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31 Aug 04. Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS)announced that it has completed the first shipment of equipment for the Flight 1 T-AKE HF program. The company was awarded a $2.1m contract from the U.S. Navy SPAWAR, Systems Center Charleston, in December of 2003. The contract is for shipboard high-frequency (HF) radio transceivers and R-2368B(V)1 receiver subsystems. Harris’ RF Communications Division, headquartered in Rochester, New York, will supply these radio subsystems for a new class of combat logistics force ships being built under the T-AKE program. The new T-AKE is a dry cargo/ammunition ship that will be operated by the military sealift command. These ships will transfer cargo and ammunition to U.S. Navy ships and other naval forces deployed at sea.

30 Aug 04. Lockheed Martin delivered eight Virtual Combat Convoy Trainers (VCCTs) to the U.S. Army to help train troops to recognize and respond to potential convoy threats including Improvised Explosive Devices. Two suites consisting of four trainers each were built and shipped to Camp Shelby, MS and Fort Bragg, NC. Lockheed Martin received a $9.6m contract in late June for the eight trainers. Each trainer occupies a tractor-trailer box and is fully self-contained, including a full-scale HMMWV and simulation systems that replicate actual scenarios deployed troops might encounter.

30 Aug 04. Northrop Grumman Corporation was recently awarded a contract by Air Force Research Laboratory/Directed Energy Directorate in support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense / High Energy Lasers Joint Technology Office, to develop a new capability to bond laser materials. The contract calls for SYNOPTICS, a unit of the company’s Space Technology sector, to develop a new and more efficient bonding process. This process will permit the bonding of different types of laser materials, resulting in improved performance, thermal management and efficiency. Once development is complete, this process will enhance the performance of the laser materials being used in current and future systems, both military and commercial.

23 Aug 04. The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract to provide battle command training support to Army corps, division and brigade commanders and their staffs to improve their warfighting capabilities. The contract value is approximately $408mover ten years. As part of the contract, Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology (IT) sector will provide planning and support for warfighter exercises that simulate command and control decision-making under highly realistic conditions. These exercises constitute a major portion of simulation support for the Army. Teammates on the contract include Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va., and
Cubic Corporation, San Diego.

26 Aug 04. The U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) has awarded Lockheed Martin a 10-year, $213m contract to develop the new architecture and functions for the Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network (ISPAN), a network-centric mission planning and execution system. ISPAN will support the full spectrum of USSTRATCOM’s new responsibilities for global strike, missile defense and information operations, in addition to their traditional role of nuclear deterrence. Integrating a number of legacy systems into a new, streamlined mission planning architecture, ISPAN allows USSTRATCOM commanders to monitor worldwide situations in real time, assess potential threats or areas of interest, and then plan and support execution of a swift response in coordination with regional Combatant Commanders. ISPAN will use data, integrated via a net-centric operational warfighting construct, from space-based, airborne and ground-based sensors to provide real-time, global situational awareness and alert commanders to potential threats or other areas of interest. For each new threat, the system provides a set of different courses of action to respond, complete with estimates of probability of success, p

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