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By Debbie Gregory.

Due to a potential gap in the capability of ground forces and infantry to penetrate body armor using existing ammunition, the U.S. Army is looking for an Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) to address this need.

The competition for a new 7.62mm Interim Service Combat Rifle will result in up to eight contracts, procuring seven types of weapons from each gunmaker for evaluating and testing.

At the end of the testing, the Army “may award a single follow-on Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based contract for the production of up to 50,000 weapons,” according to a solicitation on FedBizOpps.gov.

The service’s present plan is to evaluate the submissions against a three main factors, which are, in order of importance, the features of the “bid sample” itself, the production capability of the vendor or vendors, and the price.

The Interim Combat Service Rifle should have either 16-inch or 20-inch barrels, a collapsible buttstock, an extended forward rail and weigh less than 12 pounds unloaded and without an optic.

There is definitely a need for this sort of weapon. For years, critics have complained that insurgents and terrorists with Soviet-era weapons had better range and terminal ballistics than their American counterparts armed mainly with 5.56mm weapons.

Multiple proposals may be submitted by the same organization; however, each proposal must consist of the weapons, proposal, and System Safety Assessment Report. All proposals are due by 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

dump truck

The U.S. Army is shopping around for its next armored dump truck.

The U.S Army has plans to purchase 683 M917A3 armored dump trucks. To that end, try the service branch is inviting industry to compete for chance to build these new armored dump trucks.

The new M917A3 requires a max payload of 27 tons on primary and secondary roads. The crew cab and underbody armor protection should be capable of being changed out separately based on the mission without affecting performance.

According to the May 26 solicitation, page the Army intends to award a Single-Source Award, information pills Firm-Fixed Price, Seven-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity commercial contract for the dump truck.

The solicitation states: “The Army requires units with dependable and deployable M917A3s that have reduced operations and support costs and increased operational effectiveness and readiness over existing systems. This is critical to support the Joint Forces as they conduct more operations in areas of the world with austere infrastructures and little or no host nation support. The M917A3 will be capable of supporting mobility, counter mobility, survivability and sustainment operations.”

The Contract Data Requirements packet is 121 pages and is available for downloading at govtribe.com. Responses are due July 25

The last time the Army purchased new dump trucks was in 17 years ago when it awarded a $400 million contract to Freightliner LLC to build almost 3,400 M917A2s, as well as M915A3 line haul tractors and M916A3 light equipment transporters.

Army Contract Awards

  • Lockheed Martin Corp. – Awarded a $34, advice 872, visit web 566 firm-fixed price contract for Javelin hardware with an estimated completion date of Oct. 30, 2012.
  • Engineering Systems Solutions, Inc. (Frederick, MD) – Awarded a $20,591,569 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-     quantity firm-fixed price contract for supplemental staffing support services for Army Medical Material Activity with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2011.
  • Eagle Systems & Services, Inc. (Lawton, OK) – Awarded an $18,695,834 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity firm-fixed price contract for supplemental staffing support services for Army Medical Material Activity with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2011.
  • Grove Resources Solutions (Frederick, MD) – Awarded a $17,425,666 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity firm-fixed price contract for supplemental staffing support services for Army Medical Material Activity with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2011.
  • Caddell Construction Co., Inc. (Montgomery, AL) – Awarded a $15,485,000 firm-fixed price contract for repair of buildings 2762 and 75 with an estimated completion date of May 27, 2012.
  • Brayman Construction Corp. (Saxonburg, PA) – Awarded an $11,978,415 firm-fixed price contract for anchor installation Dover Dam Safety Assurance Phase 1 Project Dover Dam with an estimated completion date of Sept. 19, 2012.
  • Source for Native American Products, LLC (Princeton, ME) – Awarded an $11,069,970 firm-fixed price contract for 58,263 flame resistant Army Combat Uniforms with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2011.
  • Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. (Oak Brook, IL) – Awarded a $10,866,256 firm-fixed price contract for beach fill with an estimated completion date of June 14, 2011.
  • Archer Western Contractors, Ltd. (Atlanta, GA) – Awarded a $10,588,231 contract for construction/renovation of AIT barracks with an estimated completion date of May 14, 2012.
  • RS Morris Construction, Inc. (Fresno, CA) – Awarded an $8,479,105 firm-fixed price contract for construction of squadron operations building, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 15, 2011.
  • CTS/Meridian, JV (Albuquerque, NM) – Awarded a $5,619,538 firm-fixed price contract for construction of a flood flow channel with an estimated completion date of May 2,2012.
  • Northrop Gruman Corp., Aerospace Systems Sector (San Diego, CA) – Awarded a $20,000,000 contract modification which will provide replenishment spares relative to the Global Hawk Block 20 battlefield airborne communications node joint urgent operational need effort.
  • Lockheed Martin Corp. (Fort Worth, TX) – Awarded an $11,718,116 contract modification which will procure software fixes under the reliability and maintainability maturation program.
  • SERE Solutions, Inc. (Spokane, WA) – Awarded an $11,318,607 contract modification for survival, evasion, resistance and escape support services.
  • Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (Marietta, GA) – Awarded an estimated $9,772,670 contract modification for the removal and replacement of 26 total prototype aft crown skins on one C-5A aircraft which includes repairing any underlying damage that may be discovered when the skins are removed.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. (Herndon, VA) – Awarded a $7,499,408 contract which will provide survivability/vulnerability analytic support to the Future Force Integration Directorate of the Army Capabilities Integration Center.
  • Data Link Solutions (Cedar Rapids, IA) – Awarded a $7,867,142 contract which will provide engineering services for the multi-functional information distribution system.
  • The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, Research Administration (New York, NY) – Awarded a $6,424,180 cost-reimbursement contract which will provide symbiotic computing infrastructure to monitor security properties, provide defensive polymorphism, integrated hardware and software recovery and healing techniques and integrate proposed techniques to work with security tagged architectures.
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