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19 Aug 14. Northrop Grumman Gets $240m Sensor Upgrade Contract.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, has been awarded a $240,653,315 primarily firm-fixed-price modification (PZ0001) for FA8620-13-C-3018 for three Block 30M RQ-4B Global Hawk air vehicles, each containing an Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite and an Airborne Signals Intelligence Payload (ASIP), plus two additional ASIP sensors as retrofit kits. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $354,870,536. The contract modification is for the definitization of the advance purchase agreement. Work will be performed at San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2017. Fiscal 2012 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $240,653,315 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WIG (Global Hawk Program Office), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio is the contracting activity. (Source: Open Source Information Report/ UAS VISION)
20 Aug 14. Indonesian Air Force to receive MSSR 2000 I radars from Airbus. SBL Star Technology has awarded a contract to Airbus Defence and Space to supply advanced aircraft identification and air surveillance equipment to the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU). Under the contract, the company will deliver two monopulse secondary surveillance radars 2000 I (MSSR 2000 I) for integration in the mobile air surveillance and tracking systems, which will be operated by TNI-AU. The MSSR 2000 I systems are expected to improve the air force’s air traffic control and air defence capabilities over the country’s more than 15,000 islands.
Airbus Defence and Space Electronics Business Line head Thomas Muller said: “Air traffic control authorities all over the world are facing continually increasing air traffic density. Together with military air traffic, this situation requires a high-performance guidance system ensuring safety, comprehensive data exchange and efficient allocation of airspace. With our system in operation around 30 countries, we have proven our capability to provide a reliable solution.”
Claimed to be the only secondary radar certified according to the latest air traffic control standards, both civil and military, the MSSR 2000 I provides an overview of the air situation based on interrogations and automatic replies from the individual aircraft. The radar sends out interrogation signals according to the latest Mode S standard, which safely guides all aircraft in the area and eliminates the necessity of individual radar target acquisition, and collects the responses. Currently used for automatic friend-or-foe identification (IFF) in the military field, MSSR 2000 I is also capable of the new Mode 5 military standard, which is to be introduced in all Nato countries.
The radar is deployed on German, French and UK naval vessels, and is also used by Austria, Portugal, Bulgaria and the Philippines for civil air traffic control purposes. Deliveries under the contract, whose value remains undisclosed, are scheduled for completion in early 2015. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
19 Aug 14. Using a newly developed advanced maritime test bed, Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated how continually evolving technologies such as data fusion and predictive analytics can be used to share intelligence quickly and securely – even in limited bandwidth naval settings. This new software test platform, designed to mimic different naval environments at sea and ashore, allowed Lockheed Martin to validate sophisticated intelligence, communications and sensor systems before they are introduced in an operational environment. “The Navy is confronted with unique challenges that require superior, faster intelligence sharing,” said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions. “The Mari