C4ISR

Engineering Services Network to Help Develop Navy’s Combat System Operational Sequencing Tech

Engineering Services Network has won a potential five-year, $39.5 million to help the U.S. Navy develop, modify and validate a combat systems operational sequencing system. The company said Friday it will deliver CSOSS for integration with shipboard sensors, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and weapon systems. ESN will …

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Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Ka-Band Satcom Tech Essential for Airborne ISR Missions

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president of government strategy and policy for Inmarsat Government, has said she believes the adoption of Ka-band satellite communications technology can help the military address interoperability requirements for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Cowen-Hirsch wrote in a two-part blog post published Thursday that Ka-band’s capacity to cover …

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Elbit Systems Awarded $150M to Support Australian Battle Mgmt System

Elbit Systems‘ Australian subsidiary has received a potential $150 million contract to help the Australian defense force manage command and control operations of a battle management system. Elbit Systems of Australia will provide BMS C2 through life support under the contract from Australian defense department’s capability acquisition and sustainment group, the company …

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Connexta to Help Update Air Force’s DCGS Integration Backbone

Connexta has won a potential five-year, $83 million contract to develop a fifth version of the U.S. Air Force‘s Distributed Common Ground/Surface System Integration Backbone. The Defense Department said Wednesday the company will help the service branch develop DIB software and related software as well as support the DCGS/Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise. DCGS …

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Northrop to Help Engineer Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Northrop Grumman has received a one-year, $12.5 million contract modification to perform engineering work on U.S. Army‘s fleet of Hunter unmanned aircraft systems The Defense Department said Wednesday that Northrop’s technical services business in Sierra Vista, Arizona, will perform work through Jan. 17, 2019. Hunter is designed to help Army personnel collect intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance …

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Iridium Eyes March 18 Launch for 5th ‘NEXT’ Satellite Batch; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications plans to launch on March 18 at 8:19 a.m. Pacific time the fifth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The planned launch would bring the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites in orbit to 50 as part of a potential $3 billion program …

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Harris Gets Air Force Contract to Update EW Systems for Int’l F-16 Fleets; Ed Zoiss Comments

Harris has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to support software upgrades and engineer electronic warfare systems onboard the F-16 aircraft of eight U.S. allies. The company said Monday it will provide engineering support for versions 4, 8 and 9 of AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite systems. Ed Zoiss, …

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Harris to Support Philippine Military C4ISTAR System Delivery Under Navy FMS Deal

A Harris subsidiary has received a $44.8 million contract to assist the U.S government in efforts to deliver command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance equipment to the Philippine military. Harris’ RF Communications business will design, engineer and test a joint command and control system of systems for the armed forces …

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PacStar to Begin Full-Rate Communications Module Production for Army

Pacific Star Communications has received authorization from the U.S. Army to begin full-rate production of deployable and tactical communications modules in support of the service’s Transportable Tactical Command Communications program. PacStar’s 400-Series small form factor communication modules are designed to provide baseband networking support for the T2C2 program’s Heavy and Lite satellite …

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CACI to Provide Navy C4ISR Technical Services

A CACI International business unit has received an $18.2 million modification under a U.S. Navy contract to provide technical services to the Naval Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s special communications mission solutions division. The Defense Department said Tuesday the modified contract calls for CACI’s integrated security solutions team to perform 224,761 hours of …

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ULA’s Delta IV Sends NRO National Defense Payload to Space

A National Reconnaissance Office payload lifted off Friday at 2:11 p.m. Pacific time aboard a United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV rocket as part of the NROL-47 national defense mission. Will Crawford, NRO program manager at ULA, said in a statement published Friday the payload’s launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California marks the Boeing–Lockheed Martin joint venture’s 27th NRO …

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Boeing’s Insitu Subsidiary Demos UAS Situational Awareness System

Boeing‘s Insitu subsidiary has demonstrated a ground-based airspace situational awareness system designed to help unmanned aerial systems detect nearby aircraft. Insitu said Tuesday it developed the system with beyond visual line-of-sight capacities for UAS ground control operators to avoid “non-cooperative” traffic during flight operations. The system employs technologies that deliver airborne dependent …

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DARPA Taps Raytheon to Produce Software Under Collaborative UAS Autonomy Program’s 3rd Phase

Raytheon has been selected to develop software under the third phase of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program that seeks to expand the capacities of current U.S. military unmanned aircraft systems. DARPA said Tuesday the Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment program aims to increase the effectiveness, flexibility and survivability of …

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