Tuesday, August 3, 2010

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated August 3, 2010

Defense News: DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated August 3, 2010
Source: U.S. DoD issued August 3, 2010
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - August 3, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued August 3, 2010 are undermentioned;



Lifeport Interiors, Inc., Woodland, Wash., is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum value of $47,000,000 for production of an aircraft occupant ballistic protection system in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Technology Applications Program Office. The work will be performed in Woodland, Wash., and the contract period of performance will expire on July 29, 2015. The minimum order amount of $20,971,424 will be obligated with the basic contract as Delivery Order 0001. USSOCOM is the contracting activity (H92241-10-D-0009).


Maytag Aircraft Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., is being awarded a minimum $13,689,360 firm-fixed-price contract for operation, maintenance, security and safety services of government aviation and ground fuel facilities. Other locations of performance are Army installations in Germany. Using service is Army. The original proposal was electronically solicited with three responses. The date of performance completion is Sept. 30, 2015. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-C-5038).

Maytag Aircraft/TK&K, LLC*, Colorado Springs, Colo., is being awarded a minimum $10,049,700 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursement items contract for operation, maintenance, security and safety services of government aviation and ground fuel facilities. Other locations of performance are Army installations in Germany. Using service is Army. The original proposal was electronically solicited with four responses. The date of performance completion is Sept. 30, 2015. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-C-5039).


Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems & Sensors, Mitchel Field, N.Y., is being awarded an $11,884,450 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide Trident II (D5) strategic systems programs shipboard systems integration; strategic weapon system navigation subsystem; systems design and development; and electrostatically supported gyro navigator refresh. This contract contains options which, if exercised, will bring the total contract value to $230,156,983. Work will be performed in Mitchel Field, N.Y. (35.4 percent); Huntington Beach, Calif. (27.9 percent); Oldsmar, Fla. (14.8 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (14.2 percent); Cambridge, Mass. (7.2 percent); and Eagan, Minn. (0.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed July 30, 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with two offers received. The Strategic Systems Programs, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (N00030-10-C-0018)

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DTN News: CH-53K Helicopter Program Achieves Successful Critical Design Review

Defense News: DTN News: CH-53K Helicopter Program Achieves Successful Critical Design Review
Source: DTN News / Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
(NSI News Source Info) STRATFORD, Conn., - August 3, 2010: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced today the successful completion of the CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter Program Critical Design Review (CDR) event, signaling the program is ready to proceed to assembly, test and evaluation. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
The joint Sikorsky/Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) CH-53K helicopter program team hosted a weeklong meeting in late July to gather stakeholders and key collaborators from government and industry for an in-depth aircraft design review. At the review, the CH-53K team successfully demonstrated that the design meets the system requirements, setting the stage for the next phase of the program. Review participants included members of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, NAVAIR, Sikorsky Aircraft, and 21 major industrial partners who displayed component exhibits that augmented technical presentations.
Over the past four years, the CH-53K helicopter team has successfully completed numerous major reviews, including the System Requirements Review (SRR), System Functional Review (SFR), System Preliminary Design Review (PDR), 77 supplier-level Critical Design Reviews (CDR's), 64 supplier and internal software reviews, and 16 sub-system CDRs.
David Cohen, chairman of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Technical Review Board (TRB) emphasized the Board's approval with a "resounding yes," adding that "the CH-53K helicopter program is ready for full- scale development and manufacture of the test aircraft."
Completion of the System CDR event demonstrates that the CH-53K Helicopter Program continues to build on its strong design foundation. NAVAIR CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter Integrated Product Team Co-lead, Lt. Col. Hank Vanderborght noted, "We have a program that sits squarely on solid technical ground, and our team continues to work diligently as we mitigate all schedule and cost risks."
Over 93% of the design has been released for manufacturing. System-level performance projections indicate all seven Key Performance Parameters (KPPs) will be achieved with adequate risk mitigation margin built-in for subsequent phases of the program. The team is ready to move into fabrication and assembly of test articles, component qualification, and flight test.
"This successful CDR confirms the program is on the right track and is a significant step forward for the CH-53K helicopter program," said John Johnson, Sikorsky Program Manager for the CH-53K helicopter program. "Sikorsky and NAVAIR are well aligned in this collaborative effort, and this CDR brings us closer to delivering a vital tool to the U.S. Marine Corps' future heavy lift mission."
Sikorsky has been building CH-53 helicopters for the Marine Corps since the CH-53A aircraft was introduced in 1963. The heavy lift mission is currently performed by the Sikorsky CH-53E SUPER STALLION™ helicopter and CH-53D SEA STALLION helicopter models that have logged a cumulative total of 1.37 million flight hours in over 40 years.
Sikorsky Aircraft received a $3 billion System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract on April 5, 2006 to develop a replacement for the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E heavy lift helicopter. The new aircraft program is planned to include production of more than 200 aircraft. Currently, the CH-53K helicopter is in the SDD phase with all of the major subcontracts awarded and valued at over $1.1B.
"This milestone is a turning point for our program," said Mike Torok, Sikorsky Vice-President and Chief Engineer for Marine Corps Programs, and Chief Engineer for the CH-53K. "The final design definition, which meets NAVAIR and USMC requirements, is concluding, and now we move on to the test and verification part of the program.
"Parts are being made throughout the supply base and at our new Precision Component Technology Center; test facilities are being fabricated and prepped for installation in our recently opened ground test facility; the integrated simulation facility is marching toward a late 2010 opening, already having received the first increment of software for the aircraft; and the final assembly facility in West Palm Beach is being prepared to start building the ground and flight vehicles early next year. It's time now to prove out our design and show that this helicopter system will indeed meet the war fighting requirements of the USMC and give them exceptional mission performance from a platform that is affordable and supportable for many years to come," Torok added.
The CH-53K helicopter will maintain virtually the same footprint as its predecessor, the three-engine CH-53E SUPER STALLION helicopter, but will nearly triple the payload to 27,000 pounds over 110 nautical miles under "hot/high" ambient conditions. The CH-53E helicopter is currently the largest, most powerful marinized helicopter in the world. It is deployed from Marine Corps amphibious assault ships to transport personnel and equipment and to carry external (sling) cargo loads.
The CH-53K helicopter's maximum gross weight (MGW) with internal loads is 74,000 pounds compared to 69,750 pounds for the CH-53E aircraft. The CH-53K's MGW with external loads is 88,000 pounds as compared to 73,500 for the CH-53E helicopter.
Features of the CH-53K helicopter include: a modern glass cockpit; fly-by-wire flight controls; fourth generation rotor blades with anhedral tips; a low-maintenance elastomeric rotor head; upgraded engines; a locking cargo rail system; external cargo handling improvements; survivability enhancements; and improved reliability, maintainability and supportability. The program is expected to achieve the Initial Operational Capability milestone in FY18.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning potential production and sale of helicopters. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget plans or availability of funding or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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DTN News: India Plane Demand Seen $130 Billion Over 20 Years According Dinesh Keskar Of Boeing

Defense News: DTN News: India Plane Demand Seen $130 Billion Over 20 Years According Dinesh Keskar Of Boeing
* Indian carriers will need 1,150 jets by 2030 - Boeing
* Raises forecast from 1,000 aircraft
Source: DTN News / Reuters By Bappa Majumdar
(NSI News Source Info) NEW DELHI, India - August 3, 2010: India's expanding aviation sector will require 1,150 commercial jets valued at $130 billion over the next 20 years, a Boeing Co (BA.N) executive said on Tuesday.
Dinesh Keskar, the head of the U.S. aircraft manufacturer's operations in India, said with more private carriers entering the aviation sector the demand for aircraft was increasing.
"This is a market representing more than 4 percent of Boeing commercial airplanes' worldwide forecast," he told reporters.
In 2009, the firm had said India would require 1,000 planes worth $100 billion over 20 years.
"We went through the deepest recession in the history of aviation but now India's recovery is one of the fastest," Keskar said.
"We believe there will be a record 50 million passengers this year if the trend continues," he said. Indian airlines carried 44 million passengers in 2009.
Keskar also said that state carrier Air India [AI.UL] was entitled to compensation from Boeing for delays in the delivery of Dreamliner planes.
Last month Air India said it has sought compensation from Boeing for the delay in deliveries of the Dreamliner. The first Dreamliner was originally scheduled to be delivered in 2008.
Air India says it has plans to acquire 27 Dreamliners from Boeing in phases.
Boeing plans the first delivery of the lightweight carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner, which is already more than two years behind schedule, in the fourth quarter. But it also said the delivery may slip into 2011.
"Delays in 787 delivery entitles Air India for a compensation," Keskar said.
(Additional reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Ranjit Gangadharan and Muralikumar Anantharaman)
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DTN News: U. S. Government Has $114 Billion To Spend On Contractors Before September 30

Defense News: DTN News: U. S. Government Has $114 Billion To Spend On Contractors Before September 30
* New Report Reveals Which Agencies Have “Obligated” Funds to Spend before the End of the Government Fiscal Year, and How Much Must Be Spent
Source: DTN News / FedSources
(NSI News Source Info) MCLEAN, Va. - August 3, 2010: FedSources, a Washington Management Group company and the recognized leader in government market intelligence, today released a new report that maps out predicted government spending between now and September 30, 2010 – the end of the government fiscal year.
FedSources' “Identifying & Capturing Fiscal Year-end Dollars” report identifies which agencies have the most to spend, and which services and product areas are likely to get the most buying attention from these agencies.
For example, the U.S. Army still has $40 billion to spend. And, most of the overall spending in the fourth quarter is likely to be on commodity items.
“End-of-year spending is highly commodity oriented,” said Ray Bjorklund, FedSources Senior Vice President and Chief Knowledge Officer, and author of the report. “If you’re selling to the government in Q4, it’s usually a commodity play.”
The report also provides an overview of government spending cycles to help contractors more effectively target their offerings according to when the government is most likely to buy their particular services or products.
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DTN News: Tiger Attack Helicopters Earns Its Stripes In Afghanistan

Defense News: DTN News: Tiger Attack Helicopters Earns Its Stripes In Afghanistan
Source: DTN News / Arabian Aerospace
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 3, 2010: The EC665 Tiger HAP (combat support)helicopter operated by the French Army's 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment, has now logged more than 1,000 flight hours in Afghanistan in less than a year.
With an availability rate of 90% in extremely harsh operating conditions, the Tiger has once again demonstrated excellent performance and operability levels for both reconnaissance missions and combat support operations for joint tactical groups (GTIA), which have been unanimous in their praise.
A key to this success has been the excellent cooperation between the French Army, the French Armament Procurement Agency (DGA), the OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armaments Co-operation) and Eurocopter, which has deployed a dedicated work structure since the beginning of the operations.
In this framework, Eurocopter has been providing the French Army with nonstop support to meet the specific operational needs of the Afghan theater and guarantee the required availability levels. A team of Eurocopter technicians is on assignment in Afghanistan to assist the mechanics of the French Army Air Corps (ALAT). In addition, a customized logistics support service has been set up to respond at any time to any request and to quickly supply any necessary spare parts.
*This article is being posted from Toronto, Canada By DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News, contact: dtnnews@ymail.com

DTN News: Indian Air force Gets US planes Minus Security Net

Defense News: DTN News: Indian Air force Gets US planes Minus Security Net
*Correction: Indian Air Force C-130J, roughly six months before its scheduled delivery.“The aircraft now enters flight test in preparation for delivery at the end of the year,” Lockheed says. India’s first of six stretched-fuselage C-130J-30s currently on order, the lead aircraft is shown carrying the registration KC-3801. - By DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources including The Telegraph - Calcutta, India by Sujan Dutta
(NSI News Source Info) NEW DELHI, India - August 3, 2010: New Delhi, Aug. 2: The Indian Air Force has contracted six aircraft for the special forces for $1 billion without military-grade secure equipment because Washington denied the technology after New Delhi refused to sign a communications secrecy pact.
The air force is now in the process of contracting another 10 very heavy strategic airlifters under the same technology-denial regime for an estimated $3 billion.
India contracted six C-130J Super Hercules in 2007 and the first of these aircraft is likely to be delivered by January 2010 ahead of schedule by its maker, Lockheed Martin, under a government-to-government foreign military sales programme.
One of the scenarios in which the Hercules (“Hercs” for short) is to be used involves inserting special airborne troops (paratroopers) by flying into hostile territory where an adversary can try to intercept and/or jam electronic communication.
“We are aware that some of the equipment we desire may not be available. But it is up to us to use the platform the way we want to with modifications once we have it,” a senior air force officer told The Telegraph.
A US defence official told this newspaper “anything that requires encryption, which includes military-grade global positioning systems (GPS)” will not be mounted on the C-130J or the C-17 Globemaster III (made by Boeing) because India has not yet signed the Communications Inter-Operability and Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA).
The CISMOA was proposed by the Pentagon to the Indian defence ministry in 2006. A standard text for another crucial agreement, the End-User Monitoring Arrangement, was agreed last year after more than three years of negotiations.
A secure GPS is indispensable for mobile military platforms that are designed to track targets in all-weather and all-time circumstances.
“The military GPS system is encrypted and thus not available without a communications agreement,” the US defence official said. He claimed that “US military equipment is designed utilising the best systems available, such as military-grade GPS, which is more accurate and less likely to be spoofed (intercepted) than civilian GPS”.
Asked if there was any way India could access the equipment without signing the CISMOA, he replied “there is no way around this”. He said the CISMOA would apply to the proposed sale of the C-17 also. Trials for the aircraft were completed last month and the Indian Air Force has decided to buy it.
The four-engine turbo-prop Hercs — a workhorse for the US military — is a “tactical airlifter” with a payload capacity of 20 tonnes or about 120 fully-equipped airborne troops capable of landing on dirt strips and with short take-off and landing capability.
The giant C-17 jet is also rugged but capable of flying much longer distances with much heavier payloads. The Indian Air Force has projected a dire need for these two different classes of aircraft because its Russian/Soviet-origin aircraft are outdated.
The air force is set to order six more Hercs in addition to the six already contracted. The Coast Guard and the Border Security Force are also in line to acquire two Hercs each.
The Hercs are to be based at Hindon, just east of Delhi, where the Indian Air Force base is being refurbished. The Hercs for India have been modified for special missions and are equipped with an infrared detection set for low-level flying in adverse conditions.
Although the communications systems would not have the desired level of security for the Indian Air Force, an official said that India was getting the Hercs with the configuration it wants. They will have self-protection and mid-air refuelling ability. The Hercs is in service in 10 countries.
*This article is being posted from Toronto, Canada By DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News, contact: dtnnews@ymail.com
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DTN News: Force Protection Receives $19.9 Million Field Service Awards

Defense News: DTN News: Force Protection Receives $19.9 Million Field Service Awards
Source: DTN News / Force Protection
(NSI News Source Info) LADSON, SC - August 3, 2010: Force Protection Industries, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Force Protection Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT), a leading designer,developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions and provider of total life cycle support for those products, today announced that it has received firm fixed price modifications to existing contract M67854-07-C-5031 with a total value of approximately $19.9 million for continuing field service support work in Afghanistan, Kuwait and the continental United States. All work under these modifications is expected to be complete in August, 2011.
Randy Hutcherson, Chief Operating Officer for Force Protection Industries, Inc., said, “These awards allow us to continue the important upgrade and sustainment work on the installed Cougar fleet in the Middle East. The vehicle’s capabilities are significantly enhanced for the harsh conditions in Afghanistan through the completion of this work.”
About Force Protection, Inc.
Force Protection, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions, including blast- and ballistic-protected wheeled vehicles currently deployed by the U.S. military and its allies to support armed forces and security personnel in conflict zones. The Company’s specialty vehicles, including the Buffalo, Cougar and related variants, are designed specifically for reconnaissance and urban operations and to protect their occupants from landmines, hostile fire, and improvised explosive devices (“IEDs”, commonly referred to as roadside bombs). Complementing these efforts, the Company is designing, developing and marketing new vehicle platforms (including the Ocelot & JAMMA) that provide increased modularity, speed, mobility and concealment with enhanced levels of blast- and ballistic-protection. The Company also develops, manufactures, tests, delivers and supports products and services aimed at further enhancing the survivability of users against additional threats. In addition, the Company provides long-term life cycle support services of its vehicles that involve development of technical data packages, supply of spares, field and depot maintenance activities, assignment of highly-skilled field service representatives, and advanced on and off-road driver and maintenance training programs. For more information on Force Protection and its products and services, visit www.forceprotection.net.
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DTN News: F-16 Unit News 22nd FS Participates In Allied Strike 2010

Defense News: DTN News: F-16 Unit News 22nd FS Participates In Allied Strike 2010
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 3, 2010: The 22nd Fighter Squadron will boast its name, "The Big 22," when it launches two F-16 Fighting Falcons twice a day Aug. 2-5 during Allied Strike 2010.
The 16 22nd FS pilots flying these sorties are part of the approximately 200 military personnel and 24 aircraft from the U.S. and five European nations participating in AS10, which is Europe's premier close air support exercise held annually to conduct robust, realistic CAS training. The training also assists in building partnership capacity among allied NATO nations and joint services that help refine the latest operational CAS tactics.
The Big 22 will focus on air-to-ground and close air support missions, as well as the delivery of live and simulated munitions, including laser-guided bombs, joint direct attack munitions and shooting the jet's 20 mm gun. This exercise will not only provide 22nd FS pilots necessary training for downrange operations, but also help support required flight lead upgrades normally accomplished during routine sorties, said Capt. Dan Schreiber, 22nd FS pilot.
About 80 percent of the 22nd FS pilots slated to participate have never experienced the annual joint exercise before, Captain Schreiber said, including himself.
"I'm looking forward to getting some realistic training with the scenarios they have available at the ranges," he said. "It's realistic training we couldn't receive to that level outside of this exercise."
AS10 is essential to the 22nd FS namely because it focuses on CAS, the squadron's primary mission while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom missions.
Having the 22nd FS involved in AS10 is beneficial to all servicemembers involved in the exercise, especially for NATO joint terminal attack controllers and fellow pilots, Capt. Schreiber added.
"It helps to integrate both sides," the captain said. "It's the JTACs talking to the pilots, the pilots talking to the JTACs - whether (the pilots) are Brits, Germans, Belgians, it helps JTACs deal with foreign countries and highlight some of the differences and smooth over the entire process."
*This article is being posted from Toronto, Canada By DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News, contact: dtnnews@ymail.com
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