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Navy Awards Contracts for New Ship Components

The building of a modern warship requires not only the initial large contract with the builder but numerous other ones to buy components and support for the actual ships. Other systems are purchased with separate contracts and then items are provided to the builder for installation on the ships as they are assembled. The U.S. Navy is currently building new aircraft carriers, missile destroyers, Littoral Combats Ships (LCS), amphibious warfare ships as well as support vessels.

The LCS is being built by 2 different yards under 2 separate contracts. The LCS-1 design are made in Wisconsin by Marinette Marine and Lockheed Martin (LMT). The LCS-2 in Mobile, AL by Austal America and General Dynamics (GD). While they have dissimilar hull designs the basic weapon fit remains the same and both will carry mission modules. Up to 20 LCS are on contract to be built with the Navy periodically issuing contracts for 2 from each builder.

2 related contracts were recently awarded to support U.S. Navy ship construction. First General Dynamics (GD) received one for 8 MK 46 Naval Weapon Systems. The MK 46 is a 30mm cannon mounted in a stabilized turret. These will be installed on LPD-12 amphibious assault ships and the LCS. The contract is worth $26 million and is a follow on to previous contracts under which 30 systems have been delivered.

Then ATK (ATK), the ammunition and explosive manufacturer, received a contract for 30mm ammo. This $12 million contract is for incendiary rounds for the MK 46. It is a 5 year Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract with 1 base and 4 option years. As an ID/IQ the Navy will order off of the contract what is required to outfit ships with the Mk 46 weapon.

With Sequestration and the budget reductions recently passed by Congress and agreed to by the Obama Administration FY13 will probably not see many more major contracts awarded. There may be many though like these to support bigger programs already underway.

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Huntington Ingalls Wins Some Contracts but Stock is Still Downgraded

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) which is formerly the shipbuilding part of Northrop Grumman (NOC) spun off earlier this year has received two new contracts recently. Unfortunately the stock, created as part of the separation from the large now Virginia based defense contractor, was downgraded by some analysts.

This week as part of an order for multiple new DDG-51 class missile destroyers Huntington Ingalls was awarded a contract worth almost $700 million to build DDG-114. It’s competitor, Bath Iron Works, owned by General Dynamics (GD) received a similar contract for DDG-115 worth slightly less as well as an option for one more ship, DDG-116. Huntington Ingalls had got the contract for DDG-113 the last one awarded in June. These two companies and their construction yards in Mississippi and Maine respectively have shared in production of the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class since its inception back in the Nineties.

Earlier this month Huntington Ingalls also received a contract for support services from the Navy worth over $20 million. This went to their California subsidiary AMSEC LLC. The company also will build a new medium sized Coast Guard cutter, the WMSL-754, in a contract worth almost $500 million.

Despite all of this good news the former Northrop division’s stock was listed as a sell by Goldman Sachs which initiated coverage of the stock this week. This led to a fall of over six percent and a new low for the share price. Goldman is concerned that the decline in defense budget will hurt the company’s bottom line as well as the way the company financials are structured due to the spin off.

The Navy’s ship building budget is considered one of the areas that may see some big cuts over the next few years. If that is so then the Navy is going to have to choose what ships it wants between new aircraft carriers, submarines, amphibious warships and destroyers. The Navy currently is concentrating on building DDG-51 class with plans to integrate new technology that was supposed to go into the follow on DDG-1000 class ships. Due to cost and schedule issues only three of the newer ships will be built all by Bath.

Huntington Ingalls really only has one customer and if their available budget shrinks then the company’s opportunities do as well which is one of the reasons Goldman listed them the way they did. It may be a tough next few years for Huntington Ingalls who have already closed and consolidated some of the facilities they received as part of the separation from Northrop.

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Royal Navy Awards MBDA Contract for Sea Viper Support

Fresh off the first firing of the Sea Viper air defense missile from the Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Daring, MBDA was awarded a long term support contract for the system. Sea Viper utilizes the joint Ango-French-Italian company’s Aster 15 & 30 missiles. This is the primary armament for the new British fleet air defense ship.

The firing comes three years after the ship was commissioned and represents a major milestone for the program. The Sea Viper is the result of the Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS) developed by The multi-mode radar, Sampson, that supports the missile is made by BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) for the Royal Navy. Sea Viper includes the Aster missile, Sampson radar and the vertical launch canister system. The Type 45 is similar to the AEGIS missile destroyers and cruisers utilized by the U.S. Navy for self, air and missile defense.

MBDA’s support contract is worth about $270 million over the next six years. So far two ships have been commissioned with HMS Dauntless joining the Daring. Three others are under construction with a sixth planned.

The history of the class demonstrates what happens to many modern weapon systems where the development time for different components are not even. In this case the radar and hull were ready well before the missile and for a time the ships were limited to their gun armament. The Sea Viper is also not unique in having teething problems as many modern missiles have taken longer then planned.

Photo from Bob the courier’s Flickr photostream.

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BAE Systems to Modernize Destroyers Under U.S. Navy Ship Repair Contract

July 27, 2010 by · Comment
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NORFOLK, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BAE Systems, Inc., a leading U.S. non-nuclear ship repair, modernization, and conversion company, will modernize 11 Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class guided missile destroyers under a contract with the U.S. Navy with a potential value of $365 million. This work, along with the recent acquisition of Atlantic Marine, reflects BAE Systems’ efforts to support new-era requirements of customers for the readiness and sustainment of equipment and systems. The company received t



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DOD CONTRACTS for June 18, 2010

DOD CONTRACTS for June 18, 2010
June 18, 2010

NAVY
Philadelphia Gear Corp., King of Prussia, Pa., is being awarded an $80,240,784 firm-fixed-price contract for main reduction gears for DDG 51 (Arleigh Burke) Class Guided Missile Destroyers. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $425,955,513. Work will be performed in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (79.2 percent); Kansas City, Mo. (7.2 percent); St. Augustine, Fla. (3.6 percent); Westminster, Mass. (3.2 percent); Middlesex, England, U.K. (2.2 percent); Latrobe, Pa. (2.1 percent); Pewaukee, Wis. (1.4 percent); and Erie, Pa. (1.1 percent), and is expected to be completed by July 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under full and open competition via the Federal Business Opportunities Web site and two offers were received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-10-C-2310).

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $43,800,000 not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00019-02-C-3002) for the development, integration, verification, and validation of verification simulator capabilities for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in October 2014. 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 (N00019-02-C-3002).

Blueridge General, Inc., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $33,655,729 firm-fixed-price contract for construction to replace roof and repair exterior of medical administrative building three at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Va., and is expected to be completed by July 2013. Funds are provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online Web site with three proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-10-C-3002).

Watts Constructors, LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded firm-fixed-price task order #0002 at $11,178,000 under a multiple award construction contract for critical mechanical/electrical repairs to building 352 at Makalapa, Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Work will be performed in Oahu, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by October 2011. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Four proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (N62478-08-D-4013).

HDR Engineering, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineer services contract with a maximum amount of $7,500,000 for the preparation of plans and specifications for civil/environmental projects in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific area of responsibility (AOR). No task orders are being issued at this time. Work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps facilities and other government facilities within the NAVFAC Pacific AOR including, but not limited to Guam (30 percent); Hawaii (20 percent); West Coast (Calif., Nev., and Wash. 20 percent); and other areas in the Pacific and Indian Oceans (30 percent). The term of contract is not to exceed 36 months, with an expected completion date of June 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the NAVFAC E-Solicitation Web site with six proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity (N62742-10-D-0009).

General Dynamics Information Technology is being awarded a $7,499,757.00 Task Order M6785402A9014-0047. The scope of this effort is to provide general engineering and scientific support to the Marine Corps Systems Command; Operational Forces Systems; Product Group 09; Program Manager Ground Combat Systems for item unique identification (IUID) marking of Mission Essential phase I; Marine Corps IUID Legacy Phase 2 and/or other legacy equipment; assemblies/subassemblies identified by Headquarters Marine Corps or as directed, i.e., controlled principle end items; and other serially managed items not covered under the primary effort. Principal activities include management support, IUID planning, capture of equipment pedigree data with the major emphasis on engineering analysis to identify secondary repairables, and subassemblies for the implementation of IUID marking, and data quality control and temp data storage management. Work will be performed in Quantico, Va., and is expected to be completed in June 2011. Contract funds will expire Sept. 30, 2010. The Marine Corps System Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M6785402A9014-0047).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Exide Technologies, Alpharetta, Ga., is being awarded a maximum $48,735,775 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-quantity contract for wet-charged, lead acid storage batteries. Other location of performance is Manchester, Iowa. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. There were originally four proposals solicited with one response. This contract is for a two-year base with three option years. The date of performance completion is July 9, 2012. The Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC), Columbus, Ohio, is the contracting activity (SPM7LX-10-D-7121).

AIR FORCE
Lockheed Martin Corp., of Marietta, Ga., was awarded a $7,004,657 contract modification for C-5 Avionics Modernization program lot VIII components. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. 716 AESG/PK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (F33657-98-C-0006, P00237).

Wyle Laboratories of Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $24,801,569 contract which will research test, develop, and deliver integrated master schedules; mishap risk assessment reports; systems safety program plans; system safety hazard analysis reports; corrosion prevention and control plans; basic reliability models; technical report/study services; test procedures/reports; and product drawings/models and associated list. At this time, $7,936 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005, Delivery Order 0138).

Wyle Laboratories of Huntsville, Ala., was awarded a $24,495,032 contract modification which will apply reliability, maintainability, quality, supportability and interoperability best practices to execute various commander, Naval Air Forces, Naval Air Systems Command and the Joint Services Wiring Action Group projects and programs relating to electrical systems on and off aircraft. At this time, $158,730 has been obligated. 55 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4005, Delivery Order 0149).

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Lockheed Martin Completes First Live Tracking Exercise With New Multi-Mission, Open Architecture Aegis Signal Processor

Lockheed Martin Completes First Live Tracking Exercise With New Multi-Mission, Open Architecture Aegis Signal Processor
April 12, 2010

MOORESTOWN, N.J., --Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully identified and tracked numerous live targets for the first time using its new Multi-Mission Signal Processor (MMSP). The MMSP is intended to help combine next-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Anti-Air Warfare capabilities in an open combat system architecture for the U.S. Navy.

"By combining the proven SPY-1 radarand Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense signal processing capability, we will provide cost-effective and space-efficient warfighting improvements for the U.S. Navy," said Allan Croly, director, Naval Radar Programs, for Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Sensors business unit.

The augmented Aegis system detected air tracks at the Navy's land-based test facility, the Vice Admiral James H. Doyle Combat Systems Engineering Development Site in New Jersey. Additional testing will occur throughout 2010. As part of the Aegis Modernization Program, MMSP is scheduled for installation on guided missile destroyers currently equipped with the Aegis Weapon System. The MMSP installations will begin in 2012.

The road to Aegis Open Architecture has included extensive systems engineering to reconfigure the Aegis system to allow frequent technology refreshes and the ready acceptance of capability upgrades, whether they are accomplished via new development or the integration of third-party-developed products.

The 92 Aegis-equipped ships currently in service around the globe have more than 950 years of at-sea operational experience and have launched more than 3,500 missiles in tests and real-world operations. In addition to the United States, Aegis is the maritime weapon system of choice for Australia, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Spain.

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Lockheed Martin Completes First Live Tracking Exercise With New Multi-Mission, Open Architecture Aegis Signal Processor — Press Release

Lockheed Martin Completes First Live Tracking Exercise With New Multi-Mission, Open Architecture Aegis Signal Processor

MOORESTOWN, N.J., April 12 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) successfully identified and tracked numerous live targets for the first time using its new Multi-Mission Signal Processor (MMSP). The MMSP is intended to help combine next-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Anti-Air Warfare capabilities in an open combat system architecture for the U.S. Navy.

“By combining the proven SPY-1 radar and Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense signal processing capability, we will provide cost-effective and space-efficient warfighting improvements for the U.S. Navy,” said Allan Croly, director, Naval Radar Programs, for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Sensors business unit.

The augmented Aegis system detected air tracks at the Navy’s land-based test facility, the Vice Admiral James H. Doyle Combat Systems Engineering Development Site in New Jersey. Additional testing will occur throughout 2010. As part of the Aegis Modernization Program, MMSP is scheduled for installation on guided missile destroyers currently equipped with the Aegis Weapon System. The MMSP installations will begin in 2012.

The road to Aegis Open Architecture has included extensive systems engineering to reconfigure the Aegis system to allow frequent technology refreshes and the ready acceptance of capability upgrades, whether they are accomplished via new development or the integration of third-party-developed products.

The 92 Aegis-equipped ships currently in service around the globe have more than 950 years of at-sea operational experience and have launched more than 3,500 missiles in tests and real-world operations. In addition to the United States, Aegis is the maritime weapon system of choice for Australia, Japan, Norway, South Korea and Spain.

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 on Lockheed Martin Corporation, visit: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/

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U.S. Department of Defense Awards $80 Million Contract to Philadelphia Gear Corporation

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KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. Department of Defense recently named Philadelphia Gear Corporation as supplier of the main reduction gears in the construction of three new Arleigh Burke Class (DDG 113,114, and 115) Guided Missile Destroyers. The project is valued at more than $80 million and includes options for additional ships, which, if fully exercised, would bring the cumulative total of the agreement to more than $425 million. According to Philadelphia Gear President Carl Ra



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