22 février 2021 | International, Aérospatial

US antitrust regulators extend review of Lockheed-Aerojet deal

Regulators have extended their probe into Lockheed Martin’s proposed purchase of Aerojet Rocketdyne.

https://www.defensenews.com/2021/02/19/us-antitrust-regulators-extend-review-of-lockheed-aerojet-deal/

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  • Contract Awards by US Department of Defense - June 21, 2019

    25 juin 2019 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité, Autre défense

    Contract Awards by US Department of Defense - June 21, 2019

    U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $96,639,799 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification (P00007) with firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line items to an existing contract (H92222-16-D-0033).  This contract modification increases the ceiling from $203,360,201 to $300,000,000 for continued low-rate initial production of the Silent Knight Radar system in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).  Fiscal 2019 procurement funds in the amount of $54,720,000 are being obligated at time of contract modification.  The remaining costs will be funded via delivery/task orders, and depending on the requirement, may be funded using research, development, test and evaluation; procurement; or operations and maintenance funding.  The ordering period is valid for five years.  The work will be performed in McKinney and Forest, Mississippi, and is scheduled to be completed by October 2022.  USSOCOM headquarters, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity. NAVY Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, is awarded an estimated $72,817,062 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the Transformational Reliable Acoustic Path System (TRAPS) on behalf of the Maritime Surveillance Systems Program Office, Navy Program Executive Office Submarines.  The TRAPS capability complements fixed surveillance systems and the surveillance towed array sensor system.  TRAPS provides flexible and responsive wide area surveillance for theater antisubmarine warfare commanders worldwide.  This contract has a three-year ordering period up to the contract award amount.  There are no options.  Work will be performed in Long Beach, Mississippi, and is expected to be completed by June 2022.  No funding is obligated at the time of award.  Funds will be obligated as individual delivery orders are issued.  This sole-source contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) - only one responsible source (Federal Acquisition Regulation subpart 6.302-1).  The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N00039-19-D-0030). FlexDecks Inc.,* Houston, Texas, is awarded a $17,200,997 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure up to 40 each V-22 and MV-22B maintenance wing platform stands for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and the government of Japan.  Work will be performed in Houston, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2024.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement and foreign military sales funds in the amount of $5,490,973 will be obligated at the time of award, $4,519,637 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals as a 100% small business set-aside; three offers were received.  The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-19-D-0134). Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Syracuse, New York, is awarded a $16,273,896 cost-plus-fixed fee, firm-fixed-price, cost contract (N00024-19-C-6269) for the procurement of multifunction modular masts for new construction Virginia-class Block V hulls, spares and repairs.  This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $97,860,000.  Work will be performed in Nashua, New Hampshire (70%); and Syracuse, New York (30%), and is expected to be complete by June 2020.  If all options are exercised, work will continue through June 2024.  Fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $13,932,928 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the current fiscal year.  This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. AIR FORCE Accenture Federal Services LLC, Arlington, Virginia, has been awarded a $65,447,464 other transaction agreement for the execution of the enterprise information technology as a service compute and store risk reduction effort experiment.  This agreement provides for an experiment for services to include providing a flexible and scalable hosting solution for applications and data, operation and maintenance of the compute and store environment, and application rationalization.  Work will be performed in Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado; Maxwell AFB, Alabama; Offutt AFB, Nebraska; Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Cannon AFB, New Mexico; and Hurlburt Field, Florida, and is expected to be completed by June, 2020.  Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $28,517,000 are being obligated at the time of award.  The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8726-19-9-0002). Harris Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded an $18,084,893 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification (P00003) to previously awarded FA8819-19-C-0002 for the manufacturing of Air Force Satellite Control Network complaint L and S band antennas for the space combat range.  Work will be performed at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by June 19, 2021.  Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $18,084,893 are being obligated at the time of award.  The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, California, is the contracting activity. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $17,780,580 cost-plus-fixed fee with an embedded fixed-price and cost reimbursement contract to provide sustainment services for the Lebanese Air Force Armed Caravan Program.  This contract provides field service representatives, repair and return, calibration, support equipment and spares.  Work will be performed in Beirut, Lebanon, and is expected to be completed June 30, 2021, with the possibility of extending the completion date to June 30, 2024.  This contract involves 100% foreign military sales to Lebanon.  This award is the result of a sole source acquisition.  Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $10,732,607 are being obligated at the time of the award.  The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-19-C-3001). EaglePicher Technologies,* Joplin, Missouri, has been awarded a $14,125,999 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract action for an F-35 Agnostic Battery System.  This contract provides for the acquisition of the manufacturing process improvement for the F-35 agnostic battery.  Work will be performed in Joplin, Missouri, and is expected to be completed by June 17, 2022.  This award is the result of a competitive Small Business Innovative Research action and one offer were received.  Fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $7,248,000 are being obligated at the time of award.  The Air Force Research Laboratory Contracting, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-19-C-5077). Joe Torres Co., Bakersfield, California, has been awarded a $9,080,374 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for integrated solid waste management services.  This contract provides for collection and disposal of municipal solid waste, recycling and landfill services.  Work will be performed in Edwards Air Force Base, California, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2024.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.  Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $439,615 are being obligated at the time of award.  The Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, California, is the contracting activity (FA9301-19-D-A006). ARMY General Dynamics Mission Systems, Marion, Virginia, was awarded a $44,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Army Standard Family ISO Shelter, one-side expandable, two-side expandable, and modified extended rigid wall shelter.  Bids were solicited via the internet with three received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 21, 2024.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-D-0078). BIS Services LLC,* Kenner, Louisiana, was awarded a $32,305,200 firm-fixed-price contract for Calcasieu River and pass stone foreshore protection.  Bids were solicited via the internet with three received.  Work will be performed in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 12, 2020.  Fiscal 2019 civil construction funds in the amount of $32,305,200 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, Louisiana, is the contracting activity (W912P8-19-C-0051). BIS Services LLC,* Kenner, Louisiana, was awarded a $14,785,945 firm-fixed-price contract for Calcasieu River and pass stone foreshore protection, repairs and armoring.  Bids were solicited via the internet with four received.  Work will be performed in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 10, 2021.  Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, civil funds in the amount of $14,785,945 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, Louisiana, is the contracting activity (W912P8-19-C-0047). Huffman Construction LLC,* Poplar Bluff, Missouri, was awarded a $13,757,500 firm-fixed-price contract for Ohio River shoreline repair work for multiple pump stations and the construction of a new pump station.  Bids were solicited via the internet with four received.  Work will be performed in Paducah, Kentucky, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 6, 2022.  Fiscal 2017 civil construction funds in the amount of $13,757,500 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, Kentucky, is the contracting activity (W912QR-19-C-0050). Gilbane Federal, Concord, California, was awarded a $13,601,007 firm-fixed-price contract for repair to Moran Hall South (Bldg. 29802).  Bids were solicited via the internet with three received.  Work will be performed in Fort Gordon, Georgia, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 2, 2021.  Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $13,601,007 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah, Georgia, is the contracting activity (W912HN-19-C-3007). Bhate Environmental Associates Inc.,* Birmingham, Alabama, was awarded an $11,382,741 firm-fixed-price contract for demolition services to plan and execute the removal of buildings and facilities to include the abatement and removal of asbestos containing materials and other regulated materials, disconnect and capping of utilities, complete removal of utilities, disposal of all debris materials and restoration.  Nine bids were solicited with three bids received.  Work will be performed in New Orleans, Louisiana, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 19, 2021.  Fiscal 2019 NASA funds in the amount of $11,382,741 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W912DY-19-F-0428). DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Sysco Seattle, Kent, Washington, has been awarded a maximum $21,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-quantity contract for full line food distribution for Navy ships customers in the Puget Sound/Seattle, Washington area.  This was a sole-source acquisition in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  This is a 240-day bridge contract with no option periods.  Location of performance is Washington, with a Feb. 15, 2020, performance completion date.  Using military service is Navy.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 defense working capital funds.  The contracting agency is Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE300-19-D-3227).  (Awarded June 20, 2019) Federal Prison Industries Inc.,** Washington, District of Columbia, has been awarded a maximum $17,232,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for Navy coveralls.  This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods.  Locations of performance are Atlanta, Georgia, Arizona, Mississippi, and District of Columbia, with a Nov. 30, 2020, performance completion date.  Using military service is Navy.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-F027). Sysco Seattle, Kent, Washington, has been awarded a maximum $14,300,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-quantity contract for full line food distribution for land based customers in Seattle, Washington, and surrounding areas.  This was a sole-source acquisition in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  This is a 240-day bridge contract with no option periods.  Location of performance is Washington, with a Feb. 15, 2020, performance completion date.  Using customers are Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army National Guard, and federal civilian agencies.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 defense working capital funds.  The contracting agency is Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE300-19-D-3226).  (Awarded June 20, 2019) DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY Iridium Satellite LLC, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a non-competitive firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00012) for the extension of services on the current Airtime contract (HC104714C4000).  The face value of this action is $8,579,000, funded by fiscal 2019 defense working capital funds.  The total cumulative face value of the contract is $469,483,000.  Performance will be at the contractor's facility.  The original solicitation was issued on the basis of other than full and open competition pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).  Only one responsible source and no other type of supplies or services would satisfy agency requirements.  The period of performance is June 22, 2019, through July 21, 2019.  The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity. (Awarded June 19, 2019) *Small business **Mandatory source https://dod.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1884099/source/GovDelivery/

  • UK - Multi-billion-pound deal for early warning radar aircraft

    26 mars 2019 | International, Aérospatial

    UK - Multi-billion-pound deal for early warning radar aircraft

    Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has signed a $1.98Bn deal to purchase five E-7 aircraft. The E-7 fleet will replace the current Sentry aircraft and ensure the continued delivery of the UK’s Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capability. Named “Wedgetail” by the Australian Department for Defence, the E-7 aircraft can fly for long periods of time and manage the battlespace from the sky. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: The E-7 provides a technological edge in an increasingly complex battlespace, allowing our ships and aircraft to track and target adversaries more effectively than ever. This deal also strengthens our vital military partnership with Australia. We will operate state-of-the-art F-35 jets and world-class Type-26 warships, and this announcement will help us work even more closely together to tackle the global threats we face. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, said: Today’s announcement about the procurement of five E-7 ‘Wedgetail’ Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft is excellent news for both the RAF and wider Defence. This world-class capability, already proven with our Royal Australian Air Force partners, will significantly enhance our ability to deliver decisive airborne command and control and builds on the reputation of our E3D Sentry Force. Along with Defence’s investment in other cutting-edge aircraft, E-7 will form a core element of the Next Generation Air Force, able to overcome both current and future complex threats. The new fleet will be able to track multiple airborne and maritime targets at the same time, using the information it gathers to provide situational awareness and direct other assets such as fighter jets and warships. The E-7 is a proven aircraft that is currently in-service with the Royal Australian Air Force and has been used on operations in the battle against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. The E-7 is based on a standard Boeing 737 NG airliner modified to carry a sophisticated Northrop Grumman active electronically-scanned radar. This can cover four million square kilometres over a 10-hour period. Modification of the aircraft will be carried out in the UK, sustaining over 200 highly skilled jobs at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge, and there will also be opportunities for British suppliers to be involved in future training and support arrangements. This announcement builds on a growing military capability and industrial relationship between the UK and Australia, after the Australian government selected the British Type 26 design for its future frigate. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/multi-billion-pound-deal-for-early-warning-radar-aircraft

  • 4 big problems the intelligence community faces moving to a new data system

    21 août 2019 | International, C4ISR

    4 big problems the intelligence community faces moving to a new data system

    By: Nathan Strout   The Defense Intelligence Agency wants to move quickly in developing the Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System, but the massive project, which will transform how the intelligence community uses data, faces some hard problems. The Defense Intelligence Agency is responsible for informing war fighters and policy makers on the military capabilities of foreign nations. Currently, the agency relies on the Modernized Integrated Database to house foundational military intelligence, but the 20-year old database wasn’t built for the 21st century data landscape. The DIA wants to replace MIDB with MARS, a comprehensive, adaptable, scalable and rigorous data environment. With more data that is better labeled and organized, MARS will allow analysts to use applications to sort and process that data to make connections they couldn’t otherwise. Last year, the DIA issued a broad agency announcement to solicit industry feedback from MARS. They’ve spent the year going over that information and are now preparing to actually build it. “2019 was about learning,” said Terry Busch, chief of DIA’s integrated analysis and methodologies division. “This was the year of prepping to get started. In 2020 we get started ... We’re going to move from designing to building very very quickly." Irving Townsend, also of the DIA, added that the agency was working to make some components of MARS available to the United States’ closest allies in 2020 so leaders in those countries can begin looking at how they can use that data. In summer 2020, the MARS application programming interface will be released to the public, Busch said. But even as the DIA gears up to begin building MARS, the agency has four big problems left to solve. Resolving data inconsistency   Perhaps the most pressing problem with creating a unified resource such as MARS is ensuring that the data fed into the system has been labeled and handled in a uniform way. That’s easier said than done. According to Busch, there are 1,300 different data standards in the Department of Defense. “I work a lot with (the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) and DIA because we have a very similar path for our data,” said Busch. “The NGA has done some wonderful work with some of their data standardization and modeling (...) because NGA’s been in the data making business for a long time.” Making the data collected by the various agencies and services interoperable is essential for the MARS enterprise. Data storage   The amount of data collected by the intelligence community that MARS needs to encompass is staggering. Hosting images and videos, like those collected by the National Reconnaissance Office, for instance, takes up a lot of space. Because of this, MARS will not actually host all of the data itself. Instead, MARS will refer to intelligence hosted by other agencies. Instead, MARS needs to be able to index that intelligence. Theoretically, users will be able to click a link to access that data hosted on other servers. The DIA will have to figure out how this solution for MARS to operate effectively. The black box problem In developing a massive dataset of intelligence, the DIA wants all intelligence to be explainable, meaning that analysts need to be able to see how the intelligence was arrived at. In other words, can analysts and systems show their work? “It’s really, really important to understand that we’re not going to accept a black box,” said Townsend. “Our analysts are not going to accept that.” This is a problem for intelligence agencies and contractors who don’t want to reveal their methods or proprietary information. Townsend noted that companies are going to have to figure out how to explain their intelligence without giving away that information. Legacy systems Another problem with moving to MARS? Many legacy systems will not be able to move to the MARS framework. While MARS will incorporate all of the MIDB data, some legacy systems will not be able to use the new system and will instead remain reliant on MIDB. “The transition is difficult. Many of our war fighters are impinged by legacy technology,” said Busch. “There is not turning MIDB off. Not for the foreseeable future.” Busch noted that while Congress may not like funding both programs simultaneously, it is necessary until those legacy systems can be replaced or upgraded. The DIA will discuss these problems at a MARS industry day Sept. 10, where they are expected to explain what the agency wants from industry. https://www.c4isrnet.com/intel-geoint/2019/08/19/4-big-problems-the-intelligence-community-faces-moving-to-a-new-data-system/

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