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Submerged Submarine Communications Link Established

November 26, 2008
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Navy has successfully conducted the first large-scale test of a technology that enables commanders to communicate with a submerged submarine, regardless of its speed and depth. In the final evaluations of the Deep Siren tactical paging system, which were held in June and August, a Navy submarine deployed special communications buoys that reached the surface to establish a communications link between the vessel and the test team in Norfolk, Virginia. The Deep Siren buoys can receive and transmit satellite communications, converting them to acoustic signals.

Free YMCA Memberships for Military Families

December 1, 2008
By Rita Boland

Families of deployed members of the National Guard, Reserve and active duty service members on independent duty and their families are eligible for free family memberships at participating YMCAs in their local communities. The free memberships for Guard and Reserve families are available when service members are deployed for at least six months, and the deploying family member is eligible for a three-month pre- and post-deployment membership.

SAIC Receives Army Contract for Mobile Gamma Ray Imaging Systems

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a $98 million firm-fixed-price contract by the U.S. Army for the procurement of 50 militarized mobile gamma ray imaging systems for non-intrusive inspection of vehicles and cargo as well as maintenance of these systems.

ITT Wins $160 Million Navy Systems Engineering Support Contract

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

ITT Corporation's communications system business has received a five-year, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The contract has a potential value of $160 million. ITT will provide field and systems engineering support services for the U.S. Navy's Fleet Systems Engineering Team.

Alion Awarded $77 Million Contract for Repair Parts-on-Demand Technology and Services

November 26, 2008
By Katie Packard

Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a contract worth up to $77 million to develop just-in-time solutions for military vehicle, aircraft and equipment parts and systems. Alion will develop and deliver solutions to facilitate the return of the equipment to service and may re-engineer essential parts to reduce costs and give the equipment a longer useful life.

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.

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.

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