General Dynamics Conducts Advanced Submarine Research and Development

December 10, 2010
By George Seffers

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $7 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Under this award Electric Boat will perform advanced submarine research and development studies in support of a wide range of technology areas including manufacturing, maintenance, survivability, hydrodynamics, acoustics and materials. Electric Boat also will conduct research and development work in areas such as manning, hull integrity, performance, ship control, logistics, weapons handling and safety. The contract also supports near-term Virginia-class technology insertion, identification of Ohio-class replacement technology options, future submarine concepts and core technologies. If all options are exercised and funded, the contract has a potential value of $711.4 million over a total of five years.

L-3 Receives Research and Development Contract Modification

December 10, 2010
By George Seffers

L-3 Communications Services Incorporated, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, was recently awarded a contract modification valued at more than $8 million to exercise an option for research and development of electronics and communications equipment/operational systems in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

SEDNA Provides Acoustic Interception and Countermeasures

December 10, 2010
By George Seffers

SEDNA Digital Solutions, Manassas, Virginia, is being awarded a $14 million modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for the production of AN/WLY-1 acoustic interception and countermeasures systems and technology insertion kits, active intercept and ranging systems, and Archival Media Center systems, including pre-cable kits, maintenance assistance modules, and spares in support of Navy submarine programs. Also included are engineering services and ordering provisions for spare parts. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Cloaking Sleight of Hand Could Make Troops Out of Sight

December 10, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Cloaking technology that could enable troops to hide in plain sight is still in the R&D stage. Advances made by the U.S. Army Research Lab and participating universities, however, mean the ability to achieve invisibility is no longer just within the purview of the Stealth fighter of years past. How far into the future will "cloaks of invisibility" become standard-issue gear? Are other organizations studying this capability and working to collaborate? Share your thoughts here.

Homefront Help: Solar Power Discounts

December 9, 2010
By Rita Boland
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Entertainment, lodging and vehicles may seem like obvious choices for military discounts-but home power systems? Activity duty and retired military members in San Diego County, California, can enjoy price breaks on that, too, thanks to a deal by Stellar Solar.

AeroVironment Receives Norwegian Defense Logistics Organization Contract

December 8, 2010
By George Seffers

AeroVironment Incorporated recently announced it received an order valued at nearly $5 million under a contract with the Norwegian Defense Logistics Organization. The order comprises new Raven small, unmanned aircraft systems, spares, training services and logistics support. Delivery of the systems is scheduled for early calendar 2011.