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SOCOM Begins Procurement Of Communications Accessory Suite Land

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Over the weekend, the US Army’s Program Management Office for Special Operations Forces Survival, Support and Equipment Services issued two J&As for the purchase of Communications Accessory Suite Land (CASL) components via GSA. CASL was envisioned as a technologically advanced Communications Accessory Suite compatible and interoperable with the Next Generation Handheld (NGHH) radio (and other legacy radio systems), consisting of a Push-To-Talk, high noise Headset (circumaural or in-the-ear) and associated cables.

Specifically, SOCOM plans to purchase the Ops-Core AMP Communications Headset, Invisio X5 Headset and V60 PTT.

Although, both components of the system were selected almost a year ago, there were apparently software issues which needed to be worked out with SOF radio manufacturer Harris Corp, before fielding could begin.

Federal Resources Awarded $985M Contract for Fire and Emergency Services Equipment from Defense Logistics Agency

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Stevensville, MD (March 29, 2019) – The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) announced on March 22, 2019 that Federal Resources has been named one of six awardees under a re-compete contract to supply fire and emergency services equipment to U.S. service branches. The Fire and Emergency Services Equipment (FESE) contract is a firm-fixed price, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract that contains two base years and three one-year options with a ceiling amount of $985 million dollars.

Federal Resources held a spot as an awardee on the previous FESE contract and was named a SILVER Superior Supplier by the DLA in 2015. Similar to its predecessor, this contract will cover fire and emergency equipment, incidental services and related supplies including, but not limited to: hoses, hose fittings, nozzles, tools, fire extinguishers and other extinguishing agents, rescue equipment, respiratory protective devices, regulators, uniforms, turn out gear, first response and search and rescue supplies, decontamination equipment, detection equipment, hazardous material (HAZMAT), communication equipment, training equipment, compressors, emergency egress and protective systems, pumps, and generators.

“This award will allow us to continue expanding upon our mission to provide equipment and solutions that meet and exceed the requirements of the military and federal agencies,” said Larry Gwaltney, Federal Resources CEO. “As the threat climate makes the jobs of those on the front lines more difficult and dangerous, we are more committed now than ever to supporting their missions and providing the equipment and solutions to keep them safe from harm.”

Federal Resources is proud to continue its support of DLA and its customers through the next generation of the Fire & Emergency Services Equipment contract. For more information on Federal Resources’ contract and procurement solutions, please visit us at


Persistent Systems Awarded Network Modernization Agreement in Support of US Army Network Cross-Functional Team

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Company officials say successful performance could position Persistent for larger network modernization contracts

NEW YORK, April 2, 2019 — Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) announced today that it has been awarded a Network Modernization Contract on behalf of the U.S. Army Network Cross-Functional Team (N-CFT) in coordination with U.S. Army Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) and PM Tactical Radio (PM-TR).

The contract represents a major step by the U.S. Army to modernize their integrated tactical network. The effort consists of a 12-month-long evaluation of Persistent’s MPU5 Networked Radio, which utilizes Wave Relay® mobile ad hoc network (MANET) technology. The MPU5 is designed to provide an extremely scalable, flat, layer-2 network that delivers a seamless and robust network transport down to the dismounted soldier level.

The contract award represents a key example of the Army’s new network modernization acquisition approach, enabling the Army to Buy, Try, and Decide commercial off-the-shelf technologies and determine if they deliver improved capability to our soldiers (or can be adapted to do so). The contract is an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) which enables this acquisition flexibility and speed.

“As a commercial technology company, we are encouraged by the Army’s network modernization approach; specifically, their consideration of commercial technologies and their rapid acquisition strategy,” said Leslie Hulser, Director of Programs for Persistent. “We intend to focus over the next 12 months on delivering a scalable network to connect and empower the soldier with real-time situational awareness. We will also demonstrate automated PACE to provide soldiers with highly reliable communications in contested and congested environments.”

Integrating Persistent’s Wave Relay® MANET into the U.S. Army’s Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) architecture is intended to make the soldier the center of the network. Soldiers in the field will gain improved access to real-time situational awareness enabling informed decision-making and quick action during mission-critical scenarios. “It’s all about empowering the warfighter with robust communication in a fully networked battlefield,” Hulser said.

Under this Network Modernization contract, Persistent will deliver the following:

MPU5 MANET Radios;
Dual Push-to-Talk devices;
Sector antennas;
Additional accessories for full dismount and vehicle kits, with integrated Radio over IP (RoIP) capabilities and a Cloud Relay™ hub; and Field Support Services and User Training
The Wave Relay® MANET will be deployed across the RF spectrum.

“This demonstration will now give us the opportunity to showcase our tactical networking capabilities to the Army and prove that we are a serious contender for future tactical communication programs,” Hulser said.

US Army Selects B&T for Sub Compact Weapon

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Less than a year after releasing its requirement for a Sub Compact Weapon, the US Army has selected the Brugger and Thomet APC9K as it’s new Sub Compact Weapon.

The SCW requirement arose from the Military Police. United States military operations take place worldwide and in all types of terrains as well as under every environmental condition. The Secretary of the Army and/or the Chief of Staff approves senior commanders and key personnel as High Risk Personnel (HRP). HRPs are authorized a Personal Security Detail (PSD), which are assigned to guard against outlined threats. To address this operational need, PSD military personnel require weapons with greater lethality than pistols that are more concealable than rifles. The ultimate objective of this program was to acquire a highly concealable Sub Compact Weapon (SCW) system capable of engaging threat personnel with a high volume of lethal force while accurately firing at close range with minimal collateral damage.

An initial requirement was issued in May of 2018 and the Army issued contracts to multiple companies to investigate their weapon systems. However, they soon retracted the offers and instead, issued a prototype opportunity notice to industry for the Sub Compact Weapon. Six companies were selected and eventually provided a total of 15 weapons each.

The companies who competed are:
Angstadt Arms
Global Ordnance, LLC
Shield Arms
Trident Rifles, LLC

Note that B&T USA and Trident Rifle’s, LLC both offered B&T produced options, but that B&T USA was awarded the contract.

The timeline of the PON was fairly quick and the 15 weapons from each company were put through a test regime. The B&T offering came out on top of the source selection.

The Army will initially purchase 350 weapons with slings, manuals, accessories, and spare parts, but has an option to purchase up to 1000. The value of the contract is $2,575,811.76.

The adoption of the SCW is significant as this is the first service program of record to adopt a 9mm subgun and the first subgun service-level program of record since the M3 greasegun.

Please note that the weapon in the images is the commercial version of the APC9K. The contract SCW is very similar.

Rheinmetall Canada Awarded a Major Land C4ISR Program Support Contract by the Government of Canada

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

The Government of Canada has recently awarded Rheinmetall Canada a major support contract pertaining to Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR). The frame contract is currently worth up to CAD 57 million. The contract will take place over the next five years and will be expensed using a task mechanism over this period. The contract is part of the sustainment of the Land Command, Control, Communication, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) program and as the prime contractor, Rheinmetall Canada is to provide ISTAR in-service support services (ISS).

“At Rheinmetall Canada, we are delighted to provide an important part of the ISTAR program” said Mr. Ste?phane Oehrli, President and CEO of Rheinmetall Canada. “This contract represents a great opportunity to showcase our knowledge and capabilities in this high-end area of advanced technology”, he added. The ISTAR capabilities of the Rheinmetall Group are well established around the world.

The goal of the ISTAR ISS contract is to provide the Canadian Armed Forces with an ISTAR Command and Control Information System (C2IS) capability. Rheinmetall Canada will maintain and enhance the specialized capability through the support contract.

Rheinmetall Canada was selected under a competitive process where Value Proposition and the Industrial and Technological Benefit Policy (ITB) were applied. As one of the few companies to have reached over 1 billion dollars in ITB transactions since the inception of the policy, Rheinmetall Canada has put forward an outstanding Value Proposition. The Canadian supply chain of Rheinmetall Canada will benefit from this contract over the next years.

Textron Systems Delivers Next-Generation Squad Weapon Technology Demonstrator

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

Prototype Based on Proven Cased-Telescoped Weapons and Ammunition Technology


HUNT VALLEY, Md. — MARCH 24, 2019 — Textron Systems, a business of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it delivered the initial Next Generation Squad Weapon-Technology (NGSW-T) prototype demonstrator to the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Armaments Center and Joint Services Small Arms Program (JSSAP). The automatic rifle prototype, based on the company’s proven Cased-Telescoped (CT) Weapons and Ammunition technology, is the first of five weapon demonstrators that Textron Systems will deliver for the program.


“Moving from contract award to delivery of a revolutionary, next-generation weapon in just 15 months not only demonstrates the maturity of our CT technology, but also the project execution excellence our team possesses to rapidly fill critical warfighter needs on schedule,” said Textron Systems Senior Vice President of Applied Technologies & Advanced Programs Wayne Prender. “Our CT weapons and ammunition offer the growth path to a true next-generation small arms weapon for U.S. warfighters, including increased lethality at longer ranges, while also delivering significant weight reductions to the warfighter.”


Technologies demonstrated by Textron Systems under the NGSW-T effort will inform the Army’s formal NGSW program and include weapon and ammunition weight reduction, weapon sound suppression, as well as fire control integration technology.


In 2018, Textron Systems also received a separate contract from the U.S. Army to develop a prototype weapon for the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle- Prototype Opportunity Notice (NGSAR-PON) program and remains on track to demonstrate the weapon in June 2019.


In development since 2004, Textron Systems’ CT weapons and ammunition offer an innovative weapon design that increases lethality and reduces total system weight by up to 40 percent. Textron Systems has developed rifles, including automatic rifles, in a variety of configurations and calibers, including 5.56mm, 6.5mm, and 7.62mm, and is supporting the Army’s current efforts to revolutionize its small arms capability.

Arnold Defense Awarded US DoD Contract Worth up to $74.3 million

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Arnold Defense, the world’s leading supplier of rocket launchers, has been awarded a $53.8 million contract for the delivery of 2.75-inch rocket launchers and sub components to support the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force, along with foreign military sales to Australia.  Recently announced by the U.S. Department of Defense, the contract includes options that, if exercised, will raise the cumulative total to $74.3 million over a 4 year period, with final delivery expected to be complete in 2023.

The Arnold Defense contract is for the delivery of a number of their core products; the 7-tube M260 and 19-tube M261 Hydra-70 Rocket Launchers used by U.S. Army helicopters; the 7-tube LAU-68 & LAU-131 series and 19-tube LAU-61 & LAU-130 series used by the U.S. Navy and Air Force; and various launcher sub-components such as Intervalometers and Tube Assemblies.

Arnold Defense, founded in 1945 and based in Arnold, Missouri, are the world’s largest supplier of rocket launchers for military aircraft, vessels and vehicles.  Since 1961 they have manufactured more than 1.1 million 2.75-inch rocket launchers for the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, and a number of NATO countries.  Through  innovation, dedication, technical expertise and warfighter-first focus, Arnold Defense continues to produce the very best rocket launchers in the world and are committed to manufacturing the world’s most reliable and affordable rocket launchers.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “Unsurprisingly Arnold Defense are extremely proud  to be delivering this contract for the U.S. Department of Defense.  Our unerring focus remains on maintaining the highest standards of production quality to meet the exceptional demands of the U.S. Armed Forces and our Government’s foreign military sales.”

DLA Awards $985 Million Contract for Fire and Emergency Services Tailored Logistics Support to Six Companies

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Yesterday, the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania awarded a $985 Million contract for Fire and Emergency Services Equipment. It is an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract with two-year base contracts with three one-year option periods.

Federal Resources Supply Co.,* Stevensville, Maryland (SPE8EH-19-D-0014); L.N. Curtis & Sons,* Oakland, California (SPE8EH-19-D-0015); Mallory Safety and Supply,* Longview, Washington (SPE8EH-19-D-0016); Noble Supply & Logistics,* Rockland, Massachusetts (SPE8EH-19-D-0017); Quantico Tactical Inc.,* Aberdeen, North Carolina (SPE8EH-19-D-0018); and W.S. Darley & Co.,* Itasca, Illinois (SPE8EH-19-D-0019), are sharing a maximum $985,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract under solicitation SPE8EH-16-R-0001 for fire and emergency services equipment.  This was a competitive acquisition with 13 offers received.  These are two-year base contracts with three one-year option periods. Locations of performance are California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Washington, with a March 20, 2024, performance completion date.  Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.  Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2019 through 2024 defense working capital funds.  The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to SSD supporters Quantico Tactical and WS Darley & Co for their win.