The Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office in Amarillo, TX received a $200.1 million undefinitized contract action to begin fabrication and delivery of three MV-22B tiltrotor production aircraft. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, PA (35%); Fort Worth, TX (35%); and Amarillo, TX (15%), and is expected to be completed in December 2009. This contract was not competitively procured by the Naval Air Systems Command Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, MD (N00019-06-C-0292).
GKN plc of the UK has agreed to acquire the US firm Stellex Aerostructures from the Carlyle Group. Stellex is a leading provider of highly engineered subsystems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. They operate three divisions. Stellex Monitor Aerospace, Inc. and Stellex Precision Machining, Inc. specialize in large complex machined parts and structural sub-assemblies for the aerospace industry. Stellex Bandy Machining, Inc. provides precision aircraft hinges and other structural components for the aerospace and space industries. As GKN’s release notes:
“The combination of GKN’s existing advanced composite structures and metals business with the operations of Stellex will create a leading manufacturer of titanium aircraft and engine structures.”
The BBC reports that he Swedes have sold anti-aircraft missiles (the RBS-70), rocket launchers and anti-tank rifles to Venezuela in the past worth around $150 million, and notes that while no new orders had been placed, age and usage will require replacement of Venezuela’s stocks. Both roles could certainly be filled by roughly equivalent Russian weapons like the RPG-27 and AT-14 Kornet in the anti-tank role, and by the SA-18 in the anti-aircraft role; though in the latter role especially, vehicle-mounted options like the Tunguska M1, the Tor/SA-15 and Pantsyr S1/SA-19 systems are also possible.
Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA has awarded a pair of cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modifications. They wish to perform a delta (changes to) system requirements review (SRR) on the global positioning system III program in October 2006. This is said to be necessary “to accomplish a low risk incremental approach, properly allocate warfighter capabilities in the initial capabilities development document addendum and flow down those requirements into the space segment specification. The government’s intent is to implement a delta SRR and continue to make progress towards a key decision point-B to avoid impacts to initial launch capability of 2013.”
Boeing Air Force Space Systems in Huntington Beach, CA received a $10 million contract modification, 8.5 million of which has already been committed. Work will be complete January 2007 (FA8807-04-C-0002/P00018).
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Corp. in King of Prussia, PA received a $10 million contract modification, $9.2 million of which has been committed. Work will be complete January 2007 (FA8807-04-C-0001/P00020).