The US Navy is looking to improve protection of Navy and Marine Corps tilt-rotor aircraft and helicopters from missiles and rocket-propelled grenades through development of the Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS). The JATAS will provide an infrared-based missile and laser warning and hostile fire indication defensive suite.
In particular, the JATAS will provide advanced missile warning capability; aircrew warning of laser-based weapon systems such as range finders, illuminators, and beam riders; and a hostile fire indication for small arms, rockets, and other threats. It will be initially tested on the MV-22B Osprey, but will eventually be available for all Navy and Marine Corps rotary-wing aircraft.
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) recently awarded 2 contracts worth a combined $65.3 million for the JATAS technology demonstration phase…
In June 2009, the US Air Force is replaced Boeing’s existing fleet support contract for the USA’s B-52 heavy bomber fleet, with a 10-year, $750 million firm-fixed-price Engineering Sustainment Program (ESP) contract. All of the USAF’s 94 remaining B-52Hs were built at and delivered from Boeing’s Wichita, KS facility, and the ESP contract will support about 150 Boeing jobs.
Under the ESP contract, Boeing employees in Wichita, KS; Oklahoma City, OK; and at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, LA will maintain the fleet’s readiness, handle and maintain the aircrafts’ engineering data, conduct related analyses and tests, investigate deficiencies or field issues, provide in-flight emergency response support, and perform required hardware and software modernization and upgrade work. Unfortunately, key upgrades like fleet replacing the ancient JT3D/TF33 turbofans to improve fuel consumption, maintenance, and efficiency have failed to materialize over the years. Nevertheless…
The US Air Force awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a 5-year $60 million contract to provide network management and mission operations support to the 480th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Wing.
General Dynamics will support the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS) and 2 network operations centers in Virginia and California.
Shamrock Foods in Commerce City, CO received a maximum $9.5 million firm fixed price, indefinite-quantity contract modification for full-line food distribution services to US military facilities in Colorado and Wyoming.
The original contract (SPM300-08-D-3219), awarded Jan 19/07, has a base year and 4 one-year options, with a potential value of $31 million. This modification is the 3rd-year option period.
The facilities being served by Shamrock under this contract include the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. The institution houses more than 4,000 cadets, as well as faculty and staff. Other facilities being served by Shamrock include: