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General Dynamics Receives Navy Contract for SPAWAR

April 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology is being awarded a $51 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a cost-plus-fixed-fee pricing arrangement to support the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Secure Voice and Defense Red Switch Network as well as information assurance and interoperability programs/systems.

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract for Development of Electronic Circuits

April 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission System has received a $6.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development of critical devices and integration technologies necessary to realize compact, high-performance electronic circuits that operate at a center frequency of 1.03THz.

Army Awards Contract for Situational Awareness

April 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

Telcordia Technologies Incorporated has received a $9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide situational awareness to a small group of dismounted warfighters.

Lockheed Martin Awarded Foreign Military Sales Contract

April 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Corporation has been awarded a $10 million contract for the procurement of 13 M1A2 and M60A3 conduct of fire trainers and one M1A2 tank trainer's updates under a Foreign Military Sale contract for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Procurement includes delivery of trainer kits, spares, training, on-site acceptance and test, and technical data.

Skanska Brandt Engineering Receives Contract for Construction, Design of Research Laboratory

April 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

Skanska Brandt Engineering has been awarded a $61 million firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of the Tri-Service Research Laboratory, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.

TCS Receives $14.9 Million World-Wide Satellite Systems Order From Army

April 6, 2009
By Katie Packard

TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received a $14.9 million contract order from the U.S. Army to provide Transportable Ground Receive Suites and related spare parts to support the Global Broadcast Service. This award was made under the Army's $5 billion World-Wide Satellite Systems indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract vehicle in support of the program manager for the Warfighter Information Network - Tactical.

Army Modifies Radar Systems

April 5, 2009

The U.S. Army is enhancing its mobile ground-based radars designed to detect incoming enemy artillery rounds. The AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder weapon-locating radar is a long-range system that is being deployed across the service to locate the sources of enemy mortar, artillery and rocket fire, and to relay that data for counterfire by friendly units. As part of the Army's Reliability Maintainability Improvement (RMI) program, the entire inventory of AN/TPQ-37 and AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder systems will be modified with a modular, air-cooled transmitter and new common radar processors. ThalesRaytheonSystems officials, the company that is contracted for the modifications, note that the upgrades will significantly reduce life-cycle costs, provide higher operational availability and extend the radar's expected operational life to the year 2030. The modifications are part of a $285 million production contract.

Navy Sends BAMS to Air Force

April 4, 2009

A U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is part of the joint mission of the U.S. Air Force 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. The new role marks the first operational mission for the BAMS UAS-a maritime derivative of the RQ-4 Global Hawk-although the aircraft has been used in noncombat roles. BAMS' arrival in Southwest Asia is the culmination of more than five months of a joint effort to stand up a maritime surveillance presence in the region. The move came when Navy officials responded to a Defense Department request for more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets in the area. Air Force personnel will control the system at the forward operating location, and Air Force instructors will train naval aviators. Experts from both military services have come together to create a process to ensure that differences in operational and maintenance rules and standards are identified and resolved quickly.

France Improves Identification Crypto

April 3, 2009

The French navy and air force are adding new encryption technology to their identification friend-or-foe (IFF) systems to reduce the chance of enemy interception and analysis. The new encryption is being applied to more than 1,000 IFF systems equipping the two services. The equipment will help ensure that links between aircraft transponders and ground-based interrogators are not read or corrupted by new interception technologies now appearing in the battlespace. The existing IFF systems receiving the encryption upgrades will be able to respond quickly and reliably in an electronic warfighting environment, company officials say. The French government has awarded a 30 million contract to EADS Defense and Security for the new IFF encryption suite.

Army Adds EW Career Field

April 3, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Army is establishing an Electronic Warfare (EW) 29-series career field for officers, warrant officers and enlisted personnel that will cover topics ranging from information operations to improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Approximately 1,600 EW personnel will be added to the Army during the next three years. The service is considering expanding the career field by as many as 2,300 in the near future.

Personnel in this career field will be considered experts in fighting the threat of IEDs. In addition, they will guide commanders in the effects of the electromagnetic spectrum on operations as well as counsel them about how friendly EW can support tactical and operational objectives.

Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, USA, former commander of Multinational Corps-Iraq, identified the urgent need for EW specialists and capability in 2006 when he placed U.S. Navy EW officers with ground combat units in Iraq to manage electromagnetic spectrum. Creating the new Army career field enables more
efficient soldier preparation to help mitigate ways enemies use electromagnetic spectrum against U.S. troops, Gen. Chiarelli says.

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