Orbital Sciences Corp. in Greenbelt, MD received a $94.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee level of effort contract from the US Naval Research Laboratory for spacecraft and airborne systems research analysis and prototype development.
The work includes the analysis, design, development, test, operation demonstration, and transition of these prototype systems and subsystems.
The scope of the research efforts Orbital will carry out entails multi-disciplinary approaches to discovering and applying new knowledge and technologies to designing, building, and operating of airborne, space and other technology systems.
On Jan 4/10, Northrop Grumman Corp. announced that it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles, CA to the Washington, DC area. The new corporate office will include approximately 300 people, and the firm plans to complete its location search by spring 2010, and open the new corporate office by summer 2011.
April is not the cruelest month for companies that sell aviation fuel to the US military. Six more firms have secured up to $768.6 million in new aviation fuel contracts from the US Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) in Fort Belvoir, VA.
Harris Corp.’s Government Communications Systems Division in Melbourne, FL received a $6.2 million firm-fixed-priced indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for the full rate production and support of 63 tactical aircraft moving map capability digital map computers (TAMMAC DMC), 47 digital video map computers, and 41 extension housings in support of multiple aircraft platforms.
The TAMMAC DMC provides the pilot with a graphical representation of the aircraft’s present position and the relative positions of targets, threats, terrain features, planned mission flight path, no fly zones, safe bases, and other objects.
The map presents contour lines, slope shading, dynamic elevation banding, threat inter-visibility, cultural features, variable scaling, and overlays…
South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young reportedly says “the bubble jet effect caused by a heavy torpedo is the most likely cause” of the ROKS Cheonan’s sinking, as the ship is raised from the bottom.
Austria’s mountainous terrain makes helicopters very important to its military, which operates a handful of S-70 Black Hawks, plus an aging fleet of AB212 Hueys that were license-built in Italy, and even older French Alouette-III machines.
Austria intends to keep its fleet of 23 Hueys at Linz-Hörsching operational for another 25 years. To that end it has placed a EUR 63 million (currently about $84.3 million) contract with Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland to modify the helicopters with new avionics systems, and improved night vision and defensive capabilities. The fleet has accumulated about 115,000 flight hours to date, and the goal is another 100,000 flight hours for the fleet.
The modernization will begin in June 2010, and will be complete in 2014, with a maximum of 6 machines out of service for refurbishment at any given time. AgustaWestland has agreed to industrial offset work in Austria worth 50% of the contract’s value over 10 years. Austrian Bundesheer [in German]
The Emirate of Qatar sits in the middle of the Persian Gulf, a shallow and narrow body of water that lends itself to fast, small, missile armed ships and boats. Qatar’s Navy relies on 7 French and British 400t-500t Fast Attack Craft, and MBDA’s Exocet missile is their anti-ship weapon of choice. MBDA has just announced that the Qatar Emiri Navy’s 4 Vosper Thorneycroft Vita Class FACs will now be equipped with the new Exocet MM40 Block 3 missiles, under a recent batch buy.
The Block 3 replaces rocket fuel with turbojet propulsion, extending the missile’s range; and adds GPS-like targeting. That kind of geographic targeting is especially useful in cluttered near-shore zones, minimizing the odds of false lock-ons before the missile gets close to its target. The first operational firing of the MM40 Block 3 from a naval warship took place in France on March 18/10, from the Horizon Class advanced air defense frigate Chevalier Paul. MBDA release | French DGA re: test [in French].
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded a $59 million contract modification to Raytheon Co’s Integrated Defense Systems in Tewksbury, MA, for advance procurement of materials and associated labor in support of production of the DDG 114 and 115 Aegis Weapon System AN/SPY-1D(V) radar transmitter group and missile fire control system (MFCS) MK99.
Under the original contract (N00024-09-C-5111), Raytheon IDS is responsible for production, integration, testing and engineering support services for the AN/SPY-1D(V) radar transmitter group and MFCS MK99 on the DDG-113, DDG-114, and DDG-115 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
The SPY-ID(V) radar transmitter group supports search, tracking and missile guidance functions. The MFCS MK99 is the interface between the Aegis radar and the missile…