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SOURCES SOUGHT FOR AH-1W GLASS COCKPIT MODS AND TRAINING REQUIREMENT FOR FOREIGN MILITARY SALES
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
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AH-1W Super Cobra offered for sale via FMS

Source: US Marine Corps


AH-1W Super Cobra offered for sale via FMS

Source: US Marine Corps


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WASHINGTON -- Potential Federal Business Opportunity: AH-1W Super Cobra aircraft are being retired from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and will be offered for sale via Foreign Military Sales (FMS) beginning in 2018. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in support of the H-1 Light Attack Helicopter Program Office (PMA-276) has identified potential work opportunities through the modernization of these aircraft.

AH-1W Super Cobra aircraft will be offered from USMC stock and made available for depot-level maintenance and modification to meet customer requirements. Modifications may be offered via FMS or DCS, as appropriate to the included technology and customer desires. Potential customer may also require pilot and maintainer training in the continental U.S. or abroad.

The United States Navy in conducting Market Research to identify potential contractors that have an interest and capability in providing a glass cockpit modification and pilot and maintenance training for the AH-1W helicopters. Without obligation of funding, PMA-276 would like to invite interested contractors to attend the AH-1W Attack Helicopter Industry Day, on 24 January 2018, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, at 44219 Airport Rd, California, MD 20619. Sign in takes place at 0800 and the brief begins at 0830.

Interested contractors attending hould have demonstrated experience with successful cockpit modernization, advanced system integration, and aviation training. Cockpit integration experience should include the use of large multi-function displays, current avionics capabilities, and supportable non-developmental Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) equipment.

To control cost, the concept for the aircraft modernization scope should not involve the basic airframe, dynamic components, or weapons currently used on the AH-1W.

The goal of this proposed program is to provide a supportable and low risk design that is competitive in cost and performance with today's military helicopter markets.

RSVP and Primary Point of Contact: Gweneen Scruggs (gweneen.scruggs@navy.mil)

Source:  General Services Administration
Associated URL: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=30f23fe0d1e54c6877a00107b499c025&tab=core&_cview=1
Source Date: January 2, 2018
Posted: 01/19/2018

 
 
DOD AND FAA NEED TO ADDRESS RISKS AND IMPROVE PLANNING FOR TECHNOLOGY THAT TRACKS MILITARY AIRCRAFT
Friday, January 19, 2018
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Source: GAO


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WASHINGTON -- Since 2008, the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration have identified a variety of risks related to Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out technology that could adversely affect DoD security and missions. However, they have not approved any solutions to address these risks. Compared with other tracking technology, ADS-B Out provides more information, such as an aircraft’s precise location, velocity, and airframe dimensions, and better enables real-time and historical flight tracking. Individuals-including adversaries-could track military aircraft equipped with ADS-B Out technology, presenting risks to physical security and operations.

This readily available public information allowed GAO to track various kinds of military aircraft. ADS-B Out is also vulnerable to electronic warfare and cyber-attacks.

Since FAA is planning to divest radars as part of ADS-B implementation, homeland defense could also be at risk, since the North American Aerospace Defense Command relies on information from FAA radars to monitor air traffic. DoD and FAA have drafted a memorandum of agreement that focuses on equipping aircraft with ADS-B Out but does not address specific security risks. Unless DoD and FAA focus on these risks and approve one or more solutions in a timely manner, they may not have time to plan and execute actions that may be needed before January 1, 2020-when all aircraft are required to be equipped with ADS-B Out technology.

Of the eight tasks associated with the implementation of ADS-B Out technology in the 2007 DoD NextGen memorandum-issued by the Deputy Secretary of Defense to ensure that the NextGen vision for the future national airspace system met DOD’s requirements and the appropriate management of DoD’s resources-DoD has implemented two, has partially implemented four, and has not implemented two.

DoD has established a joint program office and identified a lead service, but it has only partially validated ADS-B Out requirements, developed a directive, issued an implementation plan, and incorporated NextGen into the planning, budgeting, and programming process. DoD has not taken significant action to integrate the needs and requirements of DoD components related to ADS-B into cohesive plans and policies for inclusion in NextGen joint planning and development, and has not provided periodic and recurring NextGen progress reports to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. As a result of DoD not fully implementing the 2007 NextGen memorandum, DoD components have lacked direction and cohesion while trying to address FAA’s requirement to equip military aircraft.

GAO is recommending that DoD and FAA approve one or more solutions to address ADS-B -related security risks; and that DoD implement key tasks to facilitate consistent, long-term planning and implementation of NextGen. DoD and the Department of Transportation generally concurred and described planned actions to implement the recommendations.

Source:  U.S. Government Accountability Office
Associated URL: gao.gov
Source Date: January 19, 2018
Posted: 01/19/2018

 
 
BELL-BOEING AWARDED CV-22 SOFTWARE UPGRADE ORDER
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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Source: U.S. Navy


Source: U.S. Navy


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PENTAGON -- Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $34,911,818 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6134018F0001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22. This order procures software and hardware upgrades for 28 flight training devices necessary to integrate aircraft software version B 6-01/C 4.01 into 23 Marine Corps MV-22 training devices and software version 20.4.01/10.6.01 into nine Air Force CV-22 training devices. These devices are being upgraded to ensure concurrency with Marine Corps and Air Force aircraft.

Work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia (26 percent); Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (21 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (18 percent); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8 percent); St. Louis, Missouri (8 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Florida (4 percent); Albuquerque, New Mexico (4 percent); Clovis, New Mexico (4 percent); Mildenhall, United Kingdom (4 percent); Clifton, New Jersey (2 percent); and Orlando, Florida (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2022.

Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Navy, Air Force, and U.S. Special Operations Command) funds in the amount of $34,911,818 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

Source:  US DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1418666/
Source Date: January 18, 2017
Posted: 01/19/2018

 

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