C4ISR

Northrop to Help Air Force Test North Pole EHF Satcom System

Northrop Grumman has received a $22.6 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force to provide testing support for a system designed to manage strategic and tactical satellites communications in the North Polar region. The Defense Department said Friday Northrop’s information systems unit will help the military branch test the Enhanced Polar System …

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Silvus-Thales Team Wins DoD Contract to Build Military Radio Bolt-On Module

A team of Silvus Technologies and Thales has received a contract from the Defense Department to produce a bolt-on module for military handheld single-channel radios. Both companies seek to address DoD’s requirement to equip the Rifleman Radio with multiple-input, multiple-output functions through the contract, Silvus said Thursday. Silvus will build a bolt-on MIMO hardware prototype and Thales …

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Iridium Eyes Space-Based IoT Services Expansion Through Magnitude Space Partnership; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications has partnered with Dutch satellite company Magnitude Space to facilitate the delivery of space-based internet of things service offerings through the development of low power global area network technology platforms. Iridium said Thursday it will work to investigate and develop low power, high latency IoT service alternatives under …

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Drone USA Exhibits UAS Tech for Law Enforcement

Drone USA has performed a demonstration of its Cyclops and Shadow police drone models in Connecticut, which was attended by several law enforcement agencies within the state. The company reported Wednesday the fixed-wing Cyclops drone was deployed to capture video of a sunken yacht’s wreckage, while Shadow used a thermal camera to inspect …

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Navy, Lockheed Complete Helicopter-Based Electronic Warfare Pod Preliminary Design Review

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin have wrapped up a preliminary design review of a helicopter-based electronic warfare pod designed to help warfighters detect and respond to anti-ship missile threats. Lockheed said Tuesday its Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare Active Mission Payload AN/ALQ-248 system aboard Sikorsky-made MH-60 helicopters works to provide the …

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Boeing’s Insitu Subsidiary to Provide Sustainment Parts for Navy Blackjack UAS

Boeing‘s Insitu subsidiary has received a $21 million order to supply spare and sustainment parts necessary to maintain an RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft system the U.S. Navy uses in naval special warfare fleet operations. Bingen, Washington-based Insitu is scheduled to finish work by June 2018, the Defense Department said Tuesday. DoD noted approximately …

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Orbital ATK to Build ISR Aircraft for Afghan Forces Under $69M USAF Contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Orbital ATK a potential $69.4 million contract to provide AC-208 armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to Afghanistan’s air force. The Defense Department said Friday the undefinitized contractual action will help fulfill a pseudo-foreign military sales requirement and that the obligated amount of $34 million is from fiscal Afghan …

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TFab Defense to Supply Missionization Equipment for Coast Guard HC-144B Surveillance Aircraft

TFab Defense Systems has received a potential $15.4 million contract to provide Minotaur mission system workstations, or PODs, and integration tools for the U.S. Coast Guard‘s HC-144B Ocean Sentry surveillance aircraft. The Coast Guard said Thursday the contract’s $7.5 million base value will cover the production of eight integration kits and 16 PODs designed to manage …

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DigitalGlobe, NTT Data to Produce 3D Vector Building Models Under Expanded Partnership

DigitalGlobe and NTT Data have agreed to extend their partnership to develop datasets of 3D vector building, bridge and vegetation models. The expanded partnership will combine DigitalGlobe’s imagery and Geospatial Big Data platform with NTT Data’s elevation experience and algorithms to create 3D building datasets called AW3D Metro, DigitalGlobe said …

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General Dynamics Demos C4 Capacities With Airborne, Underwater Assets

General Dynamics‘ Electric Boat and mission systems businesses have showcased multiple mission command, control and communication capacities that connected a simulated submarine combat control center with unmanned underwater and aerial vehicles. General Dynamics said Tuesday it linked Bluefin Robotics-built UUVs and AeroVironment‘s Blackwing UAV to the AN/BYG-1 submarine control facility during the 2017 Advanced …

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