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Software Assists Signal Officers

September 30, 2013
By George I. Seffers

U.S. Army researchers are developing a software program that will provide signal corps officers will an improved common operating picture of the network, enhance the ability to manage the plethora of electronic systems popping up on the modern battlefield, advance information sharing capabilities and allow warfighters to make more informed and more timely decisions. In short, the system will assist in planning, building, monitoring and defending the network.

As the number of electronic devices on the modern battlefield rapidly expands, the job of the battalion and brigade signal officer, known as the S-6, grows increasingly complex. The S-6 oversees the deployment of all communications equipment. The communications officer is responsible for the supervision of all automated information systems, network management, computer network defense, electromagnetic spectrum operations and information assurance.

Sometimes, however, it is not possible for the communications officer to even know what devices, or how many, are connected to the network. And many factors, such as terrain, weather, technical difficulties and enemy activities, including jamming or cyber attacks, can disrupt the network. But the S-6 Associate software being developed at the Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC) will consolidate information on existing systems and simplify network monitoring. Among other benefits, S-6 Associate improves data sharing between systems used by the S-6 and the intelligence (S-2) and training and operations (S-3) functions.

U.S. Army Awards Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radios Contract

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army has awarded an Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract for the first mid-tier networking vehicular radios (MNVR), which will provide a link between forces at the company and platoon echelons and their higher headquarters for rapid distribution of data, imagery and other information. The Army awarded a $8.4 million delivery order to Harris Corporation for up to 232 of the multi-channel radios. These radios will be used for test, certification and integration with current and future Army vehicle platforms. The MNVR radios delivered under the contract are scheduled to undergo further testing, including a Limited User Test at the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation 15.1 in fall 2014. Other initial MNVR radios will be used for certification and integration with vehicle platforms including Strykers, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles.

QinetiQ to Support Net-Centric Capability

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

QinetiQ North America, Reston, Va., announced today it was awarded a three-year, $10 million contract with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic to provide engineering and testing subject matter expertise in the areas of service-oriented architecture (SOA) engineering, development, system validation, certification, and testing over the duration of multiple net-centric programs. The work will support the SPAWAR SSC Atlantic mission of enabling net-centric capability superiority to naval and joint warfighters through their work on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) ENCORE II contract. Services are anticipated to include requirements management and traceability, SOA testing, software test strategy coordination and creation, software test planning, software test case design, manual and automated software testing, software test reporting, quality assurance and database development.

Conscious Security Receives Software Licensing Contract

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Conscious Security Inc., Stafford, Va., is being awarded an $8,903,818 firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity for the procurement of Axway brand name software licenses and maintenance through 2018. The licenses and maintenance must be compatible and interoperable with existing Department of Navy hardware and technology equipment. Work will be performed in Stafford, Va., and is expected to be completed by March 2018. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated against individual delivery orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website with two offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity (M67854-13-D-4045).

New Zealand Firm Awarded Remote Firing Device Contract

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

MAS Zengrange Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand, was awarded a $9,387,200 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00174-12-D-0009) on Sept. 19, 2013 for transmitters, receivers and expendable XrX receivers for the mini-demolition remote firing device. The mini-demolition remote firing device is an ultra-high frequency digital radio controlled initiation system designed for the remote initiation of munitions and explosives. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity.

Boeing to Provide Fighter Jet Navigation Kits

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded $12,871,280 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0164 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the procurement of 114 advanced navigation system retrofit kits for F/A-18E and F/A-18F aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Mo., and is expected to be completed in May 2017. Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement contract funds in the amount $2,752,243 will be obligated at the time of award; none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

Rolls-Royce to Repair Hawkeye Engines

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Rolls-Royce Engine Services-Oakland Inc., Oakland, Calif., is being awarded a $17,010,320 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the depot repair of T56-A-427 engines in support of the E-2 advanced Hawkeye aircraft, including the repair of 20 power sections, 10 torque meters, and 20 gearboxes, and accessories. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-13-D-0019).

Raytheon Receives F/A-18 E/F Radar Award

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., is being awarded $39,000,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0048 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) for the procurement of 15 AN/APG-79 AESA radar systems for the F/A-18 E/F aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

FLIR Systems to Provide Patrol Boat Electro-Optics System

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

FLIR Systems Inc., Billerica, Mass., was awarded a $49,852,526 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract on Sept. 19, 2013, for the Patrol Boat Electro-Optics System (PB-EOS) for the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy. The primary mission of the PB-EOS is to provide enhanced visual imagery to augment existing electronic sensors. Use of the PB-EOS will enhance the following: low visibility and night navigation; maritime interception; coastal observation and surveillance; insertion and extraction operations; visit, board, search, and seizure operations; combat search and rescue; identification friend or foe; real-time situational awareness and threat warning; reconnaissance and surveillance; and documenting navigational hazards. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity (N00164-13-D-JQ59).

Denmark Procures Mission Avionics and Common Cockpit

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $67,290,982 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 4085 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-09-G-0005) for mission avionics and common cockpit; to include Danish specific equipment, non-recurring engineering, program support and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of nine MH-60R aircraft for the Government of Denmark under the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.

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