BAE Systems has announced a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) from the U.S. Navy for up to $368 million to build and refurbish naval weapon systems, and provide support services over the next 5 years. Potential orders received under this BOA are expected later this year and will be carried out by BAE Systems’ facilities in Minneapolis, MN and Louisville, KY.
The BOA covers a wide range of BAE Systems’ programs including the transition of production of the Mk 110 57mm naval gun system from low-rate to full; the overhaul, manufacture and upgrade of the Mk 45 5-inch (127mm) naval gun for the CG-47 Cruiser Modernization program, the Mk 75 76mm gun mount, the Mk 42 extended range guided missile handling mechanism, the Mk 32 surface vessel torpedo tubes (SVTT), and the Mk 36/53 decoy launcher systems (DLS); the manufacture of gun barrels; the overhaul of turbine pump ejection systems (TPES); and work associated with minor caliber guns. BAE Systems release.
Computer Sciences Raytheon received a contract for $816.2 million for Eastern Range Technical Services to provide operations, maintenance, sustainment of critical range and launch processing systems that support the launch processing mission of the 45th Space Wing and its launch customers at Cape Canaveral Air Station. CSR is a joint venture partnership of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Raytheon Technical Services Company, and they have held this contract since 1988. Cape Canaveral, meanwhile, is famous for being the home site of all NASA space launches; the 45th Space Wing is also busy with other projects.
The scope of this acquisition will include all critical range systems and associated support systems. Service include downrange facilities support, base and range local area network/metropolitan area network (LAN/MAN) service, and other minor technical systems support required for successful range mission accomplishment. At this time, all funds have been obligated. 45 CONS/LGCZR at Patrick Air Force Base FL issued the contract (FA2521-07-C-0011).
General Dynamics Land Systems Inc. in Sterling Heights, MI received a $56.5 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract to upgrade 18 Fox Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance System (NBC-RS) Vehicles from M93 (14) and M93A1 (4) Configurations to M93A1P1. Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, MI; Anniston, AL; Lima, OH; and Germany and is expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2009. This was a sole source contract initiated on April 24, 2007 by the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (DAAM01-96-C-0028). General Dynamics release.
The amphibious Fox (Fuchs) vehicle is actually a German design, first fielded in 1979 by a firm that became part of Rheinmetall Landsysteme. The NBC-RS variant, or Spurfuchs in German, has become popular with a number of countries, and is in service with the US Army and Marines. The wedge-shaped cover over the rear door is a key identifier, and all M93 NBS-RS variants have an over-pressure filtration system that permits the crew to operate in a fully protected environment.
Fox in Husseiniyah
The upgraded M93A1 reduces the crew complement from 4 to 3, and contains an enhanced NBC sensor suite consisting of the M21 Remote Sensing Chemical Agent Alarm (RSCAAL), MM1 Mobile Mass Spectrometer, Chemical Agent Monitor/Improved Chemical Agent Monitor (CAM/ICAM), AN/VDR-2 Beta Radiac, and M22 Automatic Chemical Agent Detector/Alarm (ACADA). The NBC sensor suite has been digitally linked with the communications and navigation subsystems by a dual-purpose central processor system known as the Multipurpose Integrated Chemical Agent Detector (MICAD), which fully automates NBC warning and reporting to other units and integrates with the vehicles Global Positioning System [GPS] and Autonomous Navigation System. The M93A1P1 is the most up-to-date configuration and features a survivability improvement package that includes slat armor, improved protection against land mines, and firepower improvements via the CROWS remote-controlled weapon station.
Small business qualifier Gulf Sand and Gravel Inc. in Gulf Shores, AL received a delivery order amount of $6.1 million as part of a $10 million firm-fixed-price contract for restoration of shoreline and beach in Harrison, MS. Work is expected to be completed by Aug 28/08. There were 205 bids solicited on July 13/07, and 5 bids were received by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Mobile, AL (W91278-07-D-0108).
Back in March 2005, DID noted that the US Army had narrowed the field for its $20 billion ITES-2 IT contract to 17 potential prime contractors. At the time, we also noted the Army’s plan to issue the formal RFP in May 2005. Later, in April 2005, DID covered Kevin Carroll, “the $36 billion man” who leads the office in charge of ITES and ITES-2 as the Army pursued its vision of a major long-term contract vehicle for a wide range of information technology and computing services.
In September 2005, the U.S. Army released its RFP for its $20 billion Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-2 Services program via the Army Small Computer Program, the Army Contracting Agency, and the Information Technology, E-Commerce, and Commercial Contracting Center. After that, things didn’t go as well. A major kerfuffle and 2 rounds of GAO protests followed the award, which led to a revised list of winners in November 2006.
MW Builders of Texas Inc. in Temple, TX received a $42.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of a whole barracks complex at Fort Hood, TX. Work is expected to be completed by July 31/09. There were 187 bids solicited on Dec. 4, 2006, and 3 bids were received. The U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-07-C-0032).
Despite losing some of its training role and personnel to Fort Carson in Colorado, Ft. Hood remains the center of the US Army’s heavy brigade combat team firepower.
The Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, CA has been issuing firm-fixed-price contracts for Sacramento River levee repairs. Sacramento is California’s state capital, and Governor Schwarzenegger must be relieved to hear the news; note his February 2006 release promising that the levees would be fixed before the flood season – which begins around November. His presence has turned Sacramento into California’s 3rd-biggest tourist destination; no point in spoiling it all now.
After a near-biblical rainfall in 2005-06, California’s 2006-07 winter rainy season turned out to be a bust, with rainfall in some places under half of annual averages. Work continues, however; death and taxes may be inevitable, but nobody can predict long-term weather.
So what, exactly, is going on? And who will be pumping… the levees up?
The John Deere Construction and Forrestry Corp. won a $40 million firm-fixed-price delivery order #0004 under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5010) for the Tractor, Rubber Tired, Articulated Steering, Multipurpose Vehicles (TRAM) and training services. The TRAM is a modified Deere 624J wheel loader, sized to operate as four-in-one, multi-purpose bucket loader with a minimum capacity of 2.5 cubic yards, or as a forklift with 72-inch forks and a minimum lift of 10,000 pounds at 48-inch load center. It has a number of modifications including additional armored protection on the cab, and is used for combat engineering – an under-appreciated but vital discipline in the current security environment.
Aug 22/07: A $6.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for internal security services for forward operating bases in Iraq. Work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2008. There were 3 bids solicited on July 29, 2007, and 3 bids were received. , is the contracting activity (W91GDW-07-A-4003).
Aug 13/07: A $5.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for internal security services in Iraq. The contract will be complete by Aug. 1, 2008, and was initiated on July 25, 2007 by The Joint Contracting Command in Baghdad, Iraq (W91GDW-07-A-4003).
Small business qualifier Chugach Government Services Inc. in Anchorage, AK received a $9 million firm-fixed-price contract for operation and maintenance of a water and wastewater treatment plant. Work at Fort Meade, MD, which is expected to be completed by Sept. 14, 2012. This was a sole source contract initiated on June 18, 2007. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity (W912DR-07-C-0028).