operations at Victory Base Complex, Iraq. the contract will expire on Aug. 27, 2006. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on Nov. 20, 2005, and seven bids were received. The Joint Contracting Command, Iraq, issued the contract (W91GER-06-C-0001).