Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $17,649,408 modification (P00001) to firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order N0001920-F-0025 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-15-G-0026. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia (39.2%); Ronkonkoma, New York (23.98%); Bethpage, New York (18.02%); Petaluma, California (6.8%); Irvine, California (6.76%); Melbourne, Florida (3.25%); Minden, Nebraska (1.5%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (.49%). This modification procures fabrication and installation support to retrofit the Link 16 (L16) Crypto-Modernization (CM)/Hybrid-Beyond Line of Sight (HBLOS) capability on 34 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.
To improve long-range radio frequency communications, researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are working on a method of combining signals at the receiver level after multiple relays and a single transmitter. The solution is meant to extend line-of-sight communications. Finding an affordable alternative to beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications usually provided by satellites, aircraft or drones is an important priority for the Navy and the Defense Department, says Aaron Cohen, computer engineer and electrical engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory, known as the NRL.
With the development and fielding of satellite communications throughout the U.S. military, today’s warfighters rarely use high frequency communications within and between units. International events have increased interest in high frequency communications as an alternative to connecting via satellites on current and future battlefields. U.S. military units already own a large amount of the radio equipment suitable for employment at various levels of the battlefield and for humanitarian relief as a redundant means of beyond-line-of-sight communications.
Northrop Grumman Space and Missile Systems Corporation, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $20,170,782 contract modification to integrate beyond line of sight capability (BLOS) onto an E-11A aircraft. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $22,222,411 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for non-recurring engineering efforts for the beyond-line-of-sight communications system associated with the CV-22 aircraft Block 20 Upgrade Program. Efforts to be provided include engineering design, integration and testing of an improved Air Force CV-22 communications system for trans-oceanic air traffic control and tactical communications. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
The Boeing Company, Wichita, Kansas, was awarded a $12 million contract modification for a future beyond line of sight (BLOS) communication capability with the advanced extremely high frequency family of advanced BLOS terminals on the B-52. Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.