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USSOCOM boosts GBU-69/B SGM stocks

Computer-generated image of the Dynetics GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition. Source: Dynetics
The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to award Dynetics Inc. a sole-source contract for the supply of additional GBU-69B Small Glide Munitions (SGMs) and related engineering support between calendar year (CY) 2018 and CY 2022, according to a USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice issued on 9 March.
The solicitation envisages an anticipated contract award in July, covering no more than five ordering periods. USSOCOM is expected to procure approximately 700 additional SGMs per CY during the first two periods (covering CY 2018 and CY 2019), approximately 900 additional SGMs in CY 2020 (due to ceiling limitations on the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center [AFLCMC] Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity [IDIQ] contract), and then approximately 1,000 SGMs per CY for the final two periods (covering CY 2021 and CY 2022). “However, actual munition quantities will be determined on a delivery order basis,” the pre-solicitation document noted.
In June 2017 the AFLCMC Rapid Acquisition Cell awarded Dynetics a USD10.9 million sole-source contract for the supply of 70 GBU-69B SGM all-up rounds (AURs) over a 13-month period, with an option for up to 30 more munitions. Work on this contract is expected to be finalised in June 2018. In August 2017 the AFLMC Rapid Acquisition Cell, in support of USSOCOM, awarded an IDIQ contract to Dynetics enabling the AFLCMC to order approximately 900 SGM AURs through the end of CY 2020. However, following the award of the IDIQ contract, the United States Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) directed the Department of Defense (DoD) ‘to maximise munitions production, which is not within the scope of the AFLCMC IDIQ contract’. Therefore, USSOCOM has a requirement for a delta (difference or change in quantity) IDIQ contract to procure the additional SGMs necessary to maximise munitions production in accordance with the SECDEF’s directive.