DTN News: India’s Light Combat Helicopter Takes Flight
Source: DTN News / Int'l Media By: David Donald
(NSI News Source Info) BANGALORE, India - April 2, 2010: HAL on March 29 made the first flight of its light combat helicopter (LCH) prototype, conducting hover tests for around 15 minutes at Bangalore, India. At the controls were group captain Unni Pillai and group captain Hari Nair. Ground runs began in early February.
The LCH, a two-seat attack helicopter based on elements of the HAL Dhruv utility helicopter, is powered by two HAL/Turbomeca Shakti turboshafts, each rated at 1,200 shp. It has a tandem stepped cockpit and crashworthy undercarriage with a stalky tailwheel.
Defense is to be provided by a Saab Avitronics EW suite. In the nose is a sensor turret that is integrated with a helmet-mounted sight system, with a Nexter THL-20 turret mounting a 20-mm M621 cannon. Stub wings provide carriage for weapons, including a range of light bomb and rocket options. The principal weapon, however, will be the Helina helicopter-launched variant of the DRDO’s Nag anti-tank weapon. The helicopter will be able to carry as many as eight of these IIR-guided missiles. MBDA’s air-to-air missile is also slated for LCH. Elements of the LCH’s weapons suite are the same as those of the armed version of the Dhruv, and are already under test on that vehicle.
Development of the LCH began in 2006, and the helicopter was originally due to fly in March 2009, but there have been snags and weight issues. The latter are particularly serious as the LCH is intended to operate with full payload in the Himalayas. HAL has outlined an iterative weight-reduction program over the first three technology demonstration aircraft to bring the LCH down to an acceptable weight level.
HAL hopes to achieve IOC for the type in December 2011, with full induction being achieved in 2012/13. Current plans envision the Indian Air Force receiving 65, and the Indian Army 114.
DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated April 1, 2010
Source: U.S. DoD issued April 1, 2010
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - April 2, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued April 1,2010 are undermentioned;
MISSLE DEFENSE AGENCY~Lockheed Martin Corporation of Sunnyvale, Calif. is being awarded a sole-source indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract (#HQ0147-10-D-0001) with a ceiling value of $434,738,000. Under this THAAD Field Support Contract, Lockheed Martin will provide logistics, maintenance, software, training, and engineering services to fielded THAAD fire units. The contract’s period of performance extends through March 2015. Work will be carried out in Sunnyvale, California; Huntsville, Ala.; and Fort Bliss, Texas. Fiscal year (FY) 2010 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation funds will be utilized for Task Orders issued in FY 2010. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity (HQ0147).
NAVY~Lockheed Martin Corporation, Marietta, Ga., is being awarded a $77,148,971 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-09-D-0015) to provide additional funding for logistics and engineering services in support of the U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J aircraft. Work will be performed in Cherry Point, N.C. (36 percent), Miramar, Calif. (36 percent), and Okinawa, Japan (28 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.
~General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corporation, Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $36,613,301 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-4413) for the complete restoration of USS Hartford (SSN 768) through final fabrication and installation of the hull patch, bridge access trunk, port retractable bow plane and the sail. Selected required maintenance will also be performed. This modification includes options which, if exercised, will bring the total cumulative amount to $86,889,301. Work will be performed in Groton, Conn.(85 percent) and Quonset, R.I. (15 percent), and is expected to be completed by November 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $20,000,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.
~Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation, is being awarded a $13,106,278 task order #0071 under previously awarded contract (M67854-02-A-9020) to provide engineering and technical support; on-going acquisition support; financial support; logistics support; website development and management; manpower, personnel and training analysis report development and assessment; manpower, personnel and training plan, development and support; administrative support and managerial support for the Program Manager (PM) Networking and Satellite Communications (NSC) and PM NSC Systems program teams. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Communications, Intelligence and Networking Systems (CINS) Product Group’s (PG12) mission is to act as the central agent for the research, development, acquisition, and life cycle management of communications, intelligence, surveillance, and networking systems throughout the Marine Corps. PG12’s assigned mission includes the responsibility of CINS for the Operating Forces and the Supporting Establishment. The programs within the PG cover all phases of the DoD 5000 acquisition process. The Contractor shall be required to interface and coordinate with other contractors supporting PG12 including those in all the Commercial Enterprise Omnibus Support Service (CEOss) domains. It is the contractor’s responsibility to arrange any Non-Disclosure Agreements necessary to interface with other contractors in order to accomplish the PG12 mission. Work will be performed in Quantico, Va. Work is expected to be completed in April 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $299,608 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.
~Harris Corporation, RF Communications Division, Rochester, N.Y., is being issued $12,000,000 for firm-fixed-price GSA delivery order under previously awarded contract (M67854-10-F-7003) to purchase 20 watt to 50 watt software upgrades for the power amplifier on existing tactical hand held radio AN/VRC-110 systems. Work will be performed in Rochester, N.Y., and will be completed July 15, 2010. Contract Funds in the amount of $150,397 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This GSA delivery order was awarded on a competitive basis with one offer received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.
~Information Network Systems, Inc., Stafford, Va., is being awarded $9,542,669 for task order #0053 under previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M67854-02-A-9013). The Marine Corps Systems Command, Program Manager (PM) for Networks and Satellite Communications Systems (NSC), and PM for Tactical Communication Systems (TCS) mission is to act as the central agent for the research, development, acquisition, and life cycle management of communications, intelligence, surveillance, and networking systems throughout the Marine Corps. PM NSC and PM TCS’s assigned mission includes the responsibility to the operating forces and the supporting establishments. The scope of this Statement of Work is represented in three areas: equipment support, inventory management, and fielding team support. Work will be performed in Marine Corps Command organizations Quantico, Va., and work is expected to be completed in April 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.
~FMW Composite Systems Inc., Bridgeport, W.V., is being awarded $8,461,035 for firm- fixed-price delivery order #0011 under previously awarded contract (M67854-05-D-5004) for 99 small and 99 medium ground expedient refueling systems. Work will be performed in Bridgeport, WV, and work is expected to be completed by March 31, 2011. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.
~Lockheed Martin Corp., Manassas, Va. is being awarded an $ 8,091,865 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the design, development, integration, test, certification, training, logistics, and maintenance for the Integrated Common Processor portion of the various Integrated Undersea Surveillance Systems. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (95 percent) and the government of Japan (5 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program. Work will be performed in Manassas, Va.(78.9 percent); Fairfax, Va.(11.5 percent); Anaheim Hills, Calif.(7.3 percent), Portsmouth, R.I. (1.6 percent), and Cherry Hill, N.J. (0.7 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N00039-10-D-0001).
~The Center for Transportation and the Environment, Inc.*, Atlanta, Ga., is being awarded a $6,092,394 costcontract for the development of a Department of Defense hydrogen fuel cell material handling equipment pilot program at the Defense Depot San Joaquin(DDJC), in Tracy, Calif. This requirement is for a hydrogen 2 (H2) pilot at DDJC utilizing twenty hydrogen powered forklifts for warehousing activities, and a hydrogen generation system using renewable energy to power an electrolysis-based Hydro2 generator. This contract is in support of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the exploration of alternative energy sources. Work will be performed in Tracy, Calif. (40 percent); Allentown, Pa. (30 percent); and Latham, N.Y (30 percent), and is expected to be completed by August 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $910,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane and Federal Business Opportunities websites, with an unspecified number of proposals solicited and 8offers received. NSWC Crane, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-10-C-GS20).
~Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation, Oceanside, Calif., is being awarded $5,557,540 for task order #0072 under previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M67854-02-A-9020). The scope of this Statement of Work (SOW) is to provide on-going support in the areas of systems engineering, acquisition, financial, logistics, administrative management to the Product Group Director (PGD) Communications, Intelligence & Networking Systems (CINS), the CINS Milestone Assessment Team (MAT), the CINS Technical Support Team (TST), and the CINS Operations Manager. The programs within this Product Group cover all phases of the acquisition process. Due to the dynamic nature of systems acquisitions resulting from the ongoing other contingency operations, the contractor must demonstrate the ability to rapidly respond to changes associated with performance, such as those resulting from new programs or system requirements, accelerated fielding requirements, or the need to support immediate improvements to fielded equipment. The contractor shall be required to interface and coordinate with other contractors supporting PG-12 including those in all the Commercial Enterprise Omnibus Support Service domains. Work will be performed in Quantico, Va., and work is expected to be completed in April 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $979,584 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.
DEFENSE COMMISSARY AGENCY
~Military Produce Group, LLC, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded an indefinite-delivery, requirements-type contract on April 2 to provide fresh fruits and vegetables (FF&V) for resale at 21 commissary store locations in the Defense Commissary Agency’s east region, considered Area 1. The estimated award amount is $53,272,046.68. Contractor will deliver FF&V to the store locations as needed. The contract is for a two- year base period beginning May 1, 2010 through April 30, 2012. Three one-year option periods are available. If all option periods are exercised, the contract will be completed April 30, 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Seventy-eight firms were solicited and six offers were received. The Defense Commissary Agency, Resale Contracting Division, Produce Support Branch, Fort Lee, Va., is the contracting activity (HDEC02-10-D-0001).
ARMY~Kiewit Building Group, Omaha, Neb., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 a $44,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract of for the design/ build construction contract entitled, “FY08 MCA PN50350 Barracks Complex PH 6B, Wheeler Army Airfields, Oahu, Hawaii. Work is to be performed in Oahu, Hawaii with an estimated completion date of Feb. 27, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with eight bids received. U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, Honolulu, Hawaii is the contracting activity (W9128A-10-C-0005).
~Olin Corporation, Winchester Division, East Alton, Ill., was awarded on Mar. 29, 2010 a $43,442,000 Indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity with firm-fixed-price orders. This procurement is a sole source Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity effort for the manufacture and delivery of .50 calibre M903 Sabot light armor penetrator and M962 Sabot light armor penetrator tracer bulk and the 4:1 linked configuration of the M903/M962. Delivery Order 0001 will be issued at contract award. Work is to be performed in East Alton, Ill., (50 percent), Towanda, Pa., (26 percent), Jonesborough, Tenn., (8 percent), Independence, Mo., (6 percent), Hopkins, Minn., (4 percent), Wood Dale, Ill., (4 percent), St. Marks, Fla., (2 percent) with an estimated completion date of Jun. 30, 2016. One sole source bid was solicited with one bid received. Joint Munitions & Lethality Contracting Center, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-10-D-0010).
~Nordic Ammunition Company, Karlsborg, Sweden, was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 a $24,191,317 firm-fixed-price contract. This procurement is for the manufacture and delivery of 5.56 mm M995 armor piecing cartridge and 7.62mm armor piercing cartridges. Work is to be performed in Bedford, Pa., and foreign Sweden., with an estimated completion date of Apr. 29, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Joint Munitions and Lethality Contracting Center, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-06-C-0009).
~ARMTEC Countermeasures Company, Coachella, Calif., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 a $23,425,364 firm-fixed-price contract for the exercise of Option Year 1 for W52P1J-09-C-0055 for M206, MJU-7A/B in support of the flares program. Work is to be performed in Milan, Tenn., (50 percent) and East Camden, Ark., (50 percent) with an estimated completion of Nov. 30, 2011. Bide were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. Department of the Army, Rock Island Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1-09-C-0055).
~Kilgore Flare Company, LLC., Toone, Tenn., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 a $20,415,451 firm-fixed-price contract for the exercise of Option Year 1 for W52P1J-09-C-0056 for M206, MJU-7A/B in support of the flares program. Work is to be performed in East Camden, Ark., (50 percent) with an estimated completion of Nov. 30, 2011. Bide were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. Department of the Army, Rock Island Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1-09-C-0056).
~L-3 Communications Combat Propulsion Systems, Muskegon, Mich., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 a $16,149,237 firm-price with incentive and cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts. This contract is for 221 reset Bradley transmissions, 2 control tests and incentive fee pool. Work is to be performed in Muskegon, Mich., (54 percent), and Texarkana, Texas., (46 percent) with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2013. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Contracting Center, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-C-0098).
~J&J Contractors, Inc., Lowell, Mass., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 a $15,987,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the design / build of an Armed Forces Reserve Center, Rutland, Vermont. Work is performed in Rutland, Vt., with an estimated completion date of May 14, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with nine bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, Louisville, Ky., is the contracting activity (W912QR-10-C-0038).
~Purnell Construction Co., LLC., Baton Rouge, La., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 a $15,810,697 firm-fixed-price contract. The work consists of construction operations for enlargement of existing levee by truck-hauling material from contractor furnished borrow pit, clearing and grubbing, installation of geotextile construction of a clay cut-off trench, maintenance of truck wash down racks, fertilizing, seeding and mulching and all operations incidental thereto. Work is to be performed at the Westwego to Harvey Canal, Hurricane & Storm Damage Risk Reduction System, V-Line Levee East of Vertex, Phase 2 First Enlargement, Jefferson Parish, La., with an estimated completion date of Apr. 27, 2011. Eleven bids were solicited with five bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-09-D-0042).
~Brigadler Construction Services, LLC., Cleveland, Ohio., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 an $11,992,700 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is to construct a 1300 person dining facility based on standard design criteria. The project shall include design and complete construction as indicated in the request for proposal. The site design and construction outside the “5 Foot Line” be in this contract. The contract is performance based, and not definitive in type of construction or materials unless otherwise indicated. A comprehensive interior design is required with an option to provide furniture and décor items. Work is to be performed in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2014. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. U.S> Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (W91236-08-D-0057).
~The Ross Group Construction Corp., Tulsa, Okla., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 a $11,551,000 firm-fixed-price contract to renovate B730, Fort Still Okla, Work includes evaluating existing classrooms electronically, mechanically, and in regard to connectivity; renovate classrooms in preparation for reception of future Classroom 21 package/suite; renovate hallways, staircases and display areas; renovate latrines; and achieve proper temperature regulation in the Classroom 21 computer server room. Work is to be performed in Fort Still, Okla., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 10, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with one bid received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District, Tulsa, Okla., is the contracting activity (W9126G-06-D-0043).~AM General LLC., South Bend, Ind., was awarded on Mar. 29, 2010 an $11,100,440 firm-fixed-price contract to add 94 each of High Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles to contract. Work is to be performed in Mishawaka, Ind., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Warren, AMSTA-AQ-ATCA, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (DAAE07-01-C-S001).
~Greenleaf Construction Co, Inc., Kansas City, Mo., was awarded on March 29, 2010 a $10,985,396 firm-fixed-price contract for the design/ build award for a motor transport operator/ wheeled vehicle drivers course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Work is to be performed in Waynesville, Mo., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 26, 2011. Hub-Zone set-aside bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, Kansas City, Mo., is the contracting activity (W912DQ-10-C-4012).
~Paul S. Akins Company, Inc., Statesboro, Ga., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 a $10,777,100 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of an advanced skills training trainee dining facility. This includes the design build of a complete enlisted personnel dining facility, supporting site work, and demolition of existing parking lot at the building site and surrounding area at Fort Benning, Ga. Work is to be performed in Fort Benning, Ga., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2011. Three bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Savannah, Ga., is the contracting activity (W91236-08-D-0064).
~Olin Corp., Winchester Division, East Alton, Ill., was awarded on Mar. 26, 2010 a $10,691,561 requirements contract with actual awards made via delivery order and delivery order modification contract. This award is made under the terms of the existing requirements contract for 9mm M882 ball. This ammunition is used in the M9 Beretta pistol both for training and for combat. Work is to be performed in East Alton, Ill., with an estimated completion date of Apr. 30, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. Rock Island Contracting Center, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-06-D-0031).
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY~Fraga Group USA, Greenbelt, Md.** is being awarded a maximum $20,316,180 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. Other location of performance is Spain. Using services are Navy, Air Force and federal civilian agencies. There were originally five proposals solicited with two responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is May 30, 2013. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-10-D-9405).
~Breeze Eastern, Union, N.J.* is being awarded a maximum $13,042,825 firm fixed price, sole source contract for aircraft mount winch. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Army. There were originally two proposals solicited with one response. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is March 31, 2015. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Philadelphia (DSCR-AHA), Redstone Arsenal, Ala. (SPRRA1-10-D-0036).
~Honeywell International Inc., Tempe, Ariz. is being awarded a maximum $7,748,600 firm fixed price sole source contract for shaft compressors. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Air Force and Marine Corps. There was originally one proposal solicited with one response. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is October, 2011. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Philadelphia (DSCR-ZC), Philadelphia, Pa. (SPRPA1-09-G-002X-5242).
~Mercury Air Center dba Atlantic Aviation, Reno, Nev.* is being awarded a maximum $7,375,457 fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for fuel. Other location of performance is same. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally two proposals solicited with one response. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is March 31, 2014. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va. (SP0600-10-D-0007).
*Small Business**Small Disadvantaged, Veteran Owned Business
DTN News: General Dynamics Demonstrates Precision Strike Capability For Tactical UAVs With 81mm Air-Dropped Guided MortarSource: DTN News / General Dynamics
(NSI News Source Info) BOTHELL, Wash. - April 2, 2010: General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has successfully guided an 81mm Air-Dropped Guided Mortar (ADM) to a stationary ground target. The guide-to-target flight demonstrations, conducted at Ft. Sill, Okla., confirmed the ability of the 81mm ADM using a novel guidance kit and fuze to provide a precision strike capability for Tactical-Class Unmanned Aircraft (TUAV). The ADM was released from a TUAV using the company’s newly developed “Smart Rack” carriage and release system that enables weaponization of any TUAV platform.
Application of RCFC technology to the 81mm air-dropped guided mortar has been developed in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) in Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. ARDEC developed and successfully tested environmental sensors for the guidance kit’s fuzing system.
The results from the Ft. Sill flight tests built on previously successful 81mm air-dropped guided mortar guide-to-target flight demonstrations by General Dynamics and ARDEC in Kingman, Ariz., in December 2008.
Designed to meet the needs of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Special Forces for a rapid target response capability, the ADM uses existing mortar inventory to provide a low-cost, lightweight weapon system with proven energetics. The company’s patented Roll Controlled Fixed Canard (RCFC) guidance kit, with an innovative flight-control and GPS-based guidance and navigational system, adds precision strike capability to existing mortars.
The nose-mounted guidance kit replaces existing mortar fuzes and has been successfully demonstrated on multiple mortar calibers in both air-drop and tube-launch applications and provides a common, multi-platform Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) and integrated weapon system for unmanned aircraft. The tube-launched application is a low-cost guidance approach that has been successfully demonstrated at Yuma Proving Grounds in a tactical 120mm guided mortar configuration known as the Roll Controlled Guided Mortar (RCGM). The tube launched 120mm RCGM uses the existing warhead and the M934A1 fuze.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), is a world leader in the manufacture of large-, medium- and small-caliber direct and indirect-fire munitions, shaped charge warheads and BALL POWDER® Propellant. It also manufactures precision metal components; and provides load, assemble and pack services for tactical missile and rocket programs. More information on General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical is available online at http://www.gd-ots.com/.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,700 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available online at www.gd.com.
DTN News: General Dynamics Delivers First F-15 Wideband Radome To Boeing In Support Of Radar Modernization Program
Source: DTN News / General Dynamics
(NSI News Source Info) CHARLOTTE, N.C. - April 2, 2010: General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has delivered its first F-15 wideband nose radome to The Boeing Company in support of the F-15 Radar Modernization Program (RMP) under a system development and demonstration (SDD) contract that was awarded in October 2008. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
The RMP radome will fly on the U.S. Air Force F-15E as part of the RMP upgrade. Benefits of the radome include superior electrical performance over a wide frequency range, low weight, low part count, and the ability to perform in high heat and stress environment. The radome also includes the installation and integration of an instrument landing system antenna.
“We are pleased to achieve this program milestone on schedule and within budget to support Boeing’s work on the F-15 RMP,” said Jim Losse, vice president and general manager of advanced materials for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.
“Our team in Marion has built wideband radomes for years, and we are excited to add the F-15 RMP nose radome to our facility and workforce’s capabilities.”
The SDD contract scope includes radome design, material strength and environmental testing, environmental and structural qualification, tool design, fabrication, assembly and repair-methods development. Production and program management is being performed at General Dynamics’ advanced materials facility in Marion, Va. Ten radomes will be built as part of the SDD phase, with deliveries completed in April 2011.
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, N.C., provides a broad range of system solutions for military and commercial applications. The company designs, develops and produces high-performance weapon and armament systems, defensive armor, countermeasure systems and aerospace composite solutions, as well as off-road axle and suspension systems. It is also a leading U.S. producer of biological and chemical detection systems. More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the Internet at http://www.gdatp.com/.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,700 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.
DTN News: World’s First Weather Satellite Launched 50 Years Ago Today And Lockheed Martin Has Been Involved From The Very BeginningSource: DTN News / Lockheed Martin
(NSI News Source Info) SUNNYVALE, Calif., - April 2, 2010: TIROS-1–the first Television and Infrared Observation Satellite–and its successors revolutionized weather observation and forecasting. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and its heritage companies built every one of the TIROS series of spacecraft, from TIROS-1– launched on April 1, 1960– through NOAA-N Prime, launched on February 6, 2009.
“We at Lockheed Martin are enormously proud of our long-standing partnership with NASA and NOAA, and congratulate them on this very momentous anniversary,” said Joanne Maguire, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC). “Fifty years ago, about the best an ordinary person could do to predict the weather was look out the window and report back. Today, the data accumulated by these satellites over five decades, and the sophisticated weather models they drive, enable reliable forecasts out to seven days. We cannot change the weather, but it is very satisfying to have played–and continue to play–a role in creating the tools that allow us to prepare for it and mitigate its impact on our lives and livelihood.”
The TIROS-1 satellite was built by RCA Astro Electronics in East Windsor, New Jersey. The General Electric Corporation purchased RCA in 1986 and Astro Electronics was renamed GE Astro Space. Martin Marietta acquired it in 1993, and it would become part of Lockheed Martin when that company merged with the Lockheed Corporation in 1995.
TIROS-1 demonstrated the advantage of mapping Earth’s cloud cover from satellite altitudes. The first views revealed clouds banded and clustered in unexpected ways. The mission also succeeded in verifying experimental television techniques designed to develop a worldwide meteorological satellite information system, and testing Sun angle and horizon sensor systems for spacecraft orientation. While the satellite operated for only 78 days, it paved the way for far more robust spacecraft that have made a lasting impact on weather prediction. In all, 44 TIROS satellites were launched between 1960 and 2009. Through five decades of service, they have earned the reputation as the workhorses of the Civil Space Earth-imaging inventory.
The current generation of civilian weather satellites has a direct lineage to TIROS-1. The Advanced TIROS-N satellite series are called Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES). The satellites are acquired and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and once on-orbit operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
A constellation consists of two POES satellites circling the planet in nearly north-south orbits. As the Earth rotates, the entire globe, one swath at a time rolls into view of the satellites’ instruments. The satellites provide measurements of reflected solar and radiated thermal energy from land, sea, clouds, and the atmosphere in the visible and infrared spectrum, atmospheric soundings of temperature and humidity, measurements of global sea surface temperature, aerosol distribution data, ozone concentration data, soil moisture data, and measurements of orbital proton and electron flux.
Together these data comprise irreplaceable inputs to the numerical weather forecast model and are vital to medium and long-range forecasting. Separately or in combination, the data are utilized to produce sea-surface temperature maps, ice condition charts, vegetation maps, and other forecasting and management tools.
Data from these spacecraft also support a broad range of environmental monitoring applications including weather analysis and forecasting, climate research and prediction, ocean dynamics research, volcanic eruption monitoring, and forest fire detection. Additionally, POES satellites – and NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) satellites – carry two search and rescue instruments that are used internationally for locating ships, aircraft, and people in distress. The use of satellites in search and rescue has been instrumental in saving more than 24,500 lives since the inception of the Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system. POES satellites also collect data from remote platforms and provide direct broadcast of environmental data worldwide.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md., is responsible for the procurement, development, launch services, and verification of the POES spacecraft, instruments, and unique ground equipment. Following spacecraft launch, Goddard is responsible for satellite health and safety during a comprehensive on-orbit verification period that lasts 45 days. Following satellite checkout, NASA turns operational control over to NOAA, which operates the satellites from its Satellite Operations Control Center along with the nation's other environmental satellites.
NOAA's environmental satellite system is composed of two types of satellites: POES for global, long-term forecasting and environmental monitoring; and GOES for national, regional, short-range warning and “now-casting.” Lockheed Martin and its heritage companies built all of the POES satellites going back to the very first weather satellite launch on April 1, 1960, and is currently developing the next generation GOES-R satellite system, with a first launch set for 2015. Both GOES and POES are necessary for providing a complete global weather monitoring system.
LMSSC is a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, designs and develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security and military, civil government and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; ballistic missiles; missile defense systems; and nanotechnology research and development.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.
DTN News: Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests Joint Air-To-Ground Missile (JAGM) Tri-Mode SeekerSource: DTN News / Lockheed Martin
(NSI News Source Info) ORLANDO, FL, - April 2, 2010: Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has successfully completed a wide-ranging series of tests on the multi-mode seeker for its Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system. JAGM will provide a precision, adverse weather, low-collateral-damage weapon to rotary- and fixed-wing pilots, as well as the unmanned aerial system community.
Currently in the technology development phase, JAGM’s tri-mode seeker includes imaging infrared, semi-active laser and millimeter wave radar sensors for precision-strike targeting.
“We’ve successfully demonstrated all of the sensor modes simultaneously and are very pleased with what we’re seeing,” said Rick Edwards, vice president for Tactical Missiles and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin. “Having fully functional seeker hardware this early in the program allows us to validate our software integration and test procedures. We are moving forward to deliver an unrivaled capability that will meet our Warfighters’ needs.”
Lockheed Martin has built several tri-mode seekers for tower, captive flight and missile flight testing. Upcoming captive-carry testing will verify performance in a flight environment. Additional testing in thermal and vibration performance, and electromagnetic interference effects will also take place this year.
Program officials also recently held Kaizen events, or Structured Improvement Activity (SIA), at Lockheed Martin’s seeker and electronics production facilities in Ocala, FL, and Troy, AL.
“The SIA’s were very successful and we have made significant progress in maturing our JAGM production manufacturing process. The recent tests and Kaizen events demonstrate the maturity of the tri-mode seeker, which is the heart of the JAGM weapon system,” Edwards said. “Seeker maturity is the key to controlling program risk and ensuring an affordable, producible and supportable product.”
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.
DTN News: Boeing Statement On Potential Extension Of Deadline For Submission Of KC-X Tanker Proposals
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(NSI News Source Info) ST. LOUIS, - April 2, 2010: The U.S. Department of Defense on March 31 said it will extend the deadline to receive proposals in the U.S. Air Force KC-X Tanker competition from May 10 to July 9 if European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) makes a formal request for an extension. The Boeing Company today responded with the following statement:
“We are deeply disappointed with EADS-Airbus efforts to further delay this vital warfighting program and tilt the U.S. procurement process in its favor. EADS-Airbus has been fully engaged in the competition for four years and was always expected to provide the vast majority of its team’s work content.
“We welcome the denial of EADS’s repeated requests to alter U.S. warfighting requirements, and we support the Air Force’s stated intent to provide a level playing field for qualified competitors. We do not see a legitimate reason for EADS’s bid deadline extension request, and we believe an extension that favors any individual competitor does not further the goal of ensuring fair competition.
“Boeing remains fully prepared to submit a competitive proposal by the May 10 deadline originally set by the Air Force. However, this latest development, along with the World Trade Organization’s recent final ruling that Airbus has been heavily and illegally subsidized for decades, requires Boeing to review all of our options for going forward while we wait for a final determination on a deadline extension.”
DTN News: BAE Systems Wins £111M Readiness & Sustainment Contract In The Air Sector Source: DTN News / BAE Systems
(NSI News Source Info) WARTON, U.K. - April 1, 2010: BAE Systems has won a four-year contract worth £111 million from the UK's Ministry of Defence (MOD) to support and maintain the 28 new Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force.
The contract underlines the company's capabilities in the area of readiness and sustainment and is the latest in a number of significant military aircraft support contracts awarded by the MOD in the last 12 months. Totalling £1.5 billion the contracts are; Hawk In-Service Support, Harrier Platform Availability Contract (HPAC), Typhoon Availability Service (TAS) and Radar and Defensive Aids Sub Systems (RDASS) for Typhoon. Readiness and sustainment activity accounts for around 40 per cent of BAE Systems' revenue in 2009.
This latest contract, also known as Hawk In-Service Support (ISS) means that BAE Systems is responsible for ensuring the AJT fleet, also known as Hawk TMk2, is available for training the RAF's fast jet pilots at RAF Valley. The contract runs until 2014 and builds upon the success that BAE Systems has had supporting the Hawk TMk1 aircraft and other aircraft including the Tornado and Harrier.
The UK's RAF received the first of its 28 Hawk TMk2 aircraft in the summer of 2009. With 22 aircraft delivered to date the final aircraft will be delivered to the RAF this year.
Martin Rushton, Managing Director of BAE Systems' Training & Hawk UK business, said: "Signature of the Hawk ISS contact represents recognition of BAE Systems' readiness and sustainment capabilities and is a significant milestone for the joint MOD, RAF and BAE Systems team. This contract provides an effective and flexible service at an affordable price enabling our future pilots to perform their essential training in readiness for future fast jet aircraft including Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II."
BAE Systems currently supports the RAF's Hawk TMk1 fleet at RAF Valley on Anglesey in Wales.
Over 900 Hawk aircraft have been sold, or are on order, and the aircraft is currently helping produce highly trained pilots across 25 countries worldwide. The Hawk produces less noise and emissions than any other jet trainer and has lower acquisition, operating and support costs than any other jet trainer.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).
DTN News: BAE Bags Archer Deal For Sweden, Norway
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(NSI News Source Info) LONDON, U.K. - April 1, 2010: Defense giant BAE has clinched a $200 million contract to make 48 Archer self-propelled artillery gun systems for Swedish and Norwegian armed forces.
The deal was sealed days after the company lost a major contract to supply armored vehicles to the British army. Even so, the deal was part of a string of contracts that BAE Systems -- Europe's biggest military contractor -- was awarded by the British ministry of defense.
The contract for the 155-millimeter self-propelled artillery guns systems is in line with a decision by the British military brass to develop a "a medium-caliber cannon by CTA International, an Anglo-French joint venture between BAE Systems and Nexter Group, formerly known as Giat Industries, The Wall Street Journal reported.
BAE officials said the first operational systems would be delivered to both Sweden and Norway in October, with production continuing over the following two years. The deal marks a much-need lifeline for a $146 million development program launched by BAE in 2003.
"Archer is an important program for the armed forces of both countries and for BAE Systems' land business, as it is in a core area for us and will provide a springboard for future exports," Mike Smith, managing director of BAE Systems, Global Combat Systems Weapons said in a company statement.
"We appreciate the effort and cooperation that the FMV and FLO -- the national procurement agencies -- have invested in ensuring the procurement of the most advanced and capable artillery system for the Swedish and Norwegian armies."
Archer is an advanced and automated artillery gun system designed for rapid deployment and high mobility in the most demanding operational scenarios, a company statement said.
Its digital fire control system and automatic gun-laying capability allows a response to calls for fire within 30 seconds while the ordnance is securely stowed and ready for rapid redeployment within 30 seconds of the completion of a fire mission, the statement added.
Earlier this week, the British company also secured a multimillion-dollar deal to produce a new generation of combat ships for the British navy as well as construction of the fifth Astute-class submarine.
Many countries, primarily in Europe, have moved to increasing invest in all aspects of their military. The upgrade program currently prevailing is the F-35, replacing outdated F-16 combat aircraft in many NATO countries.
BAE joined forces with Saab in 1995 to co-market the Gripen combat aircraft but the venture ended nine years later. BAE retained its majority stake in Saab, although half of that was sold this year a holding company of Sweden's influential Wallenburg family.
DTN News: A400M Military Transport Plane ~ Several Nations Want Fewer PlanesSource: DTN News / EADS(NSI News Source Info) PARIS, France - April 1, 2010: The partner nations of the Airbus A400M military transport plane will reduce their orders by up to 10 planes in exchange for increased funding for the delayed and financially troubled project.
Britain said this week it would cut its A400M orders by three to a total of 22 planes. While France is sticking to its 50 orders, Germany is mulling to trim its contract for 60 planes, German newspapers reported. Other partner governments include Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey.
European defense officials said the new contract could be signed as early as June.
The cuts are apparently part of a March 7 deal between Airbus' parent European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company and the partner nations, which have agreed to pay an additional $2.7 billion for the planes, a pass on penalties on current delays and a new delivery schedule.
The bailout plan, worth $4.8 billion in total, followed threats from the European aerospace company to pull the plug on the project if an agreement to refinance construction of the A400M military transport plane wasn't swiftly reached.
The project was agreed to in 2003 with Airbus ordered to construct 180 A400Ms at a fixed price of $29 billion. Technical delays, ballooning costs and political blunders caused delays in project, however, with the plane's maiden voyage taking place only last December in Seville, Spain.
The project now is expected to cost around 50 percent more than original estimates and is three to four years behind schedule.
The partner countries desperately need a new freighter plane: Britain is eager to modernize its fleet of Hercules and C-17 carriers, worn by the mission in Afghanistan; and France and Germany want new transport planes to replace their 4-decade-old C-160 Transall machines, which are slow and inflexible.
Airbus claims the A400M can carry double the load of the hugely popular Lockheed C130 Hercules, also a four-engine turboprop, and is more fuel-efficient than the jet-powered Boeing C-17.
Meanwhile, officials in the partner nations harshly criticized the management failures linked to the program.
"There is clearly a problem of organization and industrial management," he said. "EADS and Airbus have drawn conclusions on organization but they have to work harder on their capacity to manage programs," Laurent Collet-Billon, the head of the French arms procurement office was quoted as saying by Defensenews.com. "I think EADS has to make a very big effort to improve its management culture."
DTN News: Israel Delivers Six Heron Drones To Turkey
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(NSI News Source Info) ANKARA, Turkey - April 1, 2010: Israel has delivered six more Heron type unmanned aerial vehicles to Turkey as agreed in a deal by the two countries and expects the remaining four to arrive by the end of April. Israel has trained the Turkish personnel who will operate the drones and first tests were also conducted, Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul told reporters at parliament on Thursday. The long-delayed delivery of the Israeli-made surveillance drones followed Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's fence-mending trip to Turkey in January.
In 2005, Turkey signed a contract with Israel to purchase 10 Heron unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) worth more than $180 million from Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elbit Systems, Ltd.
Heron drone, capable of flying at an altitude of 30,000 feet for 30 hours, has been estimated by foreign experts to have a maximum operating range of 3,300 kilometers (2,000 miles).
Turkey, one of the few Middle East states that has maintained diplomatic ties with Israel, remains a voiced critic of Tel Aviv's actions against the Palestinian nation, including the closure of al-Aqsa Mosque to Palestinians, the siege of Gaza, and the weeks-long offensive in the coastal sliver that left over 1,400 Gazans killed.
DTN News: German Army Orders 41 DINGO 2Source: DTN News
(NSI News Source Info) MUNICH (BNS) - April 1, 2010: German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) have ordered further 41 ‘DINGO 2’ from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), to deploy them in Afghanistan.
The delivery of the heavily-protected personnel and material carrier ‘DINGO 2’ will be done by the year end.
"This short delivery period underlines the flexibility and industrial performance of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann", says Frank Haun, CEO and Chairman of the Board of KMW in an official news release.
The DINGO 2 is a protected wheeled vehicle as its crew gets protection against all modern small arms, artillery shrapnel, anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and NBC warfare agents.
DINGO 2 is equipped with light weapons station of the type FLW 100, as defensive weaponry, and can carry different sets of armaments (e.g. machines guns). It is air-transportable on C160-Transall, C130 Hercules and the A400M aircraft in all configurations.
The DINGO 2 is a consistent upgrade of the DINGO 1 all-protected carrier vehicle transport vehicle. The vehicle was introduced in the German armed forces in the year 2000 after proving its ability. DINGO 2 was introduced to replace the M113 fully tracked armored personnel carrier.
Next to Germany it is also used by Austria, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Czech Republic.