Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, has been awarded a $37 million contract from the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to upgrade its Joint Tactical Information Distribution Systems (JTIDS) radio terminals. JTIDS terminals provide jam-resistant digital communication of data and voice for command and control, navigation, relative positioning and identification. DLS will incorporate cryptographic modernization and frequency remapping upgrades into fielded JTIDS Class 2 terminals. The four-year program will provide operation, maintenance and sustainment for the projected service life of the JTIDS terminals through the year 2035 by adding product improvements that will allow JTIDS platforms to continue to participate in the Link 16 network, the tactical data link network used by NATO and coalition forces that allows aircraft, ships and ground forces to share a tactical picture in near-real time.
Integral Systems Incorporated recently announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Strategic Command to provide worldwide interference geolocation services. Under the terms of the contract, the company will provide U.S. Cyber Command, a sub-unified command, with commercial satellite geolocation services. The geolocation services contract provides Cyber Command's Global Satellite Communications Support Center at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, access to actionable information via Integral's global network of advanced digital signal processing monitoring sensors, geolocation systems and tri-band (C-, X- and Ku-band) antennas.
Autonomic Resources recently announced that it has been awarded one of the General Services Administration's first blanket purchase agreements for the first government-wide contract for cloud computing. Under this agreement, Autonomic Resources will offer public cloud services to provide U.S. government customers with simplified computing power, storage, and networking infrastructure that can be acquired and utilized on-demand, all from certified data centers with enhanced multi-factor authentication access. Autonomic Resources is one of only a few vendors to have met the technical requirements necessary to be awarded a GSA contract for cloud computing.
L-3 Services Incorporated, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, is being awarded a $17 million contract for critical engineering and technical services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Special Communications Requirements Division. Services will support legacy, current and next-generation telecommunication and related system requirements for various Navy, Army, Air Force, special operations forces, and other agencies. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Space and Missions Systems Corporation, San Jose, California, recently received two MQ-9 Reaper awards. The first is a contract valued at more than $23 million, which provides for the design and build of a pod-mounted prototype for the MQ-9 platform. The second is a contract modification, for which more than $5 million has been obligated. Under the modification, Northrop Grumman will provide for a prototype sensor for the MQ-9 installed in a pod to support a limited flight demonstration of the Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload-2 functionally. The contractor shall support the General Atomics effort to certify the pod for airworthiness on the MQ-9. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
APSCO Incorporated, Columbia City, Indiana, is being awarded a nearly $27 million contract modification for 4,999 AN/SSQ-101A sonobuoys in support of Navy antisubmarine forces for the mission of detection, classification and localization of adversary submarines during peacetime and combat operations. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Defense Department is focusing on protecting information rather than on the network that carries it. The department is developing "a black core with a transport mechanism" to secure vital information, according to Dr. Ronald Jost.
Warfighters in the field are exploring new uses for commercial technologies and capabilities. Activities such as chat, web portal access and texting are driving development of new systems and improved capabilities.