Sikorsky Tapped For Army MY IX Program | Saab To Provide Support For Arthur Weapon System | HMS Chiddingfold Prepares To Deploy To Gulf
Sikorsky won a $525.4 million contract modification to exercise an option for the Army MY IX Program Year 4, Lot 44, requirement of 38 UH-60M Army aircraft, and to exercise an option for two UH-60M FMS green aircraft. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. The UH-60M Black Hawk is a medium-lift, rotary-wing helicopter. It has multi-mission capabilities and features a new airframe, advanced digital avionics and a powerful propulsion system. It can be used to perform tactical transport, utility, combat search-and-rescue, airborne assault, command-and-control, medical evacuation, aerial sustainment, search-and-rescue, disaster relief and fire-fighting. It offers improved situational awareness and greater survivability. Work will take place in Stratford, Connecticut. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2022.
Bell Boeing Joint Project Office won a $9.5 million modification, which provides additional funding to support non-recurring engineering for supportability analysis, interactive electronic technical manual and technical directive requirements necessary for the V-22 Nacelle (combat aircraft) Improvements Phase One Program. The deal supports Navy, Air Force and the government of Japan. The V-22 is a joint service, multi-mission aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability. It performs VTOL missions as effectively as a conventional helicopter while also having the long-range cruise abilities of a twin turboprop aircraft. The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft with a 38-foot rotor system and engine/transmission nacelle mounted on each wing tip. Work will take place in Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida. Estimated completion will be by May 2021.
Middle East & Africa
Dyncorp International won a $46.9 million modification for aviation maintenance services. Army funds in the full amount were obligated at the time of the award. The US Army Contracting Command ist the contracting activity. Work will take place in Iraq and Afghanistan. Estimated completion date is July 15, 2020.
Swedish company Saab announced that it received an order from the UK’s ministry of defense for mid-life extension and support for the Arthur weapon locating system. The deal is valued at $50.8 million. Arthur protects forces and civilians by providing warning of incoming fire and is also used for tasks including counterbattery missions and fire control. The mid-life extension will represent a major program of obsolescence management by the insertion of modern technology, ensuring that this critical operational counter-fire capability can be sustained on a cost-effective basis through to its extended out-of-service date.
HMS Chiddingfold is undergoing a final phase of maintenance as she prepares to deploy to the Gulf. According to the Royal Navy, the minehunter has entered the dry dock in Portsmouth Naval Base and there, work will take place to ensure she is ready for three years of operations forward deployed in the Gulf. HMS Chiddingfold will relieve her sister ship HMS Ledbury to become one of four mine countermeasure ships – it is the first time she has returned to the Gulf since 2017 say the Royal Navy. When she sails, MCM2 Crew 1 will move onto HMS Cattistock where they will conduct operational sea training before deploying.
BAE Systems won a $12.7 million modification, which exercises an option to procure four OE-120B antenna groups, three retrofit kits and three delta installation and checkout kits for the Navy in support of the Air Traffic Control and Landing program office. Additionally, this modification provides for the procurement of two OE-120B antenna groups for the government of Japan. Work will take place in Nashua, New Hampshire and estimated completion will be in May 2023.
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