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General Dynamics to Provide Harrier II Computer FACE Lift.

September 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
 
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Fairfax, Va., was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to support the implementation of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) application program interface onto a new Open Systems Processor card in the mission system computer for the AV-8B Harrier II jet. Under the $6.1 million 18-month contract, General Dynamics will upgrade the Harrier’s mission computers to provide a common operating environment that supports faster, less expensive integration of common applications. General Dynamics will configure the AV-8B’s mission system computers with a second, third-generation open systems processor. This configuration will include FACE software upgrades to host required navigation performance and area navigation applications, which are being integrated by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Directorate. Once configured with the new open systems processor, General Dynamics will perform qualification testing of the mission computer hardware and core system software. The company also will provide technical support to the FACE implementation team, including the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Directorate.

Progeny Systems to Develop Net-Ready P-8A Architecture

September 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Progeny Systems Corp., Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $8,257,426 cost-plus-fixed-fee Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract under Topic N121-045, entitled “Maritime Airborne Service Oriented Architecture Integration.” The objective of this SBIR effort is to design and develop a maritime airborne service oriented engineering development model of the P-8A increment 3 architecture. This model is necessary to support the P-8A net ready and interoperability requirements which includes research and development for the source code and the Unified Modeling Language Model. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity (N68335-13-G-0001).

Northrop Grumman’s BAMS-D Contract Modified

September 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $9,981,663 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0117) for additional operations and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance - Demonstrator, Unmanned Aircraft System, also known as the Global Hawk Maritime - Demonstrator. The services include manpower to increase BAMS-D operational tempo from the current nine maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions per month to a sustained level of 15 missions per month. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
 

BAE Receives Advanced Warning Radar Funds

September 9, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
BAE Systems, Totowa, N.J., has been awarded a maximum $94,312,136 modification (P00056), to contract (SPM400-06-D-9405), adding two additional pricing periods for advanced radar warning receiver ship sets and line replaceable units. The sole-source contract is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are New Jersey, New York, and potentially Korea, Australia, Egypt, Norway, Poland, and Canada, with a Dec. 5, 2018 performance completion date. Using military service is the U.S. Air Force. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

Learning Real-World Intelligence Analysis

September 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

Officials at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, are developing a program that allows students from any academic discipline to work closely with the U.S. intelligence community in a variety of actual national security-related problems. The university is on track to begin offering a minor in intelligence analysis in the relatively near future and a major in the next five years.

Implemented about a year ago, the program is described as a work in progress. In fact, it has not yet been officially named, but will likely be called the Intelligence Analysis Program. “The goal of the program is to train the future analysts for the intelligence community, the military and business. "What we are trying to do is to provide a learning environment in which students have to deal with real analytical problems,” reports Robert Norton, professor and director of the Open Source Intelligence Laboratory, Auburn University. “We’re not just using things like case studies. We’re actually working current problems. And we do so in an environment where they’re working under an operational tempo similar to what is experienced in the intelligence community.”

Future intelligence analysts learn how analytical products are put together, how data is validated and how to communicate findings in a timely manner. “What we say is that our students work on real problems with real customers. We are working with the intelligence community, we’re working with various combatant commands, and we’re working with various businesses,” Norton says.

L-3 to Provide Imaging Turrets to Danish Air Force

September 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
L-3 WESCAM recently announced that it has received an acquisition and sustainment contract from the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization to provide a minimum of eight MX-15 electro-optical and infrared imaging systems to the Royal Danish Air Force’s EH101 aircraft. System deliveries are expected to be complete by 2014. 

Rockwell Collins to Develop Quantizer for DARPA

September 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a maximum $8,476,061 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the DISARMER research effort. This contract provides for development of a quantizer that realizes the full potential of a low-jitter photonic sample and holds in a direct conversion digital receiver based on a photonics-enabled, analog-to-digital converter with a 4-gigahertz IBW and greater than 10 effective number of bits for an undersampled 12-gigahertz signal. The contracting activity is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Va. (HR0011-13-C-0071)

Lockheed Martin to Produce C-5M Trainer Systems

September 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Marietta, Ga., has been awarded a $21,318,495 modification (P00224) to previously awarded contract FA8625-07-C-6471 for the C-5M reliability enhancement and re-engining program acquisition. This contract provides for an aircraft maintenance system trainer and a flight control system trainer for Travis Air Force Base. The contract modification is for incorporation of the production of the two trainers and the associated spares. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Technology Advancement Group to Produce GPS Survey System

September 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Technology Advancement Group Inc., Dulles, Va. was awarded an $8,832,000 firm-fixed-price, option eligible, non-multi-year contract for production of the Global Positioning Survey System and related support to the U.S. Army Geospatial Center. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Geospatial Center, Alexandria, Va., is the contracting activity (W5J9CQ-13-D-0003).

U.S. Army Modifies Switchblade Contract

September 6, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Aerovironment Inc., Monrovia, Calif., was awarded a $29,049,837 firm-fixed-price, option-eligible, non-multi-year contract modification (P00015) of contract (W31P4Q-12-C-0263) for procurement of the Switchblade Agile Munitions Systems and associated hardware and support services. The U.S. Army Contracting Command - Redstone Arsenal (Missile), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

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