06 Mar 09. Northrop Grumman Corporation has signed a U.S. Department of Defense Mentor-Protege agreement with Adept Technologies, a teammate on Northrop Grumman’s Command Post Platform (CPP) program. The program provides the U.S. Army with high-mobility tactical operations centers for command, control and communications on the battlefield. Adept Technologies is a Native American-owned, small disadvantaged business established in 1995 and headquartered in Huntsville, Ala. The company offers precision design and production of components and systems for aerospace, military and communications applications.
12 Mar 09. The Boeing Company and the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT) have launched a joint research-and-development effort to coordinate and fuse multiple types of sensor data in a secure environment for Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) and space situational awareness concept exploration. Boeing and the SMDC/ARSTRAT signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) on Feb. 24, and today the two organizations met to exchange preliminary technical information at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. “This agreement effectively allows the SMDC/ARSTRAT’s Data Fusion Distribution Center to exercise and examine Boeing’s multilevel security modeling and simulation capabilities using actual government data,” said Michael Schexnayder, Deputy to the Commander for Research, Development and Acquisition at SMDC/ARSTRAT. “Through this joint effort, our teams will develop a collaborative, net-centric, open-source environment to support the analyses of a multitude of space and IAMD issues.” The CRADA will benefit from a Memorandum of Agreement between SMDC/ARSTRAT and the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) to provide expertise, tools and information to enhance the final desired outcome of the CRADA: an effective Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) that may be used to validate ballistic missile defense concepts using modeling and simulation.
09 Mar 09. The Lockheed Martin team developing the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) spacecraft, known as GPS III, is progressing on-schedule, achieving key milestones in the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) phase with the U.S. Air Force. GPS III will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability. The first block of the new generation satellites, known as GPS IIIA, will deliver significant enhancements over current GPS space vehicles, including a new international civil signal (L1C), and increased M-Code anti-jam power with full earth coverage for military users. GPS IIIA also incorporates an aggressive capability insertion program that lowers technology and integration risks associated with the capabilities planned for future GPS III satellites. The capability insertion program will ensure a graceful growth path, minimizing re-design of the GPS IIIA satellites that are necessary to reach the full set of GPS III warfighter capabilities in future increments.
07 Mar 09. Delhi-based Samtel Display Systems is setting up a joint venture (JV) with French defence equipment manufacturer Thales. Thales is picking up a 26% stake in the JV. Samtel group chairman Satish Kaura confirmed that the company has sought government’s approval for the proposed JV. Thales is investing in the venture through its wholly-owned subsidiaries — Thales Avionics, the avionics system provider and its Indian arm, and Thales International India, set up in 2007 — to tap opportunities in the country. (Source: Google)