June 11/09: Agility Logistics subsidiary Taos Industries Inc. in Huntsville, AL won a $30.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for 33,400,938 rounds of “various non standard ammunition” for the Republic of Iraq. Work is to be performed in Huntsville, AL until Oct 29/10. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web, with 3 bids received by the Rock Island Contracting Center in Rock Island, IL (W52P1J-09-C-0026). See also firm release.
Taos has also been contracted by Rock Island to supply “non-standard” ammunition to Afghan Army forces, in the wake of the AEY scandal. In these cases, “non-standard” means non-NATO standard. The Soviet caliber 7.62×39 ammunition used in AK-47 type assault rifles would qualify; Iraq is phasing them out in favor of the American 5.56mm M4 carbine, but Iraqi forces operates some. Likewise, the 7.62x54mm ammunition used in Iraq’s Dragunov sniper rifles and PKM light machine guns is a non-NATO caliber, and hence “non standard.” In Afghanistan, Taos is also supplying 12.7 x 108 mm ammunition for Soviet heavy machine guns, and 70.5mm PG-7VM rocket propelled grenades.
June 10/09: Raytheon Co. of McKinney, TX received a firm-foxed-price, not-to-exceed $87.3 million contract to buy 35 “MTS-A” AN/AAS-52 surveillance and targeting turrets for use on MQ-1 Predator UAVs. This contract also buys 25 of the more advanced pre-production “MTS-B” AN/DAS-1 units for the larger MQ-9 Reaper hunter/killer UAV. Other items will include a retrofit gyro, a retrofit imager, and associated replaceable unit spares and containers for these multi-spectral targeting systems. At this time, $14.1 million has been committed. The 703rd ASG at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH manages this contract (FA8620-06-G-4041).
DID has covered similar contracts in September 2007 and February 2007. The biggest change over time appears to be the growing balance between MTS-A and MTS-B orders.
The University of California, Los Angeles, received a $7.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide family support services for U.S. military personnel being deployed overseas. The services include group level briefings for pre- and post-deployment military and family, individual consultations, skill-building sessions for families, and multi-session family interventions. The services also include consultation to military staff, schools, family, and community on parenting and combating stress, traumatic grief, and other deployment-related stresses.
The contract awarded by the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) is part of the FOCUS Project (Families OverComing Under Stress), which is a resiliency-building program designed for military families and children facing the challenges of combat operational stress during wartime. DID has more on the FOCUS program…
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) exercised its 3rd option period on a contract with Agility Defense & Government Services (DGS) for the supply and distribution of food and non-food products to U.S. forces in Iraq. The maximum value of the 18-month extension is $1.4 billion.
The contract extension requires Agility DGS to handle procurement, shipping, warehousing and distribution of food and non-food products for all branches of the U.S. military. Agility DGS originally won the $4.6 billion Subsistence Prime Vendor contract (SPM300-05-D-3128) in December 2005. The extension covers the 3rd and final option year.
DID has more on the Subsistence Prime Vendor Program…
ITT Corp in Fort Wayne, IN won a $363.1 million 24-month-base-firm-fixed-price contract for the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), system enhancements and logistics support. ITT will provide 58,000 RT-1523 SINCGARS radios [PDF], 34,800 vehicle adapter assemblies/Internet routers and 34,800 radio frequency amplifiers to the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command.
SINCGARS is the U.S. Army’s current core tactical radio technology, deployed in over 130 military platforms, such as Humvees (HMMWV), Bradley fighting vehicles, and transport trucks…
The Canadian Communication Security Establishment (CSEC) plays the same role in Canada that the ultra-secretive NSA (National Security Agency) does in the USA, and cooperates closely with its American counterpart. Unlike counterparts like the Canadian CSIS, or American CIA, both agencies stay firmly out of the public spotlight. They specialize in the tripartite domains of electronic eavesdropping, robust encoding, and cyber-security. The ECHELON interception system, which also features cooperation from the UK and Australia, is the allied agencies’ best-known cooperative venture.
The problem is that the agency’s activities are growing, and its buildings can’t hold them all. Since one can’t just rent random office space for an agency of this type, that means new buildings. One emergency contract is already underway. A second, much larger contract, is readying itself for a public-private partnership deal as the government seeks interested firms.
ATK subsidiary Federal Cartridge Co. in Anoka, MN received a $49.9 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for .300 Winchester magnum ammunition. Maximum quantity is 80,100 boxes of 480 rounds each, minimum is 117 boxes. This ammunition will be used by U.S. forces engaged in combat, and by the US Navy in Match Team competition.
300 Winchester offers longer range, better accuracy, and more hitting power than standard NATO 7.62 x 51 mm rounds. The MK248 MOD 1 cartridge grew out of the .300 Winchester Magnum Product Improvement Program…
The Osborne Co. Inc. in Eden, NC won a $9.4 million firm-fixed-price contract (W912HN-09-D-0015) that includes the design site preparation and construction of a training support center and a covered storage shed for an indoor firing range at Fort Bragg, NC. Supporting facilities include utilities, electrical service, exterior and security lighting, fire protection and alarm systems, security fencing and gates, water, gas, sewer, oil water separates, storm drainage and site improvements. Antiterrorism/force protection measures will also be included in the facility design.
Fort Bragg is known as the “home of the airborne”…
EDAW in San Diego, CA won a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity architect/ engineering contract, worth up to $20 million, for preparation of Navy and Marine Corps environmental planning documentation for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest area of responsibility (AOR). EDAW will provide National Environmental Policy Act documents such as categorical exclusions, environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, as well as other environmental studies and documents.
EDAW will perform the work at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government facilities within the NAVFAC Southwest AOR, including California (80%); Arizona (5%); Nevada (5%); Colorado (1%); New Mexico (1%); Utah, (1%); Alaska (1%); Hawaii (1%), and remainder of the United States (5%). The contract is expected to be completed by June 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $5,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with 7 proposals received by the NAVFAC (N62473-09-D-2602).
BAE Systems Specialty Group in Jessup, PA recently won a maximum $114 million firm-fixed price US Army contract for modular lightweight load-carrying equipment (MOLLE). Work will be performed in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Kentucky, Tennesse, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico. This contract is for the first term option period, with 1 more 1-year option period remaining. The original proposal was Web solicited with 6 responses, and this option will expire on May 2/10. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) in Philadelphia, PA manages this contract (SPM1C1-08-D-1080).
Modular Light-weight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) is a modular quick-release backpack with compartments and components that can easily be clipped on or removed, plus a fighting load vest that can accept removable pockets for the Rifleman, Pistol, Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) Gunner, and Grenadier configurations. Its modularity allows individuals to tailor their load and configuration to meet mission needs. MOLLE has been modified over the years in response to Army feedback from the field, but the US Marines replaced it entirely with their own ILBE (Improved Load Bearing Equipment) packs, in the wake of negative after-action reviews.