AeroVironment Incorporated has been awarded $4.6 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of peforming hover/perch and stare missions. The stealthy, persistent, perch and stare UAS is being procured and deployed by both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps.
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General Atomics Aeronautical System has received a $7.9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to acquire three extended-range multi-purpose Block 0 unmanned aircraft in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
The Boeing Company has been awarded a U.S. Army contract valued at approximately $36 million to continue developing a truck-mounted, high-energy laser weapon system. Boeing will complete the design of a rugged beam control system on a heavy expanded mobility tactical truck. Boeing then will build, test and evaluate the system. Boeing also will develop the system-engineering requirements for the high-energy laser technology demonstrator laser weapon system.
BAE Systems has been named as a prime contractor on the U.S. Air Force's future flexible acquisition and sustainment tool contract. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract could be worth up to $6.9 billion divided among the prime contractors. BAE will continue to provide modifications, development and maintenance on all Air Force- and Air Force Special Operations Command-managed weapons.
TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated (TCS) has received a $3.3 million contract to support the U.S. Marine Corps for its wireless point-to-point link network solution. TCS will deliver systems for use by the Marine Corps in support of operation Enduring Freedom and operation Iraqi Freedom.
BBN Technologies has been awarded $8.9 million in funding by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under the third phase of the disruption tolerant networking (DTN) program. The DTN program's primary goal is to develop and field network services that deliver critical information reliably. Under this latest award, BBN will integrate the DTN system into fielded military networks that may combine several types of nodes, including wireless, satellite and vehicle-mounted.
ViaSat Incorporated has delivered 2000 enhanced bandwidth efficient modems (EBEM) for U.S. Defense Department teleport and U.S. Navy operations. The EBEMs include efficient modes for high-speed, point-to-point satellite communications. ViaSat has received follow-on orders for additional EBEMs from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command headquarters.
CACI International Incorporated has received an estimated $26 million, five-year task order contract to support the U.S. Army deputy chief of staff/G-3, director of force management. Under the award, which is part of CACI's information technology enterprise solutions 2 services contract vehicle with the Army, CACI will provide operations, maintenance and enhancement support for the Army's force management system.
SprayCool will supply electronics enclosures for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial system under a production contract by Northrop Grumman. Under the contract, Block 30 aircraft will be outfitted with two SprayCool enclosures that will host Northrop Grumman's processing electronics in support of its airborne signals intelligence payload.
ITT Corporation has received a $23 million contract by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence for head-mounted night vision systems (HMNVS). HMNVS is a lightweight, single-battery monocular unit that provides enhanced mobility and reliability for soldiers during ground-based operations.