Today, military communications deploy diverse technologies that comprise the tactical and strategic converged networks needed to support warfighters' missions. Challenges exist in deploying and operating these networks that include a broad range of technologies including: VoIP, TDM, SatCom, cellular, tactical radios, SCIP, WiFi and GSM. Additionally, military communications must support the wide range of diverse and not necessarily interconnected networks which are comprised of legacy and emerging technologies.
ITT Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being awarded two contract modifications valued at a total of nearly $94 million for the Systems Engineering and Sustainment Integrator (SENSOR), which is to provide system engineering integration and sustainment of ground-based missile warning, missile defense, and space surveillance sensors. The SENSOR systems currently include ground-based radars and optical systems controlled and operated by U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command. Electronic Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors, Manassas Virginia, is being awarded a more than $14 million contract modification to deliver eight Integrated Submarine Imaging Systems (ISIS) for U.S. Navy submarines. Five systems shall be delivered to Virginia-class submarines, while the remaining three shall be delivered to SSN 688-class submarines. ISIS provides mission critical, all weather, visual, and electronic search, digital image management, indication, warning, and platform architecture interface capabilities for Navy submarines. ISIS rolls-up existing components and near term capabilities, and provides a robust architecture for efficiently inserting future capabilities as they become available. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity
Harris Corporation, Government Communications Systems Division, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded an approximate $8 million contract modification for the full rate production and support of 125 digital map computers for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Kuwait, Malaysia, and Finland. In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of 49 digital video map computers for the U.S. Navy and 52 extension housings for the governments of Kuwait, and Malaysia, in support of multiple aircraft platforms. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Army is awarding two nearly $450 million to BAE Systems Land and Armaments L.P., Troy, Michigan,and nearly $440 million to General Dynamics Land Systems Incorporated, Sterling Heights, Michigan, for the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program technology development phase. These contractors have been selected to develop competitive, affordable and executable designs for a new Army Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) over the next 24 months. The contract awards follow the Defense Department's formal approval of the GCV program to enter the technology development phase.
There's a first time for everything. On the final day of the DISA Customer and Industry Forum 2011, a first-ever panel of the chief information officers from the four branches of the military provided industry representatives with a look at the challenges they face in providing enhanced digital technologies to the warfighter.
A science-based software tool for the iPad allows first responders to learn from models of building damage and other conditions that occur after a disaster. Developed by Sandia National Laboratories, the Standard Unified Modeling, Mapping and Integration Toolkit (SUMMIT) enables firefighters, medics and police officers to visualize damaged buildings.