In 2005 it looked like the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) program, a joint US Army/ US Navy program, would replace three different reconnaissance planes used for signals interception (SIGINT), ground-looking SAR radars, and imagery intelligence (IMINT).
By November 2005 Lockheed had dropped Embraer’s ERJ-145 jet from its proposal in favor of Bombardier’s larger, longer-range, longer endurance Global Express jet. Its new design would closely resemble the in-service British ASTOR Sentinel R1 in order to offer lower risk, greater cost certainty, and even allied interoperability. Hedging its bets, Lockheed also offered the US military a cut-down ERJ-145 option with less equipment as a lower-budget alternative.
In a recent article covering Hyperstealth Biotechnology’s fractal camouflage patterns for vehicles, aircraft, and buildings, DID noted the Marine Corps’ new MARPAT digital camouflage uniforms, which are also based on the work of Dr. Timothy O’Neil. Small business qualifier Columbia Sewing Co. in Magnolia, AR recently won an $8 million firm-fixed-price contract for U.S. Marine Corps battle dress, desert and woodland camouflage blouse and trouser sets. This is an indefinite delivery/quantity type contract exercising four one-year options, the initial contact period will terminate on April 20, 2007. Proposals were solicited via Procurement Gateway and seven responded. The Defense Supply Center (DSCP) in Philadelphia, PA issued the contract (SP0100-06-D-0362).
Elbit Systems’ 100% subsidiary Elisra Electronic Systems has received an order estimated at $3 million from the Polish Ministry of Defense for its unique EJAB (Electronic Jammer Against Bombs) system. Designed to thwart remotely activated explosive devices, EJAB will support the Polish Army’s forces in Iraq and work to help keep them safe from IED land mines. Judging by the doorless jeep picture on the left, the portability of Elisra’s EJAB will make it a timely purchase indeed.
DID’s report follows with a picture of the device, plus additional details covering the order, EJAB itself and some recent shifts in Polish tactical doctrine. Not to mention a reason why every single one of us has a personal stake in the continued success of this technology…
In DID’s recent coverage of US contracts for the M142 HIMARS expeditionary rocket artillery system and the purchase of (unspecified) rockets with DPICM cluster bomblets, DID mistakenly identified the rocket system as the standard M26 MLRS 227mm rocket. Lockheed Martin spokesperson Sheri Oppenheimer contacted us to note that the rockets were M30 Guided MLRS rounds instead – a weapons system DID has covered in depth. We have corrected the article. Lockheed personnel also informed DID that going forward:
“All functional rockets will be GMLRS M30. Their Unitary variant [with a single, 200 lb. warhead – see DID coverage] will play a major role in the near future. The Reduced Range Practice Rocket (RRPR) is the only type of the old rockets produced for training purposes (An RRPR allows safe, realistic MLRS life fire training without deploying a warhead).”
Reader Chris Doyle of General Dynamics Electric Boat writes in with a valid complaint. He notes that a past DID article had placed a caption of “Uhhh…Dad…” below the photo seen here, and argued it was inappropriate. While a few of us have had teenagers total vehicles (or… uh… been the teenager) for reasons of their own or others’ doing, using the caption in connection with Los Angeles Class USS San Francisco’s underwater collision with an uncharted seamount was a terrible idea.