- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2008


Griffon to improve Navy radars

JERICHO | Lockheed Martin has contracted Griffon Corp. to provide enhancements to the Navy’s maritime strike helicopter radar technologies.

The $71.5 million order from Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego is for Griffon subsidiary Telephonics Corp. to improve the functionality of the Navy’s MH-60R maritime strike helicopter AN/APS-147 multimode radar.

The follow-on contract, under the Navy Automatic Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination program, is for Telephonics to develop the AN/APS-147 multimode radar with capabilities that include the ability to detect small and low-visibility targets.

“This is a very important enhancement to the already extremely capable AN/APS-147 multimode radar,” Joseph J. Battaglia, Telephonics president, said in a statement.

“Automatic Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination will bring unprecedented performance against these most difficult contacts and enable new mission capabilities in the Maritime Strike Helicopter.”


DHS contracts for data security

FALLS CHURCH | The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has contracted Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) to provide the DHS data center at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center with secured data management.

Officials say the DHS contract has a potential value of $391 million. Under the deal, CSC will support secure managed data-center services as part of an Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions contract.

CSC will support DHS data at the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., with information-technology management, among other services, as part of the DHS’ consolidated IT Infrastructure Transformation Program.

“For this key program, CSC is providing the full depth and breadth of our corporate expertise in support of DHS’ critical mission to protect our nation,” James W. Sheaffer, CSC North American Public Sector president, said in a statement.

“CSC looks forward to further supporting the Stennis community and the important role it plays in national security.”


VSE to support CFT Program

ALEXANDRIA | The Air Force has selected VSE Corp. for a prime contract under the Contract Field Teams (CFT) program to support maintenance, repair and modernization work.

As part of the CFT Program, Virginia-based VSE will support various Air Force maintenance, repair and modernization requirements on equipment and systems.

Officials say the CFT, a program that distributes about $10.12 billion worth of contracts, is a Defense Department initiative to have contractors available for rapid deployment and long-term support services.

“The CFT Program has successfully supported maintenance requirements for the Air Force and other military services across the country and around the world for over 50 years,” William Wright, VSE assistant vice president, said in a statement.

“We are very pleased to be one of the companies selected to join the impressive list of contractor teams ensuring that our armed forces have the support they need to defend our country and support our national security.”


SAIC to support nuke stockpile security

MCLEAN | Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has been contracted to support the Office of the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters.

Under a $26 million deal, SAIC will provide the office with assessments, services and recommendations in support of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

SAIC, a national-security and critical-infrastructure support-services provider for the defense and homeland-security markets, will provide the technical services around the national capital region.

“We are pleased to continue providing support to activities that help maintain a credible U.S. nuclear deterrent,” Beverly J. Seay, SAIC senior vice president, said in a statement.

“For two decades, we have supported the U.S. federal government in their efforts to build diverse, flexible and responsive capabilities to thwart current and evolving challenges to national security.”


ViaSat to develop next-gen stimulator

CARLSBAD | U.S. firm Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. has awarded ViaSat Inc. a contract for a stimulator to support avionics testing of F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

Under the $12 million contract, California-based ViaSat will provide Lockheed Martin with a communication, navigation and identification (CNI) function stimulator. Officials say the ViaSat stimulator technology will support realistic environments and signal representation for avionics testing of F-35 Lightning II.

The follow-on contract for ViaSat will be integrated with the Verification and Validation Facility for the U.S. Reprogramming Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

“The complexity of the avionics systems in state-of-the-art fighter aircraft requires realistic test environments and accurate signal representation. ViaSat radio frequency stimulators provide a true-to-life CNI test environment and reduce the cost of in-flight testing,” the release said.


Air Force awards field support deal

FALLS CHURCH | DynCorp International Inc. has been awarded a follow-on contract from the Air Force for continued support of the Contract Field Teams (CFT) Program.

Under the contract, DynCorp, which has worked with the Contract Field Teams Program for more than 50 years, will provide maintenance and repair work on a depot and organizational level at Air Force installations around the world.

Officials say $10.1 billion has been allocated for the Contract Field Teams Program over seven years, on which DynCorp will be available to bid.

The Contract Field Teams Program is an initiative to quickly deploy technicians to support war readiness and planning for Defense Department agencies.

“We are proud of the aviation partnership we have enjoyed with our armed forces since we first began work on this contract in 1951, and honored to continue,” William Ballhaus, DynCorp president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

“The Contract Field Teams are part of the lifeblood of this company, and represent a solemn commitment by our professionals to the safety and readiness of our nation’s aviators.”


Sikorsky contracts for Black Hawk circuits

ST. LOUIS | Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has awarded a follow-on contract to LaBarge Inc. to supply the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter production program with circuit-card technologies.

St. Louis-based LaBarge received the $1.7 million award for the continued supply of the company’s printed circuit card assemblies. LaBarge, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., says the follow-on award extends the company’s involvement on the Black Hawk helicopter program through January 2010.

Officials say LaBarge’s printed circuit-card assemblies will be installed on several Black Hawk variants produced by Sikorsky. The Black Hawk helicopter, the Army’s primary utility tactical transport helicopter with more than 1,500 in use, is also deployed by another 26 governments for combat, peacekeeping and medical applications, among others.

LaBarge says it plans to manufacture the circuit card assemblies at the company’s Oklahoma facility.

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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