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Dayton Research Institute to Research Advanced Materials

September 30, 2014

University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $42,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for advanced behavior and life prediction of aerospace materials program. Contractor will meet specific research objectives, advancing state-of-the-art materials performance assessment and prediction capability by developing more efficient and comprehensive methods across modeling, simulation and experimental domains through primarily on-site research efforts. The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-14-D-5205).

Exelis to Provide Cross-Domain Transfer Solutions

August 4, 2014

Exelis Inc., Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded an estimated $49,900,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for new and enhanced software. The contractor will research, develop, enhance, deploy and support the next-generation Cross-Domain Transfer Solutions. This will be accomplished by the following: researching new cross domain transfer solution technologies to improve performance, enhance security, increase autonomy and reduce life-cycle costs; enhance current solutions utilizing technologies from varying technology readiness levels; providing authorized users the ability to securely transfer data between interconnected security domains while protecting against unauthorized access or malicious attack; and by deploying and supporting these solutions to meet the current and rapidly evolving intelligence needs. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity (FA8750-14-D-0001).

Two Firms Receive Scanned Array Sensor Contracts

June 6, 2014

Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $7,051,595 contract (FA8650-14-C-5502) for the Affordable Radio Frequency Multifunction Sensors (ARMS) program. Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Maryland, has been awarded a $3,750,297 contract (FA8650-14-C-5503). The ARMS program will focus on developing new manufacturing processes to enable an increase in reliability and a decrease in cycle time and costs for Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) sensors. The emphasis will be on addressing key manufacturing issues while decreasing the program risk and increasing the manufacturing readiness level to 6. Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing Technology Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. 

QinetiQ Wins BATMAN II Contract

May 2, 2014

QinetiQ North America Inc., Waltham, Massacusetts, has been awarded a maximum $7,750,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge II (BATMAN II)-Advanced Technology Demonstration Program, and a $218,128 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order for BATMAN II. The BATMAN II program is designed to focus on advancing technologies relevant to the special operators of the Air Force. The complex nature of the ground operations conducted by battlefield airmen require advanced technologies to reduce fatigue and workload in austere environments, increase mission effectiveness, reduce tactical decision making time and errors, and enhance situational awareness. The technologies developed under the BATMAN II program will focus on accelerating the development, demonstration, and assessment timeline of critical mission capabilities. Air Force Research Laboratory, Human Effectiveness-Biosciences Protection Contracting, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-14-D-6529 and Task Order 0001).

Raytheon Receives Hypertemporal Imaging Contract

March 27, 2014

The Raytheon Co., El Segundo, Calif., has been awarded a maximum $33,680,614 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the hypertemporal imaging space experiment payload. The primary objective of the hypertemporal imaging space experiment payload effort is to design, fabricate, test, and deliver a space-flight ready instrument capable of conducting hypertemporal imaging from a geosynchronous earth orbit. Detachment 8, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is the contracting activity (FA9453-14-C-0211).   

Lab Seeks to Protect Pilots from Photonic and Electromagnetic Attacks

January 29, 2014

Azimuth Corp., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $23,734,700 cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification (P00006) to an existing contract (FA8650-09-D-5434) to advance research and development efforts for the Hardened Materials Research and Survivability Studies Program. General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $23,734,700 cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification (P00006) to an existing contract (FA8650-09-D-5430). The modifications are to transition and advance the state-of-the-art in materials technologies, hardening concepts, and survivability applications associated with the protection and sustainability of Air Force aircrews and systems from a host of threats associated with photonic light and electromagnetic energy sources. Key technical areas in the program include optical materials and processing, hardening materials and processing, electro-optic/infrared sensor protection, warfighter protection, structural protection, optical technology, computational and theoretical studies on functional materials, proactive threat defeat, and high-energy laser source materials. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

UES Awarded Biosignatures Detection Contract

November 18, 2013

UES Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $46,200,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Molecular Signatures program to develop technologies to discover, characterize, detect, and analyze complex biosignatures in order to provide tools for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and human performance assessment. Multiple sensing modalities will be used to qualitatively and quantitatively measure molecular signatures for increased situational awareness of the operational environment and performance of the human (operator and analyst) in that environment. The program is charged with leading identification and characterization of the molecular attributes present in humans, the environment and pathogen biology for the purposes of developing human-centric ISR solutions. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-14-D-6516).

Honeywell Receives Fiber Optic Gyro Contract Modification

November 14, 2013

Honeywell International Inc., Aerospace-Clearwater (Space), Clearwater, Fla., has been awarded a $7,279,938 modification (P00048) to an existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (FA9453-08-C-0263) for the Strategic Systems and Launch Technologies (SSLT) program. The contract modification is for an in-scope add work to Option III for additional work required to identify, test, and modify the design to develop a radiation hardened loop closure Application Specific Integration Circuit for the Strategic Fiber Optic Gyro. Detachment 8, Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Contracting Division, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., is the contracting activity.

TASC to Research Laser Bioeffects

October 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

TASC Inc., Andover, Md., has been awarded a $35 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Optical Radiation Bioeffects and Safety (ORBS) program. The objective of the ORBS program is to conduct research on kinetic energy systems to assist in transitioning Defense Department technologies. Research efforts will include the following technical areas: novel laser bioeffects, laser eye protection and advanced technology demonstration, and applied high energy laser bioeffects. Basic and applied research will be conducted on optical radiation hazards expected in future combat scenarios with the view toward development of appropriate countermeasures. Contract deliverables include data, hardware and software. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-14-6519).  

Northrop Grumman Awarded Automatic Target Recognition Contract

October 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., has been awarded the fifth contract in a fair opportunity, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity program with a total program amount of $24,375,000 for research and development regarding automatic target recognition (ATR). The Compact ATR and Sustainable Environment (CASE) program addresses efficiency and sustainability concerns associated with the development, operation and maintenance of current non-cooperative ATR technology. Research is focused on reducing template/database dimensionality and cost for single and multi-phenomenology ATR, while maintaining target identification performance. CASE will develop and demonstrate the ability to add new target representations to ATR databases rapidly, including potentially on-the-fly target insertion. CASE will exploit opportunities for increased operational efficiency and robustness through missionization of ATRs. Technology developments will be demonstrated in both laboratory and field environments, including real time flight demonstrations. CASE will also explore the migration of compact ATRs to operational use. The Air Force Research Laboratory is the contracting activity (FA8650-14-D-1750).

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