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09 Dec 08. Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy have received a Top 5 Department of Defense Program Award for their collaborative effort to integrate the Link 16 tactical data link system into the Navy’s new MH-60R and MH-60S multimission helicopters. Representatives of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, NY, and the Naval Air Systems Command accepted the award during the recent National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) Systems Engineering conference in San Diego, CA. Given annually by the Department of Defense and the NDIA, the Top 5 DoD Program awards recognize up to five defense programs that have demonstrated excellence in systems engineering. “We are very pleased to receive a Top 5 DoD Program Award,” said Jack M. McCreary, director of engineering for Naval Helicopter Programs at Lockheed Martin. “Our challenge was two-fold: to integrate Link 16 capability into the MH-60 aircraft’s mission systems on schedule, and then ensure aircraft interoperability with the Link 16 tactical network. We achieved these goals by applying detailed systems engineering processes and practices to well-defined user requirements. As a result, the Navy Fleet began flying Link 16 ahead of schedule.” Link 16 is a secure, jam-resistant high speed digital radio system used by military aircraft, ships and ground troops to exchange text, imagery and voice messages across a long-range, line-of-sight network. Automatic sharing of battlefield information in near real time across the network allows friendly forces to electronically see the tactical picture and coordinate a response to assigned targets and threats.
10 Dec 08. The U.S. Navy fired seven Raytheon Company -built Standard Missile-2 Block IIIA anti-air warfare missiles as part of ongoing U.S. Navy shipbuilder trials and operational tests. Four of the intercepts were conducted by the U.S. Navy’s guided missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS Truxton (DDG 103). Three others were conducted by USS Antietam (CG 54) during exercises at Southern California Offshore Range Extension. “The long-range SM-2 Block IIIA’s ability to engage threats with low radar cross sections while performing high-g maneuvers makes it the most widely deployed area defense missile in the world,” said Ron Shields, Raytheon Missile Systems Standard Missile program director. “Our customers trust the Raytheon design, because SM-2 variants are the most tested anti-air warfare missiles in service.” Advanced fuzing and warhead modifications were incorporated into the SM-2 Block IIIA design to counter the threat of sea skimming anti-ship cruise missiles.
09 Dec 08. Harris Corporation announced that the Ethernet module for its SecNet 54(R) High- Assurance Internet Protocol Encryption product has received Type 1 certification from the National Security Agency’s Commercial COMSEC Evaluation Program(CCEP). The Ethernet module provides wired communications security at up
to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) of line speed – a significant increase in packet encryption rates for highly mobile products servicing Type 1 IP communications.
09 Dec 08. Raytheon Company’s integrated undersea warfare combat system for the Zumwalt-class destroyer recently received its official U.S. Navy nomenclature, AN/SQQ-90. Raytheon’s SQQ-90 represents the U.S. Navy’s next-generation undersea warfighting capability. The tactical sonar suite is composed of new integrated system capabilities, including the hull-mounted mid-frequency sonar (AN/SQS-60), the hull-mounted high-frequency sonar (AN/SQS-61), and the multi-function towed array sonar and handling system (AN/SQR-20). These systems provide unique mission capabilities and are fully integrated with the MH-60R helicopter’s combat system to deliver broad warfighting coverage for the Zumwalt-class destroyer.
04 Dec 08. Test results show Combat Gauze field bandages and WoundStat granules both demo