In July 2008, the Pentagon announced that Boeing’s Huntington Beach, CA facility would work on a “High Integrity GPS (Global Positioning System) Technology Concept demonstration,” under a $150+ million contract that runs until January 2011.
The European Space Agency has a similar program called EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), which is the ESA’s interim step until its competing Galileo GPS constellation can be built and deployed. EGNOS uses 3 satellites in geostationary orbit, correlating their information with GPS to improve civilian positioning accuracy from 15 meters to 2 meters. In contrast, the USA’s Office of Naval Research contract aims to leverage an existing commercial constellation: the low-bandwidth Iridium constellation of satellites. If their R&D project succeeds, it will create a GPS service that provides quicker positioning fixes, offers improved accuracy for military M-code users, and is more resistant to jamming and other forms of damage.
What is Iridium? Why is this such an important contract? How does a global satellite phone service end up improving the Global Positioning System? Could this program have important commercial spin-offs? DID offers answers, below…
The Rise and Folly of Iridium
HI-GPS: A Starring Role in A Different Global Vision?
HI-GPS: Theory and Practice
Contracts and Key Events [NEW]
Additional Readings covering Iridium, GPS, and related developments [updated]
Agility Defense & Government Services won 3 vehicle-storage contracts awarded by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM). Each award has a 1-year base and 4 one-year options. They are worth a combined $128 million over 5 years. The vehicles being stored are privately owned and belong to U.S. Army active military service members, including Army National Guard and Army Reserve, who are deployed overseas.
DID has more on the individual contracts and subcontractors…
Fiat subsidiary Iveco Defence Vehicles recently announced a contract with the Slovak Army for 10 Light Multirole Vehicles to be delivered by the end of 2009. They join a larger trend of blast-resistant vehicle orders that are connected with international deployments; Slovakia is a NATO country, and in June 2008 it agreed to increase its troop commitment in Afghanistan.
Iveco’s LMV is known by many names, including MLV, CLV, Lynx, Lince, and Panther. Under any name, this vehicle is quickly becoming a standard among NATO countries in the blast-resistant vehicle segment. The vehicle has survived IED land-mines, suicide car bombs, and even a possible RPG attack in Afghanistan. Back in March 2006, “Norway Rush-Orders Mine-Resistant Iveco MLVs” discussed the vehicles protective features, which accompany a mobility level that might have made it a legitimate candidate for the recent American M-ATV competition – if Iveco had participated.
Iveco reports in an emailed document that its vehicle has received a total of 2,498 orders so far from Italy (1,286) and from Austria (150), Belgium (440), Britain (401), Croatia (10), The Czech Republic (21), Norway (60), Spain (120), and now the Slovak Republic (10).
Weapons Testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground (click to view larger)
The U.S. Army awarded a $5.97 million performance-based task order to CH2M Hill in Englewood, CO for environmental remediation services at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, in support of the U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC).
The Aberdeen Proving Ground award is a 5-year task order that includes performing remedial investigations at 12 Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) sites. The task order was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Multiple Award Military Munitions Services (MAMMS) contract (W912DR-08-R-0002) administered by the Baltimore District.
DID has more on MMRP and the Army’s performance-based acquisition approach…