12 Aug 2010
Among the latest awards from the US Department of Defense is a $77.7 million procurement of laser transmitters from Northrop Grumman.
Recent contract awards by the US military for projects or systems incorporating photonics technologies included the following announcements:
August 11: Lockheed Martin Corp., Eagan, Minn., was awarded a $7,978,075 contract which will design and develop highly integrated photonic devices for transition into current emerging tactical platforms for the Air Force and will develop key technology to overcome several of the existing constraints with respect to integration and packaging, by defining the technology path to a realizable system using an optimum combination of optical devices in a chip. At this time, $2,000,000 has been obligated. AFRL/RIKD, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-10-C-0133).
August 10: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded an contract with an estimated value of $77,655,380 for the procurement of 121 AN/AAQ-24(V) 25 Guardian laser transmitter assemblies for installation on CH-53D, CH-53E, and CH-46E helicopters, including associated technical data.
The guardian laser transmitter assembly, a component of the large aircraft infrared countermeasures, is a next-generation directable laser-based countermeasures system for protecting helicopters and some fixed-wing aircraft from man-portable air defense systems. Work will largely be performed in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, although a significant proportion will also take place in Edinburgh, UK. The contract is expected to be completed in August 2012. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-10-C-0080).
August 10: Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Mass., was awarded a $9,185,971 contract modification which will provide research to develop a modular high-power laser beam controller that efficiently projects a high-quality beam on a distant target in the presence of atmospheric turbulence, and does so with high electrical efficiency in a compact and lightweight form. At this time, $2,784,116 has been obligated. AFRL/PKDB, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-05-C-7211 P00012).
August 9 Night Optics USA, Inc., Huntington Beach, Calif., was awarded on Aug. 3 an $8,226,325 firm-fixed-price contract. The U.S. government is procuring the following: 110 Night Optics/Binocular Night Vision Device-15 (NO/BNVD-15) night vision goggles; 136 Night Optics/Passive Vision-14 (NO/PV-14) advanced multi-purpose scopes; 100 of NO/PVS-14-3w/5x; three NO/BNVD-15 purge adaptors; 145 Passive Vision Sigh-14 (PVS-14) maintenance spares kits; operator spares; and training for the NO/BNVD-15. Work is to be performed in Huntington Beach, Calif., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2019. One bid was solicited with one bid received. CECOM Contracting Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-10-P-D239).
August 2 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Reconnaissance Systems Group, LEO Division, San Diego, Calif., was awarded on July 28 a $5,453,564 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the High Efficiency Solid-State Electric Laser Program to advance the state-of-the-art for high-power, high-efficiency, compact, lightweight, electrically-driven laser technologies suitable for future military applications. Work is to be performed in San Diego, Calif. (76 percent); Tucson, Ariz. (18 percent); and Charlotte, N.C. (6 percent), with an estimated completion date of Jan. 22, 2016. U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command/ARSTRAT, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity (W91133-10-C-0023).