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BAE Supports U.S. Navy Air Warfare Center

May 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $37,760,767 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option for engineering and technical services and supplies for the design, development, integration, test and evaluation, maintenance and logistics support of communication-electronic platform, equipment, systems and subsystems in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Requirements Division. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Exelis to Operate, Maintain and Defend Communications in Southwest Asia

May 13, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Exelis Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum value of $127,150,517 for the operation, maintenance and defense of Army communications in Southwest Asia and Central Asia. Work will be performed in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq and Qatar. The Army Contracting Command, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is the contracting activity. 

Harris to Upgrade Counter Communications System

April 29, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Harris Corp., Communication Systems, Palm Bay, Fla., has been awarded a modification to firm-fixed-price contract for two counter communications system (CCS) Block 10 increment 1 system upgrades. The value of this contract modification is $11,323,326 increasing the total contract value from $191,546,750 to $202,870,076. This modification provides for the exercise of an option for the upgrade of the CCS Block 10 system that will increase the overall capability using new, modified, and/or existing equipment. Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity.

U.S. Air Force Modifies Range Communications Contracts

March 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
InDyne Inc., Reston, Va., is being awarded a $34,107,547.11 contract modification for range operations, communications and information services. The contracting activity is the 30th Contract Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.  

LGS Innovations to Modernize Southwest Asia Communications Hub

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
LGS Innovations, Herndon, Va., recently announced it has been awarded a contract worth just over $49 million to upgrade the U.S. Army’s Main Communications Facility (MCF) in Southwest Asia. The MCF, designed as a state-of-the-art commercial communications operations center, will serve as the central information systems hub for the region. The MCF will house 9,000 square feet of usable equipment room space and will be capable of multiplexing and de-multiplexing circuits transported over copper, fiber, satellite, or terrestrial line of sight radios. LGS will engineer, furnish, install, test, and secure the Army’s extensive network, transmission, and voice infrastructure in Southwest Asia. The company has also been tasked to execute a critical cutover of transmission circuits as well as design, develop, furnish, and install a virtualized infrastructure to accommodate the migration of servers and their applications from existing facilities to the MCF.

Better Visibility Across the Battlefield

October 1, 2012
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Army’s system for enabling shared situational awareness to track friends or foes at the lowest tactical levels is undergoing multiple capabilities upgrades intended to increase the value of the technology. Advances include the ability to handle more data traffic, as well as better encryption, more timely reporting of position and improved navigation.

Tactical
 Communications 
Technology Reaches 
Inflection 
Point

October 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers

Military radio experts reveal emerging trends in acquisition and technology.

U.S. Air Force combat controllers set up communications to contact the special tactics operation center while conducting a drop zone survey in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during Operation Unified Response. Industry experts credit special operations forces for being
on the forefront of rapidly fielding cutting-edge tactical communications technology.

The current combat communications marketplace is undergoing major transformations, including budget restrictions, greater demands for data at the tactical edge and the emergence of smartphone technologies on the battlefield. Under such dynamic conditions, military forces may need to abandon the program of record acquisition model to provide the most state-of-the-art systems to the warfighters as rapidly and inexpensively as possible, some experts say.

The tactical communications market is at an “inflection point” for several reasons, says Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, USA (Ret.), who is vice president of government business development for the RF Communications Division at Harris Corporation, Melbourne, Florida. “Technology in the radio area, the mobile area, is changing rapidly. You have a demand for wideband services down to the tactical edge, and you have the downward pressure on the budget,” he explains. “When you put all that together, the department has to invest in a much more cost-effective way to take advantage of the technology. There’s an opportunity here for the Department of Defense to take a totally different direction.”

Saudi Arabia Purchases Voice Communications Capability

September 21, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Data Link Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded $6,912,840 for firm-fixed-price delivery order under a previously awarded contract for Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army platforms and other foreign users worldwide. This delivery order is for the government of Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity. 

ViaSat to Deliver Voice Communications to Turkey

September 21, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
ViaSat, Carlsbad, Calif., is being awarded $15,819,052 for firm-fixed-price delivery order under a previously awarded contract for Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army platforms. This delivery order combines purchases for the United States and the government of Turkey under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

Air Force Seeks Solution for Satellite Radio Costs, Delays

August 2012
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr., SIGNAL Magazine

One of the nation’s most critical multibillion-dollar next-generation satellite communications programs is being restructured. After shifting to a fixed-price contract, the U.S. Defense Department is inviting new industry competition for the Air Force’s advanced beyond-line-of-sight terminal program.

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