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03 Dec 14. L-3 Southern California Microwave has been selected by Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training (LM MST) business to provide its MICRO Secure Digital Data Link (MICRO SDDL) as the secure command & control and ISR communications backbone for the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) digital Desert Hawk III DDL small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) platform. The MICRO SDDL transceivers enable optimal utilization of frequency spectrum through a single RF channel supporting an IP-based, bidirectional TDMA secure communications link. (Source: ASD Network)
01 Dec 14. QinetiQ is to provide independent technical expertise and consultation advice to Defence Equipment & Support’s (DE&S) Operational Support Programmes (OSP) Project Team. The 12 month contract, worth £2.4m, has the option for extensions for three further years and spans 12 projects in OSP, addressing frontline challenges such as the supply of water, fuel and power and the operation of support vehicles. Under the contract, QinetiQ will provide technical evidence to underpin the business cases that justify the procurement of future operational support capabilities. QinetiQ will support OSP in defining the requirements of its end users, assessing the potential solutions, and identifying the investments most effective in meeting the challenges. QinetiQ, operating as the prime contractor, has teamed with PA Consulting, Frazer-Nash Consulting, Roke Manor Research and BAE Systems to deliver the programme.
01 Dec 14. Boeing will continue to repair and supply the guidance systems of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) to the U.S. Air Force through September 2015, keeping the weapon system adequately stocked with spare missile guidance sets and on constant alert. Under a $46.8m contract, Boeing will serve as sole provider of maintenance and sustainment services on the NS50 guidance system, the navigational heart of the ICBM. Since 1998, Boeing has maintained the guidance systems in Heath, Ohio, ensuring spares are available for flight tests and nuclear hardness testing.
01 Dec 14. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems was awarded a competitive, five-year fixed firm price contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for production of the 2.75-inch/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket system for all military services. Composed of two main components, the MK66 rocket motor and various warheads, the Hydra-70 rocket can be deployed from most helicopters and some fixed-wing aircraft. The Hydra-70 rocket is employed in a wide range of mission requirements for all branches of the U.S. military as well as its allies.
03 Dec 14. Exelis has been awarded a $10.3m sole source U.S. Air Force contract to insert a modern data storage and retrieval technology into the Strategic Automated Command Control System (SACCS). The SACCS provides orders and pass codes authentication for Air Force nuclear weapons platforms, bombers, and support units. Inserting a modern data storage system into this legacy command and control system will dramatically improve retrieval and verification of critical data for decision-makers. The upgrade by Exelis, a leading provider of critical network solutions, will also allow the existing system to continue with uninterrupted service through 2030. The replacement of the current data archival system with modern data storage will ensure operational performance of the system and reduce the potential for human error factors in the future.
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