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18 Apr 07. Raytheon Company recently demonstrated new key Web-portal capabilities, much like the Internet, that will improve intelligence sharing across the military services and intelligence agencies and facilitate closer collaboration. The Raytheon team additionally executed a search of the intelligence data from the experimental Distributed Common Ground System (DGS-X) metadata catalog. Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System data were picked from the search query and then displayed. The DGS-X system was the first DCGS Block 10.2 system to be accepted by the Air Force in August 2006. When fully fielded, DCGS Block 10.2 will be a worldwide distributed, network-centric enterprise architecture that enables sharing, discovery and collaborative intelligence operations and production. Its environment provides for both the physical and electronic distribution of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data, processes, and systems. Raytheon was the first defense contractor to implement and deliver a service-oriented architecture to modernize the Air Force’s ISR systems.

16 Apr 07. Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to provide High Frequency (HF) radios to enhance communication between the country’s embassies located throughout the world. The Chinese MoFA selected Rockwell Collins URG-III radios, a state-of-the-art family of HF communications equipment featuring full remote control, Automatic Link Establishment and high-speed, single-tone data transmission. With an unmatched heritage and experience dating back to Admiral Byrd’s South Pole expeditions, Rockwell Collins delivers cost-effective, proven, automated HF communications products and networks. The products portfolio can meet any HF airborne requirement for fixed-wing or rotary application to include the stringent requirements of Simultaneous Operations (SIMOP), as well as ground/vehicular applications.

13 Apr 07. Army’s Space Program Office signs biometrics deal. The Defense Department has awarded a contract worth up to $71m to SecuriMetrics, a subsidiary of L-1 Identity Solutions Inc., for the sale of biometric recognition devices. The contract, from the Army’s Space Program Office, comes with an initial task order worth $23.7m. SecuriMetrics will begin shipping the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment devices and related software before its current quarter ends June 30, the company said. (Source: GCN)

16 Apr 07. AgustaWestland Continues to Grow in Japan. AgustaWestland has been awarded a further contract by the Japan National Police Agency to supply five AW109 Power law enforcement helicopters as part of an on-going program to modernise the Police helicopter fleet. This contract follows on from ones for three helicopters in both 2003 and 2005 for operation by local Police agencies, while four additional AW109 Powers were ordered in 2006 by the Japan National Police Agency. Four AW109 Powers have been delivered to Japanese Police agencies so far this year.

19 Apr 07. The Department of Justice has selected General Dynamics C4 Systems to implement nationwide, interoperable wireless communications services to department field agents as part of the Integrated Wireless Network (IWN) program. The IWN program is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar effort over 15 years, with all options exercised.

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