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BBN Technologies Announces $12 Million in Funding for 29 Academic-Industrial Teams

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

BBN Technologies has awarded subcontract awards totaling $12 million for 29 academic/industrial research teams to build, integrate and begin to operate the first prototypes of the GENI suite of network research infrastructure. GENI prototyping is sponsored by the National Science Foundation to support experimental research in network science and engineering.

DynCorp Awarded Contract for Services for Republic of the Philippines

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

DynCorp International LLC is being awarded a $44.3 million contract to provide support services for Philippines operations support in the Republic of the Philippines for the Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.

Namtek Wins Contract for Support Services

October 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

Namtek Corporation, a small business, is being awarded a $9 million contract to provide installation of protected distribution systems; Secret Internet Protocol Routed Network/Non-secure Internet Protocol Routed Network support services; annual training and certification of personnel; annual certification and accreditation of classified enclaves; local area network security camera support; and local area network nuclear, biological and chemical sensor connectivity support. The Marine Corps Installation East Contracting Office, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, is the contracting activity.

October SIGNAL Highlights

October 3, 2008
By H. Mosher

The October issue of SIGNAL magazine is now available. You can read available web articles by visiting SIGNAL Online's Table of Contents

Direct Hit Quotes for October:

"What we don't want to do is give commanders history lessons."-Col. Chuck Mehle II, USA, commander, Joint Transformation Command for Intelligence, JFCOM, in "Laboratory Integrates Intelligence."

"It's not blind jamming. We call it smart or responsive jamming. It's responsive because we know the threat, and we respond to this specific threat."-Valery Rousset, director, Thales C4ISR marketing and capability development, command and intelligence unit, in "Jammers Transmit Battlefield Flexibility."

Featured Photo:
SIGNAL Today Featured Photo
Petty Officer 3rd Class Georganna Bowden, assigned to the "Chargers" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 14, gives the signal for a clear deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during an ammunition onload with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Alan Shepard. The George Washington is training with Carrier Air-Wing 5 during a transit to Japan where the ship will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

Alenia Receives $287 Million Contract with Air Force

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Alenia North America Incorporated is being awarded a firm-fixed-price contract not to exceed $287 million. This requirement is for the acquisition of 18 refurbished G222 aircraft to support the Afghan National Army Air Corps. The procurement also includes an initial inlay of spare parts and ground support equipment to support the fleet; technical manuals in English and Dari; two Very Important People modules; technical publications support; engineering studies; mission support kits; and contractor logistics support services. This effort supports foreign military sales to Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Places $152 Million Order for 12 Additional Lockheed Martin EQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition Radars

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Army has exercised $152 million in contract options for 12 additional systems from Lockheed Martin in order to accelerate the fielding of the new Enhanced AN/TPQ-36 Counterfire Target Acquisition radar. The EQ-36 radars will detect, classify, track and determine the location of enemy indirect fire such as mortars, artillery and rockets in either 90-degree or 360-degree modes.

Northrop Grumman Wins $125 Million Contract for Airborne Electronic Attack Systems

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a firm-fixed-price, 31-month contract from the U.S. Navy for additional improved capability III airborne electronic attack systems for its fleet of EA-6B Prowlers. The contract has a potential value of more than $125 million.

Herley Awarded $8.2 Million Navy Contract

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

Herley Industries Incorporated's subsidiary, Micro Systems Incorporated, has been awarded contracts valued at $8.2 million from Naval Air Systems Command PMA 208 of Patuxent River, Maryland. The award is for additional system hardware and target transponders to replace units that have been consumed in normal operations of the System for Naval Target Control (SNTC) and for sustaining logistics and engineering support of the products that have previously been delivered.

ViaSat Receives Additional Order for Multifunctional Information Distribution System Terminals

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

ViaSat Incorporated has been awarded an additional order valued at approximately $7 million for multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) terminals from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego. MIDS low-volume terminals are part of a tactical radio system that collects data from many sources and displays an electronic overview of the battlefield using secure, high-capacity, jam resistant, digital data and voice.

iRobot Awarded Two Army Contracts

October 3, 2008
By Katie Packard

iRobot Corporation has received an order totaling $5.8 million under its current xBot contract with the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). This is the fifth order under the $286 million, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) xBot contract, which will deliver spare parts and accessories for iRobot's PackBot 510 with FasTac Kit.

iRobot also has received an additional order under its current xBot contract with the PEO STRI totaling $13.3 million. This new investment marks the sixth order under the xBot contract, bringing the total contract value to approximately $63.6 million. Under this contract, iRobot will deliver 165 additional PackBot 510 with FasTac Kit robots to the Army. Developed to investigate suspicious objects, identify roadside bombs and other IEDs, as well as unexploded ordnance, the PackBot 510 with FasTac Kit easily adapts to the ever-changing requirements of bomb identification and other life-threatening missions.

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