airborne intelligence

February 28, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Squadron Leader Jamiee Maika, Royal Australian Air Force, observes operations at the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. This multinational space force includes a strategic defense partnership between the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Additional nations collaborating on space operations with the center include Germany, France and New Zealand. U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong

Aggressive Chinese and Russian counterspace capabilities have fundamentally changed threats in the space domain, and the United States must now make some transformational changes to its strategic warfare in this new environment. The U.S. Defense Department overall, and the U.S. Space Force and unified Space Command in particular, face three critical challenges that will be fundamental to using space to warfighters’ advantage and remaining a world military leader.

January 28, 2020

Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $72,575,612 firm-fixed-price contract for services in support of the existing Night Eagle System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Reston, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of April 25, 2022. Fiscal years 2020, 2021 and 2022 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $72,575,612 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity (W900KK-20-C-0021). (Awarded January 25, 2020)

October 17, 2017
The AgilePod, the first physical system to be trademarked by the Air Force, is a multiintelligence pod. A new effort to develop a suite of platform-agnostic AgilePods in various sizes is currently in progress, teaming AFRL with industry partners. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon)

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) engineers have embarked on a new miniature version of the AgilePod in an effort to increase the platform’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, according to an AFRL announcement.

June 30, 2016

BAE Systems Spectral Solutions LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a $9,515,068 cost reimbursement contract for the soil-penetrating airborne reconnaissance for threat assessment and neutralization. BAE Systems Spectral Solutions LLC, shall design, build and demonstrate an airborne prototype to detect buried mines/improvised explosive device from an altitude of up to 2000 feet. The total cumulative value of this contract is $12,515,068 if all options are exercised. Work will be the performed in Honolulu, Hawaii, and work is expected to be completed June 21, 2018. If all options are exercised, work will continue through December 28, 2020.

May 18, 2016
The Boeing Company is being awarded three P-8A Poseidon contracts potentially valued at more than $162 million.

The Boeing Co., Seattle, is being awarded a $19,631,293 cost-plus-fixed-fee, ceiling-priced, letter requirements contract (N00383-16-D-015F) for the repair coverage of 193 various mission system components on the P-8A aircraft. The company also is being awarded a similar $14,505,917 contract (N00383-16-D-016F) for the repair coverage of 204 commercial components and a $9,290,393 contract (N00383-16-D-014F) for the repair coverage of 24 various mission system components used on the aircraft. Each contract includes a one-year base period and two 12-month optional periods, which if exercised are: $72,520,840, $59,263,365 and $31,256,390.

May 9, 2016

Applied Research Associates Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico (W911QX-16-D-0015); Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia (W911QX-16-D-0016); EOIR Technologies Inc., Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (W911QX-16-D-0017); and Leidos Inc., Reston, Virginia (W911QX-16-D-0018); were awarded a $249,781,641 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award task order contract for persistent surveillance—intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (PS-ISR) analytic software research and development. Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received, with an estimated com

April 15, 2016

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $9,486,872 modification (P00050) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0110 to exercise fiscal 2016 option hours for engineering services for the Grey Eagle unmanned aircraft system. Work will be performed in Poway, with an estimated completion date of April 2, 2017. Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $9,486,872 were obligated at the time of the award. The company also was awarded an $8,075,148 modification (P00049) to the same contract for engineering services for the unmanned aircraft systems.


Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Chantilly, Virginia, was awarded a $24,587,690 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for line replaceable unit repair, reset/overhaul and technical services for various Guardrail Common Sensors, receiving sets, AN/ARW-88(V) radio items and obsolescence management. One bid was solicited with one received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 13, 2021. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W56JSR-16-D-0003).

July 1, 2015

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is being awarded $14,083,402 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 3060 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for the development and definition of system requirements for the P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft Increment 3 Capabilities Integration System Requirements Review Systems Engineering Technical Review event. Work will be performed in Seattle (92 percent), Huntington Beach, California (7 percent); and St. Louis, Missouri (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2016.

April 10, 2015

Dynamic Aviation Group, Bridgewater, Virginia, was awarded a $39,218,969 firm-fixed-price contract to purchase six DHC 8-315 aircraft from de Havilland Canada in the Saturn Arch and Desert Owl configuration. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of July 17, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $39,218,969 are being obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-15-C-0040).


April 29, 2011
By George Seffers

Boeing Company, S&IS Mission Systems, Springfield, Virginia, is being awarded a $14 million contract to continue sustainment of the Combat Track II (CTII) airborne intelligence platform sustainment and support systems, which include deployments worldwide conducting site surveys; installations and integration; assembly and test; operator and maintainer training; software/hardware modifications; system integration and retrofits; and system performance assessments. Boeing will also equip CTII units with a programmable Sierra II chip. The Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.