David Zucco Kongsberg Protech Sysytems

David Zucco, vice president for Kongsberg Protech Systems, announces contract awards for the company Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in Johnstown.

Several Johnstown-area defense contractors announced significant recent contracts on Friday morning, the last day of the 29th annual Showcase for Commerce, a nationally renowned defense contracting trade show and exhibition designed to connect government and industry in Johnstown.

The announcements were made during a press conference at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center.

Johnstown-based JWF Defense Systems announced that it will partner with Allentown-based Mack Defense, a subsidiary of Mack Trucks, to build the U.S. Army’s M917A3 Heavy Dump Trucks, one of which was displayed on Napoleon Street outside 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial throughout Showcase for Commerce.

JWF Defense Systems will build and paint the trucks’ armored cabs, and Mack Defense will then install them.

John Polacek, chief operating officer for JWF Defense Systems, said the partnership “represents another long-term contract for vehicle builds and extends JWFDS’ capability in manufacturing armor-based vehicles.”

“Showcase (for Commerce) is becoming a very special event for Mack Defense,” said David Hartzell, president of Mack Defense, who added that his company has “developed a very good working relationship with JWF.”

Another armored vehicle contract announced Friday was a $1.5 million award from BAE Systems to JWF Defense Systems for the fabrication of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Increased Crew Protection Cab program. Polacek said of the award that the “defense community has come to recognize JWF Defense’s ability to fabricate quality components for military vehicles.

Martin-Baker America, a manufacturer of ejections seats with premises on Jari Drive in Richland Township, was awarded an $18.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for the production and delivery of Seat Survival Kits for the U.S. Navy’s Enhanced Emergency Oxygen System, used in its fleet of F/A-18 combat jets. Production is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2020.

Martin-Baker America also was awarded a contract in February, announced Friday, to supply crashworthy operator seats for the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. That $7 million base-year firm-fixed-price contract also has a $7.8 million optional year for additional seat deliveries.

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has been awarded several contracts with a total value of more than $93 million for the U.S. Army’s M153 Protector common remotely operated weapons stations (CROWS).

Under the terms of the contracts, the company will continue production, sustainment and engineering services for the M153. The contracting activity is the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Picatinny, New Jersey.

Work under the contract will primarily be done at Kongsberg’s location in the Johnstown area and is expected to be complete by September 2022.

JWF Defense Systems also has received approximately $7.5 million to fabricate support equipment for strategic defense program for Lockheed Martin Space and $3 million in contracts from Kongsberg Protech Systems related to its CROWS program, as well as a basic ordering agreement funded at $1 million from the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to produce specialized neutron and gamma ray radiation shields for NIST’s Center for Neutron Research.

It has also received a follow-on contract for additional vehicle chassis and body panels for a fifth production year to support General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems on the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 program for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. The total value of the contract is $12 million. In addition, JWF Industries, the parent company of JWF Defense Systems, was awarded a Full Rate Initial Production contract for $20 million for support equipment.

Concurrent Technologies Corporation, an applied scientific research and development company with premises in Richland Township, was awarded a contract modification to continue to provide support to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Facility Related Control Systems, which include utility, fire suppression and access control systems associated with the operation of a military installation.

It is the first of two possible option periods on the initial contract, which was awarded by the Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM) in March 2018. The cumulative contract value, including both option periods, is $6.2 million. Edward J. Sheehan, CTC’s president and CEO, said the award “represents CTC’s commitment to and excellence in providing program management, technical solutions and policy expertise in the emerging field of operational technology cybersecurity.”

MCICOM also awarded CTC a $7.6 million contract modification exercising the first option year on a previously awarded contract for services to support the Marine Corps’ energy security requirements.

Dustin Olson, program manager for CTC, said the company’s efforts “result in greater energy resilience and increased mission effectiveness at Marine Corps installations worldwide.”

Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson delivered remarks to close the press conference. They saluted Johnstown and its workers for their contributions to the U.S. defense industry.

Mark Pesto is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkPesto.

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