For my February 2010 article, I interviewed members of the Defense Department's Human Spaceflight Payloads Office and Space Test Program about the experiments they help put into space. The projects impressed me, as did the sources' firm belief in the importance of what they do to help warfighters. At the end of our interview, I asked the gentlemen to indulge me on a personal question: "What would you recommend to a child like my son, who wants to grow up to become, as he calls it, 'a space scientist?'"
The U.S. Navy has awarded Alion Science and Technology a $71.8 million task order to provide acquisition management support to the Program Executive Officer for Ships, Acquisition Management (PEO Ships AM) Directorate. Under the five-year contract, the company will provide program management, business and financial planning, acquisition and configuration management, and enterprise resource planning implementation support to the directorate.
The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a full-rate production contract for AN/SPQ-9B shipboard radar systems designed to enhance the detection and tracking of high-speed threats such as sea-skimming anti-ship missiles. Under the fixed-price $26.2 million contract, the company will supply four shipsets. The contract includes options that could bring the total value to $281.5 million.
The Boeing Company has been awarded a $324 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the Electronics Systems Command at Hanscomb Air Force Base, Massachusetts, to upgrade France's fleet of four E-3F Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) aircraft, and the fleet's ground system. The mid-life upgrade will provide the fleet with new mission computers and systems designed to enhance network-centric operations; increase mission execution capability, reliability and effectiveness; and reduce life-cycle costs.
The research projects arm of DHS is crafting new tech tools to protect and enhance the national infrastructure.
Those of us on the East Coast are probably tired of looking at snow, but even if you're located elsewhere on the planet, you can download the NASA Images iPhone app for a variety of gorgeous sights.
The French Defence Procurement Agency has awarded Thales a contract to supply and install eight self-protection systems for French military EC725 Caracal Helicopters. The self-defense suite consists of radar warning, missile approach warning, laser warning and chaff/flare dispenser systems. The order brings the total number of French EC725's equipped with the system to 19 aircraft.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $170 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the U.S. Air Force to produce AGM-65D and AGM65G2 infrared-guided Maverick air-to-surface missiles for the United Arab Emirates. Under the agreement, Raytheon will build and provide life-cycle support for more than 500 new missiles.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract valued at $59 million for additional Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP). The order is the second increment of the Air Force's Sniper ATP Lot 9 contract. The Lot 9 increment will provide a total of 650 pods for the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and 12 international air forces.
EADS North America has received a five-year contract valued at $85 million from the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to provide commercial radar satellite data for use in intelligence, military and homeland security applications. Under the contract, the company will supply imagery from its TerraSAR-X synthetic aperture radar satellite, along with related products and direct downlink services.