Let’s end the year looking at some winning photographs to take our minds off (for a brief moment) the virus that has struck us all across the globe for the majority of 2020. Let’s hope that the various vaccines can be rolled out quickly and can defeat any mutations that COVID-19 tries on us. It’s a small challenge – vaccinate the world, that’s all!
Although under Tier 4 lockdown here in the UK, I will still be taking a few days holiday during the festive season. Bunker Briefing will resume on Monday 4 January 2021.
I leave you with a suitable picture (above) depicting the cast from the beloved BBC TV series ‘Only Fools and Horses’ which was sent to me through WhatsApp that precisely summarises how we in the UK are currently feeling. Enjoy.
RAF PHOTO COMPETITION 2020 TOP FOUR
The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) annual photographic competition was reduced to four categories this year instead of the usual 13. However, it still attracted over 900 entries. The categories were: Personnel, Current RAF Equipment, RAF Operations and Exercises and the ‘People’s Choice’.
The ‘Personnel’ winner (lead picture) entitled NVG [Night Vision Goggles] was taken by Ian Forshaw at RAF Shawbury, the home of ab initio helicopter flight training for the UK armed forces.
The photo shows a student from No1 flying training school preparing for a night flight using night vision goggles. He is flying in an Airbus Juno HT1 helicopter used by flying students from all three services.
The winner of the ‘Current RAF Equipment’ category (above) was Sergeant Andy Holmes with his picture entitled ‘Astra’. The image shows an RAF Typhoon under a dark night sky and stars over the Falkland Islands. The Typhoon of 1435 Flight provides 24/7 Quick Reaction Alert capability.
Sgt Andy Holmes also won the RAF ‘Operations and Exercises’ category with ‘Ground Zero’ (below). This shows an RAF Voyager aircraft on the apron during harsh winter weather at Mount Pleasant Complex, Falkland Islands.
The People’s Choice winner was ‘Helping Hand’ (below) taken during a medevac exercise conducted by 84 Squadron, RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, with the Royal Navy’s HMS Enterprise, a multi-role survey-oceanographic vessel. 84 Squadron is the UK military’s last remaining Search and Rescue squadron, all other RAF and RN squadrons having been replaced by a civilian service managed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency at the end of 2016.
The photo was taken by Corporal Phil Dye RAF and shows winchman (Flight Sergeant Dan Whittington) from the Griffin HAR2 helicopters rear-crew being winched onto the deck of HMS Enterprise.
The winning photos and a selection of the best of the rest can be found at: http://www.defenceimagery.mod.uk/
US MAJOR ARMS SALES (Defence Security Cooperation Agency – DSCA).
15 December, 2020 – Italy. The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Italy of Gulfstream G550 Aircraft with Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Electronic Warfare (AISREW) Mission Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $500 million.
US GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
Highlighting a selection of $100 million+ government awarded contracts awarded between 14 November – 18 December and Foreign Military Sales contracts.
General Dynamics Land Systems was awarded a $4.6 billion contract to produce Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 tanks. The US Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.
Koa Lani JV has been awarded an $854 million IDIQ contract for range operations support and base operations support services. This contract includes a 60-month base period with one 60-month option period. Work will be performed at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Island of Kauai, Hawaii. The Naval Supply Systems Command is the contracting activity.
L3 Technologies has received a $495 million contract that provides for the production and delivery of 10 pod simulators, eight operational prototype pods, four jettison mass model pods, two captive mass models, two mission system prototypes and two technique development systems in support of engineering and manufacturing development for the Next Generation Jammer Low Band program. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded a $145 million modification contract which exercises an option for the production and delivery of 90 full rate production Lot 17 Block V Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) All Up Round (AUR) Vertical Launch System missiles, including related hardware and services for the Navy. Additionally, this modification procures TACTOM AUR recertification AGR-4 spares. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.
Progeny Systems has received a $41 million modification contract to exercise options for the production of MK54 MOD 1 lightweight torpedo kits, associated production support material, spares and engineering and hardware support services. This modification is in support of the MK54 MOD 1 Lightweight and MK48 Heavyweight torpedo programs. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (99 percent); and the governments of Australia, Canada, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium (one percent combined), under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.
CFM International is awarded a $28 million modification contract which adds scope to procure two P-8A Poseidon CFM56-7B27AE engines for the governments of Australia and New Zealand. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $14 million; and foreign cooperative project funds in the amount of $14 million will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.
Raytheon has received an $8 million order which provides non-recurring engineering for the Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS) software deficiency corrections, design and integration of four turret unit sensors and two electronics unit circuit card assemblies to address system obsolescence and provide a standard definition compatible system to multiple systems on various aircraft that utilise the MTS for the governments of India and Australia. Foreign cooperative project funds in the amount of $6 million; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $1.5 million will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Air Warfare Center is the contracting activity.
US AIR FORCE
Boeing has been awarded a $400 million modification contract for B-1 and B-52 bomber engineering services. This modification is for recurring and non-recurring engineering services to B-1 and B-52 aircraft. The total cumulative value of the contract is $1.2 billion. The Air Force Life Cycle Management is the contracting activity.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $36 million modification contract for France contractor logistics support MQ-9 Block Five and Block One aircraft. The contractor will provide an additional period of contractor logistics support for the French Air Force. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to France. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.
Honeywell International has received a $1.1 billion modification contract for the Automotive Gas Turbine 1500 engine program. The US Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.
L3 Technologies has received a $29 million contract for the manned/unmanned teaming hardware, as well as technical and engineering support, for the Apache helicopter. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Army) funds; and 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Morocco, Netherlands, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom) funds in the amount of $29 million were obligated at the time of the award. The US Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.
Perspecta Enterprise Solutions is awarded a $797 million modification IDIQ contract for the existing Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN). The total cumulative value of this contract is an estimated $6.6 billion. The contract modification is for services provided under NGEN support for approximately 400,000 seats representing more than 650,000 Navy and Marine Corps users at more than 2,500 locations. NGEN provides net centric data and information technology services for comprehensive, end-to-end information services through a common computing and communication environment to Navy and Marine Corps military, civilian and contractor users. The services provided under NGEN are enterprise services; network services; voice, video and data services; information security services; support services; and testing services. The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command is the contracting activity.
Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems has received a $186 million IDIQ contract for the AN/SLQ-25E ‘NIXIE’ electro-acoustic towed torpedo countermeasure system. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $268 million. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division is the contracting activity.
CACI is awarded a $20 million contract action in support of acquisition and integrated logistics for the Program Executive Office (PEO), Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS), Front Office (FO). Tasking includes support to the broad areas of acquisition and integrated logistics for the current and future programs and their variants assigned to PEO IWS. Support includes the development and management of cross-program and cross-organisation policies and practices for the full range of acquisition and integrated logistics support (ILS). The tasking is integral to the execution of legacy, current and future integrated combat systems, above water sensors, surface ship weapons, air and missile defense systems, undersea warfare systems, command and control systems, unmanned vehicles, navigation systems and human systems integration, as well as training, open architecture, interoperability and joint and coalition initiatives. Tasking includes professional support to PEO IWS FO and IWS directorates for acquisition support and ILS. Fiscal 2017 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $3 million (33 percent); fiscal 2021 other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $3 million (34 percent); fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $1 million (12 percent); fiscal 2020 research development test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1.5 million (17 percent); and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $378,842 (four percent) will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center is the contracting activity
US AIR FORCE
Raytheon has been awarded a ceiling of $611 million IDIQ contract for command and control switching systems (CCSS). This contract provides electronic digital telecommunications system developed for military command and control. The CCSS is the key component of the Defense Red Switch Network, enabling secure and non-secure voice and data telecommunications at multiple levels, large scale voice conferencing capabilities and is inter-operable with other secure devices. CCSS switches are accredited by the Defense Intelligence Agency for top secret/sensitive compartmentalized information multi-level security. The life-cycle logistics support for operational CCSS provide program management, product configuration management, data management, quality control and assurance, contractor logistics support, spare parts replenishment and management, hardware and software support and engineering and technical services. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.
The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory has received a $300 million bilateral modification contract for additional engineering support services, systems engineering for complex systems, specialised research and development and other support functions. The Space and Missile Systems Center is the contracting activity.
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Terma North America has been awarded a maximum $306 million IDIQ contract for the production, repair and engineering support of various types of aircraft electronic countermeasure systems. Using customers are Air Force and various foreign customers. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2021 through 2031 defense working capital funds and Foreign Military Sales funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation.
Central Lake Armor Express; Bethel Industries; Carter Enterprises; Point Blank Enterprises; and Slate Solutions, will compete for each order of the $837 million contract for the Soldier Protection System. The US Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity.
Oxford Federal was awarded an $11 million contract for design-build construction at sites in Israel. Fiscal 2021 Foreign Military Sales (Israel) funds in the amount of $11 million were obligated at the time of the award. The US Army Corps of Engineers is the contracting activity.
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Belmont Instrument has been awarded a $133 million IDIQ contract for a hospital and portable rapid blood infuser product line, military kits, associated consumables and accessories. Using customers are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support.
Boeing, has received an estimated $108 million modification to five-year base contract with one five-year option period adding consumable items supporting various aircraft. Using customers are Army, Navy, Air Force and military forces in Australia, Finland, France, Israel, Greece, Kuwait and Switzerland. Types of appropriation are fiscal 2021 defense working capital funds and Foreign Military Sales funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation.
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems received a $9 million modification contract to exercise an option for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) engineering services, materials and spares. Country name(s) are withheld due to international agreement. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Thomas Scientific has been awarded a $105 million IDIQ contract for nasopharyngeal swabs. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support.
US AIR FORCE
Boeing has been awarded a $46 million contract for the F-15 Qatar program. This contract provides for the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) requirement to procure Digital Electronic Warfare System spares for the Qatar Emiri Air Force. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.
Bell Textron has received a $22 million order that provides engineering and logistics support, procures four resident integrated logistics support detachment computer seats, trailer lease site for flight test engineers, support equipment workaround material and aircraft wiring integration remote terminal and flight control computer test station material in support of Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1Z; the governments of Bahrain and the Czech Republic UH-1Y and AH-1Z production aircraft; and USMC UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft modifications and sustainment. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $957,796; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $703,526; fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $14 million; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $2 million will be obligated at time of award. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.
US AIR FORCE
Northrop Grumman Systems has been awarded a $185 million IDIQ contract for the A-10 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program (ASIP) Legacy VII. This contract provides for sustaining engineering services of A-10 aircraft. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity (FA8202-21-D-0001).
Northrop Grumman Systems has received a $163 million contract for the supply chain management of the APY-1/2 surveillance radar systems used on Airborne Warning and Control Systems aircraft. The contract provides for repairs, sustaining spares and engineering services relating to the APY-1/2 systems. The Air Force Sustainment Center is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Missiles and Defense received a $17 million modification contract to exercise options in support Evolved SeaSparrow missile design agent, in-service support and technical engineering support services. This contract combines purchases for the US government and other country funds (NATO consortium members, non-Foreign Military Sales (FMS) (99 percent); and the government of Japan (1 percent) under the FMS program. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.
EVENTS STILL CONFIRMED
No further event confirmations.
No further cancellations advised.
I hope you can all keep safe and healthy and enjoy the festive season as much as possible according to your circumstances.
See you in what we all hope will be a much better 2021.
Armada International / Asian Military Review