Thursday, November 13, 2008


Raytheon to upgrade Maverick software

TUCSON | Raytheon Co. has been contracted to upgrade software technologies on the U.S. Navy’s AGM-65 H/K television-guided Maverick close air-support missiles.

Under a $5.7 million deal, the U.S. company will retrofit the AGM-65 H/K Maverick air-to-surface missile software. Officials say the upgrades are part of an effort to improve the visual capabilities of pilots to engage distant targets.

The software upgrades also are designed to improve the overall combat engagement opportunities with the AGM-65 H/K Maverick.

“The upgraded software reduces aircrew workload while improving the missile hit rate and accuracy,” said Harry Schulte, Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems product line vice president.

“The Maverick has always been ideal for close air-support missions; now it’s even better.”


Boeing subcontracts radar modernization

EL SEGUNDO | Boeing Co. has contracted Raytheon Co. to modernize a radar system for the U.S. Air Force‘s F-15C and the Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.

With the contract from Boeing, Raytheon will incorporate its latest radar system modernizations, the F-15E radar, into the F-15C and F/A-18 Super Hornet. Raytheon’s new F-15E radar developments are part of the company’s active electronically scanned array radar program.

Raytheon officials say the F-15E is part of an effort to implement advances in radar technologies to ensure that pilots have the latest system for combat operations.

“The F-15E is the backbone of the Air Force,” said Mark Bass, Boeing F-15 vice president.

“The addition of an active electronically scanned array radar, along with other planned technology insertions and system upgrades, will ensure the F-15E remains the mainstay of the Air Force for decades.”


BAE, Navistar team to produce prototypes

ARLINGTON | The U.S. military has contracted the BAE Systems and Navistar Defense development partnership to participate in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program.

BAE’s Ground Systems unit and Navistar Defense were selected to participate in the U.S. military’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program under a deal worth $40.5 million. Officials say BAE and Navistar Defense were one of three teams to take part in the JLTV program’s 27-month technology demonstration phase.

As part of the demonstration phase, BAE and Navistar Defense will submit seven of their Valanx v-hulled blast-resistant vehicle prototypes for the U.S. Army’s evaluation.

“We have matured our concept through a full year of engineering, prototyping and testing and incorporated real operational lessons from mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles,” said Raj Rajagopal, BAE ground systems land armaments president.

“As a result, we believe we have an agile yet highly protected vehicle that is very close to being fielded in the war fight.”


BAE contracted for fire control kits

YORK | The U.S. Army has contracted BAE Systems to outfit the M109A6 Paladin vehicles with its fire-control kits and spare components.

The British company was awarded a $20 million deal managed by Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Life Cycle Management Command.

The contract is for BAE to deliver 140 of its Paladin Digital Fire Control Systems kits and spare components for the rebuilding and refurbishing upgrades under way on the Army’s M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer vehicles.

“The Paladin Digital Fire Control system supports all communications and computer processing,” said Andy Hove, BAE Systems vice president of combat systems programs.

“Some of the kits under this contract will be installed on vehicles at fielding sites across the U.S. and the world, while others will be shipped to an Army depot where they will be used on the Paladin reset line.”


Lockheed to deliver additional Sniper ATPs

ORLANDO | The U.S. Air Force has contracted Lockheed Martin to supply its long-range target-identification technologies.

Under a $147 million deal, Lockheed Martin will provide the Air Force with its Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods systems. Officials say the remotely operated Sniper ATP, currently integrated with eight Air Force and U.S. allied aircraft, offers operators the capability to detect and target enemies at long ranges.

“The Sniper pod serves a vital role in the Air Force’s ongoing fighter and bomber operations in theater,” said Ken Fuhr, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control director of fixed-wing targeting programs.

Lockheed Martin says it has been working on a next-generation Sniper ATP system. New developments are expected to include a two-way data link and a low-light-level, high-definition television.


Alliant Techsystems wins gun contract

MINNEAPOLIS | Minnesota-based Alliant Techsystems has been awarded new orders for its medium-caliber gun and ammunition technologies.

ATK, a developer of gun systems and ammunition for the defense market in 30 countries, was awarded $88.5 million in new contracts for its Mk44 and M242 Bushmaster chain guns and also its Mk19 gun system.

The contracts, which also cover the delivery of 20mm, 25mm and 30mm cartridges, are from unnamed domestic and international customers.

ATK is a developer of several gun system variants and also the guns used on the Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Apache helicopter. Manufacture of the new gun systems and munitions will take place at the company’s Missouri and Virginia facilities.


Navy contracts for submarine work

GROTON | The U.S. Navy has contracted General Dynamics Corp. to support modernization work on nonnuclear submarines.

The U.S. company its Electric Boat subsidiary received a $10.2 million contract modification for modernization work at the Naval Submarine Support Facility.

Officials say the contract modification is part of a larger five-year contract with the Navy worth $201.8 million if all options are exercised.

Under the announced contract, General Dynamics will provide submarine modernization and repair work in Groton, Conn. A release said General Dynamics will perform tasks that include “intermediate overhaul, repair and modernization activities in support of submarines, the shipping port floating dry-dock and support and service craft.”

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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