The USAF is looking to help Vice President Biden communicate better. Now, that’s quite a challenge.
It’s not just the vice president, but many top level US officials, including Pentagon chief Gates, Secretary of State Clinton, the First Lady, as well as members of the Cabinet and Congress. The Senior Leadership C3 System – Airborne Communications program is upgrading the communications systems onboard 20 VIP specialty aircraft that fly top US officials around the world.
Currently, each type of VIP aircraft comes with its own unique communications suite. Through the VIP communications upgrade program, the USAF is procuring a standard communications architecture for all of the aircraft in the fleet.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, FL received a $46.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of Arrowhead sensor systems for AH-64 Apache attack helicopter for several international customers.
Arrowhead is an advanced electro-optical and fire control system that AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots use for combat targeting of their Hellfire missiles and other weapons, as well as safe flight in day, night, or bad weather missions. Arrowhead’s forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensors use advanced image processing techniques to give pilots the best possible resolution to avoid obstacles such as wires and tree limbs during low-level flight.
The orders are destined for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Netherlands, which have all submitted requests to buy the Arrowhead systems with the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).