Mar 16, 2007 08:14 UTC
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, Specialty Center Contracts Core in Port Hueneme, CA has awarded a set of firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity multiple-award contracts for procurement, installation, and sustainment of Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Program equipment at naval installations worldwide. There are some interesting projects going on under ATFP Ashore, including work on a Systems Effectiveness Model that aims to ensure maximum effectiveness from investments. This contract, however, is for integration and installation of equipment on site.
Work will be performed at various locations worldwide. The total amount per year is not to exceed $100 million, and the cumulative total for all 4 contracts over the entire contract term is $500 million (base period and 4 one-year options). The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of March 2008 (March 2012 with options). This contract was competitively procured via the Naval Facilities Engineering Command e-solicitation website, with 11 proposals received. The 4 winning contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract:
- Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. in Columbia, MD (N62473-07-D-4020)
- Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc. in Bethesda, MD (N62473-07-D-4021)
- Northrop Grumman Defense Mission Systems, Inc. in Reston, VA (N62473-07-D-4022)
- Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC in Reston, VA (N62473-07-D-4023)
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Mar 16, 2007 07:33 UTC
C-9B Skytrain II
L-3 Communications Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) division recently announced a $43.7 million contract from the U.S. Navy to serve as prime contractor on the C-9 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program. In conjunction with their partners Goodrich Corporation Aviation Technical Services division, Pacific Gas Turbine Center, and Patriot Aviation Services, they will be responsible for overall program management encompassing aircraft depot support, engine depot support, and site support for 24 C-9 aircraft. There are also a pair of C-9 aircraft operated by NASA to support reduced gravity studies (aka. “Vomit Comets”). Should the U.S. Navy exercise 4 additional one-year contract options, the potential contract value of the C-9 CLS program could grow to approximately $230 million.
Work will take place at 6 U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force installations: Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, WA; NAS Oceana, VA; NAS Atlanta, GA; NAS Willow Grove, PA; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC; and Scott Air Force Base, IL.
The C-9s are military variants of the Super 30 stretched DC-9 short-haul passenger jet, and were built from the mid-1960s through the mid-1990s. The C-9A Nightingales that once performed aeromedical evacuation have been retired, which caused some trepidation at first but led to a new way of approaching the problem; now this “90% approach” is being credited with reducing casualties. The remaining C-9s serve as VIP transports and cargo aircraft, but age is catching up with them. Their Pratt and Whitney JT8-D-9 engines are noisy and inefficient by modern standards, their airframes have many flight-hours on them, and even with some avionics upgrades their older cockpit layout and equipment remain a drawback. Some C-9s are being replaced by 737-derived C-40s, but despite calls to retire the fleet by 2010 there are no plans to fully fund a replacement by modern C-40 A/B/C transports. L-3 also has the CLS contract for the C-40A fleet, and their specialty in aircraft support is a quiet but significant contributor to L-3’s bottom line.
Mar 16, 2007 06:56 UTC
Britain’s ‘Mastiff PPV’
For Protection announced that it recently received a contract modification from the British Ministry of Defence for 22 more blast-resistant Cougar Mastiff Protected Patrol Vehicles (Mastiff PPV). The order will bring the total number of vehicles produced for the British government to 108, which matches the announcement of approximately 100 vehicles in July 2006. The approximate contract value for all 108 Mastiffs is $70.1 million, and Force Protection expects to deliver the last of them by the end of June 2007.
DID has updated our July 2006 article “Britain Buying New Land Vehicles for Iraqi & Afghan Theaters,” covering Britain’s acquisition of new protected vehicles for its troops. These include the Mastiff PPV, Pinzgauer trucks and improved FV430 Mk3 “Bulldog” tracked armored personnel carriers. The article also includes subsequent coverage of concerns re: the Mastiff design, and events in the program from deliveries to reports from the front.
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Mar 16, 2007 04:56 UTC
M1A2, getting the range
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems in Apopka, FL announced a $20 million contract from the U.S. Army to deliver “more than 500” Eyesafe Laser Rangefinders (ELRF) to be installed on the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank. Deliveries will begin in late 2007.
The ELRF is a highly accurate, hardened system that gives the tank gunner the ability to determine target ranges, even in the midst of intense fog, smoke, dust, sand and haze. Additionally, the rangefinder allows U.S. forces to train safely against each other.
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