C4ISR

Harris Supplies Additional GPS III Satellite Navigation Payload to Lockheed

Harris has delivered the sixth of 10 navigation payloads for integration into a GPS III military communications satellite that Lockheed Martin is building for the U.S. Air Force. The payload includes a mission data unit designed to connect atomic clocks, radiation-hardened processors and transmitters for signal generation, Harris said Thursday. Lockheed has integrated Harris-built navigation systems …

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Army Tests Sikorsky-DARPA Autonomous Flight System on Modified Commercial Helicopter

The U.S. Army has demonstrated an autonomous and optionally-piloted technology that Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky subsidiary developed with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency through DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System program. Lockheed said Monday Army pilots tested the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft — a modified version of the S-76B commercial helicopter — and onboard …

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Matt Desch: Iridium’s Satellite Launches Benefit From SpaceX’s Transport System

Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company “synergistic” relationship with SpaceX and the latter’s launch vehicle helped bring the seven batches of communications satellites into space, The Hill reported Friday. “I don’t think we would have been able to get these 75 new satellites into space over the last two years …

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MIL Corp. Awarded $85M Navy C5ISR Systems Engineering Support IDIQ

MIL Corp. has secured a potential $84.6M contract to help the U.S. Navy engineer products and systems for command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The Defense Department said Thursday work covers systems engineering, integration, production, test, evaluation and in-service engineering life cycle support to the Naval Air Warfare …

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Kimberly Ponders: Military Exercise, Tech Investment, Public-Private Partnership Key to Multidomain System Connectivity

Kimberly Ponders, head of business development at Lockheed Martin’s C4ISR division, has said technological investments, wargames and private-public initiatives are essential to facilitate connectivity between systems across land, air, space, sea and cyber domains. She told Air Force Technology in an interview published Wednesday defense forces should learn how to operate …

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Insitu Seeks FAA Type Certification for ScanEagle UAS Variant

Boeing’s Insitu subsidiary has completed an interim board meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration as part of efforts to obtain type certification for the ScanEagle3 unmanned aerial system. Insitu said Tuesday multiple FAA teams visited the UAS maker’s Bingen, Wash., headquarters and examined its “detect-and-avoid” capability plan, model-based engineering process and safety management …

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Matt Desch: Iridium Targets Dec. 30 for Final ‘NEXT’ Satellite Launch

Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company plans to launch on Dec. 30 the final batch of Iridium NEXT satellites aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket, Teslarati reported Thursday. Desch said in a tweet the Iridium-8 mission will take off aboard Falcon 9’s previously-flown booster from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. He noted the B1049.2 …

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Army Aims to Deliver Battlefield Edge via Distributed Common Ground System; Raytheon’s Todd Probert Quoted

The U.S. Army plans to come up with an interconnected platform designed to collect and transmit intelligence data to warfighters as they navigate the battlefield through the Distributed Common Ground System-Army program, Defense One reported Thursday. Raytheon has demonstrated its proposed offering, FoXTEN, for the DCGS-A competition. “We’ve been maturing …

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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Satcom as a Service Could Help Warfighters Focus on Critical Missions

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president for government strategy and policy at Inmarsat Government, has said government and military leaders should leverage commercial satellite communications platforms to support critical missions through the satcom-as-a-service business model. Cowen-Hirsch wrote in a MilsatMagazine piece that the business model is designed for global mobility and to deliver “end-to-end, …

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Kratos Subsidiary to Integrate Tactical Waveform in Harris Radios for Air Force

A Kratos Defense and Security Solutions subsidiary has signed a licensing agreement to provide communication waveforms for integration into tactical radio systems Harris will produce for the U.S. Air Force. Kratos RT Logic will equip handheld video data link radios with bandwidth and standard common data links, vortex native waveform, tactical data link and 466-extended …

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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Inmarsat Government Supports Gov’t Airborne, Maritime Ops via Satcom

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president for government strategy and policy at Inmarsat Government, told the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority in a video interview posted Friday how the company supports government operations through its satellite communications platforms. She said satellites placed approximately 35K kilometers above the equator and ground stations that back those …

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