The U.S. Department of Defense announced several military contracts on Friday, including two Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contracts for the Multi Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System program, or MAD-FIRES.
The more lucrative of the two deals was a $17.2 million contract option given to Raytheon. The addition of the option brings the cumulative face value of the contract to $18.9 million. The majority of the monies involved in the option are 2016 research, development, test and evaluation funds. The labor will be conducted at various locations throughout the U.S.—mostly Tuscon, Ariz.—and should be finished in February 2017.
The other DARPA contract involving the program is an $8.4 million contract option given to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. The option tasks the company with conducting “preliminary risk reduction demonstrations to identify and mature critical enabling technologies,” according to the DoD. The option brings the cumulative face value of the contract to $14.8 million, with Lockheed Martin sharing $4.9 million of the costs. The majority of the labor will be conducted in Grand Prairie, Texas, with the remaining work taking place in Gainesville, Va. All of the work should be finished in February 2017.
DARPA formed the MAD-FIRES program to help protect naval vessels from attacks by unmanned vehicles, missiles, small aircraft, and other threats. According to DARPA, the exact goal of the program is to “design and develop technologies associated with a medium-caliber guided projectile that would combine the guidance, precision and accuracy generally afforded by missiles with the speed, rapid-fire capability and large ammunition capacity afforded by bullets.”
Rolls-Royce Corporation in Indianapolis has been awarded a $27.2 million contract to repair T-63 A-720 turbine engines for the Army. Rolls-Royce was the only company to submit a bid for the firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract. The location of the work and further funding details will be decided with each order. The labor should be finished on Feb. 18, 2019.
Pennsylvania-based small business Fidelity Technologies has been awarded a $16.9 million modification to an Army contract for armor B-kits. More than $23 million in fiscal 2016 other procurement funds were assigned with the contract. The labor will be conducted in Reading, Pa., and should be finished on June 30, 2017.
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