The U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command has awarded ViaSat a limited production order valued at $14.4 million for 41 Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) terminals. The terminals are for use in F/A-18E/F and E-8C Joint STARS aircraft and spares.
SRC has been awarded two contracts with a combined value of $8.1 million for its Foliage Penetration Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar, known as FORESTER. The first award is $5.3 million by the U.S. Army and the second was for $2.8 million from the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act for FORESTER technology improvements. The Army contract is for an additional radar system to support ongoing unmanned aerial vehicle research and development efforts.
Although the U.S. Navy has been in the cyber arena for many years, today the service officially moved into the operational cyber domain as Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, USN, took command of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet.
The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation has awarded the Boeing Company a five-year in service support contract for Project Wedgetail valued at $600 million. Wedgetail is Australia's airborne early warning and control aircraft program based on the Boeing 737 aircraft. Under the contract, Boeing will provide acquisition, program management, integration and engineering services.
"Once you put that information into a PowerPoint format, that plan is almost immediately stale. Weather continues to change; intelligence updates might continue to come in; there might be impacts to some of the sorties suggested. All of those cannot be captured in a manual PowerPoint presentation unless you have someone there constantly updating it."--Stacy Furcini, ISPAN division chief
Next week is the West 2010 Conference in San Diego. For those of you who will be attending the conference, we look forward to seeing you there. If you're unable to attend but want to keep up with the conversations and discussions, there are plenty of ways to tune in.
The U.S. Navy established the Navy Cyber Forces (CYBERFOR) today at the Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek-Fort Story in Norfolk, Virginia. Vice Adm. H. Denby Starling II, USN, assumed command of CYBERFOR.