General Dynamics Canada recently received an order to supply more than 1,000 Smart Display Units for installation in U.S. Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The order represents the first use of General Dynamics Canada's technology on the MRAP platform, expanding the reach of the company's comprehensive suite of vehicle electronics currently embedded in the majority of the U.S. armoured vehicle fleet. The MRAP vehicles' command, control, communications and computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities are being upgraded to support future growth and improve operational capability for the crews.
Scalable Network Technologies Incorporated was recently awarded a project from the U.S. Defense Department's Test & Evaluation/Science & Technology Program for project StealthNet, which will provide a real-time, hardware-in-the-loop capability for simulation of cyber threats to the entire net-centric infrastructure. StealthNet is designed to address an existing gap in the Defense Department's testing infrastructure to realistically test the vulnerabilities and resilience of friendly force communications against sophisticated cyber attacks.
AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded a $24 million contract for 11 mobile maintenance facilities for the Shadow unmanned aircraft system for the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army. The Shadow provides flexible and responsive near real-time battle damage assessment, battle management support, and reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition to ground maneuver commanders. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, CCAM-AR-A, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Science Applications International Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, has received a $10.8 million contract to procure rapid deployment integrated systems, combat outpost surveillance, and force protection systems to provide early warning force protection. U.S. Army Research Development & Engineering Command-Contracting Center, Natick Contracting Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Army Special Programs Office has awarded TASC Inc. a $44.7 million contract to provide systems engineering and technical assistance to decision-makers and warfighters on the ground over the next five years. TASC will support intelligence and surveillance research and development efforts, Quick Reaction Capability initiatives, and technical expertise in the material acquisition process, planning, and programming system support.
ViaSat has announced a $477 million U.S. Army contract to supply the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity, low-latency Blue Force Tracking equipment as part of the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below Program.
The Army needs to fix its acquisition process and move good ideas to top leaders, according to Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, USA, vice chief of staff, U.S. Army. Gen. Chiarelli delivered the morning address of LandWarNet today via teleconference, stating that he wants the ideas people have to make Army tools better. He also emphasized repeatedly the need to change acquisitions to keep up with technology changes and the enemy. The general said that because many of the United States' current enemies have no uniform or state sponsorship, people can underestimate their strength. "We don't talk enough about how very, very good the enemy is," he stated.
ViaSat, Inc., Carlsbad, California, was recently awarded a $37.6 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide blue force tracking 2 (BFT-2) for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2). BFT-2 is the next generation of the BFT transceiver/network. With BFT-2, FBCB2 will have the capability to upgrade position reports in seconds rather than minutes, thousands of platforms will share a single satellites channel, resulting in reduced recurring cost, and icons on a computer screen will more accurately represent a vehicle's location. U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command Acquisition Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Aegis Technologies Group, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was recently awarded an $8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop a reconfigurable arbitrary-waveform scene projector under the "OSD, Test Resource Management Center Multispectral Test" program. U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Contracting Center, Aberdeen Installation Contracting Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
L-3 Communications Westwood Corp., Tulsa, Oklahoma, was recently awarded a $175 million contract modification by the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command to provide 30 and 60 kilowatt tactical quiet generator sets to provide the necessary and critical power for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment and combat support systems. The modification was issued to increase the contract ceiling amount to $376 million with an estimated completion date of March 1, 2011.
The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF), which quickly fields technologies to meet urgent warfighter needs, intends by the end of November to open an office in Kuwait that will serve warfighters in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Furthermore, officials are considering the possibility of opening an office in Iraq.