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Boeing to Provide Logistics Support for CH-47

The U.S. Army has invested billions in rotary wing aviation over the last ten years. The UH-60, AH-64, CH-47 and OH-58D have flown millions of hours in support of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the same time they have developed and put into operation new versions of the aircraft such as the UH-60M and CH-47F. These aircraft have required intensive maintenance, support and modification due to the demands of the last decade.

Boeing (BA) as the manufacturer of the CH-47 also has benefited through these demands by providing logistic support to the aircraft. It recently received a contract for Performance Based Logistics (PBL) for the main rotor blades of the CH-47. The contract is for 5 years and worth almost $200 million. Rotor blades need to be repaired and rebuilt due to the harsh environments in Iraq and Afghanistan that often cause erosion and wear.

PBL is a current trend in U.S. military logistics support where the government is buying a level of support measured through metrics. This is supposed to be more efficient and cost effective as it minimizes buying too much support and reduces stockpiling of parts. Logistic contracts like this are a boon to the OEM for systems as they often for the first several years a system is in use get most of the support work. Depending on how much of the technical data owned by the Pentagon it may be they are the only ones who can do it and make billions over the life cycle of the system.

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Navy Buys Internet Services for Troop Morale & Welfare

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.

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AeroVironment Wins More Raven Production

update – Edited the post to make clear that the contract is just for logistics support and not new systems.

The U.S. Army awarded AeroVironment (AVAV) a contract for further production of the hand-launched Raven small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The Ravens are used by small units for local area reconnaissance and surveillance.

The contract is worth a little over $11 million and will provide logistic support for deployed Raven systems not only for the Army but also the Marine Corps and any Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

AeroVironment makes a series of different UAV’s for use by military, law enforcement and other government agencies. The company is also investing in electric vehicles and power management solutions. They manufacture a home charging station for electric vehicles as well as supporting electric car design and development.

As with all OEM companies they also provide training and engineering support for their products.

The UAV market has done well over the last decade as the U.S. military especially has invested in thousands of systems to support operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. This investment should continue even as the U.S. withdraws its troops and fighting ends. There will be focus on improving UAV payload, range and capabilities.

AeroVironment is working to develop the ultra long range, persistent Global Observer UAV which is powered by hydrogen fuel rather then a conventional engine. Boeing (BA) is also working on a similar system utilizing solar and other renewable fuels.

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Boeing Awarded Large Maintenance Contract for ROK F-15

One of the reasons that the Indian, Brazil and U.A.E. new fighter contracts are being so hard fought among the various U.S. and European defense contractors is not only the size of the initial procurement but also because they offer long term requirements and revenue.

India has so far chosen the Rafale fighter from Dassault although there are reports that Eurofighter with the encouragement of the U.K. government is trying to offer a better price in the hope of winning that contract. Brazil is considering the Rafale and Boeing’s (BA) F/A-18 and the U.A.E. seemed committed to the French aircraft but at the Dubai airshow earlier this year seemed to have second thoughts.

South Korea chose to buy some F-15 fighters from Boeing (BA) last decade. This was a significant procurement for the company as the U.S. had stopped buying the aircraft concentrating on the F-22 and JSF. Now they have signed a contract for long term logistics support for the advanced fighters and strike aircraft. This is worth about $300 million and last five years.

Korea can be expected to use the aircraft for a few decades and Boeing along with its Korean partners should consistently receive contracts to support the systems. Often as the U.S. has demonstrated the long term support, modernization and modification of aircraft can easily cost more then the initial purchase price. Often this goes to the OEM so they have several years of revenue after production is complete. With overseas contracts the chances are even higher that this kind of work will be needed.

Modern combat aircraft are now having service lives measured in decades. The B-52 for example is approaching its 60th year of service. The U.S. F-15 over 30 and so on. Boeing can expect South Korea to pay a great deal of money for their support as time passes.

Photo from Bundeswehr-Fotos Wir.Dienen.Deutschland.’s flickr photostream.

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U.S.M.C. Relies on Navistar to Upgrade MRAP Vehicles

When the U.S. began to understand the complexity and lethality of the mine and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat to its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan it reacted by investing billions in a mixed fleet of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles from a variety of suppliers. These were large, wheeled armored trucks designed to channel mine blasts and were used to move troops and supplies primarily on roads. They were used to replace unarmored HUMVEE and trucks that the U.S. military had relied on for decades to be their prime movers of men and materials.

Many of these vehicles were evolved out of experience the Israeli and South African military had gained by operating in areas where insurgent movements targeted them with comparable threats. Different companies were able to come up with designs that where quickly purchased and deployed. These included commercial truck companies like Navistar (NAV) and Oshkosh (OSK) as well as traditional defense contractors such as BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) as well as new start ones similar to Force Protection.

With the end of fighting in Iraq and transfer of the main effort to Afghanistan MRAP vehicles were considered too unwieldy and roadbound to support tactical operations. This led to the development of Oshkosh’s MRAP-AT designed for more off road actions.

At the same time the Army, Navy and U.S.M.C. possess large numbers of MRAP vehicles that now must be fitted into tactical organizations and doctrine. With that in mind the Marines just awarded Navistar a contract to upgrade almost 3,000 of their systems with new “rolling” chassis to improve their off-road capability. The contract has a value of $880 million.

Similar efforts will have to be made to improve other MRAP vehicles to make them a more tactical system rather then just a logistics support vehicle. Billions have been invested in them, their support and training. The U.S. will possess a large number for years to come and cannot guarantee that they will be in situations or environments that their features are best for. If not they will have to maintain a fleet of different vehicles and organizations to utilize them which is not only inefficient but expensive in a time when budgets will be declining and must be made more effective.

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BAE Systems Inc.’s FNSS Joint Venture Receives $559 Million Award From DEFTECH To Provide AV-8 Vehicles for the Malaysian Armed Forces

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ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FNSS of Turkey, a joint venture between BAE Systems, Inc. and Nurol Holding of Turkey, has received and signed a $559 million letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) from DEFTECH of Malaysia for the design, development and manufacture of 257 DEFTECH AV-8 8×8 wheeled armored vehicles and Integrated Logistics Support for the Malaysian Armed Forces. The vehicle, to be manufactured by DEFTECH in Malaysia, is based on the FNSS-designed PARS 8×8 multi-purpose, multi-missi



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Chromalloy Crosses One-Year Milestone on Northrop Grumman KC-10 Contractor Logistic Support Team — Press Release

Chromalloy Crosses One-Year Milestone on Northrop Grumman KC-10 Contractor Logistic Support Team

U.S. Air Force Saving Millions with Non-OEM Engine Services That Deliver Improved Performance, Reduced Fuel Consumption

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ORANGEBURG, N.Y., Feb. 15, 2011

ORANGEBURG, N.Y., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Chromalloy announced today that it has crossed the one-year milestone as a member of the Northrop Grumman team on the KC-10 Extender Logistics Support program, overhauling 48 CF6-50C2 aircraft engines in the initial program year while meeting turnaround time requirements and improving engine performance.

The contract provides support for the U.S. Air Force KC-10 refueling fleet of 59 aircraft. Under the $540 million, six year contract with up to three incentive years that commenced in 2010, Chromalloy, with team member MTU Maintenance, is overhauling and repairing a fleet of 204 engines and an additional 77 auxiliary power units that provide energy for secondary electrical systems.

“Chromalloy is servicing the CF6 engine fleet and replacing worn parts using proprietary Designated Engineering Representative repairs and Parts Manufacturer Approval components,” said Armand F. Lauzon, Jr., President. “Our FAA-certified DER repairs and PMA components have flown successfully for years in commercial airliners and now are delivering the same savings and performance improvement to the KC-10 fleet.

“When compared with the previous contract we are pleased that the U.S. Air Force is saving more than $1 million per engine shop visit,” Lauzon added.

The Air Force service contract represents a first within the Department of Defense because it is the first major program to provide blanket approval for the use of FAA-approved alternative – or non-OEM – parts and repairs.

Use of FAA-approved parts and repairs developed for the commercial CF6-50 engine that has been in service for more than 40 years allows Chromalloy and MTU to deliver cost and engine performance benefits with every overhauled engine.

Approximately $500,000 of savings per engine is attributable to the use of alternative parts and repairs.

In addition, each of the 48 engines was delivered with Exhaust Gas Temperature margins above the U.S. Air Force threshold requirement, allowing the engines to run longer on wing and increasing the mean time between removal. “The team believes this engine performance will translate to greater savings from significantly increased time on-wing,” Lauzon said.

With 52 sales, repair and manufacturing locations in 17 countries, Chromalloy is the world’s largest independent supplier of technologically advanced repairs, coatings, and FAA-approved replacement parts for turbine airfoils and other critical engine components for commercial airlines, the military and industrial turbine engine applications.

The company’s engineered components and blades are subject to the same FAA requirements and scrutiny as OEM-produced equipment.

Chromalloy’s replacement parts for aircraft engines are FAA certified to meet or exceed the performance, reliability and durability specifications of original equipment manufacturer parts. In support of marine and land-based gas turbines, the company employs identical engineering disciplines used to produce its FAA-certified parts.

The company’s continued investment in research and development of coatings and repair and manufacturing technology has led to the development of electron beam physical vapor deposition with ceramic materials, vacuum plasma, diffused precious metal / aluminide coatings, and vision-guided interactive laser welding and drilling for most advanced turbine engine components, as well as many other advanced technologies. More information is at www.chromalloy.com.

Chromalloy has evolved from a gas turbine parts repair business into the leading independent supplier of advanced repairs, FAA approved replacement parts and maintenance, repair and overhaul for gas turbines used in aviation and land-based applications. Chromalloy serves the airline, military, marine and industrial gas turbine segments with a broad range of services at locations in 17 countries around the globe. Chromalloy is authorized by the FAA and EASA and many other NAAs, and is qualified under ISO and NADCAP. Chromalloy is a subsidiary of Sequa Corporation.

Sequa Corporation is a diversified industrial company with operations in the aerospace, metal coatings and automotive industries. Sequa is a Carlyle Group company. For additional information, visit www.sequa.com.

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General Dynamics Awarded $177 Million by U.S. Army for Logistics Support — Press Release

General Dynamics Awarded $177 Million by U.S. Army for Logistics Support

FAIRFAX, Va. – General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to operate its Supply Support Activity (SSA) in Kuwait. The contract has an initial value of $31.2 million for the first year, with a potential value of $177 million over five years if all options are exercised.

General Dynamics will be responsible for the management and facilitation of the Supply Support Activity for the Southwest Asia region, which conducts and sustains military operations and activities throughout the region. The company will receive, classify, store and distribute multiple classes of Army supplies using automated information management systems. The majority of the work will be performed at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.

“Given the extremely fluid and dynamic operational environment in the region, execution of this contract will require close attention to detail, rigorous application of accountability and quality control processes, and absolute responsiveness to routine and emerging operational requirements, all to ensure that warfighters throughout the region are steadily supplied with what they need, when they need it, in the quantities they need,” said Zannie Smith, senior vice president of General Dynamics Information Technology’s Army Solutions Division. “This is clearly a critical role for contractor support and General Dynamics is honored to have been entrusted with this mission.”

For more information about General Dynamics Information Technology, please visit www.gdit.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.

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Northrop Grumman Wins Field and Installation Readiness Support Team Task Order

Northrop Grumman Wins Field and Installation Readiness Support Team Task Order
July 1, 2010

HERNDON, Va. – The U.S. Army's Mission Installation Contracting Command has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract to provide logistics support at Fort Eustis, Va.

The Fort Eustis Directorate of Logistics (DoL) task order has a potential value of nearly $46 million with one base year and four one-year options. The task order was issued under the Field and Installation Readiness Support Team indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract.

"For nearly 30 years, Northrop Grumman has worked with the U.S. Army at Fort Eustis ensuring our warfighters receive world class services and support," said Tom Vice, corporate vice president and sector president of Northrop Grumman's Technical Services sector. "The tremendous relationship we've forged with our U.S. Army customer at Fort Eustis is one we will continue to foster far into the future."

Under the terms of the task order, Northrop Grumman will provide logistics support to Fort Eustis and the U.S. Army Transportation Center. The company will provide supply management, installation transportation support and equipment maintenance to include marine, engineering and combat vehicle maintenance.

"There is a reason the Army has selected Northrop Grumman to support its mission at Fort Eustis for so long," said Bill Carty, vice president and general manager for Northrop Grumman Technical Services' Defense and Government Services division. "Our focus is always on sustained superior performance, responsive to our customer's requirements, while employing innovative solutions to meet today and tomorrow's challenges at Fort Eustis."

"When the Army speaks, we listen," said Ron Ellis, Northrop Grumman Technical Services Fort Eustis DoL program manager. "This is why the Army comes back to Northrop Grumman to support this program time after time, and we are honored to once again be a part of the Fort Eustis team."

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General Dynamics Awarded U.S. Navy Common Afloat Local Area Network Infrastructure (CALI) Contract

General Dynamics Awarded U.S. Navy Common Afloat Local Area Network Infrastructure (CALI) Contract
June 3, 2010

Experienced team will sustain ship and submarine computers and data networking infrastructure with COTS-based equipment and systems.

TAUNTON, Mass., -General Dynamics has been selected by the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to compete for future orders under the Common Afloat Local Area Network Infrastructure (CALI) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple award contracts.

Under the CALI IDIQ contracts, contractors will provide ships and submarines with Common Computing Environment (CCE) Components, Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), Configuration Management (CM), Test and Evaluation (T&E), Quality Assurance (QA), and Installation Support. Specific requirements will be defined in individual orders. As one of three awardees under the CALI initiative, General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) will lead an experienced team in delivering secure, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, software and networking equipment. Each CALI contract has a total potential value of $502 million if all options are exercised.

The CALI contract enables the delivery of equipment and systems to provide a bridge between currently deployed systems and the Navy's future Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program.

Mike DiBiase, vice president and general manager of Computing Technologies for General Dynamics C4 Systems, said, "General Dynamics is an established Navy contractor with relevant programs such as the Automated Digital Network System, Increment III (ADNS), the Acoustics Rapid COTS Insertion (ARCI) program and the Common Submarine Radio Room (CSRR) program. The General Dynamics CALI team is structured to deliver cost-effective shipboard systems that best support the Navy's emerging mission critical computing and infrastructure needs."

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DOD CONTRACTS for May 24, 2010

DOD CONTRACTS for May 24, 2010
May 24, 2010

NAVY
Lockheed Martin Corp., Eagan, Minn. (N00039-10-D-0002); Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif. (N00039-10-D-0003); and General Dynamics One Source, LLC, Fairfax, Va. (N00039-10-D-0004), are each being awarded a $408,791,035 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for Common Afloat Local Area Network Infrastructure (CALI). The purpose of the CALI contracts is to procure shipboard network infrastructure and related engineering support services, mainly in the areas of production, engineering, and common computing environment components. The contracts also provide for engineering support services within these three main areas, to include: integrated logistics support; configuration management; test and evaluation; quality assurance; and installation support. Specific requirements will be defined in individual orders issued in a multiple award contract environment. These contracts include an optional ordering period which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of each contract to an estimated $502,221,092. Work will be performed in Eagan, Minn., San Diego, Calif., and Fairfax, Va., and is expected to be completed by May 31, 2014. If the optional ordering period is exercised, work could continue until May 31, 2018. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This requirement was solicited using full and open competition via the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce and Federal Business Opportunities Web sites, with eight offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare System Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

AMSEC, LLC, Virginia Beach, Va. (N00189-10-D-0026), and Gryphon Technologies, Greenbelt, Md. (N00189-10-D-0028), are each being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee/firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple-award contract to provide engineering, technical and maintenance services to accomplish aircraft carrier maintenance and modernization advance planning, work package development and integration, and work package execution. This contract includes a base period with four one-year option periods. For AMSEC, LLC, the base amount is $13,303,667 and the estimated value, if all options are exercised, is $73,429,123. For Gryphon Technologies, the base amount is $14,455,917 and the estimated value, if all options are exercised, is $79,633,045. Work is to be performed in Bremerton, Wash. (10 percent); Norfolk, Va. (20 percent); San Diego, Calif. (20 percent), and various other locations (50 percent). Work is expected to be complete May 2011. Contract funds will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This requirement was awarded through full and open competition, with two offers received. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $6,416,336 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-00-C-5139) to exercise an option for life-cycle engineering and logistics support of the Aegis weapon system and Aegis combat system for in-service Aegis ships. Services include providing material, equipment, supplies and technical engineering required for integrated management, engineering and technical support. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J., and is expected to be complete by June 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.

American Valley Aviation, Inc.*, Orange Park, Fla., is being awarded a $5,525,128 firm-fixed-price contract for the refurbishment of wing and weapons bay pylons in support of the Pakistan Navy P-3 upgrade program. This contract provides for the refurbishment, modification and acquisition of digital stores management systems for seven P-3 aircraft. Work will be performed in Orange Park, Fla., and is expected to be completed in September 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-4. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-10-C-0244).

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a cost-plus-award-fee modification with a total value of $182,619,337 under contract HQ0276-08-C-0001. Under this modification, Raytheon will continue systems engineering and development for Standard Missile-3. The work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. The performance period for this work is from May 2010 through December 2010. Research, development, test and evaluation funding fiscal 2010 will be used to incrementally fund this effort in the amount of $56,219,559. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity (HQ0276).

ARMY
General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Burlington, Vt., was awarded on May 20 a $138,997,388 firm-fixed-price contract to support the Army, Air Force and Navy requirements for fiscal 2010 production for the HYDRA-70, 2.75-inch rocket system. Work is to be performed in Burlington, Vt., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2012. One sole-source bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, AMCOM Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-10-C-0190).

TIYA Support Services, LLC, Baton Rouge, La., was awarded on May 20 an $117,985,777 cost-plus-award-fee contract to support Fort Benning, located at Fort McPherson, Ga., with facility services through base closure and realignment. Work is to be performed in Fort Benning, Ga., with an estimated completion date of May 25, 2015. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with six bids receive. Mission and Installation Contracting Command Center, Fort McPherson, Ga., is the contracting activity (W911SE-10-C-0010).

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded on May 19 a $38,465,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee/cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This contract is for the issuance of modification #P00011 to contract W58RGZ-09-C-0153 for new contractor logistics support, performance-based logistics transition for the extended range multi-purpose unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Quick Reaction Capability 1, Quick Reaction Capability 1R, and Quick Reaction Capability 2, as well as a UAS training base in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Work is to be performed in Adelanto, Calif. (34 percent); Hunt Valley, Md. (24 percent); Poway, Calif. (18 percent); Palmdale, Calif. (17 percent); and Salt Lake City, Utah. (7 percent). The estimated completion date is May 19, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, AMCOM Contracting Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-09-C-0153).

Siemens Government Services, Inc., Reston, Va., was awarded on May 20 a $22,263,062 firm-fixed-price contract for the acquisition in support of the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program for Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Work is to be performed in Redstone Arsenal., Ala., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2011. Ten bids were solicited with six bids received. Army Contracting Command, National Capitol Region Contracting Center ITEC4, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity (W91QUZ-06-D-0026).

Archer Western Contractors, Ltd, Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded on May 20 a $21,836,234 firm-fixed-price contract for Recovery-Project No. 013398, "Tres Rios Environmental Restoration Project-Phase II In-Plant Secondary Effluent Pump Station, and Maricopa County, Ariz., 85353." Work is to be performed in Phoenix, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 1, 2011. Bids were solicited via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site with nine bids received. U.S. Army Engineer District, Los Angeles, Calif., is the contracting activity (W312PL-10-C-0028).

Heckler and Koch Defense, Inc., Ashburn, Va., was awarded on May 19 a $13,700,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the acquisition of 5,400 M320A1 grenade launchers and 600 M320 grenade launchers. Work is to be performed in Oberndorf, Germany (50 percent), Columbus, Ga. (30 percent), and Ashburn, Va. (20 percent), with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM, Warren, CCTA-ASA, A, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-10-C-0025).

Siemens Government Services, Inc., Reston, Va., was awarded on May 20 a $9,267,918 firm-fixed-price contract for the acquisition in support of the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program for Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Work is to be performed in Redstone Arsenal., Ala., with an estimated completion date of May 20. Ten bids were solicited with two bids received. Army Contracting Command, National Capitol Region Contracting Center ITEC4, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity (W91QUZ-06-D-0025).

McTech Corp., Cleveland, Ohio, was awarded on May 20 a $6,114,123 firm-fixed-price contract to construct battalion headquarters at Fort Riley, Kan. Work is to be performed in Fort Riley, Kan., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 22, 2012. Four bids were solicited with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, CECT-NWK-M, Kansas City, Mo., is the contracting activity (W912HN-08-D-0026).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Foster-Caviness Co., Inc.*, Colfax, N.C., is being awarded a maximum $14,100,000 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, total set-aside contract for full-line fresh fruit and vegetable support. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and U.S. Department of Agriculture school lunch participants. The original proposal was Web solicited with two responses. This contract is exercising the second option year period. The date of performance completion is Nov. 29, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM300-08-D-P002).

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U.S. Air Force Expands L-3 Communications IT Contract

L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (LLL) was awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to support the service’s Central Command IT and cyber operations. If all aspects of the contract are executed it could be worth up to $150 million over five years. This contract continues L-3’s support for the Air Force in these areas.

The Central Command (USAFCENT) is a component of the U.S. Central Command. This is the higher command that is responsible for Asia and Middle East and includes Afghanistan and Iraq in its area of operations. The USAFCENT provides control and management of Air Force assets assigned to CENTCOM.

L-3 will provide “cyber focused” support for network operations for USAFCENT and CENTCOM with this contract. This includes things like network and help desk support, information assurance and logistics support.

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Tunisia Orders Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Airlifters — Press Release

Tunisia Orders Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Airlifters

MARIETTA, Ga., March 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The government of Tunisia has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) for the purchase of two C-130J Super Hercules airlifters with an initial three years of logistics support. Tunisia’s new C130Js, scheduled to be delivered in 2013 and 2014, will be the longer fuselage or “stretched” variant of the C-130J.

A contract signing ceremony took place at the Tunisian Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Tunis last month. During the ceremony, Abdellatif Chebbi, Tunisia MND chief of Cabinet, conveyed his appreciation for the successful conclusion of the negotiations and praised the capabilities and flexibility of the C-130J-30 aircraft. In addition, Dennys Plessas, Lockheed Martin regional vice president of Business Development, welcomed the Tunisian Air Force to the growing worldwide Super Hercules family.

“Tunisia is the 12th country to select the C-130J Super Hercules,” said Jim Grant, Lockheed Martin vice president of business development for Air Mobility. “More and more, as countries recognize and appreciate the proven qualities of this tremendously flexible platform, we are seeing it become the preferred airlift option.”

Tunisia currently operates a fleet of C-130Hs and C-130Bs, first purchased in the mid-1980s. The new C-130Js will support Tunisian operations across the mission spectrum, including relief efforts around the world, firefighting and traditional airlift sorties.

Other nations which are operating, or have ordered, the C-130J include Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Iraq, Italy, Norway, Oman, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The C-130J has become the standard by which all other airlift is measured in terms of availability, flexibility and reliability. C-130Js are currently deployed in two combat theaters and are operating at a very high tempo efficiently and reliably. In non-combat, but equally harsh environments, the C-130Js are often now the first to support humanitarian and disaster relief efforts.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.

For additional information, visit our website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/

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Tunisia Orders Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Airlifters

Tunisia Orders Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Airlifters
March 2, 2010 9:50:00 AM

MARIETTA, Ga., -- The government of Tunisia has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) for the purchase of two C-130J Super Hercules airlifters with an initial three years of logistics support. Tunisia's new C130Js, scheduled to be delivered in 2013 and 2014, will be the longer fuselage or "stretched" variant of the C-130J.

A contract signing ceremony took place at the Tunisian Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Tunis last month. During the ceremony, Abdellatif Chebbi, Tunisia MND chief of Cabinet, conveyed his appreciation for the successful conclusion of the negotiations and praised the capabilities and flexibility of the C-130J-30 aircraft. In addition, Dennys Plessas, Lockheed Martin regional vice president of Business Development, welcomed the Tunisian Air Force to the growing worldwide Super Hercules family.

"Tunisia is the 12th country to select the C-130J Super Hercules," said Jim Grant, Lockheed Martin vice president of business development for Air Mobility. "More and more, as countries recognize and appreciate the proven qualities of this tremendously flexible platform, we are seeing it become the preferred airlift option."

Tunisia currently operates a fleet of C-130Hs and C-130Bs, first purchased in the mid-1980s. The new C-130Js will support Tunisian operations across the mission spectrum, including relief efforts around the world, firefighting and traditional airlift sorties.

Other nations which are operating, or have ordered, the C-130J include Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Iraq, Italy, Norway, Oman, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The C-130J has become the standard by which all other airlift is measured in terms of availability, flexibility and reliability. C-130Js are currently deployed in two combat theaters and are operating at a very high tempo efficiently and reliably. In non-combat, but equally harsh environments, the C-130Js are often now the first to support humanitarian and disaster relief efforts.

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U.S. Army Buys More Styker Support From General Dynamics

The Stryker Interim Combat Vehicle is a wheeled, armored system that was bought to fill in the gap from the transition to the Future Combat System (FCS) from the heavy combat team of the 1980’s based around the M1 and M2. FCS has now been canceled due to its being over cost and behind schedule. The Army is starting a new program to build on the remnants of FCS and find a new vehicle. The Stryker has seen good service in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is made by General Dynamics (GD) and is based on a Swiss system developed for the Canadian military.

The U.S. Army announced yesterday that they had awarded GD a contract for logistics support for the system. Mainly to be carried out at the Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, AL the contract has a value of over $250 million. Under the contract General Dynamics will include parts ordering, storage and distribution as wellas maintenance services.

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England Continues Contract Awards With Rolls-Royce Engine Maintenance

Over the last week or so the English Ministry of Defence has awarded several major contracts. Some of these like that for the new aircraft carriers are to continue the modernization of the U.K.’s armed forces. Late last week they announced one to maintain current capabilities. This was a ten year deal to Rolls-Royce to provide the logistics support for the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon fighter and attack aircraft. The contract could be worth over $1.5 billion in the end.

The Eurofighter Typhoon program has been very successful with sales to several European countries and Saudi Arabia. In England the biggest partner for the manufacturing is BAE Systems. There had been some talk due to their budget problems of the U.K. delaying their latest order but in the end they went through with it. The aircraft makes a substantial contribution to the U.K. aerospace industry.

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RSAF Awards BAE Systems Support Contract For Typhoons

A few years ago Eurofighter sold the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) seventy-two Typhoon advanced fighters. BAE Systems is one of the three major companies that make up Eurofighter which is also providing aircraft to Germany, England and Italy.

BAE Systems is under investigation by the English government for possible bribes involved in the deal with the Saudi military. Despite these allegations Saudi Arabia went ahead and awarded a logistics support contract to the company. The value of the contract was not announced but a similar award by England was worth over $700 million.

BAE Systems will provide logistical support, maintenance and parts as well as training for the RSAF under the contract for the next three years. This is not an uncommon contract where the provider of the hardware will also provide training and support possibly until the operator transitions to organic support or lets another contract.

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Telos Accelerates Delivery of Secure Wireless Network Modules for Army Tactical Operations Centers – Press Release

Telos Accelerates Delivery of Secure Wireless Network Modules for Army Tactical Operations Centers

More than 12,000 State-of-the-Art Units Now En Route to Support Deployed Troops Worldwide

ASHBURN, Va. – April 15, 2009 – Telos® Corporation has accelerated the delivery of its Combat Service Support Automated Information System Interface (CAISI) bridge modules to the U.S. Army, providing critical “last-mile” connectivity for warfighters back to their logistics networks in both training and operational environments.

While only a year into the three-year base period of the contract, Telos has already delivered over 12,000 of the more than 14,000 secure, tactical wireless Local Area Network (LAN) modules to the Army due to a high demand for the technology, and is scheduled to deliver the remainder by the end of the summer. According to Telos’ CAISI Program Manager Winston Payne, the company has not only been able to accommodate the accelerated delivery schedule, but has also been able to incorporate feedback coming in from the field to continuously enhance the product.

“Telos’ next-generation CAISI solution delivers the latest in secure, wireless technology to our Army customer,” said Payne. “The incorporation of critical last-mile wireless connectivity between combat service support information systems and their logistics base networks in deployed locations enhances mission effectiveness for logisticians worldwide.”

CAISI is a communications system in transportable cases that is being fielded to logistics organizations worldwide. CAISI provides IEEE 802.11a/b/g-based wireless connectivity across the spectrum of conflict. When linked to satellite communications, CAISI provides a “reach back” capability to sustainment organizations, allowing access to sources of supply and support. Each module uses wireless bridging to support a logistics support area of as much as four miles in diameter and can either stand alone or can be used with other modules to create a mesh network.

Telos is manufacturing the CAISI Bridge Modules (CBM) for the Product Manager, Defense Wide Transmission Systems (PM DWTS) under the Army’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, with a potential quantity of more than 14,000 modules, runs for three base years with two option years.

The Army manufactured more than 8,900 CAISI modules since 2002 and fielded them to logistics units throughout the service. Its widespread use in worldwide operations, including in the Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility (AOR), highlighted the need to enhance and update the Army’s solution and resulted in the award of a $43.5 million contract to Telos last year to develop and deploy the new CAISI modules.

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/.

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VSE Awarded Follow-on Work Supporting Foreign Military Sales Program for Egyptian Navy

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VSE Corporation (Nasdaq GS:VSEC) reported that its International Group’s GLOBAL Division has received an award to continue work being conducted in Alexandria, Egypt. The $35.8M In-Country Technical Assist award will enable GLOBAL Division to provide Management, Engineering, Technical, Training and Logistics support for the Egyptian Navy FMS programs and ex-United States Navy transferred ships either in port or at sea, as necessary to support ship operations, tra



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Alion Wins $15M Navy Contract to Validate Logistics Data and Test Logistics Concepts

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MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, has won a $15 million contract to support the Naval Operational Logistics Support Center (NOLSC) as the center integrates and modernizes its logistics support systems that support deployable units in the Navy and Coast Guard. Under the three-year logistics management services contract, Alion will assist NOLSC with logistics planning, modeling and simulation, concept generation and developm



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Rolls-Royce Awarded USD $70 Million Engine Support Services Contract for the Canadian Air Force CC-130J Fleet

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INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been selected by Lockheed Martin as the in-service support provider for the engines on the CC-130J military transport aircraft flown by the Canadian Air Force. The base contract, valued at more than USD $70 million, will provide Lockheed Martin with logistics support for the AE 2100D3 engines for the next six years. The contract has a potential value exceeding USD $260 million over the life expectancy of the fleet.



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