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Contract Watch: C4ISR and platform highlights for Sept. 3

Here’s a roundup of this week’s contract announcements so far with a tech angle:

AIR FORCE:

In a continuation of its 2006 program award, Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Systems & Solutions was awarded a $421,098,648 modified contract for its Air and Space Operations Center, Weapon System Integrator program to cover fielding, sustainment, systems engineering, integration, modernization, maintenance, management, and contingency support for AOC. The Air Force has over 20 Air Operations Centers (AOCs) worldwide; the program aims to standardize them and turn them into “interoperable net-centric weapon systems that will provide commanders real-time, common operational views of the global battlefield,” according to Lockheed.

The AOCs affected by the program include those “in regions such as the Middle East and East Asia from which the general who oversees all U.S., allied and coalition aircraft in a theater of operations can execute an air campaign and direct space support and information operations activities. They also include those centers that are used to protect the homeland and support specialized missions, as well as those utilized for training, testing and technical support or serving in backup roles.”

Lockheed is prime on a team that that includes Raytheon, SAIC, Dynamics Research Corporation, Intelligent Software Solutions, Gestalt and Computer Sciences Corporation.  The scope of the AOC-WSI contract includes standardizing AOCs with a common hardware and software baseline, managing their configuration “as a true weapon system”, and integrating the 48 existing AOC systems and applications, “adding machine to machine interfaces that will provide greater automation of tasks, faster access to ISR data, enhanced battle damage assessment capabilities and greater reach into the space, ground and maritime arenas.”

EADS Defense Security Systems was awarded a $99,600,000 contract for support and sustainment of the Eagle Vision data acquisition segment.  Eagle Vision is a mobile “earth observation” ground station–it can acquire data directly from the SPOT, LANDSAT, Indian Remote Sensing (IRS), and RADARSAT civil/commercial earth observation satellites.

BAE Systems National Security Solutions, Inc., Burlington, Mass., is awarded a $6,649,056 contract for the Passive InfraRed Exploitation Technology program to explore novel approaches to sensing in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.  At this time $2,238,740 has been obligated.

NAVY:

Teledyne Cougar, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $9,900,856 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 150 instantaneous frequency measurement receivers and improved stabilized radio frequency sources to support multiple agency efforts at the Airborne Threat Simulation Organization, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Point Mugu, Calif.

NCS Technologies Inc. of  Manassas, Va., is being awarded an $8,716,770 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification under a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for the purchase of workstations, laptops and printers in support of the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence.    This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $26,999,999.  If all options are exercised, work could continue until Sept. 30, 2013.

BAE Systems, Land & Armaments L.P., U.S. Combat Systems, Minneapolis, Minn., is being awarded a $7,776,370 firm-fixed-price contract for the FY09 canister production requirements for MK-21 MOD 2 canisters to support integration of the STANDARD Missile into the MK 41 vertical launching system (VLS).  The MK 41 VLS provides a missile launching system for CG 47 and DDG 51 class surface combatants of the Navy, as well as surface combatants of allied navies.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. – Sperry Marine, Charlottesville, Va., is being awarded a $5,628,913 firm-fixed-price contract for fabrication and delivery of nine Navigation Data Distribution Systems (NAVDDS), four installation and check out (INCO) spare kits, and 10 hours of engineering, technical and logistics support.  This contract is being funded by the government of Taiwan, (100 precent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.  The Taiwanese government requested a replacement for their WRN-7 Global Positioning System and legacy navigation distribution system that supports the WSN-5 mechanical gyrocompass with a standard WSN-7B ring laser gyrocompass on board four Taiwanese Navy DDG-1801 Keelung Class Ships.  The NAVDDS is one element within an integrated upgrade to the Taiwan DDG-1801 class combat systems and are specifically replacing the current obsolete navigation and associated distribution systems on those ships.  Work will be performed in Charlottesville, Va., (95 percent), Kaohsiung, Taiwan, (5 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 Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division is the contracting activity (N00178-09-C-1003).

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND:

General Dynamics Information Technology of Fairfax, Va., is being awarded a $10,116,177 contract.  The contract has a 12-month base period and four 12-month option periods for the Trans Regional Web Initiative (see the Wired “Danger Room” description of the program, a “hearts and minds on the Web” sort of thing) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command Joint Military Information Support Command.

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