AM General To Produce 739 New HMMWVs In Support Of The United States Army's Modernization Efforts

AM General To Produce 739 New HMMWVs In Support Of The United States Army’s Modernization Efforts

AM General, the leading manufacturer of light tactical vehicles, has received an order to provide 739 new M1152A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) to the U.S. Army National Guard as a part of their modernization initiatives valued at $89 million. This is in addition to the 740 new HMMWVs ordered in October 2018. The single cab, open cargo M1152A1 HMMWV variant is enhanced with Integrated Armor Protection, can serve as a troop or cargo transport vehicle, and is easily transportable by land, sea, or air. Modernization enhancements include improvements to the powertrain, suspension, cooling and electrical systems, and make these new HMMWV’s more powerful, rugged and reliable. Delivery of this recent order of M1152A1 HMMWVs will begin in the third quarter of 2019.

The M1152 is an Expanded Capacity HMMWV enhanced with Integrated Armor Protection as a Cargo or Troop Carrier. It is a two-man vehicle used primarily to transport personnel, but can also be used as a shelter carrier. The M1152 provides superior troop protection and is capable of carrying up to eight passengers under the Armor Troop Carrier or Troop Seat options. Built for readiness and reliability, the complete line of the M1100 series of Expanded Capacity Vehicles remains in production—along with the M997 ambulance and the M1097 higher-capacity payload cargo and troop carrier—to safely get U.S. forces where they need to be, no matter the conditions.

AM General To Produce 739 New HMMWVs In Support Of The United States Army's Modernization Efforts

AM General To Produce 739 New HMMWVs In Support Of The United States Army’s Modernization Efforts


KEY FEATURES

  • Designed for use in all weather conditions
  • Built for all types of roads and cross-country terrains
  • Payload ranges from 3,340 to 5,100 lbs. based on armor configuration and fragmentation kit
  • Air transportable and droppable, and can be sling-loaded via helicopter
  • Additional armor and fragmentation kits are field installable and removable to provide flexibility for missions that do not require heavy protection
  • Equipped with an air-conditioning system to provide optimal crew comfort and increased mission readiness

“AM General is excited to continue the strong partnership with the Army National Guard and supports their efforts to modernize and enhance the readiness of the Humvee fleet,” said Chris Vanslager, Executive Vice President, U.S. Defense. AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. Through its military business, the company is widely recognized as the world leader in design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics support of Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained over 300,000 vehicles in over 70 countries. Through its heritage companies, AM General has over 100 years of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.

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KBRwyle Wins $95.7M in Cyber and Engineering Work for U.S. Military

KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today that its global government services business, KBRwyle, has been awarded three contracts totaling $95.7 million to support cybersecurity and engineering efforts for the U.S. military.KBRwyle was awarded these contracts under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s multiple-award (DoD IAC MAC) contract vehicle for work to be performed for various U.S. military organizations. These task orders were awarded by the U.S. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency (AFICA).

  • KBRwyle was awarded a $41.9 million cybersecurity task order to help pioneer an Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) approach to data analysis and exploitation for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory 711th Human Performance Wing. This will help a variety of USAF and DoD customers discover hidden correlations, better understand data analysis results, and make more informed decisions. This cost-plus-fixed-fee task order was awarded under the DoD IAC’s Cyber Security and Information Systems Technical Area Task (CSTAT) multi-award contract. KBRwyle won a seat on the CSTAT contract in 2015. This work will be performed primarily at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio over the next five years.
  • KBRwyle was awarded a $35.3 million task order to provide information technology (IT) and cybersecurity services for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) activities. Specifically, KBRwyle will support the use and application of cyber-related technologies in the design, develop­­­­ment, testing, and evaluation of enterprise-wide IT and information management systems and infrastructure. KBRwyle will assist NAVAIR logistics in providing IT operations and maintenance, enterprise architecture, automated data processing, and enterprise license management services. AFICA awarded this cost-plus-fixed-fee task order awarded under the DoD IAC’s CSTAT contract. This work will primarily be performed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Lexington Park, Maryland over a three-year period.
  • KBRwyle was awarded a $18.5 million task order to provide a full spectrum of engineering services, including cybersecurity, obsolescence management, reverse engineering, and ground vehicle power and mobility. KBRwyle will assist the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in enhancing technologies for integration onto ground systems; assess the development of new technologies; and conduct survivability modeling and simulation for new systems. This cost-plus-fixed-fee task order was awarded under the DoD IAC’s Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DSTAT) contract. KBRwyle won a seat on the DSTAT contract in June 2014. The work will be performed in Sterling Heights and Warren, Michigan over a 45-month period.

“Our recent series of cybersecurity wins underscores our position as a leading provider of innovative cyber and electronic security solutions,” said Byron Bright, KBR President, Government Services U.S. “These awards demonstrate our ability to continually provide trusted, knowledge-based services to meet our customers’ cybersecurity and IT needs.”

KBRwyle offers an array of IT and cyber capabilities, including software engineering and development; big data analytics, computer network management, defense and support; cyber certification and accreditation; cyber policy development, translation and training; vulnerability assessment and evaluation; utility monitoring and control; health IT; and cloud security.

About DoD IAC Program
The DoD IAC program operates as a part of Defense Technical Information Center and provides technical data management and research support for DoD and federal government users. Established in 1946, the IAC program serves the DoD science and technology (S&T) and acquisition communities to drive innovation and technological developments by enhancing collaboration through integrated scientific and technical information development and dissemination for the DoD and broader S&T community. KBRwyle’s contracts are part of the DoD IAC’s Cyber Security and Information Systems Technical Area Task (CSTAT) and Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DSTAT).

About KBR, Inc.
KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies across the asset and program lifecycle within the Government Services and Hydrocarbons sectors. KBR employs approximately 36,000 people worldwide (including our joint ventures), with customers in more than 75 countries, and operations in 40 countries. KBR is proud to work with its customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, integrated EPC delivery and long term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results.
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KBRwyle Wins $95.7M in Cyber and Engineering Work for U.S. Military

KBRwyle Wins $95.7M in Cyber and Engineering Work for U.S. Military

Raytheon kill vehicle hits ICBM target in first dual-salvo test

Raytheon kill vehicle hits ICBM target in first dual-salvo test

For the first time, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in partnership with the Boeing-led industry team, tested two Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicles (EKV), which destroyed a threat representative intercontinental ballistic missile during a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System, or GMD. One EKV intercepted the target and the other gathered test data in what is known as a “two-shot salvo” engagement. The EKV system protects the U.S. against long-range ballistic missile attacks by destroying incoming threats safely outside the Earth’s atmosphere. The historic test mirrored a real-life scenario where launching more than one interceptor ensured destruction of the threat far away from population centers. If the first kill vehicle makes impact, the second can divert to other material.

Raytheon kill vehicle hits ICBM target in first dual-salvo test

Raytheon kill vehicle hits ICBM target in first dual-salvo test


After receiving tracking and targeting data from Raytheon’s Sea-Based X-band radar and AN/TPY-2 radar, the EKV identified the threat, discriminated between the target and countermeasures, maneuvered into the target’s path and destroyed it using “hit-to-kill” technology. Both radars play critical roles in supporting the GMD system. It was the eleventh intercept for the GMD program overall, and the second intercept of an ICBM. The Raytheon kill vehicle family has a combined record of over 40 successful space intercepts. “The system is among the most complex, and serves as the first line of ballistic missile defense for the United States,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president.

Kill vehicles destroy long-range ballistic missiles in space. Launched atop missiles, kill vehicles use sensors, lenses and rocket thrusters to pick out warheads and steer into their paths. It guides to the target and, with pinpoint precision, destroys it using nothing more than the force of a massive collision. No traditional warhead is necessary. Raytheon has decades of experience building kill vehicles, along with the world’s premier laboratories, factories and workforce for these specialized weapon systems. Raytheon is the only company in the world working on four different kill vehicle programs at the same time, and its experts are revolutionizing the role kill vehicles play in missile defense.

Boeing wins $4 Billion order for new Missile Defense Silo Field

Boeing wins $4 Billion order for new Missile Defense Silo Field

The Boeing Co., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded $4,141,315,338 (contract modification HQ0147-19-C-0004 P00001), partially definitizing the $6,560,000,000 undefinitized contract action (UCA) issued Jan. 31, 2018, on contract HQ0147-12-C-0004, Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment Contract (DSC). The UCA extended the DSC period of performance from January 2018 through December 2023, and added the requirements to execute the GMD portion of the presidential mandated and congressionally enacted Missile Defeat and Defense Enhancements. This effort includes delivery of a new missile field with 20 silos and two additional silos in a previously constructed missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska.

The MDA is deferring the production of the 20 additional Ground Based Interceptors (GBIs) (estimated not to exceed (NTE) value of $1,300,000,000) at this time due to the delay associated with not meeting the entrance criteria for the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) critical design review. A portion of the effort to deliver 11 boost vehicles for flight tests and spares (estimated NTE value of $474,000,000) will remain under the UCA at this time. This modification brings the total cumulative value of the contract, including options, to $10,799,794,123. The definitized scope of work includes technical capabilities to expand and improve a state-of-the-art missile defense system to ensure defensive capabilities remain both relevant and current, to include but not limited to:
— Boost Vehicle (BV) development;
— providing GBI assets for labs and test events;
— development, integration, testing and deployment of ground systems software builds to address emerging threats;
— development and fielding of upgraded launch support equipment;
— expanded systems testing through all ground and flight testing;
— cyber security support and testing; and, operations and support via performance-based logistics approach.

Boeing wins $4 Billion order for new Missile Defense Silo Field

Boeing wins $4 Billion order for new Missile Defense Silo Field


Work will be performed at multiple locations, including Huntsville, Alabama; Fort Greely, Alaska; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; Schriever AFB, Colorado; Peterson AFB, Colorado; Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, Colorado; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tucson, Arizona; other contractor designated prime, subcontractor, and supplier operating locations; and other government designated sites. The definitized effort will be performed by an industry team consisting of The Boeing Co., Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Raytheon Co., and many other subcontractors.

This acquisition was executed on a sole-source basis under the statutory authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1, only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Boeing, as the GMD DSC prime contractor, along with its subcontractors, collectively have demonstrated special capabilities and/or expertise and that no other companies would have been able to satisfactorily perform the required services without unacceptable delays in fulfilling the agency’s requirements. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $26,951,213 were obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

US State Department clears F-16 Block 72 sales to Morocco worth $4.7 Billion

US State Department clears F-16 Block 72 sales to Morocco worth $4.7 Billion

The US State Department has cleared the possible sale of 25 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 72 fighters to the Royal Moroccan Air Force, as well as a possible agreement to upgrade 23 of the air force’s Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters to the F-16V variant. The two potential deals cover the purchase of 25 F-16C/D Block 72 fighters, estimated at $3.787 billion, as well as upgrades to the country’s existing 23 F‑16s to the more advanced F‑16V Block 52+ configuration, estimated at $985.2 million. Combined, the two sales could net American contractors roughly $4.8 billion. The proposed sale will contribute to Morocco’s self-defense capabilities. The purchase will improve interoperability with the United States and other regional allies and enhance Morocco’s ability to undertake coalition operations, as it has done in the past in flying sorties against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The possible new aircraft order would come with a number of subsystems, spares and related equipment. Such hardware includes 29 Pratt & Whitney F100-229 engines, 26 Northrop Grumman APG-83 active electronically scanned array radars; 26 modular mission computers; 26 Link-16 multifunctional information distribution systems; 26 Northrop Grumman LN260 embedded global navigation systems; and 40 joint helmet mounted cueing systems; among other equipment and subsystems. The upgrade package includes much of the same equipment, with similar quantities of AESA radars, Link 16 systems and weapons. The configuration improves the radars and avionics on the older jets.

Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16C/D Block 72 fighter

Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16C/D Block 72 fighter


Weapons and targeting equipment approved as part of the potential new fighter aircraft sale include 30 General Dynamics M61 Al Vulcan 20mm guns; 40 Raytheon AIM-120C-7 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles; 60 Boeing GBU-39/B small diameter bombs; and 12 General Dynamics MK82 bombs, as well as 26 Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pods. The upgrade package will include a number of the same subsystems as the new aircraft bundle, such as the PG-83 active electronically scanned array radar. Though, it also includes 26 Terma AN/ALQ‑213 electronic warfare management systems; 26 advanced identification friend or foe systems; and 26 Harris AN/ALQ‑211 self-protection systems, among other devices.

Morocco already operates an F‑16 fleet and so it anticipates the North African country will have no difficulty absorbing the aircraft into its air force. The new F-16 request represents the single largest notification of fiscal 2019. It is also the second largest purchase requested by Morocco, which in November requested new Abrams tanks. Work will be performed primarily by Lockheed Martin, and any industrial offsets “will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor.” As with all DSCA announcements, the sale must pass through the Senate, at which point negotiations can begin; total quantities and dollar totals often change from the original DSCA announcement and final sale.

Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16C/D Block 72 fighter

Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16C/D Block 72 fighter

Raytheon Skyler Radar

Raytheon Skyler Radar

Historically, conventional radar systems have been larger structures, secured on massive towers or mountaintops. These systems enable users to track aircraft from hundreds of miles away through crowded airspace at comparatively high elevations; however, the current systems refresh at slower rates and are unable to produce detailed images at low elevations. Skyler technology provides data containing details of low-level airspace that often go undetected using these conventional mechanical radar systems. This is achieved through the use of distributed, smaller active electronically scanned array (AESA) software-defined radars that produce high-quality images, providing coverage of low altitudes that were not previously seen. Adaptive beam scanning allows the radar to track more targets using a dynamic scheduler for faster updates.

Raytheon Skyler Radar

Raytheon Skyler Radar


Skyler is changing the way we think about radar surveillance and systems by designing radars as a network to solve some of today’s challenges. A network of Skyler units provide innovative data for low-altitude flights of smaller aircraft and drones, while simultaneously supporting higher altitude air traffic and weather. The technology features a 3-D scanning, dual-polarization radar pencil beam that provides localized high-resolution weather data, enables small drone detection and tracking, supports border security and surveillance, assists in wildfire detection, and delivers elevation and geographic gap-fills. In short, data that is nonexistent with current sensors is brought to life by Skyler.
Raytheon Skyler Radar

Raytheon Skyler Radar


Building a network of software-defined, phased-array radars creates adaptability on the same hardware platform. Skyler is intended to be more than a radar; it is a surveillance platform with “apps” that support multiple missions. This is possible through the use of AESA technology, which allows Skyler to instantly steer its beam, giving applications the capability to track a storm in real-time without waiting for the radar to spin around again or optimally surveil important targets. A Skyler network will increase accuracy and precision to inform end-users with the data they need to implement in the shared, manned and unmanned airspace. Ultimately, Raytheon’s Skyler improves coverage, reception, quality and timeliness.
Raytheon Skyler Radar

Raytheon Skyler Radar


Teamed with small business and academia, Raytheon is committed to the realization of Skyler technology for airport operators, weather forecasters, first responders, air and navigation services providers, military organizations, and government agencies. This is evident through an evolutionary approach to research and development, highlighted by key demonstrations of continuous integration. Raytheon is on track for initial production of the latest generation of hardware in 2019.

Bell and Rolls Royce collaborate on Advanced Propulsion Systems

Bell and Rolls Royce collaborate on Advanced Propulsion Systems

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced a teaming agreement with Rolls-Royce for the development of an optimized propulsion system and continued risk reduction efforts aimed at the V-280 Valor and V-247 advanced vertical lift platforms. The collaboration will focus on the integration of Rolls-Royce’s proven low-risk and advanced propulsion systems into future Bell aircraft.

“The goal of this collaboration is to further enhance the performance and affordability of our aircraft. Future Vertical Lift programs bring revolutionary solutions for warfighters; Bell and Rolls-Royce are focused on delivering those capabilities.”said Keith Flail, vice president of Advanced Vertical Lift Systems at Bell

Bell and Rolls Royce collaborate on Advanced Propulsion Systems

Bell and Rolls Royce collaborate on Advanced Propulsion Systems


This agreement extends Bell’s support for the U.S. military’s aviation modernization and acquisition priorities. Building industry relationships delivers options to rapidly mature technology and provide capability to the warfighter. The result will be more options to create aircraft with revolutionary capabilities for vertical lift programs.

“Bell is at the forefront of creating highly capable and sustainable aircraft that vastly outperform legacy platforms, and Rolls-Royce is a world leader in advanced engines and propulsion systems. We are excited to enhance our long-standing relationship with Bell and help deliver on customer requirements through innovative solutions and proven technologies.”said Jason Propes, senior vice-president, Defense Customer Relations at Rolls-Royce.

Bell and Rolls Royce collaborate on Advanced Propulsion Systems

Bell and Rolls Royce collaborate on Advanced Propulsion Systems


As part of this teaming agreement, Bell will lead the design, development and production of advanced vertical lift systems, and Rolls-Royce will provide its technical expertise in propulsion systems to provide potential customers with tested, high-performance solutions. This collaboration extends a successful relationship between Bell and Rolls-Royce that has existed for more than 50 years.