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Utah State to Develop Missile Defense Technologies under $150 Million Contract

August 23, 2011
By George Seffers

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is announcing the award of an indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory, Logan, Utah, with an award value of $150 million. Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory will work with MDA to provide technology development for electro-optic sensor systems, space rated instrument and payload development data, essential engineering, research, and development capabilities and services in the development of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory is a university affiliated research center sponsored by MDA as designated by the director of defense research and engineering. The MDA, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

NAVMAR Receives $84 Million for Gondola Avionic Sensor Packages

August 23, 2011
By George Seffers

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a more than $84 million firm-fixed-priced, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research project under Topics N92-170, entitled "Laser Detection & Ranging Identification Demonstration," and N94-178, entitled "Air Deployable Expendable Multi-parameter Environmental Probe." This Phase III award provides for the production, validation, and delivery of the Gondola avionic sensor packages for the Army. In addition, this contract provides for field service representative support; delivery, installation, operation, and maintenance of hardware; continued testing; engineering services; modeling, simulation, analysis; systems engineering and integration in support of the Persistent Ground Surveillance Program. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Boeing Awarded $135 Million for Infrared Search and Track System

August 23, 2011
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $135 million cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for the engineering, manufacturing, and development of the F/A-18E/F Infrared Search and Track System, a long-wave infrared detection system that targets airborne vehicles in a radar-denied environment. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Webinar 9/14/11: Seamless Communication Interoperability Supporting Warfighters' Missions

August 19, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

Today, military communications deploy diverse technologies that comprise the tactical and strategic converged networks needed to support warfighters' missions. Challenges exist in deploying and operating these networks that include a broad range of technologies including: VoIP, TDM, SatCom, cellular, tactical radios, SCIP, WiFi and GSM. Additionally, military communications must support the wide range of diverse and not necessarily interconnected networks which are comprised of legacy and emerging technologies.

ITT Receives $94 Million for Missile System Engineering, Integration and Sustainment

August 19, 2011
By George Seffers

ITT Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is being awarded two contract modifications valued at a total of nearly $94 million for the Systems Engineering and Sustainment Integrator (SENSOR), which is to provide system engineering integration and sustainment of ground-based missile warning, missile defense, and space surveillance sensors. The SENSOR systems currently include ground-based radars and optical systems controlled and operated by U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command. Electronic Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

Lockheed Martin to Deliver Submarine Imaging Systems

August 19, 2011
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors, Manassas Virginia, is being awarded a more than $14 million contract modification to deliver eight Integrated Submarine Imaging Systems (ISIS) for U.S. Navy submarines. Five systems shall be delivered to Virginia-class submarines, while the remaining three shall be delivered to SSN 688-class submarines. ISIS provides mission critical, all weather, visual, and electronic search, digital image management, indication, warning, and platform architecture interface capabilities for Navy submarines. ISIS rolls-up existing components and near term capabilities, and provides a robust architecture for efficiently inserting future capabilities as they become available. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity

Harris to Provide Digital Maps to Four Countries

August 19, 2011
By George Seffers

Harris Corporation, Government Communications Systems Division, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded an approximate $8 million contract modification for the full rate production and support of 125 digital map computers for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Kuwait, Malaysia, and Finland. In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of 49 digital video map computers for the U.S. Navy and 52 extension housings for the governments of Kuwait, and Malaysia, in support of multiple aircraft platforms. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Two Companies Awarded Infantry Fighting Vehicle Contracts

August 19, 2011
By George Seffers

The U.S. Army is awarding two nearly $450 million to BAE Systems Land and Armaments L.P., Troy, Michigan,and nearly $440 million to General Dynamics Land Systems Incorporated, Sterling Heights, Michigan, for the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program technology development phase. These contractors have been selected to develop competitive, affordable and executable designs for a new Army Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) over the next 24 months. The contract awards follow the Defense Department's formal approval of the GCV program to enter the technology development phase.

DISA Forum: The Leadership to Innovate

August 19, 2011
By Max Cacas
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There's a first time for everything. On the final day of the DISA Customer and Industry Forum 2011, a first-ever panel of the chief information officers from the four branches of the military provided industry representatives with a look at the challenges they face in providing enhanced digital technologies to the warfighter.

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