NEWS IN BRIEF FROM AUSA PART I
08 Oct 08. Lockheed Martin announced the industry team it will lead to execute its recently awarded $122m technology development contract for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system, the next-generation missile that will be carried on U.S. Armed Forces rotary-wing, fixed-wing and unmanned aerial system (UAS) platforms. The 27-month contract is for a competitive risk reduction phase of the Armed Forces’ next major missile program. Total production for six initial U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps platforms is expected to be approximately 35,000 rounds. “We are proud to announce our team for this extremely important program,” said Rick Edwards, vice president for Tactical Missiles and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Together, we will provide the lowest-risk and most affordable solution to get this much-needed capability to the field as soon as possible.”
Lockheed Martin JAGM Industry Team:
— Aerojet, Rocket Motor, Camden, AK
— Roxel, Propellant, Summerfield, UK
— General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Multi-purpose Warhead, Niceville, FL
— Lockheed Martin, Tri-Mode Seeker, Orlando, FL
— Honeywell, Inertial Measurement Unit, Minneapolis, MN
— L3, Focal Plane Array, Cincinnati, OH
— EMS Technologies, Millimeter Wave Antenna, Atlanta, GA
— Marvin Engineering, JAGM Launchers, Inglewood, CA
— Alliant TechSystems, Aircraft Integration, Woodland Hills, CA
— Moog, Control Actuation System, Aurora, NY
— PerkinElmer, Warhead Firing Module, Miamisburg, OH
“There is no question in my mind this is an outstanding team,” Edwards said. “With respect to our competition, this is a challenge we welcome and are prepared to meet. We are eager to get down to the task at hand-working with our U.S. Navy, Army and Marine Corps partners to get this vital new capability into the hands of our nation’s Warfighters,” he concluded.
06 Oct 08. Harris Corporation announced that its Falcon III AN/PRC-117G(V)1(C) manpack networking radio has fulfilled Joint Tactical Radio System test requirements. The latest testing milestones included certifications from the JTRS Joint Test and Evaluation Lab (JTEL) and Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC). The JTRS-approved Falcon III AN/PRC-117G(V)1(C) multiband manpack allows the warfighter access to secure IP data at on-air rates up to 5 Megabits per second using its Type-1 certified, SCA-compliant software-defined architecture. To date, the AN/PRC-117G has received four major technical certifications, including:
— National Security Agency Type-1: Certifying that AN/PRC-117G protects
voice and data to TOP SECRET levels.
— Joint Test and Evaluation Lab (JTEL), JTRS Program: Certifying that
the operating environment of the AN/PRC-117G is fully compliant with
version 2.2 of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA).
— Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC): Certifying that the radio
meets the Narrowband Interoperability Assessment.
— Joint Interoperability Test Command: Certifying that the radio is
compliant with DAMA satellite communications standards.
“The AN/PRC-117G is the world’s first wideband/narrowband tactical radio
and is ready to lead the DoD’s transition to a networked battlefield
communications environment,” said Steve Marschilok, vice president and
general manager, Department of Defense Business, Harris RF
Communications. “The AN/PRC-117G has significant size, weight and power
advantages over legacy radios, providing space for more sustained
The AN/PRC-117G is the first and only combined wideband/narrowband
tactical radio to be deployed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The
radio provides the warfighter with reliable and secure access to
data-intensive applications, such as streaming video and biometrics,
while simultaneously meeting legacy narrowband interoperability
requirements and future JTRS networking capabilities. Th