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MORE COMPANIES ENTER ABMS INNOVATION PIPELINE
Friday, July 31, 2020
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ABMS briefing

.Source: US Air Force


ABMS briefing

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WASHINGTON --0 The U.S. Air Force has selected eight additional companies to compete for the opportunity to develop, test and integrate new capabilities for the Advanced Battle Management Systems (ABMS). These companies will join 46 other companies on-boarded earlier this year to compete to develop new information and communications technologies to be evaluated in future onramp demonstration exercises for potential integration with the operational force.

The companies added to the ID/IQ in this round include ARES Security, AT&T, Centauri, Cogniac, NanoVMs, Pacific Defense, SRC Inc. and Systematic.

Joint onramp exercises are the primary mechanisms to experiment, demonstrate, test and evaluate new ABMS capabilities in a fully integrated way for a complex operational scenario. Based on real test data and warfighter feedback, these capabilities can be advanced, modified, discarded or, if requested by combatant commanders, put immediately into operational use.

The next two onramps, scheduled to take place sequentially beginning in late August and in September, will be led by the commanders of U.S. Space Command and U.S. Northern Command, followed by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. In the USSPACECOM and USNORTHCOM onramp, ABMS-provided systems will connect sensors and fires from ships, submarines, ground troops, aircraft and commercial satellites to shoot down simulated bombers, cruise missiles, unmanned vehicles as well as negate targets in other domains. In the USINDOPACOM onramp, ABMS-provided systems will begin to enable location and platform-agnostic command and control and information availability at the tactical edge in the Pacific.

The ABMS acquisition strategy is designed to spur competition and streamline the contracting process to the "speed of relevance" - weeks instead of months, months instead of years. The goal is to rapidly field capabilities that enable the Air Force and Space Force to operate together and with other military services - connecting sensors, decision makers and weapons through a secure data network enabling joint all-domain command and control (JADC2).

The contracting vehicle used to onboard these companies is Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ). These contracts provide each vendor the opportunity to receive anywhere from $1,000 to $950 million total over the next five years for work in up to seven different ABMS product categories. The primary objective of this vehicle is not development as traditionally understood in defense acquisition, but to enable more rapid competition leading to a fast operational tasking contract.

Source:  U.S. Air Force
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BAE SYSTEMS COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF MILITARY GPS BUSINESS
Friday, July 31, 2020
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NASHUA, N.H. -- BAE Systems has completed its acquisition of the Collins Aerospace Military Global Positioning System (GPS) business from Raytheon Technologies Corporation, bringing decades of experience, innovative technology, and an extensive installed base of products to the company.

As announced in January, this asset purchase is a unique opportunity to acquire a high-quality, technology-based business that augments the existing BAE Systems Electronic Systems portfolio through the addition of world-class GPS anti-jamming and anti-spoofing technology that enables reliable navigation and guidance for a range of defense missions.

Based in Cedar Rapids and Coralville, Iowa, with a workforce of approximately 700 employees, the Military GPS business has been a pioneer in its field for more than 40 years and has a global installed base in excess of 1.5 million devices on more than 280 airborne, ground, and weapon system platforms. The business designs and produces advanced, hardened, and secure GPS products with a range of form factors, including products designed for space-constrained and harsh environments. It is also developing next-generation GPS technologies for the U.S. military - including M-Code - that will further improve security and anti-jamming capabilities for critical defense applications.

Source:  www.baesystems.com

 
L3 HARRIS SUPPLIES USMC WITH CRYPTOGRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS COMPONENTS
Friday, July 31, 2020
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L3Harris Technologies

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L3Harris Technologies

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- L3 Harris Technologies Inc. has been awarded a $7,791,645 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification to exercise Ordering Period One under previously awarded contract M67004-19-D-0002. This modification provides for the refurbishment of Marine Corps radio components associated with controlled cryptographic communications.

The option ordering period is August 1, 2020, through July 31, 2021.

The modification increases the value of the basic contract to $15,305,690.

Work will be performed in Rochester, New York.

Fiscal 2020 working capital (Navy) funds in the amount of $437,974 will be obligated on the first delivery order at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Command, Albany, Georgia, is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. DoD
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