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Qatar to Develop Optionally Piloted Aircraft

March 27, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Thales recently announced the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle-Aircraft (OPV-A), a high-performance intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance system.

Selex ES Signs Contracts for Italy’s Future Soldier Program

March 27, 2014

Selex ES recently announced it signed two contracts, together worth about 60 million euro, relating to the SWave Software Defined Radio (SDR) portable terminals and Tactical Mobility Night Vision Goggles (TM-NVG) for Italy’s Future Soldier program, which will modernize the systems and equipment of soldiers. The first supply consists of 2726 radio SDR Hand-Helds for the Italian Army’s light infantry troops. The company also will provide 2726 TM-NVG night vision goggles, a third-generation binocular device developed to provide state-of-the-art equipment for the nocturnal tactical mobility of the future soldier. 

Raytheon Supports Missile Defense in Poland

March 25, 2014

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Sudbury, Mass., is being awarded a $45,057,874 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-5115) for the production of one AN/SPY-1D(V) Transmitter Group and select Missile Fire Control System MK 99 equipment to support Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System in Poland. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Egypt Procures F-16 Electronic Countermeasure Technology

March 20, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $6,882,489 firm-fixed-price modification (P00026) to contract (FA8615-10-C-6051) to develop, deliver and install 20 advanced countermeasure electronics system-system integrity (ACES SI) retrofit kits, modify 24 radar warning receivers and procure three electronic warfare memory loader verifiers for F-16C/D (16 C's and 4 D's) Block 52 aircraft. This award is the result of a source-directed/sole-source acquisition and is 100 percent foreign military sales for Egypt. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson, Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Advanced Design to Support Helmet Sensor Data Gathering in Afghanistan

March 20, 2014

Advanced Design Corp., Lorton, Va., was awarded an $8,420,987 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for field service technician support to gather data from helmet sensors used to examine mild-traumatic brain injury (concussion). Work will be performed in Afghanistan. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Md., is the contracting activity (W91CRB-14-C-0011).

Small Business to Provide Flight Simulation to Kuwait

March 20, 2014

Aviation Training Consulting LLC, Altus, Okla., is being awarded a $24,988,000 firm-fixed-price contract to provide instructional services in support of the KC-130J aircraft for the government of Kuwait under the Foreign Military Sales program. Services include instruction on operating the KC-130J simulators and aircraft. Work will be performed at Kuwait City, Kuwait and Cherry Point, N.C., and is expected to be completed in March 2017. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting office (N61340-14-C-0007).

Fleet Scarcity Amidst an Abundance of Challenges

April 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The rise of new global flashpoints along with a strategic rebalancing are presenting the U.S. Navy with a new set of challenges and obligations concurrent with significant force reductions. The sum of the budget cuts would be enough to tax the service under any circumstances, but they are being implemented against a backdrop of a broader mission set and increased activities by potential foes.

Open Source Intelligence Offers Crystal Ball Capability

April 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Researchers working on behalf of the U.S. intelligence agencies can use reams of open source, anonymous data to foretell social turmoil such as disease outbreaks or international political unrest. Once fully developed, the capability to predict coming events may allow U.S. officials to more effectively respond to public health threats; to improve embassy security before an imminent attack; or to more quickly and effectively respond to humanitarian crises.

Lockheed Martin Supports Korea’s Krypton Reconnaissance Aircraft

March 17, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed Martin a $9 million foreign military sales contract to support the Republic of Korea’s Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system. The Peace Krypton system is used for tactical intelligence and is comprised of militarized business jets and ground stations that process data from the aircraft. Lockheed Martin’s sustainment work scope involves maintenance of the aircraft fleet, which includes spare and repair parts, as well as providing support and test equipment for both the aircraft and its fixed and mobile ground stations. Lockheed Martin will also provide software development and software upgrades as needed to modernize the reconnaissance system.

DRS Awarded Satellite Communications Contract in Afghanistan

March 14, 2014

DRS Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $30,271,266 hybrid firm-fixed price, cost-plus fixed-fee and cost reimbursable multi-year contract to operate control and maintain satellite communications between the continental United States and worldwide locations. It will also provide help desk and field operations support. Work will be performed in Rock Island, Ill., Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Germany. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-C-0026).

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