The combination of so-called additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, electromagnetic simulation and mechanical design software is enabling innovative antenna and radio-frequency components. Engineers are harnessing these tools to design, fabricate, test and manufacture lightweight, highly complex antennas and radio-frequency products.
Melding materials three-dimensionally into state-of-the-art antennas would not be possible without key software platforms. For this, antenna producer Optisys relies on technology from ANSYS Incorporated. Started in 1970 as a small company in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, ANSYS now has 75 offices in 40 countries. As a multiphysics business, ANSYS looks at all aspects of physics design—structural, thermal, fluid dynamics and electronics.
L-3 Communications Corp., doing business as Randtron Antenna Systems, Menlo Park, California, has been awarded a maximum $29,913,500 firm-fixed-price contract for antenna detectors. This was a competitive acquisition with two offers received. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is California, with a January 18, 2022, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through fiscal 2022 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (SPRBL1-17-D-0001).
BAE Systems, Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, is being awarded $12,096,000 for modification P0015 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive fee contract (N00019-15-C-0038) for the procurement of eight OE-120 Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System antenna systems for the Navy (7); and the Missile Defense Agency (1). Work will be performed in Nashua, New Hampshire, and is expected to be completed in March 2020. Fiscal 2013, 2014 and 2016 shipbuilding, construction (Navy) funds in the amount of $12,096,000 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air System
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a robotic arm that is being used to measure the properties of antennas rapidly and accurately. The robot, formally named the Configurable Robotic Millimeter-Wave Antenna facility, may be the ultimate innovation, extending measurements to higher frequencies while characterizing antennas faster and more easily than previous NIST facilities.
Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $47 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering services applicable to the AN/ALQ-172 line replaceable unit (LRU)-8 countermeasures phased array antenna. Contractor will provide non-recurring engineering services for the form, fit and function interface; redesign; development of data, manufacturing and delivery of prototypes that will meet legacy LRU specification requirements. Work will be performed at Clifton, New Jersey, and is expected to be complete by Sept. 24, 2018. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
Harris Corp., Rochester, New York, has been awarded a maximum $12,245,098 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for high-frequency full loop antennas. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). Location of performance is Georgia, with a Sept. 25, 2020, performance completion date. Using military customer is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (SPRBL1-15-D-0027).
BAE Systems, Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $29,967,408 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive fee contract for the procurement of six OE-120(A)/UPX antenna groups for the Navy. The OE-120(A)/UPX antenna group is a component of the AN/UPX-29(V) interrogator system and is procured for use on DDG 119 through DDG 122, and LHA 8 class ships, and for the Missile Defense Agency.
Raytheon Co., Marlborough, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $89,094,388 firm-fixed-price contract for 25 submarine high data rate (SubHDR) antenna systems. The SubHDR antenna system is used to provide submarines with high capacity communications in the extremely high frequency and super high frequency bands and enables reception of the global broadcast service. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (80 percent) and the government of the United Kingdom (20 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program.
Trivec-Avant Corp., Huntington Beach, Calif., and Antenna Research Associates Inc., Beltsville, Md., were awarded a maximum $10 million, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for nine types of ultrahigh frequency satellite communications antennas to be used in various configurations by special operations forces. The U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
L-3 Global Communications Solutions, Victor, N.Y., is being awarded an $8,093,065 firm-fixed-price General Services Administration delivery order to acquire Hawkeye III Lite tri-band antennas and Hawkeye diplexer kits for the Deployable Joint Command and Control Rapid Response kits and Sensitive Compartmented Information kits for the expeditionary command and control suite. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $10,530,855. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity.
Meta Materials Incorporated, Austin, Texas, was awarded an $8,766,403 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development and testing services in support of radio frequency antennas on military vehicles. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Adelphi, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Toyon Research Corporation, Goleta, California, is being awarded about $12 million for the procurement of various antennas and ancillary parts, which are integrated into communication jamming pods and electronic warfare laboratories, spares, and the incidental engineering required to fabricate, modify and/or maintain the antenna and feed assemblies. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Center, China Lake, California, is the contracting activity.
Rodale Electronics Incorporated, Hauppauge, New York, is being awarded a maximum $13 million contract to provide antennas to the U.S. Army. The Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
"There's potential here to take this forward. The operating systems at these frequencies are just mind blowing."--Dr. Simon Cotton, the Centre for Secure Information Technologies, Queen's University Belfast