March 5, 2015

Boeing Aerospace Operations, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a $52,805,008 modification (P00228) to previously awarded contract FA8106-07-C-0001. Contractor will provide Avionics Modernization Program Phase II effort for the VC-25A aircraft to include Federal Aviation Administration approved avionics modification engineering services to manufacture or procure, install, and test one prototype. Work will be performed at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by May 30, 2018. Fiscal year 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $10,300,000 are being obligated at the time of award.

November 19, 2014

Rockwell Collins Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $72,500,000, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide post-deployment software support IV for the common architecture avionics system, cockpit management system and avionics management system for the Technology Applications Program Office to support the Army Special Operations aircraft fleet. The majority of the work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The last ordering period will end on November 30, 2019. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $80,997 are being obligated at time of award on task order 0001. This contract was a noncompetitive award in accordance with FAR 6.302-1. U.S.

June 26, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Four companies have been tapped to design the next generation of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). They are Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, The Boeing Company, Karem Aircraft Incorporated and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.

Current designs of VTOL aircraft have not been able to increase top speeds without sacrificing range, according to the agency. The VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) “seeks to overcome these challenges through innovative cross-pollination between the fixed-wing and the rotary-wing worlds, to enable radical improvements in vertical and cruise flight capabilities,” the agency states.

November 18, 2013

General Electric Aviation, Grand Rapids, Mich., is being awarded a $13,587,842 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the repair of various avionics components of the tactical moving map capability, and the AN-ASQ-215 mission data loader systems used in support of multiple platforms: F-18, AV-8B, V-22, and the H-60 aircraft. The Naval Supply Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity. 

April 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

Researchers at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, have developed a robotic batwing that could one day lead to more dynamic, dexterous and sophisticated wings for aircraft. The National Science Foundation, which supports the research, announced the breakthrough in its online publication Science Nation, along with a video. Unlike the wings of birds or insects, batwings are more like the human hand with many joints and skin, allowing bats to change the shape of their wings in-flight, researchers say. 

January 28, 2013
George I. Seffers

Southeast Aerospace Inc., Melbourne, Fla., is being awarded a $9,108,235 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, requirements contract for the purchase of part kits for Avionics System Upgrade (ASU) for the T-44 aircraft. This contract contains two option years, which if exercised, would bring the contract value to $18,275,151. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be provided under individual delivery order. The Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Jacksonville, Fla., is the contracting activity.

July 2, 2012
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Logistic Services Incorporated, Greenville, South Carolina, is being awarded a $44,648,529 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for prototyping, non-recurring engineering, fabrication, installation, integration, testing, debugging, technical support services, documentation, and maintenance of aircraft avionics systems, ground systems, and laboratory electronic and electromechanical equipment for presidential helicopter and executive transport programs. These efforts are in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Avionics Architecture and Systems Engineering Division (AIR-4.5.1). The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

April 23, 2012
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $126,512,656 contract modification for the production and delivery of 24 mission avionics systems and common cockpits for the MH-60R for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. In addition, this modification definitizes the previously awarded advance acquisition contract to a firm-fixed-price contract for RAN MH-60R systems.  Work will be performed in Ciudad Real, Spain and various locations throughout the United States. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

April 10, 2012
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $1,049,932,426 modification to definitize a previously awarded MH-60R/MH-60S mission avionics system/common cockpit advance acquisition contract to a firm-fixed-price, multiyear contract. This modification provides for the procurement of fiscal years 2012-2016 MH-60R Lot 10-14 mission avionics systems and common cockpits; MH-60 S Lot 14-17 common cockpits; and MH-60R/S integrated logistic support. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

July 27, 2011
By George Seffers

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a contract to provide systems integration and avionics for the KC-10 Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Cockpit Modernization Program. The contract, valued at more than $160 million over the life of the program, calls for Rockwell Collins to provide the flight management system, displays, data link communications and surveillance capabilities. The KC-10 aircraft is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces.

May 2, 2011
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $10 million contract option for the procurement of hardware and support associated with the T-45 Required Avionics Modernization Program. This procurement of 30 T-45 retrofit kits will include one additional spare mission display processor and associated engineering support efforts. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

December 27, 2010
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Marietta, Georgia, recently received a $16 million contract for the development, integration, and testing activities of the first C-5 block upgrade program 01 for those aircraft modified by the avionics modernization program. This portion of the upgrade program is to establish a common software baseline between the two programs and install a third core processing module. Warner Robins Air Logistics Center Aerospace Sustainment Directorate - Galaxy Division, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity.

October 29, 2010
By George Seffers

RADA Electronic Industries Limited recently announced that it has signed a contract for avionics installation design, valued at nearly $4 million. This contract is part of an upgrade program for fighter aircraft run by a South American customer, a program for which RADA also supplies various avionics units. RADA will design the installation of all upgraded units in the aircraft as well as support the customer in the implementation of these upgrades.

September 29, 2010
By George Seffers

Boeing Company Integrated Defense Systems, Wichita, Kansas, was awarded an $11 million contract modification, which will provide B-52 software updates to expand the offensive avionics system operational capabilities to correct deficiencies. Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity.

November 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

The Silent Knight terrain-following/terrain-avoidance (TF/TA) radar will allow special operations aircraft to fly low-altitude missions with a low probability of detection. The radar also features new capabilities such as color weather displays and tactical data to enhance pilot’s situational awareness.
New technologies enhance low-level flying for special operations.

August 2000
By Capt. Ronald J. Daskevich, USAF

Radar data interface system weaves information to find answers during time-critical operations.

In an age when information dominance is key to mission success, a unit traditionally tasked with evaluating and optimizing long-range, ground-based radar is evolving into a team with a data analysis mission.

Radar is a primary tool for defining what is occurring in U.S. airspace. A lone radar, however, provides a very limited view of an area based on location and specific environmental factors. A more accurate picture of an area of interest can be obtained when data from overlapping coverage of multiple radar sites is combined and analyzed.

May 2001
By Christian B. Sheehy

Program addresses need for enhanced diagnostic capabilities.

The U.S. Air Force is developing a software-based system that will allow aircrews to diagnose and predict equipment failure with greater speed and accuracy, keeping more aircraft in the air, not the hangar. In a renewed effort to maintain operational readiness through enhanced systems integration, the service is emphasizing the need for greater precision and efficiency across the spectrum of aviation maintenance.