On Dec 18/09, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced [pdf] Egypt’s request to buy parts and services from GE Aircraft Engines, in order to upgrade its most modern F-16s. Egypt wants to upgrade 156 of the F-110-GE-100 engines that power its F-16 C/D Block 40+ fighters through the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). Egypt will also buy transportation services, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, and U.S. Government and contractor technical support, in a complete package that could be worth $750 million.
The Egyptian Air Force is the 4th largest F-16 operator in the world. The EAF’s first 82 F-16s were F-16 A/B Block 15s and F-16 C/D Block 32s; all used the Pratt & Whitney F100 engine…
Harris Corp.’s RF Communications Division in Rochester, NY received a ceiling increase of $311.4 million on an existing firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (M67854-05-D-7015) for purchases of High Frequency Manpack Radios (HFMRs) and support systems.
According to an Oct 16/09 FedBizOpps special notice, the US Marine Corps Systems Command is purchasing 6,100 AN/VRC-104 radio systems for use in the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV). The AN/VRC-104 system [pdf] includes the AN/PRC 150 HFMRs and vehicle installation kits…
VSE Corp. received a 2nd task order under the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS) Omnibus III Contract (W56HZV-09-A-A906) to manage and operate the US Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM)/Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPAC) program [pdf].
The total contract value over the base period and 2 option years is $19.2 million, with the base period valued at $5.37 million.
The PEO CS&CSS Omnibus III contract vehicle, which provides logistics, programmatic, and technical services to the PEO CS&CSS, consists of 8 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contracts with a 5-year period of performance, including options.
Advances made in American mine detection technologies during the mid 2000s included the AQS-20A mine detecting sonar array and airborne laser systems mounted to MH-60S helicopters. All of this is in the service of the USA’s new naval emphasis on littoral warfare and accompanying doctrinal changes. So, what’s the AN/AQS-20? And how is it also related to a new US ship class, not to mention a new undersea robot?