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Army Rapid Equipping Force Opening Office in Kuwait

October 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF), which quickly fields technologies to meet urgent warfighter needs, intends by the end of November to open an office in Kuwait that will serve warfighters in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

Kratos to Provide Tactical Instrument Landing Systems

October 10, 2014

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., San Diego, has announced that it has received an option award valued at $2.2 million to supply AN/ARA-63 Tactical Instrument Landing Systems (TILS) for both the F/A-18E/F/G and E-2D Naval aircraft. The award is an extension to a two-year requirements contract issued by the U.S. Navy. The AN/ARA-63 TILS is a microwave landing system that provides precise elevation and azimuth guidance information necessary for critical aircraft carrier landings. The TILS began as an initial multiyear contract for the F/A-18E/F Boeing Super Hornet and was expanded to cover the E/A-18G Growler jammer aircraft and the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye radar surveillance aircraft.

 

Australia Procures EA-18G Flight Trainers

October 10, 2014

L-3 Communications Corp., Arlington, Texas, is being awarded a $12,086,117 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N61340-12-G-0001) for the procurement of two EA-18G Tactical Operational Flight Trainers, one brief/debrief Station, two F/A-18 retrofit kits, spares and associated technical documentation for the government of Australia under the foreign military sales program. Work will be performed in Arlington, Texas, and is expected to be completed in November 2015. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $12,086,117 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

 

Israel and Japan to Receive F-35 Flight Simulators

October 10, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $37,129,230 modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production Lot VI contract (N00019-11-C-0083). This modification provides for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of training spares for Israel and Japan and two full mission simulators in support of Japan’s F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) Air System for pilot training.

The company also was awarded a $30,927,881 modification to the same contract for nonrecurring efforts associated with the procurement of two full mission simulators in support of Israel's F-35A Conventional Take-Off and Landing Air System for pilot training. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

 

DARPA Seeks Technology to Detect, ID Substances from Great Distances

October 9, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) put a call out for technology that can detect and identify from great distances dangerous biological and chemical substances. 

DISA Successfully Migrates First Round of JRSS Network Upgrades

October 8, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

After much anticipation and preparation, the Defense Information Systems Agency, along with the U.S. Army and Air Force, successfully migrated network traffic through the first of several Joint Regional Security Stacks at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

JIEDDO Holds Competition for New Counter-IED Systems

October 8, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Military experts and defense contractors are testing technologies in Georgia to thwart the preponderance of roadside bombs that hamper U.S. military and coalition forces' combat and resupply missions. Participating defense contractors are competing for an existing $49.5 million contract.

DARPA Seeks 'Unhackable' Computer Software Programs

October 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Calling all mathematicians: DARPA, the Defense Department’s main research arm, seeks help in developing a program that essentially would lead to "unhackable" computer software programs.

Army Researchers Win Supercomputing Time for Fuel Research

October 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

How many days equal a billion hours? Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Lab are about to find out. This week, they began modeling the engine spray mixture formation process using access to one billion hours of supercomputing time on some of the world's fastest computers.

Small Businesses Awarded $960 Million Air and Space Intelligence Contract

October 6, 2014

Radiance Technologies Inc., Huntsville, Alabama (FA8604-15-D-7976); Integrity Applications Inc., Chantilly, Virginia (FA8604-15-D- 7975); and Invertix Corp., McLean, Virginia (FA8604-15-D- 7977), have been awarded a combined $960,000,000 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for services in support of the Advanced Technical Exploitation Program II. Contractors will perform research, development, system sustainment, and intelligence production activities utilizing geospatial-intelligence and non-nuclear measurement and signature intelligence data at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. Work will primarily be performed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; the contract has an ordering period through Oct. 2, 2018, with an option to extend the ordering period through Oct. 2, 2022. This award is the result of a competitive total small business set aside acquisition. Funds will be obligated through individual task orders. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

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