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DoD contracts: portable PV and membrane optics

29 Sep 2011

Ball Aerospace wins a $37 million contract to develop diffractive membrane optics for missile launch detection and tracking.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a number of new contracts and contract modifications for the development of optics and photonics components and systems in the past month. Here’s our selection of the latest DoD funding activity, including Ball Aerospace’s diffractive membrane optics development effort and SiOnyx’ work on portable photovoltaics (both announced September 2):

Announced Sept 28 – target sight systems:
Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $14,089,047 firm-fixed-price order under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00164-11-G-JQ97) for target sight system (TSS) spare parts and program support. This acquisition is for AN/AAQ-30 TSS spares that will be utilized for the current TSS that are installed into AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters. The TSS provides target identification and tracking, passive targeting for integrated weapons, including Hellfire missiles, and a laser designation capability supporting friendly laser-guided weapons. The TSS is used on the Marine Corps fleet of 180 AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., and is expected to be completed by April 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity.

Sept 28 – IR countermeasures:
Defense Support Services, Greenville, S.C., is being awarded an $8,094,326 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity with firm-fixed-price, time-and-material, and cost reimbursement contract for the installation of the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure System on to nine each C-5 aircraft models B and M.

Sept 27 – target sight systems:
Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $16,650,000 firm-fixed-price contract for six spare AN/AAQ-30 target sight systems (TSS) for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. The TSS provides target identification and tracking; passive targeting for integrated weapons, including Hellfire missiles; and a laser designation capability supporting friendly laser-guided weapons. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (90 percent), Ocala, Fla. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-11-G-JQ97).

Sept 27 – electro-optic sensors:
FLIR Systems, Inc., North Billerica, Mass., is being awarded a $24,625,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for new production or retrofit of AN/ZSQ-3 (V1 Assault) and AN/ZSQ-3 (V2 Attack), Electro-Optic Sensor Systems with laser rangefinder/designator units for the MH-6M assigned to the Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky., in support of the Technology Applications Contracting Office. Work will be performed primarily in North Billerica, Mass., and is expected to be completed by Sept. 22, 2016. Delivery order 0001 is anticipated to be issued on Sept.23, 2011 in the amount of $497,092. This contract was awarded as sole-source after approval of a justification and approval document as an exception to full and open competition under the authority of FAR 6.302-1. U.S. Special Operations Command is the contracting activity (H92241-11-D-0007).

Sept 26 – handheld lasers:
BE Meyers & Co., Inc., Redmond, Wash., is being awarded a $9,099,026 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for handheld high-power infrared lasers, high-power crew-served weapon mount infrared pointer/illuminator lasers, aircraft-mounted infrared lasers, spare parts, engineering services, and travel in support of the Marine Corps and Navy. Work will be performed in Redmond, Wash., and is expected to be complete by September 2016. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-11-D-JQ76).

Sept 26 – laser transmitters:
Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Co., Inc., Apopka, Fla., is being awarded a $6,555,395 firm-fixed-price, basic ordering agreement for the procurement of laser transmitters, failure analysis, repairs, test equipment, provisioned item order spares, and related technical services and documentation for the laser transmitter used in the support of the multispectral targeting system family of systems. The purchase of the laser transmitter as spare/replacement items, failure analysis and repair/revision/upgrade of failed units received from field users of the multispectral targeting system (MTS), and organic depot training/specialized test equipment, will facilitate shortened repair turnaround time for return of the MTSs to operational use. Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Work will be performed in Apopka, Fla., and is expected to be completed by September 2016. Contract funds in the amount of $311,305 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-11-G-JQ01).

Sept 26 – simulator IR flares:
ARMTEC Countermeasures Co., Coachella, Calif., is being awarded a $14,700,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract to manufacture the SM-875B/ALE simulator flare. The SM-875B/ALE is a flare used by the Navy to train aircrew on the use of airborne expendable infrared countermeasures. Work will be performed in Milan, Tenn., and is expected to be completed by September 2014. Contract funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with two firms solicited and two offers received in response to the solicitation. The NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the contracting activity (N00104-11-D-K095).

Sept 19 – night targeting systems:
Kollsman, Inc., Merrimack, N.H., is being awarded a $12,500,000 modification to existing contract (N00164-10-D-JQ24) for 28 Night Targeting Systems (NTS). The NTS upgrades incorporate a third-generation electro-optics sensor. The scope of the proposed contract modification includes NTS modification. The upgraded configuration will incorporate a third-generation forward-looking infrared sensor; a color charged coupled device camera on the gimbal; a color multi-functional display; laser rangefinder; and a target designator that improves the boresight capability of the NTS. Work will be performed in a Merrimack, N.H., and is expected to be completed by September 2016. Contract funds in the amount of $12,500,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity.

Sept 19 - sensors:
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga., is being awarded a $25,135,974 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, requirements contract for electro-optical, ultraviolet, infrared, and radio frequency sensors and system engineering and testing, to include reconnaissance systems and equipment, and other platform survivability systems and equipment. Work will be performed at Atlanta, Ga. The Air Force Materiel Command’s Enterprise Sourcing Group/PKS, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (HC1047-05-D-4000, Delivery Order: 0190).

Sept 14 – photonics masts:
Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $32,988,378 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-2101) for three back-up photonics masts. The contractor is responsible for the design and development of the photonics mast systems for installation aboard Virginia-class submarines. Work will be performed in Wake Forest, N.C. (79 percent); Westerly, R.I. (20 percent); and Quonset Point, R.I. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.

Sept 14 – night vision camera system:
FLIR Systems, Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., was awarded a $20,887,008 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of 48 infrared Star SAFIRE II night vision and infrared camera system. Work will be performed in Wilsonville, Ore., with an estimated completion date of Jan. 15, 2012. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-11-F-0007).

Sept 7 – night vision sensor:
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $15,276,943 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure AH-64D Apache modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot’s night vision sensor visible near infrared sight for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2013. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-06-C-0169).

Sept 2 – diffractive membrane optics:
Ball Aerospace Corp., Boulder, Colo., is being awarded a $36,928,217 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-10-C-0157). The work is for the Moire Program, which seeks to provide persistent, real-time, tactical video, and missile launch detection and tracking to the war fighter through the development of diffractive membrane optics that may facilitate low-cost geosynchronous imaging. Work will be performed in Broomfield, Colo. (73.2 percent); Livermore, Calif. (7.2 percent); Goleta, Calif. (17.2 percent); and Huntsville, Ala. (2.4 percent). Work is expected to be completed by Feb. 10, 2013. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

Sept 2 – portable PV:
SiOnyx, Inc., Beverly, Mass., is being awarded a $6,952,551 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (HR0011-10-C-0080). The work is for the Portable Photovoltaic Device Program, which seeks to develop technologies that reduce the mass and cost of portable photovoltaic devices while supporting high power conversion efficiency. Work will be performed in Beverly, Mass. (75 percent); Newark, Del. (20 percent); and Cambridge, Mass. (5 percent). Work is expected to be completed by March 10, 2013. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

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