The Lockheed Martin Sippican/ Granite State Manufacturing Submarine Antenna Joint Venture in Marion, MA received an $8 million modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-05-C-6102), to exercise an option for production of the MK 30 Mod 2 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Target System (ATS) along with associated proofing support material and replenishment spares. This procurement satisfies the FY 2007 undersea weapons requirement for production of 3 Target Undersea Vehicles and associated support services. Work will be performed in Marion, MA (57.7%, Sippican); and Manchester, NH (42.3%, Granite State), and is expected to be complete by July 2007. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC is the contracting activity.
The MK 30 Mod 2 ATS recoverable ASW target provides training services for submarine, surface ship and aircraft crews to employ their sensors and weapon systems in realistic and operationally representative situations. The ATS can be launched from a helicopter or surface ship, and simulates a submarine’s dynamics of speed, depth and maneuvers. Realistic signatures of passive and active acoustics and magnetic anomaly detection, along with tactics, can be preprogrammed into the TUV to increase realism and enhance training. The MK 30 Mod 2 ATS will replace the existing MK 30 Mod 1 system, and Lockheed Martin Sippican claims significant improvements in capability, reliability, maintainability/ availability, and affordability. See also the original contract win release from February 24, 2005.
In Decemner 2006, Nammo AS of Raufoss, Norway and Talley Defense Systems of Mesa, AZ signed an agreement whereby Nammo will acquire 100% of Talley. The acquisition is in effect as of January 1, 2007, closing is expected in Q1 Quarter 2007 pending final U.S. Government regulatory approval. The firms’ mutual business relationship has spanned over 25 years, with a focus on cooperative development, production and marketing of shoulder-launched weapon systems in particular.
Talley makes the M72 LAW weapon that is being reintroduced into US service, and also makes the heavier Mk153 SMAW for the US Marine Corps. Talley has 220 employees, and 2005 revenue was $62.6 million. The Nammo Group has subsidiaries in Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA, and DID has covered Finnish firm Patria Oyj’s buy-in to the group. In 2005, their revenues reached $240 million equivalent, with around 1,200 employees. With 25% of NAMMO’s sales already in North America (specialties include armor-piercing bullets and air-burst munitions), the Talley acquisition looks set to strengthen their US position, even as it fills in NAMMO’s artillery shell product range and more fully leverages its missile component capabilities via the shoulder-fired weapon sector.
Small business qualifier Harry Pepper and Associates, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL received a $13 million contract for firm-fixed price Task Order 0005 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract. Work to be done involves design and construction of a Joint Aquatic Combat Diver Training Facility at Naval Support Activity Panama City, FL.
Work is expected to be completed by September 2008. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast in North Charleston, SC issued the contract (N62467-03-D-0188).