Lockheed Martin has been selected by NASA to build the next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series, known as GOES-R, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The basic contract is for two spacecraft and has a total estimated value of $1.09 billion, including options.
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Cubic Corporation has received a $10.6 million contract to produce basic skills trainers and student and instructor stations for the Javelin Field Tactical Trainer under contract to the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture.
AAI Corporation has been awarded a 12-month contract valued at approximately $3 million by the U.S. Army's Project Manager Soldier Weapons organization for 50 Projectile Detection and Cueing (PDCue) gunshot detection systems. PDCue will be integrated on an up-armored M1151 vehicle with the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, or CROWS II. The PDCue four-corner system incorporates modular design and open architecture to ensure seamless plug-and-play integration of the system with weapon stations such as CROWS II. The integrated systems are expected to be fielded with the Army overseas for operational evaluation.
Argon ST Incorporated has been awarded an $11 million contract to deliver advanced Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and systems to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Argon will provide the Army with advanced ISR capabilities based on its Prism product, which is designed to enable users to maintain a tactical advantage through rapid insertion of software enhancements.
Alion Awarded Task Order Worth $2 Million for Naval Shock and Vibration Engineering Design and Testing
Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a task order with a value of nearly $2 million to provide technical expertise on shock and vibration testing and design for the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). Alion will conduct underwater explosion shock and vibration testing for Navy ship programs such as the DDG 1000. This includes supplying subject matter expertise in establishing, implementing, monitoring and enforcing shock and vibration requirements related to ongoing ship design and construction programs that NSWC supports. DDG 1000 is the first in a class of the U.S. Navy's multi-mission surface combatants tailored for the littoral, air and subsurface warfare.
Alliant Techsystems Awarded $26 Million Contract to Develop and Manufacture Space Threat Assessment Testbed System
Alliant Techsystems has been awarded a $26.1 million contract by the U.S. Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center for the design, fabrication, installation and testing of the Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT) System. STAT will create a realistic space environment to perform developmental and early operational testing of space hardware for the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Reconnaissance Office and other federal agencies.
CACI Awarded $29 Million Information Technology Task Order With State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security
CACI International Incorporated has been awarded a $29 million prime task order to continue its support for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Chief Technology Officer. The task order provides real-time services for the operation, maintenance and development of information technology systems that enable the Bureau to conduct State Department security and law enforcement missions.
General Dynamics Awarded $52 Million Engineering and Support Contract for TRIDENT Ballistic Missile Systems
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been awarded a $52 million contract by the U.S. Navy to provide operational support; field engineering, repair and return services; training; and system development for the U.S. and U.K. TRIDENT II (D5) Fire Control System. The contract also includes SSGN Attack Weapons Control Systems life-cycle cost control and technology refresh work.
Future U.S. Navy submarines will be able to obtain a better operational picture by launching their own unmanned aerial systems (UASs). A recent test by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island, demonstrated that a submerged vessel can deploy a UAS at sea.
The demonstration simulated the submarine launch of a specialized UAS to collect intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data in a littoral environment. During the demonstration, two launch vehicles were deployed over the side of a surface ship. The vehicles descended to 80 feet and then surfaced. Once on the surface, the craft stabilized themselves in variable sea states, aligned into the wind and then launched a dummy UAS.
The test, which took place at the Narragansett Bay Shallow Water Test Facility Range, Rhode Island, is part of the Navy's Submarine Over the Horizon Organic Capabilities (SOTHOC) program. Future SOTHOC tests will deploy a UAS from a submerged submarine to evaluate its performance in a maritime interdiction mission. The UAS and its deployable launch vehicle are designed and manufactured by the Raytheon Company.
Single-frequency amplifiers are being developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) new Revolution in Fiber Lasers program. The program is designing building blocks to combine laser beams that can be scaled to a weapons-class power level while maintaining good beam quality.