Djibouti is an important base for western navies, the French Foreign Legion, and the US Marines. It sits in a very strategic location, at the entrance to the Red Sea and astride the passage from the Indian Ocean to the Suez Canal. Growing pirate troubles to the southeast, around the area that used to be Somalia, have magnified Djibouti’s importance.
The URS-IAP, LLC joint venture in Austin, TX recently received $11.3 million for a cost reimbursement task order under a billion-dollar multiple-award construction contract (N62470-06-D-6009, #0012) issued in August 2006 by the US Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic in Norfolk, VA. The joint venture between IAP Worldwide Services and San Francisco based engineering design firm URS Corp. will design and build a 2,150 square meter aircraft maintenance hangar and a 340 square meter telecommunications facility at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, by November 2010. All 3 awardees under this multiple-award contract bid for this task order.
Oshkosh Corp. in Oshkosh, WI supplies the US Marine Corps’ and /Navy Seebee construction battalions with MTVR medium trucks. The vehicles come in several types, but all are distinguished by having very good off-road capabilities for trucks, with 7.1 ton payload capacity off-road and an on-road payload capacity of up to 15 tons. In order to fit into cargo aircraft like the C-130, the trucks can fold down part of the cab, reducing the vehicle’s height.
The picture above shows an MTVR in that stowed configuration.
April 10/09: Oshkosh received a $10.6 million fixed-price delivery order under an existing indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract (M67854-04-D-5016, #0071) for 442 reducible-height armor kits on MTVR cargo, dump and tractor-trailer variants, and armor kits on MTVR wrecker variants at Jacksonville, FL. Israeli firm Plasan Sasa has been Oshkosh’s partner in this area since 2005.
Work will be performed in Jacksonville, FL, and is expected to be complete by May 31/10. The Marine Corps System Command in Quantico, VA manages this contract. See also Oshkosh release.