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BAE to Provide Identification Friend or Foe Technology to Multiple Countries

December 11, 2014

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, New York, is being awarded a $34,290,601 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 53 AN/APX-117A(V) identification friend or foe (IFF) transponders and 10 AN/APX-118A(V) IFF transponders for the U.S. Navy as well as 661 AN/APX-123A(V) IFF transponders for the U.S. Navy (500), U.S. Army (100), U.S. National Guard (four) and the governments of Qatar (24), Australia (13), Korea (seven), Turkey (seven) and Denmark (six). In addition, this contract provides for procurement of 217 mode 5 change kits and 67 integrations of mode 5 change kits for the U.S. Navy; three mode 4 remote control units for the U.S. Navy (one) and the U.S. National Guard (two); 111 mode 5 RCUs for the U.S. Navy (109) and U.S. National Guard (two). This contract also provides for procurement of 121 IFF mounting, six receiver/transmitters, two single board computers, 20 power supplies, six signal processors, four mode 4 chassis, four mode 5 chassis, seven mode 4/5 with crypto shop replaceable assemblies, one mode 4 with crypto SRA and five dummy receiver transmitter chassis for the U.S. Navy. This award will also procure repairs for 10 AN/APX-117A(V) IFF transponders, 30 AN/APX-118A(V) IFF transponders, 30 AN/APX-123A(V) IFF transponders and five RCUs for the U.S.

A New Approach Seeks to Overcome Cultural Interoperability Issues

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Some interoperability issues are cultural, not technical. Now, a new approach uses advanced virtual technology to help overcome cultural issues before a coalition is formed.

Freedom of Choice May Enable Coalition Information Sharing

December 10, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Many nations are loath to share data in a coalition operation, because they fear the wrong partner will access sensitive information. Now, a new system under development will allow countries to tag data for only the countries that they want to view it.

Mobility, Flexibility Top Pacific Force Network Needs

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Being able to project power across the vast and diverse reaches of the Asia-Pacific region will require a mobile and flexible network that will be able to follow the force and adapt to changing conditions and requirements, says the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific.

Technology Gap Widening Among Prospective Coalition Partners

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The United States must continue to improve its leading-edge technology to stay ahead of potential adversaries who are closing the technological gap. However, this risks losing interoperability with small nations that would be important allies in an ad hoc coalition. Working with partners well before a coalition is formed may help solve the problem.

Nontechnical Factors Determine Interoperability

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Systems engineers are—and must be—focusing on technical issues that would enable interoperability across national lines; three other important facets ultimately may determine whether members of an ad hoc coalition can achieve effective interoperability in a multinational operation.

The United States Is the Network in the Asia-Pacific Region

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

There never will be a NATO-type alliance in the Asia-Pacific region. So, the United States must host any ad hoc coalition that is to be successful in a multinational operation.

3-D Printing in Space Becomes Reality

December 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The 3-D printer recently installed on the International Space Station has printed a replacement part for itself, proving the process works in space and potentially paving the way for long-term space expeditions.

Sonatech to Provide Sonar Transducer for United States and Japan

December 8, 2014

Sonatech Inc., doing business as Channel Technologies Group, Santa Barbara, California, is being awarded a $34,384,013 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of TR-343 sonar transducer ship sets. The TR-343 transducer is part of the AN/SQS-53 hull-mounted sonar array assembly, which is a component of the AN/SQQ-89(V) acoustic sonar weapons system. The AN/SQQ-89(V) is a fully integrated surface ship undersea warfare combat system with the capability to search, detect, classify, localize and attack submarine targets. The contract will provide fabrication, assembly, inspection, test and delivery of TR-343 sonar transducer ship sets. The contract will support the new construction of DDG Arleigh Burke-class Navy destroyer ships. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (85 percent) and the government of Japan (15 percent). Work will be performed in Santa Barbara, California, and is expected to be completed by December 2019. Fiscal 2014 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $2,122,489 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two offers received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-15-D-GP71).

 

U.S. Commerce Department Releases Web Tool to Foster Export Law Compliance

November 20, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., today announced the consolidated screening list (CSL), a streamlined collection of nine different screening lists from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury that contains names of individuals and companies with whom a U.S. company may not be allowed to do business due to U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other restrictions.

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