Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO and U.S. Navy
In January, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the future USNS John Lewis, the first of six vessels in the John Lewis-class fleet oiler program designed to support the U.S. Navy. The Navy recently awarded NASSCO a contract to study ways to reduce costs when building future ships in the John Lewis class.

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO and U.S. Navy In January, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the future USNS John Lewis, the first of six vessels in the John Lewis-class fleet oiler program designed to support the U.S. Navy. The Navy recently awarded NASSCO a contract to study ways to reduce costs when building future ships in the John Lewis class.

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $25.6 million modification to previously awarded contract for additional special studies and cost reduction implementation studies in support of the John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler ships. Work will be performed in San Diego and is expected to be completed by May 2026. Fiscal 2021 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $6.97 million (91%); and fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $730,000 (9%) were obligated at time of award. The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the contract, announced on July 28.

The process of building a new class of ship gets more streamlined as companies learn lessons from building the first models.


The 742-foot long John Lewis oilers are designed to transfer fuel to U.S. Navy carrier strike group ships operating at sea. The double-hulled oilers will feature the capacity to carry 157,000 barrels of oil, a significant dry cargo capacity and aviation capability. They will travel at speeds up to 20 knots.


McKean Defense Gets NIWC Deal


The U.S. Navy awarded 
Noblis, previously known as McKean Defense Group LLC, an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a potential ceiling value of $35.9 million to provide program management, basic research, end-to-end system design, prototype development, systems engineering, integration, environmental qualification testing, production, software loading, pre-installation testing and checkout, deployment and life cycle support of military electronics — specifically those electronics known as command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems — for the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific Network Integration Engineering Facility. This one-year contract includes four one-year options which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contact to an estimated $187.4 million. Work will be performed in San Diego. No funds were obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated as task orders are issued. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website. Two proposals were received and one selected for award. The Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific in San Diego awarded the contract, announced on Aug. 31.

Cubic to Provide Army Training Tech


Cubic Corp. announced on Sept. 3 that its Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions (CMPS) business division was awarded a U.S. Army Synthetic Training Environment (STE) Live Training System (LTS) prototype development contract. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Cubic will execute this contract with its live training system partner, General Dynamics Mission Systems. The award is for the Army’s modernization of its Soldier, direct fire and vehicle systems. It will also be used for the introduction of counter defilade and indirect fire systems into the live training environment at Combat Training Centers and Army home stations around the globe.


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Mike Knowles President Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions

“This award supports our continued innovation of ground training solutions for our nation’s armed services,” said Mike Knowles, president of Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions. “It will directly improve the Army’s realism of live force-on-force training while increasing soldier and formation readiness.”


The contract provides for a one-year milestone-based prototype development effort with the intent of fielding the systems by early 2023 as the current systems begin to reach their end of useful life.


The STE LTS prototype development effort will establish the roadmap for advancing live training capabilities that are compatible with currently fielded systems and can integrate with both the current live training infrastructure and the Synthetic Training Environment (STE).


STE LTS offers more capability than the existing Instrumentable-Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (I-MILES), and provides enhanced realism, a less obtrusive form factor and delivers reliable performance through a high Technology Readiness Level, field-ready solution. STE LTS incorporates a modular approach in both software and hardware, offering superior maintainability, ease of use, and ease of integration, which collectively support rapid technology insertion and foster the incremental evolution of the ground training solution portfolio.


GA-ASI to Modernize Italy Aircraft


The U.S. Air Force awarded 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway a $30.5 million order to a previously awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Italy Mid-Life Modernization (MLM) Lot 1 MQ-9A Block 5 aircraft and Block 30 Mobile Ground Control Station (MGCS) procurement. The MQ-9A is an unmanned aircraft from the Predator family. Work will be performed in Poway and is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2023. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio awarded the contract, announced on Sept. 7.