A Marine Corps of the future with a “reinvigorated Fleet Marine Force” and a strong Marine Expeditionary Force requires robust command and control and other advanced communications technologies, says the service’s top leader. As such, the Marine Corps Systems Command’s Command Element Systems is pursuing advanced satellite communications, electronic warfare, biometrics and other solutions.
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To improve communications on the battlefield, the Marine Corps Systems Command, headquartered at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, gave the green light to field an advanced intercom system, known as the G4 ICS, for use in light armored vehicles.
The Program Manager for Light Armored Vehicles, PM LAV—led by Steve Myers—will begin initial procurement of the system in fiscal year 2021, with full operational capability in FY 2022, the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) reported.
The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command selected Herndon, Virginia-based ManTech International Corporation to provide scientific and technical information support to the command's Systems Engineering Directorate (SED). Under the five-year $67 million award, the company will assist efforts regarding: Joint and Naval integration and transportability, modeling and simulation, USMC systems and equipment safety, systems engineering, systems security, technology transition, knowledge management, spectrum management, fire support systems integration, and assured command and control technologies, ManTech stated.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is awarded a $14,092,012 modification for the cost-plus-fixed-fee portion of a previously awarded contract (M67854-16-C-0211) for software release and advanced emplacement displacement simultaneous motion component required to support ongoing Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar Gallium Nitride efforts in support of Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Quantico, Virginia. Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Maryland (66%); and East Syracuse, New York (34%), and is expected to be completed by September 28, 2020. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $4,455,332 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire
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The U.S. Marine Corps recently began using a next-generation narrowband satellite communication system called the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) to help warfighters in connecting to networks on the battlefield and communicate in a tactical environment.
MUOS works by using antennas that let Marines access SATCOM networks while also providing them with secure and nonsecure internet access. The system applies to both mobile or stationary marines and was fielded in the first quarter of 2019. It includes updated firmware to the AN/PRC-117G radio system and one of three antenna kits.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Baltimore, Maryland, is awarded a $958,049,562 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 30 full-rate production Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar units under the portfolio management of Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Quantico, Virginia. This procurement also includes spares parts and retrofit kits. Work will be performed in Linthicum, Maryland (37 percent); East Syracuse, New York (28 percent); Stafford Springs, Connecticut (7 percent); Tulsa, Oklahoma (6 percent); Syracuse, New York (4 percent); Valencia, California (3 percent); San Diego, California (3 percent); Richardson, Texas (3 percent); Farmingdale, New York (2 percent); St.
Portland, Oregon-based PacStar announced on May 21 that the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) selected aspects of the company's Secure Wireless Command Post solution to support the Marine Air Ground Task force (MAGTF). The equipment includes network infrastructure, encryption and cybersecurity for the Marine Common Handheld (MCH) program. The MCH, a digital information processing and display system, provides integrated command and control (C2) and situational awareness to commanders, leaders and other C2 nodes, during tactical combat and combat support.
Corps Solutions, Stafford, Virginia, is awarded a firm-fixed-price task order M67854-19-F-7886 with a total value of $18,543,043 under a previously awarded contract (M67854-19-D-7872) to provide support services for the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Support Service, Battle Simulation Center/Combined Arms Staff Training Facilities. Support services will include delivering instruction; supporting live, virtual, and constructive training events; providing modeling and simulation system operations; developing and modifying training curricula; and maintaining networks and information technology equipment. Training will support a number of military systems designed to train Marines in a virtual environment. The place of performance fo
The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia has unveiled a computer system aimed at giving Marine Corps recruiters state-of-the-art tools for the enlistment process.
Working with the Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC), the MCSC developed the Marine Corps Recruiting Information Support System II, known as MCRISS II. The system uses a customizable platform that recruiters can access across government-issued cellphones, laptops and tablets.
To spur innovation for a necessary handheld targeting system, the U.S. Marine Corps is turning to the Other Transaction Authority contracting tool, which provides for rapid prototyping of technologies.
The Marine Corps Systems Command awarded four Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs) to BAE Systems, Elbit Systems of America, Fraser Optics and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., according to the command.
The command will use the OTAs to assess how the companies are able to produce a Next Generation Handheld Targeting System. The Marines need such a system to quickly acquire targets; perform guidance against targets; and generate target location data during combat operations, the command reported.
The move away from technologies meant for a static battlefield environment continues for the U.S. Marine Corps, as the service fields technologies needed for operating in austere environments.
Leaders want ruggedized and resilient technologies that are low in size, weight and power for soldiers on the move. The technology gaps to fill come across all aspects of command, control, communications and computing, or C4. Marine Corps leaders identified the service’s top technological needs during the Modern Day Marine event September 25-27 at the Marine Corps Quantico base.
On September 6 the U.S. Marine Corps released a request for information (RFI) for industry input to identify potential sources for a suite of hearing enhancement devices. The service is looking for a next-generation hearing system that will protect Marines’ hearing while increasing their situational awareness in a variety of training and combat environments, the service reported. The Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) will spearhead the effort and assess possible systems for compatibility with existing Marine Corps radios and the Marine Corps Enhanced Combat Helmet, known as ECH. Any system would also be used with the current Combat Arms Earplugs that Marines wear.
U.S. Marines on the move need to be able to negotiate the battlefield effectively. Part of operating on the fly also means working in the dark. To aid warfighters, the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) recently began fielding advanced binoculars to help with improved vision at night, according to a June 18 report from Kaitlin Kelly, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication.
The effort of the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command in bringing the networking on-the-move platform to more aircraft is coming to fruition. The service announced on June 28 that it had placed a new iteration of tactical network family of systems known as the NOTM onto the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
The new NOTM-Airborne Increment II System can provide communications access for up to five users, including access to networks, voice, email, video and texting capabilities while airborne, command officials noted.
The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) announced on Friday that they will be purchasing up to 15,000 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles (IAR) and spare parts from Heckler and Koch (H&K) in Ashburn, Virginia, under a five-year, firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum ceiling of $29.4 million.
Dell Federal Systems, Round Rock, Texas, received $22,420,790 on September 29, 2017 for a firm-fixed-price delivery order M67854-17-F-4102 under a previously awarded contract (NNG15SC06B) for a quantity of 27,013 general purpose laptops to support the Next Generation Enterprise Network mandatory Windows 10 transition. Work will be performed at Round Rock, Texas, and is expected to be completed by February 2, 2018. Fiscal year 2016 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $7,849,310; and FY 2017 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $14,571,480 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Rotary Mission and Systems, Liverpool, New York is being awarded a $25,246,336 firm-fixed-priced, cost-plus-fixed-fee line contract for the development and production of a digital receiver exciter for the AN/TPS-59A(V)3 Radar system. This contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the maximum dollar value of the contract to $46,709,617. Work will be performed in Liverpool, New York (85 percent); Atlanta, Georgia (10 percent); and Clearwater, Florida (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 31, 2021.
Lockheed Martin Gyrocam Systems Limited Liability Corporation, Sarasota, Florida, is being awarded $9,539,083 for delivery order #0002 under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (M67854-12-D-5504) to provide field service representatives in support of the vehicle optic surveillance system program. Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, is being issued a modification to a previously awarded five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to change the maximum contract value to $500 million. This contract is for the product support integrator for the U.S.