Northrop Grumman subsidiary Remotec, Inc. in Clinton, TN received a $45 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for robotic systems, accessories, spare parts, depot level repair support, and operator and technician training. Work will be performed in Clinton, TN and is expected to be complete in February 2011. This contract was not competitively procured by the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD (N00019-07-D-0013).
This entry comes from “Kit Up!” the military.com site that talks about popular and/or useful gear in-theater that isn’t yet standard issue. With US troops able to purchase gear and receive reimbursements, this market now includes a consumer-driven element as well as larger official buys. As such, DID will occasionally cover these items. This looks like an opportunity for someone:
“When I signed up, military water containers came in 3 basic sizes; small (1-2 quart canteens), large (5 gallon jerry cans), and huge (36 gallon lister bags and 250 gallon water buffaloes.) There was no in between (your only option was to carry lots of canteens.) Prior to Desert Storm I did some looking around and came across the “old” (pre-me) Vietnam-era 5 quart water bag. These were just what we were looking for…”
Back in October 2006, “Dutch Looking to Field 20 CH-47F Chinooks for $652M” covered a mixed new-build and upgrade order to expand their Chinook heavy-lift helicopter fleet. Recent Boeing and MvD releases and Dutch news reports, however, have referred to only 6 new-build CH-47Fs and associated spares and support. Cost? EUR 389.5 million (currently about $509 million).
Why the discrepancy? What’s going on? And how do these aircraft differ from the CH-47Fs the USA is ordering? DID has explanations, with help from Dutch Parliamentary documents and translation/ background provided by our readers…
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors in Moorestown, NJ won a $5.6 million firm-fixed-price modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-06-G-5107), exercising an option for FY 2007 Cruiser Modernization Hardware. This delivery order includes procurement of the 2nd and 3rd Cruiser Modernization shipsets of AEGIS Conversion Equipment Group Cabinets, Advanced Displays, and peripheral equipment, to be installed on the Ticonderoga Class cruisersUSS Mobile Bay [CG 53] and USS Philippine Sea [CG 58] in 2009. Work will be performed in Moorestown, NJ (75%) and Ferrol, Spain (25%), and is expected to be complete by September 2009. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued the contract.
Small business qualifier GovPlace in Irvine, CA won a $12.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for Computer Equipment for the Iraqi Ministry of Interior. Work will be performed in Irvine, CA and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2007. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on Jan. 5, 2007, and 13 bids were received by the Joint Contracting Command in Baghdad, Iraq (W91GY0-07-F-0022).
Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Corp. in Long Beach, CA received a $113.7 million cost-plus-fixed fee and firm-fixed-price contract modification to the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership (GSP). They will incorporate the CY 2007 Global Reach Improvement Program (GRIP) Follow-On Retrofit Projects. At this time, $56.9 million have been obligated; work will be complete July 2009. The Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH issued the contract (FA8614-04-C-2004/P00126).
The GSP is an international program, with all C-17 owners participating. CY 2007 GRIP Non-Block, Block 14-16 and Block 17 Follow-On Retrofit Projects include retrofit efforts for the following projects…
The USA’s Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) in Philadelphia, PA recently issued a set of contracts for medical imaging systems, sub-systems, and components on behalf of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Federal civilian agencies, and Veteran’s Administration. Date of performance completion is November 11, 2007.
Total contract values exceed $120 million, and winners included…
In the field, time counts. The right emergency medical care, coupled with equipment that makes rapid evacuation possible, can easily be the difference between life and death. To that end, small business qualifier North American Rescue Product, Inc. in Greenville, SC won a maximum $31.9 million fixed price with economic-price-adjustment contract for litters, medical kits, accessories and similar products for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Their products include the Combat Casualty Response Kit(R), the WALK(TM) Warrior Aid & Litter Kit built around their Talon II(R) Model 90 litter, et. al. Unlike the Skedco SK-200 BRS, the Talon cannot be dragged in hands-free mode and takes up more room on one’s back; even so, the integrated system is a step forward.
This is an indefinite-quantity/ indefinite-delivery type contract with a 5 year base and 5 more 1-year options; the contract will end on February 5, 2012. There were 455 proposals solicited, and 31 responded to the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) in Philadelphia, PA (SPM200-07-D-8260).
Back in February 2006, “India: LCA Tejas by 2010 – But Foreign Help Sought With Engine” described the state of India’s indigenous Tejas Light Combat aircraft, and its accompanying “Kaveri” engine. The Kaveri remains very much a work in progress, however, and so Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) bought 8 of GE’s F404-F2J3 engines for development purposes. This was followed by a 2004 order for 17 of GE’s more advanced F404-IN20 afterburning engines generating up to 19,000 pounds (85kN) thrust, to be used in operational production aircraft and naval prototypes. Now an order “in excess of $100 million” has been placed for 24 F404-GE-IN20 engines to power the first operational squadron of Tejas fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force.
Based on the F404-GE-402, the F404-GE-IN20 is the highest rated F404 model and includes a higher-flow fan, increased thrust, a Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) system, single-crystal turbine blades and a variety of single-engine features. The F404 engine family remains one of the most successful fighter engines of modern times, and over 4,000 of them power combat aircraft and UCAVs for a number of countries worldwide. See GE release.