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Northrop Grumman to Provide Data Link Equipment

November 5, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Information Systems, Network Communication Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $20,578,917 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for ancillary equipment, hardware, and software changes to integrate the Multi-Role Tactical Common Data Link (MR-TCDL) into the E6-B aircraft. The MR-TCDL includes two Ku line-of-sight channels and one Ka satellite communications channel. Ancillary equipment includes power conditioning, cooling, electrical and network distribution, and any other integration hardware required to interface Block II B kits into the existing E6-B architecture. Ancillary software changes are those changes to existing software necessary to accommodate the new data flows and data interfaces. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Global Positioning System
 Is a Single Point of Failure

October 1, 2012
By Capt. Charles A. Barton III, USAF

GPS vulnerabilities could be addressed with upgraded long-range navigation.

In an instant, one million people in Tel Aviv are vaporized. Hamas, the terrorist extremist group backed by Iran, has detonated a dirty bomb—a conventional explosive with radioactive material—and is attacking Israel with long-range rockets. Concurrently, the U.S. Air Force loses all communication with its Navigation System Timing and Ranging Global Positioning System satellites. Intelligence reports indicate that Iran has launched multiple antisatellite missiles that have destroyed several navigation satellites, effectively disabling the Global Positioning System.

This is a fictional scenario, but it may not be that far-fetched. The U.S. military must take into account the vulnerabilities of its Navigation System Timing and Ranging (NAVSTAR) Global Positioning System (GPS) and invest in a land-based system that provides the same capabilities.

Boeing to Provide Additional Wideband Satellite for Nearly $318 Million

July 30, 2012
By George Seffers

Boeing Satellite Systems Incorporated, El Segundo, California, is being awarded a $317,700,000 contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) Satellite Vehicle 10 (SV10) production, processing, launch, and on-orbit activation. The modification adds an additional satellite to the existing requirements for WGS 7-10. Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.

Three Firms Compete for SatCom Task Orders

July 11, 2012
By George Seffers

Globecomm Systems Incorporated, Hauppauge, New York; DRS Technical Services Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia; and L- 3/3Di Technologies Limited Liability Corporation, Hanover, Maryland, are each being awarded an indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, multiple award contract, with a cumulative value of $17,001,463 to provide commercial-off-the-shelf satellite network and communications equipment and other services. Each contractor will be awarded $8,333 at the time of award. These contracts include options, which, if exercised, could bring the combined cumulative value of these multiple award contracts to an estimated $85,007,313. These three contractors may compete for the delivery orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

Harris to Support Satellite Communications Modernization

June 20, 2012
By George Seffers

Harris Corporation, Government Communications Systems Division, Palm Bay, Florida, was awarded a $47,050,513 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the sustainment and support services for the AN/GSC-52 modernization program's family of satellite communications earth terminals and associated equipment. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

LinQuest to Provide Military Satellite Communications

April 2, 2012
By George Seffers

LinQuest Corporation, Los Angeles, California, is being awarded a $20,124,654 firm-fixed-price contract for the military satellite communications, communications analysis, systems integration and engineering services bridge. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.

Wideband Global SATCOM Contract Modified

January 17, 2012
By George Seffers

Boeing Satellite Systems Incorporated, El Segundo, California, is being awarded a $376,523,860 modification of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) Block II follow-on contract. This contract exercises the option to produce, process, launch, and activate on-orbit Satellite Vehicle 9 as previously negotiated. U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Command, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity

App Flies High

December 21, 2011

Smartphones can now communicate on 90 percent of the Earth not covered by traditional wireless networks. The Iridium AxcessPoint Mail and Web App provides email and Internet connections and features a built-in firewall to block extraneous Internet traffic.

Raytheon Receives Hybrid Satellite Communications Contract

August 3, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon Company, Network Centric Solutions, Marlborough, Massachusetts, is being awarded an approximate $67 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus fixed-fee/cost-plus incentive-fee/firm-fixed-price hybrid contract for the procurement of highly specialized engineering services to meet the Navy's Satellite Communications Program requirements to include, but not limited to, the following systems produced by Raytheon:  Extremely High Frequency (EHF); Super High Frequency (SHF) WSC-6 (v)5/7; Global Broadcast Service (GBS); Submarine High Date Rate (SUB HDR); and Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT). The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Stratos Awarded $315 Million Satellite Communications Contract

July 18, 2011
By George Seffers

The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization awarded Stratos Government Services Incorporated, Washington D.C., a not-to-exceed $315 million contract for Military Sealift Command's (MSC) next-generation wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service. The contract will replace the current MSC Afloat Bandwidth Efficient Satellite Transport (BEST) commercial satellite communications infrastructure.

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