Sunday, July 4, 2010
For more than two decades, much of the work of the Shanghai office of Japan’s Osaka Prefecture was helping small Japanese parts suppliers join the shift of manufacturing capacity from their high-cost homeland to far cheaper China.
These days staff spend more time helping small to medium enterprises make contact with Chinese customers so they can make up for a dearth of Japanese domestic demand, says office chief representative Katsuaki Tanaka.
“In the past, China was called the world’s workshop – now it’s the world’s market,” Mr Tanaka says. “And (Japanese) companies of all types want to operate in this market.”
Shifting demands on Mr Tanaka’s time are part of a historic broadening and deepening of the economic relationship between East Asia’s pre-eminent powers.Even the most cautious Japanese companies are keenly aware of China’s potential as a source of sales, a message highlighted by Beijing’s success in mustering its financial resources to shrug off the effects of the global economic slowdown. The growing sophistication of Chinese manufacturing and the maturity of Japanese-invested operations means industrial supply chains are ever more tightly enmeshed. China is no longer just a cheap place to do final assembly of Japanese products for shipment elsewhere.
“Previously, parts and intermediate products came in and finished goods were exported to Japan but now the flow goes both ways,” says Yasuo Onishi, president of the Shanghai office of the Japan External Trade Organisation.
China looks likely to surpass Japan as the world’s second-largest economy in market dollar terms this year. Chinese per capita incomes remain low but plenty of urban consumers are able to sample high-value goods and services.
Japanese businesses from restaurants and resorts, to pharmaceuticals providers and sake brewers look to tap into Chinese growth. New investment in Shanghai is mostly in the service sector, says Mr Onishi.
Japan’s advanced environmental technology means it could well play a central role in China’s efforts to cut pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
But while China replaced the US as Japan’s biggest export market last year, Japanese groups face problems. Companies from Japan operating in China are keen to expand but the proportion mak ing a profit there has fallen in the past 50 years to just above 50 per cent in 2009, says a Jetro survey. Japanese businesses in China appear vulnerable to labour unrest and their technological edge could be eroded by Beijing’s demands that they share secrets with local partners.
Still, the rise of cash-rich Chinese companies eager to expand abroad has created another role for Osaka Prefecture’s Shanghai office. “We are trying to get Chinese enterprises to invest in Osaka,” notes Mr Tanaka.
There are about 120 H-6s, a Chinese built Russian Tu-16. Although the Tu-16 design is over fifty years old, China has continued to rely on their H-6s as one of their principal bombers. The H-6 is a 78 ton bomber with a crew of four, a 6,000 kilometer range. It can carry nine tons of bombs and missiles.There are about 45 J-7s, a Chinese built copy of the MiG-21. Many are being equipped with Western (or Western class) electronics and engines. This makes it a considerably improved MiG-21. Can carry 1.5 tons of bombs.
There are about 60 J-8s, a Chinese two engine variant of the MiG-21. China's first attempt at building their own aircraft. But it was not a very original or successful effort. Can carry about three tons of bombs and is mainly used by the navy.
There are nearly a hundred JH-7s. These are Chinese designed and built fighter-bombers that entered service in the 1990s. They were meant to replace the retired H-5s (Russian Il-28 copies).
There are 24 Su-30s (a Russian design) and at least two J-15s (a Chinese copy of the Russian Su-27s modified to operate from carriers). The navy would like to replace all its J-7s and J-8s with Su-30s, but that won't happen. Meanwhile, the navy is being provided with J-11s. In the last few months, satellite photos have shown J-11 jet fighters at naval air bases. These are illegal Chinese copies of the Russian Su-27. These are cheaper than Su-30s, and are built entirely of Chinese parts.
The remaining aircraft are helicopters, trainers and transports.
The navy has long had a reputation as a ramshackle outfit, with old (and often rejected by the air force) aircraft, poor training and indifferent leadership. There have been considerable efforts to change all that, but progress is slow.
The origins of the H-6 can be traced back to 1956, when the Soviet Union agreed that it would help China to build a medium bomber force. The idea behind this was that the USSR would command a combined USSR-PRC nuclear force, something which later proved unacceptable for the Chinese. A license agreement for Tu-16 bombers was signed in 1957, and two years later the first parts for assembly in Harbin arrived from the Soviets. Apart from these, two Soviet-built Tu-16s were flown in to serve as pattern aircraft. The first H-6 built from Soviet parts flew only 67 days after manufacture started, on September 27th 1959. After factory acceptance trials, this aircraft went to the PLAAF just like a second prototype built with Soviet parts. One of these was later modified as a nuclear bomber with an airconditioned bombbay and special bomb mountings. A nuclear bomb was dropped by this aircraft at the Lop Nor test site on May 14, 1965.
Production got seriously delayed when the CCP decided that H-6 production should be concentrated at Xi'an, while Harbin would start working on a reverse-engineered Il-28 under the designation H-5 because the plant at Harbin already had a major Il-28 rework facility. Moving H-6 production to Xi'an however ment that some 3000 engineers had to be moved, as well as the already delivered documents and tools. This entire program lasted until 1964, by which time it was realised that a large part of the necessary technical documentation was missing. The PRC was quick to blame this on the Soviets with which relations had seriously deteriorated by then. It is nevertheless equally possible that the relocation of the H-6 production caused the loss of these documents.
To retrieve this data, the existing H-6es built with Soviet parts, together with the two Tu-16s were taken apart and studied with the intention to reverse-engineer them. Over ten years after the first flight of a Badger built in the PRC, a prototype of the H-6 built with only Chinese parts took to the air. To distinguish this from the origian two Harbin-built H-6es, these got the designation H-6A. Deliveries of aircraft built to this standard were delivered to operational PLAAF and PLAN units from 1970 on. It is not known if all of these are equipped with the airconditioned bombbay and other nuclear modifications, although some sources suggest that these are officially referred to as H-6II.
Source: DTN News By Roger Smith
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - July 3, 2010: DTN News reports, Somalia rated the worst of the worst among failed states, Somalia tops the annual Failed States Index for the third consecutive year.Out of 177 countries indexed by Foreign Policy Magazine and The Fund for Peace published on Monday, Somalia was given the highest score on 12 indicators including delegitimization of the state, security apparatus, and factionalized elites.The past half-century has seen a continuous saga of disaster played out in Somalia.
The eastern horn of Africa officially became the independent Democratic Republic of Somalia, by shaking off Italian and British colonial rule, in 1960.In 1963, Somalia signed a military aid agreement with the Soviet Union and six years later Somalia’s longest standing president and military dictator Muhammad Siad Barre came to power in a military coup after the assassination of then President Abdi Rashid Ali Shermarke.
Siad Barre proclaimed Somalia a socialist state a year after gaining control. He then began nationalizing the country. He ruled based on his own version of “scientific socialism” that promoted self-reliance, modeled somewhat after China, the Soviet Union, and elements of the Quran.
In 1977, Somalia invaded the Ogaden region of Ethiopia and was defeated a year later after Soviet forces sided with Ethiopia. At this time, Somalia began drawing on support from the United States and in 1980, signed an agreement allowing American military access to several Somalia ports.
At least 31 civilians have been killed and 93 others injured in two days of clashes in Mogadishu between Somali government forces and local fighters. Medics said on Friday that most of the casualties occurred when heavy artillery hit residential houses.
The fighting broke out on Thursday as the country celebrated its 50th independence anniversary. Twenty-six civilians were killed on Thursday while five were killed on Friday, Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu's ambulance service, informed the media according to DTN News.
"The fighting was the worst in recent months with heavy civilian casualties," Muse said. The fighting was still raging late on Friday, reports said. On Thursday night, Somali President Sharif Ahmed himself joined government soldiers, backed by African Union peacekeepers, in an attack on local fighters.
Government security official Colonel Mohamed Sugule said: "We have pushed the insurgents back to their positions and our forces are now controlling most parts of Abdulaziz and Shibis districts. We killed many of their fighters."
An African Union official who spoke to media on condition of anonymity confirmed that one of their armored vehicles was damaged.
The fighting has displaced more than 200,000 Somalis this year alone. Some 6,660 refugees are estimated to have made the sea crossing to Yemen in the first half of this year, half as many as over the same period last year, while 29,848 had reached neighboring Kenya compared with 44,385 in the first six months of 2009, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.
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To test the safety of the submarine, Sultan Sharafuddin, as the captain-in-chief of the navy, boarded the submarine from Langkawi, accompanied by Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abd Latiff Ahmad and Adm Abdul Aziz.
Speaking when receiving the submarine, Adm Abdul Aziz said the navy would not hesitate to take action against companies which leaked its secrets to the public.
He said the navy would recommend that the contracts of these companies, which have dealings with the navy, be cancelled or that legal action be taken against them.
Adm Abdul Aziz said that of late, there was a dangerous trend where information about the country’s strategic assets and sensitive information was made public via the Inter net.
“Information about the submarines had also been purposely manipulated by certain parties for their own selfish reasons.”
“The MoD chose General Dynamics UK’s ASCOD SV because it guaranteed the best protection for British troops, the best value for money for the British taxpayer, the best deal for the UK Industrial base, the best integrated solution, and the best growth potential for the British Army to combat future threats throughout the 30-year lifespan of the vehicle,” commented Dr. Sandy Wilson, president and managing director of General Dynamics UK.
“I am particularly proud that this vehicle has been designed in Britain by British engineers and will provide jobs for British workers, as well as saving the lives of British military personnel wherever they may be in the world over the next 30 or so years,” continued Dr. Wilson. “My team and I at General Dynamics UK look forward to working in partnership with the MoD over the next several years to deliver the vehicle the British Army deserves and needs in order to do their difficult jobs in the safest and most effective manner possible.”
Key advantages that the ASCOD SV delivers to the MoD include:
A modern drivetrain, which is good for the 30-year life of the vehicle and thereby obviates the need for a mid-life upgrade;
Load-carrying potential of up to 42 tonnes with a growth path to 45 tonnes, which provides the ability to meet future threats likely to appear over its entire 30-year life, as well as carry its heaviest variants;
A Common Base Platform that will support variants such as an Armoured Personnel Carrier, Protected Mobility vehicle, a Repair vehicle and a Recovery vehicle;
An open electronic architecture, available across all variants, which will make the SV fleet easier to maintain, ease the training burden, and play a key role in lowering costs throughout the life of the vehicles; and
An advanced turret design which, because of its internal space and leading ergonomics, delivers improved survivability and fightability for its crew. General Dynamics UK has sub-contracted Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill to produce the turret.
ASCOD SV also has high export potential, as required under the Defence Industrial Strategy.
The trials of the prototype vehicles are expected to begin with the Army no later than 2013. Once the demonstration phase is successfully completed, the MoD will be in a position to proceed to the Manufacture Phase and begin production of these battle-winning vehicles.
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(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - July 3, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued July 2, 2010 areundermentioned;<>
~Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on June 29 a $584,914,693 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract. This contract is for the purchase of 1,274 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) variant trucks; 452 refurbished HEMTT trucks; and 98 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).
~Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on June 29 a $105,570,416 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is for the production of 644 family of medium tactical vehicles; 621 trucks; and 43 trailers. Work is to be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. TACOM LCMC, Warren, MI CCTA-ATB, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0159).
~TASC, Inc., Andover, Mass., was awarded on June 30 a $44,786,637 firm-fixed-price contract. The contractor shall provide all the necessary labor, supplies, material and equipment in support of the U.S. Army Special Programs Office (ASPO), Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA). The SETA support encompasses a broad range of technical, engineering, and program/project management functions pertaining to systems and subject matter expertise for operation, acquisition, requirement management, full life cycle support, architecture development, training, and system integration. The contractor shall support conferences, demonstrations, and trade exhibits with the generation and fabrication of graphic and photo-based material, and artifacts generated at the government facility. The contractor shall provide technical expertise in the material acquisition process, and planning programming and budget execution system support for the ASPO budget office. Work is to be performed in Alexandria, Va., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2015. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. Army Geospatial Center, Contract Office, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity (W5J9CQ-10-C-0019).
~Atlantic Diving Supply, Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., was awarded on June 29 a $39,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is to purchase Generation III extreme cold weather clothing systems kits. Work is to be performed in Newark, NJ. (24 percent); Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (24 percent); Lansing, Mich. (18 percent); Fall River, Mass. (10 percent); Tullahoma, Tenn. (10 percent); Post Falls, Idaho (5 percent); Virginia Beach, Va. (5 percent); North Conway, N.H. (2 percent); and Mukilteo, Wash. (2 percent), with an estimated completion date of Dec. 29, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. U.S. Army Research Development & Engineering Command Contracting Center, Natick, Mass., is the contracting activity (W911QY-07-D-0003).
~EvensonBest, New York, N.Y., was awarded on June 29 a $37,890,714 firm-fixed-price contract. As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure recommendation, the Defense Information Systems Agency has a need to lease-to-purchase private office case goods, open plans work stations, and general furnishings for a new headquarters facility at Fort Meade, Md. Work is to be performed in Fort Meade, Md., with an estimated completion date of June 24, 2013. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Baltimore, Md., is the contracting activity (W912DR-10-D-0033).
~United Technologies Corp., Hartford, Conn., was awarded on June 28 a $33,866,773 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The contactor shall perform the Vulcan Program, Phase II, to further develop constant volume combustion (CVC) technology and culminate in a full scale demonstration of a Vulcan engine - CVC module and power turbine engine - that addresses near-term Department of Defense transition needs with the potential to significantly impact multiple defense and commercial applications. Specifically, Phase II will focus on naval ship-based power generation applications with CVC and an end-to-end demonstration for production turbine with an integrated CVC module. Work is to be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (52.40 percent); Hartford, Conn. (34.42 percent); and Jupiter, Fla. (13.18 percent), with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2012. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (HR0011-10-C-0143).
~Dragados USA, Inc., New York, N.Y., was awarded on June 29 a $33,770,948 firm-fixed-price contract for the recovery of “Rio Puerto Nuevo Flood Control Project, Margarita Channel Improvements and Miscellaneous Features Cam Juan, Puerto, Puerto Rico.” Work includes new excavation; wetland mitigations; demolition of two abandoned sewer siphons; construction of one grade control structure; and incidental related work. Work is to be performed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2013. Sixty-five bids were solicited with three bids received. Honorable Pedro Pierluisi, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (W912EP-10-C-0035).
~Northrop Grumman Corp., San Diego, Calif., was awarded on June 30 a $33,344,592 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Global Hawk autonomous aerial refueling demonstration program will accomplish the first-ever fully autonomous rendezvous, rejoin, station keeping, aerial refueling, and formation separation of two unmanned aircraft. The demonstration will employ precise and robust antonymous operations to overcome the dual challenges of high-altitude flights environment and the limited control authority associated with long-endurance aircraft. A successful outcome will allow developers of future unmanned aircraft to produce more cost-effective systems that rely on aerial refueling for the most demanding missions. Work is to be performed in San Diego, Calif. (82 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (9 percent); and Davenport, Iowa (9 percent), with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with 341 bids received. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, CMO, Arlington, Va., is the contacting activity (HR0011-10-C-0076).
~Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on June 29 a $30,910,661 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 286 family of medium tactical vehicles; 37 b-kits; 167 trucks; and 119 trailers. Work is to be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bid received. TACOM LCMC, Warren, MI CCTA-ATB, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0159).
~BAE Systems, Specialty Group, Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded on June 30 a $16,999,833 firm-fixed-price contract for helmet sensors, Generation II. Work is to be performed in Phoenix, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of June 15, 2015. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. U.S. Army Research Development & Engineering Command, Natick Contracting Division, Natick, Mass., is the contracting activity (W911QY-10-D-0006).
~Allen-Vanguard, Inc., Ogdensburg, N.Y., was awarded on June 30 a $16,999,760 firm-fixed-price contract for helmet sensors, Generation II. Work is to be performed in Ogdensburg, N.Y., with an estimated completion date of June 15, 2015. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. U.S. Army Research Development & Engineering Command, Natick Contracting Division, Natick, Mass., is the contracting activity (W911QY-10-D-0007).
~Day & Zimmermann Hawthorne Corp., Hawthorne, Nev., was awarded on June 30 a $16,072,491 firm-fixed-price contract for services for the operation and maintenance of Hawthorne Army Depot, storage, shipment and receipt of ammunition. Work is to be performed in Hawthorne, Nev., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2010. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Rock Island Contracting Center, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (DAAA09-99-D-0022).
~Kitware, Inc., Clifton Park, N.J., was awarded on June 30 a $13,883,313 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The purpose of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Persistent Stare Exploitation and Analysis program is to build a revolutionary wide area motion imagery (WAMI) analysis workstation called the Persistent Motion Imagery Analysis Tool for Exploitation (PerMIATE). PerMIATE will leverage the most promising technologies in computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data visualization in an integrated system that will discover and analyze high-value intelligence content embedded in massive amount of WAMI data, both online and forensically. The most critical information will be clearly and intuitively presented to the video analyst for validation or refutation through deep exploration of the underlying evidence, resulting in substantial reductions in analyst workload as well as increasing the quality and accuracy of intelligence yield. Work is to be performed in Clifton Park, N.Y. (32 percent); Golden Valley, Minn. (12 percent); Melbourne, Fla. (8 percent); Woburn, Mass. (9 percent); Berkeley, Calif. (7 percent); College Park, Md. (6 percent); Troy, N.Y. (3 percent); Berkeley, Calif. (9 percent); Atlanta, Ga. (6 percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); and New York, N.Y. (3 percent), with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2013. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (HR0011-10-C-0112).
~Emerson Construction Co., Inc., Temple, Texas, was awarded on June 30 a $12,805,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of an Army Reserve Center, San Antonio, Texas. Work is to be performed in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 22, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with 19 bids received. U.S. Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, Louisville, Ky., is the contracting activity (W912QR-10-C-0063).
~Boeing Research & Technology, Seattle, Wash., was awarded on June 29 a $12,527,049 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Boeing will reduce the risk and uncertainties associated with performing extended flight information to a sufficient level while still achieving a significant aerodynamic performance benefit. Where the risks cannot be completely mitigated, Boeing will quantify them with respect to formation type and relative positioning, enabling a trade or performance benefit versus risk and impact. Work is to be performed in Seattle, Wash. (40.64 percent); Louisville, Colo. (18.15 percent); East Hartford, Conn. (2.24 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (2.62 percent); Long Beach, Calif. (25.34 percent); and Renton, Wash. (11.01 percent), with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Contracts Management Office, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (HR0011-10-C-0090).
~General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Inc., St. Petersburg, Fla., was awarded on June 30 an $11,027,351 basic order agreement with firm-fixed-price delivery orders. This award is made under the terms of the existing basic ordering agreement for the small caliber ammunition second source prime contractor for the production of 5.56mm ammunition used in M4 carbines, M16A2 rifles, and M249 light machine guns; 7.6mm ammunition used in M240 series machine guns; and Caliber .50 small arms ammunition used in M2 and other heavy machine guns. Work is to be performed in Saint Petersburg, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 27, 2011. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with two bids received. U.S. Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-05-G-0002).
~Lockheed Martin Services, Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., was awarded on June 29 a $10,989,965 firm-fixed-price contract. The contractor will provide the government of United Arab Emirates with one General Purpose Electronic Test Station (GET)-1000M2M; one GET-1000B2M; one GET-1000B2; installation and training; one lot of spares for the test stations; one lot of technical support and replacements for GET-1000B2M obsolete items. The government of Kuwait will be provided with 34 test program sets (TPS); two station upgrades; and one TPS training course for four weeks. The government of Israel will be provided with one station modification AN0025, adding power supply testing capability, and 14 TPS. Work is to be performed in Huntsville, Ala. (56.80 percent); locations outside the contiguous U.S. (25.81 percent); Englewood, Colo. (10.70 percent); North Reading, Mass. (5.35 percent); Wichita, Kan., (0.89 percent); and Waynesboro, Va. (0.45 percent), with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2015. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Army Contracting Command, AMCOM Contracting Center Redstone Arsenal., Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-10-C-0240).
~Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on June 30 a $8,750,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 1,750 kits for Command, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance suite and battery upgrade/silent watch for Operation Enduring Freedom upgrades on the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected all-terrain vehicle. Work is to be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. Five bids were solicited with five bids received. TACOM, AMSCC-TAC-ADCA, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0111).
~Caelum Research Corp., Rockville, Md., was awarded on June 30 an $8,641,352 firm-fixed-price contract for information systems operations and support services, i.e., communication security, database management, systems administration, helpdesk, programming, and data handling. Work is to be performed in White Sands Missile Range, N.M., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2011. Forty bids were solicited with forty bids received. Mission & Installation Contracting Command Directorate of Contracting, White Sands Missile Range, N.M., is the contracting activity (DABK39-03-C-0053).
~Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $171,856,353 contract for lead yard services, development studies and design efforts related to Virginia Class submarines. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $880,871,020. Work will be performed in Groton, Conn. (91.1 percent); Newport, R.I. (1.4 percent); Quonset, R.I. (3.5 percent); and Newport News, Va. (4 percent). Work is expected to be completed by October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-10-C-2118).
~Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $44,478,772 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for fiscal 2010 design agent engineering services for the MK-31 rolling airframe missile (RAM) guided missile weapon system, a cooperative development and production program conducted jointly by the U.S. and the Federal Republic of Germany under memoranda of understanding. The support procured is required to maintain current weapon system capability, as well as resolve issues through design, systems, software maintenance, reliability, maintainability, quality assurance, and logistics engineering services. The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $167,314,515. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by September 2010. Contract funds in the amount of $2,254,245 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-10-C-5432).
~Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Sudbury, Mass., is being awarded a $13,682,885 firm-fixed-price definitization modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-G-5109) for procurement of three AN/SPY-1 radar transmitter multi-mission capability ordnance alteration (ORDALT) kits; 15 stabilized master oscillator ORDALT kits; 16 kill assessment system ORDALT kits; and four radio frequency coherent combiners. Work will be performed in Andover, Mass. (47 percent); Norfolk, Va. (47 percent); and Sudbury, Mass. (6 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 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.
~DRS Sonar Systems, LLC, Gaithersburg, Md., is being awarded a $9,677,410 firm-fixed-price contract for development and fielding of a high search rate tactical anti-submarine warfare capability in the form of a variable depth sonar (VDS) for installation on the littoral combat ship. The VDS system is a multi-faceted engineered system that is composed of a rugged specialized handling system with an additional specialized articulating arm and capture mechanism, for a size of a small car weight/volume towed body; a variable depth sonar that can survive high sea states, work in deep water at combatant flank speeds, and generate high underwater source code level to detect submerged submarines. A major component of the VDS system is the towed active subsystem which consists of a hydro-dynamically stable tow body, tow cable, handling and stowage equipment and acoustic transmit assemblies. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $12,711,816. Work will be performed in Gaithersburg, Md. (10 percent); Panama City, Fla. (20 percent); and Stockport, United Kingdom (70 percent), and is expected to be completed by September 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with unlimited proposals solicited and three offers received. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, R.I., is the contracting activity (N66604-10-C-0675).
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~Direct Energy Business, LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa., is being awarded a maximum $90,294,923 fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract to provide electricity. Other location of performance is Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Ill. Using service is federal civilian agencies. There were originally 66 proposals solicited with four responses. The date of performance completion is Jan. 2, 2014. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-8012).
~Pratt and Whitney Military Aftermarket Services, San Antonio, Texas, was awarded a $51,960,191 contract for the overhaul of core module, with a quantity of 28. This contract will support the F100-229, F15, and F16 aircraft. At this time, $51,960,191 has been obligated. 448 SCMG/PKBCB, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8121-10-C-0019).
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~Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92241-10-D-0004) with a maximum value of $17,000,000 for depot-level maintenance support for the AN/APQ-174B multi-mode radar in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Technology Applications Program Office. The minimum order amount of $8,483,514 will be obligated with the basic contract. The work will be performed in McKinney, Texas; the performance period ends June 30, 2014. This contract was awarded through sole-source procedures in accordance with FAR 6.302-1. USSOCOM is the contracting activity.
The aircraft can also be configured with the "enhanced cargo handling system". The system consists of a computerized load masters station from where the user can remotely control the under floor winch and also configure the flip floor system to palletized roller or flat floor cargo handling.