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VTG Wins NSWC Port Hueneme Prime Contract to Equip More Ships With Innovative Counter-UAS Laser

CHANTILLY, Va., July 21, 2021 — VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced that it has been selected by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, to equip more ships in the U.S. Fleet with an innovative laser designed to counter threats from unmanned aerial systems. Under the prime, single-award contract, VTG will install and integrate the AN/SEQ-4 Optical Dazzler Interdictor, Navy (ODIN), a directed energy weapon, aboard five U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

“Our team is honored to support NSWC-PHD in integrating this innovative defensive technology into the Fleet. The ODIN laser represents a significant advancement for the Navy in addressing asymmetric threats and protecting our sailors,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “Delivering next-generation capabilities to our warfighters is something we’re passionate about. VTG’s depth of expertise with ODIN, together with our skilled fleet modernization team, cutting-edge manufacturing and prototyping capabilities, and long-term legacy of support to the Navy, makes us uniquely qualified to perform this mission critical work.”

In 2020, VTG successfully integrated the ODIN laser aboard the USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS Spruance (DDG 111) through a separate sole-source contract, completing both projects on time and on budget, and setting the standard for future directed energy weapon installations aboard U.S. Navy ships.

ODIN, a member of the Navy Laser Family of Systems, is a laser used to counter adversary UAS-mounted intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. This laser for the optical dazzling of adversaries’ long-range and very long-range surveillance systems is being developed and built by the government at NSWC Dahlgren Division, and rapidly fielded to meet an urgent Fleet need. The ODIN laser will be employed on surface combatants to counter asymmetric threats and to provide a scalable response for escalation of force.

Over the past decade, VTG has modernized 240 different surface ships, aircraft carriers and submarines. With a record of exceptional quality, uncompromising safety, and on-time and on-budget delivery, VTG ensures that our sailors have a competitive advantage over near-peer adversaries now and in the future.

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VTG Awarded NAVSEA Prime Contract to Expedite Delivery of Innovative Technologies to the Fleet

VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced that it has won a $27 million, full and open, single-award, prime contract to support the Naval Sea Systems Command in overseeing and executing its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, and assisting in the expedient transition of SBIR and STTR technologies, products and services to the fleet.

“We are honored to support NAVSEA in harnessing the creativity, agility and entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses to deliver the highest-priority technology needs of the Navy,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “We look forward to leveraging our expertise across the defense and intelligence sectors to increase small business participation in federally funded research and development, foster collaboration between small firms and nonprofit research institutions, and stimulate the exciting technological innovations that will transform our nation’s sea power and benefit our national economy.”

Under the five-year contract, VTG will provide program and project support services to the NAVSEA SBIR/STTR programs by defining focus areas, developing topics and identifying small business proposals and contractors to participate in the program. The company will also be responsible for supplying expertise and knowledge to assist the program manager in developing strategies and plans, as well as policies, processes and procedures to increase the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the SBIR/STTR programs. The work will primarily be performed at the Washington Navy Yard.

The SBIR program originated in 1982 as the government’s primary mechanism for engaging small technology businesses in R&D. It was designed to spur technological innovation, help meet federal R&D needs, increase private sector commercialization of innovations resulting from federally funded investments and encourage participation by minority and disadvantaged persons. The Navy has taken part in the SBIR program since its inception and has developed the highest commercialization success rate in the Defense Department. Last September, NAVSEA SBIR/STTR received the prestigious DoD Vanguard award for recognition of its outstanding work in supporting the Navy’s goal to “rapidly and adaptively procure innovative technologies from small businesses.”

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VTG Awarded $116M NIWC-PAC Prime Contract for C4ISR Engineering and Production

Chantilly, Va., April 27, 2021

VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced today that it has won a prime contract from the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific to provide C4ISR engineering and production services to its Network Integration Engineering Facility. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity NIEF Production Services contract has a potential value of $116 million over a five-year performance period.

“For more than 50 years, VTG has provided the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command and NIWC-PAC with C4ISR installation and integration support both afloat and ashore,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “We’re proud of that longstanding partnership and excited about this new opportunity to leverage our growing C4ISR production capabilities in support of the NIEF’s mission.”

The NIWC-PAC NIEF, located at NAVWAR headquarters in San Diego, California, specializes in the rapid design and integration of commercial and government off-the-shelf products for military applications. It also provides environmental qualification testing services for those products, and limited- and full-rate production. The facility was modernized in 2019 to better support the design and delivery of advanced information warfare capabilities to the fleet.

VTG will provide the NIEF with procurement, fabrication, and integration of C4ISR end items, including production units, ancillary kits, sub-systems, assemblies, sub-assemblies, modules, and spares. These end items include a full spectrum of C4ISR systems for surface ships, submarines, and shore-based applications.

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VTG Awarded $188M NSWC Port Hueneme TI16 Contract to Modernize Combat Systems Across the Fleet

Chantilly, Va., April 7, 2021 – VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced that it has been awarded the Technical Insertion 16 Sustainment, Installation, Procurement and Engineering Services contract by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a potential value of $188 million and a five-year period of performance.

“VTG has a proud legacy of closely collaborating with the Navy to engineer the next generation of sea power,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “The TI16 program enables VTG to build upon that legacy, expanding our technical expertise, strengthening our partnership with NSWC Port Hueneme and NAVSEA, and – most importantly – modernizing the fleet.”

The TI16 program is the U.S. Navy’s enterprise approach to modernizing combat systems across the surface fleet – most notably the Aegis Combat System – and includes all cruisers and destroyers, aircraft carriers, and amphibious ships. TI16 also enables the Navy to introduce the latest commercial off-the-shelf technologies and open architecture designs into its combat systems.

VTG will leverage its robust, full lifecycle combat systems engineering capabilities to fulfill TI16 program requirements. The company currently provides prime contract warfare, control, and C5I engineering services to the NAVSEA Naval Sea Systems Engineering Directorate and has over 50 years of experience installing and integrating advanced C5ISR systems aboard every existing U.S. Navy surface ship and submarine class. Most recently, VTG completed the successful installation and integration of the ODIN directed energy laser weapon system aboard two Arleigh Burke class destroyers. The company will also leverage its growing digital and software engineering capabilities. Earlier this month, VTG announced that it had begun work on a prime contract to develop the future state of the Navy Operational Architecture and to optimize fleet interoperability. The company also introduced the VTG Battle Lab, an industry-integrated model-based systems engineering environment for next-generation warfare systems.

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VTG Begins Work on Prime DoD IAC Contract to Accelerate Naval Digital Transformation

Chantilly, Va., Mar 10, 2021 VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced today that it has begun work on a three-year, $13 million prime contract to support the Naval Digital Integration Support Cell in its effort to integrate data and technology into all areas of naval operations, fundamentally changing how the Navy delivers maritime dominance.

 

“Our team is honored and immensely proud to be the Navy’s partner-of-choice for this critical mission,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “The Naval Operational Architecture is foundational to achieving Distributed Maritime Operations and maintaining our competitive advantage at sea. We welcome the opportunity to leverage our growing digital expertise to support the DISC, especially in model-based systems engineering and DevSecOps.”

 

VTG will support the DISC by performing research, operational analysis, specialized engineering, and development of the digital platform for Navy and Marine Corps MBSE, readiness, and DevSecOps. This includes developing objective architectures, standards, and processes for integrated naval capability, decision tools, MBSE, digital pilots, and artificial intelligence through coordinated experiments with the fleet.

 

The contract was awarded to DELTA Constellation Group, VTG’s joint venture with Constellation Software Engineering, under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s multiple-award contract vehicle. DoD IAC MAC task orders are awarded by the US Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron to develop and create new knowledge for the enhancement of the Defense Technical Information Center repository and the research & development and science & technology community.

 

Last year, VTG embarked on a market expansion strategy focused on delivering innovative technologies and digital solutions to a growing portfolio of national security customers. The company bolstered its systems, software, and digital engineering capabilities with the December 2020 acquisition of Intelligent Shift, and more recently rolled-out the VTG Battle Lab, an industry-integrated MBSE environment for next-generation warfare systems. “VTG will continue to make investments in capabilities and technologies that give our customers a competitive edge,” said Sunil Ramchand, VTG chief growth officer. “The Navy is already leveraging the VTG Battle Lab to develop the future state of the Naval Operational Architecture and optimize interoperability across the fleet. We look forward to offering similar digital capabilities to other customers in the defense enterprise and intelligence community.”

 

About the DoD IAC Program

The Department of Defense Information Analysis Center, sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center, provides technical data management and research support for DoD and federal government users. Established in 1946, the IAC program serves the DoD science & technology and acquisition communities to drive innovation and technological developments by enhancing collaboration through integrated scientific and technical information development and dissemination.

 

Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the DoD IAC, sponsored by the DTIC under Contract No. FA807519D0022.

 

 

Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the DoD.

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VTG Acquires Intelligent Shift, Enhancing Digital Transformation Capabilities and Adding Intelligence Community to Customer Portfolio

Chantilly, Va., Jan. 13, 2021 – VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Intelligent Shift LLC, a rapidly growing firm delivering innovative technologies and digital solutions to the U.S. Intelligence Community. The combination bolsters VTG’s systems, software, and digital engineering capabilities, and expands the company’s presence in the national security market.

“I am excited to welcome the Intelligent Shift team to VTG,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “This acquisition represents the next chapter in the strategic transformation of VTG. Intelligent Shift brings unique technical expertise that positions us to deliver a more differentiated suite of engineering and digital solutions to a customer base that now spans the Defense enterprise and the Intelligence Community.”

Founded in 2017 by Mike DeFede, Alissa Redding, and Mike Matthews, Intelligent Shift’s highly skilled engineers provide subject matter expertise across numerous high-priority national security mission areas. On behalf of the founders, Mike DeFede said, “Intelligent Shift has always been focused on an industry-best employee culture and a commitment to customer missions. In VTG, we’ve found a partner that shares these passions. The combined company will expand our ability to drive smart change for our customers and will create new opportunities for our employees while strengthening our culture.” Intelligent Shift, which will continue to be led by DeFede, Redding, and Matthews, will operate as the IC services component of a new business segment led by recently appointed VTG executive Kirk Herdman.

Last year, VTG completed the integration of its enterprise-wide capabilities under a single customer delivery model, including its two previous acquisitions, National Technologies Associates and DELTA Resources. VTG also won a string of prime contracts, earning the ACG National Capital 2020 Corporate Growth Company of the Year award. “We continue to reshape our enterprise and reposition for the future,” said Sunil Ramchand, chief growth officer of VTG. “The acquisition of Intelligent Shift accelerates our strategy, both in terms of game-changing capability growth and customer reach.”

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Kirk Herdman Joins VTG in New President Role to Lead National Security Market Expansion

Chantilly, Va., Jan. 7, 2021 VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirk Herdman in the new role of President for National Security Solutions and as a member of its board of directors. Herdman will lead VTG’s market expansion strategy focused on delivering innovative technologies and digital solutions to a growing portfolio of national security customers within both the Defense enterprise and the Intelligence Community.

“I’m excited to welcome Kirk Herdman to the team,” said John Hassoun, VTG President and CEO. “Kirk and I have known each other for most of our careers and have been trying to reconnect professionally since we worked together at Veridian. He is a thoughtful leader who brings a wealth of strategic insight, technical expertise, and operational savvy to this new role, as well as an impressive track record growing public- and private-sector businesses in the GovCon market. Kirk is the perfect fit to lead this high-growth area of the VTG enterprise and capitalize on the momentum we built in 2020.”

Prior to joining VTG, Herdman served as Executive Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Development at KeyW Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW), leading to its successful sale to Jacobs Corp. (NYSE:J) in June 2019. Previously, Herdman was Chief Strategy Officer for Sotera Defense Solutions, where he supported the company’s initial public offering as Global Defense Technology & Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:GTEC) in 2009, multiple acquisitions, and ultimately its sale to KeyW in 2017. Herdman’s accomplishments at KeyW and Sotera included multiple, large, prime contract awards and consistent double-digit organic growth. Prior to joining Sotera, Herdman was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Defense and Science Programs at Wyle Information Systems. He has also held executive leadership positions at General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE:GD), ManTech International Corp. (NASDAQ:MANT), and Veridian Corp. (NYSE:VNX). Herdman is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics.

 

“The ongoing transformation of VTG is one of the most notable recent GovCon narratives,” said Herdman. “I’m excited to reconnect with John, proud to join VTG and its executive team, and look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the company’s growth.”

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VT Group Awarded Presidential Helicopters Support Contract

Chantilly, VA, May 7, 2020 – VT Group, a leading technology integrator and C5ISR solutions provider, announced that it has been awarded a $105M contract by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to support the Presidential Helicopters Program Office (PMA-274), Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Twenty-One (HX-21). Under the five-year, single-award contract VT Group will provide the US Navy and Marine Corps with research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E); integrated logistics; engineering; and maintenance support.

The presidential helicopter fleet provides rotary wing transportation to the President and Vice President of the United States, heads of state, and other official parties. VT Group has supported PMA-274 since 2004, leveraging its uniquely qualified engineering and technical expertise to provided mission-critical services for the mixed fleet of VH-3D and VH-60N aircraft that currently transport the President, as well as other support platforms. Under this new contract, VT Group will continue to support the existing fleet, but will also integrate the new VH-92A® helicopter into full operational service. The Navy has said that it will procure 21 VH92A operational aircraft and two test aircraft; the new platform will offer technological and performance improvements and serve as a complete mobile command-and-control platform.

“The presidential helicopters support contract is the flagship of VT Group’s growing aerospace engineering portfolio,” said VT Group President and Chief Executive Officer John Hassoun. “We are immensely proud to be NAVAIR’s partner-of-choice for this high profile, missioncritical program, and equally proud of our engineers and technical experts who remain committed – day in and day out – to NAVAIR’s 100% mission success requirement.”

VT Group has a 50-year history of providing defense customers with industry-leading modernization solutions and full lifecycle engineering services – in the air, on land, and at sea. Its aerospace capabilities include a full spectrum of engineering, maintenance and sustainment services for fixed and rotary wing, tilt rotor, and unmanned aircraft. In addition to the presidential helicopter fleet, VT Group has provided prime contract systems engineering and integrated logistics support for the V-22 Osprey, F/A-18 Hornet, MQ-8 Fire Scout, AH-64
Apache, and UH-60 Blackhawk.

VH-92A is a registered trademark of the Department of the Navy

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VT Group to Modernize U.S. Navy C4ISR Systems Worldwide

Chantilly, VA, October 22, 2019 – VT Group, a premier technology integrator and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions provider, has been selected by Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) as one of eight awardees for an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple award contract in support of the Shore Global
C4ISR Installation Contract. VT Group will compete to perform the installation of integrated C4ISR and supporting systems at US Navy installations worldwide. The work will be performed at shore-based facilities, and on towers, piers, and platforms, as well as mobile systems and special purpose vehicles. The contract vehicle has a ceiling value of $968 million over a five-year base and one five-year option period. This past July, VT Group was awarded a similar contract to modernize C4ISR systems aboard the Navy’s growing Fleet of surface ships and submarines.

VT Group has a 50-year history providing the US Navy with industry-leading C4ISR modernization solutions and full lifecycle engineering services – in the air, ashore and at sea. The Company has integrated C4ISR technologies at shore-based facilities on all seven continents and aboard every existing class of warship and submarine. VT Group recently expanded its naval systems engineering and shipbuilding capabilities with the acquisition of DELTA Resources.

“VT Group is honored to partner with NAVWAR to deliver information dominance to the warfighter,” said John Hassoun, VT Group President and Chief Executive Officer. “This new contract will leverage VT Group’s differentiated C4ISR, information technology, and electronic security system expertise, as well as its growing presence and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region and other locations worldwide.”

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VT Group Enhances Naval Modernization Capabilities with Acquisition of Delta Resources, Inc.

Combination Will Create Leading Provider of Full Lifecycle Naval Engineering Services

Chantilly, VA, September 30, 2019 – VT Group, a premier technology integrator and C4ISR solutions provider, is pleased to announce the acquisition of DELTA Resources, Inc., a rapidly growing firm of 350 highly skilled professionals specializing in naval systems engineering and technical services for the US Navy’s most critical shipbuilding and Fleet modernization programs.

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, DELTA Resources provides the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Navy’s Program Executive Offices (PEOs) with C5I and weapons systems engineering, integrated product support, and a full spectrum of technical services. DELTA Resources also delivers information technology, cloud implementation, and cybersecurity engineering services to a growing customer base that includes the US Army and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

“I am excited to welcome the DELTA Resources team to VT Group,” said John Hassoun, VT Group President and Chief Executive Officer. “This acquisition adds differentiated technical expertise to our portfolio of Fleet modernization capabilities and positions VT Group as a leading provider of full lifecycle naval engineering services for the next generation of naval platforms and weapons systems.”

DELTA Resources founder and Chief Executive Officer Maria Proestou shared, “I am immensely proud of the DELTA Resources team, their commitment to our customers, and the business we’ve built together. This combination is the next chapter in our story. VT Group and DELTA Resources share a common vision, compatible cultures, complementary capabilities, and a customer-focused team of talented professionals.” Ms. Proestou will continue to lead DELTA Resources as a wholly-owned subsidiary of VT Group.

VT Group provides Defense Department customers with industry leading C4ISR modernization and sustainment solutions and full lifecycle engineering in the air, ashore, and at sea. Its US Navy prime contract customers include the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and its capabilities span the engineering lifecycle spectrum, from concept development and design through installation, integration, and sustainment. Chief Growth Officer Sunil Ramchand added, “In the Program Executive Offices, at the Systems Commands, and on the deckplates of every class of warship and submarine in the Fleet, VT Group is honored to support the US Navy and proud to provide our Sailors with the warfighting capabilities of tomorrow.”