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More E-2D Hawkeye LRIP Aircraft Ordered from Northrop Grumman (NOC)

Almost four years ago the U.S. Navy placed a contract for the initial advanced procurement and long lead items for their next generation carrier based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft, the E-2D Hawkeye. The E-2D manufactured by Northrop Grumman (NOC) is an evolution of the E-2C which has been in service since the late Seventies.

The E-2D offers an advanced radar, APY-9, that offers much improved performance over the radar of the E-2C. This includes the ability to detect smaller targets nearer the surface. Something that is becoming more critical due to the proliferation of small, fast anti-ship cruise missiles now used by even smaller threat nations such as Iran.

This week the Navy continued the program by awarding the third lot’s production contract. This $760 million effort pays for the five more of the aircraft as well as the long lead items for the fourth lot. With these two lots added to the first two there are well over a dozen E-2D in production now for the Navy.

The U.S. currently operates two primary AEW aircraft – the Hawkeye and the Air Force’s E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft based on the Boeing (BA) 707. The Air Force has consistently upgraded the E-3 while it has considered replacement with a variety of systems including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) such as the Global Hawk system also manufactured by Northrop. So far nothing has been brought forward into production.

The Navy has continued incremental improvements leading to the development and production of the E-2D which offers much improved performance over the E-2C on the same basic airframe and form. As long as the U.S. Navy continues to operate large deck aircraft carriers there will be a need for AEW aircraft and the E-2 should continue in service for several more years.

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General Dynamics Wins DHS IT Contract

After a lengthy protest and a new contest General Dynamics (GD) was able to win an IT support contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The company will support the building of the agency’s new headquarters and the move and integration of its employees into the facility.

Total value of the award could be up to $876 million as it also covers some time of dedicated support to the DHS. The original contract, though, won by Northrop Grumman (NOC) was much larger, lasting ten years and potentially worth over $2 billion.

After the award to Northrop late last year several of the losing bidders protested. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) upheld the protests and decided that a new contract should be awarded. This led to a new source selection process this spring with Northrop being the winner.

The new contract is much smaller as it was decided to de-scope the work and also eliminate many of the years of support after completion of the move. This means that in a few years there will be another contest to do that work and offers hope to Northrop that they can win that to counter the loss of the original contract.

The Federal Government stills has a hard time doing major IT work in-house and relies on large contracts such as this to carry out that work. There has been much discussion of the best way to move this work within the civil service but it has often foundered on how to integrate IT pay scales into the more rigid GS pay system. IT as illustrated does remain a significant contract cost for all parts of the Federal government as no matter what work they do from buying weapons to processing taxes they need IT support.

This area will remain a major market for the near future.

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Northrop Grumman Goes Ahead with Plan to Exit Shipbuilding

Last year Northrop Grumman (NOC) one of the last two major companies building ships and submarines for the U.S. Navy announced that it would explore separating that part of their corporation. Based on their analysis of future Navy plans for building ships they decided that it would not make sense for them to stay in that business. Management had said that they might sell the whole unit to another company and some other bidders did emerge.

It was felt by some analysts that if Northrop did divide their corporation this way it would set the remaining core company on a path of potential merger with another large contractor such as Boeing (BA). This began to spark concerns that another major round of consolidation was about to happen leading to further shrinkage of the U.S. industrial base. This in turn led to the Department of Defense to state that they would prefer this kind of move not to happen and that the big defense contractors who provide most of the hardware to the U.S. military remain.

Northrop has decided in a way to partly to mollify these concerns to spin off their shipyards into a new company owned by its shareholders. The establishment of Huntington Ingalls Industries would mean that twenty percent or so of Northrop would now reside in the new company. This follows the letting go of TASC two years ago due to Conflict of Interest concerns which had represented another $1.8 billion of business for Northrop and had been a growth area for the company.

The decision to set up the new company rather then sell it to a rival was coordinated with the Navy and is considered by them one way of maintaining both competition and the industrial base in their supporting builders.

Right now the Navy is limited in what they are buying with the largest program in number of ships being the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program which is built in smaller yards managed by Mariette Marine and Austal America. The new Huntington will compete for destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers the number of which ordered will be very small for the foreseeable future.

If the U.S. defense spending does decline in the next few years there will be some consolidation in the defense industry. There has already been a great deal of smaller companies involved in M&A and it would not surprise anyone if one of the larger ones did combine with another. There are only so many programs out there and competition will be fierce for them. The budgetary pressures that the U.S. faces with the current deficits means some sort of cuts will be made especially once the troops return from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Photo from Kevin Burkett’s flickr photostream.

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STSS Demonstration Satellites Detect, Track Test Launch of an ICBM Minuteman Missile

STSS Demonstration Satellites Detect, Track Test Launch of an ICBM Minuteman Missile
July 16, 2010

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstration program satellites, built by Northrop Grumman Corp (NYSE:NOC) and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), detected and tracked an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launched on June 16 by the U.S. Air Force. The launch, designated Glory Trip 200GM-1, was the 200th scheduled test launch of an ICBM Minuteman Missile.

The three-stage, ICBM Minuteman III missile carried a single, inert reentry vehicle atop a fully modernized booster, guidance set and post-boost vehicle. The missile traveled about 4,800 miles in approximately30 minutes, hitting a target in the Ronald Reagan Test Site near Kwajalein Atoll in the western chain of the Marshall Islands.

The STSS missile defense satellites transmitted tracking data from the launch to the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center at Schreiver Air Force Base, Colo., where the information is being analyzed. Earlier in June, STSS successfully detected and tracked a two-stage Ground-Based Interceptor during a U.S. Missile Defense Agency test.

"Another reliable performance by the STSS Demonstration program satellites is an encouraging development for the nation's missile defense system," said Gabe Watson, vice president of missile defense and missile warning programs for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "The capability demonstrated by these space-based sensors is a strong indication of the value this system brings to missile defense."

The Missile Defense Agency is pursuing the STSS Demonstration program as a space-based sensor component of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The STSS satellites will provide missile defense sensor risk reduction concepts to support development and fielding of future operational missile defense satellite constellation.


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DOD CONTRACTS for June 16, 2010

DOD CONTRACTS for June 16, 2010
June 16, 2010

NAVY
The Northrop Grumman Corp., is being awarded Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) contract (N00030-10-C-002), in the amount of $148,620,000 to provide to the United States and United Kingdom advanced launcher development program requirements for the fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011. Specific efforts include technical engineering services to support the common missile compartment concept development and prototyping effort. The place of performance for this effort will be Sunnyvale, Calif. This is a cost-plus-fixed-fee award based on a sole-source acquisition. The period of performance for this effort is June 16, 2010 through June 15, 2011 (base period) and June 16, 2011 through June 15, 2012 (option). The Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) in Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity(N00030-10-C-0024).

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $546,001,600 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the manufacture and delivery of lot seven UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters for the Marine Corps, to include 18 UH-1Y build new aircraft; nine AH-1Z remanufactured aircraft; and two AH-1Z build new aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent), and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-10-C-0035).

Argon ST, Inc., Ventura, Calif., is being awarded a $44,382,322 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 7,050 antennas and antenna assemblies, including associated engineering, technical and repair support services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division's Airborne Threat Simulation Organization. These antennas are integrated with other countermeasures or emitter modules to complete required system configurations used to evaluate U.S. weapons systems and train fleet operations. The antennas can also be installed as a part of systems mounted in and on unmanned aerial targets or ground based systems for live fire developmental testing and operational testing of weapon systems. Work will be performed in Ventura, Calif., and is expected to be completed in June 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals; one offer was received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-10-D-0042).

Vista Research, Inc.*, Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $24,914,029 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development of advanced land radar processor sensor payloads that support persistent ground surveillance with mobile systems, aerostats, and remote deployed expendable systems for the Army. Work will be performed in Wheeling, W.Va. (60 percent); Arlington, Va. (20 percent); and Chatsworth, Calif. (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in July 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via Broad Agency Announcement, and 41 offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-10-C-0246).

BAE Systems, Land & Armaments L.P., U.S. Combat Systems, Minneapolis, Minn., is being awarded a $16,120,500 not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price contract for the fiscal 2010 production requirements for MK-14 MOD 2 canisters to support integration of the TOMAHAWK cruise missile into the MK 41 vertical launching system. Work will be performed in Aberdeen, S.D. (79 percent), Odessa, Mo. (11 percent), and Minneapolis, Minn. (10 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 Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-10-C-5349).

FED-CON A JV*,Marysville, Calif., is being awarded a $14,655,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction to replace 30 family housing units at North Tipalao, Phase III, U.S. Naval Base Guam. Work will be performed in Santa Rita, Guam, and is expected to be completed by October 2011. 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, Marianas, Guam, is the contracting activity (N40192-10-C-1303).

Chesapeake Sciences Corp., Millersville, Md., is being awarded a $9,456,813.00 firm-fixed-price modification to contract (N00024-07-C-6223) to exercise an option to procure 10 additional TB-34 towed bodies, associated interface hardware, and to incorporate the TB-34 low frequency phase engineering change proposal. Work will be performed in Millersville, Md., (65 percent) and Syracuse, N.Y., (35 percent). Work is expected to be complete by January 2014. 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 (N00024-07-C-6223).

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded an $8,423,277 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) to exercise an option for the fiscal 2010 VH-3D executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework induction. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., and is expected to be completed in August 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $8,423,277 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-07-D-0004).

ARMY
BAE Systems, Ordance Systems Inc., Kingsport, Tenn., was awarded on June 14 a $29,599,735 firm-fixed-price contract for the production and supply of 2,924,875 pounds of Composition B, Grade A explosives to support the mortar program. Work is to be performed in Kingsport, Tenn., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W5291J-09-D-0003).

Phylway Construction LLC., Thibodaux, La., was awarded on June 14 a $26,541,332 firm-fixed-price contract. The work consists of clearing and grubbing, degrading existing levee; placement of compacted fill; installation of geotextile; fertilizing; seeding and mulching; maintenance of access roads; windowing for erosion control; construction of reinforced concrete floodwalls; levee tie-in construction; painting; concrete scour protection; driving steel sheet piling; steel h-piles; structural excavation and backfill; temporary flood protection; and other incidental work thereto. Work will be performed at the Westwego to Harvey Canal, Hurricane & Storm Damage Risk Reduction System, New Westwego Pump Station to Orleans Village Phase 2, First Lift Levee and Floodwalls at Westminster Pumping Station, Jefferson Parish, La. Work is to be performed in Jefferson Parish, La., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 27, 2011. Eleven bids were solicited with five bids received. US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, New Orleans, La., is the contracting activity (W912P8-09-D-0046).

Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on June 15 a $24,348,241 requirement/firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of 439 palletized load systems trailers. Work is to be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. TACOM Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0024).

Federal Program Integrator FPI, Indian Island, Maine, was awarded on June 15 an $18,806,074 firm-fixed-price contract. This work is for the renovation and repair on three permanent party dormitories at Lackland Air Force Base. The work will take place on building 1400, 1405 and 1410 fixing mold remediation and plumbing with including a kitchenette for the building and increasing habitability. Work is to be performed in Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Mar. 20, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. US Army Engineer District, Fort Worth, Texas, is the contracting activity (W9126G-10-C-0038).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Virtual Imaging Inc., Deerfield, Fla., is being awarded a maximum $15,000,000 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract for radiology systems, subsystems and components. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web solicited with 43 responses. The date of performance completion is June 18, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM2D1-09-D-8343/V797P-6027b).

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DOD CONTRACTS for May 26, 2010

DOD CONTRACTS for May 26, 2010
May 26, 2010

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Science Application International Corp., Fairfield, N.J., is being awarded a maximum $50,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for maintenance, repair and operations of supplies. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web solicited with six responses. This contract is exercising the fifth option-year period. The date of performance completion is May 30 2011. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM500-04-D-BP06).

Northrop Grumman Corp., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded a maximum $11,220,000 firm-fixed-price, sole-source contract for aircraft rudders in support of the F-18 aircraft. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Navy. There was one proposal originally solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is July 31, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (N00383-06-G-032D-THCU).

NAVY
Mandex, Inc.*, Fairfax, Va. (N65236-10-D-6831), and Systems Applications & Solutions, LLC*, Charleston, S.C. (N65236-10-D-6832), are each being awarded a $9,555,712 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity performance-based multiple-award contract for integrated electronic security systems support services. Services that may be ordered under these contracts include the overall sustainment, integration and upgrades of existing systems, including any system that automates what would alternatively require manpower to accomplish; security systems; surveillance systems; automated fuel systems; and similar systems. These contracts include a one-year base period and four one-year option periods making the total potential period of performance five years. The total aggregate value of all task orders awarded over the life of these two contracts combined will be approximately $47,680,000, covering a maximum of approximately 500,000 staff hours over the five-year period of performance. Each contractor will be awarded $12,500 at the time of award. These two contractors may compete for the task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. Work will be performed in Washington, D.C. (25 percent), Norfolk, Va. (20 percent), and other government installations (55 percent), and is expected to be completed May 2011. If all options are exercised, work could continue until May 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The multiple award contracts were competitively procured under a 100-percent small business set-aside via the the Federal Business Opportunities and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command E-commerce Web sites, with four offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-5432) to establish contract line item ceiling worth $36,666,667 (cost-plus-fixed fee) for May 2010 through December 2010 for Evolved Sea Sparrow missile production support and technical engineering. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. (45 percent); Camden, Ark. (2 percent); Andover, Mass. (10 percent); Australia (11 percent); Canada (7 percent); Denmark (1 percent); Greece (1 percent); Germany (8 percent); The Netherlands (6 percent); Norway (5 percent); Spain (3 percent); and Turkey (1 percent. Work is expected to be completed by December 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $936,401 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded an $18,074,568 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-04-D-0131) to provide for additional logistics services and materials for organizational, intermediate and depot-level maintenance of 13 T39N and 6 T-39G aircraft located at the Naval Air Station (NAS), Pensacola, Fla. In addition, this modification provides for aircraft intermediate maintenance services in support of Chief of Naval Air Training aircraft and transient aircraft at NAS Pensacola, Fla., and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. The estimated level of effort for this modification is 72,657 man-hours. Work will be performed in Pensacola, Fla. (75 percent), and Corpus Christi, Texas (25 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 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.

Hourigan Construction Corp., Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a $10,898,000 firm-fixed-price contract for developing design documents and construction to repair airfield pavements to runway 5L/23R at Naval Air Station Oceana. Work will be performed in Virginia Beach, Va., and is expected to be completed by August 2013. 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-3007).

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded a $7,196,706 delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-08-G-0012) for non-recurring engineering associated with the upgrade of the fiscal 2010 AN/AAQ-24(V)25 missile warning sensors and processor software, including the production, test and delivery of additional features. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Ill, and is expected to be completed in May 2011. 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.

EDO Communications and Countermeasures Systems, Thousand Oaks, Calif., is being awarded a $6,871,194 cost-plus-fixed fee contract under basic ordering agreement N00164-10-G-WQ22 for depot repair support for the Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) vehicle receiver jammer systems that are fielded in theater. The CREW vehicle receiver jammer systems are used to counter the continuous and evolving improvised explosive device threat as it becomes known in theater. Work will be performed in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and is expected to be completed in September 2014. Initial funding in the amount of $250,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity.

Clayton International, Inc.*, Peachtree City, Ga., is being awarded a $6,332,010 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-10-D-0013) to perform inspections, repairs and related services in support of H-3 helicopters for the governments of Egypt, Peru and Argentina. Work will be performed in Peachtree City, Ga., and is expected to be completed in December 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the governments of Egypt ($2,849,405; 45 percent), Peru ($2,216,203; 35 percent), and Argentina ($1,266,402; 20 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

AIR FORCE
ITT Corp., Systems Division, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., was awarded a $7,642,042 contract which will provide integration services to support the launch and range systems wing spacelift range systems contract to install additional hardware to an existing string of telemetry equipment at the Oak Mountain B Site at the Western Range in Vandenberg, Calif. The entire amount has been obligated. SMC/LRSW/PK, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity (F04701-01-C-0001).

*Small business

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More Global Hawks For The Air Force And Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Air Force announced that it has awarded two contracts to Northrop Grumman (NOC) to continue production and development of the strategic Global Hawk UAV. The combined value of the contracts is worth almost $600 million. The Global Hawk flies long range missions autonomously and collects signals, communications and other type of intelligence.

The contracts call for continued production of four more systems. Two each of the Block 30 and 40 designs were ordered. The second contract will pay for two payload packages called airborne signals intelligence payloads (ASIP) and upgrade kits for three more ASIP.

The company also announced that it had received $30 million to purchase long lead items for these systems.

Global Hawks have been flying since before 9/11 and have carried out missions across South West Asia in support of U.S. operations there. The U.S. Navy and Australia are also looking at the system.

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Rockwell Collins To Build New Training System For E-2D

The Navy is introducing an upgraded version of their E-2 radar plane. The E-2D is made by Northrop Grumman and is the latest version of the aircraft that has been in service since the 1970’s. It offers improved radar and command and control capabilities over the E-2C currently being used.

As part of this new system going into use the Navy contracted with Rockwell Collins to build the integrated maintenance training system. This four year contract is worth over $60 million. Rockwell will design and build maintenance simulators as well as course material and a computer delivery system. The contract also includes support for these systems once they are delivered.

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Newly Private TASC Wins Army Intelligence Support Contractor

TASC, formerly the SETA arm of Northrop Grumman (NOC), before it was sold to a private equity firm last year was awarded a contract to provide support to the Army Military Intelligence Community. The contract has one base year and four option years and could be worth as much as $26 million.

Northrop decided to sell TASC due to the potential for Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) when it was preparing to bid on large procurement programs. The Air Force had raised issues with previous satellite contracts and Northrop decided that this was the easiest path for them.

TASC will support all aspects of the command including budget and policy as well as providing tools for analysis. The work will help the Army design and execute their force structure and intelligence assets.

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DOD CONTRACTS for May 4, 2010

DOD CONTRACTS for May 4, 2010
May 4, 2010

NAVY
L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $70,805,737 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hardware and services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Surface/Aviation Interoperability Laboratory. Services to be provided include upgrades, maintenance, repair, spares, systems engineering support (integration and installation) and testing of various tactical common data link systems. The estimated level of effort for this contract is 36,700 man-hours. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md., and is expected to be completed in May 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00421-10-D-0013).

Northrop Grumman Corp., Integrated Systems, El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded a $35,194,492 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 33 Center Barrels and loose and miscellaneous parts for the F/A-18 A-D aircraft. Work will be performed in El Segundo, Calif., and is expected to be completed in October 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $4,931,095 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 Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-10-C-0052).

Clark/Balfour Beatty, JV, Bethesda, Md., is being awarded a $24,135,408 firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of an approximately 1204-space multi-use parking structure located in the community services district at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda. Work will be performed in Bethesda, Md., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was procured as a sole source in accordance with FAR 6.302-1. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington, Officer in Charge of Construction, Bethesda, Md., is the contracting activity (N40080-10-C-1503).

BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle, LP, Sealy, Texas, is being awarded $14,097,655 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order #0006 under previously awarded contract (M67854-07-D-5030) for the procurement of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle university field services representative and instructors to service the Caiman MRAP vehicles. Work will be performed in the continental United States and outside the continental U.S., and work is expected to be completed by the end of December 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $14,097,655 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Mass., is being awarded a sole-source cost-plus-award-fee modification with a total value of $12,595,000 under contract HQ0006-03-C-0047. Under this modification, Raytheon will develop and integrate an X-band simulation tester which is a radar digital signal injection system that will interface with the X-band family of radars to provide test and performance assessment capability. The work will be performed in Woburn, Massachusetts. The performance period is from April 2010 through March 2011. Fiscal year 2010 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation funds will be used to incrementally fund this effort in the amount of $6,161,180. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity (HQ0006).

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Why Defense Contractors Don’t Need Protection

March 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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The decision by Northrop Grumman and its European partner Airbus to not bid on the Air Force’s new aerial tanker because they felt it was biased…

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Backers of Two Tanker Contracts Want To Stay Anonymous

The Wichita Eagle reports that the a group backing building both the Boeing and EADs tankers, doesn’t want to reveal its backers:
The investors backing a campaign asking the government to split its contract for aerial refueling tankers between Boeing and Northrop Grumman want to remain anonymous for now. The campaign is called Build Them Both. “We are funded by a group of investors who have asked to remain nameless at this time,” said the effort’s campaign manager, Carrie Giddens. The group is not union sponsored and does not have ties to either Northrop or Boeing, Giddens said in an e-mail exchange. However, “we have sought out funding from both companies, their suppliers and unions who would be impacted by building them both.” The requests went out in the past two weeks. On Monday, Giddens called Northrop’s decision to pull out of the bidding process “bad news for American workers, our men and women in uniform, and for the taxpayer.” With only one company seeking a contract, 50,000 jobs that would have been created won’t be, Giddens said in the statement. “Without an ongoing competition there is no way to control costs, to the detriment of our military and taxpayer.”

DOD CONTRACTS for March 15, 2010

DOD CONTRACTS for March 15, 2010
March 15, 2010

NAVY

Navistar Defense, LLC, Warrenville, Ill., is being awarded a $178,262,162 modification to delivery order #0013 under previously awarded firm-fixed priced contract (M67854-07-D-5032) for the procurement of 1,222 independent suspension system kits and aluminum catcher plates for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Work will be performed in West Point, Miss., and the period of performance is expected to be completed by the end of March 2011. Contract funds will not expire by the end of the current fiscal year. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Corp., Integrated Systems, Bethpage, N.Y., is being awarded a $94,629,000 not-to-exceed advance acquisition contract for long lead materials and support associated with the manufacture and delivery of four low rate initial production Lot 3 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Work will be performed in Syracuse, N.Y. (32.6 percent); various locations within the United States (23.7 percent); Bethpage, N.Y. (15.5 percent); Dallas, Texas (12.4 percent); Menlo Park, Calif. (9.8 percent); and Woodland Hills, Calif. (6 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-10-C-0044).

L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $37,490,848 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-09-C-0059) to exercise an option for the manufacture, test, and delivery of 11 AN/SRQ-4(Ku) radio terminal sets for ship small surface combatants and 51 AN/ARQ-59 RTSs for the MH-60R aircraft, including technical data. These upgraded Ku-band systems will extend existing Hawklink connectivity from small surface combatants to the aircraft carrier and increase data rates between MH-60R to surface combatants. Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is expected to be completed in March 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.

Raytheon Technical Services Co., LLC, Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded an $18,853,530 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously issued basic order agreement (N00019-05-G-0008) to exercise an option for the procurement of 36 LAU-115D/A launchers and 82 LAU-116B/A launchers for the F/A-18 aircraft. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed in September 2012. 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.

Maersk Line, Ltd, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded an $8,630,000 firm-fixed-price contract for a nine-month time charter of tanker MT Samho Moonstone, currently a foreign-flag vessel, which will be re-named and U.S.-flagged upon delivery to the government. The ship's primary mission is to move petroleum for the Department of Defense between ports in the Far East. This contract includes one 30-day option which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $9,500,000. Work is expected to commence May 2010 and is expected to be completed within 270 calendar days or, if all options are exercised, within 300 calendar days. The contract is expected to be funded in fiscal year 2010 and funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with 11 offers received. Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting authority (N00033-10-C-5410).

Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded an $8,576,814 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of technical services in support of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system to support intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services. In addition, this contract provides for six critical spare kits and nine SkyHook recovery system modifications. Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in December 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $8,433,786 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-2. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-10-C-0045).

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, San Diego, is being awarded a $7,500,000 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-5122) for the exercise of FY 10 options for performing as the platform system engineering agent for the Ship Self Defense System (SSDS). In the course of this effort, Raytheon will be responsible for the integration of complex war-fighting improvement - including components associated with the dual-band radar and Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 - into the modular SSDS. SSDS is a combat system that intends to integrate and coordinate all of the existing sensors and weapons systems aboard a ship. Raytheon will integrate, test, and provide certification support for the government-furnished equipment/information required for the CVN/amphibious ship combat system. Work will be performed in San Diego (90 percent); Tewksbury, Mass. (2.5 percent); Portsmouth, R.I. (2.5 percent); St. Petersburg, Fla. (2.5 percent); and Tucson, Ariz. (2.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed by September 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.

AIR FORCE

Kaman Precision Products, Inc., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $46,253,422.83 contract modification which will provide a quantity of 12,994 joint programmable fuze systems. At this time, entire amount has been obligated. 679 ARSS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (F08626-98-C-0006, P00130).

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., was awarded a $19,505,458 contract which provides an Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air-Missile system improvement program. At this time, the $2,770,000 has been obligated. 696 ARSS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8675-10-C-0105).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $20,355,914 contract which will provide secure collaborative technologies and cyber security to Air Mobility Command. At this time, $455,000 has been obligated. 55 Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-98-D-4002).

Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded an $11,111,767 contract modification which will provide for systems development, integration, and verification phase of the P5 range instrumentation waveform. This waveform is in support of the F-22 and F-35 aircraft. At this time, $5,000,000 has been obligated. 689 ARSS, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8678-05-C-0141).

ARMY

Global Strategies Group North America, Inc., Frederick, Md., was awarded on March 10, 2010, an $18,745,406 firm-fixed-price contract for 103 containerized kitchens and authorize stockage list spares. Work is to be performed in Fredrick, Md., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with six bids received. U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command Contracting Center, Natick Contracting Division, Natick, Mass., is the contracting activity (W911QY-05-D-0004).

Bethel Services, Inc., Bethel, Ark., was awarded on March 10, 2010, an $18,119,555 firm-fixed-price contract for 19 cold weather kits. Work is to be performed in Bethel, Ark., with an estimated completion date of April 29, 2011. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command Contracting Center, Natick Contracting Divison, Natick, Mass., is the contracting activity (W911QY-05-C-0047).

Scott Reliance, JV, Chicago, Ill., was awarded on March 10, 2010, a $13,668,906 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of an Army Reserve Center. Work is to be performed in Joliet, Ill., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 3, 2012. Bids were posted on the World Wide Web with eleven bids received. U.S. Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, Louisville, Ky., is the contracting activity (W912QR-10-C-0013).

Honeywell, Minneapolis, Minn., was awarded on March 10, 2010, a $7,342,153 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, funding Honeywell to design, develop, and deliver a demonstration of a gyroscope with a goal capability of absolute reference navigation in a compact, four diameter optically integrated gyro-head. Work is to be performed in Minneapolis, Minn. (47 percent); Somerset, N.J. (19 percent); Pasadena, Calif. (17 percent); Glendale, Ariz. (16 percent); and King of Prussia, Pa. (1 percent), with an estimated completion date of May 7, 2010. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (HR0011-09-C-0019).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

MOOG, Inc., East Aurora, N.Y., is being awarded a maximum $6,232,476 firm-fixed-price contract for V22 aircraft parts. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Air Force. There were originally two proposals solicited with two responses. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The date of performance completion is March 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency, Philadelphia (DSCR-ZC), Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM4A1-06-G-0002-THA7).

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Wall Street Journal Says Trans Atlantic Defense Deal Falters

March 14, 2010 by · Comment
Filed under: KC-X, KC-X Tanker News, Northrop Grumman Corp. 
The Wall Street Journal has weighed on the KC-X Tanker bid process, in an article entitled “Trans Atlantic Defense Deal Falters.” The article notes:
The decision by Northrop Grumman Corp. and its European partner this week to drop out of a $40 billion competition to build aerial-refueling tankers for the Air Force is the latest example of how trans-Atlantic defense ventures have faltered. Many observers view the size of the tanker deal, and the prominent role played by Northrop partner European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co., as the most significant instance of how trans-Atlantic partnerships can get tripped up. Noorthrop billboard in Alabama in 2008 advertised a future tanker plant, but the company quit the project. “There’s no doubt that this outcome will reinforce the long-held understanding in Europe that the U.S. defense market is highly protected,” said Alex Nicholl, a specialist on European defense companies at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. “This is not the first time that the rules of a U.S. competition have been rewritten to suit the American competitor. No doubt it won’t be the last.”
Read the entire article at theJournal.

Boeing Has Clear Sailing On KC-X

March 11, 2010 by · Comment
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Now that Northrop has decided not to bid on the contract the pressure is on Boeing. The Chicago based company has made several announcements…

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Navy Awards Contracts To Streamline Ship Based IT

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman omnibus contracts to support their Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program. This will look at development of new IT networks for their ships while also reviewing existing systems with a goal of reducing the number and consolidating them. Because ships take a long time to build each ship even if it is of a similar class may have updated or newer systems on board. This means that support can be fragmentary adding cost and time.

The Northrop contract is worth over $700 million and the Lockheed one almost a $1 billion if all options are exercised. Its first goal is to develop a new standardized system for use with Navy ships. To make it a harder problem this will also have to have the ability to integrate with other services systems for join operations. IT programs like this have a history of delays and cost overruns as they are hard to do. This might be an exception if the Navy locks requirements early and uses a spiral development path to add features and capabilities in discrete implements.

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Northrop Might Wish It Had Not Won this Contract

March 4, 2010 by · Comment
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Virginia’s Senate passed legislation restructuring the management of their massive IT out-sourcing contract with Northrop Grumman. The contract is…

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Harris To Make Radios For Northrop Grumman Battle Command System

Northrop Grumman awarded Harris Corporation a contract to provide radios for the Integrated Air and Missile Battle Command System (IBCS). The IBCS is being made for the U.S. Army by Northrop. As its name implies it will provide command and control for air and missile defense missions. Harris’ contract is for five years and is worth $25 million.

The Army has invested heavily over the last thirty years in systems such as the PATRIOT and THAAD to provide extended air and missile defense. They also procured Avenger systems that use AIM-120 air-to-air missile from vehicle mounts. These and their sensors need to be netted in such a way that a complete air and missile picture can be developed to best assign resources. Key to all of this is of course secure and redundant communications requiring advanced radios such as Harris is making for the IBCS.

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LA Times Has Good Summary Of The KC-X Situation

The Los Angles Times today published a short article by W.J. Henigan that summarizes the current situation. He stresses that Los Angeles based Northrop Grumman (NOC) not participating may make the whole attempt moot again. He writes:

“But there are already signs that the competition could be derailed once again. Century City-based Northrop Grumman Corp., one of the two contenders, has threatened to withdraw its bid, accusing the Air Force of writing specifications that favor its rival, Boeing Co.”

The rest of the article may be found here.

Northrop Grumman (NOC) Believes Better Is Ahead

February 5, 2010 by · Comment
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Northrop Grumman (NOC) became the latest of the large defense contractors to report their most recent quarter’s earnings. While the company…

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KC-X Fully Funded In 2011 Budget

President Obama sent his 2011 budget to Congress yesterday. It contains as part of its record defense spending $12 billion for the development and initial production of the new KC-X tanker. The Administration and the Air Force have a goal of awarding a contract this Summer and beginning the development of the new aircraft fairly fast.

This plan is fraught with difficulties based on the history of the program. The two main competitors, Boeing (BA) and the Northrop Grumman (NOC) team, have their own supporters in Congress and their own issues with the approach the Air Force is taking. It can be expected that the source selection will be difficult and the chances for a protest fairly high if both groups do submit bids.

First Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Commissioned

02/08/10 — The post was updated to make clear that LCS-1 is under construction by Lockheed Martin and not Northrop Grumman as previously stated.  Your humble editor got confused.

In the last week the U.S. Navy commissioned the General Dynamics built U.S.S. Independence (LCS-2). LCS-1 is under construction by Lockheed Martin. The original plan for the class was to have each company build about half. The two designs are completely different to say the least with GD building a tri-marine hull and Northrop a more traditional one. Both ships are outfitted the same with weapons and sensors. The U.S.S. Freedom (LCS-1) and the Independence are ships around 400 feet long and displacing about 3,000 tons.

If all goes well the Navy will build up to 55 of the ships. The most recent plan discussed was after completion of these two and one more to each design that a new contract will be competed and only one design will be built. Both ships have suffered from cost and schedule overruns and the optimistic initial cost assumptions were not met leading to the program restructure. If the plan is executed these ships and the new destroyer will be the main force of the U.S. Navy after 2020.

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KC-X Tanker RFP Out In February

At a recent press availability the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, General Schwartz, said that he expects the final RFP for the KC-X contest to be released next month. He also stated that it will be little changed from the draft RFP. Both Northrop (NOC) and Boeing (BA) have been submitting questions and comments on the draft RFP and some of these will be addressed in the final one. The RFP will be released a few weeks after the 2011 Defense Budget goes to Congress which is planned for 2 February.

Schwarz did say that the final RFP may have changes based on recent comments by Northrop and its partner EADS (EADS:P) that they might not participate as they felt the RFP favored Boeing too much. Both groups had also commented on the use of a fixed price development contract and how it transferred too much risk to the contractor from the Government.

Northrop Grumman Sticks To Guns On Transferring Risk

December 14, 2009 by · Comment
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Northrop Grumman is continuing its war of words over the idea that the Defense Department should use fixed price contracts to minimize their risk….

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Air Force Buys Five Global Hawks

Despite the debate in Congress over how many Global Hawks could be ordered with the 2010 money the Air Force went ahead and used their Continuing Resolution Authority (CRA) money to buy five. The House had written into their version of the Defense Appropriations bill that only three could be purchased due to concerns with delays in the program. The Senate had said five. The bill currently is in Conference as the two versions are reconciled. It is proving to be a long process as their are several key differences between the two.

Northrop Grumman was awarded a contract worth a little over $300 million for the five aircraft plus supporting equipment.

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