Monday, January 24, 2011

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated January 24, 2011

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated January 24, 2011
Source: U.S. DoD issued No. 065-11 January 24, 2011
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - January 24, 2011: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued January 24, 2011 are undermentioned;

CONTRACTS

USSOCOM

L-3 Global Communications Solutions of Victor, N.Y., was awarded a modification to increase the contract ceiling by $40,000,000 to a new not-to-exceed amount of $157,000,000. This is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity firm-fixed price contract for procurement and sustainment of Special Operations Forces deployable node-medium very small aperture terminal and small aperture terminals satellite antennas in support of U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters Procurement Division. The work will be performed in Victor. Procurement actions are expected to be completed by Aug. 30, 2012, and sustainment actions are scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30, 2015. The contract number is H92222-06-D-0007.

ARMY

Sentel Corp., Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $36,969,036 firm-fixed-price cost-plus-fixed-fee contract Jan. 20, 2011. The award will provide for logistics support, property-accountability services, operator-level maintenance and readiness-management operations for the Army Sustainment Command in support of applicable military units and governmental agencies. Work will be performed in Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Bliss, Texas; White Sands, N.M.; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Knox, Ky.; and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; with an estimated completion date of Jan. 25, 2013. Ten bids were solicited with seven bids received. The U.S. Army Rock Island Contracting Center, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-10-D-0102).

DRS Technical Services, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $22,670,393 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract Jan. 19, 2011. The award will provide for field service support, operator training, engineer support, communication equipment repair and installation for the Afghan National Police. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of July 13, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-11-C-B001).

IAP Worldwide Services, Inc., Cape Canaveral, Fla., was awarded a $7,801,227 firm-fixed-price contract Jan. 19, 2011. The award will provide for services necessary in order to support locations, facilities and operations, and for the construction of temporary facilities and structures as required to enable Joint Counter Intelligence Unit-Iraq operations. Work will be performed in Iraq, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 17, 2014. Three bids were solicited with three bids received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District, Winchester, Va., is the contracting activity (W912ER-11-C-0014).

DRS Technical Services, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $7,100,000 firm-fixed-price contract Jan. 20, 2011. The awarded will provide for 195 Codan Base Stations, 300 Codan high frequency mobile radios and 150 Codan high frequency man-pack radios for the Afghan National Police. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2011. The bid was solicited through the Internet with five bids received. The U.S. Army Kabul Regional Contracting Center, Kabul, Afghanistan, is the contracting activity (W91B4M-11-P-4177).

Longbow, LLC (LBL), Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $6,869,261 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract Jan. 20, 2011. The award will provide for engineering services for the Hellfire and Longbow missile requirements. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-10-C-0256).

NAVY

A.T. Kearney, Vienna, Va., is being awarded a $23,300,000indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, fixed-price contract for the acquisition of services for the facilitation and execution of standardization and life cycle cost analysis studies to develop shelf recommendations for Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Surface Warfare Center's commonality program over a period of three years. The required services (Deep Dives) project methodology involves extremely detailed analysis through many layers of data held at various locations such as Navy data repositories, shipbuilder's records, original equipment manufacturer records, DoD data bases and federal government data bases. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pa. (60 percent); Norfolk, Va. (10 percent); Dahlgren, Va., (10 percent); Crane, Ind. (10 percent); Indian Head, Md. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $647,222 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. This procurement was processed without providing for full and open competition under statutory authority 10 U.S.C. 2304(c) (1), only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements (FAR 6.302-1). The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship System Engineering Station, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (N65540-11-D-0003).

Computational Physics, Inc.,* Springfield, Va., is being awarded a $13,986,544 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for scientific and engineering research and development services to support the development and application of new and existing techniques for remote sensing (including astronomy). Tasks include: supporting concept design and feasibility studies, assembly and testing of components or equipment laboratory, in-field or in-flight (in-air or in-space) calibration, validation and operation of deployed systems, analysis of engineering and scientific data; and the development and use of algorithms for analyzing the data. Work will be performed in the contractor's facility at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., and work is expected to be completed January 2015. The amount being awarded at this time is $100,000 and the total cumulative face value of the contract is 13,986,544. Contract funds in the amount of $100,000 will expire June 2011. The contract was 100 percent small business set aside by the Naval Research Laboratory under request for proposal number N000173-10-R-AT04. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00173-11-C-2002).

*Small Business

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  • DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Begins Flight Testing UK Chinook Mk4

    DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Begins Flight Testing UK Chinook Mk4
    Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources Boeing
    (NSI News Source Info) LONDON, UK - January 24, 2011: Boeing [NYSE: BA] and its Boeing Defence UK subsidiary today announced that the Boeing UK Rotorcraft Support team has begun flight testing the first Chinook Mk4 helicopter for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The first flight took place on Dec. 9 in Hampshire, England.

    "Project JULIUS, as the Mk4 program is known, will modernize the current Royal Air Force Chinook fleet – essentially giving us new aircraft," said Chris White-Horne, Mk4 project team leader for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.

    Project JULIUS will modify 38 Mk2/2A Chinooks into the Mk4/4A configuration and eight Mk3 Chinooks into the Mk5 configuration. All the aircraft will be delivered to RAF Odiham in Hampshire.

    A major part of the modification for both the Mk4/4A and Mk5 aircraft is the Thales TopDeck cockpit. Thales UK is under contract with Boeing to supply its Cockpit Display System/Mission Avionic System, which will provide improved situational awareness, increased safety and options for capability enhancement. The upgraded and integrated cockpit display includes four multifunction displays, two stand-by flight displays, updated communications interfaces, and two new air data computers.

    "The first of the modified JULIUS Chinook helicopters is expected to be available to commanders before the end of 2011," said David Pitchforth, managing director, Boeing UK Rotorcraft Support. "The entire Mk2 fleet will be fitted with the JULIUS cockpit by early 2015, followed by Mk2A and Mk3 modifications by 2015 and 2016, respectively."

    The modifications also include the addition of a third crew-member seat and an update of Airworthiness & Safety Certification and Qualification for the modernized Chinook. The aircraft are being modified at the Gosport Fleetlands facility operated by Vector Aerospace, Boeing's principal subcontractor for deep support of the RAF Chinook fleet. Vector Aerospace has established a dedicated production line at Fleetlands to support the JULIUS program, with specialist component manufacture provided from its Almondbank facility near Perth, Scotland.

    "Vector Aerospace is delighted to be associated with this significant milestone. It is a testimony to the skill and dedication of our teams in Fleetlands and Almondbank, who have worked in a spirit of true partnership with our customer Boeing and the key equipment suppliers," said Tim Rice, managing director, Vector Aerospace UK.

    A wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Boeing Defence UK Ltd. currently has employees at 20 locations throughout the UK supporting Ministry of Defence and U.S. military programs.

    Boeing UK Rotorcraft Support, working with Boeing Global Services & Support's Rotorcraft Support business, is focused on providing increased capability to the United Kingdom’s military rotorcraft fleet. Supported by Boeing Defence UK, UK Rotorcraft Support has employees in Afghanistan, the UK, and the U.S., supporting Royal Air Force Chinooks and British Army Air Corps Apache fleets.

    A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capability-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

    Contact:

    In the UK Madonna Walsh Boeing Defence UK +44 (0) 20 7340 1900 madonna.a.walsh@boeing.com

    Nick West Boeing International +44 (0) 20 7340 1900 nick.west@boeing.com

    In the U.S. Bob Algarotti Boeing Global Services & Support +1 314-777-0707 robert.a.algarotti@boeing.com

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    • DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: China Used Downed U.S. Fighter To Develop First J-20 Stealth Fighter Jet

      DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: China Used Downed U.S. Fighter To Develop First J-20 Stealth Fighter Jet
      Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources Daily Mail - UK
      (NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - January 24, 2011: China was able to build its first stealth bomber using technology gleaned from a downed U.S. fighter, it has been claimed.

      Beijing unveiled its state-of-the-art jet – the Chengdu J-20 – earlier this month.

      Military officials say it is likely the Chinese were able to develop the stealth technology from parts of an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999.

      During Nato’s aerial bombing of the country during the Kosovo war, a Serbian anti-aircraft missile shot the Nighthawk. It was the first time one of the ‘invisible’ fighters had ever been hit.

      The Pentagon believed a combination of clever tactics and luck had allowed a Soviet-built SA-3 missile to bring down the jet.

      The pilot ejected and was rescued but the wreckage was strewn over a wide area of farmland.

      Civilians collected the parts – some the size of small cars – as souvenirs.

      ‘At the time, our intelligence reports told of Chinese agents crisscrossing the region where the F-117 disintegrated, buying up parts of the plane from local farmers,’ says Admiral Davor Domazet-Loso, Croatia’s military chief of staff during the Kosovo war.

      ‘We believe the Chinese used those materials to gain an insight into secret stealth technologies... and to reverse-engineer them.’

      A senior Serbian military official confirmed that pieces of the wreckage were removed by souvenir collectors, and that some ended up ‘in the hands of foreign military attaches’.

      In what appears to be a clear message of its military might, China staged the first test flight of the new stealth jet earlier this month - at the same time that U.S. defence chief Robert Gates was in Beijing on the second day of an official visit.

      The fighter jet's successful test follows reports that China is planning to launch its first aircraft carrier and has tested a ballistic missile capable of sinking U.S. vessels in the Pacific.

      The prototype jet was shown in flight, with civilians and air force personnel watching on, in pictures on several unofficial Chinese military websites, after local media outlets had claimed a successful test flight had taken place.

      While the Chinese government is renowned for its stringent approach to state secrets, photos and reports of the J-20's test have remained online.

      According to international agencies, the scheduling of the test flight to coincide with Mr Gates' visit to China, coupled with the seemingly relaxed approach to reports about the flight, indicated Beijing's willingness to be more open about its military intentions.

      Nonetheless, reports of the stealth's successful test will do little to quell anxieties about the speed of China's military progress.

      The U.S. F-22 Raptor is currently the only operational stealth fighter in the world, while Russia's Sukhoi T-50 jet is expected to enter active service in the next four years.

      But pictures of China's J-20, which looks larger than the F-22 or T-50, will be of concern to the Taiwanese government, whose antiquated aircraft and radar systems would provide little resistance to radar-evading Chinese jets.

      The U.S. has claimed China would not be capable of developing a stealth jet for years and production of the F-22 was recently capped.

      But the J-20's successful test, coupled with reports of the development of an aircraft carrier and missile system, confirms China's growing military might.

      SPY TECH: HOW THE J-20 SHAPES UP AGAINST ITS RIVALS

      A study of photographs of the aircraft by industry journal Aviation Week revealed the J20...

      • is a single seat, twin-engine aircraft.
      • is bigger and heavier than its Russian (Sukhoi T-50) and U.S. (F-22) equivalents.
      • is around 75ft long with a wingspan of 45ft
      • has landing gear that retracts into body-side bays, indicating the likely presence of F-22-style side weapons.
      • could be loaded with larger weapons including air-to-surface munitions because of the distance of its base from the ground.
      • likely weighs 75,000-80,000lb, with no external load, suggesting a generous fuel capacity.
      • is compatible with newly developed air-to-ground weapons revealed by Chinese engineers at the Zhuhai air show in November.

      The F-22 Raptor...

      • is also a single seat-twin engine stealth fighter.
      • is 62 feet long with a wingspan of 44ft 6in, making it lighter and more maneuverable.
      • It stands 16ft, 5in off the ground.
      • can carry medium and short range air-to-air missiles in three internal weapons bays on the bottom and sides of the fuselage.
      • It weighs 43,430lb when empty, and around weight: 64,460lb when loaded. Its maximum takeoff weight is 83,500lb.
      • Its fuel capacity is 18,000lb internally, or 26,000lb when it uses two optional external fuel tanks,
      • While many are still operational, the F22 is coming towards the end of its shelf-life, with the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act containing no funding for F-22 production.

      The Sukhoi T50...

      • is currently being developed for the Russian Air Force by Moscow defence company Sukhoi.

      • had, by November 2010, made 40 test flights. The second prototype is due to start its flight test this year.

      • will replace the MiG-29 Fulcrum and Su-27 Flanker and directly compete with the F-22 Raptor.

      • is a one-seat twin engine stealth fighter.

      • is 65.9ft long with a wingspan of 46.6ft and stands 19.8ft high.

      • weighs 40,785lb when empty and 57,320lb fully loaded with a fuel capacity of 22,711lb.

      • has a top speed of Mach 2, 1,560mph.

      • does not yet have armaments but there is apparent provision for two 30mm cannons with two internal bays for guns and missile.

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