Military and civilian pilots who have flown the F-35 Lightning II praise its performance and are optimistic about its superiority in the future battlespace. However, even with fixes that have been made, some issues need to be addressed and support crew will need to adopt new ways of maintaining the flight line, these pilots say.
The Tuesday luncheon speaker at West 2014, co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute and being held February 11-13 in San Diego, demonstrated his view of the potential for innovative technologies by donning the latest in visual display systems.
The U.S. Navy is counting on industry to provide the leading-edge information technologies that it will need to maintain superiority for the foreseeable future. Yet, if those technologies do not meet specific and broad-reaching criteria, they will not be serving the Navy, according to a Navy fleet commander.
Business as usual will weaken rather than strengthen the U.S. military in this time of budget cuts. The force must rely on technology development to ensure that it does not maintain current force sizes at the expense of enablers.
The U.S. military must make difficult decisions that will define the force for years to come amid a substantial risk to readiness and effectiveness, according to a Defense Department official. The nation faces new challenges throughout the world coupled with severe budget cuts at home, and the response to these issues must be taken carefully with a long-term strategic look.
Elbit Systems Ltd., Haifa, Israel, announced today that it was awarded an Israeli Ministry of Defense contract, in the amount of approximately $23 million, for the operation and maintenance of its ground simulators in use by the Israeli ground forces. The 5-year contract includes a variety of simulators, both fixed and mobile, dedicated to training for tanks, armored combat vehicles, driving simulators, intelligence training and other applications.
Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $12,500,411 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for development of a Biometric Identity Approval Sentinel that produces technology that rapidly processes individuals for threat detection and biometric matching. This project will provide a fully integrated, highly accurate, configurable, and deployable solution that combines current and new technologies to dramatically increase the safety, speed, and efficiency of access control.
Thales has signed a five-year contract with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence to provide support for the Sonar 2050 anti-submarine sensor used on the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate fleet. Sonar 2050 is a medium-range bow sonar currently fitted to thirteen Type 23 frigates and is the Royal Navy’s primary hull-mounted anti- submarine warfare sensor. It also provides the ship with passive detection capabilities at lower frequencies.
Soldiers are moving away from the programs that developed stovepiped network operations solutions for particular needs and domains, transitioning to integrated capability sets.
Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $16,286,396 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract for 22 modified improved target acquisition systems for the Royal Saudi Land Forces SWORD program and three for the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-14-C-0066).
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $117,286,467 undefinitized contract action (0118) for an existing firm-fixed-price contract (FA8620-10-G-3038) for the MQ-9 Accelerated Extended Range effort which will field 38 MQ-9 Extended Range aircraft.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has deployed the initial version of its unclassified mobility capability, which will provide military and civilian Defense Department personnel with access to a wide selection of mobile devices, applications and services.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Newtown, Pa., has been awarded a $14,430,612 fixed-price-incentive-firm modification (P00006) for an existing contract (FA8807-13-C-0002) for GPS III long lead material for space vehicles 07 and 08. The contract modification provides for the acquisition of long lead material under the basic contract. The Space and Missile Systems Center Global Positioning Systems Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity.
Cray Inc., Seattle, Wash., was recently awarded two $21,800,000 modification (P0001 and P0002) to contract W912DY-13-G-0022 to acquire balanced, commercially available, production-grade high-performance computing systems to conduct complex, large-scale scientific calculations at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory DoD Supercomputing Resource Center and the Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth approximately $8 million to provide an air and missile defense planner that will be integrated into the U.S. Air Force Air Operations Center (AOC), the company recently announced. Lockheed Martin’s planner will link dissimilar weapon and sensor data with map-based planning tools and decision aids that will allow AOC operators to collaboratively plan missions with greater speed and higher confidence.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Missions Systems and Training, Liverpool, N.Y., has been awarded an $8,534,310 modification (P00017) on an existing firm-fixed-price contract (FA8217-11-C-0005) for the modernization of AN/FPS-117 Long Range Radars via the Essential Parts Replacement Program. This contract modification provides for the exercise of unpriced options for a quantity of 13 field maintenance equipment kits to provide spare single point failure items in support of the radar site modernizations in Canada, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Northrop Grumman Information Technology Inc, Defense Group (formerly Defense Enterprise Solutions), McLean, Va., has been awarded a $26,110,000 modification (P00015) to an existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8770-10-D-0001) for reliability and maintainability information systems (REMIS) sustainment and development services. The contract modification is to increase the total not-to-exceed ceiling amount and add option period I to extend the ordering period for 24 months on the basic contract for legacy information technology services for REMIS.
Jacobs Technology, Inc., Lincoln, Mass., has been awarded a $10,657,764 modification (P00019) on an existing cost-plus-fixed -fee and cost-reimbursable contract (FA8721-13-C-0006) to continue providing engineering technical assistance support services, which consists of disciplined systems/specialty engineering and technical/information assurance services, support, and products using established government, contractor, and industry processes.
The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems $72.7 million under an existing contract to upgrade 12 M1A1 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 Systems Enhancement Package (SEP) V2 configuration. The M1A2 SEP V2 includes improved color displays, day and night thermal sights, commander remote operated weapon station (CROWS II), a Thermal Management System (TMS) and a tank-infantry phone. The original multi-year contract was awarded in February 2008, which authorized the upgrade of 435 M1A1 tanks that have been in the Army’s inventory for more than 20 years.