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Two Firms to Support Emerging Navigation Technologies

May 10, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services LLC, Annapolis, Md., is being awarded a $30,864,036 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, multiple-award contract for support of emerging navigation technologies for air and shipboard command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance system applications. Coherent Technical Services Inc., Lexington Park, Md., is being awarded a $29,057,148 contract. These contracts include project management, systems engineering, integration, requirements analysis, basic research, development, testing, and life-cycle sustainment of both software and hardware related to emerging and existing technologies. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

Unmanned Systems Soon May Offer Universal Remote

May 9, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

Unmanned vehicles may become joint platforms as new software allows operators using a standard control system to use craft employed by different services. So, an Army squad deep in the battlefield may be able to use data accessed directly from a Navy unmanned aerial vehicle to bring an Air Force strike to bear against enemy forces.

Northrop Grumman to Repair Growler Aircraft Electronic Attack System

May 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman, Bethpage, N.Y. is being awarded $7 million for ceiling-priced delivery order #7168 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement for the repair of 13 line items on the advanced electronic attack system used on the EA-18G Growler aircraft. The Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.
 

3 Phoenix Awarded Submarine Networking Contract

May 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
3 Phoenix Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a potential $75 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services to support software development, procurement of commercial off-the-shelf products, and hardware/software integration required to provide improved technology for U.S. Navy open architecture and network-centric operations and warfare systems in support of Virginia-class submarines and other submarine and surface ship systems. This effort is for a follow-on Phase III of a Small Business Innovative Research, topic number N04-138—Real-time Data Fusion and Visualization Interface for Environmental Research Data. These services will be rendered as needed to support the Navy's initiative to maintain the pace of performance improvement through judicious use of lower power electronics, advanced algorithm design, and innovative applications of open software and hardware. The Naval Sea Systems command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 
 

Army Contracts to Develop New Radar System

May 3, 2013

The U.S. Army is expanding its Range Radar Replacement Program (RRRP) with a high/medium power close-in radar system. The new mobile system will provide fine detail when tracking munitions and other targets at a range of at least 37 miles. The close-in radar system joins the fly-out radar system, the first range instrumentation radar system developed as part of the RRRP. The program aims to help the Army modernize test ranges through cost-effective, digital technologies.

The new radar system is a contract modification with General Dynamics C4 Systems valued at $16 million.

Boeing to Provide Computerized Fault Reporting System to Saudi Arabia

May 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

Boeing Defense, Space & Security, St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded a $13,650,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for F-15 C/D computerized fault reporting system (CFRS) and aircraft maintenance debriefing system (AMDS). Services to be provided include providing fully-trained personnel to operate and maintain CFRS and AMDS equipment, and to provide CFRS familiarization training to Royal Saudi Air Force members. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia and is expected to run through May 4, 2018 if all options are exercised. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity. 

Logos Awarded Large Data Stores Contract

May 1, 2013
George I. Seffers

Logos Technologies Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded a ceiling $49,750,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop and evolve enhanced and advanced techniques and capabilities for efficient collection, advance analytics and analysis of multiple sources of large data stores. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting activity. 

Iraq to Receive F-16 Electronic Warfare System

May 1, 2013
George I.Seffers

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $830,000,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to contract for additional production of 18 Iraq F-16 aircraft and associated support equipment, technical orders, integrated logistics support, contractor logistics support and an electronic warfare system. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. 

Unmanned Cargo System Faces Uncertain Future Following Afghanistan Deployment

May 1, 2013
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officials describe the K-MAX unmanned cargo helicopter as having met or exceeded requirements in Afghanistan, but they also report that the Marines have not yet developed requirements for the system to become a program of record and say they are unsure what effect sequestration will have on the system.

The Marines deployed two K-MAX aircraft to Afghanistan in late 2011 as part of an urgent operational need to ferry supplies to and from forward operating bases, reducing the number of manned flights or vulnerable convoys in an attempt to reduce casualties. The deployment is designed to demonstrate the system’s capabilities, and the Marines recently announced the indefinite extension of the K-MAX mission in Afghanistan. To date, the unmanned helicopters have delivered more than 3.2 million pounds of cargo and continue to keep ground convoys off the roads, significantly reducing Marines’ exposure to improvised explosive devices and other lethal threats, Marine officials say. The system carries supplies such as ammunition, food and water, generators, medical supplies and even mail.

Maj. Daniel Lindblom, USMC, operations officer for Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3, said during a May 1 teleconference with reporters that the system’s performance “has been absolutely superb.” The unmanned helicopter offers some advantages to manned aircraft, especially for emergency resupply missions. “That’s where we really make our money,” says Maj. Lindblom. “The ability for us to plan on the fly and execute on the fly is quite a bit better, in my opinion, than manned aircraft.”

Changing the Course of Coalition Connectivity

May 1, 2013
By Rita Boland

NATO has established a new organization in Afghanistan to manage the communications and information systems there in an attempt to revolutionize its approach to those services. The group subsumes operations that used to fall under multiple regional commands, streamlining activities while conserving resources.

The NATO Sector International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reached initial operational capability at the beginning of January and expects to reach full operational capability in June, putting the organization three-and-a-half months ahead of schedule. With the sector’s establishment, one group now oversees NATO’s entire footprint in Afghanistan to meet requirements in the most expeditious, effective and cost-efficient manner. This includes managing an estimated 70 to 75 points of presence. “It also gives us much more flexibility,” says Col. David E. Jenkins, USA, commander, Sector ISAF.

At full operation, the sector will have responsibility for all coalition, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) that NATO manages. In the event of any failure, sector personnel will have to find a solution to bring equipment back online through various service-level agreements.

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