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23 Feb 07. DRS Technologies, Inc’s Command, Control & Communications (C3) Strategic Business Unit (SBU) was appraised as fully compliant at Maturity Level 5 for Systems, Software and Hardware from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI SM). The institute’s Software Engineering Process Management (SEPM) Program awarded C3 this appraisal using its Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) initiative. The CMMI® initiative is being used as a prerequisite and critical evaluation factor by the U.S. military for the acquisition of programs with significant systems and software engineering content. The Maturity Level 5 rating is the highest possible rating that can be attained from SEI’s SEPM Program. The rating confirms that the SBU’s facilities have not only established effective, well-defined systems and software and hardware development processes that meet all of the requirements for providing products for the Department of Defense’s mission-critical and industrial applications, but also are optimizing those processes using statistical methods and root cause analysis. “This achievement is a critical element in recognition of our world class engineering capabilities and demonstrates that we have the tools and processes in place to develop and integrate complex and advanced systems,” said Richard S. Danforth, president of the company’s C3 SBU. “Achievement of the Level 5 rating positions DRS to efficiently and effectively support ongoing and future customer requirements, and establishes the company’s C3 SBU as an industry leader in process and product quality.” Conformance to the 22 key process areas prescribed by the Maturity Level 5 rating was appraised by the SEI using the Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI SM) approach against the SE/SW v1.1 model. The SCAMPI SM method involves the examination of many types of evidence, as well as interviews with engineers, program managers and support personnel to demonstrate that the documented processes are being followed. The appraisal process encompassed C3 facilities in Wyndmoor and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Gaithersburg, Maryland and Kanata, Ontario, Canada. The evaluation was conducted by an independent team led by an SEI-authorized appraiser from PYXIS Systems International, Inc. in Millersville, Maryland. The company’s C3 SBU is a world leader in the development and production of naval display consoles, ship communication systems, radar and electronic manufacturing and integration services.
13 Feb 07. ITT Electronic Systems, Radar Systems – Gilfillan is officially introducing EAGLE (Expeditionary Airfield Ground Landing Equipment), its latest, field-proven, tactical air traffic control system featuring Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR), Precision Approach Radar (PAR), and operations subsystems. “What differentiates EAGLE is that it’s capable of rapid global response for all contingency operations and that it provides fully autonomous air traffic control services, 24/7, in all weather conditions,” said Elissa Seidenglanz, vice president of business development for ITT Radar Systems – Gilfillan. Designed for mobility, transportability and operation in harsh environments, EAGLE is an international version of ITT’s highly mobile AN/MPN-25 and AN/MPN-26. Though a new and independent system, EAGLE is derived from the GCA/PAR-2000, now the number one choice for precision approach radar and landing services in the world. GCA/PAR-2000 radars are operational in numerous countries including Algeria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Malaysia, Poland, Romania, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. EAGLE provides radar approach control services including sequencing and separation, navigation assistance, precision approach and airspace control to military and civil aircraft operating within the assigned terminal airspace. Additionally, EAGLE features exte