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18 Aug 15. US looks to sole-source Lockheed Martin for frigate CMS. Key Points:
• The US Navy plans to sole-source Lockheed Martin’s COMBATSS-21 combat management system (CMS) to equip its new frigate class
• NAVSEA plans to contract Lockheed Martin for CMS development, software and hardware integration, procurement, and delivery of an initial two COMBATSS-21 ship sets
The US Navy (USN) plans to sidestep competition and sole-source Lockheed Martin for the supply of its COMBATSS-21 (Common Combat Management System Component Based Total Ship System – 21st Century) combat management system (CMS) to equip the 20 new frigates that will follow on from the current Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme. A pre-solicitation notice issued by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) earlier in August outlined plans for a single contract award to Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (MST), based in Moorestown, New Jersey, for Common LCS Class Frigate CMS hardware and software development for integration into the combat systems of both the Freedom- and Independence-variant hulls. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
18 Aug 15. e2v launches new quality standard for high-performance, cost efficient microprocessors for commercial space applications. e2v has launched a new grade of high-performance microprocessors based on the multicore processors from the Freescale QorIQ family. These processors still produce tens of Gflop of performance, but in addition deliver space grade reliability through e2v’s proven radiation-tolerant semiconductor technology. The thorough quality checks on each batch of e2v’s processors tackle quality issues that can arise in the complex supply-chain models that traditional commercial semiconductor manufacturers sometimes adopt. Through rigorous inspection procedures, screening, dynamic burn-in and qualification on each batch, e2v eliminates potential defects, guaranteeing the delivery of defect-free flight units that are available through an optimized cost structure, making them perfect for commercial space programs. Suitable space applications include satellite constellations, cubesats and microsats, low earth orbit satellites and launch vehicles.
Richard Gibbs, President of Semiconductors at e2v, commented, “We are delighted to be able to provide such high-performance processors to commercial space programs. The new quality grade eliminates any chance of early failures, guaranteeing the reliability which space applications demand.”
18 Aug 15. BMT Fleet Technology Limited (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced that it will provide Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) and specialist advice for Revision Military’s $20m multi-year contract with General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. Revision will provide the capability to silently power the on-board sensor suites of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) 6.0 – Reconnaissance (Recce).
Darcy Byrtus, President of BMT Fleet Technology comments, “I am delighted that Revision has selected BMT to provide the critical analysis necessary to ensure the stringent reliability, maintainability and supportability requirements of this multi-year project are met throughout its product design and implementation cycles. Designing for logistical support is a critical aspect of the engineering and design of LAV upgrade. Successfully executed logistical support analysis can prevent costly changes, long out-of-service periods and shortfalls in mission performance. BMT’s extensive experience in the field of ILS program design and training enables customers to optimise operational availability in the most cost effective manner.”
13 Aug 15. Tactical data link puts Marine units on the same page. The Marine Corps, which has been working to improve interoperability with various radio and communications equipment, recently tested a