FHTV Crew Protection Kit (CPK)
The Army's Aberdeen Test Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground had completed enough of the HMMWV testing by November 2003 for testers to turn their attention to testing needed for armor protection kits designed for the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, the Palletized Load System and other tactical wheeled vehicles. Manufacturers provided the Army with samples of their armor, referred to as "coupons" by testers. Materials used for armor ranged from heavy steel to lightweight composite materials bonded with epoxy. ATC testers subjected the coupons to a variety of ballistic threats to determine if they could prevent projectiles and fragments from penetrating them.
This type of survivability testing takes place at ATC's Indoor Armor Test Ranges. One of these ranges is designed for testing soft and hard body armor, another is designed for one-piece and composite vehicle armor, and the third is a 100-meter range that can be configured to meet various test requirements. These ranges have a centralized data processing facility. Some protective armor kits were eliminated early by the coupon tests because the armor on them didn't match the protective capabilities of their competitors.
Simula Aerospace and Defense Group, Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded on Sept. 2, 2004, an $8,189,158 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for Upgrade of 271 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck and 541 Palletized Load System Crew Protection Kits. Work will be performed in Phoenix, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 15, 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on March 25, 2004. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-04-C-0259).
Simula Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded on Sept. 17, 2004, a $19,997,779 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for crew protection kits for 630 heavy expanded mobility tactical, 234 palletized load system, and 500 heavy equipment transporter trucks. Work will be performed in Phoenix, Ariz., and was expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2004. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on March 23, 2004. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-04-C-0259).
Simula Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded on Sept. 20, 2004, an $8,076,373 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for 71 palletized load system crew protection kits and 99 heavy equipment transporter crew protection kits. Work will be performed in Phoenix, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by March 31, 2005. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on March 23, 2004. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-04-C-0259).
Simula, Inc. -- a subsidiary of Armor Holdings Inc. -- is an acknowledged world leader in providing crash resistant and energy absorption technologies that safeguard human lives, such as the Interceptor body armor used by the US military. The Company's high-strength, lightweight armor systems have been incorporated into a variety of United States armed forces vehicles. The size of this total market is approximately $30 million annually, and the Company is a principal supplier of such lightweight armor systems in the United States. The Company develops and manufactures armor systems for seats as well as for structural and other components of military aircraft. Aircraft components incorporating armors developed or produced by the Company include V-22 Osprey crew seats; C-17 cockpit components; AH-64A Apache crew seats; Blackhawk crew seats and floor armor; CH-53 Sea Stallion crew seats; United States Navy landing craft air cushion pilot station armor; and high-mobility, multi-wheeled vehicles ("HMMWV") and transport vehicles ("HEMTT").
The purpose of Modification P00016 is to award an Undefinitized Contractual Action (UCA) to Contract W56HZV-04-C-0221, for the installation of 18 each, HEMTT and 43 each, Palletized Load System vehicle Crew Protection Kits (CPK) and Air Conditioning Kits (AC). This is a firm, fixed priced effort. The ceiling price for this effort is $1,133,367.26. In performing this undefinitized modification to Contract W56HZV-04-C-0221, Oshkosh Truck Corporation is not authorized to make expenditures or incur obligations exceeding $566,683.63 (50% of the ceiling price) for this action under Modification P00016. The maximum amount for which the Government shall be liable if this portion of the contract is terminated is $566,683.63. Delivery dates were changed from 30 June 2004 or 30 September 2004 to 31 December 2004 due to government delays in obtaining trucks or armor kits as originally scheduled.
As of December 2004 only 10 percent of the 4,814 medium-weight transport trucks in Iraq had armor, while about 15 percent of the 4,314 heavy transport vehicles in Iraq had armor protection.
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