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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 714-94
December 22, 1994

JOINT ADVANCED STRIKE TECHNOLOGY (JAST) CONTRACTS ANNOUNCED

The Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) Program Office today announced the award of 24 contracts for concept definition and design research. The JAST program received 150 proposals. The contracts were awarded in five broad areas: weapon system concepts, avionics, air vehicle structures and materials, propulsion concepts/components, and modeling, simulation and analyses. Focus of the contractual efforts is on research related to definition of Joint Strike Aircraft Weapon Systems and Technology Maturation to reduce the cost for the next generation of Joint Strike Warfare weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

The contracts culminated the JAST program's second major contractual effort and were awarded using a highly streamlined paperless contracting process. The JAST program used a simplified solicitation vehicle, proposals were submitted on electronic media, evaluated electronically, and awarded using an innovative electronic contracting officer support tool developed by the JAST program. These streamlined methods and electronic processes saved both the government and industry time and effort.

The JAST program is making significant progress in establishing an affordable family of next generation strike weapon systems. With the merger of the JAST and Advanced Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (ASTOVL) programs, the stage is set for wider dialogue with allies on defense cooperation on fighter aircraft. The U.S. welcomes discussions with its allies on their participation in the JAST program.

It is the policy of the Department of Defense that this kind of participation must take place within an explicit framework for international defense cooperation. Because of the likely future resource environment, DoD's objective is to design a framework for closer cooperation to ensure that the next generation strike aircraft represents the most advanced, yet affordable, program. An explicit framework for international cooperation in the JAST program is the best way to ensure long-term international participation. Therefore, until such a framework is formulated, cooperation will be limited to work begun under the ASTOVL framework and specific subcontract tasks within the concept definition and design research phase of the JAST program. Contracts beyond the concept definition and design research phase will be considered only within the framework for international defense cooperation, established in consultation with our allies.

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The following JAST program contracts were awarded and announced on Dec. 22, 1994:

Prime: Boeing Defense and Space Group, Seattle, WA.

Title: Tri-Service Weapon System Concept

Award: $27,614,120

Prime: McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, St. Louis, MO.

Title: Joint Strike Weapon System Concept Definition and Design Research

Award: $28,193,501

Prime: Northrop Grumman Corp. Advanced Technology and Development Center, Pico Rivera, CA

Title: Joint Strike Weapon System Concept Definition and Design Research

Award: $24,085,919

Prime: Lockheed Ft. Worth Co., Ft. Worth, TX

Title: Joint Strike Weapon System Concept Definition and Design Research

Award: $19,900,000

Prime: Boeing Defense and Space Group, Seattle, WA.

Title: Avionics Virtual Systems Engineering and Prototyping

Award: $2,288,774

Prime: Northrop Grumman Corp. B-2 Division, Pico Rivera, CA.

Title: Avionics Virtual Systems Engineering and Prototyping

Award: $2,125,190

Prime: Texas Instruments Inc. Defense Systems & Electronics Group, Plano, TX.

Title: Avionics Virtual Systems Engineering

Award: $2,464,392

Prime: Lockheed Ft. Worth Co., Ft. Worth, TX.

Title: On-Board Off-Board Information Fusion

Award: $2,016,004

Prime: Lockheed Ft. Worth Co., Ft. Worth, TX

Title: Structurally Integrated Reconfigurable Multi-function Apertures (SIRMA) Study

Award: $441,983

Prime: Hughes Aircraft Co., El Segundo, CA.

Title: Wideband Integrated Forebody (IFB) Technology Maturation

Award: $1,310,174

Prime: TRW Avionics and Surveillance Group, Beavercreek, OH.

Title: Advanced Strike Integrated Diagnostics (ASID)

Award: $2,004,219

Prime: Unisys Government Systems Group, Eagan, MN.

Title: Scaleable Multiprocessing System (SMPS)

Award: $1,210,000

Prime: Westinghouse Electric Systems, Electronics Systems, Baltimore, MD.

Title: Affordable RF/IF Packaging

Award: $314,943

Prime: Martin Marietta Technologies, Inc., Electronics and Missiles, Orlando, FL.

Title: JAST Affordable Modular EO/IR Sensor Subsystem

Award: $535,755

Prime: Rockwell International Collins Avionics & Communications Division, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Title: RF Technology Maturation

Award: $719,484

Prime: Hughes Aircraft Co., El Segundo, CA.

Title: JAST Secure Avionics Architecture Concept Development

Award: $291,980

Prime: D. Gustavson, Los Altos, CA.

Title: Compare Performance of Proposed SCI/RT Mechanisms

Award: $50,000

Prime: Pratt & Whitney Government Engines and Space Propulsion, United Technologies Corp., West Palm Beach, FL.

Title: JAST Propulsion System Demos/ JAST Maturing Technologies in an Engine Environment

Award: $5,448,143

Prime: GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, OH.

Title: Low Cost Nozzles for Enhanced Strike Effectiveness/Turbocooler Engine Demonstration for Flexible Thermal Management

Award: $3,657,288

Prime: Boeing Defense and Space Group, Seattle, WA.

Title: JAST Multi-service Common Airframe

Award: $1,740,920

Prime: ASI Systems International, Ridgecrest, CA.

Title: Spreadsheet Methodology for Tradeoff Analysis

Award: $346,553

Prime: Aerodyne Research Inc., Billerica, MA.

Title: Advanced Survivability Model for Strike Warfare

Award: $250,920

Prime: Geodynamics Corp., Colorado Springs, CO.

Title: Off-Board MS&A Concept Definition and Design Research

Award: $486,659

Prime: Rockwell International, Seal Beach, CA.

Title: Fluidic Thrust Vectoring Nozzle Study

Award: $278,051