Saturday, May 26, 2012

DTN News - DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA REGION: Philippines Accuses China Of Deploying 100 Ships In Scarborough Shoal

Defense War News Updates: DTN News - DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA REGION: Philippines Accuses China Of Deploying 100 Ships In Scarborough Shoal
**China in territorial disputes with all of its neighboring countries
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources Guardian UK
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 26, 2012: There are now 92 Chinese ships at Panatag.

The Philippines accused China on Wednesday of flaring tensions anew by sending more government and fishing vessels to Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal despite ongoing talks to resolve the two-month-old standoff.
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the number of Chinese vessels at Scarborough Shoal increased to 92 from 77 on Tuesday. They included four government ships and fishing and utility boats.
Hernandez said the Philippines had only two vessels in the area, which both countries claim.
Hernandez said the DFA handed Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing a diplomatic note on Monday to protest the presence on that day of 77 Chinese vessels-five government ships, 16 fishing boats and 56 dinghies used to load fish or corals.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Hong Lei, on Wednesday said that nearly 100 Chinese boats or dinghies arrived at the shoal.
"The Philippine side has recently taken some provocative actions in the Huangyan Island waters, thus the Chinese side has adopted corresponding measures to strengthen management and control," Hong said, using China's name for Scarborough Shoal.
"To our knowledge, now there are about 20 Chinese fishing boats working in that area. This number is roughly the same with that in the same period of the previous years," Hong said.
"The way these fishing boats are working complies with the related Chinese laws and the fishing moratorium issued by the Chinese government," he added.
Hernandez said that despite China's fishing ban, Chinese vessels were observed fishing and collecting protected corals at the shoal.
The Philippines has separately imposed its own ban on fishing in the area.
Seventh protest
Hernandez said the Philippines had filed a seventh diplomatic protest because of China's sending more vessels to the shoal despite ongoing talks to resolve the dispute.
He said that at around 7 p.m. on Monday, there were five Chinese government vessels (CMS 71, CMS 84, FLEC 301, 303 and 310) in the area, which were accompanied by 16 fishing boats (10 inside the lagoon and six outside), and 56 utility boats (27 inside the lagoon and 29 outside).
"Yesterday (Tuesday), there were still 16 Chinese fishing vessels and the number of utility boats went up to 76," Hernandez said
He explained that utility boats were dinghies that helped the fishing boats collect their harvest of giant clams and corals by dredging.
Pullout demanded
Manila demanded an immediate pullout of the vessels, saying they violate Philippine sovereignty and a nonbinding Declaration of Conduct on the South China Sea signed by China and Southeast Asian Countries.
"It is regrettable that these actions occurred at a time when China has been articulating for a deescalation of tensions and while the two sides have been discussing how to defuse the situation in the area," Hernandez added.
Both sides claim the uninhabited, horseshoe-shaped shoal, which is 230 kilometers (124 nautical miles) from Zambales province, the nearest Philippine coast.
Hernandez said the Philippines remained committed to defusing the tensions in the area.
He said Assistant Foreign Secretary for Asia-Pacific Affairs Teresa Lazaro and Ambassador Ma were discussing the dispute in Manila while similar talks were going on in Beijing.
The Philippines is also taking the dispute to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (Itlos), but China rejects international arbitration.
China also opposes the intervention of other countries in its territorial dispute with the Philippines.
"The Philippines' attempt to draw any third party into interfering or intervening through whatever means in the incident is bound to further escalate the situation or even change the nature of the issue and will meet steadfast opposition from the Chinese side," Hong said.
Hong was referring to Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario's earlier statement that some countries were helping the Philippines establish a "minimum credible defense posture" by providing the country with patrol boats and military aircraft to complement its diplomatic initiative in dealing with China.
According to Hong, "the Chinese side has been actively engaged in diplomatic consultation to urge the Philippine side to correct its wrongdoing and ease the situation, for the sake of normal growth of bilateral relations."
"China's principles and stance over the Huangyan Island issue are clear-cut," Hong said. "Huangyan Island has always been China's territory, and China possesses indisputable sovereignty over the island. The Philippine side should concretely respect China's territorial sovereignty. At the same time, China's position of committing to diplomatic consultation to address the current situation remains unchanged."
Hernandez said "the plan [to establish a minimum credible defense posture] has been there for a long time."
"We have to substantiate our diplomatic capacity with a minimum credible defense posture … that is what we're doing. We are trying to upgrade or modernize our military which has been neglected for several years," Hernandez said.
Help from Japan, Korea  
Del Rosario earlier said that Japan would likely provide the country with 10 40-meter patrol boats under its official development aid and two larger ones as grants.
He said South Korea had provided the Armed Forces of the Philippines equipment, such as vests and helmets, under a logistics agreement. "I understand our defense department is looking to possibly purchase aircraft from there," Del Rosario said.
In November last year, President Benigno Aquino III asked visiting South Korean President Lee Myung-bak for aircraft, patrol boats and other hardware to help boost the Philippines' military capability amid tensions with China on the Spratly islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
Lee's response was not disclosed, but he said Seoul wanted to help Manila resolve its maritime problems.
Del Rosario said the Philippines could expect to receive from Australia "a number of vessels for search and rescue, as well as significant training here and abroad for large numbers of our military" when a status of visiting forces agreement between the two countries is ratified this week.
Earlier, the military announced it would be getting a second Hamilton-class cutter from the United States.
Del Rosario has repeatedly said the country was determined to "improve our national defense by building a minimum credible defense posture."
He said that this year, the Philippines would receive S$160 million (about P6.25 billion) in defense assistance from the United States.
He also said he had secured US funding for a S$70-million (about P2.3 billion) radar system for the Philippine Coast Guard.
The Chinese Embassy in Manila admitted that the People's Liberation Army recently conducted a "regular training program" in the "West Pacific waters."
Citing the Information Office of China's Ministry of Defense, the embassy said, "The recent drill by a naval fleet of China's People's Liberation Army in the West Pacific waters is a regular training program included in its annual plan, not aimed at any particular country or target."
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DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Asia's Military Spending To Surpass Europe's For First Time

Defense War News Updates: DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Asia's Military Spending To Surpass Europe's For First Time
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources Yifei Zhang - IBT
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 26, 2012: 2012 will be a historic moment in the shift of global power from the West to the East. According to expert estimates and figures on military spending, in 2012 Asia's spending on defense will eclipse Europe's for the first time in the modern era.


The International Institute for Strategic Studies, a UK-based think tank focusing on global military and political research and analysis, released its influential "Military Balance 2012" report back in early March.

The report claims that since 2008, financial crises in the West have led to major reductions in defense spending in Europe. Drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq will likely contribute to decreasing numbers in the future. Meanwhile, Asia's continued economic growth, and efforts to modernize and build military forces there, have reinforced higher spending. In the IISS calculations, Europe does not include Russia, and Asia does not include the Middle East, but does include Australasia.
While per capita spending in Europe is still higher, press releases form the institute say that "Asian defense spending is likely to exceed that of Europe, in nominal terms, during 2012." The U.S. accounted for nearly half of all worldwide military spending in 2011, a figure which may be in slight decline over the following years due to defense cutbacks.
IISS says that in real terms, declines in defense spending by 16 out of 28 member states of NATO exceeded 10 percent between 2008 and 2010. Asian spending increased almost 3.2 percent in real terms between 2010 to 2011.
Planned spending on defense, from different countries worldwide, 2011. Graphs from IISS.
Planned spending on defense, from different countries worldwide, 2011. Graphs from IISS.
Five countries -- ChinaJapan, India, South Korea, and Australia -- accounted for more than four-fifths of all regional defense spending. A major focus of spending in Asia is geared towards building newer, bigger fleets of warships and aircraft. Further geographic distances, greater territorial distributions of water, and the predominance of air and naval forces in modern warfare are the main factors driving Asian funding for air forces and navies.
Nations such as China and India are developing new and more powerful ballistic and cruise missiles as well as aircraft carriers. All of the five countries above, save Australia, have active space programs aimed at deploying greater systems of satellites for surveillance and communications, as well as plans for building next-generation stealthy super-jets, like the U.S. F-22 Raptor.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

DTN News - AFGHAN WAR NEWS: U.S.-Pakistan Military Negotiations ‘Very Positive’ According Gen. John R. Allen

Defense War News Updates: DTN News - AFGHAN WAR NEWS: U.S.-Pakistan Military Negotiations ‘Very Positive’ According Gen. John R. Allen
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources By Karen Parrish - American Forces Press Service
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 23, 2012: Military-to-military talks between the U.S. and Pakistan, which recently resumed after a lapse, are going well, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said today.

Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, International Security Assistance Force commander, acknowledged during a Pentagon press briefing that the issue of reopening Pakistani ground supply routes to NATO is still unresolved. Pakistan closed the routes after a late-November 2011 cross-border attack by NATO forces near a border coordination center in Afghanistan’s Kunar province accidently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

“I have recently led a team to Islamabad to renew our conversation with the Pakistani military,” Allen said, noting the participants had “a very positive conversation about taking steps and measures necessary to prevent a recurrence of the events of 25 and 26 November.”
He said Lt. Gen. Shir Mohammad Karimi, general staff chief of operations for the Afghan National Army, also traveled to Islamabad for the two-day military talks with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Pakistani army chief of staff.
“We committed ourselves to recurring meetings … with the idea of creating a constructive long-term relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Allen said.
Allen noted Pakistan has many challenges along its border with Afghanistan. Pakistan’s forces are also fighting an insurgency, he said, and they have taken more casualties in the last two years than the U.S. has in 10 years of combat in Afghanistan.
“Where we can find intersection of our interests, we should leverage those,” the general said. “And I think we're to the point where that conversation can occur.”
Since the ground supply routes through Pakistan into Afghanistan closed in November, Allen said, military cargo has moved through the northern distribution network, a set of logistic arrangements connecting Baltic and Caspian ports with Afghanistan via Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Immediately after Pakistan closed off the ground supple routes, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Transportation Command ramped up transport schedules to maintain the flow of supplies, Allen said.
“One of the great resources of the United States is the United States Air Force,” the Marine Corps general noted. The United States’ strategic logistics capabilities ensured the campaign and the supply chain supporting it continued uninterrupted, he added.
Supply stocks in Afghanistan are greater today than they were November 25, Allen said. At no point, he said, had gasoline dropped to less than a 30-day supply, the lowest level any supply stock had reached since the closure.
Allen noted the current routes are about twice as expensive and take more time than did supplies arriving through the ground route from Pakistan.
Allen emphasized he is not involved in government or policy discussions with Pakistan. But, he said, reestablishing communications among U.S., Pakistani and Afghan military leaders is “a very positive step” toward reopening supply routes.
“It is a negotiation, and negotiations take time, so I can't predict what the outcome will be and how soon that will be,” he said.

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DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated May 23, 2012

Defense War News Updates: DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated May 23, 2012
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 23, 2012: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued  May 23, 2012   are undermentioned;


CONTRACTS
NAVY
            Softchoice, McLean, Va., is being awarded a firm-fixed-price blanket purchase agreement to procure Microsoft brand name software licenses and software support, known as software assurance (SA), through 2015 for the Department of the Navy.  The licenses and SA must be compatible and interoperable with existing Department of the Navy hardware and technology equipment.  The maximum dollar value, including the base period and two option periods is $700,000,000.  Work will be performed in McLean, Va., and is expected to be completed May 31, 2015.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This agreement was solicited via General Services Administration eBuy electronic request and five offers were received.  The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-12-A-4701). 

            Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $9,064,199 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00383-06-D-003F) for the incorporation of two Naval Air Systems Command approved engineering change proposals supporting the H-53 helicopter:  Dynamic Component Change No. 97 swashplate, and Dynamic Component Change No. 94 gearbox.  Work for the nose gearboxes will be performed at the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East, Cherry Point, N.C. (70 percent), and Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Conn. (30 percent).  Work for the swashplates will be performed at FRC East, Cherry Point, N.C.  All work is expected to be completed by February 2016.  The applicable Navy Working Capital funds will not expire before the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured.  The NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. 

U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND
            Evergreen Helicopters of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska, is being awarded a $15,903,080 option year modification for fixed wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan and the option will start June 1, 2012, to be completed by May 31, 2013.  This contract was a competitive acquisition with seven offers received. U.S. Transportation Command Directorate of Acquisition, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is the contracting activity (HTC711-10-D-R017).


*Link for This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources U.S. DoD issued No.  418-12 May 23, 2012
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Delivers 3rd Peace Eye AEW&C Aircraft To Republic Of Korea Air Force

Defense War News Updates: DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Delivers 3rd Peace Eye AEW&C Aircraft To Republic Of Korea Air Force
*Airborne battle management aircraft is 2nd to be modified by Korea Aerospace Industries
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources Boeing
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 22, 2012: Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the third Peace Eye 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) on May 16.

The aircraft was delivered ahead of schedule to ROKAF Base Gimhae, the main operating base for the Peace Eye fleet. Peace Eye No. 3 is the second aircraft in the fleet to be modified into an AEW&C configuration by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) at its facility in Sacheon.
"A key factor in our continuing success in delivering Peace Eye's powerful capability is the close working relationship that exists among the Boeing team, the ROKAF, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, and our Korean and U.S. industry partners," said Randy Price, Boeing Peace Eye program manager.
The last Peace Eye aircraft being modified by KAI will be delivered to the ROKAF by the end of this year.
The Peace Eye program includes four 737 AEW&C aircraft, plus ground support segments for mission crew training, mission support and system maintenance. Five AEW&C aircraft are in operation for the government of Australia. Turkey's first AEW&C aircraft is on plan for delivery later this year.
Based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 commercial airplane, the 737 AEW&C aircraft is designed to provide airborne-battle-management capability with an advanced multirole electronically scanned radar and state-of-the-art mission crew consoles that are able to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously. The mission crew can direct offensive and defensive forces while maintaining continuous surveillance of the operational area.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 61,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.


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DTN News - CHINESE COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS: China Fake Parts 'Used In US Military Equipment'

Defense War News Updates: DTN News - CHINESE COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS: China Fake Parts 'Used In US Military Equipment'
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources BBC World News
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 22, 2012: Vast numbers of counterfeit Chinese electronic parts are being used in US military equipment, a key Senate committee has reported.

A year-long probe found 1,800 cases of fake parts in US military aircraft, the Senate Armed Services Committee said.
More than 70% of an estimated one million suspect parts were traced back to China, the report said.
It blamed weaknesses in the US supply chain, and China's failure to curb the counterfeit market.
The failure of a key part could pose safety and national security risks and lead to higher costs for the Pentagon, the committee said.
US servicemen rely on a variety of "small, incredibly sophisticated electronic components" found in night vision systems, radios and GPS devices and the failure of a single part could put a soldier at risk, the report said.
It highlighted suspect counterfeit parts in SH-60B helicopters used by the Navy, in C-130J and C-27J cargo planes and in the Navy's P-8A Poseidon plane.
After China, the UK and Canada were found to be the next-largest source countries for fake parts.
'Avoiding scrutiny'
The committee criticised China for failing to shut down counterfeit manufacturers and said that committee staff wanting to travel to China for the investigation had not been granted visas.
"Counterfeit electronic parts are sold openly in public markets in China," the report said.
"Rather than acknowledging the problem and moving aggressively to shut down counterfeiters, the Chinese government has tried to avoid scrutiny," it added.
But the report said that use of Department of Defense programmes such as the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP), designed to log suspected fake parts, were "woefully lacking".
Between 2009 and 2010 the GIDEP only received 217 reports relating to suspected fake counterfeit components, the majority of which were filed by just six companies, it said. Only 13 reports came from government agencies.
The report also said that in some cases the US defence department had reimbursed contractors for the costs they incurred as a result of their failure to spot fake components in their own supply chain - giving companies no incentive to weed out counterfeits themselves.
But it praised the National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law on 31 December 2011 by President Barack Obama, which aims to stop counterfeit parts from entering the country and would cut down on sourcing components from unknown suppliers.
The report's focus on China comes as the US is beginning the task of "pivoting" its defence strategy towards the Asia-Pacific region.
The Pentagon is also preparing to absorb about $450bn (£285bn) of cuts over the next decade.
But it could face cutbacks of a further $500bn if mandatory across-the-board spending cuts come into effect at the end of 2012, after Congress failed to reach a deficit reduction plan last year.

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DTN News - UAE DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Delivers 5th C-17 to UAE Air Force And Air Defence

Defense War News Updates: DTN News - UAE DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Delivers 5th C-17 to UAE Air Force And Air Defence
 *C-17 airlifters delivered to United Arab Emirates in 2011; 6th scheduled for delivery in 2012
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources Boeing
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 22, 2012: Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered a fifth C-17 Globemaster III airlifter to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force and Air Defence earlier this month. The UAE accepted delivery of four C-17s in 2011 and has one more airlifter on order for delivery later this year.

"It's amazing to see all that the UAE has accomplished with its fleet of C-17s in such a short time, including standing up a new base; qualifying three aircraft commanders and four mission-ready loadmasters; and conducting humanitarian aid and peacekeeping missions," said Bob Ciesla, Boeing Airlift vice president and C-17 program manager. 

"We're proud to be a part of the UAE Air Force and Air Defence mission long after each C-17 is delivered. With a mission-capable rate above 90 percent, UAE C-17s are ready to save lives and deliver hope whenever they are needed."
The UAE, Boeing's sixth international C-17 customer, received its first airlifter on May 10, 2011. Since that time, the UAE Air Force and Air Defence C-17 fleet has amassed more than 2,000 flight hours and carried more than 3,000 passengers and nearly 4 million pounds of cargo.
As a part of the worldwide C-17 "virtual fleet," UAE C-17s are supported through the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP), a Performance-Based Logistics agreement. The GISP arrangement provides the highest airlift mission-capable rate at one of the lowest costs per flying hour.
Boeing has delivered 243 C-17s worldwide, including 216 to the U.S. Air Force active duty, Guard and Reserve units. A total of 27 C-17s have been delivered to Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. India has 10 C-17s on order for delivery in 2013 and 2014.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 61,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

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DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated May 21 + 22, 2012

Defense War News Updates: DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated May 21 + 22, 2012
 Source: U.S. DoD issued No. 405-12 May 21, 2012 + 413-12 May 22, 2012
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 22, 2012: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued  May 21 + 22, 2012   are undermentioned;



CONTRACTS
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
            Charleston Aluminum, L.L.C., Gaston, S.C.*, was issued a modification exercising the first option year on contract SPM8E5-10-D-0012/P00008.  The award is a fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $49,587,000 for heat-treated aluminum sheet and plate materials.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.  There were five responses to the Web solicitation.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Defense Working Capital Funds.  The date of performance completion is May 31, 2013.  The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

            Ami Metals, Inc., Brentwood, Tenn., was issued a modification exercising the first option year on contract SPM8E5-10-D-0011/P00009.  The award is a fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $49,206,000 for heat-treated aluminum sheet and plate materials.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.  There were five responses to the Web solicitation.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Defense Working Capital Funds.  The date of performance completion is May 31, 2013.  The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

            TW Metals, Carol Stream, Ill., was issued a modification exercising the first option year on contract SPM8E5-10-D-0010/P00017.  The award is a fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $43,700,000 for heat-treated aluminum sheet and plate materials.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.  There were five responses to the Web solicitation.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Defense Working Capital Funds.  The date of performance completion is May 31, 2013.  The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.

NAVY
            Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., is being awarded a $47,586,369 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 18 AN/AAQ-30 target sight systems and data.  The target sight systemprovides target identification and tracking, passive targeting for integrated weapons, including Hellfire missiles, and a laser designation capability supporting friendly laser-guided weapons.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (90 percent), and Ocala, Fla. (10 percent), and is expected to complete by October 2015.  Contract funds in the amount of $2,643,687 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This non-commercial contract was issued on a sole-source basis, as Lockheed Martin is the only vendor able to provide AN/AAQ-30 in time to meet the government-required schedule.  Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-12-C-JQ26).

            Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Sensors (MS2), Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $33,745,287 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-6294) for development and production of the Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Insertion (ARCI) systems and common acoustics processing for technology insertions 12 through 14 for the United States’ submarine fleet and potential foreign military sales.  ARCI is a sonar system that integrates and improves towed array, hull array, sphere array, and other ship sensor processing, through rapid insertion of commercial-off-the-shelf -based hardware and software.  This modification will purchase technology insertion system upgrades, including pre-cable kits, for 15 submarines.  Work will be performed in Manassas, Va. (60 percent), and Clearwater, Fla. (40 percent), and is expected to complete by December 2013.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

            The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded an $11,084,479 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of the Harpoon and Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response weapons system components.  This contract combines purchases in support of the U.S. Navy ($4,342,034; 39.2 percent) and, under the Foreign Military Sales Program, the governments of:  Australia ($2,877,199; 26 percent); Turkey ($1,126,694; 10.2 percent); Japan ($916,182; 8.3 percent); Korea ($537,786; 4.9 percent); Saudi Arabia ($313,751; 2.8 percent); Pakistan ($246,452; 2.2 percent); Canada ($241,015; 2.1 percent); United Kingdom ($237,005; 2.1 percent); Kuwait ($79,668; 0.7 percent); United Arab Emirates  ($67,431; 0.6 percent); India ($59,428; 0.5 percent); and Egypt ($39,834; 0.4 percent).  Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in August 2013.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-1.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-12-C-0058).

            The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $7,800,000 delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for a software license agreement for Advanced Harpoon Weapon Control System software for the government of Korea under the Foreign Military Sales Program.  This provides for the integration into the Encapsulated Harpoon Command Launch System III hardware.  Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in June 2012.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.  

            Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $6,788,520 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-2118) to obtain vendor services to design and procure the common controller for electric actuation.   The contractor will design, manufacture, and qualify test two configurations of the “common” controller to support electric actuation.   The work will be performed in Groton, Conn., and is scheduled to be completed by January 2016.  Contract funds in the amount of $580,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.

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CONTRACTS
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            Oceanic Medical Products, Inc., Atchison, Kan.*, was awarded a fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $50,000,000 for anesthesia systems and related components and accessories.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.  There were 50 solicitations with 25 responses.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2012 Defense Working Capital Funds.  The date of performance completion is May 23, 2016.  The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM200-06-D-8203).


            Genesis Vision, Inc., Rochester, N.Y.*, was issued a modification exercising the second option year on contract SPM2DE-10-D-7545/P00003.  The award is a fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum $12,061,914 for various optical frames and accessories.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.  There were four responses to the Web solicitation.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2011 Defense Working Capital Funds.  The date of performance completion is June 2, 2013.  The the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.


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*Link for This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources U.S. DoD issued No. 405-12 May 21, 2012 + 413-12 May 22, 2012
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