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ATK’s Multi-Option Fuze Provides Increased Mission Capability for U.S. Navy’s 5-inch Gun Ammunition
Five-Year Production Contract to be Performed at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, W. Va.
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced that it received a five-year, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command for the production of the MK 437 Multi-Option Fuze, Navy (MOFN). The contract has a maximum total value of $84.1 million. ATK has received the first order on this contract, for approximately $13 million. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November 2013.
The MOFN increases the overall mission capability of 5-inch gun ammunition used on U.S. Navy ships by providing proximity, precision time, delay and point detonating impact functions in a single fuze. The inductive fuze setting feature also optimizes MOFN for use with automated ammunition handling equipment. MOFN will be used on projectiles fired in the MK 45 Single Lightweight Gun Mount on U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers.
“ATK is pleased to add MOFN to our portfolio of fuze production programs. MOFN leverages ATK’s design, development and production experience, providing the U.S. Navy with an affordable, reliable fuze for its 5/54 caliber ammunition,” said Dave Fine, ATK’s Director of Fuzing and Warhead programs.
“ATK has a strong program and manufacturing team dedicated to producing MOFN for the U.S. Navy,” said Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager of ATK Missile Products Division. “This award reflects the tremendous dedication and commitment of our highly-skilled workforce and our industry partners.”
Production of this fuze will occur at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) facility in Rocket Center, W. Va. ABL is a U.S. Navy-owned, ATK-operated facility specializing in advanced manufacturing technologies for a variety of programs supporting current and future U.S. industrial base needs in advanced fuzing and integration, conventional munitions assemblies, solid rocket motor propulsion, and advanced material structures.
ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.
Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company’s competitive environment; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Filed under: Business Line, Chemring, Companies, Contract Additions, Contract Awards, Events, Lockheed Martin, logistics, NIITEK, production program, Services, U.S. Army
U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan primarily face a threat from indirect weapons. These include rockets and mortars used at their static facilities and the ever present mine and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to vehicle and foot movement. The U.S. Army placed yesterday two contracts for systems to help counter these threats.
First, Lockheed Martin (LMT) received an option on an existing contract to procure more TPQ-53 counterfire radars. These provide detection and warning of mortars and rockets and allow defensive and counter measures to take place. This contract has a value of almost $400 million and will procure 33 sets of equipment. Earlier the Army had issued a contract for 12. These radars have been in development since 2007 and use since last year.
The Army also placed an Indefinite Delivery/Indoctrinate Quantity (ID/IQ) contract with NIITEK, a subsidiary of Chemring Group PLC, for their Husky Ground Penetrating Radar. This contract has a total value of close to $600 million if all options are exercised. The initial contract is worth $161 million. With all ID/IQ contracts the government does not have to spend anything or just a part of the total value.
The NIITEK Husky is a radar mounted on a vehicle used to detect mines and other threats buried in the ground. It also includes a metal detector if desired. The system supports route clearing and checking as part of a convoy or on separate missions.
These two contracts demonstrate that the U.S. still meets significant threats in Afghanistan and that the U.S. is being innovative in meeting them. It also shows that the U.S. will invest in systems for these missions despite budget and deficit issues.
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Update — It has been reported that Colt will protest the Army decision to award this contract to Remington. Protests are normally settled within 100 days and no work may be done until it is resolved.
The U.S. Army and most of the rest of the U.S. military and allied nations have been using the M16 rifle since its introduction almost 50 years ago during Vietnam. During the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan the M4 carbine version of the rifle came into heavy use due to its shorter length and lighter weight. The M4 has been primarily produced by Colt.
The U.S. has tried to develop multiple times a new rifle to replace the M16 but no new weapon has gone into production. The most recent try was the XM8 system that saw only the 25mm “Punisher” variant go into use. Dissatisfaction with the M4’s range and accuracy has also led to Special Forces and other select troops using weapons like Hechler-Koch’s SCAR system. Even so the M4 has soldiered on for the last decade in the dust and heat of South West Asia.
Now the U.S. Army has awarded a production contract to Remington Arms for up to 120,000 M4/M4Aq carbines. There were rumors of this contract award earlier this week and yesterday the company issued a press release confirming it.
The initial buy is for 24,000 of the rifle with another 96,000 if all options are exercised. The contract is an Indefinite Quantity/Indefinite Delivery (ID/IQ) one which allows the Army to pick-and-choose how much and when.
The Army is carrying out trials for a new standard rifle with a potential new contest in the future.
The decision to expand production to include Remington is interesting as Colt has made the M4 for many years.
Filed under: Business Line, Companies, Contract Awards, DRS Technologies, Events, IT, logistics
The U.S. military is made up of mainly young men and women who form the bulk of the enlisted members. They have grown up with the internet and instant communications. Over the last ten years they have added such tools as Facebook, Twitter, Skype and other social media applications. The U.S. military recognizes this and in a move to help morale and welfare contracted to set up internet cafe services across the world.
DRS Technical Services (DRS) has been awarded an Indefinite Quantity/Indefinite Delivery (ID/IQ)m contract to provide these kinds of services by the U.S. Navy. The value of this contract if all options are executed would be over $250 million. As with all ID/IQ contracts there is no guarantee that the Navy will order any tasks under this so even though DRS has qualified for the work they may get little or none out of it.
The services will be to set up and maintain logistics support for communications services for DoD and other government agencies internet cafes and site for personnel use. The majority of the work will be done in Iraq and Afghanistan but will also have support in Germany and the U.S. It looks like this task will be used by other Agencies as they are the majority of personnel deployed in Iraq right now.
The need for these kind of services is just a normal growth of the other Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) services provided by the U.S. military. This includes commissary and exchanges for shopping as well as organized sports and tourism and other activities meant to fill time. The internet connection is especially key now to provide troops with family contact beyond the traditional mail.
CACI Awarded Prime Position on $2.5 Billion Multiple-Award Contract to Provide Resource Support Services for U.S. Army
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ManTech Awarded Contract to Provide Comprehensive Global Logistics Services to the U.S. Army Sustainment Command
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AECOM awarded two task orders worth a total of US$47.3 million for runway reconstruction projects at U.S. Air Force bases in Washington and Illinois
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Filed under: ADSI, Business Line, Companies, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, development program, Events, logistics, production program, Services, U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy is heavily involved in operations in Afghanistan by providing civil engineering support. The “SeaBee” units of construction personnel provide the ability as they have done since World War II to build facilities and provide services. In the day of the IED and mine their equipment needs to be armored and protected to survive this threat and protect their crews. As part of this effort the Navy awarded three companies the chance to provide up-armoring to the civil engineering equipment. One of these companies is American Defense Systems, Inc. (ADSI).
The contract allows the Navy to choose who will receive contracts under an Indefinite Quantity, Indefinite Delivery (ID/IQ) structure. There is no guarantee that ADSI or the other companies will win work but it represents a good step forward for the company. The contract allows a maximum of $50 million awards and this is larger then any previous quantity received by ADSI.
ADSI makes modular add on armor kits that are fit to the individual vehicles as necessary. This allows them to be applied to an array of different systems. They also may be applied in theater as well as in the U.S.
With the threat from the IED and mine as well as direct fire the U.S. has been moving over the last five-or-six years to develop up armored vehicles of all types. This is perhaps best exemplified by the use of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles used for troop transport and engineering work.
Filed under: Business Line, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, Events, Intermec, IT, logistics, production program, Services, USCG
Continuing their investment in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) the United States’ Defense Department awarded an Indefinite Quantity/Indefinite Delivery (ID/IQ) contract for RFID equipment. Intermec, Inc. was one of the winners. If all options on the contract are awarded it could be for nine years with a value up to $418 million.
Intermec has been making equipment for the electronic tracking of goods for over twenty years and has received significant contracts from DoD in the past. RFID has made it easier and more efficient to track and ship materiel by providing quick means to identify cargo and route it. Under the Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) – IV contract not only DoD entities but the U.S. Coast Guard, NATO and other allies as well as foreign countries may purchase this technology. Intermec like with all ID/IQ contracts is not necessarily guaranteed any work from it depending on how the U.S. wants to exercise the contract.
Filed under: Business Line, Cobham Defense Electronic Systems, Companies, Contract Awards, Events, logistics, Military Aviation, Press Releases, production program
Cobham Wins US Army Personal Cooling System Deal Worth Up to US$110 Million
7 July 2009
Orchard Park, New York – Cobham has been awarded a five year, Indefinite Delivery, Definite Quantity (IDDQ) contract from the US Army to provide Microclimate Cooling Systems to the Air Warrior program office. Cobham’s initial task order is valued at approximately US$6.5 million, with expected revenue of up to $110m during the next five years.
Work under this contract will be performed by Cobham Life Support, a strategic business unit within Cobham’s Mission Systems Division, at Orchard Park, New York. The US Army Aviation and Missile Command is the contracting authority. This award was announced June 30, 2009 on the US Government’s Federal Business Opportunities website.
Kelly Coffield, Cobham Life Support President said:
“We are pleased with the US Army’s continued commitment to increasing the performance of the warfighter through the use of microclimate cooling. These systems significantly contribute to keeping our forces mission ready and combat effective.”
Cobham’s Microclimate Cooling System (MCS), a compact, lightweight, self-contained vapor compression cycle cooling system, is designed for operation on helicopters and ground vehicles and can accommodate single or multiple users. More than 15,000 systems are employed by US military helicopters – including the AH-64 Apache, the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-60 Blackhawk – and US military ground vehicles including the Bradley, Stryker and M1A1 tanks where high temperatures can limit human operational effectiveness.
The MCS helps prevent heat stress by maintaining safe core body temperatures. It extends the mission duration of Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen who are deployed to extreme climates, or who are thermally burdened by required body armor or other protective clothing. To see how the microclimate cooling system serves the troops, please view Cobham’s microclimate cooling video.
Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 12,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenue of more than £1.4 billion / US$ 2.1 billion.
Cobham Life Support is a world leader in life support and personal survival equipment for use under extreme conditions including oxygen systems for aviators and astronauts, crew restraints, flotation gear, emergency beacons and crew and cargo release mechanisms.
Filed under: Alion, Business Line, Contract Awards, development program, IT, medicine, Press Releases, Telos Corporation
$497 Million Value Contract Will Include Biometrics Services, Supplies, and Related Hardware and Software
ASHBURN, Va. – January 12, 2009 – The U.S. Army has awarded Telos® Corporation a contract to provide the biometrics services, supplies, and related hardware and software required to assist the Biometrics Task Force, an Army executive agency, as it seeks to develop an enterprise-wide biometrics infrastructure for the DoD.
The Biometrics Operations and Support Services Unrestricted (BOSS-U) contract, a new award worth as much as $497 million, will run for a three-year base period with two, one-year option periods. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quality (IDIQ) contract has a total of 12 prime contractors that will compete for task orders for both general support and targeted tasks.
The Biometrics Task Force leads DoD activities to program, integrate, and synchronize biometric technologies and capabilities and to operate and maintain the department’s authoritative biometric database in support of the National Security Strategy.
“This contract signifies an important win for Telos because it will give us the opportunity to demonstrate new capabilities that can be fielded in support of the premier organization dedicated to protecting the nation through the employment of biometrics,” said Robert Brandewie, Senior Vice President of Identity and Security Solutions for Telos. “We plan to draw on the capabilities for infrastructure development demonstrated under the Air Force’s NETCENTS contract vehicle, under which Telos is a prime contractor, as we bring cutting-edge solutions to our DoD customers under this contract.”
About Telos Corporation
Telos Corporation has provided innovative IT solutions and services to the federal government for more than 30 years, focusing since 1989 on secure enterprise solutions. Telos solutions ensure that the government’s most security-conscious organizations comply with demanding federal and DoD information security mandates. Offerings include Xacta® IA Manager for enterprise IT security management, enterprise security consulting services, secure networks, secure enterprise messaging, and secure identity management solutions. Solutions are represented to the federal government on Telos’ GSA schedule. For more information, visit http://www.telos.com/.
VT Group Wins Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Task Order to Provide Support to Naval Special Warfare (NSW)
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