Inmarsat Navigation Ventures Limited, London, England, is being awarded an $18 million contract to develop and certify a transceiver terminal for the Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service provided by the I-4 constellation that is capable of operation from onboard a low earth orbit satellite; make appropriate modifications to the BGAN network to support space-based terminal equipment; support the integration of the space-based BGAN terminal with a government demonstration satellite; and support the on-orbit connectivity via the BGAN network for the demonstration satellite mission. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
ITT Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems, Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a nearly $10 million contract for investigations of anomalies; software engineering; systems engineering; software and firmware maintenance; support tools and facilities maintenance; documentation; and hardware maintenance and upgrade software support for the electronic warfare jammers AN/ALQ-165 and AN/ALQ-214. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and for the governments of Australia, Switzerland, Finland, and Taiwan under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.
The changeover to another generation of IT professionals is inevitable; it's happening right now. But does the federal IT community have a handle on just what this transition entails, and have the Defense Department and other organizations prepared adequately to take on the changes consistently and effectively? Will they end up with a deer-in-the-headlights look, or will they be able to adjust without a hitch? Discuss your ideas and suggestions here.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Eagan, Minnesota, was recently awarded a $7 million contract to design and develop highly integrated photonic devices for transition into current emerging tactical platforms for the U.S. Air Force and will develop key technology to overcome several of the existing constraints with respect to the integration and packaging of the current generation of photonic devices. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.
FLIR Systems Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $8 million contract for non-warranty repairs and spares for the maritime forward looking infrared radar; high-power microscopic field; and MicroStar systems. These systems are to provide maritime crafts, ground vehicles, and unmanned aircraft with all-weather, day/night, high-resolution, stabilized, forward-looking infrared thermal imaging capability to augment existing optical and radar sensors by imaging enemy forces on land, at-sea and in the air, particularly during periods of darkness and poor visibility. These systems enhance the detection, recognition, identification and tracking targets. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.
AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $24 million contract for 11 mobile maintenance facilities for the Shadow unmanned aircraft system for the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army. The Shadow provides flexible and responsive near real-time battle damage assessment, battle management support, and reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition to ground maneuver commanders. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, CCAM-AR-A, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Corporation, Los Angeles, has elected Sid Ashworth as corporate vice president of Government Relations. The company's Technical Services Sector, Herndon, Virginia, has appointed Kevin Mitchell as sector vice president of production operations.