BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems is being awarded a $9.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract for engineering service support for quick reaction dismounted guardian counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) electronic warfare systems. The engineering service support will include analyzing new IED threat devices and development of jamming waveforms to counter the devices.
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Aranea Solutions is being awarded an $18 million firm-fixed-price time and materials indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for support of the Joint Technical Data Integration System and other tactical logistics information technology programs. This contract includes a base year and three option periods that could bring the total estimated value of the contract to $70 million.
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Europe-based air traffic management system subsidiary, Park Air Systems, has been awarded a contract by prime contractor Aeronav Group to supply an extended-range very high frequency communications system to the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority. The system will deliver ground-to-air voice communications throughout the country's airspace, including the surrounding oceanic area.
Lockheed Martin and Australian Aerospace have signed a multi-year contract to provide Through-Life Support for the C-130J Super Hercules fleet operated by the Royal Australian Air Force. The contract is valued at $292 million. It will provide innovative solutions to C-130J maintenance and is designed to reduce the cost of ownership into the future.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a contract to develop the NextGen Terminal Data Distribution System (TDDS), which will make more efficient use of the crowded airspace in the U.S. The TDDS will automate flight information, resulting in improved capacity in the nation's airspace, and will facilitate the exchange of network-enabled data between disparate systems and integrate multiple data sources to better manage the airspace. Raytheon's Network Centric Systems leads the team, which includes Lockheed Martin's Transportation and Security Solutions Division, Intelligent Automation and Dnutch Associates.
Solpac Construction Incorporated, dba Soltek Pacific Construction Company, is being awarded $26 million for a firm-fixed price task order under a previously awarded multiple award construction for design and construction of a new Weapons and Armament Research, Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation Laboratory (RDT&E) Facility #3 at the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, California.
Verizon Business will provide network and data services at U.S. Defense Department installations around the world under a new contract awarded by the Defense Information Systems Agency. Under the Defense Information System Network Transmission Services-Pacific II contract, Verizon Business will provide telecommunications services at military installations and other government sites located in the Asia-Pacific region, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, the Middle East and the United States. The contract term is 10 years, if all options are exercised, and has a maximum value of $2.5 billion.
Referring to the today's young adults as the "Google Generation," Chris Anderson, editor in chief, Wired magazine, opened the FOSE conference by telling an audience of government and industry representatives that it's time for the government to catch up. Citizens have come to expect not only information from government agencies but also the ability to interact quickly with government organizations via the Web. Agencies-as well as large companies-have been slow to respond to this demand, Anderson stated.
When it comes to military technologies, it's all about the warfighter. The men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan know firsthand their greatest technological needs, and their counterparts back home are striving to provide them as quickly as possible. The combat experience also is providing grist for the design mill as engineers plan for the future. SIGNAL looks at the efforts underway to develop new warfighter technologies as well as what may lie ahead.