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U.S. Air Force selects ITT Exelis to provide rapid cyber solution development and technology transition

ITT Exelis has been awarded the Agile Cyber Technologies (ACT) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The award has a potential value of up to $300 million over the life of the five-year task order-based contract. Exelis is one of three large business prime contractors to receive an ACT award; three small prime business contractor awards were also made. The contract will support rapid research, development, prototyping, demonstration, evaluation, and transition of cyber solutions for military program offices and the Department of Defense (DoD) operational community. The work includes a broad spectrum of services covering the development and fielding of cyber solutions to support customer requirements.

“The Exelis team is poised to help solve the government’s toughest cyber security problems through a partnership with AFRL that will benefit both operational customers and the science and technology communities,” said David Fastabend, vice president of ITT Exelis Advanced Information Systems business. “Supporting our national security objectives by providing the right tools and technology to our government remains a top priority.”

The ACT contract is issued by AFRL, which serves as a vital link in the transition of advanced scientific and technical solutions for operational communities across the DoD, Intelligence agencies and coalition partners. The Exelis team is comprised of 16 small businesses, two academic institutions, and 13 large companies. Work will primarily be performed in Rome, N.Y.

U.S. Army Awards AeroVironment $5.1 Million Order for Switchblade Loitering Munition Systems and Services

AeroVironment announced it received a contract modification from the U.S. Army Close Combat Weapons Systems (CCWS), Program Executive Office Missiles and Space (PEO MS). The $5,108,160 modification to the existing contract includes engineering services, operational Switchblade systems and operator training. AeroVironment will work with ATK (NYSE: ATK), its munition subcontractor, to produce and deliver the systems. On September 1, 2011 AeroVironment announced that it had received the initial $4.9 million order associated with this contract.

“This Army contract represents another important step toward the broader adoption of Switchblade by the military,” said Roy Minson, AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment. “Providing our forces with the organic ability to defend themselves with pinpoint accuracy and minimal collateral damage, Switchblade delivers a capability unmatched by any other weapon system.”

“We are pleased to support AeroVironment in providing a system that empowers our soldiers to respond to attacks quickly and precisely without causing unnecessary collateral damage,” said Mark Messick, vice president and general manager of Advanced Systems, ATK Aerospace Systems. “With Switchblade, our troops on the ground are safer, more efficient and more effective.”

BAE Systems Selected to Provide Technical Services for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

BAE Systems has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract to provide Enterprise Support to Management and Resources for Technical Services (ESMARTS) for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The ESMARTS program is designed to provide access to a large quantity of qualified cleared personnel with skills in management and technical services support, which will allow NGA to more efficiently fulfill its mission of providing timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security. Some of the areas of expertise for these individuals include web development, analytical production, corporate communications, and financial and resource analysis.

This award is a follow-on contract to NGA’s Support to Management Resources for Technical Services contract which was awarded to BAE Systems in 2006.

“We have worked side-by-side with NGA to provide critical support for the past five years,” said Kate Hall, Vice President and General Manager for BAE Systems’ Global Analysis business. “This award extends our long-term partnership, and is reflective of our commitment to serve NGA every day, for every mission.”

As a Department of Defense combat support agency and a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, NGA provides imagery, geospatial and targeting analysis, along with image sciences and modeling for U.S. national defense, disaster relief and safety of navigation.

L-3 Awarded $500 Million Contract from U.S. Special Operations Command

L-3 Communications announced that its L-3 GCS subsidiary has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop and manufacture Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite systems. The program, known as Special Operations Forces Deployable Node-Family of Terminals (SDN-Lite FoT), will provide tactically deployed Special Operations Forces (SOF) users with worldwide communications connectivity. The total contract value is up to $500 million over the next five years. “L-3 GCS is honored to have been selected for this program, which represents new business for our unit and highlights the priority our customer has placed on SATCOM equipment. We look forward to a continued productive partnership with USSOCOM, ensuring its deployed users are equipped with the best possible communication systems,” said Bob Jacobson, president of L-3 GCS. “L-3 GCS will begin delivering tri-band Hawkeye™ III Lite 1.2-meter terminals and quad-band 2.0-meter terminals later this year, and we are currently ramping up our engineering and production capabilities to meet our customers’ objectives.”

Located in Victor, N.Y., L-3 GCS is a leading provider of satellite communications (SATCOM) systems that integrate data, broadband Internet, telephony, multimedia, audio, video and computer networking. These rugged, easily deployed systems are utilized by the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, as well as federal agencies and commercial sector customers.

3eTI Receives Second $10m Award for Enterprise Industrial Control System from U.S. Navy

Ultra Electronics, 3eTI announced it has received an additional $10m award from the U.S. Navy to expand its Enterprise Industrial Controls System (EICS) built on 3eTI’s EnergyGuard™ and VirtualGuard™ solutions. This second award expands upon the energy efficiency achievements made within the Navy SmartGrid Pilot program, extending the EICS solution designed to reduce energy consumption and protect critical network operations to all remaining bases within the Naval District of Washington (NDW). 3eTI’s secure wireless sensor networks implement defense-in-depth (DID) security to protect critical assets associated with the Navy SmartGrid Pilot program at all levels – in particular, those assets that are connected to network operating systems to reduce the risks associated with cyber attacks when implementing control networks.

“Cyber security relating to critical infrastructure is a present and growing concern to government customers,” states Benga Erinle, President of 3eTI. “We are pleased that our products and solutions, with integral and robust DID capabilities, will continue to assist the Navy in meeting its energy security goals, including the Energy Independence and Security Act [EISA 2007] and Energy Policy Act [EPAct 2005] mandates.”

U.S. Army Changes the Way It Builds Software

proServices Corporation (PSC), a provider of independent software analysis services and a technology supplier to the U.S. Army since 2002, announced today it has been awarded a three-year, $10 million IDIQ commercialization contract by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S). PSC will provide its proprietary inGenium software analytics and intelligence engine technology to allow Army soldiers and program managers to improve collaboration and proactively understand software risks.

“This is an exciting step for the U.S. Army and PSC as we move forward to commercialize this technology,” stated Robert Cross, Vice President at proServices Corp. “inGenium will change the way the Army acquires software intensive systems by providing them with integrated and powerful data analytics which has not been the traditional focus of software development technologies.”

Like many organizations, PEO IEW&S has a large portfolio of software intensive systems that provide essential capabilities to end users. Enabling these organizations to understand and manage software quality, security and performance risks throughout the acquisition lifecycle brings new and needed capabilities in a relevant timeframe.

To meet this challenge, organizations are finding ways to become more efficient and effective at managing big data outputs from their existing technology investments. The new vision for managing software systems is to provide an intelligent engine to collect data about software risk, correlate the risk against business and technology objectives, and collaborate with stakeholders on a plan of action.

Harris Corporation Awarded $400 Million IDIQ Contract to Provide Falcon III Tactical Radios and Support to U.S. Special Operations Command

Harris Corporation has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a potential total value of $400 million to provide the U.S. Special Operations Command with next-generation communication capabilities. The new five-year IDIQ contract enables the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to acquire the Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G manpack and AN/PRC-152 handheld radio systems and field support services as needed to address requirements for next-generation tactical communications. The contract is part of the Capital Equipment Replacement Program and represents an interim step in the modernization of the SOCOM tactical radio inventory.

“Harris Falcon radios will deliver transformational communication capabilities for SOCOM missions around the world,’’ said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. “Our Falcon III family provides enhanced situational awareness by providing a system solution that meets the need for integrated tactical communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The radios also deliver secure network connectivity to operators from anywhere in the world. Falcon III also is fully interoperable with other products developed under the Joint Tactical Radio System.”

The AN/PRC-117G is the first NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system. The AN/PRC-117G enables dismounted and vehicular warfighters to communicate via voice, video and data in real time. The wideband capabilities of the radio support network-enabled missions such as collaborative chat, video, e-mail, biometric enrollments and more from the field. The radio provides the highest level of information assurance connectivity to tactical units via NSA-certified High Assurance Internet Protocol Equipment encryption. Harris has shipped more than 20,000 AN/PRC-117G radios to U.S. and allied forces such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, other NATO countries and Australia. The AN/PRC-117G is the first radio to receive NSA Type-1 certification to operate the Soldier Radio Waveform, developed by the JTRS Joint Program Executive Office.

The AN/PRC-152A offers tactical users the broadest set of capabilities in any handheld radio. Wideband networking capabilities are initially provided by the Harris Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2). The Soldier Radio Waveform will be added to the radio later this year. The AN/PRC-152A also hosts SINCGARS, VHF/UHF Line-of-Sight, HaveQuick, IW for tactical satellite communications and other combat net radio waveforms. This makes the AN/PRC-152A the only Type-1 certified wideband networking handheld radio that is also fully interoperable with deployed DoD radios.

Harris Falcon III® AN/PRC-152(C) multiband, multi-mode handheld tactical radios provide portable line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight voice and data communications. The AN/PRC-152(C) is the most widely deployed JTRS Software Communications Architecture-certified handheld radio, with more than 160,000 units shipped to U.S., NATO and other allied forces worldwide.

GE Intelligent Platforms Works with US Navy to Maximize Sailor Safety

GE Intelligent Platforms announced that it had secured orders from the US Navy for a quantity of GE’s PowerXtreme Power7E single board computers. These will be deployed as part of the Battle Force Tactical Trainer (BFTT) program that is designed to deliver optimum training and simulation capabilities to US Navy ships. The value of the order is $1.85 million. The Power7E is one of a range of PowerXtreme 6U VME single board computers using Freescale PowerPC processor technology. Despite the fact that it is no longer a standard offering, GE is able to continue to make it available to existing customers – a testimony to the long term support programs that GE has in place that recognize the multi-year (and multi-decade) nature of many military embedded computing deployments. The Power7E single board computer is a critical element of the BFTT system, providing advanced real-time data processing functions.

“The US Navy, US Army and US Air Force continue to invest heavily in the safety of our troops by providing them with access to the very best in training and simulation, ensuring that they are always as well prepared as possible for any situation that may arise,” said Al DiLibero, President, Military & Aerospace Embedded Computing, GE Intelligent Platforms. “The versatile, flexible and highly reliable PowerXtreme range of single board computers has long been the computing platform of choice for the deployment of these advanced capabilities.”

BFTT is a highly flexible, interactive single ship-, group-, or force level tactical combat system trainer. The purpose of BFTT is to provide training to enhance naval combat readiness. BFTT provides a critical over-arching training capability for developing and maintaining proficiencies required for a complex modern shipboard combat system in today’s warfighting environment. BFTT in effect wraps around the ship’s combat system to provide a comprehensive and coordinated training environment.

Saab signs an extension to the Counter-IED training contract with the British Army

Defense and Security company Saab has signed a two year extension for the Collective Counter- Improvised Explosive Device Trainer (CCT) managed service from the UK Ministry of Defense. The order amounts to £ 11.1 million (app. 125 million kronor).

This extension will ensure that UK military personnel continue to receive the very best C-IED live training capabilities in the UK and abroad. By closely simulating IED events in training, individuals and groups can better react and detect the IED. This extension clearly demonstrates the confidence the UK MoD has in Saab in supporting this life saving training and evaluation.

“It is extremely rewarding to be able to provide training that helps saving lives of men and woman working in a very complex environment. We are also glad to see that more countries are interested in following the example of the UK MoD to provide the best tools possible for the soldiers to perform a dangerous job in the safest possible way,” says Henrik Höjer Managing Director Saab Training & Simulation.

Since November 2010 Saab has supported C-IED training for all UK personnel deploying on operations inAfghanistan. In addition Saab provides instrumented live simulation for UK MoD training exercises inKenya, Canada and the UK mainland.

CSC Wins $38 Million U.S. Navy Engineering Support Task Order

The U.S. Navy awarded CSC a task order to provide engineering support to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD). With an estimated $38 million total contract value, the task order, which was signed during CSC’s fiscal 2012 second quarter, has a one-year base period and two one-year options. This task order was issued under the R2-3G contract vehicle, originally awarded to CSC in 2010. Under the terms of the agreement, CSC will provide systems engineering to develop, upgrade, maintain and document the Joint Electronic Warfare Effects Laboratory (JEWEL) and Electronic Warfare Arena products. These services will include emerging threat studies and analysis, lab development, technology demonstrations, prototype development, integration and information assurance.

“Through this win, CSC will lead advancements in technology and testing of products to ensure the effective fielding of electronic warfare systems and solutions,” said Alan B. Weakley, president of CSC’s North American Public Sector Defense Group. “This important work directly supports the Navy’s mission in realizing complex warfighter needs for interoperability in a modern battlefield.”