JLTV Taps Power Controller Technology from Data Device Corp.
Data Device Corp. (DDC) has been awarded a contract by Oshkosh Defense to supply Solid-State Power Control (SSPC) Power Distribution Units (PDUs) and modules for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. The JLTV incorporates dramatic electrical power utilization improvements that are readily served by the advanced management capabilities and higher reliability provided by DDC’s battle proven Solid-State Power Control solutions (Figure 1).

DDC SSPCs enable network control, programmability, and autonomous operation-simplifying vehicle control and freeing crew members’ time, so they can concentrate on mission critical tasks. They also provide channel paralleling, controlled rise/fall times, and I2T trip protection, to deliver accurate load protection and flexible power distribution. DDC’s SSPCs also offer flexible control options, including CANbus and RS-485 interfaces, and a range of discrete controls. DDC SSPCs have a 25X improved MTBF compared with mechanical switches, breakers, and relays, with moving parts which are more prone to failure.

Data Device Corp.
Bohemia, NY
(631) 567-5600


AAR and Textron Team to Compete for USAF T-6 Support Contract
AAR has established an exclusive team with Beechcraft Defense Company and Textron Systems to respond to the U.S. Air Force request for proposals to provide support for the Beechcraft T-6 military training aircraft (Figure 2) in the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) fleet under a Contractor Operated and Maintained Base Supply (COMBS) contract. Beechcraft Defense Company and Textron Systems will work together with AAR to compete for this contract that will provide parts and warehouse support for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army JPATS. Beechcraft Defense Company will offer product expertise and factory-direct parts, while Textron Systems will provide warehouse labor at 10 sites throughout the U.S.

AAR helps the U.S. government and its allies increase efficiencies and decrease costs with its industry-leading integrated supply solutions including Contract Logistics Support (CLS), Government Performance-Based Logistics (PBL), Sustainment and ITAR support. AAR’s award-winning fleet support teams ramp up quickly, co-locate on customer sites as needed, and utilize AAR’s global network of warehouses and parts supply. AAR’s inventory control systems have easily integrated with numerous U.S. and foreign government procurement systems, maintaining the strictest data integrity standards.


Wood Dale, IL
(630) 227-2000


ACT R&D Contract Awards Reach Over $3 Million
Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) has announced that it is continuing its rapid technology diversification through multiple R&D contract wins. In 2015 and early 2016 ACT was awarded over 15 new contracts, totaling more than $3 million dollars, through government-funded Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) and Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) programs. These contracts were awarded from several different government agencies, including DoE, DOD (Air Force, Army, Navy), and NASA. These contracts will enable development of innovative thermal management technologies and perform R&D in new areas that include corrosion-resistant coatings, energy conservation, and unique test rigs.

The contract awards demonstrate ACT’s continued diversification into R&D areas such as combustion, power plant dry cooling, and advanced modeling. Many of ACT’s R&D programs are in collaboration with industrial and academic partners. The academic partners in the past year include: Columbia University, Drexel University, Florida State University, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M, University of California, Merced, University of Maryland, and the University of Southern California.

Advanced Cooling Technologies
Lancaster, PA
(717) 295-6021


Lockheed Martin Gets Production Contract for Shipboard EW Upgrade
The U.S. Navy awarded the Lockheed Martin an initial $148.9 million contract for full rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 systems with four additional option years to upgrade the fleet’s electronic warfare capabilities so warfighters can respond to evolving threats. Under this full-rate production contract, Lockheed Martin will provide additional systems to upgrade the AN/SLQ-32 systems on U.S. aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other warships with key capabilities to determine if the electronic sensors of potential foes are tracking the ship (Figure 3).

The SEWIP Block 2 System is the first sensor to be fully compliant with the Navy’s Product Line Architecture strategy, which facilitates the rapid introduction of new technology into the fleet. Block 2 is the latest deployed improvement in an evolutionary succession of “blocks”, which will incrementally add new defensive technologies and functional capabilities. Block 2 provides an upgraded antenna, receiver and improved interface with existing ship combat systems. Since 2009 when the design and development contract was awarded Lockheed Martin has been awarded Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract for an additional 38 units and 22 of these units have been delivered to the Navy on schedule.

Lockheed Martin
Bethesda, MD
(301) 897-6000


General Dynamics Awarded Ohio Replacement Sub Development Contract
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $101.3 million contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the Navy’s Ohio Replacement submarine and the United Kingdom’s Successor-class ballistic-missile submarine. The modification is for the procurement of 22 missile tubes to support the manufacturing of the Common Missile Compartment. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

Initially awarded in December 2012, the five-year, $1.85 billion contract calls for Electric Boat to perform research and development work for the Navy’s next-generation ballistic-missile submarine, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2021. The potential value of the overall contract is $2.5 billion. The Columbia-class submarine is being designed to replace the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines. The Ohio-class of submarines are aging and the first ship in that class is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2027 with the remaining scheduled to be decommissioned yearly following the first ship’s decommissioning.

General Dynamics Electric Boat
Groton, CT
(860) 433-3000


Raytheon GaN Technology Chosen for AN/TPY-2 Radars
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon a contract modification to develop a transition to production process to incorporate Gallium Nitride, or GaN, components into existing and future AN/TPY-2 radars. This initial effort will support the transition from Gallium Arsenide to GaN technology, which would further modernize the ballistic missile defense radar and drive down system obsolescence. As demonstrated in other Raytheon-developed military radar applications, Gallium Nitride has the capability to enhance range, increase detection and discrimination performance and lower production costs.

Currently fielded AN/TPY-2 radars use Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) based transmit/receive modules to emit high power radiation. Raytheon and MDA are pursuing a retrofit approach to leverage Gallium Nitride elements. The AN/TPY-2 is a transportable X-band radar that protects civilians and infrastructure in the U.S., deployed military personnel, and allied nations and security partners from the growing ballistic missile threat (Figure 4).

Waltham, MA
(781) 522-3000