Monthly Archives: July 2010

BAE Systems Seeker Performs in Detecting Complex Target in Latest THAAD Test

A BAE Systems seeker detected and destroyed a unitary target performing the lowest endo-atmospheric intercept to date for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon system flight test program on June 28 at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

The test, conducted by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin, the THAAD prime contractor and systems integrator verified the interceptor and other system components capability to detect and to intercept a unitary Short Range Ballistic Missile. The test also demonstrated the seeker’s ability to perform target acquisition and track-and-aim point selection by the interceptor’s seeker and its avionics flight software.

“This was the THAAD interceptor’s lowest endo intercept to date,” said Joe Colosimo, chief engineer for BAE Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire, where the THAAD seeker is built. “As the flight test program continues, the scenarios become more complex requiring our technology to perform on targets that will become more challenging to detect and hit.”

THAAD is designed to defend U.S. troops, allied forces, population centers and critical infrastructure against short to possibly intermediate-range ballistic missiles. BAE Systems worked on missile defense seekers since the late 1970s and achieved the first hit-to-kill intercept of a ballistic-missile target in 1984.

LaBarge Awarded $1.2 Million Contract from Raytheon for RAM Guided Missile Launch System

LaBarge has received a $1.2 million contract from Raytheon Missile Systems to provide printed circuit card assemblies for the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Guided Missile Weapon System.

RAM is a supersonic, lightweight, quick reaction, fire-and-forget missile. The system’s autonomous dual-mode, passive radio frequency and infrared guidance design provides high-firepower capability for engaging multiple threats simultaneously. RAM allows vessels of all sizes to defend against anti-ship missiles and other threats. Produced in partnership by Raytheon and RAMSYS of Germany, RAM is aboard more than 100 ships as an integral self-defense weapon for the navies of the United States, Germany, Korea, Greece, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

LaBarge, a Raytheon preferred supplier, will perform the work at its Tulsa, Okla., facility. Production is expected to begin in July 2010 and continue through June 2011.

CSC Wins $220 Million Navy IT Infrastructure Services Contract

CSC announced that the U.S. Navy awarded the company a contract to provide information technology (IT) support services. The contract has a one-year base period and four one-year options, bringing the estimated total contract value to $220 million. This contract was awarded to CSC during the company’s fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended April 2, 2010.

Under the terms of the agreement, CSC will provide a broad range of IT support, including network operations, real-time processing, enterprise data center, system development and maintenance, and hardware and software integration. CSC will perform work for the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Command, and the Naval Education and Training Command at multiple Navy sites and cities across America.

“CSC is proud to build on its rich history of partnership with the U.S. Navy by supporting its crucial work in support of the warfighter,” said Austin Yerks, president of CSC’s North American Public Sector Defense Group. “We look forward to continuing our work with the Navy to provide effective, integrated IT systems and support to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces.”

OSI Systems Awarded Approximate $3 Million Contract from U.S. Government Agency for Newly Launched Rapiscan Secure 1000 Portable Body Scanner

OSI Systems announced that its Security division, Rapiscan Systems, was awarded an approximate $3 million order from an undisclosed United States Government Agency for its newly released Rapiscan Secure 1000MP (modular and portable).

The Rapiscan Secure 1000MP was developed specifically for applications that require rapid deployment, mobility and durability, as well as superior threat detection. The system provides the same detection capabilities as the Rapiscan Secure 1000 Single Pose solution that is being deployed by airports worldwide, but in a portable configuration. The system produces high-resolution images that enable detection of concealed threats and contraband items. The Rapiscan Secure 1000MP is ideal for high security environments because both organic (i.e. solid and liquid explosives, narcotics, ceramic weapons, etc.) and inorganic (i.e. metal) materials are easily identified in the resulting image.

Rapiscan Systems President, Ajay Mehra stated, “We are excited to announce that the U.S. Government has chosen the Rapiscan Secure 1000MP for its security needs. The Rapiscan Secure 1000MP lightweight and modular design makes it a truly “man-portable” solution for military, police, corrections, event security and protection of critical infrastructure. The Rapiscan Secure 1000MP is an important addition to the Rapiscan Secure product family and will significantly expand our opportunities to provide customers with its superior threat detection technology.”

AAI Receives U.S. Air Force Award for Meteorological System Logistics and Technical Services

AAI announced that it has received a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) award with a total potential value of $47.5 million from the U.S. Air Force 84th Combat Sustainment Wing, based at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The first delivery order is valued at more than $5.2 million. Under this IDIQ contract, AAI’s Logistics & Technical Services team will provide contractor logistics support (CLS) for the AN/TMQ-53 Tactical Meteorological Observing System (TMOS).

TMOS is used in areas near Air Force landing strips around the world to provide weather data for planners and field commanders. AAI will manage TMOS sustainment from its Ogden, Utah, location by providing 24/7 on-call assistance and management of remote supplies, including 24-hour turnaround for U.S.-based spares and repairs and 72-hour turnaround for international requests.

In addition, AAI will lead life cycle analysis for the TMOS assets, then recommend and implement recommendations for spares management and obsolescence planning. These support and sustainment activities include engineering modifications, sensor upgrades and other improvements as recommended.

Alion Awarded $3.2M Task Order to Support Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command

Alion Science and Technology was awarded a $3.2 million task order to provide program management, engineering, IT and acquisition support to the Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (COMNECC) in Virginia Beach, VA.

The three-year task order was awarded under the Logistics Maintenance and Supply Support (LMSS) contract vehicle. Alion will provide program management, acquisition support, technical and engineering support to COMNECC’s Warfare Requirements Directorate, a variety of technical support to the Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) Directorate, and financial management support to the Logistics and Financial Management Directorate.

With extensive experience supporting COMNECC and a team of experienced warfare veterans who have served in leadership roles in the subordinate forces, Alion has established credentials as subject matter experts in the expeditionary environment.

The contract runs for one base year with two option periods.

The Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) is the principal adviser to Fleet Forces Command on all Navy expeditionary issues. NECC is responsible for organizing, manning, equipping and training Navy expeditionary forces.

BAE Systems Receives $17 Million Contract from U.S. Army for Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Systems (HEADS) Sensors

BAE Systems has received an initial order of $17 million from the U.S. Army for Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Systems (HEADS) to help address combat-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which according to many medical professionals are fast becoming a signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The multi-million dollar award is part of an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a maximum value of $105 million. BAE Systems was one of two contractors selected.

Designed to better monitor soldiers and help identify their risk levels for combat-related TBIs, BAE Systems introduced its first HEADS sensor to the military in 2008. Since then, nearly 7,000 of the company’s HEADS units have been fielded to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps—a testament to BAE Systems’ commitment to integrating innovative lifesaving technologies into survivability products for troops.

With the new order, thousands of the company’s Generation II HEADS helmet sensors will be produced and fitted inside the combat helmets for U.S. troops serving abroad.

In addition to alerting soldiers of possible concussions, the HEADS smart sensor is designed to provide medical professionals with important data that may help determine the severity of a possible TBI. “With our Generation II HEADS sensor, we’re providing medical teams with a valuable diagnostic tool that utilizes radio frequency technology,” added Coltman. “With our new ‘smarter’ sensor, if a soldier is exposed to a blast, possibly sustaining a concussion, not only will the HEADS visual display be triggered at the time of the event, but once the soldier enters a specified area, such as forward operating base or dining facility, a series of strategically placed antennae will scan all available HEADS units and send data to a computer, identifying any soldiers who may have sustained a blast-related brain injury.”

The sensor itself is small, lightweight and can be secured inside virtually any combat helmet. Although imperceptible to the wearer, it is designed to continuously collect critical, potentially lifesaving data, including impact location, magnitude, duration, blast pressures, angular and linear accelerations as well as the exact times of single or multiple blast events. That information is then securely stored until it can be quickly downloaded and analyzed by medical teams using a simple USB or wireless connection.

Compatible with most helmets, the HEADS sensor is unobtrusive and won’t interfere with additional helmet-mounted equipment soldiers may need, such as goggles and other sensors.

Deliveries on the initial Generation II HEADS order are expected to begin in April 2011, and be completed by July 2011.

CPI Aero Releases of C-5 Top Order Valued at $1.5 Million

CPI Aerostructures announced that the U.S. Air Force has released a new order under CPI Aero’s C-5 TOP contract for a variety of panels and spoilers valued at approximately $1.5 million. Orders under this program, including this $1.5 million order, have totaled $32.1 million since the inception of the contract.

This award brings CPI Aero’s total new year-to-date awards to $11.3 million, compared to $4.8 million in the same period last year.

CPI Aero is engaged in the contract production of structural aircraft parts for leading prime defense contractors, the U.S. Air Force, and other branches of the armed forces. In conjunction with its assembly operations, CPI Aero provides engineering, technical and program management services. Among the key programs that CPI Aero supplies are the E-2D Hawkeye surveillance aircraft, the UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter, the S-92 helicopter, the MH-60S mine countermeasure helicopter, MH-53 and CH-53 variant helicopters, the Gulfstream G650, C-5A Galaxy cargo jet, the T-38 Talon jet trainer, the A-10 Thunderbolt attack jet, and the E-3 Sentry AWACS jet. CPI Aero is included in the Russell Microcap Index.

CSC Wins Two U.S. Navy Simulation and Testing Task Orders with Combined Value of $56 Million

CSC announced that the U.S. Navy awarded the company two task orders to provide computer simulation, engineering and model test support. The task orders both have five-year periods of performance, and estimated total values of $24 million and $32 million. The task orders were awarded under the SeaPort Enhanced indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, which was originally awarded to CSC in April 2004. These task orders were awarded to CSC during the company’s fiscal 2010 fourth quarter that ended April 2, 2010.

Under the terms of the first task order, CSC will provide support for computer and software simulation, control systems development and engineering, and data analysis for Navy submarines, surface ships and unmanned vehicles. Under the terms of the second task order, CSC will provide support for full-scale and model-scale testing of Navy submarines, surface ships and unmanned vehicles, including making submarine and surface ship models.

Work under both task orders will support the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, and will be performed at its facilities in West Bethesda, Md., and at the CSC facilities in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Whether providing high-fidelity simulators or modeling conditions, objects or systems, CSC provides realistic training environments that help clients improve performance and cut costs. For more information, visit www.csc.com/training.

Korean Air Accepts Final Delivery of Enigma Solution for Aircraft Fleet Maintenance and Engineering

Enigma has announced that Korean Air (KAL) has accepted final delivery of Enigma 3C® InService MRO to facilitate the maintenance of its entire fleet of aircraft. Korean Air is one of Asia’s largest airlines, and the world’s largest commercial airline cargo carrier, with a fleet of 125 aircraft.

For Korean Air employees, the Enigma solution becomes the single source for all information related to airframe, engine and component maintenance, which includes: over 100 OEM maintenance manuals and parts catalogs, and all KAL maintenance supplements, service bulletins and schematics. Korean Air’s complete technical publishing cycle is supported by Enigma InService MRO and Revision Manager integrated with Oracle® UCM (for content management) and XMetaL (for authoring). This includes processing of OEM data, analysis/bursting, editing, reviewing, approving, distribution, and viewing by technicians. More than 3,000 field service technicians, maintenance engineers and technical writers will rely on Enigma to support KAL’s fleet, which includes A300, A330, B737, B747 and B777 aircraft models and PW4000, JT9D and CFM56 aircraft engines. At every phase of the maintenance process, both scheduled and unscheduled, Enigma provides critical and relevant information for troubleshooting, repair and reporting.

The second phase of the Korean Air implementation will go live on January 1, 2011, including the integration of Enigma InService MRO and Job Card Generator (JCG) with Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) and Oracle Complex Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (cMRO). The resulting MRO solution will replace AirNav, PMA and multiple other legacy systems with a fully-integrated, modern IT environment that meets the specific needs of KAL’s maintenance and engineering department and maintenance shops. The full solution will retain up-to-date aircraft configurations, provide detailed planning and scheduling capabilities, serve as the system of record for all maintenance activities and automate key processes such as job card generation, non-routine maintenance requirements and parts procurement.