Arotech subsidiary and small business qualifier MDT Armor Corp. in Auburn, AL received the full $10.1 million increment of its firm-fixed-price contract for model MDT-DAV “David” urban light armored vehicles (ULAVs) with manufacturer Furnished Spare. Work will be performed in Auburn, AL and is expected to be completed by July 30, 2007. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on April 21, 2006 by the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, MI (W56HZV-06-C-0413).
Though DefenseLINK did not explicitly say so, MDT confirmed that the vehicles are for the Israeli Defense Forces as part of a $22 million April 2006 buy. So… just what is an ULAV, anyway? What’s its relationship to Land Rovers and G-Wagens? And could it be the forerunner of a larger trend for Western militaries?
FN Herstal, S.A. in Herstal, Belgium received a $22 million firm-fixed-priced contract for 519 GAU-21 weapons systems, to include related supplies and services, operator and armorer tool kits, replacement part kits, technical manuals for the operation, maintenance and repair of the weapon systems, and training. Work will be performed in Herstal, Belgium (90%); Johnston, PA (4%); Somerset, PA (3%); and Blairsville, PA (3%) and is expected to be complete in October 2007. This contract was not competitively procured by the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD (N00019-06-C-0092).
The GAU-21 is also known as the M3M, and is an updated .50 caliber machine gun that’s envisioned as the primary suppressive fire system for Navy and Marine Corps helicopters and V-22 Ospreys. In exchange for slightly less range than the older M2, it offers a higher firing rate (1100 rpm vs. 550), lighter weight (80 pounds vs. 128), longer barrel life (11,000 rounds vs. 3,000), better safety (open breech eliminates cook-off), and reduced recoil (by up to 67%, improving accuracy). The GAU-21 can also be converted for dismounted use by one person in 2 minutes. See comparative table, and this USMC fact sheet [PDF]. The system came with a few glitches, but the addition of a flash suppressor and other modifications have reportedly improved this situation.
The US Army’s $150-300 billion Future Combat Systems program has many dimensions, from UAVs to missiles to land vehicles. One of the most important dimensions, however, is its network and IT elements.
DefenseTech notes that FCS lead systems integrator SAIC is advertising for a Future Combat Systems Deputy CIO. “Minimum of 15 years experience in both classified and unclassified enterprise information management” required, along with “a minimum of 8 years of relevant and recent project management office (PMO) experience under a U.S. Government contract.”
The Monster.com posting adds that “proficiency with Microsoft products and common office software applications” is another requirement. Given Microsoft’s security record and the importance of the network element to FCS’ combat capabilities, we hope they mean Word, Excel, Power Point, and Visio.
No matter who you are these days, courier services for small packages are a fact of life. If you’re a big organization, of course, you negotiate bulk rates. The US military does, as these contracts from the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command in Alexandria, VA demonstrate. These contracts are under the Defense Logistics Agency’s Surface Small Package Program, and will terminate on Sept. 30, 2007. There were an unknown number of bids solicited via the World Wide Web on Aug. 20, 2003, and 3 bids were received. Recent announcements include:
FEDEX Ground Package Systems Inc. in Coraopolis, PA received a delivery order amount of $11.5 million as part of a $48.2 million firm-fixed-price contract (W81GYE-04-D-0033). Work will be performed in Susquehanna, PA (16.8%), New Cumberland, PA (16.8%), San Joaquin, CA (26%), Mechanicsburg, PA (16.8%), Richmond, VA (3%), Anniston, AL (1.5%), Barstow, CA (1.5%), San Diego, CA (1.5%), Jacksonville, FL (1.5%) Albany, GA (1.5%), Warner Robbins, GA (1.5%), Cherry Point, NC (1.5%), Corpus Christi, TX (1.5%), Norfolk, VA (1.5%), Depot Hill, Utah (1.5%), Puget Sound, Wash. (1.5%), Red River, TX (1.5%), Tobyhanna, PA (1.5%), Oklahoma City, OK (1.5%), and Columbus, OH (1.5%).
United Parcel Service in Washington, DC received a delivery order amount of $13 million as part of a $51.4 million firm-fixed-price contract (W81GYE-04-D-0034). Work will be performed in Susquehanna, PA (16%), New Cumberland, PA (16%), San Joaquin, CA (23.7%), Mechanicsburg, PA (16%), Richmond, VA (3%), Anniston, AL (1.5%), Barstow, CA (1.5%), San Diego, CA (1.5%), Jacksonville, FL (1.5%) Albany, GA (1.5%), Warner Robbins, GA (1.5%), Cherry Point, NC (1.5%), Corpus Christi, TX (1.5%), Norfolk, VA (1.5%), Depot Hill, UT (1.5%), Puget Sound, WA (1.5%), Red River, TX (1.5%), Tobyhanna, PA (1.5%), Oklahoma City, OK (1.5%), and Columbus, OH (1.5%).