Harris Corporation in Rochester, NY received a $13.5 million order to provide the U.S. Air Force with vehicular radios and a digital tactical intercom system for their Hummers. The USAF’s up-armored HMMWV is the M1116. The Air Force is buying Harris’ Falcon III AN/VRC-110 multiband, multimode radios, along with the RF-7800I tactical intercom system.
Jacobs Engineering Group recently announced a 1-year, $3 million contract from the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA to support the Program Manager (PM), Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Services (MCEITS). Jacobs will develop and manage program strategies and acquisition plans; support systems engineering, logistics and test activities; provide business management services; and assist in systems interoperability and migration efforts for the PM MCEITS. The contract has a potential value of $9.9 million over 3 years.
MCEITS provides the Marine Corps with integrated Web services consisting of enterprise shared data environment, portal, online identity management, and web system access control. MCEITS is the Marine Corps’ IT platform for participation in the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Net-centric Enterprise Services (NCES) program, which is trying to get data out of functional silos and into the hands of people on the front lines. The 2008 EDS article “Enabling an Information-Driven Battlespace Through Net-Centric Logistics” discusses one possible implementation along these lines. NCES’ Core Enterprise Services are packaged into 4 product lines: Service-Oriented Architecture Foundation (SOAF), Collaboration, Content Discovery & Delivery, and the Portal.
As video communications is integrated into robots, soldiers, and UAVs, and network-centric warfare becomes the organizing principle of American warfighting, front-line demands for bandwidth are rising faster than the US military can add it. The Transformation Communications Satellite (TSAT) System is part of a larger effort by the US military to address that need, and close the gap.
DID’s FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record – and TSAT is certainly significant. The final price tag on the entire program has been quoted at anywhere from $14-25 billion through 2016, including the satellites, the ground operations system, the satellite operations center and the cost of operations and maintenance. Lockheed Martin and Boeing each won over $600 million in risk reduction contracts to develop key TSAT SS satellite system technologies, and TSAT’s $2 billion TMOS ground-based network operations contract was already underway.
The TSAT constellation’s central role in next-generation US military infrastructure makes it worthy of in-depth treatment – but its survival was never assured. There was always a risk that outside events and incremental competitors could spell its end, just as they spelled the end of Motorola’s infamous Iridium project. This FOCUS article examines that possibility, even as it offers an overview of the US military’s vision for its communications infrastructure, how TSAT fits, the program’s challenges, and complete coverage of contracts and significant events.
The latest developments revolve around the end of the program. Despite a positive recent report from the GAO, TMOS/TSAT are being canceled outright as part of the program’s planned termination:
BAE Systems recently completed its $14.7 million acquisition of Advanced Ceramics Research, a Tucson, AZ-based maker of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ceramic materials for military and commercial application. The initial agreement was originally announced on March 12/09; this latest step represents its finalization and approval. The company will now become part of BAE Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rockville, MD.
Advanced Ceramics Research manufactures 3 UAV platforms, and provides related support capabilities to the U.S. armed forces and civilian government agencies:
Figures laid before the Canadian Senate’s Security and Defence Committee are calling the readiness of Canada’s maritime airframes into serious question. This is not a surprise when fleets are composed of aircraft that are 30 years old, or older. It is a surprise when that record is shared by a new platform.
General Dynamics Information Technology received a 5-year, $20 million contract (GS-35F-4357D) to provide IT services and program management support to the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office-Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS), Installation Management Systems-Army (IMS-A) Project Office, located at Fort Belvoir, VA.
The PEO-EIS executes about 40% of the Army’s I.T. budget, and plays a significant role in updating the systems that manage and affect soldiers on a daily basis…
Harris Corporation recently announced a 10-year contract to provide a complete, end-to-end solution for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – Series R Ground Segment (GOES-R GS) program. GOES satellites’ most important function involves tracking severe weather of all types. Their most familiar one provides many of the images and time-lapse sequences used in American television weather forecasts.
Both GOES-R and its accompanying ground systems represent significant advances over previous versions…
Bell’s 412 series helicopters represent the latest evolution of its famed “Huey” design that can be sold to civilians. Militarily, it lags behind the newer UH-1Y, which is just entering service with the USMC. The 412 family was available far earlier, however, and remains a commercial and military success. These twin-engine utility helicopters are easily identifiable by their 4-bladed composite rotors, and serve with a wide array of military, government, and civilian operators around the world. Over 700 have been produced.
Bell 412EP (“enhanced performance”) helicopters are being sold to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). Mexico will use them to fight drug traffickers, gangs, and other criminal activities in its ongoing “Cartel War,” which has already claimed thousands of lives. The helicopters can also provide support to Mexico’s civilian population during natural disasters. Events related to this purchase, and background resources regarding Mexico’s situation, include…
Environmental Leader covers the US Navy’s i-ENCON program, which helped US Navy ships save more than $79 million in fuel costs during Q1-Q2 2009. That’s the largest 2-quarter cost savings since the fleet-wide conservation program was implemented in FY 1999.
The article explains i-ENCON in more depth, reviews the trend in the U.S. Navy’s overall energy consumption level, and points to an interesting new initiative in Raser Technologies Inc.’s new 100 miles-per-gallon, extended-range electric Hummer H3 demonstrator.
General Dynamics has agreed to pay $643 million to acquire Axsys Technologies, the world’s leading diamond turning optical manufacturer and a supplier of electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensors and stabilized cameras to the U.S. military and homeland security agencies. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will pay $54 per share for Axsys’ outstanding common stock.
According to a General Dynamics spokeswoman, Axsys supplies electro-optical cameras, infrared sensors, and multi-axis stabilized sensors for the following U.S. military systems: