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DoD contracts: laser targeting; multispectral imaging

05 Mar 2012

Including a $23 million US Army contract for laser target locator modules awarded to BAE Systems.

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 two months.

Here’s our round-up of the latest photonics-related DoD funding activity in January and February 2012, including infrared countermeasures old and new, multi-spectral imaging and handheld laser targeting.

February 28
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $33,110,240 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure modernized laser range finder designators. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2014. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-11-C-0120).

February 24
The US Army awarded BAE Systems a $23 million contract to provide lightweight handheld Laser Target Locator Modules (LTLM). BAE Systems’ ‘TRIGR’ target location system uses the latest targeting technology, enabling soldiers to identify target locations while on foot, in daylight or at night, and in obscured-visibility conditions such as fog or smoke.

The device consists of a direct-view optic system, a night-vision camera derived from BAE Systems’ advanced thermal weapon sights, a laser range finder, a digital compass, and a GPS receiver – all in a single package weighing less than 5.5 pounds. The system allows users to recognize targets more than 4.2 km away in daylight and 900 m in darkness.

This contract is awarded after the company received a $72 million contract for initial production of the LTLM systems in 2009 from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier. Work will be performed at BAE Systems' facilities in Lexington, Massachusetts, Nashua, New Hampshire, and Austin, Texas. Initial fielding of units is slated for this month.

February 13
BAE Systems - Information and Electronic Systems Integration, Nashua, N.H., was awarded a $38,010,103 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the services in support of furthering the technology development phase of the Common Infrared Countermeasure Program. Work will be performed in Nashua, N.H., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 30, 2013. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with five bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-12-C-0045).

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., was awarded a $31,359,202 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the services in support of furthering the technology development phase of the Common Infrared Countermeasure Program. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Ill., with an estimated completion date of Oct. 30, 2012. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with five bids received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-12-C-0046).

February 9
Northrop Grumman Corp., Information Systems Division, Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded a $14,548,991 requirements contract to repair 20 items supporting the Consolidated Automated Support System electro-optical test bench. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Ill., and is expected to be completed by Feb. 8, 2017. This contract contains option, which, if exercised, will bring the contract value to $24,405,873. The applicable Navy Working Capital Funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year. One company was solicited for this requirement and one offer was received in response to the solicitation. NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (N00383-12-D-006P).

January 30
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded an $8,261,510 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0030) to procure an additional 700 precision laser guidance set kits for the Air Force. Work will be performed in Haifa, Israel (37 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (32 percent); and St. Charles, Mo. (31 percent). Work is expected to be completed in August 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $1,357,246 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $41,090,719 ceiling priced modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-11-C-0061) to exercise an option for operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems. These services will provide electro-optical/infra red and mid-wave infrared imagery in support of land-based operations in Operation Enduring Freedom to provide real-time imagery and data. Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in February 2013. Contract funds in the amount of $41,090,719 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

January 25
Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $21,048,058 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-11-C-0061) to exercise an option for operational and maintenance services in support of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems. These services will provide electro-optical/infrared and mid-wave infrared imagery in support of U.S. Marine Corps operations in Operation Enduring Freedom to provide real-time imagery and data. Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in May 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $21,048,058 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

January 20
Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Ga., is being awarded a $7,967,982 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of C-5 Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure System (LAIRCM) Group A hardware and assembly of the Group B (government-furnished parts) parts with the Group A hardware into nine C-5 LAIRCM kits; and initial spare parts. The location of the performance is Marietta, Ga., and is expected to be completed Aug. 25, 2013. ASC/WLSK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-07-C-6473, Modification P00031).

January 3
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $25,823,405 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This effort will continue to improve the Multi-Spectral Targeting System-B and build the advancements made with the original delivery order. A primary focus of this effort is to improve the system imaging from standard definition to high definition. The location of performance is the Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas. Work is expected to be completed Jan. 31, 2013. ASC/WIIK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-06-G-4041 001202).

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