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U.S. Air Force Awards $475 Million for Paveway II Technology

August 3, 2011
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Archbold, Pennsylvania, and Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona, are being awarded a $475 million firm-fixed-price contract for Paveway II laser-guided bomb computer control groups (seekers) and GBU-12 air foil groups (tail kits). The Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity.

Rockwell Collins Receives $160 Million KC-10 Avionics Contract

July 27, 2011
By George Seffers

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a contract to provide systems integration and avionics for the KC-10 Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Cockpit Modernization Program. The contract, valued at more than $160 million over the life of the program, calls for Rockwell Collins to provide the flight management system, displays, data link communications and surveillance capabilities. The KC-10 aircraft is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. Although the aircraft's primary mission is aerial refueling, it can combine the tasks of a tanker and cargo aircraft by refueling fighters and simultaneously carrying fighter support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments.

Accenture to Provide Enterprise Accounting Management System

July 21, 2011
By George Seffers

Accenture Federal Services, L.L.C., Reston, Virgina, is being awarded an approximate $7 million contract modification for the Defense Enterprise Accounting Management System, which provides a system designed to allow U.S. Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and the Air Force the ability to reduce and ultimately eliminate reliance of legacy stove-piped systems. Electronic Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Support Troops in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan

July 15, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon Company of Marlborough, Massachusetts, is being awarded about $21 million for: a wide-area, multilateration, en-route airway surveillance system for the Republic of Kyrgyzstan in support of the U.S. combatant forces in Afghanistan and the Kyrgyzstan Republic; air traffic control tower construction at Manas International Airport; and relocation of existing Kyrgyz Aero Navigatzia equipment to the new tower. The contracting activity is Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.

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.

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