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Raytheon to Provide Telemetry Rounds

July 15, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon Company, Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a contract modification of about  $9 million for procurement of 4 Griffin Block II A telemetry rounds, (part number 2292000-25), and 74 Griffin Block II A all up rounds (Part Number 2292000-26) to include shipping, engineering services, and proposal development costs. U.S. Air Force Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

Battlefield Node Brings Home Bacon for Northrop

June 13, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman System Corporation, Defense Systems Division, Herndon, Virginia, is being awarded about $18 million for the purchase of Global Express aircraft BD-700-1A10, serial number 9001, and the two engines currently installed on the aircraft. This aircraft has been modified to carry the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) payload. The aircraft and engines are provided by Northrop Grumman under sub-lease in support of overseas contingency operations under contract. This contract also provides for the operation and maintenance of the BACN payload by Northrop Grumman and for the maintenance of the leased aircraft. Purchase of this aircraft by the government will allow for extension of operations on a more economic basis. Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

GD to Develop Open Architecture Back-End Processor

June 13, 2011
By George Seffers

The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Fairfax, Virginia, a nearly $8 million contract to develop an open system architecture (OSA) common back-end digital processor for the entire family of Air Force radio frequency electronic devices, to include radars, signals intelligence sensors, electronic-warfare and communication systems. General Dynamics will use open interface standards to develop modular, plug-and-play, multi-mission electronic back-end processors that leverage technologies developed under other OSA initiatives conducted by the Office of Naval Research. Back-end processors are used to analyze sensor signals-once they have been converted from analog to digital formats-that have been collected by the radio frequency devices.

Northrop Receives Global Hawk Funds

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, San Diego, California, is being awarded an approximate $7 million contract modification for advance procurement long lead items associated with two Block 30 and two Block 40 Global Hawk air vehicles; two in-line Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload; two Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program sensors; two in-line EISS sensors; and other items and activities required to protect the production schedule for Lot 10. One firm was solicited and one firm submitted a proposal. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Air Force Modifies Airborne Signals Intelligence Contract

June 10, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Space and Missions Systems Corporation, San Jose, California, is being awarded a more than $8 million contract modification to continue technical support and additional testing using two Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload (ASIP) 1C sensors; buy replacement ASIP 1C assets; design and build one set of flight line MQ-9 emulator support equipment assets; and support the government program office that is designating and building shipping containers for the ASIP 2C pod, cradle and test stand. One firm was solicited and one firm submitted a proposal. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

C-130 Avionics Modernization Contract Modified

June 3, 2011
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, Wichita, Kansas, is being awarded a $61 million contract modification for the C-130 Avionic Modernization Program (AMP) low rate initial production, part two to Lot 2, including two C-130 AMP kits; engineering and program management support; initial spares and support equipment for Little Rock Air Force Base and St. Joseph's Air National Guard Base; a functional test bed modification; a C-130 AMP part task trainer; and a C-130 AMP Weapon System Trainer. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Northrop to Keep Global Hawk Development Program Operating

June 3, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, California, is being awarded an approximate $22 million contract modification and a more than $13 million modification. The first is for: software maintenance, covering the tasks necessary for the contractor to maintain and support software for air vehicle, ground and support segments; and flight test, covering the tasks necessary for the Global Hawk (GH) system integrator (prime contractor) to participate in planning, provisioning, conducting, analyzing, and documenting an integrated GH Combined Development/Operational Flight Test Program. These tasks provide the software maintenance and flight test to keep the development program operating. The second if for the infrastructure portion of the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) block load effort, which provides for the necessary tasks that allow the contractor to manage the day-to-day EMD contract operations of the Global Hawk weapon system including air vehicle, ground segment, and support segment. These tasks provide the infrastructure necessary to keep the developmental program operational. They are not directly tied to any one specific developmental capability. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity

Raytheon's Miniature Air Launched Decoy Contract Modified

May 31, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon Missile Company, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a nearly $83 million contract modification for the Miniature Air Launched Decoy low rate initial production lot four. Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

EDO to Provide Radio Frequency Surveillance Components

May 27, 2011
By George Seffers

EDO Corporation, North Amityville, New York, is being awarded a $20 million contract modification for the repair of AN/ALG-161A Radio Frequency Surveillance/Electronic Countermeasures System components; 225 repair contract line items; one contract line item for material; and one contract line item for travel. The 638 Supply Chain Management Wing, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity.

U.S. Air Force Modifies Global Positioning System Contract

May 27, 2011
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, Seal Beach, California, is being awarded a $16 million contract modification to the existing Boeing IIF sustainment contract for the Global Positioning System. This contract will provide fiscal 2011 funding for four sustainment contract line item numbers, to include contractor software maintenance, contract hardware maintenance, sustainment, and sustainment engineering. It will also provide fiscal 2011 funding to support proposal preparation. Boeing will provide personnel and infrastructure, including supplies and services, to specifically perform software maintenance, hardware maintenance, sustainment engineering support and proposal preparation. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

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