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Thales Awarded Helmet Mounted Display Contract

April 9, 2014

Thales Defense & Security Inc., Clarksburg, Md., is being awarded a $38,527,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Optimized Top Owl (OTO) Helmet Mounted Sight and Display (HMSD) Sustainment Capability services for the H-1 Aircraft program. This contract includes the facility, labor, materials, parts, test and tooling equipment required for the OTO repair capabilities transition plan from Bordeaux, France to the United States. In addition, this contract includes all maintenance, support activities, repairs, calibrations and technical data required to return the OTO HMSD associated items to a ready for issue condition. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-14-D-0014).

Savi to Provide Radio Frequency Identification Technology

April 9, 2014

Savi Technology Inc., Alexandria, Va., was awarded a $102 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Active Radio Frequency Identification hardware, software, documentation, and incidental services to authorized government users worldwide. Incidental services include training, warranty, and technical engineering services. Funding and work performance locations will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-D-0014).

Aerojet to Develop Miniature Satellite Propulsion System

April 9, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sacramento, Calif., has been awarded a contract from the Flight Opportunities Program Office at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Test Center to develop propulsion technology for miniature satellites that could possibly lower cost and accelerate mission schedules. Under the first phase of the contract, Aerojet Rocketdyne will develop and perform hot-fire tests on its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System. If selected for a flight demonstration in a second phase, the MPS-120 would be the first chemical propulsion system ever used on a CubeSat.

Kratos Supports Target Tracking and Control System

April 9, 2014

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., San Diego, Calif., recently announced its Micro Systems Inc. subsidiary recently received a contract modification from the U.S. Army valued at up to $6.64 million for additional engineering services option hours in support of the Target Tracking and Control System (TTCS), Target Interface Control Units (TICU) and associated ancillary equipment. Under the modification for additional option hours, Micro Systems may be issued option exercise modifications to provide engineering services to develop upgrades to the US Army TTCS, TICU, and associated ancillary equipment.

Entropic Appoints Manian as Senior VP

Entropic, San Diego, has appointed Vahid Manian as senior vice president of global engineering and operations.

Spectro Incorporated Names Spillane a VP

Spectro Incorporated, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, has named Mark Spillane as vice president of operations.

Rock Assigned to Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan

Maj. Gen. Anthony J. Rock, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as chief, Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan.

McConville Assigned to G-1, U.S. Army

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, USA, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy chief of staff, G-1, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.

Mangum Assigned to Army Training and Doctrine Command

Maj. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, USA, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commanding general/chief of staff, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. 

Helicopter Remote Piloting System Proves Successful

April 8, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Navy has successfully demonstrated the Autonomous Aerial Cargo and Utility System (AACUS), which allows current, full-size helicopters to be remotely controlled by a tablet device. Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, USN, chief of naval research, recently revealed that two young Marines at Quantico, Virginia, were able to land a full-size helicopter autonomously on an unprepared landing site with just one touch on a mini-tablet.

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