Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To Rolls Royce Corp., For Integrated logistics Support Services For KC-130J Aircraft Propulsion Systems

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To Rolls Royce Corp.,  For Integrated logistics Support Services For KC-130J Aircraft Propulsion Systems 
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD CR-054-15 Dated March 24, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 25, 2015: Rolls Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $59,513,856 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for integrated logistics support services for KC-130J aircraft propulsion systems (installed and spares), including supplies. 

Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana (41 percent); Winnipeg, Canada (21 percent); Oakland, California (16 percent); Sterling, Virginia (14 percent); Al Mubarak, Kuwait (2.1 percent); Iwakuni, Japan (2 percent); Cherry Point, North Carolina (1.3 percent); Miramar, California (1.3 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (1.3 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2016. 

Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy and Navy Reserve) and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $21,216,339 will be obligated at time of award, $16,252,549 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the FAR 6.302-1. This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($54,981,135; 92.38 percent) and the government of Kuwait ($4,532,721; 7.62 percent). 


The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-0009).

KC-130J
The KC-130J is the global leader in aerial refueling for both tactical aircraft and helicopters, and it is also capable of conducting rapid ground refueling. The KC-130J is assigned to U.S. Marine Corps units and has more than 20,000 hours of flight in Iraq. It is battle-tested and it delivers capabilities that keep the fleet flying high. 


The KC-130J aerial refueling (AR) tanker is the latest in a long lineage of combat proven C-130 Hercules tanker technology. The new KC-130J builds on proven tanker designs while taking full advantage of tremendous technological and performance improvements inherent in the basic C-130J aircraft

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DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada, For Logistics Services in Support of The AC-130W and AC-130J

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada, For Logistics Services in Support of The AC-130W and AC-130J 
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD CR-054-15 Dated March 24, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 25, 2015: Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada, has been awarded a $15,117,867 modification to exercise and option (P00006) to previously awarded contract FA8509-14-C-0001. The modification provides for contractor logistics services in support of the AC-130W and AC-130J precision strike package.



Work will be performed at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico; Hurlburt Field, Florida; and various deployment locations, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2016. Fiscal year 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $15,117,867 are being obligated at the time of award. 

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity.

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DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To Beechcraft Defense Co., Wichita, Kansas, For One King Air 350 Modified Aircraft

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To Beechcraft Defense Co., Wichita, Kansas, For One King Air 350 Modified Aircraft 
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD CR-054-15 Dated March 24, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 25, 2015: Beechcraft Defense Co., Wichita, Kansas, has been awarded a $27,048,576 firm-fixed-price contract for purchase of one King Air 350 extended range aircraft modified with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability; one Scorpion ground station and one complete spare Scorpion ground station. 


Work will be performed at Wichita, Kansas, and San Diego, California, and is expected to be complete by March 23, 2017. 

This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. 


This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to Iraq. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-15-C-3016).

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated March 24, 2015

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated March 24, 2015
Source: K. V. Seth - DTN News + U.S. DoD issued No. CR-054-15 March 24, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 24, 2015U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued March 24, 2015 are undermentioned;

CONTRACTS
 
AIR FORCE
 
Raytheon Co., Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $528,797,459 fixed-price incentive firm contract modification (P00004) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0022. Contractor will provide Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) Lot 29 production and other AMRAAM system items. Work will be performed at Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 31, 2018. This contract involves foreign military sales. Fiscal year 2015 Air Force and Navy production funds in the amount of $294,661,588 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
 
Beechcraft Defense Co., Wichita, Kansas, has been awarded a $27,048,576 firm-fixed-price contract for purchase of one King Air 350 extended range aircraft modified with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability; one Scorpion ground station and one complete spare Scorpion ground station. Work will be performed at Wichita, Kansas, and San Diego, California, and is expected to be complete by March 23, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This contract is 100 percent foreign military sales to Iraq. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-15-C-3016).
 
Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada, has been awarded a $15,117,867 modification to exercise and option (P00006) to previously awarded contract FA8509-14-C-0001. The modification provides for contractor logistics services in support of the AC-130W and AC-130J precision strike package. Work will be performed at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico; Hurlburt Field, Florida; and various deployment locations, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2016. Fiscal year 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $15,117,867 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
 
TW Metals, Exton, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a maximum $120,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, prime-vendor contract for metals, metal products, and incidental services for the Northeast region. Estimated value cited is based on demand quantities for the life of the contract. This contract was a competitive acquisition and four offers were received. This is a five-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Pennsylvania with a March 23, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE8E5-15-D-0013).

NAVY
 
Rolls Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $59,513,856 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for integrated logistics support services for KC-130J aircraft propulsion systems (installed and spares), including supplies. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana (41 percent); Winnipeg, Canada (21 percent); Oakland, California (16 percent); Sterling, Virginia (14 percent); Al Mubarak, Kuwait (2.1 percent); Iwakuni, Japan (2 percent); Cherry Point, North Carolina (1.3 percent); Miramar, California (1.3 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (1.3 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy and Navy Reserve) and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $21,216,339 will be obligated at time of award, $16,252,549 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the FAR 6.302-1. This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($54,981,135; 92.38 percent) and the government of Kuwait ($4,532,721; 7.62 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-0009).
 
Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, is being awarded a $15,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N62583-11-D-0515) to exercise option period four for environmental services and technologies support at Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, California. The work to be performed provides for environmental services and technology support to satisfy overall operational objectives of the Navy and Marine Corps installations and to other federal organizations worldwide. Support services include technology implementation, technical consultation, research and development, testing and evaluation, administrative support, range cleanup, sustainability and management, site operation and maintenance, climate change initiatives, green and sustainable remediation practices development, leadership in environmental and energy design support, and training. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $75,000,000. No task orders are being issued at this time. Work will be performed at various installations worldwide; and work for this option is expected to be completed in March 2016. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued. The Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, California, is the contracting activity.

ARMY
 
General Dynamics C4 Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded a $49,107,571 modification (P00002) to contract W15P7T-15-C-0002 to support software, logistics documentation, and hardware for the manpack radio. Fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $23,006,909 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is March 31, 2016.Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Arizona. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
 
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Inc., St. Petersburg, Florida, was awarded a $32,359,523 modification (P00016) to contract W52P1J-12-C-0026 to procure 120mm M1002 new production cartridges and 120mm M865 recapitalization cartridges for 120mm tank training ammunition. Fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $32,359,523 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is March 31, 2017. Work will be performed St. Petersburg, Florida. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
 
Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC, Plymouth, Minnesota, was awarded a $29,184,589 modification (P00023) to contract W52P1J-12-C-0027 to procure 120mm M1002 new production cartridges and 120mm M865 recapitalization cartridges for 120mm tank training ammunition Fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $29,094,589 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Oct. 31, 2016. Work will be performed at Plymouth, Minnesota. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
 
AM General, South Bend, Indiana, was awarded a $9,458,080 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract with options for 60 power packs, part number 5717314, and 650 power packs, part number 5717268. Work will be performed in South Bend, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of March 24, 2017. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of the complete appropriation are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-15-D-0024).

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DTN News - AIR SHOW: Melbourne Air & Space Show Rocks Florida'

DTN News - AIR SHOW: Melbourne Air & Space Show Rocks Florida's Space Coast 
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources Spaceflight Insider
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 24, 2015 (MELBOURNE, Fla):  The skies above the Melbourne International Airport roared with the sounds of jet and propeller-driven aircraft this weekend. The show was held from March 21-22 and included the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the F-22 Raptor demonstration team, U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team – and an array of other government and civilian organizations.


From our perspective in the control tower, the show comes across as an exercise in logistics. In particular, we were able to witness first-hand the interaction between the air-traffic control tower, the “show boss” who controls the airspace during the rehearsals, and the show and the Blue Angels administrative officer they send to the tower. The coordination involved – is nothing short of amazing.


Melbourne Air and Space Show - Friday Dress Rehearsals F-16 Viper Demonstration Team photo credit Michael Seeley SpaceFlight Insider
An F-16 leaves its wake in the sky. Photo Credit: Michael Seeley / SpaceFlight Insider

Another aspect that was particularly notable is that the show’s producers value partnerships with schools and universities. The reason behind these efforts is to inspire youth to pursue education and fields that relate to Science Technology Engineering and Math, more commonly known as “STEM”. Brevard Schools sent students out to see the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels arrive, and the Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Aeronautics students and faculty were on hand at a “hangar party”.

SpaceFlight Insider was surprised to find how maneuverable the C-130 – called “Fat Albert” – that the Blue Angels utilizes is.


The U.S. Navy Blue Angel Demonstration Team in their F/A-18 Hornets fly in a tight formation during rehearsals caried out on March 19, 2015. Photo Credit: Michael Seeley / SpaceFlight Insider

Major Dusty Cook (USMC) is one of the aircraft’s pilots. He spoke about how his performance (steep climbs, tight turns and a fast landing with a very short stop) serves to demonstrate the capabilities of the C-130. Cook detailed that he has a special sense of responsibility toward the iconic aircraft and its vital role in allowing the Blue Angels to perform.


Fat Albert carries pallets of repair supplies and equipment to maintain the Blue Angels fleet, and 40-60 mechanical/maintenance staff. Cook noted that he and the team he works with strive to maintain the craft within operational specs.


“I’m leaving it for someone else to fly, so I feel a duty and obligation to turn it over in perfect condition,” Cook said.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Georgia, For One USAF HC-130J And Other Previous Awarded Contracts

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Georgia, For One USAF HC-130J And Other Previous Awarded Contracts
Source: DTN News + CR-053-15 Dated March 23, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 23, 2015: Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $72,721,898 modification (P00394) to previous awarded contract FA8625-11-C-6597 for fiscal year2013 congressional add aircraft procurement. 


Contractor will provide one HC-130J production aircraft under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2017. 

Fiscal year 2013 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $36,360,949 are being obligated at the time of award. 


Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-11-C-6597).

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DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated March 23, 2015

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated March 23, 2015
Source: K. V. Seth - DTN News + U.S. DoD issued No. CR-053-15 March 23, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 23, 2015U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued March 23, 2015 are undermentioned;

CONTRACTS
 
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
 
BAE Systems Controls Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been awarded a maximum $383,033,935 firm-fixed-price, requirements-type contract for support of multiple weapon systems platforms. Estimated value cited is based on demand quantities for the life of the contract. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a five-year base contract with one five-year option period. Location of performance is Indiana, with a March 19, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Defense Logistics Agency. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Richmond, Virginia (SPE4AX-15-D-9414).
 
John W. Stone Oil Distributor LLC,* Gretna, Louisiana, has been awarded a maximum $7,501,160 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for marine gas oil. This contract was a competitive acquisition, and five offers were received. This is a four-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Louisiana with an April 30, 2019, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Virginia (SP0600-15-D-0367).
 
NAVY
 
Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $109,583,490 cost-only contract for procurement of long lead material in support of fiscal 2015 Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) and Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) full rate production requirements and spares. Work will be performed in Camden, Arkansas (64.5 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (17.2 percent); San Jose, California (6.5 percent); Middletown, Connecticut (3.3 percent); Warrington, Pennsylvania (2.2 percent); San Diego, California (2.1 percent); San Carlos, California (1.1 percent); Joplin, Missouri (0.9 percent); Reisterstown, Maryland (0.8 percent); Milwaukie, Oregon (0.7 percent); Tucson, Arizona (0.4 percent); Tampa, Florida (0.2 percent); and Mesa, Arizona (0.1 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2018. Fiscal 2015 weapons procurement (Navy) and fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $18,980,806 will be obligated at time of award and funds in the amount of $3,556,495 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1), as implemented in FAR 6.302-1 - the supplies or services required are available from only one responsible source and no other type of supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-15-C-5408).
 
Lafayette Group Inc.,* Vienna, Virginia, is being awarded a potential $92,739,725 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract to provide technical assistance as well as research and development for the advancement of interoperable communications to federal, state, local, tribal, and non-governmental entities, and to support other command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence efforts. This is one of two multiple award contracts. Each awardee will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This five-year contract includes no options periods. Work will be performed in Vienna, Virginia (50 percent), and at government facilities throughout the U.S. and its territories (50 percent). Work is expected to be completed March 22, 2019. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. The types of funding to be obligated include operation and maintenance (Navy) and interagency agreements through federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Request for Proposal N66001-13-R-0006 published on the Federal Business Opportunities website, and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website, with two offers received. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-15-D-0028).
 
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a potential $83,818,576 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee multiple award contract to provide technical assistance as well as research and development for the advancement of interoperable communications to federal, state, local, tribal, and non-governmental entities, and to support other command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence efforts. This is one of two multiple award contracts. Each awardee will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This five-year contract includes no options periods. Work will be performed in McLean, Virginia (50 percent), and at government facilities throughout the U.S. and its territories (50 percent). Work is expected to be completed March 22, 2019. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. The types of funding to be obligated include operation and maintenance (Navy) and interagency agreements through federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Request for Proposal N66001-13-R-0006 published on the Federal Business Opportunities website, and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website, with two offers received. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-15-D-0029).
 
Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, is being awarded a maximum amount $50,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering contract for design or architect engineering services for the implementation of National Environmental Policy Act and Executive Order 12114, Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions-Aircraft Homebasing and Related Operational Issues. The work to be performed provides for the preparation of various documents to support the proposed infrastructure-related actions with respect to aircraft home basing issues. Examples of taskings required to complete this work may include analysis of home basing of aircraft, construction, renovation, and/or demolition of airfield facilities and infrastructure; base realignment and closure actions; and proposed operational actions related to aircraft home basing. Additionally, other tasks, studies, surveys, or documents may be required to complete the environmental planning documents including, but not limited to, environmental documentation for aircraft readiness and training operations at the home base locations and within Department of Defense-managed airspace and Navy/Marine Corps training ranges. The principle geographic area covered by this contract encompasses Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic's area of responsibility (AOR) and the adjacent waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, including the continental U.S., the Caribbean, Europe and North Africa. Additionally, tasks associated with this contract may be assigned anywhere in the world. This contract may address task orders to support joint service or global efforts including the entire NAVFAC Atlantic and NAVFAC Pacific AORs worldwide. No task orders are being issued at this time. All work on this contract will be performed within the NAVFAC Atlantic AOR including, but not limited to, Virginia (30 percent), California (30 percent), Florida (20 percent), and Washington (20 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of March 2020. Fiscal 2015 operation and maintenance (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $10,000 are obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with five proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N62470-15-D-8005).
 
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Charlottesville, Virginia, is being awarded an $18,100,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-priced, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-type contract for the production of the WSN-7 navigation system and spares and technical support in association with production. The AN/WSN-7(V) ring laser gyro navigator system is a self-contained inertial navigator designed for Navy surface ships. Work will be performed in Charlottesville, Virginia, and work is expected to be completed by December 2021. Contract funds will not be obligated at time of award. Funding will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with authority 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)( 1) - only one responsible source. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-15-D-5208).
 
The Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, California, is being awarded a $12,878,533 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide design agent and technical engineering services in support of the AN/USQ-82(V) Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex Systems (GEDMS) program. GEDMS is a third generation shipboard network used for DDG 51 class destroyers. GEDMS transfers inputs and/or outputs for the machinery control systems, damage control system, steering control system, AEGIS combat system, navigation displays, and interior communications alarms and indicators. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $39,991,521. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (91 percent) and the governments of Australia (3 percent), Korea (3 percent), and Japan (3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The work will be performed in Huntington Beach, California (72 percent); Arlington, Virginia (11 percent); Bath, Maine (9 percent); Pascagoula, Mississippi (3 percent); Georgetown, District of Columbia (3 percent); Richardson, Texas (1 percent), and Fairfax, Virginia (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2016. Fiscal 2014 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $3,179,520 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with authority FAR 6.302-1(a)(2)(iii) – only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N00178-15-C-2016).
 
WR Systems Ltd., Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $12,429,742 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for engineering and program support services for the Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar system. Work will be performed in Chesapeake, Virginia, and work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2018. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $500,000 will be obligated at the time of award, and will expire by the end of the current fiscal year. The contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1) with one offer received in response to this solicitation. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N00189-15-D-Z021).
 
AIR FORCE
 
Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $72,721,898 modification (P00394) to previous awarded contract FA8625-11-C-6597 for fiscal year2013 congressional add aircraft procurement. Contractor will provide one HC-130J production aircraft under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2017. Fiscal year 2013 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $36,360,949 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-11-C-6597).
 
United Launch Services LLC, Littleton, Colorado, has been awarded a $21,850,000 firm-fixed-price modification (P00035) to previously awarded contract FA8811-13-C-0003 for the Enhanced Flight Termination System. The contractor will provide engineering, program management, and technical support for a secure flight termination system for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launch vehicle production services. Work will be performed at Centennial, Colorado, and is expected to be complete by 30 days after the last scheduled National Security Space launch supported. Fiscal year 2013 missile procurement funds in the amount of $5,462,500 and fiscal year 2014 missile procurement funds in the amount of $16,387,500 are being obligated at the time of award. Launch Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, is the contracting activity.
 
CORRECTION: The modification to contract FA8721-05-C-0002 awarded to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that was announced on March 17 gave an incorrect date range and stated the contract extension was for research and development projects that began execution prior to April 1, 2015. The correct statement is that the contract extension is to prevent a break in service for all research and development projects under the subject contract. All other information is correct.

DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY
 
Veteran Solutions Incorporated of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (HDTRA1-15-D-0003) with a five year ordering period and a ceiling of $50,000,000 for administrative support services. This contract provides for non-personal services to provide administrative support services agency-wide to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Work will be performed at DTRA Headquarters in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and at other DTRA locations in Florida, New York, New Mexico, California and Germany, with an expected completion date of March 22, 2020. Fiscal year 2015, operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $250,000 are being obligated at time of award on one initial task order. This contract was a competitive acquisition with a service-disabled veteran-owned small business set-aside and 24 offers were received. DTRA, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

ARMY
 
Honu’Apo LLC,* Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded a $15,000,000 modification (P00002) to contract W911KF-15-D-0003 for various construction projects at Anniston Army Depot, Alabama. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Dec. 16, 2016. Army Contracting Command, Anniston Army Depot, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Mission1st Group Inc.,* Princeton, New Jersey, was awarded a $8,545,461 modification (P00003) to contract W52P1J-15-F-0012 to fully fund the base period up to the definitized amount and provide network and communications, engineering, and installation support to the 335th Signal Command Theater Provisional and Army Central G-6 throughout U.S. Central Command. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,545,461 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Sept. 23, 2015. Work will be performed in Kuwait and Afghanistan. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
 
Westat, Rockville, Maryland, was awarded a $7,660,051 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with options for good clinical practices compliant clinical trials of freeze dried plasma to obtain Food and Drug Administration licensing. Work will be performed in Rockville, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of March 29, 2021. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Fiscal 2015 research, development, testing and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,955,529 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity Frederick, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W81XWH-15-C-0048).
 
Textron Systems, Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $6,640,731 modification (P00023) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0016 to procure 104 Mobile Directional Antenna Systems in support of the One System Remote Video Systems. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $6,640,731 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Jan. 30, 2016. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

WASHINGTON HEADQUARTERS SERVICES
 
Interactive Process Technology, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $8,508,098 modification (0013) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0034-12-A-0010) to provide technical, analytical, and administrative support services to assist the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia; Falls Church, Virginia; and Washington, District of Columbia. The expected completion date is April 22, 2017. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with two proposals received. Washington Headquarters Services, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

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DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To General Dynamics Land Systems, Michigan, For All Logistic Requirements of The Buffalo A2 M1272 Vehicle

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To General Dynamics Land Systems,  Michigan, For All Logistic Requirements of The Buffalo A2 M1272 Vehicle
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 23, 2015: General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $22,786,250 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for updates and revisions to all logistic requirements and data, except provisioning, in support of the Buffalo A2 M1272 vehicle, and completion of a total system support package. 


Work will be performed in Sterling Heights, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of March 10, 2018. 

One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $22,786,250 are being obligated at the time of the award. 

Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-15-C-0101).

BUFFALO
The Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicle (MPCV) is the recognized leader in route clearance missions around the globe and is currently in service with the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France and Italy. The Buffalo’s improvements include increased engine power and greater compatibility, increased driving range, increased fording and slope angle performance, enhanced HVAC and a common spare for all six tires. The enhanced safety features include, larger roof hatches for crew egress and both crew and engine compartment Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems (AFES). With bar armor and an air spade as optional features, the more powerful, improved Buffalo is ready to roll.

HISTORY
The Buffalo vehicle was designed based on the successful South African Casspir mine-protected vehicle. While the Casspir is a four wheeled vehicle, the Buffalo has six wheels. Buffalo is also fitted with a large articulated arm, used for ordnance disposal. Both vehicles incorporate a "V" shaped monohull chassis that directs the force of the blast away from the occupants.

Buffalo is also now equipped with BAE Systems' LROD cage armor for additional protection against RPG-7 anti-tank rounds. Glass armor is sufficient at 6 inches thickness. Run-flat tires are present in all tires. The Buffalo combines ballistic and blast protection with infrared technology to detect the presence of dangerous ordnance and a robotic arm to disable the explosive ordnance. Personnel operate the Buffalo’s 30-foot robotic arm and claw from within the armoured hull via a mounted camera and sensory equipment, to safely dispose of mines and IEDs.

In 2004, the United States had a limited number of Buffaloes in service, with an order for 15 more, at a cost of $10 million. On June 6, 2008 Force Protection, Inc delivered its 200th Buffalo to the U.S. Military.


In 2009 Force Protection Started work on the A2 version, with major changes in the Axle Tech rear axles, Cat C13 engine, Cat CX31 transmission and suspension, along with addition upgrades to the HVAC system, hood and front bumper. the easiest way to identify an A1 version from the A2 version is the front bumper of the A2 has a larger profile. The last Buffalo A2 truck 795 will be completed in June 2014. Force protection was bought by General Dynamics Land Systems.

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DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: F-35 Jump Jet Gears Up For Crucial At-Sea Tests

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: F-35 Jump Jet Gears Up For Crucial At-Sea Tests
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources By Lance M. Bacon, Staff writer - NavyTimes
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 23, 2015The blue-green team is gearing up for operational tests that could build momentum for the embattled F-35B Lightning II — or add more fuel to the fire of outspoken critics.

The first shipboard operational test period for the Marine Corps' short take off and vertical landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter is scheduled to take place May 18-30 aboard the amphibious assault ship Wasp. Six of the jets will participate, four out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, and two from MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina.

Evaluators will assess the stealth jet's integration and operation within the full spectrum of flight and maintenance operations, as well as supply chain support while embarked at sea, said Maj. Paul Greenberg, Marine Corps spokesman. Lessons learned will "lay the groundwork" for future deployments, he said. The aims of the at-sea tests include:

*Assess day and night take-offs and landings, weapons loads, and extended range operations.
*Assess aircraft-to-ship network communications.
*Evaluate the landing signal officer's launch and recovery software.
*Test the crew's ability to conduct scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.
*Determine the suitability of maintenance support equipment for shipboard operations.
*Assess the logistics footprint of a deployed, six-plane F-35B detachment.

The F-35B remains the centerpiece of Marine fixed-wing modernization because "it supports our doctrinal form of maneuver warfare and our operational need for close air support in austere conditions and locations potentially inaccessible for traditional fighters," Greenberg told Navy Times on March 17."The Lightning II will provide effective close-air support to our Marines and sailors when they need it the most."

Twenty-one alterations were required to equip the Wasp for regular operation of the F-35B aircraft, according to Matt Leonard, spokesman for Naval Sea Systems Command. Each alteration will be made on all L-class ships during planned availabilities and in line on newly constructed ships in advance of the F-35B's arrival.

Among the biggest challenges has been the downward force and heat of the F-35B's engines as it lands, which has burned the nonskid deck. A new highly tolerant, temperature resistant thermal spray coating was applied and has been successfully evaluated aboard Wasp during F-35B, V-22, AV-8B and other helicopter flight operations, Leonard said.

The Wasp also underwent seven "cornerstone" alterations that provide necessary electrical servicing upgrades, expand weapons handling and storage, provide for the F-35B Autonomic Logistics Information System, secure access facilities, and relocate the flight deck tramline for flight safety.

The Wasp is the test ship for the F-35B and has not made a major deployment in over a decade.

While the Air Force's decision to replace the venerable A-10 with its F-35A variant has nabbed headlines, some analysts and lawmakers remain critical of the Corps' next-generation jump jet for three reasons. It has the shortest range and smallest payload of any F-35, its capabilities are reduced and it's the most expensive. An Air Force F-35A airframe and engine runs $77.7 million, as compared to $105.5 million for the F-35B, and $89.7 million for the F-35C, according to an April 2014 Congressional Research Service report. The Marine Corps also plans to buy the carrier-based F-35C.

Supporters point out that few (if any) potential adversaries can beat the fifth-generation fighter, and this design amounts to a leap ahead for reconnaissance, electronic warfare and close-air support missions

"This actually doesn't just replace the F/A-18, the AV-8 or the EA-6. It's a fundamentally different capability," Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford said in March 10 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "It's a transformational capability. It'll do everything that those three aircraft will do, but also, in terms of the information environment, it'll do a significant amount more for the Marine air-ground task force."

Initial operating capability for the F-35B is scheduled for July.

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