The latest updates on contracts, contracting opportunities, and industry standards


U.S. Navy selects Behlman COTS power supplies for airborne missions

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., 8 Feb. 2014. Behlman Electronics Inc., a provider of power products for military airborne, shipboard, and mobile programs and a subsidiary of Orbit International Corp., won an order for its Model 00389 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) power supplies. These power supplies have been used by the U.S. Navy since 1999, to support anti-submarine and anti-ship surveillance and targeting systems.  


Profitable alternative to component end of life exists, advises GDCA CEO Plotkin

PHOENIX, 8 Feb. 2014. “Innovation is a double-edged sword: offering new product improvements, with diminishing support for aging products,” says Ethan Plotkin, CEO of GDCA Inc. in Livermore, Calif., which specializes in managing the obsolescence of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic components.

Raytheon to upgrade Fire Scout UAV control system

Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade UAV control system with open-systems standards and Linux software

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 7 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts will continue working with the Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Dulles, Va., to switch a major unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control system from Solaris to Linux software, and upgrade the system with universal UAV control qualities.

DARPA to brief industry 18 Feb. on program to create new Internet search paradigm

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researches will conduct industry briefings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 18 Feb. 2014 on a program to find new approaches for deep search of the Internet that offer domain-specific indexing of web content and domain-specific search capabilities.

DARPA envisions new Internet search paradigm; could help counter slavery and prostitution

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researches are trying to find new approaches for deep search of the Internet that unlike Google and Bing offer domain-specific indexing of web content and domain-specific search capabilities.

IBM and PARC to design sensitive electronics for military that shatter to dust on command

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 Feb. 2014. Two U.S. companies are joining a military research program to develop sensitive electronic components able to self-destruct on command to keep them out of the hands of potential adversaries who would attempt to counterfeit them for their own use.

Next-generation jammer, digitized tanks, and advanced sensors highlight Rapid Fire chat

NASHUA, N.H., 5 Feb. 2014. Raytheon gets back to work on the Next-Generation Jammer, the U.S. Army orders 12 digitized main battle tanks, and the Air Force prepares industry for an upcoming radar and electro-optical sensors research program highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Raytheon resumes work on the Next-Generation Jammer: was a seven-month delay worth it?

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 4 Feb. 2014. Most of us welcome competition among private companies -- particularly in the U.S. defense industry -- for big government jobs to ensure that taxpayers get the best deal and the best quality possible. Still, I wonder at what stage does tooth-and-nail competition for defense contracts become destructive not only for the companies involved, but also -- and most importantly -- for the nation's defense?

General Dynamics gets contract to build 12 advanced main battle tanks with digital vetronics

WARREN, Mich., 4 Feb. 2014. Armored combat vehicle designers at General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, Mich., will build 12 M1A2 Abrams System Enhanced Package (SEP) Version 2 (V2) main battle tanks with digital vetronics under terms of a $72.7 million contract modification announced Friday from the U.S. Army.

Raytheon to resume work on NGJ after BAE Systems protest held program up for nearly seven months

McKINNEY, Texas, Calif., 3 Feb. 2014. Electronic warfare (EW) experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, are getting back to work on a major U.S. Navy airborne EW program this week after Navy leaders confirmed Raytheon in the job following an industry protest.

Exelis to provide SINCGARS aviation radios to link helicopters with infantry units

FORT WAYNE, Ind., 3 Feb. 2014. Exelis in Fort Wayne, Ind., won a $10.9 million contract from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va., to provide ARC-201D aviation radios for U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk and CH-47F Chinook helicopters, Exelis announced last week.

Navy to brief industry on acquisition strategies for UAVs, EW, and air warfare technologies

RIDGECREST, Calif., 2 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy air warfare experts will brief industry on their acquisition strategies for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electronic warfare (EW), biofuels, and other important technologies on 26 Feb. at China Lake Naval Weapons Station in Ridgecrest, Calif.


General Dynamics UK to provide tactical systems for installation on AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters

HASTINGS, U.K., 1 Feb. 2014. General Dynamics UK won an order for eight Tactical Processors and Security Enhanced Data Transfer Units for installation on the AgustaWestland’s AW159 helicopters. Both products are integrated into the U.K. Ministry of Defence AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters.

Air Force tells industry to prepare for upcoming RF and electro-optical research program

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 31 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force sensors experts are notifying industry to be ready for the launch of an RF radar and electro-optical (E/O) research program within the next two months to investigate electromagnetic technologies that contribute to command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) programs.

Army night-vision researchers look to Raytheon to develop advanced IR focal plane arrays

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 31 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army experts in night-vision sensors are working together with Raytheon Vision Systems (RVS) to develop advanced infrared focal plane array technology to enhance military infrared sensor capabilities.

Air Force chooses rugged network switches from Crystal Group for AC-130U Special Operations aircraft gunship

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla., 30 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force avionics experts needed ruggedized Cisco network switches for the AC-130U Spooky gunship. They found their solution from Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Attack helicopter conversions, B-1 upgrades, and COTS replacements highlight Rapid Fire

NASHUA, N.H., 29 Jan. 2014. A kit to convert civil rotorcraft to attack helicopters, industry suggestions for terms to replace COTS, and big avionics upgrades for the venerable B-1 bomber highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Moog pushing conversion kit that can transform civil rotorcraft to attack helicopters

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 28 Jan. 2014. Attack helicopters like the Boeing AH-64 Apache and the Bell AH-1W Super Cobra have proven their worth supporting American soldiers and Marines on the battlefield, or making surgical strikes on important targets.

Rockwell Collins to provide AN/ARC-210(V) aircraft radios to Navy in $8 million contract win

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed line-of-sight and satellite communications (SATCOM) radios for a variety of Navy aircraft. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Navy asks all MUOS SATCOM providers to step forward for evaluation tests this March or April

SAN DIEGO, 27 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy communications experts are surveying industry to find companies able to demonstrate their ability to develop and build Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)-capable radio terminals this spring as part of continuing MUOS terminal system evaluations.

L3 shipboard data link to control Fire Scout UAVs

Navy chooses shipboard data link from L3 Communications-West to communicate with UAVs

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts needed a digital data link to control the MQ-8B and MQ-8C unmanned helicopters operating from the Littoral Combat Ship. They found their solution from L3 Communications-West in Salt Lake City.


U.S. to sell Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, engines, and advanced electronics to Israel

WASHINGTON, 25 Jan. 2014. Israel Defense Forces want to purchase six Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for special operations and search-and-rescue missions. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress 13 January 2014 of a roughly $1.13 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Israel for V-22B Block C Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training, and logistical support. Congress has two weeks, or until 27 Jan. 2014, to object to the sale.

Air Force starts taking delivery of B-1 bombers with biggest avionics upgrade in jet's history

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 24 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force jet bomber squadrons have begun taking delivery of the latest versions of the venerable Boeing B-1 Lancer jet bomber, which has the most extensive avionics upgrade in the aircraft's long history.

Elbit to provide more helmet display tracker systems that add punch to Marine attack helicopters

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 23 Jan. 2014. Electro-optics experts at EFW Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, will provide the U.S. Marine Corps with helmet-mounted head-up displays (HUDs) for pilots of the Bell AH-1W attack helicopter under terms of a contract modification announced Wednesday.

Harris to provide military Special Operations radios for sensitive and covert missions

ROCHESTER, N.Y., 22 Jan. 2014. Communications experts at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., needed manpack and handheld radios for a wide variety of sensitive and covert missions. They found their solution from the Harris Corp. RF Communications segment in Rochester, N.Y.

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