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22 juin 2015 1 22 /06 /juin /2015 16:45
Djibouti: 6% de l'activité de la firme KBR effectués à Chabelley Airfield


22.06.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

 

90+6+4= 100. Voici des chiffres sont très relatifs qui concernent les activités de KBR à Djibouti. La firme US vient de se voir notifier la prolongation d'une année de son contrat de facility management. La facture annuelle s'élève à près de 60 millions de dollars, ainsi que le précise l'avis du Pentagone ci-dessous.

 

Kellogg Brown and Root Services Inc., Houston, Texas, is being awarded a $59,654,219 modification under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N62470-13-D-3008) to exercise Option 2 for base operations support services at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, and affiliated operational sites within the eastern Africa area of responsibility. The work to be performed provides for public safety (security operations, emergency management, and fire/emergency services), air operations, ordnance, supply operations, laundry services, morale welfare and recreation, galley (food services), housing (bachelor quarters), facility support (facilities investment, janitorial services, grounds maintenance, pest control, refuse collection, and roads), utilities (electrical generation, wastewater treatment, and water operations), base support vehicles equipment, and environmental services. After award of this option, the total cumulative contract value will be $166,830,480. Work will be performed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (90 percent); Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti (6 percent); and Manda Bay, Kenya (4 percent), and work for this option is expected to be completed in June 2016. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Fiscal 2015 operation and maintenance, (Navy) contract funds in the amount of $59,654,219 for recurring work will be obligated on individual task orders issued during the option period. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

 

L'avis est intéressant parce qu'il détaille les trois sites où intervient KBR: Camp Lemonnier, Chabelley Airfield (près de Djibouti) et Manda Bay, au Kenya. Les autres avis (voir ici et ici) ne citaient que Djibouti (95%) et le Kenya (5%). Désormais Chabelley Airfield est spécifié. Je rappelle que cette piste accueille depuis 2013 les drones US (voir mon premier post sur ce sujet ici).

Sur ce site, KBR va donc effectuer 6% des prestations du marché. L'indication est ténue mais elle dénote une présence humaine marginale (sécurité incendie, restauration etc) qui n'est certainement à mettre en parallèle avec l'activité opérationnelle qui, elle, est certainement plus importante. Une photo du CNES de mars 2015 montre six drones sur le tarmac (trois Predator et trois Reaper visiblement).

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10 février 2014 1 10 /02 /février /2014 17:50
Companies Bid on Britain's Defence Support Group

Several companies are bidding on Britain's state-owned Defence Support Group, which the government has put up for sale. Here, Defence Support Group members work on vehicles in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. (Defence Support Group)

 

Feb. 10, 2014 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News

 

LONDON — Babcock, KBR and Dyncorp International are among the companies that have submitted proposals to purchase the British state-owned Defence Support Group (DSG) vehicles and weapons support operation, according to industry and other sources.

 

The Defence Ministry declined to release the names of companies that responded to a sale pre-qualifying questionnaire (PQQ) sent by the government in December.

 

Companies were required to return the PQQs by the close of Jan. 31 to remain in the bidding process. A shortlist of finalists for the purchase is expected by the end of the month.

 

Executives and others said the number of bidders that submitted initial proposals via the PQQ process could be in the double figures.

 

Babcock, KBR and Dyncorp all submitted PQQs, the sources said. All the companies declined to comment on whether they had submitted a bid.

 

Other companies cited as being interested include British support services contractors Carillion and Germany’s armored vehicle builder Rheinmetall.

 

Neither Carillion nor Rheinmetall was able to immediately comment.

 

Bidders such as Babcock are operating alone but others, such as KBR and Carillion, are understood to be acting as a consortium lead, the executives said.

 

Serco, one of Britain’s largest support companies, is not involved in the bidding, the executives said. The government is hoping to raise £200 million (US $328 million) to £300 million with the sale of the company, said one defense analyst in London.

 

The Conservative-led coalition government announced it was putting DSG up for sale — along with some other defense operations — as part of its 2010 strategic defense and security review. But the process has been slow going, in part, by the need to get the business in shape for the future. Most recently, there have also been issues over third party intellectual property rights.

 

“In December [2013] we published a pre-qualifying questionnaire. The deadline for responses was the end of January, and we are now in the process of evaluating those response,” an MoD spokesman said.

 

Information released by the MoD to contractors said the ministry reserves the option to retain shares in DSG.

 

The government hopes to complete the sale by the end of the 2014/15 financial year, or soon after. Failure to seal a deal by then could see the sale run into a general election planned for May 2015.

 

DSG’s main customer is the British Army. Working from eight main sites in the UK and a base in Afghanistan, the company operates as an “arm’s length” organization from the MoD servicing and upgrading the bulk of Britain’s armored vehicle fleets, as well as other vehicles and small arms used by the military.

 

DSG is also earmarked to play a role in the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle upgrade program being led by Lockheed Martin UK, and the General Dynamics Scout specialist vehicle program.

 

The sale comes as Britain prepares to transform its land equipment support arrangements in part by moving to what is known as a strategic support supplier arrangement, where the contractor is responsible for delivering equipment availability.

 

The DSG military avionics business is not included in the sale process and remains under government control.

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19 septembre 2013 4 19 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
Elbit-KBR Team Tapped for UK Trainer Competition

The Beechcraft T-6C trainer is part of a bid package by Elbit and KBR to supply the UK with military trainers. (Beechcraft)

 

Sep. 18, 2013 - By ANDREW CHUTER – Defense News

 

LONDON — Three fixed-wing aircraft types — including the Beechcraft T-6C — are set to train British military pilots following the selection of a team involving Elbit Systems and KBR to supply and support the platforms, according to executives familiar with the competition.

 

The executives said the team, known as Affinity, has emerged as the winning bidder and has been selected for further negotiations by Ascent, the Lockheed Martin-Babcock partnership running a 30-year deal with the British Defence Ministry, to manage pilot and crew training for the armed forces.

 

Ascent referred questions to the MoD. Ministry officials were unable to respond at press time. The Affinity consortium members also declined to comment.

 

The Affinity bid included Beechcraft’s T-6C turboprop basic trainer, a modified Embraer Phenom 100 light business jet for multi-enginetraining and the Grob 120TP elementary trainer, executives said.

 

Under the 15-year availability deal, Affinity will provide and support the fixed-wing flying training element of the UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) program.

 

The contract is expected to be worth more than £500 million (US $795 million) to Affinity. It is not clear whether the decision has to be ratified by the MoD and others in government.

 

Contract signature is scheduled to take place by 2015, assuming Affinity and Ascent successfully conclude negotiations.

 

If Affinity sticks to the timescale laid out by Ascent, introduction of the new aircraft types could get underway in 2017 with the Grob 120TP, followed a year later by the Phenom 100 and then the T-6C.

 

Conclusion of the deal will likely spell the end of the road for the Embraer Tucano and Grob G-115 aircraft used by the British to train military crews.

 

Advanced jet training will continue to be provided by government-furnished BAE Hawker T2 jets.

 

The combination of Elbit and KBR faced off against rival bids from a BAE Systems-led team that includes Babcock, Gama Aviation and Pilatus, and a proposal from Cassidian.

 

Elbit already provides flying training services for the Israeli military with the G-120 and the T-6, and KBR has an extensive footprint in the UK supporting the armed forces locally and in hot spots like Afghanistan.

 

Ascent signed the public-private partnership deal with the MoD to run the MFTS program in 2008.

 

Originally estimated to be worth around £6 billion over the life of the program, MFTS has been impacted by reduced crew requirements in the wake of defense budget cuts by the British government.

 

The system replaces separate flying fixed-wing and rotary training programs for the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps.

 

Ascent reported mid-year that the first Air Force fast-jet students had graduated under the plan.

 

The system is already delivering Royal Navy observer training using Grob 115 and King Air 350 platforms, along with synthetic training.

 

A similar plan to provide helicopters and support for rotor-wing training has been on ice but is now starting to gather pace

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12 juillet 2013 5 12 /07 /juillet /2013 16:20
Bouclier antimissile US: KBR va construire la base d'interception en Roumanie

12.07.2013 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

En septembre 2011, la Roumanie avait accepté l'installation sur son territoire d'une base de missiles intercepteurs (pour lire la Fact Sheet, cliquer ici). La base qui va accueillir des SM-3 (on parle de deux douzaines de missiles) va être construite sur un terrain de 175 ha; quelque 200 militaires et techniciens US y seront déployés.

Les travaux ont été confiés à KBR comme l'a indiqué le Pentagone mercredi soir:

 

Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, option-filled contract with a maximum value of $134,151,953 for the development and construction of a land-based missile defense system to be build in Deveselu, Romania. Work will be performed in Romania, and Morrestown, N.J. A combination of fiscal 2013 military construction funds and fiscal 2013 research, development, testing and engineering funds in the amount of $77,815,692 are being obligated on this award. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with eight bids received. The Army Corps of Engineers, Wiesbaden, Germany, is the contracting activity (W912GB-13-C-0011).

Les travaux comprennent:
- la construction du site de lancement de missiles, du bâtiment pour le radar Aegis, des réserves de carburant pour les générateurs, des bâtiments de commandement, de stockage et de transmissions,
- la  construction de la zone de vie
- la mise en place des systèmes de sécurité phyisque (entrées, périmètres) etc

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