WASHINGTON (June 11, 2015)The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced the following contract awards that pertain to local Navy activities.
NAL Research Inc., Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded an $8,840,563 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support integrating existing, new or modified Iridium devices and Iridium network capabilities such as global data broadcast. This Iridium support also includes training and documentation on the use of these sensors and the dissemination of data to the user. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) provides various government agencies and activities with persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. The persistence in detecting, identifying, and characterizing changes in a target's status anywhere and anytime requires a new set of devices. The persistent ISR capability provided by this acquisition will provides NSWCDD with the ability to provide new tagging, tracking and locating devices and surveillance capabilities of the Iridium network capable of continued observational access to multiple targets operating in their area of responsibility. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 2020. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $100,000 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with FAR 6.302-1 and DFARS 206.302-1 - full-and-open competition need not be provided for when the contractor is the sole responsible source that is able to satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N00178-15-D-2013).
Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a $152,886,443 firm-fixed-price contract to provide 53 APY-10 radar system production kits and related support for the P-8A Poseidon full-rate production aircraft (Lot 2 through Lot 6) for the Navy (46) and the government of Australia (7). Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas (79.2 percent); Chelmsford, Massachusetts (3.9 percent); Little Falls, New Jersey (3.1 percent); San Carlos, California (1.6 percent); Black Mountain, North Carolina (1.4 percent); Ontario, Canada (1.3 percent); Ashburn, Virginia (1.2 percent); Poway, California (1.2 percent); Simsbury, Connecticut (1.1 percent); Sunnyvale, California (0.5 percent); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (0.6 percent); Boston, Massachusetts (0.6 percent); and various other locations in the continental U.S. (4.3 percent). Work is expected to be completed in August 2021. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds and other customer funds in the amount of $58,935,111 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($134,585,937; 88 percent) and the government of Australia ($18,300,506; 12 percent) under a cooperative agreement. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-0116).
Physical Optics Corporation (POC) Awarded $7.1M Follow-On Production Contract from Naval Air Systems Command To Supply Digital Data Set (DDS) Systems for Navy T-45 Aircraft
TORRANCE, Calif.—Physical Optics Corporation (POC) on June 8 announced it has received a follow-on Increment II production contract in the amount of $7.1 million from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Md., for associated development, production and delivery of 31 Digital Data Set (DDS) Systems for the Navy's T-45 trainer aircraft. Work begins in the Torrance, CA, facility immediately, and is to be completed by 5/31/17. With options for an additional 84 systems, the total contract value would exceed $18 million.
The DDS physically replaces three legacy systems on the T-45C aircraft into a single highly advanced system. Lieutenant Commander Jennifer Thomas of PMA-273 and the T-45C Mission System (MS) Integrated Product Team Lead (IPTL), indicated "the benefits of the DDS upgrade to the T-45C will enhance fleet training and long-term viability of the platform." Lt. Cmdr. Thomas further emphasized the significance of this as the Navy plans to keep the aircraft in service until 2035.
In addition to a number of enhancements such as ED-112 Crash Survivable Memory Unit (CSMU), DDS combines the Airborne Data Recorder, Signal Data Computer, Advanced Signal Data Computer, Airborne Video Cassette Recorder, and the Mission Data Loader into a single digital footprint while improving safety, reliability and performance with added functionality. "This combination is of benefit to the Navy," notes Rob Reed, T-45 MS Deputy IPTL for Legacy Systems. Mr. Reed goes on to explain, "DDS is operational and has accumulated over 900 flight hours in the fleet aircraft and provides significant improvement over legacy systems."
Developed under the NAVAIR Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and now in production, "DDS is having a positive impact on fleet training and aircrew situational awareness in their training environment," said U.S. Navy Captain Leon Bacon, Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems Program Office (PMA-273), the Program Office responsible for the T-45C aircraft and pilot training. "DDS is significant," Capt. Bacon said, "not only for the long-term program dollar savings it can provide, but also in the functional capability that is critical to our ability to properly sustain the fleet."
Physical Optics Corporation (www.poc.com - Torrance, California) is a systems integrator of advanced technology serving the military, defense and commercial markets since its founding in 1985. As a highly innovative women-owned small business, POC has grown to over $53M in size with 225 employees, of which 85 are Engineers and 55 hold Ph.D.s. POC is located in Torrance, CA with 5 buildings that occupy over 100,000 square feet. POC has strong financial position, and holds over 135 issued patents, covering 40 technologies. POC's production and quality programs are certified to AS9100, AS9110 and CMMI-ML3.
Source: Physical Optics Corporation