- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2008


Surveillance deal altered for Raytheon

TEWKSBURY | The U.S. Army has modified a contract with Raytheon Co. to provide additional support for the Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance System program.

Under the $27.6 million contract modification, the U.S. company will support the Army’s BETSS program with additional Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment elevated sensor technologies.

The RAID surveillance, deployed in the Iraqi combat theater, is part of an effort to offer better protection to U.S. military units through the use of infrared sensors elevated on stationary platforms.

“The continued high demand for the RAID system demonstrates its effectiveness in saving lives,” said Pete Franklin, vice president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems for national- and theater-security-programs.


U.S., Hungarian firms to maintain missiles

BUDAPEST | The U.S. company Raytheon and the Hungarian company Arzenal have paired up to establish a missile-maintenance plant in Hungary, officials said.

The plant in Nyirtelik in northeastern Hungary will calibrate and maintain Maverick air-to-surface missiles, the Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

Under their agreement, Arzenal, owned by Hungary’s Defense Ministry, will be a subcontractor for Raytheon, which will cover training costs and the necessary equipment. Arzenal will cover operational costs.

Maverick missiles are used on Hungary’s Gripen fighter planes, MTI reported. The missiles also can be launched from F-16 Fighting Falcons and Czech-built L-159 combat aircraft.


General Dynamics to supply Land Warrior

SCOTTSDALE | The U.S. Army has contracted General Dynamics C4 Systems for the company’s Land Warrior battlefield networking technology.

The Army’s 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team announced a $70 million award for General Dynamics to supply a lighter-weight version of its Land Warrior system.

The Land Warrior system, weighing 17 pounds in 2006, has been redeveloped by General Dynamics and weighs 7.2 pounds. The Land Warrior technology digitally links soldiers to battlefield networks, enabling greater situational awareness.

“Battlefield-proven, Land Warrior has become a battle command-and-control tool that enables leaders outside of their vehicles to more effectively and efficiently command,” said Mark Showah, General Dynamics C4 Systems director of integrated systems.

“It’s the cornerstone for future ground-war fighter systems.”


BAE gets piece of Encore II program

MCLEAN | The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency has selected the British company BAE Systems PLC as one of 14 companies contracted to participate in the Encore II program.

The Encore II Information Technology Solutions program is the contracting vehicle for the Defense Department’s transition to network-centric technology infrastructure. With its selection by DISA, BAE will be considered for more than $12 billion worth of contracts available to the 14 selected companies.

BAE officials say that in being selected, they plan to offer DISA their network, systems-development and security-engineering services, among other offerings, to support the transition to net-centric technologies.

“Under this contract, we will provide the foundation for defending, protecting and ensuring the trust and integrity of information while allowing for the flexible and discrete control of information sharing,” said Rick Schieffelin, BAE Systems Information Technology president.


Data link deal modified by Navy

MELBOURNE | The U.S. Navy has modified a deal with Harris Corp. for the delivery of mission-critical data-transmission technologies for the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter.

The U.S. company will deliver its Ku-band Common Data Link Hawklink system to the Navy under an announced $53 million contract modification. The Hawklink system will be deployed with the Navy’s Seahawk helicopter.

Harris’ Hawklink is capable of transmitting video and radar, among other sensor data, from Seahawk helicopters to ships at sea with high speeds and at long distances. The contract modification is part of a larger three-year phase of a Navy Hawklink installation program.

Harris has partnered with the British company BAE Systems PLC for the program.

“We are very pleased to continue the production and testing of the Hawklink system, enabling delivery of the most advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance networking data links to the Navy,” said Wes Covell, Harris Defense Programs president.


BAE demonstrates CID technology

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE | Britain’s BAE Systems PLC has demonstrated a new technology that helps a combat pilot identify friendly forces on the ground.

BAE announced the successful demonstration of its new Combat Identification (CID) System, which helps pilots identify the positions of friendly forces in combat zones to avoid casualties of U.S. and allied troops.

Officials say BAE’s CID technology accesses ground situational awareness data in less than 10 seconds so that close-air-support aircraft pilots can accurately identify where friendly troops are located.

“The CID server is a perfect example of how we can improve combat identification capabilities and combat effectiveness and save lives,” said Bob Summitt, senior analyst for the Joint Forces Command Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team .

“It gives pilots a view of friendlies in the area that they’ve never had before.”


Vought gets contract for drone wings

DALLAS | Northrop Grumman Corp. has contracted Vought Aircraft Industries Inc. for the production of wings in support of a new U.S. Navy unmanned aircraft system.

Texas-based Vought announced it will supply its Block 20 wing technologies to Northrop Grumman in support of the company’s contract with the Navy for the production of the new Broad Area Maritime Surveillance UAS.

Vought’s Block 20 wing is a variation on the company’s Block 10 wing. The Block 20 will be used on the Global Hawk RQ-4N platform as part of the BAMS UAS program.

The Block 20, made from commercially available materials, features an increased wingspan for the RQ-4N maritime variation on Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4B Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle.

“We are honored to be a part of a vital aircraft program that supports and protects our nation,” said Dennis Orzel, Vought Integrated Aerosystems Division vice president.


ITT gets contract for Kosovo facility

COLORADO SPRINGS | ITT Corp. has been contracted to support force protection and installation of security services at the Camp Bondsteel peacekeeping station in Kosovo.

Colorado-based ITT received the $39 million contract from the U.S. Army Europe’s Wiesbaden Contracting Center in Germany.

Under the protection services deal, ITT will support the Task Force Falcon Force’s multinational peacekeeping facility with the installation of electronic security technologies and other equipment.

“ITT has been providing force protection at Camp Bondsteel since 2003,” said Michael Gulino, ITT systems division president.

“We are honored to continue supporting this vital peacekeeping mission.”

Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International

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