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BAE Systems to Extend Royal Navy's Medium-Range Radars

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

BAE Systems has been awarded a $194 million contract by the Ministry of Defence to provide next-generation medium-range radars (MRR) for the majority of the Royal Navy surface fleet and for the future aircraft carriers.

U.S. Navy Selects GeneSiC for Small Business Innovation Awards

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

GeneSiC Semiconductor Incorporated has been awarded two small business innovation research (SBIR) awards by the U.S. Navy. The awards allow GeneSiC to develop high-voltage silicon carbide (SiC) devices that are critical for enabling the integration of high-power radars, directed energy weapons (DEW) and ship propulsion systems with the modern on-board power sources.

WareOnEarth Communications Receives Contract for Information Assurance Technical Services

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

WareOnEarth Communications Incorporated received a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, $9.5 million contract to provide technical services that support U.S. tactical and strategic operations with emphases on information assurance and automated sensor systems. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

SFA Awarded $10 Million Contract

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

SFA Incorporated is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for $10 million for the research, development and applications-oriented activities in the generation of sensing systems, integrated optics and communication systems. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Stanley Receives Contract for U.S. Marine Corps Information Systems Office

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

Stanley Incorporated has been awarded a five-year, $22 million firm-fixed-price contract by the Global Combat Support Systems-Marine Corps (GCSS-MC) to continue support of the logistics information systems (LIS) office. Stanley will provide program management, software configuration management, system operation and system maintenance support services.

Lockheed Martin to Accelerate Product and Delivery of Radar Systems

August 6, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors (MS2) has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for $84,287,332 for accelerating the product and delivery of the 12 enhanced AN-TPQ-36 initial production radar systems currently listed as options in another contract (W15P7T-06-C-T004). CECOM Acquisition Center, Forth Monmouth, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

From Beanbags to Bomblets

August 4, 2008
By H. Mosher

U.S. military ground troops have received their first fully modular ground robot system that can launch a variety of munitions, from 40-millimeter beanbags to 40-millimeter high-explosive grenades. The Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS) features a unibody chassis with a plug-and-play design, so warfighters will be able to expand its capabilities as new accessories and attachments become available.
As currently designed, MAARS works at a range of over half a mile from the human controller. Features include loudspeakers, a green pulsing laser and a two-way communications system. MAARS also can be used to launch smoke, star clusters and pepper spray as well as engage the enemy with an M240B machine gun firing 7.62-millimeter ammunition.

MAARS is a tracked vehicle that can traverse a variety of terrains, including stairs, but it also can be outfitted with wheels to increase travel speed while reducing noise. The turret also can hold a drop-in manipulator arm as well as several types of weapons and sensor packages.

General Dynamics C4 Systems to Provide Digital Modular Radios to U.S. Navy

August 4, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $23 million contract for AN/USC-61(C) digital modular radios (DMRs), the U.S. Navy's standard communications system for newly constructed ships and submarines. General Dynamics C4 Systems has delivered more than 370 DMRs for use throughout the fleet and at Navy shore sites, enabling secure short-range and global communications using U.S. military standard waveforms.

ManTech Awarded $124 Million Contract to Support State Department's Global Information Technology Modernization Program

August 4, 2008
By Katie Packard

ManTech International Corporation has received a five-year, $124 million contract from the U.S. State Department to support the global information technology modernization (GITM) program. ManTech will support the State Department's Bureau of Information Resource Management Program Management and Analysis Directorate to centrally manage the worldwide modernization of the department's computer networks.

Stanley Incorporated Receives Contract to Support U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Futures Directorate

August 4, 2008
By Katie Packard

Stanley Incorporated has been awarded a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a $300 million ceiling by the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), Futures Directorate. Stanley will provide technology, engineering and integration services to support INSCOM's worldwide intelligence operations.

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