U.S. Marine Corps To Receive Helicopters Through Commercial Contract

June 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. has received a $546 million firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to manufacture and deliver UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters for the Marine Corps. Under the terms of the contract, awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Bell will provide 18 new UH-1Y aircraft; nine remanufactured AH-1Z aircraft; and two new AH-1Z aircraft. Work is expected to be completed in July 2013.

Energy Department Receives Wireless Boost Via Fortress Technologies

June 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Fortress Technologies has won a contract from the Department of Energy Savannah River National Laboratory to develop a series of 802.11 wireless network components. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will produce components that can be integrated into a layered solution to meet National Security Agency security requirements mandated for classified wireless data transmission up to the secret level. Fortress products supporting this effort include the FC-X Security Controller, ES520 Secure Wireless Bridge and ES210 Tactical Mesh Point.

Under Iridium Communications Contract, SpaceX To Launch Falcon 9 Vehicles to Satellites

June 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Iridium Communications Inc. has awarded a $492 million contract to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) for satellite space launch services. Under the terms of the contract, the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle will carry multiple Iridium NEXT satellites per vehicle, inserting the satellites into a low-Earth orbit as Iridium replaces its current satellite constellation. Efforts will take place over a two-year period starting in early 2015.

Alliant Techsystems To Produce Mortar Cartridges Under U.S. Contracting Command Agreement

June 17, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Alliant Techsystems Inc. has been awarded an $8.9 million firm-fixed-price contract to produce the 120-millimeter (mm) accelerated precision mortar initiative (APMI) with the goal of fielding the 120-mm precision-guided mortar cartridge. The contract, let by the U.S. Contracting Command, Joint Munitions and Lethality Contracting Center, will encompass all activities necessary to produce approximately 1,310 APMI cartridges at an estimated total value of $18.3 million.

Virtualization of Servers: The First Step Into the Cloud

June 16, 2010
By Paul Strassmann

Migration into a cloud environment by means of virtualization of servers is extremely attractive and has instant paybacks. Compared with other software-intensive improvements, the ability to combine servers in order to increase computer utilization from less than 20 percent to over 70 percent is the most attractive choice in the current environment, when cuts in IT budgets for FY12 and beyond are required by end of this July.

Homefront Help Launches on Facebook

June 15, 2010
By Rita Boland
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Come check out SIGNAL Connections' new Homefront Help page on Facebook! People and organizations can use the page as a forum to post messages of thanks and encouragement to the troops, tout organizations and programs that assist the military community and connect with other troop supporters.