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Two-in-One Unmanned Aircraft

February 25, 2013
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Navy technology may allow in-flight conversion from helicopter to fixed wing.

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are developing unmanned aircraft technology that will allow the conversion from a vertical take-off and landing system to a fixed-wing craft during in-flight operation. The conversion capability will provide the take-off and landing flexibility of a helicopter with the longer range, higher speeds and lower wear and tear of an airplane.

The technology demonstrator is referred to as the Stop-Rotor Rotary Wing Aircraft. It is capable of cruising at about 100 knots, weighs less than 100 pounds and can carry a 25-pound intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) or electronic warfare payload, such as the Expendable, Mobile Anti-submarine warfare Training Target (EMATT). “We decided to do a demonstration vehicle that could carry an EMATT. It’s like a little submarine that can generate sonar signals, and it’s for training anti-submarine warfare operators,” explains Steven Tayman, an aerospace engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory. “It’s a neat payload.”

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) includes a removable payload bay that is about 12 inches wide, 38 inches long and six inches deep with “bomb bay doors” for dropping payloads, such as sonobuoys. “You could use a UAV to deploy a sonobuoy field, which would be pretty exciting,” Tayman says. “There’s really no limit to the payload other than volume.”

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.

Kratos to Support U.S. Marine Corps Biometrics Programs

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc., San Diego, Calif., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its Defense Rocket Support Service division's Technical Services business unit won the contract to provide acquisition, financial, logistics, training, technical, program management and administrative support to the Program Manager United States Marine Corps Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (PM USMC CREW) Biometrics Programs. PM USMC CREW Biometrics Programs include the Biometrics Automated Toolset and server, the Identity Dominance System Marine Corps, the Biometrics Enrollment Screening Device, the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment. Kratos will also support Biometrics training, which is conducted by the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group and the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group at the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, 29 Palms, Calif.

Lockheed Martin to Provide Air Defense Radios to Saudi Arabia

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Corp., Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $6,554,538 contract modification to acquire an air defense system capability for the Royal Jordanian Air Force and purchase and install 22 guided advanced technical rocket radios. The contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force Life Cyble Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.  

Teledyne Awarded Research Lab Contract

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Teledyne Scientific Imaging L.L.C., Thousand Oaks, Calif., is being awarded a $13,845,840 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Diverse Accessible Heterogenous Integration research and development work. This award is the result of a competitive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency broad agency announcement. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

Honeywell to Modernize Tracking Station Electronics

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo., is being awarded a $26 million firm-fixed-price contract to modernize the core electronics at Guam Tracking Station A-Side and Hawaii Tracking Station B-Side. The contracting activity is Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.  

All Native Services to Develop Reconnaissance System

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
All Native Services, Winnebago, Neb., is being awarded a $15,009,514 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed fee research and development contract to exercise option year two for the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate. The Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate will promote research and development, which will result in a prototype of a Cerberus Lite system, which will be capable of becoming a four-person hand carried portable unit. Support areas include infrared, laser, thermal imaging and other related sensor technologies. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Navmar Supports Copperhead UAV in Afghanistan

February 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $50,977,258 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee/firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for additional sustainment efforts for existing Copperhead unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detachments, to include personnel support for training and logistics both in the continental United States and outside the continental United States, as well as a variety of spares and industrial supply type materials required for the repair and maintenance efforts.  Work will be performed in Afghanistan and the Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., and is expected to be completed in February 2014. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity. 

Boeing Announces Potential $100 Million Compact Laser Contract

February 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Boeing Defense, Space and Security, Orlando, Fla., will provide the U.S. Air Force with a lightweight, compact laser targeting system designed to improve the effectiveness of battlefield airmen on Close Air Support missions. The $3 million contract award includes design, development, delivery, training and sustainment for the Line of Sight – Short (LOS-S) integrated targeting system, as well as priced options for production systems. With all options exercised, the contract has a potential total value of more than $100 million. 

Two Firms Awarded Research Laboratory Contracts

February 22, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $32,661,700 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for delivery of data, reports, software and hardware related to Diverse Accessible Heterogeneous Integration Research and Development. HRL Laboratories L.L.C., Malibu, Calif., is being awarded a $6,504,988 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for delivery of data, reports, software and hardware related to Diverse Accessible Heterogeneous Integration Research and Development. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

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