- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 27, 2008


Air Force contracts DRC for data support

ANDOVER | The Air Force has contracted Dynamics Research Corp. to support the Global Logistics Support Center in streamlining data logistics and other services.

Massachusetts-based DRC will support the Air Force Global Logistics Support Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio under a follow-on contract worth $12.9 million. The Global Logistics Support Center is part of the Air Force Materiel Command.

DRC has been working to address faulty data anomalies in the center’s D200A data-quality system. Under the new deal, DRC will continue to identify discrepancies and develop corrections for the D200A system.

“Maintaining high data quality is an essential factor in the Air Force’s ability to maintain cost-efficiency and readiness as well as streamlining logistics and supply-chain management,” said Robert Smith, DRC Acquisition Management and Engineering Group senior vice president and general manager, in a statement.


Lockheed contracts for gun system

CHARLOTTE | Lockheed Martin Corp. has contracted General Dynamics Corp. to provide gun systems in support of the F-35 Lightning II program.

Lockheed Martin awarded an approximately $9 million contract to General Dynamics’ Armament and Technical Products business unit.

Under the deal, General Dynamics will supply its GAU-22/A gun-system technologies for integration with Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft, currently undergoing field tests for the Air Force.


Austal awards contract for JHSV program

FAIRFAX | The Navy has awarded Australian shipbuilder Austal a prime contract to provide the Joint High Speed Vessel program with design and construction support.

Under the deal, Austal will be expected to deliver the new JHSV, developed for use by the Navy and Army, to transport troops operating in shallow waters.

As part of the estimated 10-ship construction deal, Austal announced it has contracted General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems to support JHSV system integration.

General Dynamics will be responsible for testing the JHSV electronics and computing infrastructure, among other technical-systems support on the contract.


General Dynamics shows new radio tech

SCOTTSDALE | General Dynamics Corp. says its new military-radio technologies are capable of tactical communication while soldiers are in transit.

General Dynamics is showcasing its Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit - or HMS - radio technology at the 2008 MILCOM convention in San Diego. Company officials say the newly developed software system in HMS radios provides military units on the move with the ability to transmit large amounts of information.

The HMS, a joint tactical radio system and wide-band networking waveform technology, is under development for the Defense Department. Officials say the Army Evaluation Task Force is evaluating the new HMS in simulated close combat trials.

The “HMS is in a class by itself for performance and efficiency,” said Chris Brady, General Dynamics C4 Systems vice president of Assured Communications Systems, in a statement.


Navy contracts for sub support

GROTON | General Dynamics Electric Boat has been contracted to support the Navy’s fleet of nuclear submarines with engineering and technical services.

Under a $286 million contract, General Dynamics Corp. will provide yardwork along with other technical and logistical support services for the Navy’s active nuclear submarines.

General Dynamics also will “provide information services, planning, scheduling and technical support for submarine maintenance and modernization activities, training and facility support, and cost reduction support,” the release said.

Officials say if all options are exercised, the announced Navy contract could be worth $1.8 billion over five years.


Raytheon submits GBS proposal

RESTON | Raytheon Co. announced it has submitted a bid to support the Air Force Electronic Systems Center in transitioning its Global Broadcast Service.

Raytheon says its proposal for the Air Force Global Broadcast Service Satellite Broadcast Manager Defense Enterprise Computing Center Transition contract is designed to offer a low-risk solution to the Air Force Electronic Systems Center.

The center is working to transition its Global Broadcast Service to the Defense Information Systems Agency. The Global Broadcast Service is the Air Force’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance multimedia-communications support system.

“The Raytheon-led team has proposed a low-risk solution to ensure the successful transition of this mission-critical capability to the new computing centers,” said Michael D. Keebaugh, Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems president, in a statement.


Raytheon to develop nukes detection

TEWKSBURY | The Homeland Security Department has awarded Raytheon Co. a Phase I contract to develop nuclear-threat-detection technologies.

Under a $764,000 deal, Raytheon will support the DHS’ Exploratory Research in Nuclear Detection Technology Program with development of a standoff warning against radiological materials, or SWARM, technology.

Raytheon says it will develop the SWARM technology with Los Alamos National Laboratory along with support from academia and others in small and large businesses.

“The transportation of nuclear material into and within our borders is a serious threat to our nation’s security,” said Michael Del Checcolo, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems vice president of engineering, in a statement.


F-35 travels Mach 1.05

FORT WORTH | An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter under development by Lockheed Martin Corp. successfully flew supersonic speeds during a recent test.

Lockheed Martin says the F-35 Lightning II flew faster than the speed of sound for the first time, traveling Mach 1.05 (about 760 mph) during a one-hour test flight in Texas.

Officials say the milestone achievement was accomplished with a full payload of dummy weapons simulating the weight the aircraft will be when it is ready for combat operations.

“The F-35 transitioned from subsonic to supersonic just as our engineers and our computer modeling had predicted,” said Jon Beesley, Lockheed Martin chief F-35 test pilot, said in a statement.


Lockheed Martin builds ocean power

HONOLULU | U.S.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. announced it is testing a new ocean thermal power plant in Hawaii.

The project is a joint venture between Lockheed and a Taiwanese research institute to build a 10-megawatt plant that is estimated to be enough to power about 3,000 homes.

“As island economies in the Pacific, Taiwan and the state of Hawaii share very similar challenges of overdependence on imported petroleum for their energy needs,” Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle said.

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin said it has been studying ocean thermal-energy-conversion technology for more than 30 years. The technology produces energy by using the difference in temperature between warm water at the surface and colder water deeper in the sea.

A feasibility study is under way, conducted by the Taiwan Research Institute.


NAVAIR contracts SAIC for test support

SAN DIEGO | The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has contracted Science Applications International Corp. for the company to provide project-management support services.

U.S. company SAIC says its Maryland-based subsidiary Eagan, McAllister Associates Inc. will support NAVAIR aircraft, munitions and unmanned-aerial-vehicles programs with integrated project-management analysis and evaluation support. Company officials said the blanket purchase agreement is worth more than $24 million over five years.

As part of the contract, SAIC said it also will support NAVAIR - which tests and evaluates airborne weapons systems, among other research initiatives for the Navy and Marine Corps - manage project schedules and budgets.

“We look forward to helping NAVAIR employ earned-value management techniques across their enterprise, helping support their important mission of providing the Navy and Marine Corps with the world’s best naval aviation capabilities,” said Debbie James, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager, in a statement.


Boeing buys DRT in expansion move

ST. LOUIS | Boeing Co. announced plans to expand its surveillance and intelligence offerings through the acquisition of Digital Receiver Technology Inc.

Boeing announced an agreement to buy Maryland-based DRT as part of a move to expand further into the homeland security and defense intelligence market. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

DRT develops surveillance and tracking equipment hardware and software technologies, including wireless receivers and transceivers.

“This acquisition is another move in our strategy to expand our presence in the growing intelligence market,” said Jim Albaugh, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems president and chief executive officer, in a statement.

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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