SIGNAL Blogs

December 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego is being awarded a $500 million modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract to provide additional funds for engineering development efforts in support of the System Development and Demonstration of the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter. The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

December 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Technical Services Company is being awarded a $14 million modification to continue the effort to transition the Wide-Body Airborne Sensor Platform from initial operating capability to full operating capability. The Missile Defense Agency, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

November 26, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Navy has successfully conducted the first large-scale test of a technology that enables commanders to communicate with a submerged submarine, regardless of its speed and depth. In the final evaluations of the Deep Siren tactical paging system, which were held in June and August, a Navy submarine deployed special communications buoys that reached the surface to establish a communications link between the vessel and the test team in Norfolk, Virginia.

December 1, 2008
By Rita Boland

Families of deployed members of the National Guard, Reserve and active duty service members on independent duty and their families are eligible for free family memberships at participating YMCAs in their local communities. The free memberships for Guard and Reserve families are available when service members are deployed for at least six months, and the deploying family member is eligible for a three-month pre- and post-deployment membership.

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a $98 million firm-fixed-price contract by the U.S. Army for the procurement of 50 militarized mobile gamma ray imaging systems for non-intrusive inspection of vehicles and cargo as well as maintenance of these systems.

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation's communications system business has received a five-year, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The contract has a potential value of $160 million. ITT will provide field and systems engineering support services for the U.S. Navy's Fleet Systems Engineering Team.

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a contract worth up to $77 million to develop just-in-time solutions for military vehicle, aircraft and equipment parts and systems. Alion will develop and deliver solutions to facilitate the return of the equipment to service and may re-engineer essential parts to reduce costs and give the equipment a longer useful life.

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation has been awarded an eight-month study contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to develop a new modular communications architecture for satellites that weigh less than 400 kilograms and can be deployed quickly and cost-effectively.

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has received a $6.6 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency for approximately 30,000 Advanced Combat Helmets (ACH). BAE Systems' design offers high-level protection and flexibility and incorporates the latest technology in ballistic composite construction. ACH compatible technologies include the Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System, the Corona System, night vision goggles, communication devices, Global Positioning System sensors and more.

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation and the U.S. Air Force are modifying a cost-plus-award-fee contract for $50 million. This modification will provide authority to proceed with architectural engineering, software enhancement development and coordinating schedule shifts to the existing Space-Based Infrared System baseline.

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

FLIR Systems Incorporated has been awarded a $13 million firm-fixed-fee-price contract by the U.S. Army for Star FIRE III sensors and related cables and hardware for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) sensor components.

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $77.4 million firm-fixed-fee-price contract by the U.S. Army for the continuous technology refreshment of Patriot PAC2 Forebodies to Guidance Enhanced Missile Plus (GEM) Frequency Generator Upgrades.

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics has received a $63.7 million contract from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command to upgrade 180 tanks under the Abrams Improved Systems Enhancement Package (SEP) Reset program. As part of the reset program, M1A2 SEP Version One tanks are upgraded to the SEP Version Two configuration, which includes improved displays, sights, power and a tank-infantry phone.

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a risk reduction study contract by the U.S. Air Force for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) Radar Modernization program. The $5.8 million study will look at risk reduction efforts involved in adapting the wide-area surveillance version of the MP-RTIP sensor, originally planned for the E-10A aircraft, for Joint STARS.

November 21, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $40 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering and technical services to support standard missile production programs. This contract includes options that if exercised could bring the cumulative value of the contract to $334.4 million. The contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the Foreign Military Sales Program countries.

November 21, 2008
By Katie Packard

L-3 Services Incorporated is being awarded a $46.7 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services to operate and maintain the Technology Center for Cables and Connectors facility located at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Virginia.

November 21, 2008
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunications Systems Incorporated has received a $5 million contract from the U.S. Defense Department for SwiftLink systems to support military communications interoperability initiatives.

November 21, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide an infrastructure system and commercial off-the-shelf solution for bed space, transportation and detainee location tracking that will significantly increase safety and security, reduce processing time, minimize network and cellular traffic and provide a common interface for DHS agents. The contract has a potential value of $44.35 million if all options are exercised.

November 21, 2008
By H. Mosher

The Raven unmanned aerial system (UAS) will be upgraded with a new digital datalink that will quadruple the number of available video channels and improve video quality, relay capability and encryption. The Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center developed the datalink, which has been transitioned to the production line. Until this time, the Raven has used an analog downlink to share video and telemetry information.

November 24, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Air Force has created a new Air Staff directorate-aligned as A10-to strengthen the focus on nuclear enterprise. The Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Office began operations on November 1. The directorate is the second organizational change officials have implemented to improve nuclear focus. The first involved consolidating nuclear sustainment responsibility in the Air Force Materiel Command at the Nuclear Weapons Center.

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