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01 Jul 13. B-52s to Receive Communications Upgrade. Installation of a communications system upgrade earmarked for the venerable
U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet is scheduled to start here in July. The Combat Network Communications Technology system will enable aircrews to send and receive information via satellite links, allowing them to change mission plans and retarget weapons while in flight. In addition, pilots will be able to interact better with other aircraft and with ground forces. Currently, mission information must be uploaded to a B-52 before each flight. Other improvements will include a state-of-the-art computing network with workstations at each crew position and an integrated digital interphone with increased capacity that will allow crew members to talk with each other over headsets equipped with noise-canceling technology. The $76m CONECT upgrade will be performed by Boeing and covers a low-rate initial production of the first CONECT kits, along with spare parts, maintenance and service at Tinker AFB here. Low-rate initial production is the first effort in the production phase of the program. The first eight CONECT kits in lot 1 will establish an initial production base for the system and will permit an orderly increase in the production rate for the CONECT system that is sufficient to lead to full-rate production upon successful completion of operational testing. The contract for lot 2 is projected to be awarded in May 2014, for 10 CONECT kits. Then the full-rate production contract, projected for award in January 2015, will be for 10 CONECT kits. Ultimately, CONECT is expected to be installed on all B-52H in the fleet. The first B-52H to receive a CONECT kit will enter programmed depot maintenance at Tinker AFB in July and is scheduled to depart PDM next April. Each upgrade will take an estimated nine months to complete. A CONECT kit was installed in a modified B-52 at Edwards AFB, Calif., and has been field tested for several years, Boeing spokesperson Jennifer Hogan said. (Source: ASD Network)

27 Jun 13. In May 2013, Cassidian integrated the 62nd switch into the BOS core network, thus making it available throughout Germany. The two network management centres in Hanover and Berlin, which are responsible for the supervision and control of the BOS digital radio network, are in use. The switches connect the base stations in the BOS digital TETRA radio network, thereby ensuring the transregional flow of voice and data communications throughout the country. They also take on the multi-agency management of all BOS network participant groups. Four of the 62 switches also operate as transit centres. These ensure a superior level of traffic for the switch network throughout Germany. The BOS digital radio network is due to go into operation on a step-by-step basis in 45 geographical network sections, with approximately 4,500 base stations at 4,300 locations. Construction is progressing: In May, 3,776 locations were equipped with the digital technology and 3,118 base stations where integrated into the BOS network. Thus, coverage has now been extended to nearly 80% of the area of the Federal Republic of Germany and more than 315,000 participants have already been registered. In 2014, when the BOS digital radio network is almost complete, it will be the world’s largest radio network based on the TETRA standard. It is designed for communication by nearly 500,000 users simultaneously.

28 Jun 13. Solicitation Number: R13PS805256 Notice Type: The Bureau of Reclamation is conducting a market survey or sources sought in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 10.001. THIS SYNOPSIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. This sources sought is a market research tool to determine potential, qualified sources to fill the pending requirement for radar equipment.

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