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BAE Systems Delivers Software to Forward-Deployed Warfighters to Expedite Data Searches

The U.S. Army has procured BAE Systems’ commercial data management software, GXP Xplorer, to reduce the efforts required to rapidly search for and retrieve geospatial data from various legacy repositories. Under the terms of the contract, the U.S. Army’s Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Enabled Common Ground Station will deploy 50 GXP Xplorer enterprise server licenses starting in mid-2012. Soldiers across multiple Army installations can easily locate current and historical data collections saved on share drives, servers and in personal files, which is vital to military users who rotate in-and-out of operating units.

“Intel analysts are challenged to find the data they need, when they need it,” said Dan London, vice president of sales, marketing, and customer support for the Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) business. “GXP Xplorer allows analysts to find and catalog information, so they can perform their mission.”

Army brigade combat teams will use GXP Xplorer to identify and catalog images, maps, terrain, features, videos and documents of interest on local desktops or across an enterprise. GXP Xplorer supports the U.S. Army’s transition from legacy data library systems to an interoperable resource that scales from mobile devices, ruggedized laptops, enterprise servers and virtualized environments.

GXP Xplorer crawls different systems, repositories and local digital ‘shoeboxes,’ as well as unstructured content from social media networks, where it is stored without moving or duplicating it. The federated search capability scans multiple sources simultaneously to locate relevant data — no matter where it resides — saving up to 75 percent of the time previously required to find data using legacy systems. The software automatically pulls in new data and delivers it to a specified destination based on user-defined search criteria. Raw and processed data can be previewed prior to retrieval and opened directly into applications, such as BAE Systems’ SOCET GXP®, for analysis, mission planning and intelligence reporting.

The software is a valuable resource for analysts, policy makers or users in the field who have a large repository of data, maps and imagery to manage.

BAE Systems Licenses Freescale’s Power Architecture® Technology to Develop Processors for Space Missions

BAE Systems is developing fourth generation radiation hardened computers for space applications through a license announced today for Power Architecture® processor cores from Freescale. Implementation of Freescale’s Power Architecture technology will increase onboard satellite processing by 10 times the current rate, enabling payload and bus applications considered impossible only a few years ago.

The license agreement permits reliable and parallel multi-core processing for space applications, shrinking the gap between processing capabilities commonplace in the commercial industry and those presently available to the space community. The need for high-performance computing applications onboard satellites is driven by the large amounts of information collected during modern space missions.

“The licensing arrangement enables a massive leap in our processing capability, providing our customers the ability to maximize application performance while leveraging existing infrastructure and experience,” said Ian McDonald, director of space products and systems for BAE Systems. “Freescale’s experience with high performance computing provides BAE Systems a technological advantage to enable mission applications that are unattainable with current generation hardware platforms.”

BAE Systems’ Boldstroke Selected for U.S. Army Common Infrared Countermeasures Solution

BAE Systems has been selected by the U.S. Army as one of two contractors to develop the next generation Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) solution – a lightweight directed infrared countermeasure system for Army, Navy, and Marine rotary-wing aircraft. The 21-month technology demonstration award is valued at $38 million. BAE Systems’ “Boldstroke®” solution synthesizes the best attributes of prior generation laser jamming systems to meet the size, weight, and power requirements of rotary-wing and light fixed-wing platforms.

“This decision is a validation of our technology and commitment, and of our 30 years’ experience pioneering and delivering this type of technology and the exacting work behind it all, including threat exploitation, jam code development, hardware-in-the-loop simulations, flight tests, and live fire tests,” said Bill Staib, director of BAE Systems’ Survivability & Targeting Solutions business. “‘Our motto is ‘We Protect Those Who Protect Us®’ and that’s really what this achievement boils down to. Our employees are completely dedicated to that mission, and it shows in the reliability and sustainability of our products that ultimately bring our servicemen and servicewomen home safely.”

The Boldstroke system is a lightweight, reliable, low-cost infrared laser countermeasure designed to protect aircraft from infrared-guided missiles and other evolving infrared guided threats. It is compatible with BAE Systems’ field-proven Common Missile Warning System, already deployed on most of the Army’s rotary-wing fleet.

The Boldstroke system uses a Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) and non-proprietary interfaces that can support interchangeability and technology insertion, providing flexibility for decades to come.

The system reduces A-Kit and B-Kit weight to maximize aircraft useful payload, and increases weapon system availability, providing significant life-cycle cost savings. The system uses flight-proven hardware and algorithms tested in BAE Systems’ flight simulation laboratory, which allows it to be tested against today’s most predominant threats and anticipated emerging threats. Boldstroke systems will leave BAE Systems’ facility in New Hampshire ready for operational testing on the aircraft.

BAE Systems has delivered more than 10,000 IRCM systems for inclusion on every Army platform. “These systems have saved lives and continue to save lives in combat,” Staib said.

Last year, BAE Systems opened the Worrell/Weeks Aircrew Protection Center, a $20 million facility for testing and evaluating equipment used for defending helicopters and other aircraft against infrared-guided missiles and hostile fire. This new facility is part of a three-year, $70 million investment in developing state-of-the-art manufacturing and systems engineering facilities for integrated aircraft survivability equipment.

BAE Systems to Deliver Head Mounted Displays to U.S. Army

BAE Systems has received a $21.7 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity order for Head Mounted Displays from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Soldier. The Head Mounted Display, also known by its company product name Remote Eyepiece Display Imager, or RED-I®, is compatible with military night sensors such as thermal weapon sights, and can support a variety of mission requirements by providing the user with an easily configurable private viewing display that can mount to eyeglass frames or fit under visors.

“The unique capabilities of our Head Mounted Display, coupled with a thermal imager, significantly enhance the warfighter’s operational effectiveness,” said Vadim Plotsker, president of BAE Systems OASYS. “Our Head Mounted Display is one of the smallest and most versatile remote display imagers available on the market today. It is lightweight, low-power, and has a patented design that allows simultaneous see-through viewing with a forgiving eye-box.”

More than 3,000 RED-I devices have been fielded to date. BAE Systems has the largest quantity contract ever awarded by the U.S. Army for this type of device, which supports a variety of missions, night vision sensors, and weapon systems.

BAE Systems to Provide Information Technology Services and Support To U.S. Special Operations Command

U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) awarded BAE Systems a place on the multiple-award Special Operations Forces Information Technology Enterprise Contract (SITEC) for IT services and technical support for special operations forces. BAE Systems is one of seven companies that will pursue task orders under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, which has a total estimated value of $65 million. Specifically, the company will work with USSOCOM’s IT management office in areas including applications maintenance and development, planning and engineering as well as management and information assurance. BAE Systems will oversee the transition of application management services from the incumbent service provider, and provide ongoing support throughout the life of the SITEC agreement.

“U.S. special operations forces deployed throughout the globe require effective, reliable and secure information to protect our interests against enemy networks,” said Paul Falkler, vice president and general manager of the Information Technology and Cybersecurity Solutions business for BAE Systems. “Our enhanced IT solutions will enable USSOCOM to enhance and maintain software applications to support their mission.”

The work will help USSOCOM achieve an increase in mission operations support and control, establish transparency and accountability; foster effectiveness, innovation and communication; drive cost optimization and enable net centricity.

Boeing & BAE Systems Work to Put Lasers on Navy Machine Guns

Boeing has announced that its Directed Energy Systems (DES) division has signed a teaming agreement with BAE Systems to develop the Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System for defense of U.S. Navy ships. The Navy awarded the BAE Systems team an initial contract in March to build a demonstrator unit of the system. Boeing is a subcontractor to BAE Systems under this contract.

“Boeing is committed to developing this directed energy system that will significantly enhance ship defense,” said Michael Rinn, Boeing DES vice president. “Combining BAE’s engineering expertise with the proven directed-energy proficiency of Boeing’s DES division creates a team uniquely qualified to integrate directed-energy technology into the Navy’s shipboard armaments.”

The Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System couples a solid-state high-energy laser weapon module with the operational Mk 38 Machine Gun System. The addition of the laser weapon module brings high-precision accuracy against surface and air targets such as small boats and unmanned aerial vehicles. The system also provides the ability to deliver different levels of laser energy, depending on the target and mission objectives.

Boeing and BAE Systems have been working together for the past two years to develop this capability. In 2010, Boeing DES conducted two experiments in the field to demonstrate the system’s ability to track surface targets and maintain a laser aimpoint with high precision.

DIA Selects BAE Systems

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) announced the award of two competitive, five-year task orders under the Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (SITE) contract totaling approximately $350 million to BAE Systems. BAE Systems will implement its Enterprise Services Delivery Model to significantly improve the effectiveness and quality of IT services delivery across the full spectrum of back office, field services, customer care, close support services, network services and missions applications operations for DIA’s support of the war fighter.

“We are very pleased with the opportunity to bring our years of experience in supporting DIA’s IT needs to the next level. We are thankful for the DIA’s confidence in our innovations in services delivery approach that will deliver DIA’s global enterprise re-engineering initiative,” said Rick Schieffelin, Vice President and General Manager of Advanced IT Mission Solutions within BAE Systems.

DIA and BAE Systems will achieve a dramatic reduction in recurring enterprise operations costs through innovations in services automation, knowledge management, remote management processes and information-sharing.

The Customer Engagement and Field Support Services Task Order and the Enterprise Operations Services Task Order both address the DIA’s transformational program to re-invent the agency’s IT infrastructure services delivery at all unified combatant commands.

BAE Systems is teaming with a number of partners and suppliers in this effort. They are Accenture, L3 Stratis, SAIC, HP, QinetiQ, Serco, Harris, Vykin Corporation, Cyberspace Solutions LLC, Six3 Systems, DSA, ISYS Technologies, Mainstreet Technologies, NES, Nova Datacom and Primescape.

BAE Systems to Modernize Defense Intelligence Agency Workstations

Last week BAE Systems announced the award of an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) which will modernize the Agency’s Department of Defense Intelligence Information System trusted computer workstations by creating a worldwide virtualized desktop infrastructure for DIA users and intelligence analysts. The contract has a $300 million ordering ceiling over a five-year period, including option years.

As the prime contractor for the Next Generation Desktop Environment (NGDE), BAE Systems will create a multiple security level, multi-intelligence analyst environment that maintains DIA’s compliance with DoD standards for intelligence systems and applications.

“BAE Systems is proud to provide the tools necessary to help DIA further its goal of making military intelligence analysts even more productive,” said Rick Schieffelin, vice president and general manager of Mission Solutions for BAE Systems. “It is our hope that BAE Systems’ Next Generation Desktop Environment will also set the stage for other members of the intelligence community to have access to a secure, flexible and affordable solution.”

The upgraded workstations created by BAE Systems are intended to provide analysts with high-performance access to critical applications requiring less maintenance and offering greater control over software licenses, versions and updates. In order to achieve these benefits, complex 3D graphics, computationally demanding software tools, and software — such as streaming video — will be accessed through a server rather than maintaining software on individual desktops. Additionally, NGDE workstations also leverage Trusted Computing Solution’s SecureOffice® Trusted Thin Client® cross-domain solution, allowing users to access appropriate applications and data from different security levels.

This five-year contract is an extension of the NGDE pilot phase conducted earlier in 2010 that successfully deployed and evaluated a number of workstations worldwide in a fully operational environment.

BAE Systems to Provide Cyber Security to FBI in $40 Million Order

BAE Systems was selected to provide critical information security safeguards, including certification and accreditation, to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of FBI computer networks in the United States and around the world. Under a $40 million order, BAE Systems serves as the prime contractor offering information security risk assessments, a form of quality control. The information assurance process is cyclical and is continuously monitored and improved as risks change so that data, some of it classified, is transmitted, stored and protected safely.

Continuous monitoring is a technique to address the security impacts on an information system resulting from changes to the hardware or software during the lifecycle.

“We’re serving as the gatekeepers for the FBI in the cyber world,” said Tom Sechler, a vice president and general manager of the company’s Intelligence & Security sector. “With the level of management, expert staffing and quality control that we’re providing the customer, everyone at the FBI can click ‘send’ with peace of mind.”

It is the first order awarded in the Information Assurance Program Support contract vehicle, a five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity effort valued at $134 million.

BAE Systems’ Intelligence & Security sector, based in Arlington, VA, focuses on four core customer missions – intelligence and counterintelligence, homeland security, law enforcement, and support to military operations.

BAE Systems to Support U.S. Marine Corps Air Traffic Control under $30 Million Contract

BAE Systems will provide engineering and technical services to support the U.S. Marine Corps’ air traffic control systems under a readiness and sustainment contract worth up to $30 million. The contract was awarded by the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD), based at St. Inigoes, Maryland, which BAE Systems has supported for three decades.

The company will perform a range of services, including systems design and analysis, on-site technical assistance, and training. The systems encompass expeditionary equipment to control future and fielded air traffic navigation, integration, and coordination, as well as precision radars.

“These systems are vital to ensuring Marine Corps readiness,” said Richard Anderson, vice president and general manager for integrated technical solutions at BAE Systems. “We’ve supported NAWC-AD for more than 30 years, and we continue to make significant contributions to its critical role as a center for engineering excellence.”

The contract includes an initial one-year term plus four option years. If all of the options are exercised, the total value could reach approximately $30 million. The work will be performed at the Naval Air Station at Pax River, Maryland and at other U.S. military bases around the world.