ITT Federal Services International Corp. in Colorado Springs, CO received a $50.3 million cost-plus-fixed-fee/ award-fee contract for Base Operations and Security Services at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar. Work is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2012. Bids were solicited via the World Wide Web on Aug. 23, 2006, and 5 bids were received by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Qatar (W912D2-07-C-0004).
While the air base at Al Uedid attracts more attention, Camp As Saliyah’s role as a pre-positioning facility located just outside the capital city of Doha makes it an important piece of the USA’s overall presence in the Persian Gulf. It is reportedly the largest pre-positioning facility outside the USA, and ITT Federal Services International has been involved in associated contracts for some time now.
Elbit Systems Ltd. recently announced 2 contracts worth approximately $14 million, to supply Aviator’s Night Vision Imaging System/Head-Up Displays (ANVIS/HUD) for “helicopters of two NATO member countries.” Release [PDF]. The ANVIS/HUD(TM) system allows the helicopter pilot to fly night operations without looking into the cockpit, by projecting critical flight information into the pilot’s visor or night vision goggles‘ view. This is especially critical during low-level flight, or when taking fire, where awareness must be maintained but a moment’s worth of inattention can be fatal.
ANVIS/HUD has been used by the US military since the mid-1990s, and has equipped more than 5,000 helicopters belonging to 20 countries. Integrated platforms include the H-60 series, CH-53, CH-47, CH-46, V-22, AH-1, UH-1, Super Puma, Cougar, and others. Elbit also offers the HeliDASH system as a higher end choice; their major competitor these days is Thales’ TopOwl, in service with the Eurocopter Tiger, South Africa’s Rooivalk attack helicopter, NH90 variants, and the USMC’s forthcoming UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters.
As part of the initial EUR 6.6 billion, 298 helicopter NH90 production order in 2000 [PDF format], Germany ordered 80 NH90 TTH troop transport versions: 50 for the Heer (Army), and 30 TTH for its Luftwaffe (Air Force) – of which 23 were slated for Combat Search and Rescue missions. Their EUR 488 million public-private training arrangement for the helicopters has also attracted attention, and even foreign interest. Now Germany has ordered an additional 42 NH90 TTH helicopters out of their 54 contracted options – 30 more for the Army air Corps (total 80), and another 12 for the Air Force (total 42). Costs for the contract option were not given, but might be inferred. EADS release | NHI release.
The 30 new TTH for the Army Air Corps will be in the same configuration as those previously ordered. The 12 for the Air Force will feature the NH90’s optional rear ramp, plus provisions for armor protection and a machine gun.
The German Army Air Corps was the first customer to take delivery of its NH90s, with the first 4 arriving in late 2006 and early 2007. Three of them are being used for flight training at the Army Air Corps Flight Training Academy in Buckeburg, the fourth is being used as a maintenance trainer at the Army base in Fassberg. A total of 8 TTH are scheduled to be in service with the German Armed Forces by the end of 2007, as NH Industries struggles to ramp up production.
June 14/07: Small business qualifier EOD Technology Inc. in Lenoir City, TN received an $18.3 million increment as part of $122.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for static security services in Baghdad, Iraq. This contract will end by Jan. 31, 2008. There were 5 bids solicited on April 15, 2007, and 2 bids were received by the Multi-National Security and Transition Command, Baghdad, Iraq, is the contracting activity (W91GY0-07-C-0053).
Henry Schein subsidiary General Injectables & Vaccines, Inc. in Bastian, VA received a maximum $8.5 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite quantity/ indefinite delivery contract for influenza virus vaccine on behalf of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. There were 18 proposals solicited with 4 responses. Date of performance completion is December 31, 2007. Contracting activity is Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) in Philadelphia, PA (SPM2DP-07-D-0001).
The US Army held its 5th annual “top 10 greatest inventions” ceremony recently in Arlington, VA, recognizing the Top 10 inventions of 2006. The top picks were chosen by Soldiers from active-Army divisions and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command according to three criteria: impact on Army capabilities, potential benefits outside the Army and inventiveness.
Three of this year’s top inventions are geared toward defeating IED land mines, and there’s even one tracked armored blast from the past. Most inventions have already been fielded to soldiers on the front lines.
Purchases are taking place under both annual budgets and supplemental wartime funding. Now the number of aircraft involved in the December 2006 supplemental funds purchase has grown to 5, as part of the fallout from program restructuring…
Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) announced a federal investment of more than C$ 48.8 million (about $45 million) for 29 new projects under the Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI). These projects will address diverse requirements such as the development of more rapid, accurate and portable tools to detect chemical, biological and radiological agents, the fast-track development of an antiviral drug against Avian influenza, and the enhancement of decision-making support tools that assist the first responder and national security communities in coordinating a more efficient response to CBRNE incidents.
Canadian government departments and agencies working on this round of projects include DRDC, Department of National Defence, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Environment Canada, Health Canada, National Microbiology Laboratory, National Research Council of Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Small business qualifier Aurora Flight Sciences in Manassas, VA received a $6.2 million modification to a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Orion Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Prototype Development and Test Flight. Work is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2010, and will be performed at Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory in Starkville, MS; Aurora just completed a new production facility nearby. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. There were an unknown number of bids solicited via the World Wide Web on Dec. 21, 2005, and one bid was received by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville, AL (W9113M-06-C-0186).
Orion HALL (High Altitude, Long Loiter) is a hydrogen powered UAV designed to fly at high altitudes for up to 4 days. Unlike other platforms Aurora is involved in like the RQ-4 Global Hawk, the Orion HALL will reportedly have a much smaller carrying capacity of about 180 kg/ 400 pounds. This would limit its surveillance capabilities but make it an outstanding communications relay. The project is a collaboration with Boeing’s cutting-edge Phantom Works division, who is working on a version with a 10-day endurance. The first Orion UAV is expected to fly in 2008.
Micro-electronics Research Development Corp. (Micro-RDC) in Colorado Springs, CO received a $6.3 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to design and develop plug-and-play and responsive space components, systems, and process to enable the ‘six-day’ satellite. Micro-RDC, whose specialty is the design, testing, and mitigation of radiation effects on transistors, circuits, and systems (a constant issue in space), will lead technical and program efforts with the help of subcontractors at the Air Force Research Laboratory. At this time, $50,000 has been obligated; work will be complete June 2010. The Headquarters Air Force Research Laboratory in Kirtland Air Force Base, NM issued the contract (FA9453-07-C-0179).