Sponsored: Why Military Bases Should Prioritize Connectivity

July 9, 2020
By John McDonald, Sales Director, Federal DOD, CommScope

As the DOD continues its digital transformation efforts with systems upgrades and emerging technology, it needs to consider the foundational piece—the network infrastructure.

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UKCloud Signs Agreement with Crown Commercial Service

July 8, 2020

London-based UKCloud signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Crown Commercial Service to continue to deliver multi-cloud services to public sector organizations in the United Kingdom. The MOU will ensure that public sector organizations continue to have the benefit of choice and options of multi-cloud platforms alongside the more proprietary options available from the global cloud providers, the company stated in a release. The agreement also signals renewed support for the government’s Crown Campus, a secure datacenter operated as a joint venture between Ark Data Centers and the U.K. government. UKCloud's operations within the Crown Campus enables the compnay to offer native connectivity to secure government networks and options for the delivery of multi-cloud services at higher classification levels. As part of this agreement, Crown Commercial Service has negotiated double-digit discounts related to UKCloud’s unique Tier 2 cloud hosting capability, branded UKCloudX, the company reported.

According to the company, UKCloud began supporting the U.K. government’s cloud first policy since the launch of the first G-Cloud framework and was invited to be part of their One Government Cloud Strategy review, which examined the experience of supporting hundreds of digital transformation projects across the U.K. public sector.

"This agreement with UKCloud builds on the government’s Cloud First policy and incorporates key elements of the recent One Government Cloud Strategy," said Gareth Rhys Williams, the U.K. government’s chief commercial officer. "It shows the government’s determination to adopt value for money technologies which improve services and ensure government departments and their staff have the digital tools they need, now and in the future."

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Army Greenlights AeroVironment UAS Contract Option

July 8, 2020

Simi Valley, California-based AeroVironment reported that the U.S. Army elected to exercise the first of three contract options with the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) company. The $21.05 million t option under the sole-source, small UAS flight control systems, multi-year contract has AeroVironment providing avionics and data link upgrade packages to modify radio frequencies used by the Army’s existing fleet of the company's Raven tactical UAS. The company will deliver the upgrades over a two-year period. 

“AeroVironment is committed to providing continuous support to the Army’s ongoing, multi-year programs of record for tactical UAS, such as the Raven, with quick and efficient field upgrades to help operators around the world perform their missions more effectively,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president, Business Development and Sales for AeroVironment. 

AeroVironment’s Raven system is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for operations requiring low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, the company said.

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