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The Inside Track | March 2016

KVH Delivers First Order of TACNAV Systems for Army’s New AMPV Fleet KVH Industries has announced that is has begun shipment of the first order of tactical navigation systems to BAE Systems for a prototype program designed to produce a new fleet of U.S. Army Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs) (Figure 1). KVH’s TACNAV systems are designed to provide the vehicles with such critical elements as continuous heading and pointing data output and extremely accurate navigation regardless of GPS availability. KVH’s TACNAV military vehicle navigation systems provide unjammable precision navigation, heading, and pointing data for vehicle drivers, crews, and commanders. KVH’s proprietary fiber optic gyro (FOG) technology is a differentiating factor in enabling the TACNAV systems to provide extremely accurate heading and pointing data.

Figure 1 TACNAV systems are designed to provide the vehicles like AMPVs with continuous heading and pointing data output and extremely accurate navigation regardless of GPS availability.

Deliveries of the tactical navigation systems are part of a recent purchase order that covers the life of the program, which is expected to run through 2020. The initial order of 34 TACNAV II systems is supporting prototype vehicles, and there is potential for an option for additional systems to support the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the vehicles. According to BAE Systems, the $1.2 billion AMPV program is designed to replace the U.S. Army’s M113s.

KVH Industries Middletown, RI (401) 847-3327 www.kvh.com

Cubic Awarded $44 Million More in Orders for I-MILES IWS by Army

Cubic Global Defense (CGD) has announced it was awarded contracts valued at $44 million for its Instrumentable-Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System Individual Weapon Systems (I-MILES IWS) from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). I-MILES IWS is critical to the quality of home-station training as it offers heightened realism during exercise scenarios.

I-MILES IWS uses laser transmitters attached to military weapons and body sensors to detect hits and perform real-time casualty assessments to replicate combat and record data for later review. The user-friendly system features small, lightweight components for individual soldiers and requires less time to attach the Small Arms Transmitters and align to the weapon than previous versions. It also maintains alignment during an entire exercise.

Cubic Defense Systems
San Diego, CA (858) 277-6780 www.cubic.com

Raytheon Software Translates Modern Weapons for Legacy Aircraft

Raytheon has developed the Envoy software solution to quickly and affordably integrate newer weapons onto legacy aircraft. Envoy, formerly known as Interface Bridge, will provide numerous integration options for UAI weapons without costly hardware changes. Envoy has been completely funded by Raytheon to provide more affordable, easier integration. It is adaptable across various platforms, carriage systems and platform-to-weapon interfaces.

With Envoy, today’s state-of-the-art weapons can be easily and affordably integrated into legacy aircraft worldwide, according to Raytheon. Envoy can be implemented across various platforms and current bomb rack systems. The software has already been demonstrated on F-16 (Figure 2) and F-18 fighter aircraft. Work is underway for integration on the MQ-9 and other international aircraft.

Figure 2 Raytheon’s Envoy software has already been demonstrated on F-16 (shown) and F-18 fighter aircraft. Work is underway for integration on the MQ-9 and other international aircraft.

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

BAE Systems Awards Drone Aviation Corp. Contract for Aerostat Upgrades

Drone Aviation Corp. has been awarded a contract to upgrade existing U.S. Government-owned Winch Aerostat Small Platform (“WASP”) tactical aerostat systems from Department of Defense (DoD) prime contractor BAE Systems. The upgrade contract, valued at $194,000, includes a number of technical enhancements to the WASP systems currently owned and operated by a DoD customer. These upgrades will enable enhanced flight operations and greater payload flexibility as a result of an upgraded APIU (Aerial Payload Interface Unit) specially designed to support a wide variety of payloads including advanced video and communications systems.

Operating at altitudes up to 1,500 feet AGL with launch sites at 6,000 feet ASL, the WASP system can significantly extend ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) capabilities and communications in remote and austere locations (Figure 3). The soldier-operated systems can be rapidly configured to support a variety of mission requirements for days, weeks or months with customized payloads.

Figure 3 Operating at altitudes up to 1,500 feet the WASP system can significantly extend ISR capabilities and communications in remote and austere locations.

DRONE Aviation Corp.
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 834-4400
www.droneaviationcorp.com

Navy Awards GD-BIW $644.3 million to Build DDG 51 Class Destroyer

The U.S. Navy has awarded funding for the planning and construction of DDG 124, the Fiscal Year 2016 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer under contract at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. The $644.3 million contract modification fully funds this ship, which was awarded as part of a multi-year competition for DDG 51 class destroyers awarded in 2013. The total value of the five-ship contract is approximately $3.4 billion.

There are currently four DDG 51 destroyers in production at Bath Iron Works: Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) and Carl M. Levin (DDG 120). The Navy has named DDG 124 the Harvey C. Barnum, Jr., after a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer who received the Medal of Honor for valor during the Vietnam War. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is a multi-mission combatant that offers defense against a wide range of threats, including ballistic missiles.

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
Bath, ME
(207)443-3311
www.gdbiw.com

L-3 to Provide Power Node Control Center for US Navy Destroyers

L-3 Communications announced it has received an initial contract from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to deliver its Power Node Control Center (PNCC) to support the U.S. Navy’s Destroyer Program. Funded delivery orders are currently in process, with the first production units scheduled for delivery in December 2017. Eight PNCC units will be initially installed on each DDG 51, beginning with DDGs 121 and 122 (Figure 4).

Figure 4 Shown here is the USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112) which was also built at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and was commissioned in 2012.

Primarily developed through internal research and development investment, L-3’s PNCC is an integrated electrical system that can be configured to simultaneously perform multiple functions, including operating as a transfer switch, frequency converter, circuit breaker, power conditioner, power transformer and motor controller. The PNCC is scalable, flexible, affordable and robust in converting power for a variety of applications-from commercial-off-the-shelf to qualified MIL-SPEC equipment.

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