The Space and Naval Warfare System Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego, CA awarded 5 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts to provide US Department of Defense command and control (C2) software development, as well as modification and enhancement of existing C2 systems.
The contractors will provide the following services under the contracts: software design, development, and modification; software integration at the unit- and system-level; related test and evaluation support; software systems engineering support; and support functions including integrated logistics support, configuration and program management support.
The US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) awarded $92.5 million in contracts to support net-centric operations, information management, and decision support operations of the US military services. The contracts focus on the command and control (C2) interfaces between the services and civil agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
The contractors will provide C2 technologies and capabilities in the areas of research, systems engineering, architecture, design, development, integration, test, experimentation and implementation.
The 5 contractors, who will compete for task orders, and their contract values are:
The US Navy’s Program Executive Office, Ships (PEO Ships) manages the design and construction of 11 major ship classes and a range of small boats and craft. Since its creation in November 2002, PEO Ships has delivered 35 major warships and hundreds of small boats and craft from more than 20 US shipyards and boat builders.
URS Corp. in San Francisco, CA received a task order from the US Air Force Materiel Command to provide aircraft maintenance support to the 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group at Robins Air Force Base (AFB) in Georgia.
India’s artillery replacement programs may be stuck, but Pakistan has had more success. On Dec 16/05, The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced [PDF] Pakistan’s official request to buy 115 used M109A5 155mm self-propelled howitzers as well as spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, Quality Assurance Team, and other support. The total value, if all options are exercised, was stated as $56 million.
On Feb 13/10, the US Embassy in Islamabad announced delivery of the last 48 upgraded M109A5s, to the Malir Cantonment in Karachi. This completed the 115 vehicle order. As the release noted: “The FMS/FMF case was initiated by Pakistan in 2006 and enabled the Government of Pakistan to obtain the cannons from the United States at a greatly discounted rate.”
That is true because the equipment was already in storage, and considered to be surplus. No contractor was involved, just a Technical Assistance Field Team (TAFT) and U.S. Government Quality Assurance Team for 1 year to check out the equipment, followed by 2-week TAFT intervals twice annually, to participate in program management and technical reviews. Pakistan already operated earlier model M109A2 self-propelled howitzers. They used this buy to re-equip existing units, and retire older artillery pieces.
Flight International reports that Bangladeshi planning minister A.K. Khandker has informed Parliament that the government intends to buy “a squadron” of fighters and 2 maritime patrol aircraft, as part of its 2010 procurement plans. This would be a significant commitment for Bangladesh, whose 2008-2009 defense budget came in at around $1 billion.
Types of aircraft sought were not specified, but dedicated maritime patrol aircraft of any kind would add a new level of capability to the force. The air force’s active fighter roster currently includes Russian MiG-29s (16), and Chinese aircraft: F-7 variants of the MiG-21 (40, but declining), and A-5 attack aircraft (18).
Bangladesh’s most significant neighbor is India, which encompasses the country’s entire border. Relations had become strained over the number of Naxalite Marxist and Islamist groups using Bangladesh as a waypoint and/or base, but a recent diplomatic thaw and set of agreements have improved the relationship.