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Oracle Releases eBook on Selling Through A Slump

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Oracle has released an eBook entitled “Selling Through A Slump – An Industry-by-Industry Playbook to Help You Prepare for the Recovery”. It may be purchased here.

The eBook helps with “Selling in a recession is tough. And simply doing more of the same is not the way to survive, much less thrive, in a recession. There are important dos and don’ts in times like these.”

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Time to Move On

Boeing's emphasis since Day One of the renewed KC-X competition has been on clarity -- in the process as well as in Boeing's approach to the bid process.  That brings us to this question of pricing data from the last campaign.  Perhaps we can put this distracting side issue to rest and get on with the process of arriving at the final requirements and evaluation criteria that will enable the Air Force to flawlessly choose the right tanker at the best value.

It's been said that our competitor has been disadvantaged due to the release of their pricing data from the last competition.  The fact is, during that previous acquisition effort the U.S. Government followed the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and released limited price information from the successful offerer. More specifically, the FAR mandates that the price of the awarded contract be made publicly available upon request.  This is how the system works to protect the American taxpayer and keep the award of billions of defense dollars honest.

Simply put, when you win a contract you expect details to become public along with details of the decision that are shared with the team that was not awarded the contract. And there's no requirement for the government to share the losing bidder's proprietary pricing information with the winner or the public.  Indeed, when Boeing won the competition to build the new U.S. Air Force combat search-and-rescue helicopter the post-award process followed this same regulatory requirement.

What you may be unaware of is that on August 20, 2008, to ensure that every effort was made to "level the playing field" in a new competition, the government released consistent KC-X pricing information to both sides.  In other words, the Department of Defense has already handed over a comparative amount of Boeing's pricing data from the previous KC-X competition.

The Air Force has said repeatedly that this old data is no longer relevant for either side in the renewed competition.  Meanwhile, others continue to contend that their ability to win is dependent on this rather than on simply offering the best proposal that meets the Air Force's new requirements.  We are confident that at the end of this process next summer the contract award will be based on that rather than on any special treatment given to one competitor over another.

Rolls-Royce To Build Engines For U.S. Training Aircraft

T45 goshawk engine contractThe U.S. Defense Department awarded a contract to Rolls-Royce to deliver F405-RR-401 jet engines. The $90 million contract will be to build the engines for the T-45 jet trainer as well as perform maintenance and logistics support for them. The bulk of the production will occur at Rolls-Royce’s Indiana facilities with support occurring wherever the Navy needs it.

The T-45 Goshawk is a modern, singled engine two seat trainer. Based on a BAE design it was originally manufactured by McDonnell Douglas in the United States before that company was acquired by Boeing. Over two hundred of the aircraft have been delivered to the Navy and they are able to conduct carrier landings and training.

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QinetiQ CEO Love Removed As Effects Of Nimrod Crash And Performance Analyzed

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QinetiQ’s CEO, Graham Love, was removed yesterday and replaced by Leo Quinn. Mr. Quinn has a history of turning businesses around in both…

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KBR Inc. Leads Government Contractors In Return On Investment

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KBR Inc. despite not being a large hardware contract leads defense contractors in ROI. Their focus on logistics and support contracts bring them…

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In Your Words

One of the best parts of having a website like UnitedStatesTanker.com is receiving emails from the men and women who have served our nation in the U.S. Air Force. They have some incredible stories related to Boeing tankers that I’d like to share with you. And there’s not a better time to do that than this week from one of the best shows in the world – the 2009 Airlift/Tanker Association convention and symposium in Nashville, Tenn.

I have my own great memories related to the KC-135. My assignment at Loring Air Force Base in Northern Maine was to a KC-135R unit known as the 407th Air Refueling Squadron. While my job was to serve as a non-flying executive officer, the aircrews made a point to take me flying with them as much as possible so I could learn “the business.” It was then I realized how close-knit folks can get in a flying squadron and how hard they work. Our toughness was tested when our base went through a horrific crash and terrible tragedy. Yet we all came together and still got the Strategic Air Command mission done. To this day, I’m so thankful to have been a small part of that unit and proud to have served with the 407th.

Hope you enjoy these great stories…we’ve posted them unedited and only removed the last names for privacy reasons.

“My love of aviation goes back to my childhood. I don't know if it's because of an early airplane ride from an uncle or having grown up in Boeing country. Somewhere in Junior High I decided I wanted to be a crew chief on a KC-135 Stratotanker. After completion of Basic training at Lackland AFB I was sent to school to learn how to work on USAF aircraft. I was surprised and extremely happy when I discovered that I was to be a crew chief on KC-135's. Stationed at Ellsworth AFB in SD I got to enjoy 4 yrs working on both KC and EC 135's. The story I remember best is when a B-1 went down on our south hammerhead. All 4 crew members ejected, but one was hurt pretty bad. Latter on that day we got the word to prep one of our birds for immediate Medivac for the injured B-1 crew member. We were able to prep a KC-135 and launch it several hours before the next medical plane could even arrive. This is but one story of a wonderful aircraft. Just a side note, the two planes I worked on were KC-135R 62-3540 and KC135A 61-0289. Both were built before I was even born.”

-Eric O

“I was the crew chief on KC-135A tail number 59-1498 from 1972-1974. I flew that tanker to Southeast Asia in support of the Vietnam War, out of U-Tapao RTNAB during LINEBACKER I & II ... we had a F-4 come up to get fuel over Da Nang in a thunderstorm ... get fuel or punch out ... we passed fuel in some of the nastiest air I've flown through ... a great boom operator and a great aircraft got that Phantom home that night ... I sat SAC Alert countless times at Pease AFB, Westover AFB and Goose Bay Labrador, I flew it in support of the Yom Kippur War in Oct 1973 out of Lajes for 2 weeks .. that aircraft never let me down and was always pride of the fleet at Pease. Later in my (2002) career (now an officer and Medical Commander at Pope AFB NC) ... a fellow commander found my old bird at Mt Home and had my retirement flag flown onboard a Red Flag mission and I got a great letter from the crew ... a short time later, the aircraft transferred to ANG and another fellow Commander had the old crew chief tool box saved and sent to me as a retirement gift. I retired from in 2003 ... I rejoined the USAFR in 2004, while I did not get a chance to see the aircraft again ... I recently "re-retired" from the USAFR and my First Sgt found me a photo of 1498 and presented it to me at my Change of Command ceremony 3 weeks ago. That tanker has been a part of America's Air Defense backbone for 50 years ... she still flies in Bangor Maine ... still serving and even out-lasted my 36 years of service. No one can match Boeing for building a Tanker ... period... end of story. Find an airlifter better than the C-17 around the world ... can't be done ... and you never find a better tanker than one with "BOEING" stamped on the data plate.”

-Charles T.

“As a former E-3A AWACS flight crewmember (flight engineer), some of our long (and I mean LONG) missions suddenly turned into a fuel-critical situation. Speaking from personal experience, it sure was nice to slide up behind that KC-135 tanker, keeping the mission on track and producing a successful mission outcome. Thanks to all the folks who put that critical resource in the right place at the right time! It's why I am here today to tell the tale.”

-Michael M.

“I was a KC-135R flying crew chief for the 19ARW out of Robins AFB for about 7 years. My greatest recollection was of my final flight taking a Capstone mission of General officers into Moscow Russia. I was first off the plane to secure engine shutdown and pin gears. When I looked up I never saw so many people staring at a U.S. airplane. Made me tremendously proud that day to be part of ending the cold war.”

-David D.

“My experience starts with the KC-135Q tanker. This version is unique in that it was the only version capable of refueling the A-12, YF-12, SR-71 Blackbird family of airplanes. Unlike other airplanes, (which used JP-4 or JP-8 fuel), the Blackbirds used JP7 fuel. So the Q model tanker had to have separate storage provisions to accomplish its mission. Other interesting facts about this tanker: 1. It was the first aircraft with an integral boom intercom. This was for aircraft-to-aircraft communication, while still maintaining radio silence. 2. Another unique system installed on this airplane was a rendezvous beacon. It consisted of a special transponder capable of interrogating the Blackbird’s IFF signal so its reply could be displayed on the modified AN-APN59 search and weather radar system. Without using the radios, they could use this system to rendezvous with the Blackbird using only the tankers radar display. 3. It was also one of the first KC-135 aircraft modified with the high-speed boom. My job was to teach avionics technicians how to troubleshoot and repair various navigation systems installed on this unique aircraft. I was an Air Training Command (ATC) Field Training Detachment (FTD) instructor assigned to Beale AFB, California at the time. (1983-1987) My next experience with tankers was during my assignment to Air Mobility Command Headquarters (HQ AMC) at Scott AFB, Illinois, (1995-1998). I was assigned to the Logistics directorate as the Navigation Systems Superintendent. My job was to oversee logistic issues and projects on the various AMC aircraft. I got to see the Air Force acquisition process first hand while assigned to that position. Of particular note during my assignment to AQ AMC was the report produced on USAF Tanker capabilities and the forecast for KC-135 fleet replacement. This was done sometime in 1995 or 1996. At that time, the consensus of the team investigating the issue concluded that the KC-135 fleet was completely sustainable through the year 2025. That being so, now is the time to start the process of developing the replacement for this venerable old workhorse. I am currently a Instructor/Developer for 787 Maintenance Training.”

-Jeff P.

“From August 1971 to June of 1979 I was crew chief in US Air Force responsible for performing pre and post flight inspection and maintenance of a KC135 Tanker. My primary responsibility was to insure that it was flight ready when called upon. My duty assignments locations ranged from Altus, AFB Oklahoma, March AFB, Riverside, Alaska, Bangkok Thailand, Guam, Spain, Philippines, Hawaii and others. Of note my aircraft was part of the Squadron that supported Air Refueling Operations in Southeast Asia toward the end of the Vietnam War. We refueled everything from B52s, F4s, FB111's, F104's to SR71's. Never had to abort a mission because of a failure of the KC135 . Because of the reliability of the aircraft I received highest award - the U.S Air Force Commendation Metal which I still have to this day.”

-Kenneth W.

“I was a survival instructor in the USAF 1979-1983. My job was to train pilots and aircrew members how to survive in the wild if their aircraft were to crash. I received a commendation for instructor of the quarter one year and got to ride along in a KC-135 refueling mission to refuel a squadron of F-16 fighters over Nevada (Nellis AFB). It was a pat on the back and allowed me the opportunity to learn first hand what some of our aircrews do. I got to sit in the boom pit and fly the boom not during the actual refueling but just before. It was an amazing flight. The precision flying and ability to pump gas at 10,000 feet was pretty cool. The skill of the boom operator and pilots to do this was amazing. The F-16 pilots had their visors down and if they had not I would have been able to see their faces clearly. Looking at the ground 10,000 feet away and the F-16 approach was surreal. I don’t know if this is interesting enough but it was to me and I still tell the story from time to time to my kids. The story gets better each year.”

-Steven L.

“I used to be a Master Navigator on the KC-135. I'm used to running rendezvous as both a tanker and receiver. I was once Wing Navigator at Grissom AFB, the largest tanker wing ever in the world. Although I'm sure your aircraft doesn't have a navigator position, it should. I saved my crew several times when electronic systems failed, but I could still keep the aircraft on course by using shots on the sun, moon, and stars. Flying on tankers was the best job I ever had!”

-Roger S.

“I was in the Air Force for 10 years, from 1981 to 1991. Seven of those years I was an In-Flight Refueler on KC-135 A, R, and Q models. I've refueled aircraft as old as F-106's to F-117's. I have always been impressed with the performance of the KC-135's as was all of my crew members. The KC-135's had so many back up systems, we never, at an point, feared of losing a mission or an aircraft, for that matter. We always considered our aircraft to be the work horses of the fleet. Many times the KC-10's got the glory missions, but the KC-135's were always the ones that were waiting in the wings backing them up - because we were so dependable. I always considered 135's to be a graceful and reliable aircraft and when we went to air shows and put on static displays, I was proud to show people my tanker. She truely was the dependable work horse of the fleet.”

-Daniel C.

Contracts for October 29, 2009



AIR FORCE

MWH Americas, Inc. of Broomfield, Colo., and ARGO/LRS JV of Glen Burnie, Md. were awarded a $3 billion contract which will provide primarily environmental requirements that include completion of a conceptual design, construction, implementation, demolition, repair, and operation and maintenance of installed systems prior to delivery to the government. At this time, $3,000 has been obligated for each prime contractor. AFCEE/ACV, Brooks City-Base, Texas is the contracting activity (FA8903-10-D-8573; FA8903-10-D-8551).

Lockheed Martin Corp., of Fort Worth, Texas was awarded a $474,200,000 contract which will provide for the issuance of full production of four F-22 Lot 10 air vehicles, alternate mission equipment, production engineering support and work in process through Aug. 11, 2009 for 16 shipsets of raw material aircraft fuselage titanium. 478 AESG/PK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity (FA8611-09-C-2900,P00007).

Lockheed Martin Corporation of Marietta, Georgia was awarded a $13,200,000 contract which will provide initial funding for the delivery of an engineering change proposal for the replacement of the C130J Star VII mission computer. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 657 AESS, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. (FA8625-06-C-6456)

NAVY

Harris Corp., (RF Communications Division), Rochester, N.Y., is being awarded a five year $90,000,000 ceiling firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract resulting from Request for Proposal No. M67854-09-R-7028 for up to 3,385 multi-band radio vehicular installation kits. Work will be performed in Rochester, N.Y., and is expected to be completed October 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively awarded, with one offer received. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-10-D-7000).

Airborne Tactical Advantage Co. LLC, Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $43,514,490 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-09-D-0021) to exercise an option for contractor owned and operated type III high subsonic and Type IV supersonic aircraft (approximately 2,800 and 1,000 flight hours, respectively) in support of the Commercial Air Services (CAS) program for the Navy. Efforts to be provided include a wide variety of airborne threat simulation capabilities to train shipboard and aircraft squadron weapon systems operators and aircrew how to counter potential enemy electronic warfare and electronic attack operations in today’s electronic combat environment. Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., (45 percent); Point Mugu, Calif., (35 percent); and various locations outside the Continental United States, (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $19,067,850 undefinitized not-to-exceed contract for procurement of the MK 698 guided missile test sets (GMTS). This contract action initiates the procurement of MK 698 GMTS, that will be used to support production, testing and interim level maintenance work for the Evolved SEASPARROW missile sonsortium consisting of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, and United States. The United States and Turkey will fund the effort under this contract. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., (79 percent); Charleston S.C., (13 percent); Irvine, Calif., (8 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-07-C-5431).

Bell Aerospace Services, Inc., Bedford, Texas, is being awarded a $13,199,152 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity time and materials contract to provide up to 145,152 hours of contractor engineering technical services on-site proficiency training for the airframe, avionics, and electrical systems of the H-1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Camp Pendleton, Calif., (53 percent); Cherry Point, N.C., (11 percent); New Orleans, La., (9 percent); New River, N.C., (9 percent); Johnstown, Pa., (9 percent); Okinawa, Japan, (5 percent); and Atlanta, Ga., (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $4,381,074 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-10-D-0007).

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Marion, Va., is being awarded a $10,382,683 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for antenna reflectors for the AN/SPG-62 antenna; a component of the AEGIS weapon system. Work will be performed in Marion, Va., and is expected to be completed by October 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $650,460 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-10-D-GR39).

Lockheed Martin Corp, Maritime Systems and Sensors (MS2), Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $7,378,662 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-04-C-6207) to exercise a cost-plus-incentive fee/award fee option for the procurement of TI08 Tech Insertion for Virginia Class (SSN 774) modernization and spares in support of the Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI) system improvement and integration effort program. A-RCI is a sonar system that integrates and improves towed array, hull array, sphere array, and other ship sensor processing, through rapid insertion of commercial-off-the-shelf based hardware and software. Work will be performed in Clearwater, Fla., (60 percent); Manassas, Va., (40 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $5,695,624 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-07-C-0055) for the design and development of Airborne Precision Guided Positioning System (PGPS) algorithms in support of the X-47 unmanned combat air system demonstration program. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed in September 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Lear Siegier Services, Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., was awarded on Oct. 23, 2009 a $140,682,292 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This contract is to provide for the Iraq maintenance and tire repair program maintenance, supply and logistics support for the theater provided equipment add on armor modifications and enhancements, upgrades and installs, fragment kit 7, tire assembly repair program, security, standard depot system/Army war reserve deployment system and property book unit supply enhanced support. Missions are assigned to the 1/402nd Army field support battalion in Iraq. Work is to be performed in Iraq, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 23, 2014. Fifteen bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Contracting Center, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W911SE-07-D-0008).

Weeks Marine, Inc., Covington, Lo., was awarded on Oct. 26, 2009 a $61,810,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The work consist of dredging approx., 6.8 miles of navigation channel and the design and construction of five new dredged material placement area including the proposed Shoal Point Pas 2,3,4, and 5, and the Pelican Island placement area. In additional work will include levee repair and rehabilitation, levee raising and shore protection for two upland Pas 5 and 6. The levee repairs consist in general of restoring the levees to conditions prior to Hurricane Ike. Levee improvement includes levee raising and shore protection. Work is to be performed in Galveston County, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Mar. 30, 2011. Three bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Galveston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W912HY-10-C-0004).

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., was awarded on Oct. 26, 2009 a $8,713,631 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Red Stick Program will develop and demonstrate health prediction technologies for modern combat aircraft. Work is to be performed in East Hartford, Conn., (88.3 percent), Lovettsville, Va., (2.3 percent), Birmingham, Ala., (4.3 percent), with an estimated completion date of Apr. 30, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with over 25 bids received. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (HR0011-10-C-0002).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a maximum $51,000,000 firm fixed price, sole source contract for ceiling price order for the procurement of twenty-three line items in support of the fiscal year 2010 requirement for the EA-18G program. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Navy. There was originally 1 proposal solicited with one response. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is Dec. 31, 2012. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (N00383-06-D-001J-TH05).

Direct Energy Business, Pittsburgh, Pa. is being awarded a maximum $11,628,229 firm fixed price contract for electricity. Other locations of performance are Tobyhanna Army Depot, Army - Carlisle Barracks and Defense Distribution Depot, New Cumberland. Using services are Army and DOD installations. There were originally 107 proposals solicited with seven responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is January 31, 2011. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-10-D-8000).

BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle, Sealy, Texas is being awarded a maximum $7,821,543 firm fixed price, sole source contract for heater comp housing for MRAP vehicles. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy and Air Force. 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 8, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Columbus, Columbus, Ohio (SPM7L2-10-M-0056).

Contracts for October 29, 2009



AIR FORCE

MWH Americas, Inc. of Broomfield, Colo., and ARGO/LRS JV of Glen Burnie, Md. were awarded a $3 billion contract which will provide primarily environmental requirements that include completion of a conceptual design, construction, implementation, demolition, repair, and operation and maintenance of installed systems prior to delivery to the government. At this time, $3,000 has been obligated for each prime contractor. AFCEE/ACV, Brooks City-Base, Texas is the contracting activity (FA8903-10-D-8573; FA8903-10-D-8551).

Lockheed Martin Corp., of Fort Worth, Texas was awarded a $474,200,000 contract which will provide for the issuance of full production of four F-22 Lot 10 air vehicles, alternate mission equipment, production engineering support and work in process through Aug. 11, 2009 for 16 shipsets of raw material aircraft fuselage titanium. 478 AESG/PK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity (FA8611-09-C-2900,P00007).

Lockheed Martin Corporation of Marietta, Georgia was awarded a $13,200,000 contract which will provide initial funding for the delivery of an engineering change proposal for the replacement of the C130J Star VII mission computer. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 657 AESS, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. (FA8625-06-C-6456)

NAVY

Harris Corp., (RF Communications Division), Rochester, N.Y., is being awarded a five year $90,000,000 ceiling firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract resulting from Request for Proposal No. M67854-09-R-7028 for up to 3,385 multi-band radio vehicular installation kits. Work will be performed in Rochester, N.Y., and is expected to be completed October 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively awarded, with one offer received. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-10-D-7000).

Airborne Tactical Advantage Co. LLC, Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $43,514,490 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-09-D-0021) to exercise an option for contractor owned and operated type III high subsonic and Type IV supersonic aircraft (approximately 2,800 and 1,000 flight hours, respectively) in support of the Commercial Air Services (CAS) program for the Navy. Efforts to be provided include a wide variety of airborne threat simulation capabilities to train shipboard and aircraft squadron weapon systems operators and aircrew how to counter potential enemy electronic warfare and electronic attack operations in today’s electronic combat environment. Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., (45 percent); Point Mugu, Calif., (35 percent); and various locations outside the Continental United States, (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $19,067,850 undefinitized not-to-exceed contract for procurement of the MK 698 guided missile test sets (GMTS). This contract action initiates the procurement of MK 698 GMTS, that will be used to support production, testing and interim level maintenance work for the Evolved SEASPARROW missile sonsortium consisting of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, and United States. The United States and Turkey will fund the effort under this contract. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., (79 percent); Charleston S.C., (13 percent); Irvine, Calif., (8 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-07-C-5431).

Bell Aerospace Services, Inc., Bedford, Texas, is being awarded a $13,199,152 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity time and materials contract to provide up to 145,152 hours of contractor engineering technical services on-site proficiency training for the airframe, avionics, and electrical systems of the H-1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Camp Pendleton, Calif., (53 percent); Cherry Point, N.C., (11 percent); New Orleans, La., (9 percent); New River, N.C., (9 percent); Johnstown, Pa., (9 percent); Okinawa, Japan, (5 percent); and Atlanta, Ga., (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $4,381,074 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-10-D-0007).

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Marion, Va., is being awarded a $10,382,683 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for antenna reflectors for the AN/SPG-62 antenna; a component of the AEGIS weapon system. Work will be performed in Marion, Va., and is expected to be completed by October 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $650,460 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-10-D-GR39).

Lockheed Martin Corp, Maritime Systems and Sensors (MS2), Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $7,378,662 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-04-C-6207) to exercise a cost-plus-incentive fee/award fee option for the procurement of TI08 Tech Insertion for Virginia Class (SSN 774) modernization and spares in support of the Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI) system improvement and integration effort program. A-RCI is a sonar system that integrates and improves towed array, hull array, sphere array, and other ship sensor processing, through rapid insertion of commercial-off-the-shelf based hardware and software. Work will be performed in Clearwater, Fla., (60 percent); Manassas, Va., (40 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $5,695,624 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-07-C-0055) for the design and development of Airborne Precision Guided Positioning System (PGPS) algorithms in support of the X-47 unmanned combat air system demonstration program. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed in September 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

ARMY

Lear Siegier Services, Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., was awarded on Oct. 23, 2009 a $140,682,292 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This contract is to provide for the Iraq maintenance and tire repair program maintenance, supply and logistics support for the theater provided equipment add on armor modifications and enhancements, upgrades and installs, fragment kit 7, tire assembly repair program, security, standard depot system/Army war reserve deployment system and property book unit supply enhanced support. Missions are assigned to the 1/402nd Army field support battalion in Iraq. Work is to be performed in Iraq, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 23, 2014. Fifteen bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Contracting Center, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W911SE-07-D-0008).

Weeks Marine, Inc., Covington, Lo., was awarded on Oct. 26, 2009 a $61,810,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The work consist of dredging approx., 6.8 miles of navigation channel and the design and construction of five new dredged material placement area including the proposed Shoal Point Pas 2,3,4, and 5, and the Pelican Island placement area. In additional work will include levee repair and rehabilitation, levee raising and shore protection for two upland Pas 5 and 6. The levee repairs consist in general of restoring the levees to conditions prior to Hurricane Ike. Levee improvement includes levee raising and shore protection. Work is to be performed in Galveston County, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Mar. 30, 2011. Three bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District, Galveston, Texas, is the contracting activity (W912HY-10-C-0004).

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., was awarded on Oct. 26, 2009 a $8,713,631 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Red Stick Program will develop and demonstrate health prediction technologies for modern combat aircraft. Work is to be performed in East Hartford, Conn., (88.3 percent), Lovettsville, Va., (2.3 percent), Birmingham, Ala., (4.3 percent), with an estimated completion date of Apr. 30, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with over 25 bids received. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (HR0011-10-C-0002).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

McDonnell Douglas Corp., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a maximum $51,000,000 firm fixed price, sole source contract for ceiling price order for the procurement of twenty-three line items in support of the fiscal year 2010 requirement for the EA-18G program. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Navy. There was originally 1 proposal solicited with one response. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is Dec. 31, 2012. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (N00383-06-D-001J-TH05).

Direct Energy Business, Pittsburgh, Pa. is being awarded a maximum $11,628,229 firm fixed price contract for electricity. Other locations of performance are Tobyhanna Army Depot, Army - Carlisle Barracks and Defense Distribution Depot, New Cumberland. Using services are Army and DOD installations. There were originally 107 proposals solicited with seven responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is January 31, 2011. The contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), Fort Belvoir, Va., (SP0600-10-D-8000).

BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle, Sealy, Texas is being awarded a maximum $7,821,543 firm fixed price, sole source contract for heater comp housing for MRAP vehicles. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy and Air Force. 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 8, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Columbus, Columbus, Ohio (SPM7L2-10-M-0056).

Cobham Celebrates 75th Anniversary — Press Release

Cobham Celebrates 75th Anniversary

WIMBORNE, United Kingdom – Cobham traces its origin to this day in 1934, when aviation pioneer and innovator Sir Alan Cobham founded Flight Refuelling Ltd. By 1934, Sir Alan Cobham had already established his reputation as an aviation pioneer, passionate about making the aircraft a mainstream means of transport. He came to prominence flying potential commercial airline routes between the UK and India, Africa, and Australia during the 1920s. During the 1930s, he introduced more than a million people to the experience of flight with “Cobham’s Flying Circus”.

Although the company he founded in 1934 started as an air-to-air refuelling specialist and is still the world leader in this field, Cobham today is so much more. Through a combination of organic growth and the acquisition of over 50 companies, the Group’s capabilities are now increasingly focused around C4ISR, safety and survival.

The Group’s products and services have played pivotal roles in world events from the Berlin Airlift to the US and European space programs, NATO operations and relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and China’s Sichuan earthquake in 2008. Cobham is also involved with customers and partners on some of the most important programmes in Aerospace and Defence such as Eurofighter Typhoon, F-35, Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft, A400M and vehicle intercom systems for land based vehicles.

Cobham has produced a commemorative web site and a book dedicated to its employees past and present. His Royal Highness Prince Philip, who knew Sir Alan and Sir Michael Cobham, has kindly written the foreword to this book. In it he states:

“Anyone who has a talent for engineering and the ambition to use it for the benefit of humanity would be well-advised to read this book as a source of inspiration and encouragement. Equally, anyone intending to follow a career in politics might learn some important lessons about the value of engineers and engineering to the creation of wealth and national prosperity.”

The Group’s development over the past 75 years has been guided by only four Chief Executives: Sir Alan Cobham, his son Sir Michael Cobham, Gordon Page CBE, and Allan Cook CBE.

For further information visit www.cobham75.com.

About Cobham:

Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for 75 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4bn / $2.1 billion.

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Coming to a Theater Near You…the Boeing KC-7A7

We are very proud of our 80-year tanker heritage at Boeing. But it’s also very important to show you what the future of air refueling could be. While we have highly capable KC-767 tankers flying in operational squadrons in Japan today and in the future in Italy, it's time we provide a glimpse of our 'family of tankers' operating together.

That’s why we’re thrilled to show you our new video...

 

When global reach and mission success is critical, the combat-ready KC-7A7 is ready to deliver maximum capability at lowest cost...all on day one.

Enjoy!

Buying Some Meals Ready To Eat For The Troops

MREThe U.S. Department of Defense placed an order worth over $170 million with AmericaQual Group LLC for the standardized, packaged Meals Ready to Eat (MRE). These are used by all parts of the U.S. military and also include humanitarian ration versions. The MRE has been produced for the U.S. military for over thirty years and is considered a vast improvement over more traditional rations used by soldiers through the ages. This was an option on a contract previously awarded and is good for the next year.

The MRE is a self contained kit with an entree and other food and drinks. It includes self heating food as well. One MRE is supposed to fee one person and they come packaged in cases of twenty-four normally. With the large numbers of U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last eight years the demand for MRE has been high. Especially with many of the soldiers deployed in smaller units at bases scattered across the two countries there normally cannot be fixed housekeeping services like kitchens, canteens or restaurants as there are on bigger U.S. bases.

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Boeing Heading Down To Dixie

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Boeing announced that it has decided to establish the second 787 airliner production line in South Carolina. The tax and labor benefits are…

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Northrop Threatening No Participation Over Cost Data

Yesterday Northrop announced that it is considering not participating in thew new KC-X competition. They are concerned that the the way the price requirement is structured may not be fair to them. They are also pursuing the complaint that their cost data was provided to Boeing during the protest of the last award and want access to the same information.

If Northrop and EADS don’t submit a bid it will be hard to get actual competition on the contract. That would leave just one submission, Boeing, or perhaps two from them if they go the route of having a 777 as well as a 767 proposal. This situation would make it hard for the Air Force to proceed.

The chances of Northrop doing this is low and the Department of Defense realizes it. This is the largest procurement coming down the road and both EADS and Boeing need the work. Of course if there is really a belief that their bid cannot win no matter what then Northrop should just save the money and not prepare one. This is only the draft RFP so the next year or so should be interesting.

Contracts for October 28, 2009



NAVY

BAE Systems Applied Technologies, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $29,489,406 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-07-C-0013) to exercise an option for approximately 420,000 hours of engineering and technical services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Requirements Division’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Communications-Electronics Program. Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Md., and is expected to be completed in October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

LTM, Inc., Havelock, N.C., is being awarded a $25,843,072 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-01-D-0101) to exercise an option for approximately 431,707 hours of maintenance planning and design interface technical/management support services for the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East, Cherry Point, N.C. These services include evaluating initial designs and proposed design changes, maintenance planning, and sustaining maintenance plans. Work will be performed at FRC East, Cherry Point, N.C., (99 percent), and at various locations across the United States (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Frontier Systems Integrators, LLC*, Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $5,780,879 ($5,745,919 firm-fixed price (FFP) and $34,960 estimated indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ)) modification under a previously awarded combination FFP, IDIQ contract (N40080-06-D-0456) to exercise Option 3 for regional security guard services at various locations within Naval District Washington. The work to be performed provides for, but is not limited to, security operations to ensure security and safety for personnel, property, facilities, and assets. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $20,986,722. Work will be performed at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.; National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.; Carderock Naval District Washington, West Bethesda, Md.; Defense Information Systems Agency, Arlington, Va.; Naval Research Labs, Chesapeake Beach Detachment, Annapolis, Md., and work is expected to be completed Oct. 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Wash., D.C., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

McDonnell Douglas Corp., of St. Louis, Missouri was awarded a $72,022,275 contract which will provide for a quantity of 2,925 Lot 14 guided vehicle kits are procured for joint direct attack munition purposes. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 678 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida is the contracting activity (FA8681-10-C-0072).

Opticomp Corp., of Zephyr Cove, Nevada was awarded a $5,543,337 contract which will develop a semiconductor optical amplifier structure that is integrated monolithically with OptiComp Corporation’s prototype antenna demonstration. At this time, $1,974,000 has been obligated. Det 8 AFRL/RVKS, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico is the contracting activity (FA9453-10-C-0202).

* Small Business

Contracts for October 28, 2009



NAVY

BAE Systems Applied Technologies, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $29,489,406 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-07-C-0013) to exercise an option for approximately 420,000 hours of engineering and technical services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Requirements Division’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Communications-Electronics Program. Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Md., and is expected to be completed in October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

LTM, Inc., Havelock, N.C., is being awarded a $25,843,072 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00421-01-D-0101) to exercise an option for approximately 431,707 hours of maintenance planning and design interface technical/management support services for the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East, Cherry Point, N.C. These services include evaluating initial designs and proposed design changes, maintenance planning, and sustaining maintenance plans. Work will be performed at FRC East, Cherry Point, N.C., (99 percent), and at various locations across the United States (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Frontier Systems Integrators, LLC*, Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $5,780,879 ($5,745,919 firm-fixed price (FFP) and $34,960 estimated indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ)) modification under a previously awarded combination FFP, IDIQ contract (N40080-06-D-0456) to exercise Option 3 for regional security guard services at various locations within Naval District Washington. The work to be performed provides for, but is not limited to, security operations to ensure security and safety for personnel, property, facilities, and assets. The total contract amount after exercise of this option will be $20,986,722. Work will be performed at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.; National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.; Carderock Naval District Washington, West Bethesda, Md.; Defense Information Systems Agency, Arlington, Va.; Naval Research Labs, Chesapeake Beach Detachment, Annapolis, Md., and work is expected to be completed Oct. 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Wash., D.C., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE

McDonnell Douglas Corp., of St. Louis, Missouri was awarded a $72,022,275 contract which will provide for a quantity of 2,925 Lot 14 guided vehicle kits are procured for joint direct attack munition purposes. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 678 ARSS/PK, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida is the contracting activity (FA8681-10-C-0072).

Opticomp Corp., of Zephyr Cove, Nevada was awarded a $5,543,337 contract which will develop a semiconductor optical amplifier structure that is integrated monolithically with OptiComp Corporation’s prototype antenna demonstration. At this time, $1,974,000 has been obligated. Det 8 AFRL/RVKS, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico is the contracting activity (FA9453-10-C-0202).

* Small Business

Oshkosh Corporation Displays Fuel Efficient Military Vehicle at Hybrid Truck Users Forum — Press Release

Oshkosh Corporation Displays Fuel Efficient Military Vehicle at Hybrid Truck Users Forum

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Oct. 26, 2009 — Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced today its Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A3 equipped with ProPulse® diesel electric hybrid system is on display October 27 – 29 at CALSTART’s Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) in Atlanta. Attendees will be offered rides in the Oshkosh vehicle on Oct. 29 at Turner Field. The Oshkosh ProPulse vehicle provides a substantial fuel economy improvement for the application of a hybrid drivetrain in a military vehicle.

The HEMTT A3 is equipped with the Oshkosh proprietary ProPulse diesel electric hybrid system, a technology currently under various stages of development across several commercial and military Oshkosh vehicle platforms.

“We focused our efforts on optimizing the vehicle design and engine control strategy to maximize fuel economy, and those efforts have paid off significantly,” said Gary Schmiedel, Oshkosh Corporation vice president of Advanced Product Engineering. “We’re sharing the research results for the first time this week because the Hybrid Truck Users Forum brings together the best in industry technology with the U.S. Army. At Oshkosh Corporation, we take a similar approach towards excellence by applying leading technologies with a strong customer focus in an effort to better serve our military customers.”

Earlier this month, the Oshkosh HEMTT A3 outperformed a similar but conventional drive vehicle in multiple scenarios, including a range of steady speeds and aggressive acceleration starts and stops. The HEMTT A3 demonstrated a 24 percent improvement in fuel economy at 60 mph cruising speed and a 33 percent improvement in a start-and-stop-cycle.

In addition to the benefits of increased fuel economy, the Oshkosh HEMTT A3 provides a better crew environment because noise and vibration are reduced. Also, the simplified drivetrain and the resultant flexibility of equipment positioning, allow for increased vehicle capabilities and reduced maintenance requirements. The HEMTT A3 is equipped with a load handling system which can off-load a C-130 aircraft, has a variable height independent suspension and lower center of gravity for increased maneuverability and handling. The HEMTT A3 can export up to 100 kW of clean, military-grade electrical power making the A3 ideally suited to support initial deployment of troops, bring electrical power to remote areas, as well as support recovery missions in the event of a natural disaster.

“We are proud of the initiative and investments member companies like Oshkosh are making to develop new, efficient and clean technologies for heavy-duty and military trucks,” said Bill Van Amburg, senior vice president CALSTART. “Together we will help improve our national security by lessening our dependence on fossil fuels.”

The Oshkosh ProPulse technology can be integrated into any new vehicle design, like the HEMTT A3. Additionally upgrade kits are available for existing vehicles, such as the Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) with OBVP to provide on-board vehicle power (OBVP). The technology also has been integrated on an Oshkosh commercial chassis in a refuse hauling application as part of the Advanced Heavy Hybrid Propulsion System Project sponsored by the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corp. manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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Textron’s Earnings Reflect The Market

Textron reported their third quarter earnings yesterday. They did beat expectations by not having a loss but had a profit of about 1 cent a share. This was a decline of ninety-eight percent from the year before. Despite all this the company is confident they will make a profit for a year and earnings would be as predicted.

Textron decline is caused by financial products and their civil air division. Sales of Cessna aircraft a luxury item right now were down a lot. The company has been reducing their participation in the financial sector due to the general downturn there. Despite Bell Helicopter’s struggles with the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) the military part of the company saw some growth.

There have been previous reports that Textron might sell Bell or other parts as it reorganizes to face the current economic downturn but so far that has not happened. As with everyone the company will have to wait and see how the economy recovers and what growth occurs.

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Joint Strike Fighter Budgetary Machinations Affect Lockheed, GE, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter faces increased scrutiny due to cost estimates and engine programs. Several major defense contractors have a great…

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General Dynamics Wins Contract To Revive Land Warrior

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The Army awarded General Dynamics a contract to provide support to the existing Land Warrior equipment. This program of building an integrated…

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Process Under Attack

While our opponent and their supporters have begun attacking the U.S. Air Force and its KC-X Tanker draft Request for Proposal, we have chosen to work within the process and continue asking questions some of which are posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

In the past, this competition to replace America’s critical fleet of air refueling tankers has been fought very publicly. Our preference is to allow the process to play out rather than work the requirements through the media. We will talk about the KC-X tanker competition when we’re ready and when it’s appropriate.

Ultimately, the men and women who selflessly serve our nation deserve the very best. We believe that is an American designed and built, combat-ready tanker with max capability at lowest cost. That tanker is the Boeing KC-7A7.

Oshkosh Corporation Awarded Contracts to Support M-ATVs in Afghanistan — Press Release

Oshkosh Corporation Awarded Contracts to Support M-ATVs in Afghanistan

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Oct. 27 2009 — Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today that through its Defense division, it has received two contracts valued at more than $28 million for spare parts and support of its MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) in Afghanistan. The contracts include a $16 million order from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for spare parts and a $12 million order for aftermarket support from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC).

“Oshkosh Corporation’s broad range of offerings, including our parts supply network and fully trained field service team, will provide our Armed Forces with an unparalleled level of support,” said Robert G. Bohn, Oshkosh Corporation chairman and chief executive officer. “Our in theater M-ATV service and support will help ensure these highly mobile vehicles operate at full capability in very challenging conditions.”

Under the contract, Oshkosh Defense will provide M-ATV spare parts to the DLA to be used as in the field replacements after the parts delivered with the vehicles have been consumed. These parts will ship without delay as vehicles arrive to maintain optimal readiness rates.

Additionally, Oshkosh field service representatives (FSR) will support the M-ATV program in-theater through September 2010. Oshkosh Defense provides the complete spectrum of service and support to the M-ATV fleet in the Afghan theater. Building on its experience from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oshkosh FSRs can operate service facilities on any of the forward operating bases that might require more support than internal assets can provide.

Oshkosh will complete production of the current M-ATV contract, valued at more than $2.7 billion, for 5,219 vehicles in March 2010. The company has delivered ahead of schedule each month since the contract award on June 30, 2009, and expects to ramp production up to 1,000 vehicles per month in December. The first Oshkosh M-ATVs were delivered to Afghanistan on Oct. 1, 2009, just three months after Oshkosh was awarded the M-ATV contract.

Oshkosh Defense teamed with Plasan North America to provide an advanced armor solution for the M-ATV. Plasan also developed the armor system used on more than 5,000 legacy MRAPs and thousands of Oshkosh Armored Cab MTVRs already in theater.

About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corp. manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, log on to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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Contracts for October 27, 2009



DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

AmeriQual Group, LLC D/B/A AmeriQual Packaging, Evansville, Ind., is being awarded a maximum $177,835,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite quantity contract for Meal, Ready-to-Eat and Humanitarian Daily Ration. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally three proposals solicited with three responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is Dec. 31, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM3S1-06-D-Z103).

Sopakco Inc., Mullins, S.C.*, is being awarded a maximum $157,296,250 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite quantity contract for Meal, Ready-to-Eat and Humanitarian Daily Ration. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally three proposals solicited with three responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is December 31, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM3S1-06-D-Z104).

The Wornick Co., Cincinnati, Ohio is being awarded a maximum $136,881,250 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite quantity contract for for Meal, Ready-to-Eat and Humanitarian Daily Ration. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally three proposals solicited with three responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is Dec. 31, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM3S1-06-D-Z105).

NAVY

Innovative Defense Technologies, LLC * Arlington, Va., is being awarded a $49,145,248 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed fee contract for software development and engineering services in support of the automatic test and re-test (ATRT) product. This contract will continue development of the ATRT product and associated technical and engineering support to produce documentation and training in support of the long term goal of implementation of automated testing of submarine combat systems for all classes of submarines currently in the fleet and under development. Work will be performed in Arlington, Va., and is expected to be completed by October 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $775,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, R.I., is the contracting activity (N66604-10-D-0037).

* Small Business

Contracts for October 27, 2009



DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

AmeriQual Group, LLC D/B/A AmeriQual Packaging, Evansville, Ind., is being awarded a maximum $177,835,000 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite quantity contract for Meal, Ready-to-Eat and Humanitarian Daily Ration. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally three proposals solicited with three responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is Dec. 31, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM3S1-06-D-Z103).

Sopakco Inc., Mullins, S.C.*, is being awarded a maximum $157,296,250 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite quantity contract for Meal, Ready-to-Eat and Humanitarian Daily Ration. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally three proposals solicited with three responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is December 31, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM3S1-06-D-Z104).

The Wornick Co., Cincinnati, Ohio is being awarded a maximum $136,881,250 fixed price with economic price adjustment, indefinite quantity contract for for Meal, Ready-to-Eat and Humanitarian Daily Ration. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. There were originally three proposals solicited with three responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract is exercising the fourth option year period. The date of performance completion is Dec. 31, 2010. The contracting activity is the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., (SPM3S1-06-D-Z105).

NAVY

Innovative Defense Technologies, LLC * Arlington, Va., is being awarded a $49,145,248 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed fee contract for software development and engineering services in support of the automatic test and re-test (ATRT) product. This contract will continue development of the ATRT product and associated technical and engineering support to produce documentation and training in support of the long term goal of implementation of automated testing of submarine combat systems for all classes of submarines currently in the fleet and under development. Work will be performed in Arlington, Va., and is expected to be completed by October 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $775,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, R.I., is the contracting activity (N66604-10-D-0037).

* Small Business

Gulf C4iSR 2010 Communications Event Planned For 1 February 2010

GULF C4iSR 2010
February 1st – 3rd 2010
Armed Officers Club, Abu Dhabi
www.gulfc4i.com

With patronage from the UAE Air Force and with support from the UAE Armed Forces, GULF C4ISR will return in 2010 to once again deliver mission critical information and promote interoperability and cooperation in the GULF region.

Running for the first time in January 2009 in Abu Dhabi and attracting over 250 attendees, GULF C4ISR was the biggest and most successful military communication event in the regions history. With over 100 attendees from the UAE Armed Forces, Air Force and Air Defence, GULF C4ISR hosted presentations from international and regional C4I,NEC and NCW experts.

Early confirmed speakers participants will meet and learn from at GULF C4iSR in 2010 include:

– Major Dr Mohamed Alahbabi, Information Communication Technology (ICT) Advisor, General Headquarters, UAE
– Bruno Monfils, President, UAE Centre of Excellence
– Major General Floyd L. Carpenter, Commander, 8th Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, JFCC-Global Strike
– Lt Gen Carroll Pollett, Director, Defense Information Systems Agency, US DoD
– Major General Hines, Director, NATO C3 Agency
– Bert Van Domselaar Branch Chief – Information services NATO HQ C3

To find out more, to request a brochure or to register call on +44 (0)20 7368 9465 or email [email protected]

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Russian Rather Than U.S. Helicopters For Iraq and Afghanistan Raising Eyebrows

October 27, 2009 by · Comment
Filed under: BNET 

A contract by Iraq to buy Russian Mil Mi-7 transport helicopters has raised concerns in Congress that it did not go to an American supplier.

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