“An army travels on its stomach.” “Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics.” Militaries throughout history have recognized these and related sayings, and logistics are especially important to a force that must cover a large land mass and often finds itself deployed abroad. Borrowing from civilian improvements over the past three decades, the USA continues to lead the way in this field – but allies are working to catch up.
Along those lines, Australia’s Government has approved the first A$ 100 million (about $77 million) phase of JP 20772B, the Improved Logistics Information System.
Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, MO received a $44.3 million modification to firm-fixed-price contract N00019-06-C-0027 for 28 Harpoon all-up-round (AUR) missiles. Work will be performed in St. Charles, MO (50.28%), McKinney, TX (14.12%), Toledo, OH (5.83%), the United Kingdom (5.18%), Huntsville, AL (3.72%), Clearwater, FL (3.61%), Galena, KS (2.29%), Elkton, MD (2.08%), Kirwood, MO (2.00%), Middletown, CT (1.78%), and other various locations throughout the United States (9.11%), and is expected to be complete in June 2007. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD issued the contract.
The sub-sonic, sea-skimming GM-84 Harpoon is the standard anti-shipping missile used by the US Navy, and it is in service with 27 navies around the world. These missiles and missile parts were purchased by several countries under the foreign military sales program:
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors Electronics Park in Syracuse, NY received a not-to-exceed $23.4 million cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price modification under previously awarded letter contract (N00024-05-C-6237) as part of the remote minehunting system (RMS) program. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC is exercising an option for production of three installation and checkout (INCO) kits and supporting equipment and engineering services for 3 remote minehunting vehicle (RMV) units. Lockheed will also overhaul the first 2 remote minehunting engineering development models (RMS EDMs), which have already been produced. Work will be performed in Syracuse, NY (60%), and Riviera Beach, Fla. (40%), and is expected to be completed by August 2007.
Of course, this effort is part of a larger contract set…