May 22, 2007 10:16 UTC
BAE NLOS-C Protoype
Britain’s FRES future armored vehicle program had a full February – but May may be murder for the US Army’s $160+ billion Future Combat Systems program. News that even the promising NLOS-C mobile howitzer would break the C-130’s 20-ton cargo weight limit by a considerable margin (estimate: 27 tons, which works well in an A400M but not the C-130J) makes it clear that FCS’ armored vehicle core is unlikely to ever deliver its most important benefit: deployability. Meanwhile, bipartisan recommendations from the House Armed Services Committee propose a nearly $900 million budget cut in FY 2008, and have the US Army arguing that the future of the program is in danger.
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May 22, 2007 08:24 UTC
Jacobs Technology Inc. in Tullahoma, TN receivedd a 3-year, $480 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure engineering and technical advisory and assistance services for Hanscom AFB’s Electronic Systems Center “in support of various [R&D] and production activities”. The ESC has broad responsibility for buying military electronics, managing about 200 programs and administering an annual budget of more than $3 billion; they recently issued a multi-vendor 5-year, $800 million contract for acquisition support services. At this time, $5.4 million have been obligated. Solicitations began August 2006, negotiations were complete March 2007, and work will be complete May 2010.
The Headquarters Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA issued the contract (FA8721-07-D-0015). Services include but are not limited to providing a broad range of engineering acquisition support such as: engineering services, engineering support, technical support, provisioning and logistics support, modeling and simulation, configuration, and data management, architectural support, text and evaluation, security engineering and certification, capability based planning, commercial off-the-shelf integration, support, integration master plans, integration scheduling, and technical reviews.
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