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Each week, we look at the biggest, coolest, and most interesting contracts the Department of defence announces. This week saw a relatively quiet period of Department of defence procurement contracts, with one firm coming out as the smashing winner of the week.
Most contracts were for fuel, food, and assorted widgets.
But there were a couple of big awards going out for top-of-the-line tech, state of the art systems, and cool finds all around.
Lockheed is going to keep the grid on lineLockheed Martin was awarded $1.9 billion to carry out the day-to-day operation of the Global Information Grid (GIG) network.
The GIG is an all-encompassing project of the Department of defence, and is the network that facilitates all communication between defence department sources.
Think of it as an entirely different shadow-internet that the U.S. military uses.
It’s got to be maintained, and Lockheed was hired on to do just that for the next three years. Final cost: $1,911,000,000 for three years.
Photo: U.S. Navy Imagery / flickr
They’re also selling a bunch of F-35’s alreadyLockheed Martin also scored a contract for 30 five of the new Joint Strike Fighters for a variety of NATO nations.
The contract is worth a half billion dollars.
The U.S. Air Force is getting 19 fighters, Italy is buying three, Turkey gets two, the Marine Corps is getting six, the U.K. gets one, and the Navy gets four.
They’re also designing a drag-chute by request of Norway. They’ll be done by July of next year.
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$20,000,000 worth of helmetsThe Department of defence is spending $21,616,200 on “foliage green advanced combat helmets” from Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) Co. of Pennsylvania.
The helmets are going to be used in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Marine Corps.
The military will receive the helmets by September, 2013. MSA makes mine, firefighting, and riot control equipment as well as combat helmets.
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Four State-of-the-art Radar systemsThe Army is upgrading four dilapidated and out-of-date radar systems at different army test centres.
The contract is worth $385,550,000.
General Dynamics C4 Systems, the wing that focuses on Command & Control Systems, is the contractor at work. They beat out four other companies for the job.
Photo: Expertinfantry / flickr
We’re buying Afghanistan some new ridesThe U.S. Army Contracting Command is paying almost $80 million for Medium armoured Security Vehicles.
But while they may be headed to Afghanistan, they’re not for us. The armoured vehicles are going to the Afghanistan National Army.
Most of the work on the vehicles — made by Textron, Inc — will be completed in Louisiana.
The vehicles will be done by May 2014.
Textron was the sole bid on the contract. The full price is $79,182,680.
Photo: Marion Doss / Flickr
The Navy is buying 4,600 buoysThe Navy is buying 4,628 state-of-the-art sonobuoys from ERAPSCO to the tune of $25,392,401. That’s $5,480 per buoy.
These buoys are extremely complex machines. Each one weighs 36 pounds, and can dive to four different depths — up to 500 ft.
The sonobouys — a portmanteau of “sonar” and “buoy” — are used in submarine warfare and undersea research.
The sonobuoys can be dropped into the water from planes. They then sink to a predetermined depth. They send out pings and report back to ships of what they pick up.
Think of them as underwater drones, only somewhat dumber and not very manoeuvrable.
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