Many recognize that our existing organizational and acquisition models can't respond quickly enough to meet the cyber challenge. Why not establish a neutral entity to act as an impartial system integrator that collaborates global efforts and resources to anticipate and defend against our cyber adversaries?
Elbit Systems Limited, Haifa, Israel, recently announced that its Brazilian subsidiary, Aeroeletrônica Ltda., was awarded a framework contract, valued at up to 440 million Brazilian reals-approximately $260 million-for the supply of UT30 BR 30 millimeter unmanned turrets to the Brazilian army's land forces, as part of the Guarani Project. The contract calls for Elbit Systems' UT30 BR to be installed onboard a few hundred Iveco 6X6 armored personnel carriers.
NASA has awarded a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Greenbelt, Maryland, for Systems Engineering for In-Space Servicing. This 18-month contract has a value of $31 million. Lockheed Martin will provide systems and discipline engineering support to develop and execute two demonstrations to test and verify new robotic servicing capabilities using the Dextre robot aboard the International Space Station. The Canadian Space Agency's Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, or Dextre, is a two-armed robotic system designed to perform intricate maintenance and servicing tasks, which previously would have required spacewalks.
Harris Corporation has been awarded a potential $475 million order to supply military and land mobile radio systems to international partners of the U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Defense. The five-year contract was awarded by the U.S. Army's Communications Electronics Command and covers the Harris RF Falcon II and Falcon III radio portfolio Multiband Networking, and RF-7800S Secure Personal radios, as well as public safety and professional communications land mobile radios.
ARTEL Incorporated recently received the first contract award to provide satellite services under a new $5 billion General Services Administration and Defense Information Services Agency joint-contract vehicle. The order, which is worth tens of millions of dollars, was awarded under the Future Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Services Acquisition (FCSA) contract, under the GSA schedule, to provide transponded capacity and subscription services.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Maritime Systems and Sensors Tactical Systems, Eagan, Minnesota, is being awarded a more than $47 million contract modification for mission system spares required for the initial outfitting of new avionics components for 12 P-3C aircraft for the government of Taiwan under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
CACI Incorporated, Chantilly, Virginia, was recently awarded an $8 million contract to provide simulation-supported battle command staff training exercises for pre- and post-mobilizing soldiers. The U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Army saw the need for more ISR support in Afghanistan, asked for it and got it-from the defense secretary-in the form of the Afghan Mission Network. The services now can increase their battlefield SA capabilities, but some may question whether the turnaround time was too fast for the network to be fully effective. Has it proved its mettle, or will time tell? Share your thoughts.