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.
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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.
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $40 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering and technical services to support standard missile production programs. This contract includes options that if exercised could bring the cumulative value of the contract to $334.4 million. The contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the Foreign Military Sales Program countries.
L-3 Services Incorporated is being awarded a $46.7 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services to operate and maintain the Technology Center for Cables and Connectors facility located at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Virginia.
Northrop Grumman Receives Immigration and Customs Enforcement Infrastructure System Task Order From Department of Homeland Security
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide an infrastructure system and commercial off-the-shelf solution for bed space, transportation and detainee location tracking that will significantly increase safety and security, reduce processing time, minimize network and cellular traffic and provide a common interface for DHS agents. The contract has a potential value of $44.35 million if all options are exercised. Under the terms of the task order, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector will provide the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of Detention and Removal Operations with an integrated system that will locate and track detainees, reserve detainee bed space among various facilities and manage detainee transportation. Northrop Grumman will provide the infrastructure and integrate this system with other DHS systems and solutions.
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.
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.
The U.S. Army has halted the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program because development costs have almost tripled to $942 million from $359 million. In addition, deliveries were scheduled to begin in 2009 but had been pushed back to 2013. Army officials say they need helicopters now and will re-evaluate the requirements for a reconnaissance helicopter. In the meantime, the service branch will put more effort into the existing Kiowa Warrior fleet. The Army will implement a safety enhancement program to standardize that fleet and improve its effectiveness in combat. The upgrades include improved sensors, weapons systems and survivability equipment.
In another example of how the military community can receive help through military organizations, the U.S. Defense Department has released comprehensive handbook outlining compensation and other benefits service members and their families are entitled to after separating or retiring from the military because of serious injury and illness