L-3 Communications Flight International, Newport News, Virginia, is being awarded a $29,066,774 contract modification for airborne threat simulation training for shipboard and aircraft squadron weapon systems operators and aircrew, to enhance abilities to counter potential enemy electronic warfare and electronic attack operations in an electronic combat environment. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems-Electronic Solutions, Nashua, New Hampshire, is being awarded a firm-fixed-price contract potentially valued at nearly $21 million to manufacture JSF-CI-3 countermeasure equipment used for the Joint Strike Fighter Program. JSF-CI-3 is a component of AN/ASQ-239 Electronic Warfare System. The U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a more than $118 million fixed-price-incentive contract for the production of two multi-mission signal processor equipment sets; three ballistic missile defense 4.0.1 equipment sets; and five Aegis Weapon System upgraded equipment sets to support fielding Aegis modernization capabilities to the fleet. Sets will be delivered to USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51); USS John Paul (DDG 53); USS Benfold (DDG 65); USS Barry (DDG 52); USS Princeton (CG 59); USS Cowpens (CG 63); and USS Gettysburg (CG 64). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia, is being awarded about $9 million for Foreign Military Sales Peace Drive II ALQ-211 (V) 9 integration. The AN/ALQ-213 countermeasures set (CMS) integrates electronic warfare suite functions by providing centralized control/resources management of the F-16 defensive suite. The ALQ-213 CMS software will be tailored in this technical task to integrate the AN/ALQ-211 (V) 9 into the existing F-16 A/B MLU Peace Drive II electronic warfare suite. Enterprise Sourcing Group, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a more than $18 million contract modification for non-recurring labor, materials and 233 kits to update the configuration of the electronics warfare power supply on the F-22 fleet. U.S. Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
ITT Corporation, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a more than $8 million basic ordering agreement for engineering service support for Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Vehicle Receiver Jammer (CVRJ) systems, fielded in theater. The CREW CVRJ systems are electronic jammers that are mounted in vehicles and at fixed-site compounds that prevent the detonation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane Indiana, is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems National Security Solutions, Burlington, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $8 million contract for the Behavioral Learning for Adaptive Electronic Warfare (BLADE) program, to develop counter adaptive wireless communication threats in tactical environments and in tactically relevant time scales. The BLADE program will achieve this objective by developing novel algorithms and techniques that will enable Department of Defense electronic warfare systems to automatically learn to jam new radio frequency threats in the field. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
EDO Communications & Countermeasures Systems, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a $17 million contract modification for the production and support of 265 JCREW 2.1 radio-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) electronic warfare (CREW) systems to Australia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Vehicle mounted CREW systems are one element of the U.S. Defense Department's Joint Counter RCIED Electronic Warfare program. Spiral 2.1 CREW systems are vehicle mounted electronic jammers designed to prevent the initiation of radio-controlled improvised explosive devices. This contract is for the urgent procurement and support of CREW systems, to be used by Australian forces.
Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, Limited Liability Company, Newport News, Virginia, is being awarded a $45 million contract modification for services in support of the commercial air services program, which provides contractor-owned and operated Type III high subsonic and Type IV supersonic aircraft to Navy fleet customers for a wide variety of airborne threat simulation capabilities. This provides for training shipboard and aircraft squadron weapon systems operators and aircrew how to counter potential enemy electronic warfare and electronic attack operations in today's electronic combat environment. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Linthcium Heights, Maryland, and Raytheon Company Integrated Systems, Tewksbury Massachusetts, are being awarded task orders for the Integrated Topside program, which are potentially valued at about $109 million. The companies will design/architect an integrated electronics warfare information operations and line of sight communications multifunction system with 360 degrees of coverage in azimuth for naval surface platforms and subsequently fabricate, integrate, test and demonstrate a single quadrant advanced development model variant of the system to support the technology development phase of a U.S.
EDO Communications & Countermeasures Systems, wholly owned by ITT Force Protection Systems, Thousand Oaks, California, is being awarded a nearly $18 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise options for the production and support of 260 Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) Electronic Warfare (CREW) 2.1 systems with the Band C Engineering Change Proposal upgrade to meet urgent U.S.
Fiscal year 2015 marks the official kickoff of a U.S. Army program to develop a foliage-penetrating radar that will simultaneously locate still objects and track moving objects from a fast-moving fixed-wing aircraft. The next-generation system is designed specifically for jungle environments such as the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Africa, and by combining multiple capabilities onto one platform, it will allow the service to cut down the number of sensors currently needed.
The U.S. Army’s current tactical network delivers a wide range of capabilities for warfighters, including unprecedented communications on the move. But the complexity can overwhelm commanders who have countless critical tasks to complete and soldiers’ lives in their hands. Future tactical networks will automate many processes and may be smart enough to advise commanders, similar to JARVIS, Iron Man’s computerized assistant.
U.S. Army officials envision a future in which ground and air platforms share data and where soldiers at a remote forward-operating base easily can access information from any sensor in the area, including national satellites or reconnaissance aircraft flying overhead. To achieve this big data vision, the service has initiated three pilot projects designed to provide Google-style access in a tactical environment to the lowest echelon without overwhelming soldiers with unnecessary data.
U.S. Defense Department officials intend to complete a departmentwide spectrum strategy road map this month, which will make more frequencies available to warfighters, provide greater flexibility—especially for international operations—and ultimately allow warfighters to conduct their missions more effectively. At the same time, however, some are suggesting a nationwide strategy to allow for more innovative and effective spectrum management and sharing across government and industry.
The complexities of the U.S. Army’s networks and spectrum allocation processes interfere with the need to reassign units to different tasks, creating major delays and presenting serious challenges. To solve the issue, researchers intend to deliver a wide range of technologies, including automated spectrum planning and allocation tools and smarter radios, that will use spectrum more efficiently, network more effectively and provide commanders the flexibility to reorganize as needed.
Representatives from the U.S. Army and Air Force, along with 17 NATO nations and three partner nations, will participate in a joint reconnaissance trial at Orland Air Station in Norway May 19-28 to test and evaluate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) concepts and technologies. The Unified Vision 2014 (UV14) trial will be NATO’s largest-ever ISR trial and will be used as a major stepping stone to provide NATO warfighters with an enhanced set of ISR capabilities.
The network-centric U.S. Navy could find itself without its core information assets during a conflict in the vast Asia-Pacific region. So, the U.S. Pacific Fleet is embarking on an effort to learn how to function without some of its most important technology capabilities.
Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, outlined that scenario on the final day of TechNet Asia-Pacific 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Adm. Harris said the fleet is planning for operation in a disconnected, intermittent, low-bandwidth environment, or DIL.
U.S. Army officials are standardizing the information technology architecture on many current and future ground combat vehicles. The effort is designed to reduce the size, weight and power of electronics; reduce life-cycle costs; and improve interoperability while providing warfighters all of the data and communications capability required on the modern battlefield.
Cooperation and conflict define the new strategy guiding U.S. Pacific Air Forces as the air element of the U.S. Pacific Command adjusts to the strategic pivot to that vast region. The former aspect includes efforts with many regional allies as well as closer activities with the U.S. Navy. Meanwhile, the latter element entails power projection to be able to respond to crises whenever they emerge, including those over water.