- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 25, 2008


GD to support USS North Carolina

GROTON | General Dynamics Electric Boat was contracted to support the Navy’s new USS North Carolina submarine during its post-shakedown availability.

The USS North Carolina (SSN-777), a Virginia-class ship officially commissioned in May, was constructed by a Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-General Dynamics Electric Boat team.

The Navy awarded General Dynamics $46.5 million to perform work on the USS North Carolina during its post-shakedown availability, including maintenance, repairs, alterations, testing and other activities.

Officials say the maintenance work on the USS North Carolina is expected to be completed in March 2010.


Gryphon to support Navy concepts

GREENBELT | The Navy has contracted Gryphon Technologies LC to provide engineering support for vehicle- and ship-concept development.

Under the $337 million contract, Maryland-based Gryphon Technologies will provide engineering solutions to the Naval Sea Systems Command Engineering Directorate.

Company officials say the professional engineering services, as part of the competitively won contract, will include concept design support for the Navy’s next-generation ship, vehicle and future-fleet force, among other requirements.

“This is a big win for us,” said Gryphon Technologies President P.J. Braden.

“It is a privilege and honor to have this opportunity to support the Navy as they define and engineer tomorrow’s fleet and provide vital technical services that ensure in-service assets can continue to meet global commitments,” she said.


Unisys to continue Ogden SMC support

BLUE BELL | The Defense Department has contracted Unisys Corp. to support the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Systems Management Center in Utah.

Pennsylvania-based Unisys was awarded an approximately $15 million task order from DISA and the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization. Under the deal, Unisys will provide DISA’s Ogden, Utah-based Systems Management Center with software and database services, among other mission-critical logistics maintenance and finance requirements.

Unisys, which has supported DISA with similar services since 1992, was awarded the task order as part of the Defense Department’s Encore II contract vehicle.

“These support services will assist DISA in providing the secure and reliable information technology services essential to the mission of the Department of Defense,” said Jim Geiger, Unisys Federal Systems’ Department of Defense managing partner.


LibertyWorks wins INVENT tech deal

INDIANAPOLIS | The Air Force Research Laboratory has contracted Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc. to support the development of subsystems for Integrated Vehicle Energy Technology.

Rolls-Royce’s North American Technologies operations, also known as LibertyWorks, was awarded the contract to develop a robust electrical power system for the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Under the $690,000 deal, LibertyWorks will be expected to increase power and improve efficiencies for the robust electrical power system in support of the Integrated Vehicle Energy Technology.

“We are delighted to have been chosen to develop one of the critical INVENT subsystems,” said Phil Burkholder, LibertyWorks chief operating officer.

“We are closely working with airframe primes to provide an integrated power solution that will be compatible not only with existing jet engines, but will also support next-generation aircraft.”


Coast Guard picks LM for HC-144A MSPs

ROSSLYN | The Coast Guard has contracted Lockheed Martin Corp. for the delivery of Ocean Sentry turboprop aircraft with the company’s Mission System Pallets (MSP) technologies.

Under the $147.5 million contract, Lockheed Martin will supply the Coast Guard with three of the HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft integrated with the MSP electronic suites.

The MSP technology provides HC-144A aircrews with a data-sharing capability through sensors, other aircraft and Coast Guard bases, supporting maritime patrol and surveillance operations. Officials say the MSPs also support the secured transmission of classified data.

“The addition of these aircraft and Mission System Pallets to the Coast Guard’s fleet will provide significant capabilities for the Coast Guard when responding to critical missions,” said Mike Fralen, Lockheed Martin Coast Guard aviation lead.

The contract includes the delivery of five total Lockheed Martin’s MSPs. The Coast Guard has a fleet of 11 HC-144A aircraft and eight MSPs already in service.


Agility DGS to supply DLA parts

ALEXANDRIA | The Defense Department has contracted Agility Defense & Government Services Inc. (DGS) to supply repair parts to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

The U.S. company Agility DGS was awarded the Industrial Product-Support Vendor contract from the DLA to ensure the supply of communications- and electronics-repair parts at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania.

Under the $223 million deal, Agility DGS will work alongside four subcontractors to provide logistics and supply-chain management in support of the DLA initiative to improve the availability and reliability of parts at the Army’s depot installations.

“With our cutting-edge transportation and supply-chain solutions, we can monitor product flow to identify even the smallest deviations and ensure that the Army’s repair parts are delivered in an effective and timely manner,” said Dan Mongeon, Agility DGS president and chief executive officer.

Officials say the contract carries options possibly bringing the total value of the deal to $932 million.


BAE to provide MRAP support

YORK | The Army has awarded BAE Systems PLC a group of contracts for the company to provide engineering support for RG33 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles.

The British company was awarded a group of 12 contracts from the Army worth $112.9 million. As part of the contracts, BAE will support the Army’s RG33 MRAP vehicles with on-site engineering service and support at Army installations around the world, including in combat theaters.

The contracts, which also include performing upgrades and supplying spare parts, among other logistical services, are part of an effort by the Defense Department to keep the fleet of MRAP vehicles operating at the highest capacity to protect soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan from ballistic and explosive threats such as roadside bombs.

“Through training and support at installation sites across the United States and various locations in-theater, we ensure that soldiers receive the instruction needed to execute successful missions while using these vehicles,” said Matt Riddle, BAE Systems’ wheeled-vehicle-programs vice president.

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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