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Helicopter EW System to Protect Against Anti-Ship Missile Threats

Lockheed Martin has been awarded U.S. Navy development contract to provide MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats. The company’s Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) Active Mission Payload (AMP) AN/ALQ-248 system, is a self-contained EW pod hosted by an MH-60R (Figure 1) or MH-60S, which provides the Navy advanced ASM detection and response capabilities.

Figure 1 Lockheed Martin’s AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 system is a self-contained EW pod hosted by MH-60R (shown) or MH-60S helicopters.

The AOEW program builds on Lockheed Martin’s legacy of proven electronic warfare solutions. The AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 can work independently or with the ship’s onboard electronic surveillance sensor, SEWIP Block 2 AN/SLQ-32(V)6, to detect an incoming missile and then evaluate where it is going. AOEW then uses radio frequency countermeasure techniques to deter the missile. Under this contract, if all options are exercised, Lockheed Martin will deliver up to 18 AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 pods to the U.S. Navy. Manufacturing of the AOEW AN/ALQ-248 systems in Syracuse, N.Y., is slated to begin in early 2019 to meet the program’s 2021 initial operational capability goal.

Lockheed Martin
Bethesda, MD
(301) 897-6000
www.lockheedmartin.com

 

Crystal Group Rugged Server Selected for Real-Time SIGINT System

Leidos has selected Crystal Group’s RS378 3U rugged server for the Leidos eXpeditionary RT (XRT) system, a real-time signal intelligence system used by the U.S. Army. Leidos’ XRT system is a scalable, high-performance computing platform that extracts real-time, context sensitive situational awareness conditions from enormous quantities and disparate sources of data. The system conducts data analysis on-site and in real-time for in-theater mission planning, intelligence and tactical operations that lead to identifying and locating the enemy.

Crystal Group’s RS378 Rugged 3U server is a high-end computing performer that features Intel’s Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell or Broadwell CPU options (Figure 2). The server is configurable with eight removable 3.5 inch HDD or 2.5 inch SATA or SAS bays and can be configured for up to 16 hot-swappable 2.5 inch HDDs in drive packs. The system is expandable with up to seven full-height slots, and can be rack mounted on Delrin glides, Jonathan rails or fixed mounted. The system is 20 inches in depth and weighs between 40-46 lbs.

Figure 2 The RS378 Rugged 3U server is configurable with eight removable 3.5 inch HDD or 2.5 inch SATA or SAS bays and can support up to 16 hot-swappable 2.5 inch HDDs in drive packs.

Crystal Group
Hiawatha, IA
(319) 378-1636
www.crystalrugged.com

 

ERAPSCO Awarded $30.3 Million Navy Sonobuoy Contract

Sparton and Ultra Electronics have announced the award of subcontracts valued at $30.3 million to their ERAPSCO joint venture, for the manufacture of sonobuoys for the United States Navy. The award is a GFY17 ERAPSCO Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract release for sonobuoy requirements under ERAPSCO’s five year contract. ERAPSCO will provide production subcontracts in the amount of $18.5 million and $11.8 million to Ultra Electronics USSI and Sparton De Leon Springs, LLC respectively.

Production will take place at Ultra Electronics USSI’s Columbia City, IN facility and Sparton’s De Leon Springs, FL facility and is expected to be completed by November 2018. Last May the ERAPSCO joint venture was subcontracts valued at $101.1 million to the Navy sonobuoys for the United States Navy in subcontracts in the amount of $46.8 million and $54.3 million to Ultra Electronics USSI and Sparton De Leon Springs, LLC respectively.

Ultra Electronics

Greenford, Middlesex
U.K.


+44 (0) 20 8813 4321
www.ultra-electronics.com

 

Raytheon Selects Triumph to Support Navy Next Gen Jammer

Raytheon recently contracted Triumph Group to provide 31 Servo Control Systems in support of the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Jammer Increment 1 (NGJ Inc 1) program Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase. The Servo Control System consists of four electromechanical actuators and a servo electronics unit, for use in the inlet and exhaust door actuators on the pod. In 2015, Raytheon selected Triumph to provide heat exchangers for NGJ Inc 1. The new three-year NGJ Inc 1 contract expands the services provided by Triumph to include complex systems and system components.

According to NAVAIR, Next Generation Jammer Increment 1, an external jamming pod, will replace the AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system currently integrated on the EA-18G GROWLER aircraft (Figure 3). It will address advanced and emerging threats alike, as well as the growing numbers of threats. NGJ Inc 1 uses the latest digital, software-based and Active Electronically Scanned Array technologies and will provide enhanced airborne electronic attack capabilities to disrupt and degrade enemy air defense and ground communication systems.

Figure 3 The Next Generation Jammer Increment 1, an external jamming pod, will replace the AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system.

Raytheon
Waltham, MA
(781) 522-3000
www.raytheoncom
 

UltiSat Tapped Provide Satellite Bandwidth for GEOINT Missions

UltiSat announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DISA-DITCO) recently awarded a COMSATCOM Transponded Capacity (CTC) task order to UltiSat to provide Ku-band bandwidth capacity to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Deployable Communications Systems (NDCS). Services provided will support Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) missions around the world.

UltiSat has extensive experience and a proven track record for supporting U.S. Government and federal agencies as a trusted partner of secure, reliable managed network solutions. UltiSat will provide Ku-band bandwidth and backhaul in the continental United States (CONUS), and Ku-band bandwidth and backhaul outside the continental United States (OCONUS) in order to support NDCS GEOINT operations. This task order falls under the Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) Schedule 70 contract vehicle.

UltiSat
Gaithersburg, MD
(240) 243 5100
www.ultisat.com

 

Textron Gets $206 Million Contract for Shadow UAV Sustainment

Textron Systems Support Solutions announced that it has been awarded a $206 million contract from the U.S. Army for Shadow Tactical Aircraft System (TUAS) Contractor Logistics Support (CLS). CLS efforts include Systems Sustainment Management, Engineering Support, Contractor Logistics Support Management, Field Service Operations, Depot Material Repair and Management and Post Productions Software Support. This contract will continue Textron Systems Support Solutions’ long-standing support for the 117 Shadow systems that have been fielded and deployed by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Army National Guard, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Australian Defense Forces.

The Shadow v2 is an all-digital, modern system, optimized for new multi-mission, single-sortie profiles and manned-unmanned teaming (Figure 4). The Shadow v2 also includes a high-bandwidth, encrypted data link that enables the aircraft to carry payloads ranging from high-definition video to secure control for prosecution missions. The Army is currently teaming the Shadow v2 system with its Apache helicopter fleet for scouting missions within its combat aviation brigades.

Figure 4 The Shadow v2 UAV is an all-digital, modern system, optimized for new multi-mission, single-sortie profiles and manned-unmanned teaming.

Textron Systems
Hunt Valley, MD
(410) 666-1400
www.textronsystems.com