- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2008


Curtiss-Wright to aid Army system

ROSELAND | Curtiss-Wright Corp. has been contracted to supply its Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module technology under an Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) support deal.

General Dynamics C4 Systems and Rockwell Collins awarded New Jersey-based Curtiss-Wright a contract to support the development and demonstration phase of the Army’s FCS Integrated Computer System (ICS) program. General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins are under contract with the Army for computer processing, networking and information assurance technology development for the FCS program.

Officials say Curtiss-Wright’s Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module is part of an initiative to meet FCS performance and reliability requirements.

“Curtiss-Wright is proud to supply our advanced open-standards based networking products for the U.S. Army’s FCS/ICS program,” said Martin Benante, Curtiss-Wright chairman and chief executive officer.

“We have taken a leadership role in developing the new high-performance standards needed to meet emerging defense applications, and we are committed to delivering products based on these standards that should provide maximum throughput, compatibility and computing power.”


Air Force contracts for ETC M138s

SOUTHAMPTON | The Air Force has contracted Environmental Tectonics Corp. (ETC) for the company’s portable field sterilization technologies.

ETC says its Sterilization Systems Group will manufacture the M138 portable field sterilization systems for the Air Force. Officials said the M138 systems will provide Air Force medical personnel with sterilization capabilities when deployed in combat situations in the field.

ETC’s Sterilization Systems Group, a provider of ethylene oxide sterilizers, software and consulting, among other services, says its M138 meets the field medical requirements of the military services, officials said.

The Sterilization Systems Group has been developing medical support technologies for more than 20 years and has built more than 2,000 of the M138 systems. Officials said that with the U.S. military engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other fronts in the war on terrorism, demand for the M138 technology has grown significantly.


Tank ammunition contracted for Army

MINNEAPOLIS | The Army has contracted Alliant Techsystems for ammunition to support M1A1/A2 Abrams main battle tank combat operations and training.

Minneapolis-based ATK received a $7.6 million contract to supply the Army with its M1028 120-millimeter canister cartridge. Officials say the M1028, compatible with U.S. Marine Corps Abrams tanks, creates a shotgunlike pattern when fired, designed for close-combat shooting effectiveness.

“ATK is proud to continue our partnership with the U.S. Army by providing this much-needed capability to soldiers who are facing multiple threats on today’s battlefields,” said Dave Wise, ATK advanced weapons vice president and general manager.

“The M1028 canister cartridge contract is a result of our long-term commitment to tank ammunition that has allowed us to focus on quality and production efficiencies that translate into safe, effective, affordable ammunition for the war fighter.”

If all options are exercised, the new Army contract could be worth up to $30 million.


DeltaNu to develop Raman detection tech

SANTA CLARA | The Defense Department has contracted Intevac Photonics to develop toxic and pathogen threat-detection technologies.

Intevac Photonics says its DeltaNu business unit received the Defense Department deal worth more than $1 million. The announced contract is for DeltaNu to develop its Raman spectroscopy system to support threat detection capabilities in both the military and civilian sectors.

The Raman spectroscopy technology will be expected to detect toxic and pathogen materials from long-distance ranges.

“With their ability to rapidly detect hazardous materials, DeltaNu’s advanced, high-performance Raman systems enable soldiers to be more effective,” said Keith Carron, DeltaNu vice president and general manager.

“When life-threatening materials can be detected in seconds, countermeasures can be quickly developed and implemented immediately in the field to significantly improve troop survivability.”


Contract to support sensor network

MCLEAN | The Office of Naval Research has contracted SPADAC to support the Large Tactical Sensor Networks II program through development of an analytic technology.

Under a phase I contract potentially worth up to $1.2 million, SPADAC will develop a cultural factors relevance technology for the Large Tactical Sensor Networks II program, which officials say will provide analysis support.

SPADAC says it plans to incorporate its Signature Analyst technology in the development of the new intelligence system to address program requirements to analyze the combination of cultural intelligence data with geospatial factors, among other support functions.

“SPADAC is extremely pleased to have been selected by the Office of Naval Research to support their critical intelligence systems needs,” said Mark Dumas, SPADAC chief executive officer.

“By fusing data from multiple sources and leveraging existing technologies, such as SPADAC’s predictive analytics technology, Signature Analyst, we look forward to developing a highly integrated intelligence system that is both efficient and delivers the highest-quality results possible to support the Office of Naval Research’s mission.”


ManTech to support NAVSEA IT

FAIRFAX | The Navy has contracted ManTech International Corp. to provide information technology support for the Naval Sea Systems Command.

The five-year, $151 million task awarded to ManTech is part of the NAVSEA Seaport-Enhanced contract vehicle. ManTech officials say they will provide NAVSEA with IT support for the Navy’s legacy Ship Maintenance and Logistics Support Information Systems Program.

As part of the task order, ManTech will support processes in life-cycle planning and re-engineering the NAVSEA IT corporate systems, among other NAVSEA IT requirements.

“We are pleased to support the Navy’s goal of increased functional benefits and cost savings through this large-scale streamlining and integration effort,” said Robert Coleman, ManTech president and chief operations officer.

“Software development, integration and process improvement skills are some of our core competencies, and we look forward to providing these capabilities to NAVSEA to help them standardize their systems and processes.”

Intellitactics to support ship defense

RESTON | DRS Technologies has contracted Intellitactics for its Security Manager technology in support of a Navy Sea Systems Command deal.

DRS awarded the contract for the Intellitactics Security Manager under a deal to develop a security information and event management system to protect NAVSEA’s Ship Self-Defense Systems.

DRS selected the ISM technology, a flash-drive software solution that aggregates security events and generates security alerts, among other alert reporting, to support the internal data storage and compression on the Linux-based monitoring console.

“The principal air threat to U.S. Naval surface ships is a variety of highly capable anti-ship cruise missiles,” said Bill Rucker, Intellitactics director of public sector sales. “Detection, tracking, assessment and engagement decisions are required to defend against these threats, with the duration from initial detection of a missile to its engagement with weapons typically on the order of a minute or less. The Self-Defense Systems is designed to accomplish these defensive actions. The protection and security of this on-board network is crucial.”

  • Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International


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