The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) said it will extend the due date for proposals on its 5+5 year, $13 billion Encore II enterprise services contract. An internal Defense Department review will require revisions to the December 5, 2005 RFP, and DISA expects to release a new deadline within a week.
Encore II is the result of a journey that began during Desert Storm, and is itself a way-station of sorts along the path to another key DISA project, Net-Centric Enterprise Services. What’s all this about?
Industry analyst firm Forecast International’s “The Market for Electronic Warfare Systems” predicts that the development and production of leading electronic warfare systems will represent a $28 billion market over the next 10 years. The category includes jammers, radar warning receivers (RWRs), electronic support measure (ESM) systems, and missile countermeasure systems.
General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Inc. in San Diego, CA received a $41.4 million fixed-price incentive firm contract for the manufacture, test, and delivery of five MQ-9 Predator B Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and associated equipment. Associated equipment for this order will include initial spares, ground support equipment, pack-up kits, and Ku SATCOM antennas. Solicitations began November 2004, negotiations were complete in December 2005, and work will be complete by March 2008. The Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH issued the contract. (FA8620-05-G-3028 Order 0004).
CVF, De Gaulle, and Invincible Class (click to add Nimitz)
DID has covered Britain’s CVF future aircraft carrier program in some depth, and we have also covered France’s PA2 program which aims to build a second, non-nuclear carrier to complement the nuclear-powered (and problem-plagued) FNS Charles de Gaulle. At the time, we noted that making the new ship a CVF variant seemed to be France’s preferred approach.
MAC International in Dubai, UAE was awarded a delivery order amount of $67.2 million as part of a $171.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for Police Trucks. Work will be performed in Detroit, MI, and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2009. There were an unknown number of bids solicited via the World Wide Web on Sept. 22, 2005, and 12 bids were received by the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, MI (W56HZV-06-D-D044).
Al Mansour Iraqi Co. (MAC Iraq) is a joint venture company with General Motors Corp. equity participation. Appointed in 2003 as the official distributor of GM Products for Iraq, MAC has established operations in Baghdad and Northern Iraq backed by its offices in Dubai. Since its inception, MAC Iraq has sold and delivered more than 18,000 trucks and passenger vehicles into the Iraqi market. That said, one of the more common refrains we hear from Iraq vets is that the Iraqi Army and police forces need to be able to ride around in vehicles that offer them some protection. Many Americans consider the up-armored HMMWV inadequate to perform essentially the same job Iraqis are doing in pickup trucks et. al.