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  • U.S. Air Force Faces Next-Generation Engine Funding Crisis

    September 24, 2019 | International, Aerospace

    U.S. Air Force Faces Next-Generation Engine Funding Crisis

    Adaptive engine technology faces its first major funding crisis as a 13-year-long, $4 billion investment by the U.S. Defense Department approaches a key milestone. Senate appropriators have threatened to reduce the fiscal 2020 budget for the Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP) by nearly one-third. The $270 million cut would be “pretty devastating,” says David Tweedie, general manager of GE's advanced combat engine program. https://aviationweek.com/defense/us-air-force-faces-next-generation-engine-funding-crisis

  • Pentagon Mulls F-35 Sustainment Proposal

    September 24, 2019 | International, Aerospace

    Pentagon Mulls F-35 Sustainment Proposal

    The Pentagon is assessing Lockheed Martin's proposal to reduce Joint Strike Fighter sustainment pricing by 16% over five years through a performance based logistics (PBL) contract, but the largest F-35 customer, the U.S. Air Force, says there are several things that must be worked out before signing the dotted line. The company delivered a white paper to Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, in August outlining how a five-year PBL contract could save the military money on F-35 sustainment, Ken Merchant, F-35 sustainment vice president for Lockheed Martin, told reporters last week at the Air Force Association's annual conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Current F-35 sustainment contracts are annual and do not allow the Joint Strike Fighter's supplier base to conduct forward planning, he said. “What a PBL would do for us is give a five-year contract with [the] government and it would allow our suppliers to make those investments knowing that they have five years worth of business guaranteed,” Merchant said. The F-35 program has delivered over 425 aircraft to the fleet and will continue to grow; in fact it will double over the next few years. This is something the Pentagon must consider before entering a PBL with Lockheed Martin, Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology, and logistics, told Aerospace DAILY in an exclusive Sept. 18 interview. “Normally a performance-based logistics contract makes sense when you have a majority of the fleet fielded, then you can start doing stable buys,” Roper said. “Those are the details that we'll need to look at. It's not just, would the performance-based logistics contract make sense if the fleet size were frozen? Does it make sense as the fleet size grows?” The Pentagon also must consider supply chain issues and software for the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) as the fleet size grows, he said. “Those problems might grow linearly as the fleet size grows [or] we might get a non-linear effect where they compound,” Roper said. “Those are the things we'll need to think through.” In a perfect world, Lockheed Martin would like to negotiate a multiyear sustainment contract for the F-35, but executives admit the construct would be hard to sell on Capitol Hill. “Multiyear contracts that are performance based can be very successful because they invite industry to make the upfront investment so that they can recoup their investment in terms of profit at a predictable period without worrying about the variability and the vacillations of the budgeting cycle,” Roper said. “The theory is sound, it's just the practice that has to be reviewed.” Roper worries about F-35 software the most because it is not only needed to sustain the system but also is integral for modernization. “Agile software development is so critical on our programs and I think it's not going to be a ‘nice to have' for the F-35, it's going to be an absolute ‘must have,'” he said. Under Roper's direction the Air Force launched Mad Hatter, a software coding project tackling ALIS that has delivered initial applications to the flightline at Nellis AFB in Nevada. “I'm really pleased that new [F-35 Joint Program Office] leadership under [Lt. Gen.] Eric Fick have viewed that as a very favorable direction for all of F-35 software that goes forward,” Roper said. “We're making the results available to them—not just the results in the field, but the process that produced them.” Lockheed Martin has pledged to migrate ALIS to the cloud by 2020 and Roper agrees this is paramount for the future of the program because the enterprise must use cloud-based development tools. This is the way the commercial industry is heading and it provides security benefits, he added. “I've directed numerous programs in the Air Force to move to our cloud-based DevSecOps stack, which is called Cloud One. F-16, F-22, B-21, [Ground Based Strategic Deterrent]—these are programs that need to write a lot of cloud quickly and securely,” Roper said. “Cloud-based development, if done correctly ... you can write secure code really quickly and get it accredited quickly, which we also want.” https://aviationweek.com/defense/pentagon-mulls-f-35-sustainment-proposal

  • Présentation du premier F-35 de construction européenne destiné aux Pays-Bas

    September 24, 2019 | International, Aerospace

    Présentation du premier F-35 de construction européenne destiné aux Pays-Bas

    Le 1er F-35 (009) qui accueillera les Pays-Bas à partir de cet automne a été présenté aujourd'hui à Cameri, en Italie. L'Italien Leonardo construit là-bas le nouvel avion de chasse du fabricant Lockheed Martin. Le constructeur aéronautique italien dispose d'une chaîne de production d'ailes et d'une chaîne de montage sur laquelle il assemble les aéronefs. La secrétaire d'État Barbara Visser et sa collègue Mona Keijzer d'Effaires économiques et climat étaient présentes à la cérémonie. Visser: «Avec le F-35 et, plus tard, le MQ-9 Reaper, l'armée de l'air obtiendra les plus belles choses que les autres envient. Et ce sera une année merveilleuse pour Leeuwarden. Dans 49 jours, le 31 octobre, l'armée de l'air recevra l'avion à cet endroit. C'est fantastique que nous travaillions ensemble en Europe pour construire cet avion, mais aussi pour le maintenir plus tard. " "Un exemple parfait de la manière dont la sécurité nationale et les affaires économiques vont de pair", répond Keijzer. "Le F-35 apporte aux Pays-Bas la prospérité en matière de défense, de croissance économique et d'innovation dans les entreprises." Vols d'essai Le '009' restera en Italie encore quelques semaines, y compris des vols d'essai. Directeur du matériel de défense, Vice-amiral Arie Jan de Waard. «Nous acceptons l'appareil et le transférons ensuite à l'armée de l'air le plus rapidement possible. Le plus court chez nous, le plus tôt l'utilisateur peut commencer avec elle. " À Cameri, Leonardo construit le F-35A pour ses propres forces aériennes et 29 unités pour les Pays-Bas. Avec la distribution des plus gros contrats il y a une dizaine d'années, il avait été convenu que l'Italie supprimerait progressivement les avions. Les Pays-Bas assurent la maintenance des moteurs des F-35 italien et néerlandais au moins. Cela se passe au centre logistique de Woensdrecht. Il y a aussi «l'entrepôt» européen, le lieu de stockage de pièces du F-35. Fusion de composants Dans Cameri, les 4 composants principaux d'un F-35 sont combinés. Leonardo construit lui-même l'un de ces composants, la section d'aile. Une partie de celle-ci est utilisée pour le processus de construction sur site. Mais la grande majorité va à l'usine Lockheed Martin aux États-Unis. Là, ils sont utilisés pour des appareils provenant, par exemple, d'Amérique, d'Australie, du Danemark, de Norvège et de Corée du Sud. Aux Pays-Bas, d'autres F-35 sont actuellement sur la chaîne de production en Italie à différentes étapes. Le prochain F-010 devrait se rendre aux Pays-Bas cette année encore. La livraison de ce dernier est maintenant prévue pour le milieu de 2023. Les Pays-Bas disposeront alors de 37 avions. https://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieuws/2019/09/12/1e-europees-gebouwde-f-35-voor-nederland-gepresenteerd

  • Contract Awards by US Department of Defense - September 23, 2019

    September 24, 2019 | International, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security

    Contract Awards by US Department of Defense - September 23, 2019

    MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a modification on indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract HQ0147-18-D-0002. The value of this contract modification is $500,615,405, which increases the total ceiling value from $461,492,695 to $962,108,100. The contractor will continue to perform research and development support for the Army Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance Control Model-2 and Sea-Based X-Band radar. The modification also includes continued product improvement, warfighter support, engineering services, Ballistic Missile Defense System test subject matter experts (SME) support, modeling and simulation SME support, and cybersecurity. No task orders are being issued at this time. The work will continue to be performed in Woburn, Massachusetts. The period of performance remains the same, which is from Nov. 1, 2017, through Oct. 31, 2022, with a one year option. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity. DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, has been awarded a maximum $375,792,189 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-19-F-E31N) against a five year basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026) for Multi Function Active Sensor Radar Systems for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. This was a sole source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a six-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is California, with a Dec. 31, 2025, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2025 Navy working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. American Water Operations and Maintenance Inc., Voorhees, New Jersey, has been awarded a $15,934,838 modification (P00116) to a 50-year utilities privatization contract (SP0600-07-C-8254) with no option periods incorporating an increase to the operations, maintenance, renewal and replacement charges for water and wastewater utility service systems. This is a fixed-price prospective redetermination contract. Location of performance is Virginia, with a Dec. 20, 2057, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is operations and maintenance funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Crane Electronics Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Florida, has been awarded an estimated $9,283,185 fixed-price, requirements contract for AN/ALR-56C radar warning receiver low voltage power supplies in support of the F-15 aircraft. This was a sole source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Florida, with a Sept. 18, 2024, performance completion date. Using military service is the Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2024 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Warner Robins, Georgia (SPRWA1-19-D-0010). Twigg Corp., Martinsville, Indiana, has been awarded a maximum $9,270,251 firm-fixed-price contract for T404 support turbine assemblies. This was a competitive acquisition with two offers received. This is an 11-month contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Indiana, with a June 19, 2023, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 Navy working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPRPA1-19-C-Z059). NAVY Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $352,672,006 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-19-D-0015). This modification increases the ceiling and scope of the contract to include the procurement of Lot 12-14 Generation 3 helmet mounted displays in support of the F-35 Lightning II program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $227,000,000 for ceiling-priced delivery order N00383-19-F-A34Y under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-17-G-A301 for the procurement of main and nose landing gear assemblies in support of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircrafts. The period of performance for this delivery order begins October 2019 and will be completed by March 2023 with no option periods. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri. Annual working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $111,230,000 will be will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. One company was solicited for this sole sourced requirement under authority 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity. General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $219,407,194 modification (PZ0002) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-18-C-1061) to procure 48 F414-GE-400 install engines and engine devices for Lot 23 F/A-18E/F aircraft. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts (59%); Hooksett, New Hampshire (18%); Rutland, Vermont (12%); and Madisonville, Kentucky (11%), and is expected to be completed in August 2021. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount $219,407,194 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. Raytheon Co., Largo, Florida, is being awarded a $52,857,202 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-5200 to exercise options for design agent and engineering services to support the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) program. This option exercise is for design agent and engineering services to perform advanced studies and integration efforts as well as software sustainment and support. The CEC program provides a sensor network with integrated fire control capability that significantly improves strike force air and missile defense capabilities by coordinating measurement data from strike force air search sensors on CEC-equipped units into a single, integrated real-time, composite track air picture. CEC improves battle force effectiveness by improving overall situational awareness and by enabling longer range, cooperative, multiple, or layered engagement strategies. Work will be performed in Largo, Florida, and is expected to be completed by September 2020. Fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy); fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy); fiscal 2019 operation and maintenance (Navy); and Foreign Military Sales funding in the amount of $7,130,069 will be obligated at time of award, and funds in the amount of $984,939 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. Robertson Fuel Systems LLC, Tempe, Arizona, is being awarded a $31,101,308 firm-fixed-price contract to manufacture and deliver eight V-22 mission auxiliary tank systems for extended range of flight requirements in support of V-22 aircraft for the Navy (3); Marine Corps (2); Air Force (1); and the government of Japan (2). Work will be performed in Tempe, Arizona, and is expected to be completed in November 2021. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force and Navy); and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $31,101,308 will be obligated at time of award, $14,729,731 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This modification combines purchases for the Marine Corps and Navy ($20,702,984; 66%); Air Force ($1,213,255; 4 %); and the government of Japan ($9,185,069; 30%) under the FMS program. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0042). Proaim Americas LLC, Grover, Missouri, is being awarded a $19,979,089 firm-fixed-price contract for Enterprise Ocular Picture Archiving and Communication System (OPACS) on behalf of multiple Department of Defense medical treatment facilities, within and outside the contiguous U.S. This is a five-year single award contract and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2024. Fiscal 2019 Defense Health Program other procurement funds in the amount of $3,737,387 will be obligated on an initial task order at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was a non-competitive sole source procurement in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(c) issued via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one proposal received. The Naval Medical Logistics Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N62645-19-D-5012). Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $17,202,359 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract in support of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program to provide depot level repair capability for the AN/APY-9 radar line replaceable modules (LRMs). This contract provides technical services in support of development of electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) compatibility reports and the associated technical data for AN/APY-9 radar avionics LRM. In addition, this contract provides for technical services for development system specifications that define the functional performance requirements for the operational test program sets to test the LRMs on the eCASS. Work will be performed in Liverpool, New York (45%); El Segundo, California (25%); Melbourne, Florida (24%); and Baltimore, Maryland (6%); and is expected to be completed in August 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $17,202,359 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-19-C-0248). Sealift Inc., Oyster Bay, New York, is being awarded a $14,608,000 modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N3220519C3512) to fund the fifth one-year option period. The option will continue to provide one U.S. flagged vessel (M/V Capt. David I. Lyon) for the transportation and prepositioning of cargo including, but not limited to; hazardous cargoes, explosives, ammunition, vehicular, containerized, and general cargoes, and for military readiness for the Department of the Air Force. The vessel is capable of deployment to worldwide locations. The current contract is approximately 111-day firm period with four one-year option periods, and a 212-day option period. Work will be performed worldwide, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020. Fiscal 2020 working capital funds in the amount of $14,608,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. Military Sealift Command, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N3220519C3512). BAE Systems, Rockville, Maryland, is being awarded $10,144,531 for firm-fixed-price contract modification P00004 under a previously awarded contract (N00604-18-C-4001) to exercise Option Period Two for munitions handling and management services which includes receiving, storing, segregating, issuing, inspecting, and transporting various types of ammunition, explosives, expendable and technical ordnance material and weapons for Joint Service commands. This contract includes a nine month base period, and four 12-month option periods. The exercise of this option will bring the estimated value of the contract to $25,127,912, and if all options are exercised, it will bring the total value to $45,516,525. Work will be performed in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and work is expected to be completed by September 2020; if all options on the contract are exercised, work will be completed by September 2022. Fiscal 2020 operation and maintenance funds (Navy) in the full amount of $10,144,531will be obligated once the modification to exercise option year one is awarded, and funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with the solicitation posted to the Federal Business Opportunities and Navy Electronic Commerce Online websites, with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity. Sealift Inc., Oyster Bay, New York, is being awarded an $8,688,118 modification under a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price contract (N3220515C3201) to fund the fifth one-year option period. The option will continue to provide one U.S. flagged vessel (M/V LTC John D. Page) for the transportation and prepositioning of cargo including, but not limited to, hazardous cargoes, explosives, ammunition, vehicular, containerized, and general cargoes; and for military readiness for the Department of the Army. The vessel is capable of deployment to worldwide locations. The current contract includes a two month firm period of the performance, four one-year option periods, and one nine-month option period. Work will be performed worldwide, and is expected to be completed by July 5, 2020. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 working capital funds in the amount of $8,688,118 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. Military Sealift Command, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N3220515C3201). Gilbane Federal, Concord, California, is being awarded an $8,644,506 firm-fixed-price modification to increase the maximum dollar value of task order N6247318F5305 under an environmental multiple award contract for radiological confirmation sampling and surveying at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The work to be performed is to provide radiological confirmation investigation, survey, and reporting activities within Parcel C, at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The contractor shall provide all labor, supervision, engineering, materials, equipment, tools, parts, supplies and transportation to perform all work described in the request for proposal. After award of this modification, the total cumulative task order value will be $21,002,538. Work will be performed in San Francisco, California, and is expected to be completed by December 2023. Fiscal 2019 base realignment and closure, environmental, (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $8,644,506 are obligated on this award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N62473-17-D-0005). Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $7,985,270 modification (P00095) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2001). This modification provides for the modification of government furnished tooling as well as the acquisition of new tooling in support of V-22 aircraft production. A total of 47 tooling parts will be procured under this modification. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in September 2021. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $7,985,270 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. ARMY Science and Engineering Services LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $54,931,995 modification (P00003) to Foreign Military Sales (Afghanistan) W58RGZ-18-F-0063 for maintenance on UH-60 helicopters. One bid was solicited via the internet with one bid received. Work will be performed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2019 Afghanistan Security Forces funds in the amount of $54,931,995 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. Meggitt Defense Systems Inc., Irvine, California, was awarded a $48,563,836 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for development, production, field operations support, installation support, training, cyber security support, systems and spares production and repairs of the Aerial Weapons Scoring System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 8, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-19-D-0010). Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors,* Houma, Louisiana, was awarded a $24,491,400 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement and delivery of a steel barge. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work will be performed in Houma, Louisiana, with an estimated completion date of July 19, 2023. Fiscal 2019 Mississippi River and Tributaries funds in the amount of $24,491,400 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity (W912BU-19-C-0042). S & E Services Inc.,* Edison, New Jersey, was awarded a $16,526,000 firm-fixed-price contract to construct a new Security Forces and Communications training facility. Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. Work will be performed in Westhampton Beach, New York, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 11, 2021. Fiscal 2019 military construction, Army National Guard funds in the amount of $16,526,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Property and Fiscal Office, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W912PQ-19-C-9001). Lead Builders Inc.,* Thousand Oaks, California, was awarded a $10,655,000 firm-fixed-price contract for building renovation. Bids were solicited via the internet with four received. Work will be performed in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 30, 2020. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,655,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, California, is the contracting activity (W912PL-19-C-0027). Simmonds Precision Products Inc., Vergennes, Vermont, was awarded a $10,155,178 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 22, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-19-D-0128). CEMS-RS & H JV,* Summerville, South Carolina, was awarded a $9,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract for investigation, construction, renovation, planning and design services. Bids were solicited via the internet with seven received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 23, 2024. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York, New York, is the contracting activity (W912DS-19-D-0007). Colby Co. LLC,* Portland, Maine, was awarded a $9,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract for architect and engineering services. Bids were solicited via the internet with seven received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 23, 2024. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York, New York, is the contracting activity (W912DS-19-D-0012). Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co., Kansas City, Missouri, was awarded a $9,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract for architect and engineering services. Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 23, 2024. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York, New York, is the contracting activity (W912DS-19-D-0011). Lockheed Martin Corp. Rotary and Mission Systems, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $9,725,000 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Iraq) contract for procurement of Mobile M1A1 Situational Awareness Platoon Mobile Advanced Gunnery training system, mobile pre-brief, after action review capability, spare parts package, installation, on-site testing, training, design, development, test, management, documentation, hardware, software, and spares. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 22, 2021. Fiscal 2010 counter-ISIS train and equip funds in the amount of $9,725,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-19-C-0057). Oracle America Inc., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $7,577,868 firm-fixed-price contract for the Army Corps of Engineers Financial Management System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Reston, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 22, 2024. Fiscal 2019 revolving; and operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $7,577,868 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, Virginia, is the contracting activity (W912HQ-19-F-0136). AIR FORCE Herrick Technology Laboratories Inc.,* Manchester, New Hampshire, has been awarded a $40,712,166 cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for Spectrum-Agile, Location Aware, Enhanced Electromagnetic Kit (SLEEK) hardware and software. This contract provides for research, develop, integrate, prototype, demonstrate, validate and verify new software capabilities for a software-defined and reprogrammable transceiver that has broad applicability to military-relevant missions. Work will be performed at Germantown, Maryland; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Rome, New York, and is expected to be completed by October 2022. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,500,000 are being obligated at time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-19-C-0530). Cornerstone Construction Services LLC, Woburn, Massachusetts (FA2835-19-D-0007); Maron Construction Co. Inc., Providence, Rhode Island (FA2835-19-D-0008); and Tantara Corp., Worcester, Massachusetts (FA2835-19-D-0009), have been awarded an aggregate, total maximum program/contract ceiling of a $20,000,000 multiple award construction indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. This contract will provide for complex construction projects involving multiple trades that may require detailed engineering design to be performed by registered/licensed engineers and architects. The contractors shall provide all management, labor, material, equipment, transportation, supervision, and architectural engineering services to accomplish simultaneous maintenance, sustainment, repair, and minor construction projects. Work will be performed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts; Hanscom Air Force Base Family Campground, Bedford, Massachusetts; Patriot Golf Course, Bedford, Massachusetts; Sagamore Hill Solar Observatory, Hamilton, Massachusetts; Fourth Cliff Recreation Annex, Humarock, Massachusetts; Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts; and New Boston Air Force Station, New Hampshire. These awards were the result of a competitive 100% Small Business Set Aside acquisition and 16 offers were received. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance in the amount of $5,000 funds to each awardees are being obligated at time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity. Raytheon Co. Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $16,289,702 agreement for one prototype Phaser high power microwave system. This agreement provides for outside continental U.S. (OCONUS) field assessment for purposes of experimentation. Experimentation includes, but is not limited to 12 months of in-field operation by Air Force personnel against unmanned aerial systems threats. In addition, experimentation includes but is not limited to operator training, in theater maintenance of systems while collecting availability (full mission capable, partial mission capable, non-mission capable), reliability, maintainability and supportability data, and system operation against real-world or simulated hostile vignettes without disrupting other necessary installation operations. The location of performance is OCONUS and is expected to be completed by Dec. 20, 2020. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $16,289,702 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-19-9-9325). Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $10,942,488 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Technologies for the Mixed-mode Ultra Scaled Integrated Circuits (T-MUSIC) effort. This effort will develop advanced mixed-mode RF components and sub-systems leveraging the T-MUSIC platform. T-MUSIC technology combines advanced silicon-germanium with advanced CMOS to enable ultra-wide bandwidth, high spurious free dynamic range and fine data converter resolution with high effective number of bits beyond current state-of-the-art. Work will be performed at El Segundo, California; Andover, Maryland; and Thousand Oaks, California, and is expected to be completed Dec. 20, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 18 compliant offers were received. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,318,325 is being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-19-C-7934). BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, has been awarded an $8,076,227 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Technologies for Mixed-mode Ultra Scaled Integrated Circuits (T-MUSIC) and the Disruptive SiGe Circuits fabricated Onshore (DiSCO) effort. This effort will develop advanced mixed-mode RF components and sub-systems leveraging the T-MUSIC platform. T-MUSIC technology combines advanced silicon-germanium with advanced CMOS to enable ultra-wide bandwidth, high spurious free dynamic range and fine data converter resolution with high effective number of bits beyond current state-of-the-art. Toward that end, DiSCO will develop critical Department of Defense components and sub-systems to assess advancements derived from T-MUSIC technology. These circuits include Phase-locked Loop, ultra-high speed Divider (200GHz final goal), and high speed, high resolution Analog-to-Digital Converter. In addition, the option phase will develop high speed Direct Digital Synthesis for next generation transmitter technology. Work will be performed at Nashua, New Hampshire and is expected to be completed by Dec. 19, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and 18 offers were received. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $364,723 is being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-19-C-7935). Communications & Power Industries LLC, Palo Alto, California, has been awarded an $8,058,269 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for Twystron Electron Tube Repair program. This contract provides for teardown, test, evaluation and repair of Twystron electron tubes in support of Unmanned Threat Emitter weapons system. Work will be performed at Palo Alto, California, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2025. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 working capital funds in the amount of $1,623,488 are obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Sustainment Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8250-19-D-0001). *Small Business https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/1968631/source/GovDelivery/

  • NORAD asked Canada to review cybersecurity around civilian infrastructure and army bases

    September 24, 2019 | Local, C4ISR, Security

    NORAD asked Canada to review cybersecurity around civilian infrastructure and army bases

    Three years ago the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) charged the Canadian army with providing an inventory of all military bases and surrounding infrastructure. The Americans were looking to spot vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure that could be used in a potential cyber attack. The several-year-old request was detailed in a letter sent by former Norad Commander and U.S. Admiral William Gourtney to the Canadian Chief of Defence Staff, Jonathan Vance. In the letter Gourtney requested that Canada “identify and mitigate” potential areas of vulnerability on Canadian bases, specifically those “installations that are critical for accomplishing Norad missions.” The letter was delivered on March 24, 2016. Furthermore, it asked Vance to “advocate developing capabilities to respond to cyber incidents on CAF [infrastructure control systems] and defend CAF if required.” The request also expanded to identifying civilian infrastructure through cooperation with Public Safety Canada and “developing processes for reporting cyber incidents on the identified civilian infrastructure.” According to cyber expert, David Masson, vulnerability arises in “operational technology systems” that run tasks in critical infrastructure. Masson claims that these systems are extremely difficult to secure. “There's lots of them. Look at it as 50, 60, 70 different bespoke communications systems. There's no real standardization because they're so old. Many of them were never expected to be connected to the internet,” said Masson. Despite this, Masson claims that the systems can be reinforced and secured. https://www.thepostmillennial.com/norad-asked-canada-to-review-cybersecurity-around-civilian-infrastructure-and-army-bases/

  • 'Shields Up': Defence Department looks for new ways to protect Canada's satellites, with a nod to Star Trek

    September 24, 2019 | Local, Aerospace

    'Shields Up': Defence Department looks for new ways to protect Canada's satellites, with a nod to Star Trek

    Enemy action against satellites could include cyber-attacks, jamming, lasers or missiles, while natural threats could be solar flares or space weather The Defence Department wants to take a page out of Star Trek and has asked researchers to develop ways to protect Canadian satellites from such threats as laser attacks and missiles. Dubbed the “Shields Up” project, the plan would see the development of innovative capabilities that could be incorporated into the design and operation of Canada's space-based systems. The Shields Up terminology is a nod to the sci-fi TV and movie series Star Trek in which the USS Enterprise starship is protected by deflector shields that can be instantly activated in response to a threat. “Satellites are vulnerable to natural and artificial threats as well as, increasingly, threats from adversaries who seek to disrupt or destroy allied space systems,” said Dan Le Bouthillier, a spokesman for the Department of National Defence. Enemy action against satellites could include cyber-attacks, jamming, lasers or missiles, while natural threats could be solar flares, space weather or collisions with debris in space. The Defence Department and the Canadian Forces are the only Canadian entities with the mandate of protecting and defending the country's space capabilities, Le Bouthillier noted. The call for proposals is part of a DND science innovation program. Ideas that are accepted will receive $200,000 to further the proposal over a six-month period. The most promising solutions could receive another $1 million for additional development, Le Bouthillier said. Most satellite services are commercial in nature and defensive measures have not been a primary criteria in their design. But the DND wants that to change. The concepts or designs have to provide a reasonable method to deal with the threat. They also have to take into account Canada's international relations and obligations and the fact that various satellites operate in different orbits, which could influence the type of threats they face. There are 1,950 operational satellites in Earth orbits. Le Bouthillier said militaries are increasingly dependent on space-based systems for communication, surveillance, environmental monitoring and navigation. The DND has a growing interest in keeping Canadian space systems safe. In August the department put out a request to Canadian scientists to try to come up with a way to rid the Earth's orbit of the millions of pieces of space junk that pose a threat to satellites and other spacecraft. But the task is daunting; no other researcher has figured out how to collect the debris, which can be as small as one millimetre. The DND noted that the request at this point is not about funding a system but investigating new ideas to eliminate the space junk. The total number of “debris objects” in orbit is estimated to be about 129 million. That includes 34,000 objects greater than 10 centimetres in size, 900,000 objects one cm to 10 cm, and 128 million objects one mm to one cm, according to the DND. The debris has been created by decades of space travel and operations. In 2007, for instance, China conducted a military test using a missile to destroy one of its satellites. The warhead obliterated the spacecraft, creating an estimated 300,000 pieces of debris. The U.S., Russia and India have conducted similar military experiments. “There are no operational debris removal capabilities in use, globally, and existing prototypes lack important capabilities and have proven ineffective,” the DND noted in its request to researchers. DND is also interested in ways to track some of the smaller pieces of space junk as well as methods to remove multiple pieces of debris of any size. Space surveillance networks regularly track about 22,300 objects in Earth orbits. https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/shields-up-defence-department-looks-for-new-ways-to-protect-canadas-satellites-with-a-nod-to-star-trek

  • Air Force to Boeing: ‘Progress Needed’ to Solve Ongoing KC-46 Concerns

    September 24, 2019 | International, Aerospace

    Air Force to Boeing: ‘Progress Needed’ to Solve Ongoing KC-46 Concerns

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Despite a variety of problems remaining to be solved – including a new Category-1 deficiency – the Air Force continues to push for the new KC-46A aerial refueler to begin initial operations, test and evaluation (IOT&E) this fall... For more details : https://www.defensedaily.com/air-force-boeing-progress-needed-solve-ongoing-kc-46-concerns/air-force/

  • Russie: grandes manœuvres de l'armée, avec des militaires chinois

    September 24, 2019 | International, Aerospace, Naval, Land

    Russie: grandes manœuvres de l'armée, avec des militaires chinois

    La Russie a lancé lundi 16 septembre de grandes manœuvres militaires annuelles, mobilisant jusqu'à samedi 128.000 hommes dans le centre du pays, dont des militaires et des avions chinois, avec pour scénario de repousser une attaque islamiste. Organisées essentiellement dans la région d'Orenbourg, frontalière du Kazakhstan, les manœuvres Tsentr-2019 impliqueront «plus de 20.000 engins militaires, environ 600 appareils volants et jusqu'à 15 navires», selon un communiqué du ministère russe de la Défense. En plus des soldats russes, des troupes venues de Chine, d'Inde, du Pakistan et de plusieurs pays d'Asie centrale doivent participer à ces manœuvres. Une vingtaine d'avions et d'hélicoptères chinois prendront notamment part aux exercices. Ceux-ci se se basent sur un scénario dans lequel un pays indéterminé, converti à l'islamisme radical, entre en conflit avec la Russie. «Un Etat imaginaire émerge au sud-ouest de la Russie. Ses leaders partagent les idées extrémistes des organisations terroristes internationales. Ce pays imaginaire, possédant une armée développée, tente d'exercer une pression sur la Russie, y compris militaire», e expliqué la semaine dernière le vice-ministre russe de la Défense, Alexandre Fomine. «L'escalade des tensions évolue finalement vers un conflit armé», a-t-il poursuivi, cité par l'agence officielle TASS, au cours d'un briefing. La première phase des manœuvres sera consacrée à coordonner le commandement, repousser des attaques aériennes et mener des opérations de reconnaissance. Dans la seconde phase, la coalition internationale formée par la Russie dans ces exercices mènera des frappes massives contre l'ennemi, précise le ministère de la Défense. La Russie organise chaque année, au mois de septembre, de grandes manœuvres militaires. Les précédentes, organisées en Sibérie orientale et dans l'Extrême-Orient russe, avaient mobilisé 300.000 hommes et tout l'arsenal moderne de l'armée russe, dont les missiles Iskander, capables de transporter des ogives nucléaires. L'année précédente, les exercices nommées Zapad-2017 («Ouest-2017») s'étaient déroulés près de la frontière avec la Lituanie et la Pologne, provoquant la fureur de l'Otan et de plusieurs pays européens qui avaient dénoncé une provocation. http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/russie-grandes-manoeuvres-de-l-armee-avec-des-militaires-chinois-20190916

  • Marines Release RFI For Future Attack/Utility Aircraft, Bell Interested With V-280

    September 24, 2019 | International, Aerospace, Naval

    Marines Release RFI For Future Attack/Utility Aircraft, Bell Interested With V-280

    QUANTICO, Va--The Marine Corps on Monday detailed its program to find a new Attack Utility Replacement Aircraft (AURA) that will likely replace its AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters, with plans to award contracts through 2023 to advance concept designs. https://www.defensedaily.com/marines-release-rfi-future-attack-utility-aircraft-bell-interested-v-280/navy-usmc/

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