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DoD contracts: L-3, DRS, Raytheon, Northrop

04 Jul 2011

L-3 Insight Technology and DRS have been awarded up to $950 million to provide optical rangefinders for rifles over the next five years.

Photonics-related US Department of Defense (DoD) contracts awarded in June 2011 included two potentially huge supply agreements with L-3 Insight Technology and DRS’ Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) division for compact rifle-mounted optical rangefinders.

Both suppliers stand to provide up to 32,000 of the rangefinders over the next five years, in a pair of deals that could end up worth a combined $950 million. The equipment combines the functionality of a laser rangefinder, an aiming light, a digital compass and a visible pointer into a single package, and is said to be significantly more compact and lightweight compared with earlier generations.

In other awards last month, Northrop Grumman won a $17.5 million contract to advance laser detection and ranging technology, while L-3 will also be providing infrared radar combined with a laser designator for Iraqi helicopters.

Awarded June 30:
L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $27,936,509 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide the research, development, build, delivery, installation, integration and test of land and air based components in direct support of data link communications activities including, but not limited to the Automated Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance (ARGUS)-Imaging System, the Automated Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance-Infrared, wide area network detection, insight, sensor advancements for experimental ground and air research demonstrations, wide area airborne surveillance, Army/ARGUS-IS/A-160 and any related or non-related efforts. The Air Force Research Laboratory/PKDB, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-11-C-7125).

Awarded June 29:
The Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $10,426,709 modification under a previously awarded contract (N0000-19-05-G-0008) to exercise an option to procure supplies and services for 38 lasers and laser electronic units and an additional 28 Elector optical sensing unit kits. These kits support the Advanced Target Forward Looking Infrared marker retrofit effort. Work will be performed in El Segundo, Calif. (52 percent), and McKinney, Texas (48 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Electronics Systems Section, Linthicum Heights, Md., is being awarded a $17,502,065 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to advance the state of the art in laser detection and ranging technology in detecting and characterizing potential targets. This will be accomplished via high altitude flight testing and new data processing algorithms that improve upon a previously developed system. The location of performance is Linthicum Heights, Md. AFRL/PKDB, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-11-C-7124).

Announced June 16:
DRS RSTA, Inc., Melbourne, Fla., was awarded on June 14 a $514,278,650 firm-fixed-price contract. This award will provide for a minimum of 150 and a maximum of 32,000 small tactical optical rifle mounted micro-laser range finders. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Fla., with an expected completion date of May 31, 2016. Bids were solicited through the Internet with three bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-11-D-0016).

L-3 Insight Technology, Inc., Londonderry, N.H., was awarded on June 14 a $438,814,579 firm-fixed-price contract. This award will provide for a minimum of 150 and a maximum of 32,000 small tactical optical rifle mounted micro-laser range finders. Work will be performed in Londonberry, N.H., with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2016. Bids were solicited through the Internet with three bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-11-0081).

Announced June 3
Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded on May 31 a $38,300,000 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the acquisition of materials, fabrication, integration, system validation and verification, delivery, government acceptance testing, and contractor logistics support of the Multiple Integrated Laser System instrumentation and exercise control/after action review capability for the Saudi Arabia National Guard. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., and San Diego, Calif., with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2013. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (W900KK-11-C-0004).

Announced June 1:
L-3 Communications EO/IR, Inc., Santa Rosa, Calif., was awarded on May 27 a $21,211,282 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 22 MX-15Di forward looking infrared radar sensors with laser designator for installation on Iraqi Armed 407 helicopters. Work will be performed in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Burlington, Ontario, Canada, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-11-C-0114).

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