Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems’ Defensive Systems Division in Rolling Meadows, IL received a $5.9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-08-G-0012) for Group-A and Group-B testing support on the Navy CH-53E Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Ultra Violet Engineering Change Proposal (ECP).
Readers who follow DID know that LAIRCM systems protect large aircraft against infrared-guided missiles by detecting the incoming missile, then firing pulsed lasers at its guidance head to confuse it. Using infrared and ultraviolet together in the detection process helps improve results, just as it does on the other end for missiles like the FIM-92B+ Stinger. A number of advanced aircraft defensive systems currently use this combination, and refinements are an ongoing process.
This particular ECP contract includes the development, operational and ECP validation and verification, support for personnel in the Safety of Flight Clearance process, and the installation of a Flight Instrumentation package. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, IL and is expected to be complete in May 2009. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract.
The request includes 12 Line Replaceable Units (LRUs): 12 Control Interface Units (CIU),12 System Processors (SP), 12 AN/AAR-54(V) Missile Warning Systems (MWS), 12 Small Laser Transmitter Assemblies (SLTA), Operational Flight Program (OFP) software, and spares (6 CIUs, 6 Sps, 7 individual MWS sensors, and 12 SLTAs). Installation support, engineering change proposals, minor modifications, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documents, repair and return, depot maintenance, and other related elements of logistics and program support are also included.
The principal contractor will be Northrop Grumman Corporation in Rolling Meadows, IL. Implementation will require about 5 contractor representatives in Australia for 12 weeks after delivery. U.S. Government and contractor representatives will also participate in program management and technical reviews for two-week intervals annually.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation of Rolling Meadows, IL received a firm-fixed price contract modification for $15 million, pursuant to a letter contract for foreign military sales case number MO-D-QAD for one Moroccan Head of State Aircraft Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system. LAIRCM has become a popular way to protect large transport aircraft; it uses sensors to detect incoming infrared-guided missiles, then throws it off course using targeted laser pulses. The exact aircraft was not specified, but based on the Alkowat al malakiya al jawiya’s order of battle, our bet is on the transcontinental Falcon 50 business jet based at Rabat Sale.
The contract will include hardware, support equipment and services to include but not limited to: systems engineering, program management, logistics, spares as well as installation, installation support, and field service support. This effort support foreign military sales to Morocco. At this time, $3 million has been obligated. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH will issue the contract (FA8625-08-C-6479).
Goodrich Corporation’s ISR Systems team in Danbury, CT recently announced a 5-year, $187 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract by the U.S. Army for up to 855 AN/AVR-2B(V) Laser Warning Systems. An initial delivery order has was placed when the contract was issued, with more to follow up to the contracted maximum. The firm has supplied production threat detection and laser warning systems for use on aviation, naval and ground platforms for over 20 years. To date, Goodrich has delivered over 8,500 aviation and ground laser warning systems to the U.S. and other armed forces around the world.
The AN/AVR-2B(V) detects laser rangefinders, target designators and beamrider laser-aided systems targeting an aircraft or vehicle, and is capable of multiple aircraft signal interfaces. As their site put it: “With clear audible and visual warnings on your display, you know that you have been targeted, what’s coming first, and which direction the threat is coming from. Most importantly, you know you have to take evasive action NOW.” The AVR-2B is smaller and lighter than the AVR-2A, uses less power, and demonstrates enhanced performance, reliability, and maintainability. In addition, the system can interface with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System, Air-to-Ground Engagement System II (MILES-AGES II) training system to provide pilots with combat tactical training that closely simulates weapon engagements.
The AN/AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS) is a passive missile approach warning system consisting of four sensor assemblies housed in two or more sensor domes, a central processing unit, and a control indicator. Deployed on helicopters and transport aircraft, the AAR-47 deals with threat missile approach by detecting radiation associated with the rocket motor, letting the crew know that an attacking missile is coming and which direction it’s coming from, and automatically firing decoy flares. Detection algorithms are used to tell the difference between a missile and non-threatening/ stationary sources of heat or other radiation.
Alliant Techsystems’ Integrated Systems Division, Clearwater, FL received a $21.6 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-06-C-0107) to exercise an option for the procurement of AAR-47(V)2 Missile Approach Warning Set hardware weapons replacement assemblies. This modification provides for 797 Integrated Optical Sensor converters with laser warning capabilities, to be distributed to the U.S. Air Force (644, $17M, 78.7%), U.S. Army (68, $1.9M, 8.9%), U.S. Navy (59, $1.55M 7.2%), U.S. National Guard (20, $567,095; 2.6%), and U.S. Marine Corps (6, $567,095; 2.6%).
Work will be performed in Clearwater, FL (48%); Austin, TX (38 percent); Hamamatsu, Japan (9%); and Natanya, Israel (5%), and is expected to be completed in November 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $1 million will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, MD issued the contract.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in Goleta, CA received a $9.6 million modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N68936-04-D-0005) to provide continued engineering technical services in support of the development and production of advanced electronic warfare systems to include the AN/ALR-67(V)3 and AN/ALE-50A. Services include engineering support and products for software and systems engineering, software configuration management, operational flight program, user data file, and other software configuration item development and testing.
This award is additive to a $6.1 million contract announced on August 30, 2004. Work will be performed in Goleta, CA (80%); China Lake, CA (10%); and Pt. Mugu, Calif. (10%) and is expected to be complete in December 2007. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, CA issued the contract.
Radar Warning Receivers (RWR) are essential to battlefield survival. They pinpoint the locations of friendly and enemy radar emitters, and warn pilots if they are being targeted. Future Super Hornet improvements will go a step further, and use their ALR-67 RWRs to pinpoint enemy radar emitters closely enough to allow immediate counter-targeting with GPS-guided weapons.
Raytheon Electronics Systems in Goleta, CA recently received a $77.8 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0123), exercising an option for the full-rate-production of 97 Lot 9 AN/ALR-67(V)3 RWR.
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These systems are being produced for the U.S. Navy (24) and the Royal Australian Air Force (55), including spare weapon replaceable assemblies for the U.S. Navy (6) and for the RAAF (12). The US Navy installs ALR-67 systems on its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets. Australia is currently installing them on its earlier-generation F/A-18 A/B Hornets as part of the HUG (Hornet UpGrade) program, after their own ALR 2002 RWR project failed. The RAAF procurement includes potential follow-on orders for engineering support and a 10-year performance-based logistics support program.
Work will be performed in El Segundo, CA (27%); Goleta, CA (23%); Lansdale, PA (23%); Forest, MS (21%); McKinney, TX (3%); and Portland, OR (3%), and is expected to be complete in March 2010. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($25.1 million; 32.23%) and the Government of Australia ($52.7 million; 67.77%) under the USA’s Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract. See also Raytheon release.
As part of that overall program, Lockheed Martin just announced a $59.4 million U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales contract to provide the helicopters with Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)/Electronic Support Measure (ESM) systems derived from its AN/ALQ-210 system, which will also be deployed on the US Navy’s new MH-60R multi-mission naval helicopters. The ALQ-210 passively detects, identifies and geo-locates hostile ground-based and airborne radar transmitters, and the systems provided to Canada’s Department of National Defence will also feature new functionality designed to meet specific Canadian Forces requirements.
ITT Avionics in Clifton, NJ received a $78 million firm-fixed-price and time and materials contract for “Foreign Military Sales of the AN/ALQ-173 (V) advanced integrated defense electronics warfare to the country of Pakistan.” Associated spares, support equipment, training, engineering services, flight test support and data are also being acquired. Solicitations began February 2007, negotiations were complete March 2007, and work will be complete January 2010. The Headquarters Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, GA issued the contract (FA8523-07-C-).
This electronic warfare system will be used on the F-16 aircraft being procured under separate acquisition by the F-16 program office – but oddly enough, it was not among the many ECM alternatives listed in the official US DSCA announcement. See full DID coverage of this $5.1 billion program. At this time, $39 million has been obligated.
Raytheon Electronics Systems in Goleta, CA received a $6.3 million firm-fixed-price delivery order against previously issued basic ordering agreement # N00019-05-G-0008. It covers one-time effecorts to develop a Forward Enhanced Integrated Antenna Detector (EIAD) and an Aft Enhanced Antenna Detector (EAD) in support of F/A-18A/B aircraft flown by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the F/A-18C/Ds of the Finnish Air Force. The RAAF will receive 2 engineering development models and 20 EIAD/EAD. Work will be performed in Lansdale, PA (91.2%); and Goleta, CA (0.8%); and is expected to be complete in August 2008. This contract combines purchases for the RAAF ($5.3 million/ 84%) and the Finnish Air Force, ($ million/ 16%) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract.
These EIAD/EADs are generally integrated into radar warning receivers, which tell a pilot if nearby radars are active and in range to target him; they are most likely a part of the RAAF’s HUG Hornet upgrade program for part of the RAAF fleet.