FLIR Nabs $94M Support Contract for CBP Mobile Surveillance Capability Program
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on behalf of Customs and Border Protection, has awarded FLIR Systems [FLIR] a potential $94.3 million contract to provide new equipment for the Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC) systems. Under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, FLIR will received a $12.2 million initial order to provide line replaceable units mounted on MSC vehicles, including the company’s TacFLIR 380, R20SS radar, Cameleon management software, power storage and management systems, and other electro-mechanical sub system to support the MSC vehicles. The MSCs operate in remote areas of the border and provide detection, identification and tracking of items of interest. The contract has a two-year base period and eight option years. “Our technology will provide enhanced capabilities and continued mission readiness for CBP,” says James Cannon, president and CEO of FLIR. “The contract also delivers on a major franchise program opportunity for the company, and we are committed to support this program and the men and women securing our borders.”
TSA Awards Smiths Detection $70M for EDS Systems
Smiths Detection has received a $70 million order from the Transportation Security Administration to supply CTX 9800 explosives detection systems (EDS) for the screening of checked bags at U.S. airports. The deployments will occur as part of security equipment upgrades or as part of expansion projects throughout 2018 and 2019. Some of the airports receiving the new CTX systems include San Diego, Miami, New York’s LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago’s O’Hare, Seattle-Tacoma, Spokane, Orlando, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
OSI Systems Nabs International Order for First Checkpoint CT System
OSI Systems [OSIS] says its Rapiscan Systems division has received its first contract to provide the 920CT checkpoint scanning system for Avalon Airport near Melbourne, Australia. In addition to the 920CT, which is a rebranded version of Analogic’s ConneCT checkpoint computed tomography (CT) scanner, the contract covers Rapiscan’s integrated tray return system, Metor 6S high sensitivity metal detectors, and Itemiser 4DX explosive trace detection systems. The contract is in support of Avalon’s expansion effort to become an international airport by December.
TSA Awards IDEMIA Contract Bridge for Universal Enrollment Services
The Transportation Security Administration has awarded a bridge contract to incumbent IDEMIA to continue providing uninterrupted enrollment capabilities while the agency completes the resolicitation of the requirement for Universal Enrollment Services (UES). The UES program supports TSA’s PreCheck application program, Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential and Alien Flight Student Program. The bridge contract will consist of a one-year base period that began on Sept. 5 and a potential six-month option. The value of the award was redacted by TSA. The competition requires the enrollment vendor to operate a network of at least 330 enrollment centers. IDEMIA has been the UES provider since Sept. 2012.
Smiths Detection Receives Contracts for ETD Systems in China
Smiths Detection has received multiple contracts to provide 151 of its IONSCAN 600 desktop explosive trace detection (ETD) systems for deployments across a number of airports in China managed by Yunnan Airport Group. Smiths detection noted that China is set to become the world’s largest aviation market by 2022. The IONSCAN 600 detects and identifies a wide range of military, commercial and homemade explosives, as well as common illegal and controlled narcotics, all within eight seconds.
U.S. Government Customer Awards Rapiscan $10M for ZBV Systems
OSI Systems [OSIS] says its Rapiscan Systems division has received a $10 million order for multiple units of its ZBV mobile cargo and vehicle screening systems, which are expected to be deployed overseas by a U.S. government customer. The customer wasn’t disclosed. OSI Systems acquired the ZBV product line as part of its acquisition of the former American Science and Engineering.
Army Awards Smiths Detection, Chemring Contracts for Next-Gen Chem Detector
The Army has awarded Chemring and Smiths Detection each contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the XM12 Aerosol & Vapor Chemical Agent Detector (AVCAD). Chemring’s award is worth up to $838.6 million and Smiths Detection’s is worth up to $667.4 million. The contracts were awarded on behalf of the Joint Project Manager, Nuclear Biological Chemical Contamination Avoidance. The XM12 AVCAD was previously called the Next Generation Chemical Detector 1 program and will fill known operational gaps in chemical detection. The AVCAD will operate in both dismounted and mounted configurations and will detect, identify, alarm and report the presence of foreign variants of aerosol and vapor chemical hazards.
Crossmatch Selected for Second Phase of IARPA Thor Program
Crossmatch, which is now part of HID Global, says has been selected for Phase 2 of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s (IARPA) Thor program, which is focused on the development of next-generation biometric penetration attack detection technologies. The program aims to develop reliable PAD technologies not easily deceived when someone attempts to disguise their true biometric identity to game or mislead a system. The program is scheduled for three phases and expected to run through early 2021. The Univ. of Southern California Information Sciences Institute and Michigan State Univ. also were selected to advance the Phase 2 of Thor.
DHS Awards PAE $75M for BioWatch Lab Staffing; SciTech Protests
SciTech Services is protesting a potential $75.2 million contract that the Department of Homeland Security awarded PAE to provide laboratory staffing support services for the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office BioWatch Program Office. The award was made on Aug. 31 and protested to the Government Accountability Office on Sept. 13. The GAO will render a decision by Dec. 24. For PAE, if the award is upheld, it would be new business with the DHS CWMD Office. “It’s a new win for PAE, further demonstrating and expanding our vast C-WMD capability,” Cecily Sullivan, PAE’s director of Business Development for National Security Solutions.
FLIR Nabs $29M Award for Chem Agent Detector
FLIR Systems [FLIR] says it has received a potential $28.7 million award from the Defense Department’s Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense in support of the Multi-Phase Chemical Agent Detector (MPCAD) program. The company says a modified version of its Griffin G510 portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer will form the basis of its MPCAD solution. The system is currently used by domestic and international response teams for real-time chemical threat confirmation in the field.
Coast Guard Awards First OPC Production Contract
The Coast Guard has exercised more than $400 million in contract options toward its ongoing surface fleet modernization, including the construction contract with Eastern Shipbuilding for its first of 25 planned medium-endurance Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC). Florida-based Eastern Shipbuilding received $317.5 million to build the lead OPC, Argus, and long-lead materials for the second ship, Chase. The 360-foot Argus is slated for delivery in 2021. The construction contract for Argus is valued at $219 million and the long-lead award for Chase is $39.5 million. The remainder of the OPC contract is for support funds. The Coast Guard also awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] a $97.1 million contract to procure long-lead time material towards construction of the 11th high-endurance National Security Cutter.