EDITOR’S BUNKER BRIEFING (5 October 2020) No.28

Editor-in-Chief-Andrew-Drwiega

Dear Readers,

The presentations at SMI’s virtual UAV Technology conference over 28-29 September showed the pace at which remotely piloted aircraft systems are maturing and finding their place among the 5th Generation air forces of tomorrow. The concept of operations has already been established over previous years of operation and now it is the growth in numbers being acquired matched with increasing technical capability that armed forces are finding so appealing.

Maritime and land unmanned systems are also beginning to proliferate but the sheer utility of unmanned aerial platforms to range over distance, some at speed such as loyal wingmen, using ISR to feed information into the intelligence vision and then respond kinetically is delivering an unmatched tactical advantage to all those forces so equipped.

Editor

LOYAL WINGMAN, TRITON AND SKY GUARDIAN AT LEADING EDGE OF RAAF’S 5TH GEN AIR FORCE

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Boeing Australia’s Loyal Wingman had its first commercial engine start-up during September. (Boeing)

“We are transforming the Royal Australian Air Force into a 5th Generation force. Within 15 years, the entire Air Force has been, or will be upgraded. Our oldest capability will be the C-130J which is not an old aircraft,” said Lieutenant Colonel Keirin Joyce, deputy director, RPAS, Royal Australian Air Force.

Speaking virtually at SMI’s UAV Technology conference (28-29 September), he stated that the Australian Defence Force was seeking to gain its military advantage through ‘non-traditional ways.’ It needed to be joint by design, he said.

Boeing’s ‘Loyal Wingman’ concept with developmental technology was one such programme. “Its applications are not limitless but it could complicate the battlespace for our enemies in ways a crewed aircraft may not be able to without placing them in considerable risk,” he said. “It is a AUS$40 [US$28.6] million programme and are developing only three test and evaluation air vehicles. There is no commitment to buy – it is all about exploring air teaming concepts and technology.”

During September, Boeing Australia started the commercial turbofan engine on the first Loyal Wingman platform with the company expecting to undertake its first flight by the end of the year.

“We are specifically looking at autonomy – one to many control – and particularly looking at what it expendable in a complex regulatory space,” said Joyce.

The RAAF is currently bringing in two Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) into the Australian Defence Force; Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton and General Atomics’ MQ-9B Sky Guardian.

“We will acquire at least six Triton air vehicles in a cooperative programme with the US Navy [PMA262]. Government has funded the first three with ground facilities and network integration,” said Joyce. “Australia is sharing the risk of development and rewards with the US Navy.”

“It is really important that we buy a platform that travels at a speed that can hoover up information from our large economic maritime zone,” he confirmed. Initial Operating Capability is set for 2025/26 with crews already training with the US Navy.

“We are partnered with the Royal Air Force as we acquire the MQ-9B Sky Guardian. This platform is all about persistent ISR and strike to support special forces. It has targeting capability to engage targets. IOC will also be 2025/26 and is a significant driver for where the RAAF is heading in the future with RPAS.”

FIRST FLIGHT FOR UK RAF’S PROTECTOR UAV

MQ9bThe first of an initial batch of three Royal Air Force (RAF) General Atomics – Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) Protector RG Mk1 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) took to the skies on Friday 25 September in the United States.

It is the fourth in GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian production run, the other three belong to the company and are being used to support the certification process. This first RAF Protector will be retained in the US for system testing before and after being officially handed over to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in summer 2021.

The MoD strategy calls for a total of 16 Protector UAVs to replace the RAF’s existing fleet of GA-ASI Reaper MQ-9As.

The Protector will be used for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) as well as kinetic attacks. Using enhanced data links it will be capable of employing precision strike weapons including MBDA’s Brimstone missile and Raytheon’s Paveway IV Laser Guided Bomb.

The RAF will take delivery of its first operational Protector in 2023 with the Initial Operating Capability expected by 2024. The fleet’s home base will be at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire.

The MQ-9B platform has also been selected by Belgium and Australia.

DSCA DIRECTOR LOOKS TO RAPS TO INCREASE FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

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Wide shot inside the refurbishment maintenance facility of SES, a defense contractor facility in Huntsville, AL, that has the foreign military sales contract to refurbish UH-60 Black Hawks (pictured) and AH-1 Cobra helicopters. (US Army)

Heidi Grant, director of the US Government’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said that the newly created “risk assessed payment schedule,” or RAPS, is making it easier for additional nations to approach the United States for Foreign Military Sales (FMS).

Speaking during an online conference, Grant said that DSCA “had oversight of 14,700 FMS cases, executed $55.4 billion in arms sales, and worked with over 160 countries.”

RAPS assists countries in their bid to “qualify as ‘dependable undertaking,’ which means those countries have been evaluated as most likely to be able to meet financial obligations made as part of their FMS request.”

Grant stated that “…we’ve approved already three countries for this RAPS opportunity. One of them has actually acted on it. And we won a competition out there, I would say, because of this financial opportunity.”

Instead of paying in full for the FMS purchase once the sale has been approved, the alternative payment schedules include the payment of “a deposit that amounts to 100 percent of the cost of terminating their agreement.”

This not only applies to military sales, but other security cooperation requirements including “international military education and training, advising on defence doctrine, rule of law, human rights, civilian harm mitigation, and other institutional capacity-building programmes.”

US MAJOR ARMS SALES (OCTOBER)

1 October, 2020 – Egypt ­­­- The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of a Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) system and related equipment for an estimated cost of $417 million.

1 October – Republic of Korea – The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of AIM-9X Block II Tactical Sidewinder Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $158 million. .

US GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

Highlighting a selection of $100 million+ government awarded contracts awarded between 28 September – 2 October (also including Foreign Military Sales announcements).

2 October
US NAVY
Northrop Grumman Systems, Mission Systems Sector, received a $100 million contract for follow-on production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program Block 3 electronic attack systems and hardware design modifications required for aircraft carrier and amphibious assault ship installation. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been awarded a $35 million contract under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Japan. Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will perform Aegis FMS Baseline J7.B development and SPY-7(V) 1 radar production, integration and test planning support. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

1 October
US TRANSPORTATION COMMAND
The Federal Express Team has been awarded a modification contract at the estimated amount of $1.6 billion. Team members include American Airlines; Amerijet International; Atlas Air; Federal Express; Polar Air Cargo Worldwide; Eastern Airlines; and Hawaiian Airlines. The modification provides continued international long-range and short-range charter airlift services for the Department of Defense. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $3.2 billion. US Transportation Command is the contracting activity.

The Patriot Team has been awarded a modification contract at the estimated amount of $1.4 bnillion. Team members include ABX Air; Air Transport International; JetBlue Airways; Kalitta Air; Northern Air Cargo; Omni Air International; United Airlines; United Parcel Service; and Western Global Airlines. The modification provides continued international long-range and short-range charter airlift services for the Department of Defense. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $2.9 billion. US Transportation Command is the contracting activity.

National Air Cargo Group has been awarded a modification contract at the estimated amount of $110 million. The modification provides continued international long-range and short-range charter airlift services for the Department of Defense. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $220 million. US Transportation Command is the contracting activity.

US NAVY
Ambyth Shipping Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands; American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group; Bahrain Fujairah Marine Services, Bahrain; Black Bull Group; Bahrain Maritime & Mercantile International, Bahrain; Cox Logistics, Bahrain; Crane Worldwide; Crowley Government Services; DaeKee Global. South Korea; Downie Jones Ship Stores, Australia; Downie Jones Ship Stores Hong Kong; EMS Shipping & Trading, Germany; Global Defense Logistics Romania; Global Maritime Logistics Support, Philippines; Global Support, Japan; Inchcape Shipping Services, United Arab Emirates; Kentucky Defense Services; Multinational Logistic Services, Malta; Multinational Logistic Services; National Alliance Management; OPS,South Korea; Parsh Marine, Singapore; Rio Logistics, Singapore; Royal Cargo, Philippines; Shipping Consultants Associated, United Kingdom; Seabulk Towing (doing business as Seabulk Logistics Services); Seaway Filipinas Logistics, Philippines; Stirling Advanced Logistical Services, Jordan; Toll Remote Logistics, Australia; Tsui Wah Ferry Services, Hong Kong; and Waypoint are awarded an estimated $1 billion in contracts to provide husbanding, management and integration services consisting of general charter and hire, utilities, force protection, communications and land transportation services to support maritime forces of the Department of Defense, other U.S. government agencies, and other nations to include Navy Ships, Marine Corps, Military Sealift Command (MSC), Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), and other foreign vessels participating in US military or NATO exercises and missions. If the option period is exercised, the total estimated value of the contracts combined will have a ceiling value of $2,.1 billion. The Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems was awarded a $24 million IDIQ contract for the purchase of gas generators for use in the suppression system onboard the V-22 aircraft to provide explosion/fire suppression capabilities. This effort combines purchases with procurement and ammunition (Navy and Marine Corps); ammunition (Air Force); and Foreign Military Sales Japan under the FMS programme. The Naval Supply Systems Command, Weapon Systems Support, is the contracting activity.

FLIR Surveillance was awarded a $14 million IDIQ contract for BRITE Star Block II systems, repair actions, data, provision item order, training and engineering services. This contract includes purchases for the Czech Republic under the Foreign Military Sales programme. The Naval Surface Warfare Center is the contracting activity.

US AIR FORCE
Boeing has been awarded a $298 million contract for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications programme. This contract provides a prototype payload to develop hardware and software. The US Space Force, Space and Missile Systems Center is the contracting activity.

30 September
US ARMY
General Dynamics Land Systems was awarded a $1.2 billion contract to produce, test and deliver Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems. US Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems was awarded a $131 million modification contract for Gray Eagle aircraft, satellite communications air data terminals, programme management and government-furnished equipment maintenance and repair. US Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems was awarded a $127 million modification contract for the sole source procurement of M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System vehicles. US Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.

Radiance Technologies was awarded a $120 million contract for engineering and technical assistance support to the US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office. US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office is the contracting activity.

US NAVY
Fluor Marine Propulsion received a $1.1 billion modification contract for naval nuclear propulsion work at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin Space was awarded a $498 million modification contract for Trident II (D5) missile production and deployed systems support. Strategic Systems Programs is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Systems was awarded a $210 million IDIQ contract for the production of the AN/WSN-7 Ring Laser Gyroscope navigation system, provisioned items and associated technical support, for use on Navy ships and submarines. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.

Alliant Techsystems Operations was awarded a $122 million modification contract which provides flight test support in support of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range missile for the Navy and test assets for the Air Force. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

Rogers, Lovelock & Fritz is awarded a $100 million IDIQ contract for multi-discipline projects at various activities in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest area of responsibility (AOR). The Naval Facilities Engineering Command is the contracting activity.

US AIR FORCE
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been awarded a $19 million contract for Iraq Integrated Air Defense System contractor logistics support (CLS). The contract provides for follow on CLS sustainment support to include subject matter expert support, engineering support, return and repair and in country assessment visits. This modification involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales to Iraq and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.

Sierra Nevada has been awarded a maximum $15 million IDIQ contract to provide a comprehensive contract vehicle for the sustainment of A-29 Foreign Military Sales aircraft in support of air combat capability for allied countries. This contract does not currently include any FMS aircraft production. The first task order will be awarded for the sustainment of the Lebanon A-29 programme. It is anticipated that the contract ceiling will increase as additional FMS requirements are received. This contract involves 100 percent FMS to the country of Lebanon. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.

L-3 Communications Integrated Systems was awarded a $13 million contract for the Ethernet upgrade and polyalphaolefin (PAO) pump and valve modernization for the Republic of Korea Peace Pioneer programme. This contract provides for Ethernet upgrade, Ethernet install, PAO pump and valve kit, PAO pump and valve kit install, spares, engineering change proposal repairs and support and travel costs. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales  to South Korea. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of the award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright‐Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration I has been awarded an $8,523,511 order against previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract FA8523-18-D-0001. This order provides for the ALR-56M radar warning receiver system software services to include operational flight programme software support, non-block cycle support, original equipment manufacturer system sustaining engineering services, to include engineering studies and analysis for the Air Force and Foreign Military Sales. The work involved on this contract includes for engineering support for the AN/ALR-56C and AN/ALR-56M radar warning receiver applicable to the Air Force fleet of F-15C/D/E, F-16 40/50 and 52 block, and C-130 aircraft and the FMS F-15S, F-16, and C-130 aircraft. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.

29 September
US SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
Leading Technology Composites was awarded a $450 million IDIQ contract for Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advance Requirements (SPEAR) tactical stand-alone and modular supplemental armour protection ballistic plates in support of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). USSOCOM is the contracting activity.

US AIR FORCE

AeroVironment; BAE Systems Controls; Blue Force Technologies; Fregata Systems; Lockheed Martin; Wichita State University; Autonodyne; NextGen Aeronautic; and Sierra Technical Services, have been awarded a $400 million IDIQ contracts for all subsequent competitively selected delivery orders in support of the Skyborg Vanguard Programme. These contracts provide for Skyborg prototyping, experimentation and autonomy development, used to deliver missionised prototypes in support of operational experimentation. Skyborg is an autonomous attritable aircraft capable of achieving a diverse set of missions to generate massed combat power. Air Force Life Cycle Management is the contracting activity.

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration I has been awarded a $7 million IDIQ contract which provides for the ALR-56M radar warning receiver system software services to include operational flight programme software support, non-block cycle support, and original equipment manufacturer system sustaining engineering services to include engineering studies and analysis for the Air Force and Foreign Military Sales. The work involved on this contract includes for engineering support for the AN/ALR-56C and AN/ALR-56M radar warning receiver applicable to the Air Force fleet of F- 15C/D/E, F-16 40/50 and 52 block, and C-130 aircraft and the FMS F-15S, F-16, and C-130 aircraft. Work will be performed in Totowa, New Jersey, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 28, 2022. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity (FA8523-20-F-0049).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
AM General has been awarded two IDIQ contracts for $297 million and $160 million for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle parts. Using military service is Army in both cases. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in both cases.

US NAVY
Northrop Grumman Systems has been awarded a $249 million basic ordering agreement for the procurement of sustainment engineering and logistics services for Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar. This agreement includes engineering changes, technical refresh, studies and analyses, and the following support services: contractor logistics, depot lifecycle, software support activity, diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages. Marine Corps Systems Command is the contracting activity.

Hampton Roads Mechanical has been awarded an IDIQ contract of $100 million for the maintenance, inspection, cleaning, painting, repair, testing, and replacement of utility systems at various installations in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic is the contracting activity.

Kilgore Flares Company, doing business as Chemring Countermeasures Tennessee, was awarded a $49 million IDIQ contract for the manufacture of MJU-32A/B and MJU-38A/B aircraft decoy flares. Funding for the MJU-32A/B combines purchases with procurement and ammunition (Navy and Marine Corps) funds (91 percent); Brazil (three percent); Spain (three percent); Bahrain (one percent); Japan (one percent); and India (one percent) under the Foreign Military Sales programme. Funding for the MJU-38A/B will be all FMS funds, combining purchases with Switzerland (87 percent); Brazil (seven percent); and Spain (six percent). Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support is the contracting activity.

US ARMY
Intuitive Research and Technology was awarded a $187 million modification contract for an Advanced monitoring and data collection prototype system for the Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range. The US Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.

Balfour Beatty received a $104 million contract for the construction of a battalion complex operations building and hangar facility at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The US Army Corps of Engineers is the contracting activity.

28 September
US AIR FORCE
The Aerospace Corp has been awarded a $1.1 billion modification contract for systems engineering and integration support for the National Space Community. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $3.2 billion. The US Space Force, Space and Missile Systems Center is the contracting activity.

US NAVY
Lockheed Martin was awarded a $709 million modification contract for the procurement of economic order quantities of material in support of F-35 Lightning II aircraft low rate initial production Lots 15, 16 and 17 for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales customers. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $260 million; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $245 million; non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $141 million; and FMS funds in the amount of $62 million will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

General Dynamics Electric Boat is awarded a $215 million modification contract for engineering, technical, design agent and planning yard support for operational strategic and attack submarines. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (42 percent); and the country of Great Britain (58 percent), under the Foreign Military Sales programme. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.

Whiting-Turner Contracting was awarded a $188 million contract for the construction of Hurricane Florence recovery projects located at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. This contract provides replacements for various facilities damaged during Hurricane Florence and entails seven projects. Naval Facilities Engineering Command is the contracting activity.

Aviation Systems Engineering is awarded a $94 million IDIQ contract which provides contractor engineering services in support of the Airborne Anti-submarine Warfare Platform Integration and Systems Engineering Branch. The engineering services provided are in support of legacy and new acoustic and non-acoustic sensors, systems and subsystems for naval air platforms and to improve existing maritime patrol and reconnaissance mission systems in support of Navy and Foreign Military Sales customers. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Systems is awarded a $91 million contract that procures the necessary hardware, technical engineering support, management support and logistics support to fabricate, assemble, test and deliver the required fiscal 2020 AN/APR-39C(V)2 and AN/APR-39D(V)2 radar warning receiver hardware for Department of Defense aircraft in support of Navy, Army, Navy Supply Command and various Foreign Military Sales customers. Hardware procured on this contract includes Weapon Replaceable Assemblies and support equipment such as 55 AN/APR-39D(V)2 processors; 185 AN/APR-39D(V)2 antenna detectors; 126 AN/APR-39D(V)2 radar receivers; 46 AN/APR-39D(V)2 low band arrays; 22 AN/APR-39D(V)2 handle assemblies; 59 AN/APR-39C(V)2 processors; 236 AN/APR-39C(V)2 antenna detectors; 188 AN/APR-39C(V)2 radar receivers; 76 AN/APR-39C(V)2 upgrade kits; and 65 AN/APR-39C(V)2 circuit card assemblies. Additionally, this contract provides non-recurring engineering efforts that support production capacity to meet necessary fielding requirements. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

Raytheon was awarded a $61million modification contract to exercise options for design agent and engineering services to support the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) programme. This option exercise is for design agent and engineering services to perform advanced studies and integration efforts as well as software sustainment and support. The CEC programme provides a sensor network with integrated fire control capability that significantly improves strike force air and missile defense capabilities by coordinating measurement data from strike force air search sensors on CEC-equipped units into a single, integrated real-time, composite track air picture. CEC improves battle force effectiveness by improving overall situational awareness and by enabling longer range, cooperative, multiple or layered engagement strategies. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy; 35 percent); fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy; 32 percent); fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Marine Corps; 10 percent); fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy; six percent); Foreign Military Sales Japan (vie percent); FMS Australia (four percent); fiscal 2019 procurement (Marine Corps; four percent); fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy; three percent); FMS Canada (0.9 percent); and fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy; 0.1 percent) funding in the amount of $13 million will be obligated at time of award, and funding in the amount of $6 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington is the contracting activity.

Boeing was awarded a $23 million order to procure one Joint Common Test Set with exercise test capability for the government of Saudi Arabia in support of the Harpoon programme. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $23 million will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

L3Harris Technologies was awarded a $10 million contract modification which exercises Lot 20 option items to procure digital map computers (DMCs) and digital video map computers (DVMCs); 50 DMCs and 77 DVMCs in support of sparing for the Naval Supply Systems Command; 24 DVMCs for the Navy in support of the F/A-18E/F aircraft; 16 DMCs for the government of the Czech Republic; and three DMCs for the government of Bahrain. Additionally, this modification procures 24 extension housings for the DVMC buy for the Navy in support of the F/A-18E/F aircraft programme. Defense working capital (Navy) funds in the amount of $7 million; fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1 million; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $919,771 will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is the contracting activity.

Alliant Techsystems Operations is awarded a $7 million order which provides non-recurring engineering support to address hardware and software obsolescence related to special test equipment, to include the Front End Assembly (FEA) test station, Visual Test System, Millimeter Wave (MMW) transceiver test station and the MX-12348/USM cable assembly set interface device. Additionally, this order provides for the production and delivery of five FEA test stations; four MMW test stations; and 15 Visual Test Systems in support of production for all fleet and Foreign Military Sales customers; six MX-12348/USM cable assembly set interface devices, two for the Navy; three for the government of Germany; and one for the government of Australia; and four MX-12307/GYQ-79 cable assembly sets, three for the government of Germany and one for the government of Australia, in support of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile programme for the Navy and FMS customers. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

US ARMY
ASIRTek Federal Services; Bacik Group; Beshenich Muir & Associates; Decision Point GAP Solutions JV; FITT Scientific; Government & Defense Support Services; Hager Development Group; Innovative Reasoning; IntellecTechs; International Service Contractors; Milvets Systems Technology; Offset Systems Group; Red River Science & Technology); The Logistics Co; Vali; and Veritiss will compete for each order of the $414 million contract to provide garrison augmentation support services in support of mobilisation/demobilisation and deployment/redeployment activities at multiple Army garrisons in the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The US Army Field Directorate Office is the contracting activity.

Raytheon was awarded a $398 million modification contract for tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missiles (TOW), TOW obsolescence and safety missiles and practice missiles. The US Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.

Honeywell International was awarded $258 million for overhaul/repair of T55-GA-714A engines for the CH-47 Chinook. The US Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
Boeing is being awarded a $249 million contract modification on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Development and Sustainment contract (DSC). The scope of work under the current DSC includes development, fielding, test, systems engineering, integration and configuration management, equipment manufacturing and refurbishment, training and operations and sustainment for the GMD weapon system and associated support facilities. Under this undefinitised modification, the Missile Defense Agency executes the Service Life Extension Programme (SLEP) upgrade of Ground Based Interceptors (GBI); the upgrade and repair of specialised production equipment necessary to support SLEP activities; systems engineering to support CE-I fleet readiness; cybersecurity activities; and the production of a payload to support system testing requirements. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Bell Textron has been awarded an estimated $212 million contract for H-1 aircraft support. Using military service is Marine Corps. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation.

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