P-3Cs on the flightline at Naval Air Station Sigonella
Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, MD won a $14.6 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide air terminal ground handling services at US Naval Support Activity Naples and US Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy.
The contract contains a 7-month base period and 5 one-year options, which, if exercised, bring the total value of the contract to $124.9 million.
Naval Support Activity Naples and the Naval Air Station Sigonella both support the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet.
The mission of the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) is to support US forces by delivering supplies and conducting specialized missions across the world’s oceans.
The command operates approximately 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed US forces and coalition partners.
To keep those ships sailing, the MSC awards contracts for ship overhaul and maintenance on a regular basis. The command recently awarded 2 contracts, worth up to a combined $18.7 million, to overhaul hospital ship USNS Mercy and oil supply ship USNS Guadalupe…
Sikorsky Aircraft, a Stratford, CT-based unit of United Technologies, received a $168.7 million firm-fixed-price contract for H-60 supplies and technical, engineering and logistical support services for a period of 12 months.
The contract is in support of overhaul, repair, and recapitalization of H-60 Black Hawk helicopters at Corpus Christi Army Depot.
First deployed in 1978, the Black Hawk is the Army’s front-line utility helicopter used for air assault, air cavalry, and aeromedical evacuation units.
Sperry Marine, a Charlottesville, VA-based unit of Northrop Grumman, received a $20.9 million firm-fixed-price contract (N00024-09-C-5304) to supply AN/BPS-16(v)5 navigation radar systems for 8 US Navy Virginia-class Block III nuclear attack submarines.
The AN/BPS-16(v)5 is an X-band submarine navigation radar and electronic navigation system that provides navigation surface surveillance. The radar includes a naval electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS-N) which runs on Sperry Marine’s voyage management system (VMS) software.
The Virginia-class Block III submarines are being built by General Dynamics Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
As part of the transfer of the US Army Armor School from Fort Knox in Kentucky to Fort Benning in Georgia, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded another contract to build vehicle maintenance instruction facilities.
USACE awarded a $15.8 million firm-fixed-price task order to Whiting-Turner Contracting in Baltimore, MD for the design and construction of a vehicle maintenance instruction facility (VMIF) at Fort Benning. The order was issued under a $500 million multiple award task order contract (W912HN-07-D-0055) awarded [pdf] to Whiting-Turning for military construction work in Georgia.
In August 2009, Carothers Construction in Oxford, MS received a $32.5 million contract to build a VMIF at the fort.
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA received 2 contract modifications worth a combined $243 million to provide engineering support and repair services for the Trident II D5 guidance system.
The Trident II D-5, the sixth generation member of the US Navy’s fleet ballistic missile program, is a 3-stage, solid propellant ballistic missile with a range of more than 4,000 nautical miles.
Deployed aboard Ohio Class SSBNs and British Vanguard Class SSBNs, the Trident II uses the Mk6 LE inertial guidance system for navigation.
Just as the dog’s keen sense of smell makes it well suited to detect land mines, so the US Navy has found that the biological sonar of dolphins, called echolocation, makes them effective at locating and marking sea mines.
To take advantage of these skills, the Navy Marine Mammal Program studies, trains, and deploys dolphins, as well as sea lions, to carry out various underwater tasks for the Navy.
As part of the program, the Fleet’s Marine Mammal Systems (MMS) use dolphins and sea lions to find and mark the location of underwater objects…
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, NY received a firm-fixed-price contract, worth up to $32.3 million, to retrofit 52 Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle Command and Control (LAV-C2) vehicles with improved C2 capabilities.
The contract includes an initial order for the retrofit of 30 vehicles for $19.8 million, with the option of retrofitting 22 additional vehicles for $12.4 million.
This is a follow-on to a 2006 contract awarded to Lockheed Martin for LAV-C2 prototypes…