The Belgian Council of Ministers has formally decided to procure 10 NH90 helicopters, consisting of 8 firm orders (4 TTH troop transport and 4 NFH naval helicopters) plus 2 optional aircraft. The deal is reportedly worth EUR 292.5 million (currently about $400 million), a reduction from the EUR 351 million figures reported in previous negotiations. Belgian industry will receive industrial offsets as part of the arrangement from NIH Industries partners AgustaWestland (32%), Eurocopter (62.5%), and Stork Fokker (5.5%).
Belgium becomes the 14th country to order the NH90 (Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden), and the 6th country to join the NH90’s NAHEMO international program organization (France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal 2001, Belgium 2007). The NH90 has become the largest helicopter program ever launched in Europe, with firm orders now reaching 453 units plus 102 options.
There had been some question as to where the Belgian NH90s would serve, and how many there might be…
Mississippi Power Co., an investor-owned utility company in Gulfport, MS received a $16.6 million firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded electric commodity contract for utility hardening work at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, MS. They will convert the electricity supply from overhead lines to underground lines to improve the survivability of the infrastructure, hopefully minimizing infrastructure downtime when subjected to hurricanes or acts of terrorism.
Work is expected to be completed by August 2009. This contract was negotiated on a sole-source basis by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast in North Charleston, SC (N62467-88-F-1862/ Modification P00006).
Torix General Contractors in Colorado Springs, CO won a $19.9 million firm-fixed-price contract to build a special operations forces battalion support complex, company operations facility, and other facilities at Fort Carson, CO. Work is expected to be complete by Jan. 1, 2009. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on Oct. 31, 2006, and 3 bids were received by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Omaha, NB (W9128F-07-C-0004).