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Harris Awarded Study Contract to Develop Communications Architecture for Air Force Light-Weight Satellites

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation has been awarded an eight-month study contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to develop a new modular communications architecture for satellites that weigh less than 400 kilograms and can be deployed quickly and cost-effectively. The study will support the Operationally Responsive Space Office at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, with systems engineering, requirements analysis and concept development of an architecture whereby common components are able to support multiple payloads.

BAE Systems Receives $6.6 Million Contract for Advanced Combat Helmets

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has received a $6.6 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency for approximately 30,000 Advanced Combat Helmets (ACH). BAE Systems' design offers high-level protection and flexibility and incorporates the latest technology in ballistic composite construction. ACH compatible technologies include the Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System, the Corona System, night vision goggles, communication devices, Global Positioning System sensors and more.

Air Force Reorganizes to Deter Nuclear Threats

November 24, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Air Force has created a new Air Staff directorate-aligned as A10-to strengthen the focus on nuclear enterprise. The Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Office began operations on November 1. The directorate is the second organizational change officials have implemented to improve nuclear focus. The first involved consolidating nuclear sustainment responsibility in the Air Force Materiel Command at the Nuclear Weapons Center. The Air Force also announced plans for a nuclear-only major command called Air Force Global Strike Command as its future field-operating construct for the nuclear enterprise.

Military Professional Resources Awarded Contract for Special Operations Command

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Military Professional Resources Incorporated, an L-3 Communications Company, has received a $75 million maximum order amount increase to its indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for global media development, production and dissemination in support of U.S. Special Operations Command.

Lockheed Martin and Air Force Modify Contract

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation and the U.S. Air Force are modifying a cost-plus-award-fee contract for $50 million. This modification will provide authority to proceed with architectural engineering, software enhancement development and coordinating schedule shifts to the existing Space-Based Infrared System baseline.

FLIR Systems Awarded Army Contract

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

FLIR Systems Incorporated has been awarded a $13 million firm-fixed-fee-price contract by the U.S. Army for Star FIRE III sensors and related cables and hardware for the Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) sensor components.

Raytheon Receives Contract for Technology Refreshments

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has been awarded a $77.4 million firm-fixed-fee-price contract by the U.S. Army for the continuous technology refreshment of Patriot PAC2 Forebodies to Guidance Enhanced Missile Plus (GEM) Frequency Generator Upgrades.

General Dynamics Awarded $64 Million for Tank Upgrades

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics has received a $63.7 million contract from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command to upgrade 180 tanks under the Abrams Improved Systems Enhancement Package (SEP) Reset program. As part of the reset program, M1A2 SEP Version One tanks are upgraded to the SEP Version Two configuration, which includes improved displays, sights, power and a tank-infantry phone.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Joint STARS Radar Modernization Contract

November 24, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a risk reduction study contract by the U.S. Air Force for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) Radar Modernization program. The $5.8 million study will look at risk reduction efforts involved in adapting the wide-area surveillance version of the MP-RTIP sensor, originally planned for the E-10A aircraft, for Joint STARS.

Raven Takes Digital Flight

November 21, 2008
By H. Mosher

The Raven unmanned aerial system (UAS) will be upgraded with a new digital datalink that will quadruple the number of available video channels and improve video quality, relay capability and encryption. The Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center developed the datalink, which has been transitioned to the production line. Until this time, the Raven has used an analog downlink to share video and telemetry information. However, video data that cannot be compressed prior to transmission consumes large amounts of bandwidth, and when the signal weakens, the full-motion video feed degrades. Switching to digital addresses these issues.

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