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May 24, 2023 | International, Land

Panzer bonanza: Czech Republic joins Berlin’s Leopard upgrade push

As Germany eyes production of the newest Leopard 2A8 configuration, officials in Berlin hope European neighbors will join the program.

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  • Citing TransDigm, DoD seeks new acquisition powers, and trade groups oppose

    May 19, 2020 | International, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security

    Citing TransDigm, DoD seeks new acquisition powers, and trade groups oppose

    By: Joe Gould WASHINGTON ― Four defense industry trade associations “strongly oppose" a handful of Pentagon-backed procurement reform proposals that they say would harm the defense industrial base, and they're asking Congress to reject them. Two of the proposals aim at controversial pricing practices used by TransDigm by requiring contractors to submit cost information for commercial items and by requiring contracting officers to conduct a commercial item determination for every procurement. Others would set a preference for performance-based contract payments and authorize the Defense Department to release or disclose detailed manufacturing or process data. The May 6 protest letter came from the Acquisition Reform Working Group — made up of the National Defense Industrial Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, the Computing Technology Industry Association and the Information Technology Industry Council — to the the House and Senate armed services committees. It comes as the panels were readying their drafts of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The Pentagon has worked to monitor its network of suppliers from the economic shocks associated with the coronavirus pandemic and to protect suppliers by using emergency funding from Congress to speed payments and improve cash flow along the supply chain. The trade groups noted they represent “thousands of small, mid-sized, and large companies in addition to hundreds of thousands of employees that provide goods, services, and personnel to the Department of Defense,” and said the four proposals a “could have significant consequences for the defense industrial base.” Congress focused ire at TransDigm last year after the Defense Department's Inspector General found for $26.2 million in parts the military bought from TransDigm, it earned $16.1 million in excess profit. Transdigm was the only manufacturer of the majority of the parts, which let it set the market prices even for competitively awarded parts. Though DoD has argued its contractors need new latitude to make commercial item determinations and obtain cost or pricing information to prevent the excessive pricing TransDigm was accused of, the trade groups argue the TransDigm's actions weren't facilitated by an inappropriate reliance on improper commercial item determinations, or insufficient access to pricing data. “As illustrated by the TransDigm Group, Inc's pricing practices, generally once a conversion to a commercial product or commercial service is made, it is common for prices to increase and subsequent contracting officers find it difficult to obtain data necessary to determine price reasonableness and negotiate fair and reasonable prices on behalf of the taxpayer,” the department said in its proposal. Another proposal would require a contractor to submit uncertified cost information for commercial item proposals or contracts less than $2 million. The idea behind the reform is DoD wants to be able to get more insight into the costs of sole-source items and put itself in a more favorable position to negotiate with sole-source companies. Congressional hearings on TransDigm's excessive pricing showed Defense leaders need the authority to obtain the data “to the extent necessary to determine price reasonableness is paramount in ensuring that such excessive pricing practices are curtailed.” But the trade groups argue that levying the new regulations would “add a significant barrier to commercial item acquisition, reduce information sharing, further burden the system, and impede—rather than enable—the delivery of capabilities to the warfighter at the ‘speed of relevance'—all with little to no added protection for the government or the taxpayer." The trade associations also opposed DoD's legislation to set a preference for performance-based contract payments. The groups said a DoD proposal to “recouple” total performance-based payments to total cost incurred would reverse Congress's previous work to emphasize performance over cost and contradict a spate of defense acquisitions rules. DoD's argument is that it shouldn't be reimbursing a contractor more than its actual costs, or it “would result in negative levels of contractor investment,” and create a disincentive for contractors to deliver. Another disputed proposal would let DoD release detailed manufacturing or process data, or DPMD, pertaining to privately funded commercial or noncommercial items outside of the government to third parties seeking to compete against the original equipment manufacturer. It's the latest episode in a running game of tug-of-war between industry and DoD over intellectual property. While Congress has in recent years prodded DoD to set intellectual property strategies early in acquisition programs and negotiate for IP rights on a case-by-case basis, the trade groups argue the proposal would give DoD “an automatic default authority” and “eliminate the possibility of a negotiated solution.”

  • Detecting targets from 70,000 feet above Earth

    December 18, 2019 | International, Aerospace

    Detecting targets from 70,000 feet above Earth

    El Segundo, Calif., December 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will support and sustain the sensor and processor for the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System 2-A under a $217M U.S. Air Force IDIQ. Work will be performed through 2024. ASARS-2A provides the U-2 aircraft with long-range, high-resolution intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities over large areas, from as high as 70,000 feet above Earth. "With ASARS-2A, the Air Force can detect ground targets day or night, no matter the weather condition," said Chad Pillsbury, director at Raytheon Secure Sensor Solutions. "And, it's reliable. The Air Force just completed ASARS-2A's 9,000th tactical mission in Korea this year." The ASARS-2A sensor locates moving and stationary targets using its ground moving-target indicator and search and spot modes. Its on-board processing system delivers near-real time, precise target location data. This allows decision makers to respond quickly, rather than relying on ground stations to process the targeting data. About Raytheon Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I® products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter. Media Contact Lauren Radziminski +1.972.952.2190 SOURCE Raytheon Company View source version on Raytheon:

  • Pose de la première pierre du nouveau laboratoire ExceLab de Safran Landing Systems

    September 30, 2019 | International, Aerospace

    Pose de la première pierre du nouveau laboratoire ExceLab de Safran Landing Systems

    Situé à Vélizy, ce nouveau laboratoire surface d'environ 2 000 m2 regroupera l'ensemble des capacités d'essais de Safran Landing Systems pour ses futurs matériels, du prototype de R&T jusqu'au produit fini dans un éventail de conditions opérationnelles très larges. C'est le 26 septembre 2019 que Ross McInnes, Président du Conseil d'administration de Safran et Jean-Paul Alary, Président de Safran Landing Systems ont, avec Valérie Pécresse, Présidente de la Région Ile de France, posé la première pierre du laboratoire d'essais « ExceLAB » (littéralement laboratoire d'excellence) dédié aux systèmes d'atterrissage et de freinage de demain, notamment électriques. D'une surface d'environ 2 000 m2 , ce nouveau laboratoire regroupera l'ensemble des capacités d'essais de Safran Landing Systems pour ses futurs matériels, du prototype de R&T jusqu'au produit fini dans un éventail de conditions opérationnelles très larges. Il s'inscrit notamment dans la stratégie du Groupe d'électrification progressive des fonctions de l'aéronef, et bénéficiera d'une organisation optimisée pour les essais hydrauliques et électriques. « Ce nouveau laboratoire, outil essentiel de compétitivité et d'innovation pour Safran Landing Systems, permettra d'aller bien au-delà de notre capacité d'essais actuelle. Il accélérera le développement et la mise sur le marché de nos futures solutions notamment plus électriques, » a déclaré Jean-Paul Alary. Ce nouveau laboratoire qui disposera de moyens techniques fortement digitalisés (réalité augmentée, 3D, objets connectés, cobotique, etc.) représente un investissement global de près de 4 millions d'euros qui bénéficie du soutien de la région Ile de France, et devrait être opérationnel d'ici octobre 2020. Plus de 60 nouveaux collaborateurs rejoindront « ExceLAB » et une vingtaine de fournisseurs de la région seront impliqués dans ce projet.

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