February 25, 2019 Update

A&D News

Lockheed Martin, Diehl and Saab Unveil Collaboration to Counter Emerging Short and Medium-Range Threats with Falcon Weapon System
Falcon integrates Diehl’s 40-kilometer range Infra-Red Imaging System Tail/Thrust Vector-Controlled (IRIS-T) SLM interceptor and vertical launcher, Saab’s 360-degree AESA Giraffe 4A radar through Lockheed Martin’s flexible SkyKeeper command and control battle manager.

BAE Systems, AMMROC Sign MoU to Establish MRO Facility in Al Ain, UAE
BAE Systems plc (LSE: BA.L) and The Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Centre (AMMROC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on February 18, 2019 to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Magellan Aerospace Opens New Manufacturing and Assembly Plant in India
Magellan Aerospace Corporation (“Magellan”) announced today, the opening of the company’s manufacturing and assembly facility in India. The new 100,000 square foot Magellan Aerospace (India) Pvt. Ltd. facility, constructed on seven acres in Hitech Defence and Aerospace Park (Aerospace SEZ Sector) in Devanahalli, near the Bangalore International Airport, was completed at the end of 2018 and the process of installing and commissioning the high speed machining centres is underway.

U.S. Approves Sale of Missile Defense System for Air India One
The Trump administrations approved purchase of the two systems known as Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCAM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS) for an estimated cost of USD 190 million, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a notification to the Congress last week.

Raytheon Emirates Opens New Headquarters in Abu Dhabi
Raytheon Emirates, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), today opened its headquarters in Al Maqam Tower at Abu Dhabi Global Market Square.

U.S. Government Approves Release of Boeing EA-18G Growler to Finland
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy have received U.S. Department of Defense approval to offer the EA-18G Growler to Finland. Previously only Australia had been authorized to purchase the airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft.

Safran to Build a New Plant in India to Make Parts for the LEAP Engine
Philippe Petitcolin, Chief Executive Officer of Safran, and Shri K.Chandrashekar Rao, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Telangana, announced that Safran Aircraft Engines would build a new plant in Hyderabad to make parts for the LEAP turbofan engine from CFM International.

Aerion Selects Spirit AeroSystems for AS2 Supersonic Business Jet Program
Aerion Corporation and Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] announced today that they have entered into a collaboration agreement for the preliminary design of the AS2’s forward, pressurized fuselage.

PAE Appoints James Benton to Chief Information Officer
PAE has named James Benton its chief information officer. Having served as interim CIO since August 2018, the permanent appointment recognizes Benton’s contributions during his four-year tenure at PAE.

Kellstrom Defense Partners With Sabena technics for a Multiyear Supplier Agreement
Kellstrom Defense Aerospace Inc. (“KDA”) has been selected by Sabena technics as a partner for the support of C-130 aircraft maintenance. KDA will provide a wide range of aftermarket parts support and component repair and overhaul services under this multiyear agreement.

Huntington Ingalls Industries Delivers Guided Missile Destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) to U.S. Navy
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) to the U.S. Navy today with shipbuilders, ship’s force and representatives of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast in attendance.

GA-ASI’s New Block 50 Ground Control Station Flies MQ-9 Reaper
The U.S. Air Force’s new Block 50 Ground Control Station (GCS) – developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) – for the first time controlled an MQ-9 Reaper® on January 8th from the GA-ASI Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, Calif.

GE Aviation’s on Wing Support Expanding with New Facility Near Cincinnati
GE Aviation’s On Wing Support Center in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region is expanding to meet the growing demand for its engine repair services.


Aeronautics Ltd. to be Acquired by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Businessman Avichai Stolero
Yavne-based Aeronautics Ltd. specializes in the development, production, integration and operation of UAV systems. The company provides integrated turnkey solutions based on unmanned systems platforms, payloads and communications for defense and civil applications. Other products include observation balloons, bomb fuses, and advanced navigational systems.

Aurora Capital Partners Portfolio Company National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) Acquires Sci-Lab Materials Testing, Inc.
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada-based Sci-Lab Materials Testing, Inc. is a regional leader in qualification testing with a comprehensive suite of capabilities, including environmental, dynamics, durability, reliability, and materials testing and certification services for a variety of materials and products, including land, air, and sea vehicle components, electronic goods, plastics, rubbers, metals, coatings, textiles, adhesives, fasteners, composites, and chemicals.

Greenbriar Equity Group Portfolio Company Whitcraft Group Acquires Form 3D Solutions & Manufacturing, LLC
Dover, N.H.-based Form 3D Solutions, LLC is an additive manufacturing and engineering company specializing in developing and producing precision titanium and nickel alloy parts using 3D printing.

Gryphon Investors Portfolio Company JENSEN HUGHES Acquires Technical Response Planning Corp. (TRP)
Houston, Texas-based Technical Response Planning Corp. (TRP) is a market leader and pioneer in emergency management and business continuity planning software and consulting mainly for the Power, Oil & Gas industry and more recently the automotive, manufacturing and transportation industries.

India’s Lohia Group Acquires L&S Light and Strong Ltd
Gedera, Israel-based Light & Strong, Ltd designs and manufactures antennas, domes, UAV outer shell components, and composite material components for aircraft. Products include instrument panels, glare shields, and interior parts for Gulfstream airplanes; fuselages and wings for the Hermes 450 UAV; an optical bench for the housing of precision cameras; and products for the conversion of passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft, including air conditioning ducts, upper and lower galley, ceilings, liners, and storage compartments.

Capgemini SE Completes Acquisition of Leidos Cyber
Leidos Cyber provides to its enterprise clients a holistic platform that services their entire security architecture demands, including integrated offerings for security combined with managed security services. Its customers include primarily FORTUNE 500® companies across multiple sectors.

Hexagon AB to Acquire Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, LLC
Arlington, Va.-based Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, LLC is a software provider primarily focused on the U.S. government and defence market that specializes in geospatial applications, mobile frameworks, and cloud computing for enhanced location intelligence.

Boeing-Embraer Partnership Receives Shareholder Approval
The proposed strategic partnership between Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Embraer [B3: EMBR3,NYSE: ERJ] was approved today by Embraer’s shareholders during an Extraordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting held at the company’s headquarters in Brazil.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Fulcrum IT Services, LLC From Boyne Capital Partners and Grindstone Partners, LLC
Centreville, Va.-based Fulcrum IT Services, LLC is an information technology and government consulting company. Core areas include Advanced Technology, Cyber, Information Operations, Intelligence Operations, C5ISR, and Healthcare Systems.


ONR Contracts With Seeman Composites for the Machining Center Proposal
The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) (Arlington, VA) awarded Seemann Composites, Inc. (SCI) (Gulfport, MS) a $9.1 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00014-19-C-2015) for the machining center proposal.

USAF SMC/LE Contracts With SpaceX for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Phase 1A-6 Launch Services
The U.S. Air Force SMC/PEO Space Systems, Launch Enterprise Directorate (SMC/LE) (El Segundo, CA) awarded Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) (Hawthorne, CA) a $297.0 million firm-fixed-price contract (FA8811-19-C-0004) for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Phase 1A-6 launch services.

Army ACC Fort Carson Contracts With Tlingit Haida Tribal Business Corp. for Base Operations Support Services (BOSS)
The U.S. Army Contracting Command, MICC, Fort Carson (Fort Carson, CO) awarded Tlingit Haida Tribal Business Corp. (THTBC) (Juneau, AK) a $142.1 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (W911RZ-19-C-0002) for base operations support services (BOSS) in support of the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) functions and services.

Lockheed Martin Contracts With CPI Aerostructures for F-16V Structural Assemblies
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth Operations (Fort Worth, TX) awarded CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (Edgewood, NY) a multi-year contract of undisclosed value to manufacture structural assemblies for the F-16V aircraft, the world’s most technologically advanced fourth generation fighter.

Army ACC-WRN Contracts With Canadian Commercial Corp./General Dynamics for Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Obsolescence Kit (ObK) Production
The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Warren (ACC-WRN) (Warren, MI) awarded Canadian Commercial Corp. (CCC) (Ottawa, ON) a $37.2 million contract for Obsolescence Kit (ObK) production for the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Reset Program in support of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) Program Manager.

DLA Aviation Contracts With FAG Aerospace for Cylindrical Roller Bearings
DLA Aviation (Richmond, VA) awarded FAG Aerospace Inc. (Stratford, Ontario, Canada) a $6.2 million purchase order (SPE4A6-19-P-7788) for cylindrical roller bearings (NSN: 3110-01-295-1941, P/N: SB2561-101).

Army ACC-PICA Mods Contract With Northrop Grumman for M1156 Precision Guidance Kits (PGKs)
Picatinny (ACC-PICA) (Picatinny Arsenal, NJ) awarded Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems – Armament Systems Division (Plymouth, MN) a $173.7 million firm-fixed price modification (P00059) under a previously awarded contract (W15QKN-13-C-0074) for M1156 Precision Guidance Kits (PGKs) in support of the Office of the Product Manager Precision Fire & Mortars (PdM PFM)/Product Manager Combat Ammunition Systems (PM CAS).

NAWCAD Contracts With BAE Systems for Mobile Deployable Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Systems and Subsystems (MDC5ISR)
The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division – Pax River (NAWCAD) (Patuxent River, MD) awarded BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc. (TSS) (Rockville, MD) a $90.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, ID/IQ contract (N00421-19-D-0033) for Mobile Deployable Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Systems and Subsystems (MDC5ISR) in support of the Special Communications Mission Solutions (SCMS) Division (AD-4.11.4).

Navy MSFSC Contracts With CIRCOR for a Broad Range of Pump Parts for Various Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels
The U.S. Navy Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSFSC) (Norfolk, VA) awarded CIRCOR International, Inc. (Warren, MA) an estimated $13.3 million indefinite delivery/requirements contract (N32205-19-D-9006) for a broad range of pump parts in support of refurbishment and maintenance of existing pumps installed on various Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels.

Newport News Shipbuilding Contracts With Fairbanks Morse for Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) Sets for U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers CVN-80/CVN-81
Newport News Shipbuilding (Newport News, VA) awarded Fairbanks Morse, LLC (Beloit, WI) a contract of undisclosed value to build and deliver the Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) sets for two future US Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the USS Enterprise (CVN 80) and CVN 81.

NIWC Pacific Awards Seaport-e Task Order to Leidos for Key Management and Unmanned Systems (Code 58120) Support
The U.S. Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific) (San Diego, CA) awarded Leidos, Inc. (Reston, VA) a $86.7 million task order (N66001-19-F-3500) under the company’s existing Seaport-e contract (N00178-14-D-7578) for support to the Key Management and Unmanned Systems (Code 58120).

Army ACC-RSA Contracts With Radiance Technologies for SETA Services, Space and Cyberspace Science and Technology (S&T) Development Support
The U.S. Army Contracting Command – Redstone (ACC-RSA) (Redstone Arsenal, AL) awarded Radiance Technologies, Inc. (Huntsville, AL) a $77.4 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (W9113M-19-F-0016) for system engineering technical and assistance (SETA) services, space and cyberspace science and technology (S&T) development support.

Major North American Operator Contracts With Vision Technologies Systems for Aircraft Heavy Maintenance Services
A awarded Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) (Alexandria, VA) an agreement with a value of about $600m (approximately SGD813 million) to provide aircraft heavy maintenance services.

USAF AFRL RV Contracts With LoadPath LLC for Advanced Spacecraft Systems with Integrated Structural Thermal Technologies (ASSISTT)
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory – Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL RV) (Kirtland AFB, NM) awarded Loadpath, LLC (Albuquerque, NM) a $14.9 million cost-reimbursement contract (FA9453-19-C-0002) for Advanced Spacecraft Systems with Integrated Structural Thermal Technologies (ASSISTT).

Air Vanuatu Contracts With Airbus for Multiple A220 Airliners
Air Vanuatu, the national flag carrier of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, has signed a firm order with Airbus for four (4) A220s (two (2) A220-100s and two (2) A220-300s).
Air Vanuatu’s first ever order with Airbus makes it the launch customer of the A220 in the Pacific region.

USAF ACC Langley Contracts With Akima for the 705th Combat Training Squadron (CTS) Command and Control Technical Support Contract (C2TSC)
The U.S. Air Force ACC, Acquisition Management and Integration Center (AMIC) (Langley AFB, VA) awarded Akima, LLC (Colorado Springs, CO) a $34.5 million firm-fixed-price contract (FA4890-19-C-A005) for the Command and Control Technical Support Contract (C2TSC) in support of the 505th Command and Control Wing (CCW), 705th Combat Training Squadron (CTS).