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Navy Plans MQ-8 UAV Engineering Contract Award to Northrop

The U.S. Navy intends to award Northrop Grumman‘s aerospace systems business a contract modification to engineer software and systems of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle during 2019 calendar year. The project will cover engineering investigations, root cause analysis and development of potential method to correct any system deficiencies, Naval Air Systems Command said …

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FLIR to Produce Electro-Optical Sensors for USAF’s Future MH-139 Helicopter Fleet

Boeing has awarded FLIR Systems a $40M initial contract to provide an electro-optical/infrared surveillance sensor technology to the U.S. Air Force‘s UH-1N helicopter replacement program. FLIR said Wednesday it will supply the Star SAFIRE 380-HDc EO/IR system for integration onto the first four MH-139 helicopters that a Boeing-Leonardo team will build for the military service. MH-139 is based on Leonardo’s AW139 platform …

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Akima Subsidiary Receives $82M Air Combat Command Support Task Order

Akima‘s Ikun subsidiary has received a potential five-year, $82M task order to support the command, control, intelligence surveillance, reconnaissance and rescue squadrons of the U.S. Air Force‘s Air Combat Command. Work under the single-award task order includes unit deployment, training, information system security, scheduling, assessment and non-aviation program support services, the company …

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Raytheon to Help Air Force Develop Target ID Sensor

Raytheon has won a potential $16.6M contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop combat identification technologies. The company will focus on radar-based ID sensors designed to help reconnaissance and tactical aircraft identify ground and aerial targets under the Precision Real-Time Engagement Combat Identification Sensor Exploitation program, the Department of Defense said Wednesday. …

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Boeing Delivers Final Updated AWACS Aircraft to NATO

Boeing has handed an updated airborne warning-and-control system aircraft over to NATO, the 14th and final platform the company modernized to help the international alliance comply with Europe’s navigation and air traffic management standards. NATO received the E-3A AWACS unit equipped with five digital displays for the flight crew to view …

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L3 to Offer Intelsat Broadband Service to Gov’t Aviation Clients

Intelsat and L3 Technologies have teamed up to bring a satellite-based broadband service to U.S. government aviation users. L3 will integrate Intelsat’s FlexAir broadband service into its portfolio to provide in-flight communications capability for warfighters, government officials and cargo aircraft as well as support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, Intelsat said Friday. “FlexAir will …

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Report: Army Eyes Northrop-Designed VTOL Drone as Potential RQ-7 Replacement

The U.S. Army is evaluating a vertical takeoff and landing drone Northrop Grumman designed with MartinUAV as the military service considers replacing its RQ-7 Shadow fleet, C4ISRnet reported Sunday. Both companies developed the V-BAT unmanned aerial system to perform reconnaissance missions without the use of special equipment. A single controller can operate the drone using a …

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Virginia Contracting Activity Seeks Contractor to Support Centcom Intell Operations

The Virginia Contracting Activity has released a draft request for proposals on a potential five-year contract that will cover intelligence support services to U.S. Central Command. VACA said Friday in a FedBizOpps notice it seeks a contractor to perform analysis, indications, warning, application and dissemination efforts to help Centcom’s intelligence directorate …

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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Gov’t Needs to Establish Procurement Strategy for Commercial Satcom

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch of Inmarsat Government has said industry stakeholders are concerned about the lack of a long-term acquisition strategy for commercial satellite communication services within the government, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. “If they don’t have procurement and O&M [operations and maintenance] funds, then the $49.5M in [research, development, testing and evaluation] …

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MDA, Navy Demo Lockheed’s Updated Aegis Combat System in On-Land Missile Defense Test

The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy have conducted an on-land test to demonstrate the capability of Lockheed Martin’s latest Aegis Combat System to detect and counter an intermediate-range ballistic missile threat. Aegis Baseline 9.B2.0 or BMD 5.1 intercepted an IRBM target using ground-based remote sensor data derived from the Command and Control, Battle …

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Coast Guard Wants to Deploy Insitu-Built UAS on National Security Cutters

Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, has said the military service should equip all of its national security cutters with the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system to aid in maritime operations, Military.com reported Monday. USCG awarded Boeing‘s Insitu subsidiary a $117M contract in June to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services to …

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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: DoD Should Integrate Strategic Comsatcom Acquisition Into FY 2020 Budget Planning

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch of Inmarsat Government has said leaders at the Department of Defense must incorporate procurement and funding for operations and maintenance into the Future Years Defense Program to streamline the acquisition of commercial satellite communications capabilities as part of the integrated architecture. “This kind of strategic planning will lay a foundation of optimal …

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