Contract for Shipboard Electronics
Northrop Grumman (NOC)
Corporation has been awarded a $65.3 million
performance-based logistics supply requirements contract for support of
electronic systems on U.S. Navy ships and submarines.
The five-year firm, fixed-price contract, with award fees based
on performance, was awarded to the company's Sperry Marine business
unit by Naval Inventory Control Point, Mechanicsburg, Pa. The contract
provides one three-year option.
"Performance-based logistics is the Department of Defense's
preferred method for buying material support for fleet weapon systems,"
said Ed Smeriglio, program manager for Sperry Marine's
performance-based logistics programs. "It's a relatively new concept
and places increased responsibility on military contractors by tying
their compensation to the delivery of their products or services."
Under the contract, Sperry Marine will provide worldwide, full
life-cycle logistics support for its radar systems (AN/BPS-15J /H and
AN/BPS-16) and ring laser gyro inertial navigation systems
(AN/WSN-7/7A/ B). The contract includes satisfying fleet demands for
repair parts with fully traceable delivery, repairing returned failed
assemblies, maintaining system configuration control, managing
obsolescence, responding to fleet casualty requisitions, generating
engineering change proposals, performing reliability analysis, and
managing the wholesale spares inventory. The program also includes a
work share arrangement with the Navy's in-house supply depot, Crane (CR)
Naval Surface Warfare Center, in Crane, Ind.
The contract could be expanded to include support for
additional Sperry Marine products, such as scalable integrated bridge
systems, guided missile destroyer steering systems, and SPQ-9B radar
"This is the first U.S. Navy performance-based logistics
contract created to support multiple programs -- BPS and WSN-7 -- under
the same agreement," said Jeff Holloway, Sperry Marine's strategic
business unit director for military integrated logistics support.
"It's also significant because full life-cycle support is an important
growth area for Sperry Marine."
The AN/WSN-7 is a state-of-the-art ring laser gyro inertial
navigation system, which is standard equipment on nearly every U.S.
Navy surface combatant, including Nimitz-class aircraft carriers,
cruisers, guided missile destroyers, large-deck amphibious ships, and
attack submarines. The AN/BPS-15H and AN/BPS-16 are integrated radar
systems installed on Navy SSN and SSBN submarines.