- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 25, 2008

CALIFORNIA

Emrise contracted for IED jamming tech

RANCHO CUCAMONGA | The Defense Department has contracted Emrise Corp. for its radio-frequency technologies that jam improvised explosive devices (IED).

California-based Emrise Corp. was awarded $2 million in orders for its radio-frequency devices. Officials say the technology will go to support the U.S. military’s vehicle-mounted, remote-controlled IED jamming systems.

Roadside bombs are a lethal threat for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The IED jamming technology is designed to prevent detonation of the bombs.

The growing number of contracts for Emrise’s radio-frequency technologies is in part because of the company’s 2005 purchase of New Jersey-based Advanced Control Components Inc., which specializes in electronic radio-frequency devices.

“One of the reasons we purchased ACC was its presence in the U.S. military market and its focus on radio-frequency devices for the high-volume business in remote-controlled IED-jamming systems for land-based applications,” said Carmine Oliva, Emrise’s chief executive officer.

“These systems have become crucial in combating the devastating roadside bomb attacks that have plagued our forces in Iraq, among other global areas of conflict.”

CONNECTICUT

Air Force contracts for refueling tech

STRATFORD | The Air Force has contracted Sikorsky Aerospace Services for the company’s refueling technologies.

Connecticut-based Sikorsky was awarded an approximately $2 million deal for 13 of its aerial refueling assemblies for installation on H-60 military helicopters.

Officials say the contract for Sikorsky’s after-market fuel probe assemblies is part of an effort by the Air Force to lengthen the mission capabilities of its fleet of H-60 military helicopters.

“The refuel assemblies enable in-flight aircraft refueling, which increases the helicopters’ range, saving valuable time and expanding the mission and role of the aircraft,” said George Mitchell, Sikorsky Aerospace Services’ material logistics and spares director.

PENNSYLVANIA

Herley to aid F-16 radar systems

LANCASTER | The Air Force has contracted Herley Industries Inc. to support the F-16 fighter aircraft radar systems with low-noise assemblies.

The contract, from Hill Air Force Base, is worth approximately $2.4 million. Under the deal, Pennsylvania-based Herley will supply next-generation low-noise assemblies for integration with the F-16 APG-68 radar systems.

The low-noise assemblies, originally developed by Herley under a contract with the Air Force in 2004, converts incoming signals, then processes them for the F-16.

“Herley has a long history of providing microwave components for the F-16 program,” said Myron Levy, Herley chairman and chief executive officer.

“We expect to continue to receive significant future orders for low-noise assemblies for the APG-68 radar system.”

VIRGINIA

SAIC to support responder program

MCLEAN | The Homeland Security Department has contracted Science Applications International Corp. to support an Internet-based emergency responder service.

The department, under an Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions contract vehicle, awarded SAIC a $14 million deal to support Responder Knowledge Base services.

The Responder Knowledge Base is an Internet-based service in which emergency-responder units can obtain grant guidance, product information and expert consultations.

“We are pleased to help the Department of Homeland Security provide emergency responders, purchasers and planners with a trusted, integrated, online source of information,” said John Ferriter, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.

CALIFORNIA

Army contracts MBI for USPM development

DUBLIN | The Army has contracted Microchip Biotechnologies Inc. to help develop the Universal Sample Preparation Module (USPM).

The Army awarded California-based MBI a $625,000 deal as part of the new Commercialization Pilot Program. The Army’s USPM is part of a program to develop technologies to rapidly detect biological threat agents.

MBI’s project will support the USPM with automatic DNA purification for in-the-field sample analysis. MBI officials say they will integrate their Microscale On-chip Valves technology with the USPM.

“Easy-to-use sample preparation, under field conditions, has always been a major obstacle to deploying back-end pathogen detection and identification devices as well as molecular diagnostics devices,” said Joanne Horn, MBI USPM project manager.

“The USPM will greatly simplify this process and improve detection sensitivity.”

VIRGINIA

SAIC to support Navy small-arms weapons

MCLEAN | The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center has contracted Science Applications International Corp. for small-arms weapons-systems development services.

SAIC was awarded a more than $48 million deal from the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane Division as part of the Navy’s SeaPort-enhanced contracting vehicle.

The follow-on contract is for SAIC to continue developing weapon systems for the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Small Arms Weapons Systems Division. Officials say SAIC will support weapons engineering, testing and analysis, among other services.

“This task order award continues our long-standing relationship with the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane in the area of rotary-wing and surface platform small arms systems integration,” said Tom Baybrook, SAIC senior vice president and business unit manager.

“The work SAIC will perform is vital to providing our war fighters with the systems they need to do their jobs, and we are honored to be part of it.”

VIRGINIA

General Dynamics to support IT for Navy

FAIRFAX | The Navy has contracted General Dynamics Information Technology to provide support services for the Small Carrier program.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division, based in Philadelphia, awarded General Dynamics a $26.7 million contract to support the Smart Carrier program with information technology and other engineering services. The Smart Carrier program is a Navy initiative to modernize machinery-control-monitoring technologies and reduce sailor workload aboard aircraft carriers.

The General Dynamics award is part of the Naval Sea Systems Command Seaport-enhanced contract vehicle.

“The Naval Surface Warfare Center-Carderock Division has been at the forefront of technologies vital to the success of the U.S. Navy and maritime industry for more than a century,” said Ken Slaght, General Dynamics Information Technology maritime systems vice president and general manager.

“General Dynamics is committed to supporting maritime technology innovation to extend the U.S. Navy’s capabilities and its maritime superiority.”

• Compiled by Steven Davy of United Press International


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