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General Dynamics Receives Australian Defence Force Contract

October 5, 2011
By George Seffers

General Dynamics C4 Systems has received a $12.7 million contract from the Australian Defence Force to provide AN/PRC-112G Global Positioning System-enabled search and rescue radios and accessories. Part of the HOOK2 System, the AN/PRC-112G radio sends encrypted global positioning information, user identification, situation reports and other critical information to combat search and rescue aircraft in short bursts to reduce the risk of detection and interception. Twenty-eight countries are now using HOOK2 radios for their combat search and rescue operations. The HOOK2 Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) system comprises the AN/PRC-112G radio, Quickdraw2 Interrogator and Satellite Communications Base Station, and allows downed air crews or isolated personnel to securely contact combat search and rescue resources over long distances. The radio is interoperable with satellite-based search and rescue systems, including the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme.

BAE Produces Jet Countermeasures for U.S. and Australia

July 29, 2011
By George Seffers

BAE Systems Electronics, Intelligence and Support, Electronic Solutions, Nashua, New Hampshire, is being awarded a more than $36 million contract modification to exercise an option for the full-rate production, lot one, of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures AN/ALE-55 subsystems for the F/A-18E/F aircraft, including associated technical support for the Navy, Marine Corps, and the government of Australia. In addition, this option provides for recurring and non-recurring engineering efforts in order to fabricate, assemble, test and deliver the component hardware of the AN/ALE-55 subsystem. The AN/ALE-55 subsystem consists of an electronic frequency converter (EFC) and a fiber optic towed device (FOTD) round. This option further provides EFCs and FOTD rounds for the Navy and Marine Corps, and FOTD rounds for the government of Australia. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Provides Phalanx to Five Countries

July 22, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon Company, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded an approximate $18 million contract modification for engineering and technical services in support of the MK15 Phalanx Close-In-Weapon System. The Phalanx Close-In Weapon System is a fast-reaction terminal defense against low- and high-flying, high-speed maneuvering anti-ship missile threats that have penetrated all other ships' defenses. The Phalanx Close-In Weapon System is an integral element of the fleet defense in-depth concept and the Ship Self-Defense Program.  Operating either autonomously or integrated with a combat system, it is an automatic terminal defense weapon system designed to detect, track, engage, and destroy anti-ship missile threats penetrating other defense envelopes.  The Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems are installed on approximately 187 Navy ships and used by more than 20 foreign militaries. This contract combines purchases for the United States government and the governments of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Three Countries Purchase Jam-Resistant Technology

July 15, 2011
By George Seffers

ViaSat, Carlsbad, California, is being awarded more than $27 million for multifunctional information distribution system-low volume terminals (MIDS-LVTs). Data Link Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a nearly $24 million contract delivery order for MIDS-LVT. The MIDS-LVT provides secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army platforms. These awards combine purchases for the United States and the governments of Japan and Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Boeing to Provide Laser Gyros for U.S. Navy and Australia

March 27, 2011
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a more than $10 million delivery order against a basic ordering agreement for the procurement of 741 Honeywell model GG1320 ring laser gyros for F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft for the U.S. Navy (714) and the government of Australia (27 spares). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Boeing to Support Fighters for Eight Countries

January 3, 2011
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $69 million delivery order for the procurement of integrated logistics support, for the F/A-18 Integrated Readiness Support Team Program (FIRST). The tasks include in-service engineering, information systems, technical data, support equipment engineering, automated maintenance environment, training/software integration support, provisioning, and A-D sustaining engineering service for continued support of the F/A-18 A-D, F/A-18 E/F, and EA-18 G fleet. This delivery order combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia, Canada, Spain, Finland, Switzerland, Kuwait, and Malaysia. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

DRS Receives Gigabit Ethernet Multiplex System Contract for U.S. Navy, Australia

September 24, 2010
By George Seffers

DRS ICAS Limited Liability Company, Buffalo, New York, is being awarded a potential $20 million contract for production of AN/USQ-81(V) gigabit ethernet multiplex system (GEDMS) shipsets for new construction and in-service Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyers, an Australian land based test site, associated installation and checkout repairs, and related GEDMS hardware for Wasp (LHD 1) class and Whidbey Island (LSD 41) class ships and the AN/SPA-25 radar program. GEDMS is a mission critical ship-wide data transfer network that is a key enabler for the DDG modernization program. The network transfers inputs/outputs for the machinery control system, damage control system, steering control system, AEGIS Combat System, navigation displays, and interior communication alarms and indications. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

L-3 Announces First International Sale of Advanced Helmet Mounted Display

September 10, 2010
By George Seffers

L-3 Link Simulation & Training recently announced the first international sale of its Advanced Helmet Mounted Display to Raytheon Australia in support of the Royal Australian Air Force's Hornet Aircrew Training System. The award calls for L-3 Link to provide Advanced Helmet Mounted Displays  to support pilot training on the RAAF's three F/A-18 Tactical Readiness Trainers. L-3 Link's Advanced Helmet Mounted Display will replace current fixed field-of-view flat panel displays, enabling pilots to view out-the-window imagery and systems symbology over a 360-degree field-of-regard.

ITT to Support Electronic Warfare Jammers

August 16, 2010
By George Seffers

ITT Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems, Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a nearly $10 million contract for investigations of anomalies; software engineering; systems engineering; software and firmware maintenance; support tools and facilities maintenance; documentation; and hardware maintenance and upgrade software support for the electronic warfare jammers AN/ALQ-165 and AN/ALQ-214. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and for the governments of Australia, Switzerland, Finland, and Taiwan under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.


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