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The Inside Track | July 2016

AM General Awarded $356 Million Contract to Build 1,673 Humvees

AM General has been awarded a $356 Million contract to manufacture and deliver 1,673 HMMWVs (Humvees) (Figure 1) to the U.S. Government for further delivery to the Afghanistan National Army and Police. Under the terms of the contract, the company will manufacture and deliver 1,259 M1151A1B1 Humvees and 414 M1152 A1B2 Humvees models. Vehicle manufacturing will commence at the AM General Military Assembly Plant, Mishawaka, Ind., later this month, with an estimated completion date of July 2017.

Figure 1 Under the terms of the contract, the company will manufacture and deliver 1,259 M1151A1B1 Humvees and 414 M1152 A1B2 Humvees models.

According to AM General, as the U.S. Government and foreign countries engage in more rapid, dispersed and challenging missions around the globe, deployability and readiness are key determinants of success. AM General’s Humvee platform has been the answer for more than three decades, delivering the modular design with unmatched reliability and innovation to achieve the mission. Global demand for new production and remanufactured Light Tactical Vehicles, automotive kits, spare parts and training services is as strong today as ever.

AM General
South Bend, IN
(574) 237-6222
www.amgeneral.com

 

UEI Hardware and Avionics I/O to Support Apache AH-64D Simulator
United Electronic Industries (UEI) has announced that its PowerDNA Cube and avionics interfaces have been selected by ZedaSoft, a simulation and visualization software company, who will provide the US Army’s Distributed Test Control Center (DTCC) with an AH-64D Apache simulator (Figure 2). Having won a contract from AI Signal Research (ASRI), ZedaSoft’s simulator integrated with UEI hardware and I/O was the ideal choice to support the US Army’s various aviation and communication system testing activities.

Figure 2 The PowerDNA Cube and avionics interfaces have been selected by ZedaSoft who will provide the US Army’s Distributed Test Control Center (DTCC) with an AH-64D Apache simulator.

ZedaSoft’s Reconfigurable Cockpit System (RCS) will serve as the pilot’s station, while the Reconfigurable Desktop System (RDS) will serve as the co-pilot/gunner station. ZedaSoft’s Experimenter Operator Station (EOS) will control system testing. The RCS has been customized to an AH-64D realistic configuration which includes a wide variety of robust electronics including touch-screen multi-function displays, MetaVR’s five channel image generator, Simulation and Control Technologies’ control loading system, Bihrle Applied Research high fidelity flight model and a 120 degree horizontal and 60 degree vertical out-the-window visual display.

United Electronic Industries
Walpole, MA
(508) 921-4600
www.ueidaq.com

   

One Stop Systems Announces Merger with Magma
One Stop Systems (OSS) has announced that it has completed a merger with Mission Technology Group (dba Magma), with OSS as the surviving entity. Both companies are market leaders in PCIe expansion technology used to create high-end compute accelerators and flash storage arrays. Together they become a dominant technology leader of PCIe expansion appliances.

Both companies will continue to operate as separate business units with a strong exchange of talent and expertise. The united companies will realize the benefits and cost savings of combined sales, marketing, accounting, and human resources departments, as well as other areas where there are synergies. Steve Cooper will continue as CEO and President of the combined company while Randy Jones, previously CEO of Magma, will become a major stockholder in One Stop Systems, will serve as a board member and also be appointed Vice Chairman of the OSS Board of Directors. Tim Miller will continue as President of the Magma business unit.

One Stop Systems
Escondido, CA
(877) 438-2724
www.onestopsystems.com

 

BAE Systems Wins $245 Million Contract for Type 26 Gun System
BAE Systems has received a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide the gun system, known as the Maritime Indirect Fires System (MIFS), for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. Under the contract, the company will manufacture three MIFS Integrated Gunnery Systems (IGS) and one trainer system for the UK Royal Navy (Figure 3). The MIFS IGS includes the 5-inch, 62-caliber Mk 45 Mod 4 Naval Gun System, along with an automated ammunition handling system, gun fire control system, and qualified ammunition. The contract includes an option for five additional systems for the remainder of the UK Royal Navy’s Type 26 fleet.

Figure 3 Under the contract, the BAE Systems will manufacture three MIFS Integrated Gunnery Systems (IGS) and one trainer system for the UK Royal Navy.

Work on the contract for the UK Type 26 ships will be performed at BAE Systems’ facilities at Louisville, Kentucky, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the US and at Barrow-in-Furness, Frimley, and Glascoed in the UK, with deliveries expected from 2020. The UK Government committed to buy eight of the advanced Type 26 Global Combat Ships in its 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, which will in time replace the anti-submarine warfare Type 23 frigates. There is flexibility in the design to allow Type 26 to be upgraded as new technology develops to ensure that it remains relevant to future requirements.

 

U.S. Air Force Awards $12.2 Million Contract to ISS
Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS) has been awarded a $12.2 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide continued software support for a number of military organizations around the world. This is the 18th task order from a contract ISS was awarded by the Air Force in 2012.  Known as Air Space Precision Engagement Research and Engineering (ASPERE), the program called for ISS to provide an advanced software development framework for building intelligence analysis and data fusion software.

Under terms of this task order, ISS will continue providing software support and maintenance activities for The United States Central Command, NATO, and operations in the Pacific. ISS will continue providing its expertise with the Combined Information Data Network Exchange (CIDNE) and WebTAS Enterprise (WE), to offer new innovations in key areas such as intelligence analysis and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance. ISS is performing research, development, integration, testing, demonstration, and operations and maintenance of groundbreaking technologies and concepts in support of the ASPERE effort.

Intelligent Software Solutions

Colorado Springs, CO
(719) 452-7000
www.issinc.com

 

L-3’s MX-15D Gear Selected for General Atomics’ Predator XP UAV
L-3 Communications has announced that its WESCAM division has received multiple orders from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) for its MX-15D electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) designator systems for an international military customer. L-3’s equipment will support medium-altitude covert intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions carried out by GA-ASI’s Predator XP UAV system (Figure 4).

Figure 4 The MX-15D gear will support medium-altitude covert intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions carried out by GA-ASI’s Predator XP UAV system.

L-3’s imaging systems range in size from 8 inches to 25 inches in diameter and provide high- resolution, stabilized full-motion intelligence in support of low-level tactical to high-altitude, ultra long-range persistent missions. Deliveries to GA-ASI in California began earlier this year. Once fielded, the systems will be maintained by one of L-3 WESCAM’s 14 authorized service centers. L-3’s MX-15D has been engineered with large-aperture, long focal length optics and patented four-axis gimbal technology.

L-3
New York, NY
(212) 697-1111
www.l-3com.com