CH2M Hill-Kleinfelder of San Diego, CA, won a maximum $100 million cost-plus-award-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity architect/engineering contract for long-term environmental regulation compliance in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s (NAVFAC) Southwest area of responsibility (AOR). This AOR includes California (80%), Arizona (5%), Nevada (5%), Colorado (4%), New Mexico (2%), Utah (2%), and other federal and Department of Defense installations nationwide (2%). NAVFAC manages the planning, design and construction of shore facilities for U.S. Navy activities around the world.
Under the contract, CH2M Hill-Kleinfelder will provide studies, evaluations, consultation, conceptual design, value engineering, risk assessments, pilot or treatability projects, operation monitoring and optimization of environmental treatment or control systems. These services will enable the Navy and the Marine Corps to comply with Department of Defense, federal, state, local, and installation specific environment laws, regulations, and guidance.
The firm expects to complete the work by May 2014. The first task order of $1.9 million has been awarded and is due to be complete by May 2010. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities and Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 4 proposals received by NAVFAC Southwest, based in San Diego, CA (N62473-09-D-2622).
Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Missile and Fires Control (LMMFC) division received a $11.9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the acquisition of 26 increased crew protection cabs for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), 19 for the Army and 7 for the Marine Corp. The cabs are provided as kits for installation on HIMARS M142 launchers.
The HIMARS is the newest member of the Multiple Launch Rocket System family. It is a highly mobile artillery rocket system that offers MLRS firepower on an FMTV truck, making it an ideal system for medium-weight brigades. The M142 HIMARS launcher weighs approximately 15 tons, compared to 27 tons for the tracked M270; but it carries only 1 reloadable rocket pod, rather than 2.
LMMFC will perform the work at its facilities in Grand Prairie, TX (20%); Sealy, TX (53%); Rock Center, WV (14%); and White Sands Missile Range, NM (13%); with an estimated completion date of Sept 30/09. Only one bid was solicited by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Army Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, AL (W31P4Q-06-C-0140).
Atlas Elektronik’s UK ubsidiary has reached an agreement to buy QinetiQ (pron. “kinetic”) Group plc’s underwater systems business based in Winfrith, Dorset, for a cash consideration of GBP 23.5m (EUR 26.5/ $40.2 million equivalent). That business has about 220 employees, and operates in the areas of hydro-acoustics, sonar, open architecture sonar and combat management systems, acoustic counter measures, submarine signatures, maritime security and control of unmanned maritime vehicles. Anthem Corporate Finance acted as Atlas’ sole financial adviser.
The parent firm Atlas Elektronik GmbH is now jointly owned by ThyssenKrupp and EADS. QinetiQ is a privatized government defense research organization, and regulatory approval is a normal requirement in these cases. In this case, it may be accompanied by debates about national industrial capabilities, per Britain’s still in draft Defence Industrial Strategy. The firms in question say that approvals are expected to finish in summer 2009.