The Air National Guard has awarded a series of new task orders to Telos Corporation to conduct an inside plant information transport system modernization at 10 Air National Guard sites across the country. The task orders, awarded under the Network Centric Solutions contract vehicle, cover the first three waves of the project and total close to $16 million.
General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies received a $40.7 million contract from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to build two additional 34-meter (112-foot wide) beam waveguide antennas as part of NASA's modernization and transformation plan to continue scientific studies of the Earth as well as explore distant bodies in the solar system. The new antennas will be located at the Deep Space Network facility in Canberra, Australia. Originally designed by JPL and built by General Dynamics, the antennas enable the Deep Space Network to communicate with existing flight missions such as the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spitzer Space telescope, Saturn explorer Cassini, as well as support future NASA space missions. Beam waveguide-style antennas house sensitive electronics and systems in a room that is inside of the antenna's ground-based pedestal rather than in the center of the dish or reflector, making it easier for technicians to maintain the equipment as well as implement technology upgrades.
SRC Incorporated, Syracuse, New York, recently received two contract awards with a total potential value of up to $12 million for its Foliage Penetrating, Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FORESTER), an airborne radar system that penetrates through foliage to track people and vehicles on the ground. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Simulation and Training Technology Center awarded SRC more than $1 million for the FORESTER Signal Processing Enhancements Program and another potential $11 million for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Foliage Penetration (FOPEN) Ground Moving Target Indicator Radar Exploitation and Planning program.
Rockwell Collins Incorporated, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a more than $7 million contract modification to provide AN/ARC-210(V) electronic radio and ancillary equipment in support of the CH-53E program, to include 132 each: MT-4935 mounting bases; MT-7006 amplifier mounts; AM-7526 high-power amplifiers; MX-11745 LNA diplexer with high-power radio frequency switches; satellite communications antennas; and satellite communications antenna gaskets. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a potential $28 million contract to provide the fiscal 2011 Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems integration support services. The Strategic Systems Programs, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
Logos Technologies Incorporated, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded a $10 million order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for a Phase III small business innovation research project that supports Topic SB072-019 "Wide Area Video Image Storage Techniques" and Topic SB072-017 "False Alarm Mitigation." This order provides services in support of: wide area persistent surveillance aerostat payloads and ground stations, integration and maintenance in-theater; integration onto persistent ground surveillance systems platforms; lightweight expeditionary airborne persistent surveillance; and the Army global civil military emergency preparedness and persistent threat detection system. The work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia; Afghanistan; and Yuma, Arizona, and is expected to be completed in January 2013. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
UES Incorporated of Dayton, Ohio was awarded a $35 million contract to conduct research on the effect of and interactions produced by lasers on materials, structures and sensor components and configurations of interest to the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated System Sector of San Diego, California, was awarded a nearly $46 million contract modification for the advance procurement long lead items associated with two Block 30 and two Block 40 Global Hawk Air Vehicles, two in-line Airborne Signals Intelligence Payloads, two Multi-Platform RADAR Technology Insertion Program Sensors, two in-line EISS Sensors and other items and activities required to protect the production schedule for Lot 10. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity.
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The National Geospatial-lntelligence Agency (NGA) welcomed its first wave of employees at its new facility located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on Tuesday. Approximately 300 personnel reported to work at NGA Campus East, the first of 38 groups that will make the move to the eight-story building between now and September 15, 2011, the day of the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.