Off the Wire, 8/9Contractor Chosen for Extended-Range 'Warrior' UAV
Source: US DoD
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (San Diego, CA), is being awarded a $214.4-million contract for research, development, test, and evaluation of the Extended Range Multi Purpose Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ERMP UAV) system.
Work will be performed at facilities in six locations – San Diego, Adelanto, and Palmdale, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Hunt Valley, MD; and Huntsville, AL – and is estimated to be completed by Aug. 31, 2009.
The system-development-and-demonstration phase of the program is anticipated to take two years. The selected ERMP UAV system is named “Warrior” and leverages technologies from its predecessor, the Predator.
The US Army Aviation and Missile Command (Redstone Arsenal, AL) is the contracting activity.
For more on weaponized UAVs, see Armed Predator Shines in War on Terror.
US Special Ops Orders DIRCM for CV-22s
Source: Northrop Grumman
The US Special Operations Command awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (Rolling Meadows, IL) a contract worth up to $125 million to supply directional infrared-countermeasures (DIRCM) systems to protect the aircrews of its CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from infrared-missile attack.
Deliveries of DIRCM systems under an initial $31.8-million contract will continue through 2010. The initial units delivered will be small, multiband laser-transmitter-assembly variations of Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-24 (V) DIRCM system, a laser-based countermeasures system.
The only such system currently in production, the AN/AAQ-24 (V) DIRCM is being installed on several hundred fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft for the US military and several allied countries.
Later deliveries will represent the first production order for Northrop Grumman's next-generation infrared-countermeasures system, which builds on the technology offered by the AN/AAQ-24 (V) DIRCM. In development for the US Air Force, the next-generation system is expected to be complete and certified for military use in 2006. The system's reduced size and weight will help extend aircraft operational range.
For more on DIRCM for CV-22, see DIRCM Flies on CV-22 Osprey.
Helping the Former USSR Dismantle WMDs
A subsidiary of Raytheon (Waltham, MA) has been awarded a task order with a potential value of $82.1 million by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to provide Mission Support in the former Soviet Union (FSU).
Through this six-year task order, which has a base year and five one-year options, Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC) will provide comprehensive logistics integration support, including equipment support and services, program-support services, infrastructure services, an enterprise-information-management system, and program management. Work will be performed in FSU countries, primarily in the Russian Federation.
This effort is part of the US government's Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program that assists successor states of the FSU in reducing their stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction and the infrastructure supporting them. Work on the task order, under the DTRA's IDIQ [indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity] CTR Integrating Contracts (CTRIC) Program, is expected to be completed by July 2011.
RTSC has been supporting the US Department of Defense's cooperative efforts with countries of the former Soviet Union since 1988. RTSC also provides the DTRA with elimination of strategic bombers and air-to-surface missiles in Ukraine; elimination of SS-25 missiles and launchers; assistance in the transportation of nuclear warheads in Russia to safe, secure storage sites; monitoring of an intercontinental-ballistic-missile final-assembly plant in Russia; logistics services to CTR equipment; and transportation of CTR cargo via air and sea to the former Soviet Union.
The CTRIC program is a multiple-award IDIQ contract with a $5-billion ceiling. As one of five awardees on the 10-year contract, which includes a five-year base period and one five-year option, Raytheon supports the US government in eliminating weapons of mass destruction and their supporting infrastructures.
For more on Russian-source intermediate-range missiles, see Bolt From the Blue.
Fiber-Optic Decoy Tested With F/A-18s
Source: BAE Systems
BAE Systems (Nashua, NH) and the US Navy have successfully completed developmental testing of the AN/ALE-55 Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy (FOTD) on the Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
The Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) Block 3 program, which includes the AN/ALE-55 FOTD, will now begin formal development and operational testing. A contract award for the low-rate initial production of the ALE-55 is planned for early 2006. Contract award for full-rate production is expected to follow the successful completion of operational evaluation.
During the flight tests, conducted at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, the FOTD was subjected to more than 60 risk-reduction flights to test the safe employment, endurance, and reliability of the FOTD under simulated combat maneuvers.
The BAE Systems' ALE-55 FOTD is a component of the joint US Navy/Air Force IDECM Radio Frequency Countermeasures (RFCM) system.
The ALE-55 FOTD system includes a high-power FOTD and deployment canister. Currently, the ALE-55 is slated for deployment on the F/A-18E/F aircraft.
For more on electronic warfare systems for the F/A-18, see US Navy Awards Surprise IDECM Contract.
US Army Expands Tactical SATCOM
CACI International (Arlington, VA) announced that it has been awarded a delivery-order contract by the Intelligence and Information Directorate of the US Army Communication-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) to continue supporting the Army's Trojan satellite-communications (SATCOM) systems.
The seven-month effort has a potential value of $31 million. With this award, made under the $500-million, multiple-award technical, engineering, fabrication, and operations-support (TEFOS) contract vehicle that CACI announced in 2000, the company will support the Army in its efforts to integrate, test, and deploy Trojan systems worldwide. This is the fourth consecutive delivery order awarded to CACI in support of the Trojan program.
Trojan is a family of systems that enables the Army to manage and disseminate critical intelligence information. It includes rapidly deployable mobile communication systems that can be mounted on Humvees or onboard aircraft like the C-130, and that can be tailored to different types of operations. The systems provide a global reach-back network that links tactical commanders in the field with decision-makers at the national and joint strategic-intelligence levels. The program also includes the Trojan Special Purpose Intelligence Remote Integrated Terminal (SPIRIT), an intelligence-dissemination satellite terminal that provides secure access for intelligence-processing and -dissemination systems.
CACI provides both development and capability support for Trojan, including systems-design and -engineering, delivering hardware and software support, and helping deploy system upgrades to Army users.
For more on tactical communications for land forces, see Secure Soldier Communications.