May 26, 2008 20:58 UTC
Most European defense budgets are currently stable or declining, despite an atmosphere of stepped up operations abroad. Unsurprisingly, many European defense firms are embarking on a globalization strategy in an effort to broaden their markets.
EADS’ light helicopter and aerial refueling wins recently allowed it to begin to match the transatlantic foothold of Britain’s BAE Systems. Now Italian defense conglomerate Finmeccanica has joined the mix, with a pair of deals: a $5.2 billion acquisition of DRS that shows some upside from the Euro’s problematic strength, and an agreement that deepens cooperation and joint marketing with Boeing in the aviation field.
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May 26, 2008 17:36 UTC
The US Air Force Association recently released a video entitled “Threats to Air Supremacy,” which offers a very basic look at emerging land and air-based threats to America’s “teen series” fighters in particular. Given the importance of air supremacy to American military doctrine, this is an issue that can be expected to become more prominent in coming years. As such, we present a Flash-based version below, without commentary, as a service to our readers.
The video can also be viewed using Windows Media Player: [High-res | Low-res]
May 26, 2008 16:19 UTC
DynCorp International LLC in Falls Church, VA received a $13.1 million firm-fixed price contract to design and build a border police headquarters in Bermel, Afghanistan. Work is expected to be complete by May 14/09. Five bids were solicited on April 18/08, and 1 bid was received by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Afghanistan (W917PM-07-D-0014).
Bermel sits just inside Afghan territory in Pakitika Province on the Pakistani border, directly south of Kabul. Because it is so close to Al-Qaeda’s territories in Pakistan, and offers a short route to Kabul, it has been a frequent locus of fighting for American and Afghan National Army troops.
May 26, 2008 15:32 UTC
The AETC CONS/LGCK at Randolph Air Force Base, TX has awarded a set of indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts for the $4 billion Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization (SR&M) Task Order Contract (SATOC) program. SATOC will provide maintenance, restoration, and modernization type construction activity worldwide for the US government and military.
This is a multiple-award contract, where the winning vendors will then compete on task orders under the umbrella contract; $4 billion is the maximum total of all task orders over the 10 year life of the program. At this time $2,500 per awardee has been obligated. Winners were announced in January 2008, and again in May 2008 with a revised list. They include:
- AMEC Earth and Environmental, Inc. of Plymouth Meeting, PA
- Barlovento, LLC of Dothan, AL
- CDM Constructors Inc. of Cambridge MA
- CH2M-Hill Facilities and Infrastructure, Inc. of Englewood, CA
- Charter Environmental of Wilmington, MA
- DWG and Associates of Bluffdale, UT
- Earthtech Inc. of Long Beach, CA
- ECC of Burlington, VA
- Innovative Technical Solutions Inc. of Walnut Creek, VA
- J2 Engineering of Tampa, FL
- Jacobs Government Services CO., of Pasadena, CA
- Johnson Controls Federal Systems/Versar, LLC of Springfield, VA [May]
- MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. of Alpharetta, GA [May]
- North Wind of Idaho Falls, ID
- Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, Inc., of Pasadena, CA
- Perini Corp of Farmington, MA
- SEI Group, Inc. of Huntsville, AL
- Toltest of Maumee, OH
- Weston Solutions, Inc. of San Antonio, TX [May]
May 26, 2008 14:08 UTC
May 22/08: Raytheon received an indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for $29.4 million as part of the Digital Airport Surveillance System, a joint Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration activity to replace existing radar facilities at military and civilian airfields worldwide. The current analog air traffic radar systems were first fielded nearly 30 years ago and are nearly at the end of their life cycle, “leading to sporadic loss of airport surveillance radar coverage.”
The contract being awarded is for approximately 116 fully operational “turn-key” ASR-11 radar systems. These systems offer Primary Surveillance Radar (PSR) coverage to 60 miles, and Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) coverage to 120 miles, an meet all current FAA, DoD, ICAO, and Eurocontrol surveillance requirements. The system is designed for unattended operation using redundant subsystems with built-in test equipment, and can be fully controlled and monitored from multiple locations.
This contract includes site activation activities, including engineering and technical support services, site surveys, site preparation and the dismantling of existing radars, as well as all activities related to the production, transportation and installation and check-out of the new radar systems’ plus spare parts and technical assistance. SRI International has also been involved in this program. At this time, $22 million has been committed by Hanscom AFB, MA (FA8730-08-D-0001).