SAIC secures $2.9bn US Army contract 

Science Applications International (SAIC) has won a $2.9bn contract with the US Army to deliver software development and maintenance services and other lifecycle support.

Under the potential five-year task order, SAIC will keep working on advanced technologies during the lifecycle.

Work performed under the order will support the US Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, Systems Simulation, Software and Integration Directorate.

SDI wins AFWERX SBIR phase 2 contract

Systems Definition Inc (SDI) has secured an AFWERX small business innovation research (SBIR) phase 2 contract from the US Air Force (USAF).

The follow-on contract has been awarded following the successful completion of phase 1, which examined the feasibility of integrating SDI’s Advanced Personnel Accountability Application technologies into an Air Force Common Operating Picture. 

Phase 2 will focus on the integration of these technologies  into a Common Operating Picture.

Alion to support Navy Minotaur platforms

Alion Science and Technology has secured a new $75m contract to support all Navy Minotaur software platforms for key naval commands.

The company will support research, development, test and evaluation of all navy Minotaur software platforms for the Naval Air Systems Command an Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane.

The agreement was awarded under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s multiple-award contract vehicle.

Australia awards eight defence innovation contracts 

The Government of Australia has awarded eight new contracts worth A$21m to boost its defence industry and develop new technologies under the defence innovation programme.

The contracts went to the University of Sydney in New South Wales, Ocius, Penten, AVT Australia, Quintessence Labs, High Earth Orbit Robotics, RUAG Australia and Deakin University.

Through the Defence Innovation Hub, the government has supported innovative projects worth A$200m.

Golding supports Australia-Singapore training initiative

Golding Contractors has been awarded a contract to support the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI).

ASMTI is being delivered at Shoalwater Bay Training Area and is intended to develop and enhance advanced military training areas.

The initiative supports Singapore’s training in Australia and aims to deliver advanced military training areas in central Queensland.

US DoD funds Spirit AeroSystems domestic production expansion

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has granted $80m in funding to Spirit AeroSystems to expand its domestic production capability.

Awarded in support of the defence industrial base, the funds are part of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Spirit AeroSystems will use the funds to manufacture tooling, fabricate composite parts and machine complex metallic parts at its facility in Wichita, Kansas.

US AFRL contracts SNC to support DARPA IDAS project

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has won a $8m contract from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to support  the phase 1 development of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Intent-Defined Adaptive Software (IDAS) programme.

The IDAS programme aims to develop technologies that capture software engineering intentions. This will enable rapid and continual adaptation of the Department of Defense's software-enabled systems.

SNC will develop an example project of cloud agility baseline with related agile process improvements, to be used in comparing prototype workflows and software.

Parsons wins position on USAF’s ABMS contract for JADC2

Parsons has won a position on the US Air Force (USAF) Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) contract. The contract has a ceiling value of $950m and is part of a multiple-award multi-level security effort.

The company can compete for task orders in support of the ABMS mission for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2).

JADC2 is the US military’s developing concept that will serve as the backbone of operations and deterrence. It will allow US forces to plan military operations across all domains, including the air, land, sea, space, cyber and electromagnetic spectrum.

BAE Systems to produce VLS canisters for US Navy

BAE Systems has won a contract to manufacture different types of vertical launching system (VLS) canisters for the US Navy.

The five-year contract has a total ceiling value of $955m. In February this year, the initial contract was awarded and $24m was funded. Modifications valued at $99m and $43m respectively were made in March and May.

The contract comes with options for additional canister types for the future production needs of the navy.

BAE Systems will deliver canisters for the US fleet and its allied nations under a Foreign Military Sales programme.